SAT Word of the Day: onerous

onerous (adj.)

burdensome, oppressive, troublesome

In a sentence:

“Because he knew the work would be particularly onerous, it was difficult for him to even find the motivation to begin.”

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SAT Word of the Day: ineffable

ineffable (adj.)

incapable of being described in words

In a sentence:

“Allison tried to tell her friends what it was like to climb Mount Everest, but quickly realized that the entire experience was simply ineffable.”

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SAT Word of the Day: abstruse

abstruse (adj.)

hard to understand, baffling

In a sentence:

“Poor grammar and word choice can make even the most simple topics entirely abstruse.”

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SAT Word of the Day: arcane

arcane (n.)

understood by very few, obscure, esoteric, secret

In a sentence:

“Because the knowledge that the wanderer sought was so difficult to obtain, he vowed to the shaman that he would do anything for just one fragment of her arcane wisdom.”

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SAT Word of the Day: soporific

soporific (adj.)

causing sleep; boring

In a sentence:

“Although Prof. Mitchell was thrilled to discuss the evolution of insect-fungal associations in southeast Asia, most students found his lecture on the topic to be soporific.”

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SAT Word of the Day: antipode

antipode (n.)

direct or exact opposite

In a sentence:

“The scholar and activist Elie Wiesel considered the antipode of love to be not hate, but indifference.”

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SAT Word of the Day: distention

distention (n.)

expansion, swelling

In a sentence:

“The yoga instructor showed us how to exhale fully and then inhale deeply so that our stomachs visibly experience contraction and distention.”

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SAT Word of the Day: comely

comely (adj.)

pleasing in appearance, attractive

In a sentence:

“It seemed as though all the girls in school were competing for the attention of the comely athlete.”

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SAT Word of the Day: fastidious

fastidious (adj.)

very careful, fussy, meticulous

In a sentence:

“Everyone in the office knew that there was something wrong when James, who was normally so fastidious, began making numerous careless mistakes.”

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SAT Word of the Day: alacrity

alacrity (n.)

quickness, promptness

In a sentence:

“Since Brian was a procrastinator by nature, it was difficult for him to develop the alacrity necessary for his success in the newsroom.”

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