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PSAT Lesson 3

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abstruse
difficult to understand, recondite, concealed (Some concepts of Einstein were so ______ that many physicists could not understand them.)
affable
friendly, courteous, amiable (He had a very ________ nature, always saying "Hello" to everyone.)
audacity
excessive boldness, rashness, daring (I was surprised that he had the ______ to approach the Queen.)
contrite
extremely apologetic, remorseful, repentant (Her ______ tears were not enough to convince her father not to spank her for her disobedience.)
credulous
believing on slight evidence, gullible (Because the lady's horoscope said that she should stay inside, the _________ woman did not go to work.)
depravity
moral corruption, a wicked or perverse act (The _____ of his behavior shocked everyone.)
deprecate
to disapprove regretfully, to belittle, to express mild disapproval (Do not ________ her act unless you fully understand her situation.)
didactic
instructive, designed to teach (Because of the coach's ________ approach his players learned many blocking techniques.)
dormant
inactive, sleeping (Most flowers remain __________ in the winter and bloom in the spring.)
enigmatic
mysterious, inexplicable, puzzling (The disappearance of Amelia Earheart is ______ to this day.)
erudite
scholarly (The ____________ physics professor had spent many years studying the theory of relativity.)
exotic
foreign, unfamiliar (The circus features ______ animals from Africa.)
immutable
unchanging (Her love for her husband was _____.)
incorrigible
incapable of being reformed or imrpoved (He was expelled from school because of his _________ conduct.)
loathe
to detest (The fact that I _____ your brother does not mean that we cannot be friends.)
mitigate
to cause to become less harsh or hostile; to make less severe (He apologized in order to ________ her dislike for him.)
nullify
to cause not to be in effect, to negate (I am seeking to ______ the contract because he has not complied with it.)
pacifistic
opposed to war or use of force (The man refused to fight because of his ___________ beliefs.)
pretentious
making an extravagant outward show, self-important (Isn't it a little ________ to spend two million dollars on a wedding?)
prologue
introductory remarks in a speech, play, or literary work, introductory action (The play had a _________ that set the scene for the opening act.)
recant
to withdraw or to repudiate a statement or belief, revoke (The prosecutor's cause was greatly weakened when his main witness _________ his testimony.)
servile
overly submissive (Having complete devotion and submissiveness for the sheik, the women of the harem were very ______.)
trepidation
fear, trembling, agitation (Since I did not have time to study, I have a lot of __________ about this examination.)
fuse
to mix or join (usually by melting) (Zinc and copper can be ______ into hard, bright brass.)
vilify
to malign, to defame, to utter abusive statements against (It is not right to ______ someone just because he disagress with you.)