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SAT Vocabulary words to help you increase your language skills.

SAT Vocab—Altruistic

This Week’s Word: Altruistic adj. [al-troo-is-tik]   /ˌæl truˈɪs tɪk/ Altruistic can either describe someone who is unselfishly concerned for the welfare of others or a behavior that exhibits this quality. The noun form, altruism, is also an SAT favorite. Synonyms: Selfless/selflessness, charitable Antonyms: egotistic/egoism, self-centered Origin: While … Continue reading

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SAT Vocab—Puerile

This week’s word: Puerile /ˈpyʊər aɪl/ [pyoo r-ahyl] Puerile describes something childish or relating to childhood. Synonyms: Infantile, juvenile Word Origin: Puerile was adopted from the French puéril, “like a boy,” in the late 16th century. It comes from the Latin puer, which means “boy.” Overtime, … Continue reading

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SAT Vocabulary—Ephemeral

This Week’s Word: Ephemeral /ɪˈfɛm ər əl/    [ih-fem-er-uh l] adj. Ephemeral describes something short-lived or something that lasts for only a day. Synonyms: Fleeting, evanescent, transitory Word History: The term ephemera was adopted into 14th century English from Latin as a medical term, describing … Continue reading

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SAT Vocabulary – Indolent

This Week’s Word: Indolent [in–dl-uh nt] adjective Indolent means having or showing a disposition to avoid exertion; to be lazy. In medicine, indolent refers to something that causes little or no pain, or is relatively benign. Synonyms: Languid, Slothful, and Lethargic. … Continue reading

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SAT Vocabulary—Ribald

This Week’s Word: Ribald /ˈrɪb əld/    [rib–uh ld] adj. Ribald describes particularly lewd speech or humor. Something that is ribald may be irreverent or vulgar to the point of being abusive. Synonyms: indecent, obscene, scurrilous Origin: While ribald is most often used as an adjective, … Continue reading

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SAT Vocabulary—Histrionic

This Week’s Word: Histrionic /ˌhɪs triˈɒn ɪk/    [his-tree-on-ik] adj. Originally a noun used to identify an actor, histrionic is now most often used to describe overly dramatic behavior. It can also be used in a broader sense to describe something relating to … Continue reading

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SAT Vocabulary—Bucolic

This Week’s Word: Bucolic /byuˈkɒl ɪk/      [byoo-kol-ik] adj. :: noun Bucolic describes something that pertains to a country setting. It can also be used as a noun to reference a pastoral poem. Synonyms: pastoral, agrarian, arcadian Origin: Originally from the Greek bous, “cow,” combined … Continue reading

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SAT Vocabulary–Artifice

This Week’s Word: Artifice /ˈɑr tə fɪs/ :: [ahr-tuh-fis] noun April fool’s day seems like the perfect day to learn a synonym  for trickery. Artifice can refer to a particular deceit or stratagem or the trait of cunning itself. However, the word artifice does not necessarily … Continue reading

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SAT Vocabulary–Ennui

This Week’s Word: Ennui /ɑnˈwi, ˈɑn wi/ [ahn-wee, ahn-wee] noun Ennui is best described as a state of boredom resulting from a complete lack of interest, but it is often used to connote that particular type of tedium that is a result … Continue reading

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SAT Vocabulary—Convivial

This Week’s Word: Convivial /kənˈvɪv i əl/ adj. Convivial can be used to describe your one friend who is not shy and always ready to party. It can also be used to convey a particularly festive, lively, or amiable mood. Synonyms: Friendly, amiable, festive, merry … Continue reading

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