11th Grade SAT Vocabulary

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1. machination
adj. an evil design or plan

Synonyms: scheme; trick; plot

Antonyms:


Ex. Once again, the superhero foiled the machinations of the evil scientist.
2. pejorative
adj. having a negative effect; insulting

Synonyms: rude; unpleasant; uncomplimentary

Antonyms: praising; positive; complimentary;


Ex. Lenny resigned after overhearing his coworkers' pejorative remarks.
3. harbinger
n. an omen or sign

Synonyms: warning; signal; portent

Antonyms:


Ex. Too many, the black cat is a harbinger of bad luck.
4. nubile
adj. suitable for marriage in age and physical development, referring to a female

Synonyms: marital;
pre-wedding; spousal
Antonyms:
divorce
Ex. In six years, she grew from a skinny twelve-year-old to a nubile young woman.
5. sapient
adj. wise; full of knowledge


Synonyms: smart;
knowing; intelligent
Antonyms:
ignorant; stupid; unwise


Ex. Everyone sought advice from the sapient monk who lived on the mountain.
6. chimerical
adj. imaginary; fantastic


Synonyms: wild;
unreal; absurd; illusionary
Antonyms:
practical; plain; ordinary


Ex. Little Tina had a chimerical notion that rabbits lived in trees.
7. masochist
n. one who enjoys his or her own pain and suffering


Synonyms: wild;
unreal; absurd; illusionary
Antonyms:
practical; plain; ordinary


Ex. Sue accused her friend of being a masochist because he refused to go to the doctor despite his broken toes.
8. finesse
n. diplomacy; tact; artful management
(know-how)

Synonyms: skill;
quickness; cunning
Antonyms:
ignorance; plain; ordinary


Ex. The diplomat had the finesse to deal with the troublesome nation.
9. heterogeneous
adj. different; dissimilar

Synonyms: assorted; varied; diverse

Antonyms:
homogeneous; similar; identical

Ex. The platoon was a heterogeneous group of young men from various backgrounds.
10. eclectic
adj. choosing from various sources

Synonyms: selective; varied; diverse

Antonyms:
narrow; specific; unvaried

Ex. The eclectic furnishings wee from many different nations and historical periods.
11. grandiose
adj. impressive; showy; magnificent


Synonyms: stately; imposing; vast

Antonyms:
humble; small;moderate

Ex. The young couple could not afford the grandiose home, so they found a smaller house.
12. raiment
n. clothing; garments

Synonyms: apparel; imposing; vast

Antonyms:
humble; small;moderate

Ex. The young couple could not afford the grandiose home, so they found a smaller house.
13. blanch j
14. hybrid j
15. idiosyncrasy j