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Last reply by: Professor Hendershot
Fri May 24, 2013 12:14 AM

Post by Yolanda Britt on May 23, 2013

how will we get at comfortable to use higher vocab in
our writing?

Essential SAT Vocab: Part 10

  • naïve
    • (adj) having unaffected simplicity of nature; lacking in experience, judgment, or information
    • Connected to naïveté
    • Richard is terribly naïve; he went to New York as a tourist and somebody actually sold him the Brooklyn Bridge.
  • exemplify
    • (v) to illustrate by example
    • Connected to exemplaryand exemplification
    • The winners of the Nobel Peace Prize exemplifythe best qualities of humanity: courage, wisdom, and compassion.
  • erratic
    • (adj) inconsistent, unpredictable, wandering, irregular, unstable
    • Connected to erratically
    • The erraticflight of a bumblebee helps it to avoid predators.
  • forbear
    • (v) to refrain from; to be patient or self-controlled
    • Connected to forbearance
    • The hardest part of taking the SAT is the fact that you must forbearfrom looking at other students during the test.
  • discern
    • (v) to catch sight of; to recognize and understand
    • Connected to discerningand discernment
    • Charlie can discernmeaning in even the most mysterious statements.
  • autonomy
    • (n) independence; self-determination
    • Connected to autonomous
    • After many years of war, South Sudan won autonomyfrom Sudan and became the world’s newest nation.
  • eradicate
    • (v) to get rid of as if by tearing it up by the roots; to abolish
    • Connected to eradication
    • William Wilberforce fought to eradicateslavery in England.
  • abstruse
    • (adj) difficult to understand
    • Sherlock Holmes is always bored when he doesn’t have a mystery to solve; he begs Dr. Watson to give him “the most obscure puzzle, the most abstrusecryptogram” to keep his mind occupied.
  • rhetoric
    • (n) the art of using language effectively and persuasively
    • Connected to rhetorical
    • The senator’s use of rhetoricwon him a great deal of support; everyone admired how he spoke and how he persuaded people to vote for him.
  • substantiate
    • (v) to support with proof or evidence; to verify
    • Connected to substantialand substantive
    • Can you substantiateyour charges, or are you just going to accuse me of terrible deeds without any proof?
  • 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 10

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.

  • Intro 0:00
  • Lesson Overview 0:15
  • Ways to Improve Your Vocabulary 0:43
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    • Talk!
  • Naïve 2:08
  • Exemplify 3:03
  • Erratic 3:44
  • Forbear 4:16
  • Discern 5:25
  • Autonomy 5:54
  • Eradicate 6:37
  • Abstruse 7:05
  • Rhetoric 7:54
  • Substantiate 8:45