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Essential SAT Vocab: Part 4

  • urgent
    • (adj) requiring immediate action or attention; insistent in urging; importunate
    • Connected to urgency
    • I have an urgent message that you must read right away!
  • unprecedented
    • (adj) without precedent; never before known or appreciated
    • In an unprecedented act of generosity, Bill Gates gave his entire fortune to charity.
  • arbitrary
    • (adj) unreasonable or unsupported
    • Our teacher made the arbitrary decision to give us extra math homework just because it was Tuesday.
  • constituent
    • (n) serving to make up a thing; component
    • Connected to constituency
    • Eggs are an important constituent of any omelette.
  • tact
    • (n) skill in dealing with difficult or delicate situations
    • Connected to tactful
    • The diplomat began the peace negotiations with the utmost tact; he didn’t mention the fact that the opposing leader had started the war.
  • insolent
    • (adj) insulting in manner or speech
    • Connected to insolence
    • The insolent student announced to the class that a chimpanzee could teach math better than Mr. Brooks.
  • tyrannical
    • (adj) Unjustly cruel or severe
    • Connected to tyranny and tyrant
    • The king made tyrannical laws against smiling, laughing, and dancing in public.
  • temperament
    • (n) the combination of mental and emotional traits of a person; nature
    • Connected to temperamental
    • Walter’s nervous temperament makes him ill-suited to his work as a firefighter; he jumps every time the fire bell rings.
  • stringent
    • (adj) rigorously binding or exacting; strict
    • The stringent new dress code insists that all students wear nothing but black pants and white shirts to school each day.
  • repute
    • (v) to consider, believe
    • Connected to reputable, reputation, and disrepute
    • He is reputed to be the fastest runner in the state, and I certainly have a hard time keeping up with him!
  • Recommended supplementary material to view SAT questions featured in lesson answer guides: The Official SAT Study Guide by the College Board.

Essential SAT Vocab: Part 4

Lecture Slides are screen-captured images of important points in the lecture. Students can download and print out these lecture slide images to do practice problems as well as take notes while watching the lecture.

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  • Lesson Overview 0:14
  • Ways to Improve Your Vocabulary 0:35
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  • Urgent 1:36
  • Unprecedented 2:19
  • Arbitrary 2:56
  • Constituent 3:24
  • Tact 3:57
  • Insolent 4:33
  • Tyrannical 5:04
  • Temperament 5:30
  • Stringent 6:01
  • Repute 6:24