SAT vocabulary: quotidian

What does quotidian mean? Read below for the definition.

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quotidian most nearly means

(A) plausible
(B) timely
(C) intangible
(D) mundane
(E) colossal

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Part of Speech of quotidian

quotidian is an ADJECTIVE.

Pronunciation quotidian

Here’s how to pronounce quotidian:

IPA: /kwoʊ.ˈtɪ.di.ən/

Glossary-style: [kwoe-TIH-dee-un]

Definition of quotidian

quotidian means: common, ordinary, trivial (Ex: quotidian duties, such as putting away one’s clothes). daily; occurring or recurring every day (Ex: quotidian dialysis; quotidian report).

Explain more about quotidian, please

If something is quotidian, then it literally occurs every day. By extension, it is also common, expected, ordinary, and completely unexciting.

Example of quotidian

Here’s the word quotidian used in a sentence:

The premise of the reality television show was that one or two rich people would have to live a conventional middle-class life and have the same quotidian responsibilities that the rest of us have.

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SAT vocabulary: cacophony

What does cacophony mean? Read below for the definition.

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cacophony most nearly means

(A) idea
(B) luxury
(C) racket
(D) ilk
(E) glare

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Part of Speech of cacophony

cacophony is a NOUN.

Pronunciation cacophony

Here’s how to pronounce cacophony:

IPA: /kə.ˈkɒ.fə.ni/

Glossary-style: [kuh-KAH-fuh-nee]

Definition of cacophony

cacophony means: a mix of harsh, discordant sounds; dissonance (Ex: the cacophony of car horns and police sirens).

Explain more about cacophony, please

cacophony simply means loud noise that hurts your ears. For example, imagine the worst, loudest sounds you can imagine–sirens wailing, dogs barking, babies crying, horns honking, all at once. That’s cacophony.

And the best part is that cacophony is very much pinky-up kind of word. Throw it into your writing or speech here and there, and people will be rightfully impressed with your high level of vocabulary.

Example of cacophony

Here’s the word cacophony used in a sentence:

Perceived as cacophony by some, the shouts, calls, and laughter of the playground was euphony [beautiful sounds] to Señor Chang, who reminisced nostalgically on his childhood.

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SAT vocabulary: mirth

What does mirth mean? Read below for the definition.

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mirth most nearly means

(A) anger
(B) act
(C) failure
(D) happiness
(E) desire

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Part of Speech of mirth

mirth is a NOUN.

Pronunciation of mirth

Here’s how to pronounce mirth:

IPA: /mərθ/

Glossary-style: [muhrth]

Definition of mirth

mirth means: happiness, gaiety, or jollity; pleasure or joy (Ex: a day full of mirth).

Explain more about mirth, please

mirth is simply happiness. The word mirth has some connatations of enjoying oneself in a the company of others, especially at holiday times, family meals, and yes, alcohol.

Finally, the word mirth sounds a bit old, so you’re more likely to come across it older writings than modern ones.

Example of mirth

Here’s the word mirth used in a sentence:

The New Year’s Eve party was marked by great mirth as friends celebrated the incoming year together.

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SAT vocabulary: empirical

What does empirical mean? Read below for the definition.

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empirical most nearly means

(A) large
(B) extant
(C) confirmable
(D) hard
(E) distant

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Part of Speech of empirical

empirical is an ADJECTIVE.

Pronunciation empirical

Here’s how to pronounce empirical:

IPA: /ɛm.’piɹ.ɪ.kəl/

Glossary-style: [em-PEER-ih-kul ]

Definition of empirical

empirical means: derived from or guided by experience or experiment (Ex: empirical evidence).

Explain more about empirical, please

Empirical evidence is evidence that has been obtained through observation, experimentation, or experience. Sure, that sounds logical you’re thinking. What other kind of evidence or information is there? Well, some people rely on the often-unreliable method of… guessing. Or intuition. For example, sometimes people attribute their success to a good-luck charm, such as a favorite pair of socks. Or they say, “I got a 2380 on my SAT because I memorized lots of vocabulary!” How do people know this? It is often the case that the utterers of these statements in fact based their statements not on empirical evidence but on intuition, suspicion, or more vaguely, a general hope for things to be the way they want them to be.

And when we make decisions, we rely on a variety of resources and information to make the best choice possible. Sometimes we base our decisions on past experiences; other times, we use our intuition or “gut feelings” to decide what to do. If we base our decisions information that has been carefully collected and measured, then we are using empirical data. empirical data or evidence is different from theoretical or intuitive information, which is derived from guesses or other “non-scientific” methods of obtaining information.

So, empirical simply means based on evidence as opposed to based on a theory, a guess, a “gut-feeling”, or the like.

Example of empirical

Here’s the word empirical used in a sentence:

Scientists are trained to gather empirical evidence to support their theories, not common sense.

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SAT vocabulary: vitiate

What does vitiate mean? Read below for the definition.

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vitiate most nearly means

(A) corrupt
(B) slaughter
(C) enrage
(D) terrify
(E) avoid

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Part of Speech of vitiate

vitiate is a VERB.

Pronunciation of vitiate

Here’s how to pronounce vitiate:

IPA: /’vɪ.ʃi.eɪt/

Glossary-style: [VIH-shee-ate]

Definition of vitiate

vitiate means: debase or morally corrupt (Ex: enthusiasm vitiated by years of failure). spoil, make faulty; reduce the value, quality, or effectiveness of something (Ex: to vitiate the quality of the conversation by yawning and not paying attention).

