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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.
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ARID

Adj. dry, lacking water

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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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