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SAT Hot Words Lessons 1-5

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quiescent
adj. quiet; still; inactive
reticent
adj. not talking much; reserved
taciturn
adj. silent; sparing of words; close-mouthed
circumlocution
n. speaking in circles; round-about speech
colloquial
adj. pertaining to common everyday speech; conversational
diffuse
adj. spread out, not concise; wordy
digress
vb. to wander off from the subject or topic spoken about
eloquence
n. artful ease with speaking; speech that can influence people's feelings
garrulous
adj. talkative; loquacious
loquacious
adj. very talkative; liking to talk; garrulous
prattle
vb. to speak on and on in a senseless and silly manner; to talk foolishly
ramble
vb. to talk on and on pointlessly, without clear direction (Teachers at GV)
rant
vb. to talk very loudly, even wildly; rave
rhetorical
adj. relating to speech that is used to persuade or have some effect; insincere in expression
verbose
adj. using too many words; wordy; long-winded
voluble
adj. talking a great deal with ease; glib
arrogant
adj. overbearing; proud; haughty
braggart
n. one who boasts a great deal
complacent
adj. self-satisfied; smug
contemptuous
adj. lacking respect; scornful
disdainful
adj. full of bitter scorn and pride; aloof
egotistical
adj. excessively self-absorbed; very conceited
haughty
adj. having great pride in oneself and dislike for others
insolent
adj. boldly disrespectful in speech or behavior; rude
narcissistic
adj. having to do with extreme self-adoration and a feeling of superiority to everyone
ostentatious
adj. having to do with showing off; pretentious
presumptuous
adj. too forward or bold; over-stepping proper bounds
pretentious
adj. claiming or pretending increased importance; ostentatious; affectedly grand
supercilious
adj. looking down on others; proud and scornful
swagger
vb. to walk around in a proud, showy manner; to boast in a loud manner
banal
adj. dull or stale because of overuse; trite; hackneyed
cliché
n. an idea or expression that has become stale due to overuse
derivative
adj. unoriginal; taken from something already existing
hackneyed
adj. made commonplace by overuse; trite hack, one who copies or imitates the work of others
insipid
adj. lacking flavor or taste, unexciting, bland
lackluster
adj. lacking vitality, energy, or brightness; boring
mundane
adj. commonplace; ordinary
platitude
n. quality of being dull; an obvious remark uttered as if it were original
prosaic
adj. dull; commonplace
trite
adj. unoriginal and stale due to overuse, relating to a cliché
vapid
adj. lacking freshness and zest; flat; stale
appease
vb. to make tranquil or quiet, especially by giving into another's demands; to pacify (to bribe)
conciliate
vb. to win a person over through special considerations or persuasive methods; reconcile
mediate
vb. to act as a go-between in settling conflicts or disputes between people or opposing sides
quell
vb. to quiet down
concise
adj. laconic, pithy, succinct, terse; short and to the point
grandiloquent
adj. bombastic; using big and fancy words when speaking for the purpose of impressing others
relieve
vb. allay, alleviate, ameliorate, assuage, mitigate, mollify, pacify, placate
brevity
n. shortness