11th Grade SAT Vocabulary List Ten
1. Delineate v. outline; describe
The guidance counselor delineated the various aspects of filling out college applications.
2. Criterion n. a standard used for making judgments
When selecting a puppy, temperament is usually an important criterion, especially if you
3. Scanty adj. meager; brief or short
I thought I liked scanty swimsuits until I saw my girlfriend in the scantiest bikini on earth.
4. Diatribe n. abusive criticism; a violent attack in words
Diatribes flourish in elections; candidates are always eager to criticize each other.
5. Querulous adj. complaining; fault-finding
Her repeated, querulous comments started to drive her husband crazy after awhile.
6. Rhetoric n. the art of using words impressively, especially in public speaking; insincere
high-flown writing or speech
The politician’s speech was analyzed and was determined to be pure rhetoric by most people.
7. Ambivalence n. fluctuation between one thing and another; uncertainty or indecision
Ambivalence is a quality of people who vacillate when making decisions.
8. Defer v. to put off until another time; to yield to someone of greater authority or age
Many college students defer paying their student loans until they graduate.
9. Deduce v. to conclude or infer by reasoned thought
The detective was able to deduce by the evidence that she was murdered by her husband.
10. Satire n. a novel, film, play, etc. that ridicules peoples’ hypocrisy or foolishness
Mark Twain’s satire Huckleberry Finn ridicules the prejudice, stupidity and hypocrisy in America
during the mid-nineteenth century.
11. Undermine v. to weaken or destroy bit by bit
Nothing undermines your image like having a little brother tag along wherever you go.
12. Rescind v. repeal or call-back; to cancel or annul
I rescinded my decision to go to UCLA after USC won the championship.
13. Emulate v. imitate; to try to equal (or even exceed) an example
Many have tried to emulate Lucille Ball’s comic genius, but in my opinion no one has come close.
14. Jocular adj. jolly; fond of joking
Grandpa is a very jocular person; he is always joking amusingly with us grandkids.
15. Amity n. harmony; friendship and good-will
Mom insisted that an aura of amity pervade our home during the holidays, which meant that no
fighting was allowed.