PSAT Lesson 1

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altruistic

Unselfishly concerned for the welfare of others, generous (Nuns and nurses are usually very ____ people since they seek ways to help people)

ambivalent

having contrary feelings or attitudes, uncertain as to course of action (I am ____ about a permanent relationship with him, because I like him one day and don't the next)

angular

lean, sharp cornered, gaunt, (the patient has lost so much weight that his face has become quite ____)

arrogant

overbearingly assuming; insolently proud (Because the girl was so ____ , she had few friends)

aversion

strong disinclination, disliking (I have an ___ to get married)

discern

to differentiate between two or more things (Because of the fog, I was barely able to ___ the landing strip)

disdain

intense dislike; to treat with scorn or contempt, to reject as unworthy (Never having to do manual labor, he ___ the idea of becoming a cotton picker)

disparage

to degrade, to speak of someone or something in a derogatory manner (His ___ remarks about me caused the committee to give the job to another person)

disparity

inequality,the condition or fact of being unequal in age, rank, degree (The Couple got married even though there was a great ___ between their ages)

embellish

to decorate, to make beautiful with ornamentation (He would ____ his narratives with anecdotes about famous people)

engender

to cause, to produce, to create (His angry words ____ strife in his relationship with his wife)

innocuous

harmless, producing no injury (Since the drink is ____ it is ok for us to have some)

insipid

boring and stupid (I am bored by your ___ talk)

lament

to mourn or express sorrow in a demonstrative manner (She ____ the death of her father in a very lachrymose manner)

laud

to praise, to extol (Her performance was ____ by all the critics)

obscure

difficult to see, vague (Because the meaning of the play was ____ I was unable to enjoy it)

ostentatious

showy, pretentious (The ____ socialite wore her mink fur coat even during the warmest days of August)

prodigal

wasteful, a person given to extravagance (The ___ son squandered his inheritance)

repudiate

to reject, to disown, to disavow (He announced that he would ___ all the debts created by his wife)

reticence

restraint in speech, reluctance to speak (A lawyer must have great ____ in discussing matters that can violate his clients' rights)

revere

to honor, to regard with respect (Nearly all Catholics ___ the Pope)

serene

calm, placid (The mountain on a clear spring morning is a ____ setting)

subtle

delicate, elusive, not obvious (To avoid being obtrusive in the elegant restaurant, he used ____ gestures to call the waiter to his table)

superfluous

beyond what is needed or required, an overflow (The meeting lasted so log because of many ___ comments by some of the speakers)

taciturn

quiet, not verbose (A shy person is usually ____)

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