SAT vocabulary test: Vocabulary Building: English Nouns

n. preoccupation
tendency to adhere to the existing order of things
the condition of being manifold or very various
an act or exercise of will
obsession; fixation; thought that is constantly on one's mind; prior tenure or possession

n. obesity
an ornamental molding running round the walls of a room close to the ceiling
the keeping of a thing within one's power or possession
excessive fatness
a trick or feat so deftly done that the manner of performance escapes observation

n. pomposity
a labyrinth
the quality of being marked by an assumed stateliness and impressiveness of manner
that part of anything that is in excess of what is needed
a return from death to life

n. excellency
an authoritative direction
the highest point, as of a mountain
a mark of infamy or token of disgrace attaching to a person as the result of evil-doing
a title of honor bestowed upon various high officials

n. sarcasm
cutting and reproachful language
person who beholds or looks on
plant-life in the aggregate
a deep crack or fissure in the ice of a glacier

n. reminiscence
transmission of physical or mental qualities, diseases, etc., from parent to offspring
the calling to mind of incidents within the range of personal knowledge or experience
an assumed name

n. caucus
person who tends to speculate
knowledge through the senses of the existence and properties of matter or the external world
a private meeting of members of a political party to select candidates
the branch of anthropology concerned with the systematic investigation of the relics of man

n. kiloliter
a measure of volume
ardor or intensity of feeling
a fatty preparation with a butter-like consistency in which a medicinal substance exists
a speech recited or intended for recitation from memory in public

n. vestige
a small flag
a grotesque, ludicrous or fantastic action
a visible trace, mark or impression, of something absent, lost or gone
that which oppresses, injures or causes grief and at the same time a sense of wrong

n. leaflet
a large decorative metal disk worn on a chain around the neck
a sheet of paper on which information has been printed; flyer
an aggressive display of boldness
any starlike meteor or phenomenon