SAT practice

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  1. churlish
    • (adjective) rude or irritable
    • "They invited me to dinner and I thought it would be _________ to refuse."
  2. vernacular
    • (noun) (used in) everyday speech
    • "The French I learnt in school is very different from the local ___________ of the village I"m now living in."
  3. remittance
    • (noun) payment sent to a party in another place
    • "He worked as a builder in Chicago and received ____________s from his bank in Chicago."
  4. disparage
    • (verb) express a negative opinion of
    • "The actor's work for charity has recently been _____________d in the press as an attempt to get publicity."
  5. ostensible
    • (adjective) of motives or facts that are apparent but not necessarily real or true
    • "Their _________ goal was to clean up government corruption, but their real aim was to unseat the government."
  6. encapsulate
    • (verb) contain the essential truths in
    • "It was very difficult to __________ the story of the revolution in a single one-hour documentary."
  7. guise
    • (noun) deceptive outward appearance
    • "The men who arrived in the _______ of drug dealers were actually undercover police officers."
  8. pragmatic
    • (adjective) practical
    • "In business, the _________ approach to problems is often more successful than an idealistic one."
  9. aphorism
    • (noun) expression of a general truth in a short witty saying
    • "Oscar Wilde was famous for such __________s as 'Experience is the name everyone gives to their mistakes'."
  10. semblance
    • (noun) appearance of things that is deceptive
    • "The city has now return to some _________ of normality after last night's celebrations."
  11. spurious
    • (adjective) not genuine
    • "Some of the arguments in favor of shutting the factory are questionable and others downright _________."
  12. nefarious
    • (adjective) wicked
    • "The director of the company seems to have been involved in some _______ practices/activities."
  13. impetus
    • (noun) force that keeps something moving
    • "The recent publicity surrounding homelessness has given (a) fresh ________ to the cause."
  14. viable
    • (adjective) able to continue living or being used
    • "In order to make the company ______, it will unfortunately be necessary to reduce staffing levels."
  15. posterity
    • (noun) future generations of people
    • "Every attempt is being made to ensure that these works of art are preserved for ________."
  16. disparate
    • (adjective) vastly different
    • "The two cultures were so utterly _______ that she found it hard to adapt from one to the other."
  17. vindicate
    • (verb) shown to be correct or innocent
    • "The decision to include Morris in the team was completely ________d when he scored three goals."
  18. unflappable
    • (adjective) not easily shocked
    • "She's totally _______ - you have to be when working in such a highly-pressured environment."
  19. virulent
    • (adjective) very poisonous or infectious
    • "A particularly _________ strain of flu has recently claimed a number of lives in the US."
  20. unprecedented
    • (adjective) of events where nothing similar has happened in the past
    • "This century has witnessed environmental destruction on an __________ scale."
  21. intersperse
    • (verb) break up the flow of something
    • "The documentary __________s graphical animations with film clips of the actual event."
  22. auspicious
    • (adjective) seen to show good luck
    • "They won their first match of the season 5-1 which was a(n) ____________ start/beginning."
    • untenable (adjective) unable to be believed
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SAT practice
2013-02-28 16:07:52

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