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SAT vocabulary: infidel

What does infidel mean? Read below for the definition.

Quick vocab quiz for the word infidel

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infidel most nearly means

(A) aesthete
(B) sage
(C) dullard
(D) non-believer
(E) cynic

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Now let’s learn about the word infidel.

Part of Speech of infidel

infidel is a NOUN.

Pronunciation of infidel

Here’s how to pronounce infidel:

IPA: /ˈɪn.fɪ.dɛl/

Glossary-style: [IHN-fih-dehl]

Definition of infidel

infidel means: a person who does not believe in a particular religion, especially Christianity or Islam.

Explain more about infidel, please

An infidel is someone who does not believe in a religion, especially Christianity or Islam. infidel is not a very nice word, so try to avoid calling people infidels. By extension, an infidel can also be someone who doesn’t accept a particular belief or principle.

Example of infidel

Here’s the word infidel used in a sentence:

It is important for members of different religious groups not to view others as infidels so that they may have peaceful relationships.

Discussion: What do a stereotypical American dog “Fido”, the U.S. Marines, and infidels have in common? A Latin word, of course.

You may already know that “fidelis” in Latin means “faithful”. The other examples? They are also important in American culture and language.

If you watch enough American television or read American comic books, you might think that all dogs in the U.S. are named “Fido”, “Rover”, or “Rex”. (Truth be told, I’ve never known any dog with any of these names.) “Fido”, of course, comes from Latin and is a nod to the human perception of dogs as being loyal.

I was once walking through LAX, the airport in Los Angeles, and saw one man say ot another, “Semper Fi!” The other turned to look at him and said, “Semper Fi, buddy, Semper Fi.” It was interesting to see the exchange of code between the two. Of course, the motto of the U.S. Marines (and other organizations as well) is “Semper Fidelis”, which is often shorted to “Semper Fi” and means “always faithful”.

And finally, an “infidel”, at least according to the etymology of the word, is someone who is unfaithful to a particular religion. I don’t think I’ve ever heard anyone actually refer to another as an infidel; it seems it’s others telling us of others referring to others as infidels (e.g., on news reports).

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SAT vocabulary: candid

What does candid mean? Read below for the definition.

Quick vocab quiz for the word candid

First, before you read about the word candid, try this quick vocab quiz:

candid most nearly means

(A) frank
(B) fearful
(C) ironic
(D) scary
(E) shy

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Now let’s learn about the word candid.

Part of Speech of candid

candid is an ADJECTIVE.

Pronunciation of candid

Here’s how to pronounce candid:

IPA: /ˈkæn.dɪd/

Glossary-style: [KAHN-dihd]

Definition of candid

candid means: frank, honest, or outspoken. not hiding one’s feelings (Ex: to speak candidly).

Explain more about candid, please

candid simply means not hiding anything or being completely honest about what one thinks, feels, etc. We generally tend to be very candid with our friends, but perhaps less so with people we don’t know well, or *gasp*, when we have something to hide, as from a teacher, a police officer, our parents, and others in authority.

Example of candid

Here’s the word candid used in a sentence:

Politicians are some of the least candid people on the planet, although they tend to try very hard not to appear this way.

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SAT vocabulary: austere

What does austere mean? Read below for the definition.

Quick vocab quiz for the word austere

First, before you read about the word austere, try this quick vocab quiz:

austere most nearly means

(A) calm
(B) static
(C) severe
(D) cold
(E) firm

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Part of Speech of austere

austere is an ADJECTIVE.

Pronunciation of austere

Here’s how to pronounce austere:

IPA: /ɔ.ˈstɪər/

Glossary-style: [aw-STEER]

Definition of austere

austere means: serious, severe, or stern. lacking any physical comfort or decoration (Ex: living austerely in the wilderness).

Explain more about austere, please

austere means not having comfort or decoration. The idea is that if something is austere, then it completely lacks anything unnecessary; it is the bare minimum that is needed. For example, austere living conditions would not include soft, fluffy pillows, massage chairs, or anything that makes life more relaxing or enjoyable.

Example of austere

Here’s the word austere used in a sentence:

Monks are widely known for subjecting themselves to living austere lives, eschewing all comforts in an effort to make their minds spiritually pure.

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SAT vocabulary: tantalize

Tantalus depicted in a painting.
So near, yet so far.

What does tantalize mean? Read below for the definition.

Quick vocab quiz for the word tantalize

First, before you read about the word tantalize, try this quick vocab quiz:

tantalize most nearly means

(A) amaze
(B) decline
(C) distance
(D) ignore
(E) tease

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Now let’s learn about the word tantalize.

Part of Speech of tantalize

tantalize is a VERB.

Pronunciation of tantalize

Here’s how to pronounce tantalize:

IPA: /ˈtæn.tə.laɪz/

Glossary-style: [TAHN-tuh-lyz]

Definition of tantalize

tantalize means: attract, entice, or torment with the promise of something desirable but not likely to reachable or attainable (Ex: Lotteries tantalize people with the chance to win millions of dollars.).

Explain more about tantalize, please

tantalize means to show something wonderful to someone to make him want it, but then to keep it out of reach. For example, if someone dangles a shiny toy in front of you, but doesn’t let you have it, then she is tantalizing you. So mean, right?

Example of tantalize

Here’s the word tantalize used in a sentence:

Although I’ve not been a victim of this scam, nor even seen it in action, I’ve heard of it. It works like this–the scam artist waits at a busy intersection where traffic backs up cars, thus keeping them stalled for a few seconds, but only a few seconds. The scammer suddenly appears, seemingly out of nowhere, holding what appears to be the original packaging of an expensive consumer item, say a high-end notebook computer. The ne’er-do-well, hoping to make a quick buck, offers to sell the box to the driver of the car for a very low price, say $20 to $50. The victim, tantalized by the offer of a shiny new computer, perhaps after feeling the heft of the box, figures he’ll take the scammer up on the offer, figuring he has only a few dollars to lose if the deal goes south. Soon the traffic light turns green, drivers are blowing their horns, and the victim feels pressured to drive off, perhaps pulling over to examine his loot, only to find rocks or a telephone book inside.

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SAT vocabulary: wistful

A dog looking wistfully at the camera
"Wistful? Me? Anthropomorphize much?

What does wistful mean? Read below for the definition.

Quick vocab quiz for the word wistful

First, before you read about the word wistful, try this quick vocab quiz:

wistful most nearly means

(A) angry
(B) drenched
(C) happy
(D) yearning
(E) diverse

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Now let’s learn about the word wistful.

Part of Speech of wistful

wistful is an ADJECTIVE.

Pronunciation of wistful

Here’s how to pronounce wistful:

IPA: /ˈwɪst.fəl/

Glossary-style: [WIHST-fuhl]

Definition of wistful

wistful means: characterized by melancholy or sadness; sad. longing or yearning for something. pensive or thinking about something deeply, especially in a sad way.

Explain more about wistful, please

wistful means sad and lost in thought, especially as if you’re missing someone or something. For example, if you get caught up in remembering good times that are long gone or someone you used to know and love who is no longer with you, you may become wistful. *sigh*

Example of wistful

Here’s the word wistful used in a sentence:

Rohit appeared wistful when someone mentioned his absence from the senior prom; he later confided that he’d long dreamt of participating in this rite of passage and knew he’d never have another chance to repeat it.

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