The Black Cat

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The Black Cat
by Edgar Allan Poe
Definitions
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The Black Cat
Definitions
1. allusion
uh LOO shun
implied or indirect reference; hinting at
,<<allusionuh
Synonyms >>
Antonym >>
Her allusion to the literary figure made the point she wanted.
2.
Derivatives >>
allusions, allude, alluded
anomalous
,<<anomalousu
Synonyms >>
uh NAHM uh lus
out of place, abnormal
Antonym >> fitting a pattern
Seeing a Toyota in the background of that World War II movie was anomalous.
Derivatives >>
3. aversion
,<<aversionuh
Synonyms >>
anomalously, anomalousness, anomaly, anomalies
uh VER shun
strong disinclination, disliking
hesitance, loathing, reluctance
Antonym >> inclination
I have an aversion to getting married.
Derivatives >>
averseness, aversely, averse
kuh MEER uh
4. chimera
Synonyms >>
fantasy , vision
a fantasy; a horrible creature of the imagination
Antonym >> gentle creature
He is not the chimera your fears have made him in your mind.
Derivatives >>
5. conflagration
chimerical, chimeric, chimerically
kon fluh GRAY shun
a large fire
Antonym >> small flame
Synonyms >>
Some believe that the earth will be destroyed by a large conflagration.
Derivatives >>
conflagrations, conflagrant, conflagrate, conflagrator, conflagratory
deh BAH chuh ree
6. debauchery
moral corruption
abasement, corruption, debasement, depravity, perversion, Antonym >> temperance
vitiation
Certainly a minister
would say that group sex is an example of debauchery.
Synonyms >>
Derivatives >>
debauch, debaucher, debauchment, debauchee
7. docile
DOS ul
easily managed, obedient, passive
,<<docileDOS
Synonyms >>
amenable, tractable
Antonym >> unruly; unmanageable
The dog was docile until the doorbell rang.
Derivatives >>
8.
docible, docibility, docilely, docility
equivocal
eh KWIV uh kul
ambiguous (usually intended to mislead)
,<<equivocaleh
Synonyms >>
abstruse, ambiguous, cryptic, enigmatic, obscure, recondite Antonym >> clear; straightforward
His speech was difficult to understand because of all his equivocal statements.
Derivatives >>
9. expedient
,<<expedientik
Synonyms >>
equivocacy, equivocality, equivocally, equivocalness, equivocate, equivocation, equivocator, equivocity
ik SPEE dee unt
appropriate for a purpose but not necessarily moral, right, or just
Antonym >> disadvantageous
In trying to increase political support, the candidate found it expedient to change his stand on taxation.
Derivatives >>
expediate, expedience, expediency, expediential, expedientist, expediently
10. felicitous
feh LIS eh tus
,<<felicitousfeh
Synonyms >>
happy or delightful
Antonym >> sad; gloomy; morose
Her marriage was a felicitous occasion.
Derivatives >>
felicitate, felicific, felicitation, felicitously, felicitousness, felicity
11. forbearance
fore BARE uns
,<<forbearancef
Synonyms >>
patience, lenience
Antonym >> impatience
Because he is so young, we must have forbearance in dealing with him.
Derivatives >>
forbear, forbearant, forbearer, forbearing, forbearingly, forbearingness, forbore
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12. homely
HOME lee
plain or unattractive in appearance
,<<homelyHOM
Synonyms >>
Antonym >> pretty; attractive
The girl was rather homely, but she had a wit and an intellect that could not be matched.
Derivatives >>
homeliness, homlier, homliest
13. infamous
IN fuh mus
having a reputation of the worst kind, vicious, notoriously bad
,<<infamousIN
Synonyms >>
disreputable, ignominious
Antonym >> illustrious
The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor was an infamous act.
Derivatives >>
infamously, infamy, infamies
14. inscrutable
in SKROO tuh bul
,<<inscrutablein
Synonyms >>
difficult to understand; mysterious
Antonym >> clear; readable; understandable
He had us all confused with his inscrutable smile.
Derivatives >>
inscrutableness, inscrutably, inscrutability
15. intemperance
in TEM pur uns
,<<intemperanc
Synonyms >>
lack of moderation (usually relating to drinking alcohol)
Antonym >> temperance; moderation
Some fraternity members are known for their intemperance.
Derivatives >>
16. loathe
,<<loatheLOET
Synonyms >>
intemperate, intemperancy, intemperately, intemperateness
LOETH
abhor, abominate
to detest
Antonym >> to adore
The fact that I loathe your brother does not mean that we cannot be friends.
Derivatives >>
17. malevolence
Synonyms >>
loathful, loathing, loathingly, loathness,loathsome
muh LEV uh lens
ill will or evil intentions
malice, malignity, spite, spleen
Antonym >> benevolence
The old man's malevolence was obvious when he removed the girl from his will.
Derivatives >>
malevolent, malevolently
OH dee us
18. odious
deserving hate or contempt
Antonym >> respectable
Synonyms >>
Pornography is an odious business.
Derivatives >>
odiously, odiousness, odium
19. peevish
PEE vish
fretful, obstinate
,<<peevishPEE
Synonyms >>
With a peevish gesture, Jane slammed the book shut.
