1. abate: reduce or lesson 2. abdicate: give up a position 3. aberration: something unusual, different from the norm 4. abhor: to really hate 5. abstain: to refrain from doing something 6. adversity: hardship, misfortune 7. aesthetic: pertaining to beauty 8. amicable: agreeable 9. anachronistic: out of the context of time, out of date 10. arid: very dry 11. asylum: sanctuary, place of safety 12. benevolent: friendly, helpful 13. bias: a prejudice towards something or against something 14. boisterous: enthusiastic, loud 15. brazen: bold 16. brusque: short, rude 17. camaraderie: togetherness, trust, group dynamic of trust 18. canny: careful 19. capacious: very large, spacious 20. capitulate: surrender 21. clairvoyant: can predict the future 22. collaborate: work together 23. compassion: sympathy 24. compromise: meeting in the middle, settling differences 25. condescending: patronizing 26. conditional: contingent upon something else, contingent upon 27. conformist: someone who follows the majority 28. convergence: coming together 29. deleterious: harmful 30. demagogue: rabble-rousing leader 31. digression: straying from main point 32. diligent: hard-working, dedicated 33. discredit: dishonor someone, prove something untrue 34. disdain: to regard with scorn 35. divergent: moving apart, going in different directions 36. empathy: feeling someone else��s feeling 37. emulate: following someone else's example 38. enervating: tiring 39. ephemeral: fleeting, temporary 40. evanescent: not lasting long 41. exemplary: outstanding 42. extenuating: something that makes the situation not as bad 43. florid: ornate 44. forbearance: patience, restraint 45. fortitude: strength 46. fortuitous: lucky 47. foster: promote, aid 48. fraught: filled with 49. frugal: thrifty 50. hackneyed: clich��d 51. haughty: being arrogant, talking down to people 52. hedonist: person who acts in pursuit of pleasure 53. hypothesis: unproven theory, educated guess 54. impetuous: rash, impulsive 55. impute: to assign or attribute to someone 56. inconsequential: without consequence, trivial, doesn't matter 57. inevitable: unavoidable, definitely going to happen 58. intrepid: fearless 59. intuitive: knowing something by instinct 60. jubilation: extreme happiness, joy 61. lobbyist: person who takes one side or the other, and persuades government officials 62. longevity: long (particularly long life) 63. mundane: boring, ordinary 64. nonchalant:
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abash – v. to make ashamed; to embarrass
abase – v. to belittle; to diminish
abdicate – v. to step down from a position of power or responsibility
abject – adj. hopeless; extremely sad and servile; defeated; without hope
abnegate – v. to deny oneself things; to reject; to renounce; giving up oneself
abortive – adj. unsuccessful
abscond – v. to escape without permission
abrasive – adj. rubbing away; tending to grind down
abridge – v. to shorten; to condense
Abolishing the SAT
The stress, the anxiety, and the hair loss for a high schooler is not because of a girl or a guy; it is because of a test that “outlines a student’s whole life”, the SAT. College Board describes the SAT to be, “…a globally recognized college admission test that lets [the student] show colleges what [he/ she] know[s] and how well [he/ she] can apply the knowledge of reading, writing and math — subjects that are taught every day in high school classrooms.” (“About the SATs”, 2012) However…
Critical Reading > Sentence Completions
Choose the word or set of words that, when inserted in the sentence, best fits the meaning of the sentence as a whole.
Many of today’s physicians and patients are ------- high technology, captivated by computer-designed drugs and laser surgery.
(A) nervous about
(B) defensive about
(C) tolerant of
(D) enamored of
(E) overwhelmed by
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One of the longest debates in recent times has been whether or not the SAT is a proper mechanism for Universities to use, when deciding which students to admit. The issue of whether the SAT is biased to a certain type of group has also arisen. These issues being that upper middle class Caucasian students are at an advantage while lower SES minority students are at a disadvantage for various reasons. I believe that the SAT does not at all provide an accurate representation of what a high school…
seeker’ when it says in the phrase: ‘Entirely alone she sat all day at her window and gazed at this village, dreaming of her vengeance. How was she going to carry it out?’ this implies that the old woman is non-stop thinking out how to carry out her revenge, she is inflicting pain or harm for vengeance to revenge her sons murder. The words: ‘entirely alone she sat all day long at her window and gazed at this village.’ This…
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For children, growing up in the society of San Francisco, this is most likely a more familiar topic anyway than it might be for kids residing in rather conservative areas. Parents and caregivers in such areas may unfortunately even not care at all about introducing stories about gay relationships to their offspring. If they’d be…
and clambered into the machine, lowering himselt into the old leather armchair that formed the center of the contraption. His fingers koved over the polished brass, tracing the letters of 'Mary' with his fingers and he looked up to the picture that sat above it. Green eyes smiled at him from a captured moment of the past and he smiled back. Still smiling, he leapt from his seat with an energy that belied his frail appearence and started grabbing items from the workbenches that surround him.
The first time I struggled with reading I was in 9th grade. I had always been a strong student in every area of academics. I could spell words efficiently, had already mastered algebra and geometry, history was a passion of mine, especially US History. I only had one problem, reading made me nervous to the point that I did not enjoy it. One teacher made all the difference.
I slowly trudged off the bus that morning dreading the moments until 8am. I opened my Saxophone case slowly and put together…