Flashcards in SAT 24 Deck (20)
delay; dawdle. We can’t tarry if we want to get to the airport on time.
cheap and gaudy. He won a few tawdry trinkets in Coney Island.
boring; tiring. The repetitious nature of work on the assembly line made Martin’s job very tedious. Tedium, n.
stormy; impassioned, violent. Racket-throwing tennis star John McEnroe was famed for his displays of tempestuous temperament.
not lasting forever; limited by time; secular. At one time in our history, temporal rulers assumed that they had been given their thrones by divine right.
holding fast. I had to struggle to break his tenacious hold on my arm.
thin; rare; slim. The allegiance of our allies is based on such tenuous ties that we have little hope they will remain loyal.
holding an office; time during which such an office is held. A special recall election put a sudden end to Gray Davis’s tenure in office as governor of California.
lukewarm, To avoid scalding the baby, make sure the bath water is tepid, not hot.
pertaining to drama. Her success in the school play convinced her she was destined for a thespian career. Also n.
fearful; demonstrating fear. His timorous manner betrayed the fear he felt at the moment.
nervous laugh. Her aunt’s constant titter nearly drove her mad. Also v.
passionate; hot or scorching. Harlequin Romances publish torrid tales of love affairs, some set in torrid climates.
expose to slander. His opponents tried to traduce the candidate’s reputation by spreading rumors about his past.
surpassing; exceeding ordinary limits; superior. For that amateur chef, dining at the four-star restaurant was a transcendent experience: the meal surpassed his wildest dreams.
impermanent; fleeting. Fame is transitory: today’s rising star is all too soon tomorrow’s washed-up-has-been. Transitoriness n.
painful physical or mental labor; drudgery; torment. Like every other high school student she knew, Sherry hated the yearlong travail of cramming for the SAT. also v.
article treating a subject systematically and thoroughly. He is preparing a treatise on the Elizabethan playwrights for his graduate degree.
forceful and vigorous; cutting. With his trenchant wit, Richie cuts straight to the heart of the matter, panning a truly dreadful play.