Derivatives >>
Antonym >> tranquil; peaceful
peevishly, peevishness, peeve, peeved
20. perpetuate
pur PECH oo ate
to prolong the existence of something
,<<perpetuatep
Synonyms >>
Antonym >> to destroy
The Audubon Society works to perpetuate the species of many threatened birds.
Derivatives >>
perpetuation, perpetuator, perpetuity, perpetual, perpetually
21. pertinacity
pur tuh NAS eh tee
stubborn persistence or act of refusing to yield on an opinion or belief
,<<pertinacityp
Synonyms >>
Antonym >> vacillation
Because of his pertinacity, the fighter was able to go the entire twelve rounds and win the fight.
Derivatives >>
pertinacious, pertinaciously, pertinaciousness
22. sagacious
suh GAY shus
,<<sagacioussuh
Synonyms >>
astute, perspicacious
wise, shrewd, very discerning
Antonym >> ignorant; uninformed; undiscerning
The sagacious freshman knew not to buy an elevator pass from the senior attempting a clever ruse.
Derivatives >>
sagaciate, sagaciously, sagaciousness, sagacity
23. scrupulous
SKROO pyuh lus
,<<scrupulousS
Synonyms >>
meticulous, punctilious
very principled, very careful and conscientious
Antonym >> unprincipled
The scrupulous police officer never took a bribe, and he ceaselessly tried to prevent crime.
Derivatives >>
scruple, scrupulosity, scrupulousness, scrupulously
suh LIS eh tus
24. solicitous
worried, concerned
Antonym >> unconcerned
Synonyms >>
He was very solicitous about the health of his ill grandmother.
Derivatives >>
solicitously, solicitousness, solicitude
suk SINGKT
25. succinct
Synonyms >>
brief, compact
compendious, concise, laconic, pithy, summary, terse
Antonym >> frequently digressing
Because her comments were succinct and to the point the ceremony was brief.
Derivatives >>
succinctly, succinctness
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26. unfathomable
un FATH um uh bul
not capable of being understood
,<<unfathomabl
Synonyms >>
Antonym >> understandable
The solution to the my stery was unfathomable in the beginning.
Derivatives >>
unfathomableness, unfathomably, unfathomed
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The Black Cat
by Edgar Allan Poe
Copyright © 2002 by Advanced Placement Strategies, Inc. All rights reserved.
Used under license by Laying the Foundation, Inc. www.layingthefoundation.org
The Black Cat
by Edgar Allan Poe
These words which appear in "The Black Cat" have been identified as words that SAT has used
in past tests. They are listed here in order of appearance in the short story.
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homely
solicit
succinctly
docility
sagacious
allusion
intemperance
scruple
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peevish
malevolence
debauch
equivocal
perpetual
unfathomable
conflagration
infamy
loathing
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26.
odious
aversion
pertinacity
chimeras
expedient
forbore
felicity
inscrutability
anomalous
These words which appear in "The Black Cat" have been identified as words that have appeared on
past SAT tests. They appear here in alphabetical order.
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
allusion
anomalous
aversion
chimeras
conflagration
debauch
docility
equivocal
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12.
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expedient
felicity
forbore
homely
infamy
inscrutability
intemperance
loathing
malevolence
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19.
20.
21.
22.
23.
24.
25.
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odious
peevish
perpetual
pertinacity
sagacious
scruple
solicit
succinctly
unfathomable
Copyright © 2002 by Advanced Placement Strategies, Inc. All rights reserved.
Used under license by Laying the Foundation, Inc. www.layingthefoundation.org
The Black Cat
by Edgar Allan Poe
Vocabulary Test
Directions: Match the word in the left column with the correct definition in the right column.
Exercise A
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allusion
anomalous
aversion
chimera
conflagration
debauch
docile
equivocal
expedient
felicitous
forbearance
homely
infamous
inscrutable
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n.
appropriate for a purpose but not necessarily moral
imaginary, fantasy; horrible creature of the imigination
happy or delightful
easily managed, obedient, passive
implied or direct reference, hinting at
plain or unattractive in appearance
a very large fire
patience, lenience
strong disinclination, disliking
tending to be ambiguous with intention to mislead
to morally corrupt
having a reputation of the worst kind, disgraceful
out of place, abnormal
difficult to understand; mysterious
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p.
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stubborn persistence in refusing to yield on an opinion
deserving hate or contempt
not capable of being understood
briefly, compactly
lack of moderation (usually relating to alcohol)
fretful, obstinate
worried, concerned
detest
very principled, very careful and conscientious
act of wishing ill will or evil on someone
prolong the existence of something
wise, shrewd, very discerning
Exercise B
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intemperance
loathe
malevolence
odious
peevish
perpetuate
pertinacity
sagacious
scrupulous
solicitous
succinctly
unfathomable
Copyright © 2002 by Advanced Placement Strategies, Inc. All rights reserved.
Used under license by Laying the Foundation, Inc. www.layingthefoundation.org
The Black Cat
by Edgar Allan Poe
Vocabulary Test
1. e
2.
m
3. i
4. b
5. g
6. k
7. d
8. j
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a
10. c
11. h
12. f
13. l
14. q
15. s
16. v
17. x
18. o
19. t
20. y
21. n
22. z
23. w
24. u
25. r
26. p
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Used under license by Laying the Foundation, Inc. www.layingthefoundation.org
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