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