SAT Word of the Day: hackneyed

hackneyed (adj.)

commonplace, trite, banal

In a sentence:

“The editor of the magazine told her staff to come up with original and astute insights in their writing instead of relying on hackneyed expressions. ”

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SAT Word of the Day: decorous

decorous (adj.)

dignified

In a sentence:

“After observing the sloppy dress and casual mannerisms of the teenagers at the mall, Natalie’s grandfather remarked that the current generation is not decorous in the slightest. ”

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SAT Word of the Day: despoil

despoil (v.)

strip of possessions, plunder, pillage

In a sentence:

“Pirates and privateers alike were known for savagely despoiling villages up and down the coast, taking whatever they wanted and destroying the rest.”

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SAT Word of the Day: reclusive

reclusive (adj.)

unsociable; secluded; shy

In a sentence:

“Although Anna is often thought of as reclusive, once you get to know her she’s actually quite warm and friendly.”

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SAT Word of the Day: solicitousness

solicitousness (adj.)

show interest, eager to please

In a sentence:

“Greg’s natural solicitousness aided him as a waiter since his tables always felt well taken care of and left him large tips.”

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SAT Word of the Day: censure

censure (v.)

criticize in a harsh manner

In a sentence:

“Far from being praised for his bravery as he had expected, the commander instead censured Private Hampson for his lack of sense.”

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SAT Word of the Day: conflagration

conflagration (n.)

fire

In a sentence:

“Because the southwest has seen a number of conflagrations in the past decade, the forest service is investigating new techniques to prevent these events from being so devastating.”

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SAT Word of the Day: adroit

adroit (adj.)

cleverly resourceful, or ingenious

In a sentence:

“Even the most brilliant detectives from Scotland Yard were unable to figure out how the adroit bank robber performed the heist.”

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SAT Word of the Day: lackadaisical

lackadaisical (n.)

lazy, without interest or determination

In a sentence:

“Despite his teacher’s warnings that he would get nowhere with a lackadaisical approach, Mark continued to slack off at school.”

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SAT Word of the Day: churlish

churlish (adj.)

rude or surly

In a sentence:

“Alicia was punished for her churlish behavior at the party and was not allowed to come out of her room until she learned how to be polite to the guests.”

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