A few ‘SAT words,’ defined

April 16, 2014

So, we knew you were wondering. What are the definitions of those “SAT words”?

Here they are.

Obsequious: showing too great a willingness to serve or obey; fawning.

Enervation: the state of being deprived of strength, force, vigor.

Propinquity: nearness in time or place.

Lachrymose: inclined to shed many tears; tearful.

The words were drawn from a memo the College Board put together in response to those who wondered what kind of arcane words would be dropped from the revised SAT admission exam. As of now, there does not appear to be any comprehensive list of such words that won’t be on the revamped exam. And there’s no guarantee that the above four words won’t appear in some way on a future exam. But students are not likely to be asked about them.

Nick Anderson covers higher education for The Washington Post. He has been a writer and editor at The Post since 2005.
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