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Test Prep Vocabulary – abolish

Today’s Test Prep Vocabulary:  abolish eliminate Word Building: abolere – to destroy, to stop or slow the growth of (Latin) Sample Sentence: The Emancipation Proclamation abolished slavery in the United States; however, many nations around the world still allow this baneful practice. photo credit

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Test Prep Vocabulary – diligent

Today’s Test Prep Vocabulary:  diligent adjective to mean hard working, persevering Word Building:  legere – to select, to choose, to love diligently diligence Sample Sentence: The slack hand impoverishes, but the hand of the diligent enriches. (Proverbs 10:4) photo credit

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Test Prep Vocabulary – baneful

Today’s Test Prep Vocabulary:  baneful causing ruin, harmful, pernicious Word Building: bane – thought to be from bana meaning to slay, murder -ful – suffix meaning “full of,” “to have a tendency toward,” “able to” Sample Sentence: Hurricane Sandy is having a baneful effect on much of the Northeast. photo credit

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Today’s Test Prep Vocabulary – punctilious

Today’s Test Prep Vocabulary:  punctilious strict adherence to rule close attention to detail or etiquette Word Building: puntum – to puncture or prick (Latin Sample Sentence: The valedictorian always checks her papers punctiliously before handing them in. photo credit

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Today’s Test Prep Vocabulary – debate

Today’s Test Prep Vocabulary:  debate as a noun – a formal discussion of two sides of an issue or between different candidates. as a verb – to deliberate, discuss, deliberate, discuss Word Building: de – down (French) battere – to fight or to beat (Latin) Sample Sentence: Tonight Mitt Romney and Barack Obama faced off…

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Today’s Test Prep Vocabulary – placate

Today’s Test Prep Vocabulary:  placate appease, pacify, bring calm to Word Building: Latin placare, placere – to please -ate from -atus, ata, atum – added to show past participle of a verb, can also be used to transform Latin verbs ending in “a” to adjectives or nouns. Sample Sentence: The jury’s verdict of guilty did…

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Today’s Test Prep Vocabulary – inconspicuous

Today’s Test Prep Vocabulary:  inconspicuous not noticeable, blending in Word Building: Latin in – not com- (Could also be seen as con- or co-) – with or together specere – scopium – to look carefully Sample Sentence: The hunter did his best to look inconspicuous. photo credit

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Test Prep Vocabulary – lackluster

Today’s Test Prep Vocabulary:  lackluster lackluster – bleak, uninspiring Word Building: lack + lustrare lack – to not have, to be missing “Lack” was often added to words such as lackland. What do you think lackland means? lustrare – to polish or brighten (Latin) Sample Sentence: The actress blamed her lackluster performance on the poor script, but…

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Test Prep Vocabulary – nonagenarian

Today’s Test Prep Vocabulary:  nonagenarian a person in his nineties Word Building: nona (novem) – nine (Latin) + gen (e/o) – having to do with one’s birth (genesis, generation, gene) + ian – relating to Sample Sentence: In lieu of a typical SAT sentence, today I would like to honor my Grandfather, William Slattery. Today…

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Test Prep Vocabulary – forlorn

Today’s Test Prep Vocabulary:  forlorn dejected, desolate, woebegone, lonely Word Building: Possibly from root of leu or loose/loss (Old English) Sample Sentence: The woman became forlorn when she found she had been rejected for the part. photo credit

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