Explain more about vitiate, please

vitiate is not a terribly common word (not one that I use in my daily speech, anyway). vitiate basically means to reduce the good qualities of something. For example, if you vitiate the power of the government, you weaken it. If you vitiate the importance of something, you make it less important.

Example of vitiate

Here’s the word vitiate used in a sentence:

The TA inadvertently vitiated the professor’s attempt to make a point by letting go of a laugh at an inopportune moment.

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SAT vocabulary: abated

What does abated mean? Read below for the definition.

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abated most nearly means

(A) decreased
(B) retired
(C) exploded
(D) existed
(E) appeared

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Part of Speech of abated

abated is a(n) VERB.

Pronunciation abated

Here’s how to pronounce abated:

IPA: /ə.ˈbeɪ.tɪd/

Glossary-style: [uh-BAY-tid]

Definition of abated

abated means: diminished in degree or intensity; died down (Ex: His anger abated with time.).

Explain more about abated, please

If something abated, then it decreased, diminished, or went down. For example, you could say that Jessie’s interest in an athlete abated when she learned that the athlete had used steroids or other banned substances to improve his performance.

Example of abated

Here’s the word abated used in a sentence:

Unfortunately the gales had not yet abated by the time Chip and Dale approached Cape Horn, and the intrepid duo had to turn back.

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SAT vocabulary: hullabaloo

What does hullabaloo mean? Read below for the definition.

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hullabaloo most nearly means

(A) time
(B) vista
(C) tumult
(D) engagement
(E) aroma

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Part of Speech of hullabaloo

hullabaloo is a(n) NOUN.

Pronunciation hullabaloo

Here’s how to pronounce hullabaloo:

IPA: /ˈhə.lə.bə.lu/

Glossary-style: [HUH-luh-buh-loo]

Definition of hullabaloo

hullabaloo means: a loud, continued noise; confusion, uproar, or commotion (Ex: hullabaloo after the team’s victory).

Explain more about hullabaloo, please

hullabaloo is a great word, and not just because it’s fun to say. hullabaloo refers to a situation that is noisy, chaotic, confusion, and full of disorder. For example, in some cities on holiday nights (for example, Halloween), you might see or hear a hullabaloo when a large number of people (who’ve often had a bit too much to drink) get rowdy out on the street.

Example of hullabaloo

Here’s the word hullabaloo used in a sentence:

“What’s all the hullabaloo?!” roared irascible Uncle Fred to the children playing with their toys. The excited children quickly quieted down, grumbling to themselves that Uncle Fred was really an Uncle Scrooge.

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SAT vocabulary: vexation

This man's expression illustrates the challenge vocabulary word "vexation"
*grumble, grumble”

What does vexation mean? Read below for the definition.

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vexation most nearly means

(A) annoyance
(B) activity
(C) permanence
(D) contortion
(E) dearth

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Part of Speech of vexation

vexation is a(n) NOUN.

Pronunciation vexation

Here’s how to pronounce vexation:

IPA: /vɛk.ˈseɪ.ʃən/

Glossary-style: [vehk-SAY-shuhn]

Definition of vexation

vexation means: the state of feeling annoyed, irritated, or bothered (Ex: her vexation was obvious). something that annoys or irritates (Ex: Hot weather can be a vexation for some people.).

Explain more about vexation, please

vexation sounds like a highfalutin word, and perhaps it is, but it really just basically means irritation or annoyance. In simpler language vexation just refers to being irritated, annoyed, bothered, or “bugged”.

Example of vexation

Here’s the word vexation used in a sentence:

The vexation of being lost while on vacation can often turn into something wonderful in that you may end up discovering something interesting by traveling the “road less traveled”.

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SAT vocabulary: obtuse

A silly face illustrates the challenge vocabulary word "obtuse"
This is how students look when they don’t study.

What does obtuse mean? Read below for the definition.

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obtuse most nearly means

(A) shiny
(B) untimely
(C) sharp
(D) tangible
(E) dull

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Part of Speech of obtuse

obtuse is a(n) ADJECTIVE.

Pronunciation obtuse

Here’s how to pronounce obtuse:

IPA: /əb.ˈtus/

Glossary-style: [uhb-TOOS]

Definition of obtuse

obtuse means: not intelligent. lacking intelligence or sensitivity (Ex: an obtuse statement). dull or blunt. (geometry) having an obtuse angle.

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Example of obtuse

Here’s the word obtuse used in a sentence:

With a little too much alcohol in his system, Bubba made a few obtuse remarks that we would later greatly regret.

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SAT vocabulary: inchoate

A tadpole illustrates the challenge vocabulary word "inchoate"
These frogs in training are going to become an army of frogs one day.

What does inchoate mean? Read below for the definition.

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inchoate most nearly means

(A) unformed
(B) lucky
(C) new
(D) layered
(E) toxic

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Part of Speech of inchoate

inchoate is a(n) ADJECTIVE.

Pronunciation inchoate

Here’s how to pronounce inchoate:

IPA: /ɪn.ˈkoʊ.ɪt/

Glossary-style: [ihn-KO-iht]

Definition of inchoate

inchoate means: not yet completely formed; still developing (Ex: an inchoate plan). in an early stage of development.

Explain more about inchoate, please

Something that is inchoate is not fully formed; it’s still in the process of growing or becoming more fully formed. We commonly use inchoate today to talk about ideas or plans to change that have just started, i.e., that haven’t yet gotten off the ground.

Example of inchoate

Here’s the word inchoate used in a sentence:

Most of the student’s ideas for his term paper were inchoate–he had a vague idea that he wanted to write something meaningful and world-changing, but he had no specific details.

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