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SAT Vocabulary Lesson 1. You will have a vocabulary quiz on Friday, March 29. . Altruistic. Definition: Unselfishly concerned for the welfare of others, generous Sentence: Nuns and nurses are usually very altruistic people since they seek ways to help people. . Ambivalent .

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sat vocabulary lesson 1
SAT Vocabulary Lesson 1
  • You will have a vocabulary quiz on Friday, March 29.
altruistic
Altruistic

Definition: Unselfishly concerned for the welfare of others, generous

Sentence: Nuns and nurses are usually very altruistic people since they seek ways to help people.

ambivalent
Ambivalent
  • Definition: having contrary feelings or attitudes, uncertain as to course of action
  • Sentence: I am ambivalent about a permanent relationship with him, because I like him one day and not the next.
angular
Angular
  • Definition: lean; sharp cornered; gaunt
  • Sentence: The patient has lost so much weight that his face has become angular.
arrogant
Arrogant
  • Definition: overbearingly assuming; insolently proud
  • Because the girl was so arrogant, she had few friends.
aversion
Aversion
  • Definition: strong disinclination, disliking
  • I have an aversion to getting married.
discern
Discern
  • Definition: to differentiate between two or more things
  • Because of the fog, I was barely able to discern the landing strip.
disdain
Disdain
  • Definition: intense dislike; to treat with scorn or contempt, to reject as unworthy
  • Never having had to do manual labor, he disdained the idea of becoming a cotton picker.
disparage
Disparage
  • Definition: to degrade, to speak of someone or something in a derogatory manner
  • His disparaging remarks about me caused the committee to give the job to another person.
disparity
Disparity
  • Definition: inequality, the condition or fact of being unequal in age, rank, or degree
  • The couple got married even though there was a great disparity in their ages.
embellish
Embellish
  • Definition: to decorate, to make beautiful with ornamentation
  • He would embellish his narratives with anecdotes about famous people.
engender
Engender
  • Definition: to cause, to produce, to create
  • His angry words engendered strife in his relationship with his wife.
innocuous
Innocuous
  • Definition: harmless, producing no injury
  • Since the drink is innocuous, it is okay for us to have some.
insipid
Insipid
  • Definition: boring and stupid
  • I am bored by your insipid talk.
lament
Lament
  • Definition: To mourn or express sorry in a demonstrative manner
  • She lamented the death of her father in a very lachrymose manner. (That means she cried a lot.  )
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Laud
  • Definition: to praise, extol
  • Her performance was lauded by all of the critics.
obscure
Obscure
  • Definition: difficult to see, vague
  • Because the meaning of the play was obscure, I was unable to enjoy it.
ostentatious
Ostentatious
  • Definition: showy, pretentious
  • The ostentatious socialite wore her mink fur coat even during the warmest days of August.
prodigal
Prodigal
  • Definition: wasteful, a person given to extravagance
  • The prodigal son squandered his inheritance.
repudiate
Repudiate
  • Definition: to reject, to disown, to disavow
  • He announced that he would repudiate all debts that had been created by his wife.
reticence
Reticence
  • Definition: restraint in speech, reluctance to speak
  • A lawyer must have great reticence in discussing matters that could violate his client’s rights.
revere
Revere
  • Definition: to honor, to regard with respect
  • Nearly all Catholics revere the Pope.
serene
Serene
  • Definition: calm, placid
  • The mountain on a clear spring morning is a serene setting.
subtle
Subtle
  • Definition: delicate, elusive, not obvious
  • To avoid being obtrusive in the elegant restaurant, he used subtle gestures to call the waiter to his table.
superfluous
Superfluous
  • Definition: beyond what is needed or required, an overflow
  • The meeting lasted so long because of many superfluous comments by some of the speakers.
taciturn
Taciturn
  • Definition: quite, not verbose
  • A shy person is usually taciturn.