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Hot SAT Words. Lessons 21-30. LESSON # 29. Tricky Twins & Triplets!. Words that Sound and Look Alike but Have Different Meanings. ACRID. Adj. bitter, harsh. ACRID. ACRID exhaust fumes from the traffic inside the tunnel made me cough.

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Hot sat words

Hot SAT Words

Lessons

21-30


Lesson 29
LESSON # 29

Tricky Twins & Triplets!

Words that Sound and Look Alike but Have Different Meanings


Acrid

ACRID

Adj. bitter, harsh


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ACRID

  • ACRID exhaust fumes from the traffic inside the tunnel made me cough.

  • The comedian’s ACRID humor rubs salt into many wounds.


ARID

Adj. dry, lacking water


ARID

  • The arroyo once had running water in it, but now it is ARID.

  • ARID air inside the plane dries my skin.


Aesthetic

AESTHETIC

Adj. having to do with artistic beauty


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AESTHETIC

  • Betty gets her sense of AESTHETICS from her mother, who is a successful artist and designer.

  • There is something AESTHETICALLY wrong with that painting; it pushes you away instead of drawing you in.


Ascetic

ASCETIC

n. A person who refrains from indulging in earthly pleasures


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ASCETIC

  • Why would anyone claiming to be an ASCETIC own five wristwatches and a suitcase full of jewelry?


Atheistic

ATHEISTIC

Adj.

Without belief in any god


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ATHEISTIC

  • Although James was reared a strict Catholic, he became an ATHEIST in college.

  • Communism is ATHEISTIC.


Ambiguous

AMBIGUOUS

Adj. hard to understand; unclear; open to more than one interpretation


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AMBIGUOUS

  • The author leaves the passage AMBIGUOUS because he wants you, the reader, to decide what it means.


Ambivalent

AMBIVALENT

Adj. having conflicted feelings or opinions about something; unsure


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AMBIVALENT

  • Rose feels AMBIVALENT about the trip. Part of her wants to go; part of her wants to stay home.

  • AMBIVALENCE paralyzes Penny; she can’t make up her mind about anything.


Coalesce

COALESCE

v. To have different opinions join together; fuse; converge


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COALESCE

  • By the end of the meeting, the various viewpoints had somehow COALESCED into a coherent policy.

  • Gravity forced billions of atoms to COALESCE into a single lump of rock.


Convalesce

CONVALESCE

V. To recover from an illness


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CONVALESCE

  • A CONVALESCENCE of two months kept Joe from his job.

  • Grandma is CONVALESCING from a broken hip.


Delusion

DELUSION

N. A false opinion or belief


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DELUSION

  • To expect to get into Yale with an 880 SAT score is nothing but a DELUSION.

  • The story tells of a lowly clerk who has DELUDED himself into thinking he’s the king of Spain.


Allusion

ALLUSION

Adj. an indirect reference, often to literature or a source with which an educated person would be familiar


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ALLUSION

  • The book is hard to read unless you understand the author’s ALLUSIONS to Greek and Roman mythology.

  • She ALLUDED to Jefferson’s penchant for architectural design.


Illlusion

ILLLUSION

Adj.

Something unreal that gives the appearance of reality



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ILLUSION

  • Although he can barely draw a straight line, Morris developed the ILLUSION that he’s a great artist. He’s DELUDED!


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