Vocab Videos Word Scramble: Twitter & Facebook Solutions

  • 12/10/10: Incisive (adj.)= penetrating, clear, and sharp. Unlike most baseball announcers, Steve gives truly incisive analysis instead of repeating the same hackneyed ideas.
  • 11/4/10: Circumvent (adj.)= to avoid or get around. In an effort to circumvent any delays, we skipped the middleman and went straight to the top.
    *SAT Vocab Synonym: elude
  • 9/21/10: Obfuscate (v.)= to confuse or make obscure. The candidate intentionally obfuscated his proposal so the voters wouldn’t realize he was calling for a massive tax hike.
    *SAT Vocab Synonym: confound
  • 8/30/10: Hedonistic (adj.)= valuing pleasure over all else. Dave lived a hedonistic life and spent all of his time eating chocolate sauce straight from the bottle.
    *Word Alert: A hedonist is one who only values pleasure.
  • 8/19/10: Reclusive (adj.)= seeking or preferring isolation. The reclusive author always refuses to give interviews about his work.
    *Word Alert: A recluse is someone who is reclusive.
  • 7/22/10: Divergent (adj.)= drawing apart from a common point; differing from another. The twins’ lives followed divergent paths, with one becoming a doctor and the other becoming a drunken fool.
  • 7/9/10: Belie (v.)=to represent falsely. John’s laughter belies the true pain he feels inside.
  • 7/2/10: Mercenary (adj.)=motivated solely by a desire for monetary or material gain. I don’t care if I seem mercenary; I refuse to help unless I get paid.
    *Word Alert: “Mercenary” can also be a noun meaning one who works or serves for mercenary reasons.
  • 6/30/10: Efficacious (adj.)=effective. The efficacious treatment effectively cured my headache.
  • 6/17/10: Haughty (adj.)=snobbish; overly proud. Harry is so haughty; he thinks he’s the man.
    *Related “Cocky” SAT vocab: bombastic, grandiose, pompous
  • 6/14/10: Juxtapose (v.)=to place side by side. Las Vegas is a place of contrasts: a bustling city of lights juxtaposed with an empty, desolate desert.
  • 6/8/10: Garrulous (adj.)= talkative. Gary is so garrulous that it seems like he’s always got his phone to his ear.
    *SAT vocab synonyms: verbose, voluble
  • 6/1/10: Placid (adj.)= calm, quiet. Sitting by this placid lake helps me meditate.
    *SAT vocab synonyms: tranquil, serene
  • 5/26/10: Pernicious (adj.)= deadly or destructive. The disease has a pernicious effect; it single-handedly killed an entire species.
  • 5/19/10: Nebulous (adj.)=hazy, vague; lacking defined form. I’m not sure of exactly what he wants because he only gave these nebulous orders.
    *Related SAT vocab: ambiguous (adj.), amorphous (adj.)
  • 5/17/10: Sanguine (adj.)=cheerful. A few glasses of sangria always makes me feel sanguine.
    *Additional “Happy Camper” SAT vocab: elated (adj.), buoyant (adj.), felicity (n.
  • 5/13/10: Negligible (adj.)=insignificant, really small. A 10 point change in your SAT score is negligible and will not affect your college admission.
    *SAT Vocab Synonyms: trivial, inconsequential, frivolous
  • 5/10/10: Amenable (adj.)=open to advice or suggestion. She is in need of assistance and is amenable to any suggestions that you might have.
  • 5/4/10: Mercurial (adj.)=changeable, erratic. Amy is a mercurial woman; she loves you one moment then hates you the next.
    *SAT vocab synonyms: erratic, volatile
  • 4/29/10: Conjecture (n.)= guesswork. Until we get the test results back, discussing whether John is on steroids is just conjecture.
  • 4/28/10: Voluminous (adj.)= big; having large volume. Her voluminous vocabulary is what allows her to be so voluble.
    *SAT vocab synonyms: copious, prodigious
  • 4/26/10:  Expedite (v.)=to speed the progress of. Maybe if we hire more employees we can expedite the project.
  • 4/21/10: Transitory (adj.)=existing only briefly. True happiness can be achieved, but it is transitory, passing us by after the briefest of moments.
    Other Gone in 60 Seconds themed vocab: transient, ephemeral, evanescent
  • 4/15/10: Equanimity (n.)= the quality of being calm and even tempered. Scott is known for displaying equanimity in times of stress.
    *Related SAT vocab: tranquil, composed, serene
  • 4/14/10: Obtrusive (adj.)= sticking out, noticeable; brash meddling. Doug was embarrassed by the obtrusive pimple on the tip of his nose.
    *Word Alert: to obtrude is to be obtrusive.
  • 4/12/10: Bombastic (adj.)=using arrogant or pretentious speech. My bombastic English teacher uses big words to show off how smart he is, but he never actually says anything meaningful.
    *Word Alert: Bombastic is close in meaning to the SAT vocabulary word, verbose.
  • 4/7/10: Perspicacity (n.)=a high level of perception or understanding. Because of the amazing perspicacity he has shown, we made him the executive vice president of the company.
  • 4/6/10: Ebullient (adj.)=enthusiastic, lively. The bubbly girl was so ebullient that I felt invigorated by talking to her.
    *Extra tidbit: Related SAT vocab- exuberant, vivacious
  • 4/5/10: Innocuous (adj.)=harmless.  It was an innocuous comment; it wasn’t meant to hurt anybody’s feelings.
    *Extra tidbit: from Latin “innocuus” or “harmless,” in- “not” + nocuus “hurtful”
  • 4/2/10: Conciliate (v.)=to bring peace, quiet, or calm to; to relieve. The president had to conciliate the angry nation before war broke out.
    *Extra tidbit: Related SAT vocab- appease, mollify
  • 4/1/10: Impetuous (adj.)=energetically impulsive, unthinking. The impetuous child always acts on his first desire without considering the consequences.
    *Extra tidbit: SAT vocabulary synonym “capricious
  • 3/31/10: Adroit (adj.)=very skilled. The adroit acrobat twirled and whirled through the air.
    *Extra etymological tidbit: The prefix, mal- means “bad,” and so “maladroit” fittingly = lacking in adroitness or unskillful.
  • 3/30/10: Dubious (adj.)=doubtful, questionable. I am skeptical of your dubious claim that you can eat 50 hot dogs in five minutes.
  • 3/29/10: Denounce (v.)= to condemn openly. The candidate denounced the current mayor, blaming him for the increasing crime and excessive tax rates.
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