SAT Word of the Day: iconoclast

December 20, 2014 by  
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iconoclast (n.)

critic, unbeliever, heretic, non-conformist

In a sentence:

“Because he refused to conform to the artistic norms of his day, Vincent Van Gogh secured a place for himself in history as one of the great iconoclasts.”

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SAT Word of the Day: intemperance

December 19, 2014 by  
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intemperance (n.)

excessive appetite or passion, lack of restraint

In a sentence:

“It was exceedingly difficult for Dave to stop drinking because of his innate intemperance.”

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SAT Word of the Day: dubious

December 18, 2014 by  
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dubious (adj.)

doubtful

In a sentence:

“Because Liam was known for telling tall tales, his friends found the story of his latest adventure to be dubious.”

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SAT Word of the Day: sundry

December 17, 2014 by  
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sundry (adj.)

various, diverse

In a sentence:

“At Mrs. Stevens house, the trick or treaters always had a choice between sundry candies.”

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SAT Word of the Day: exonerate

December 16, 2014 by  
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exonerate (v.)

clear of wrongdoing

In a sentence:

“People across the state were happy when Governor Ferguson exonerated the innocent man who had wrongly been convicted of murder.”

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SAT Word of the Day: plaudit

December 15, 2014 by  
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plaudit (n.)

enthusiastic approval, applause, acclaim

In a sentence:

“The famous author was so accustomed to receiving plaudit from all the critics that he was shocked when his new novel got merely mediocre reviews.”

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SAT Word of the Day: extant

December 14, 2014 by  
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extant (adj.)

in existence

In a sentence:

“The archeologist was thrilled when she found out that the only extant copy of the codex had merely been forgotten in the stacks of the old library and was not destroyed as was originally thought.”

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SAT Word of the Day: ratify

December 13, 2014 by  
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ratify (v.)

confirm, authorize

In a sentence:

“Even though the President had already decided to go to war, he still waited for congress to ratify his decision.”

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SAT Word of the Day: clairvoyant

December 12, 2014 by  
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clairvoyant (v.)

able to tell the future

In a sentence:

“Although Cassandra was clairvoyant and knew exactly how events would unfold, she was tragically unable to change the course of the future.”

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SAT Word of the Day: flotsam

December 11, 2014 by  
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flotsam (n.)

floating material, trash

In a sentence:

“Although less than a century ago space was completely free of human generated debris, the earth’s orbit is now full of flotsam.”

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