Below are five very important SAT words. In fact, you could open up the College Board book to any random verbal section and the chances of you seeing one of the words below is pretty high. And after you are done reading, don’t forget the words. In fact, I challenge you to use each one at least once before the day is up. Don’t worry—these words aren’t random, but are great ways to describe certain people/situations.
Definition: unpredictable, suddenly changing moods
Example: Sally’s friends could never rely on her to show up anywhere on time; she was so capricious that sometimes should wouldn’t even show up, later saying she didn’t feel like it.
Mnemonic: The Caped Crusader batman is ‘cape’ricious – one moment he is brooding sullenly, the next sweeping a young lass off her feet.
Definition: vengeful; dead set on getting revenge
Example: Don’t try to call Sally out on her capriciousness – she’s is very vindictive and likely to troll you on Facebook.
Mnemonic: My cousin Vinny is ‘vinny’dictive – double cross him and he’ll whack you.
Definition: to lessen in pain or severity
Example: Coffee can causes headaches, but it can also alleviate them.
Mnemonic: I know I invited everybody over, but my headache is getting so bad so please “all leave at 8.”
Definition: the perfect example of something
Example: She was the epitome of success—she had graduated a Rhodes scholar at 19, and became the CEO of a multi-billion dollar company before the age of 25.
Mnemonic:E(axmple)P(erfect) to me
Definition: fancy and luxurious, suggesting that someone spent a lot of money to impress
Example: The party was lavish – a limo ferried people about the mansion’s premises.
Mnemonic: imagine Donald Trump saying, “I love-ish a lavish party.”