Vocabulary Enhancement Part 2

This is the second in a series of vocabulary enhancement activities. The words used in this project are taken from the 1000-word SAT suggested vocabulary list. I recommend that you listen to the podcast and over learn the sample sentences and then develop additional sentences of your own. Additionally, find ways to use the words in your everyday conversations. The words, parts of speed, definitions, and sample sentences used in the podcast are provided below.

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abase (verb) – to lower in position, estimation; to degrade; to humble

The presidential candidate would not abase himself by talking to the media concerning his ex-wife’s comment about their marriage. (to degrade)

The bishop did not abase himself by doing manual labor to help the residents rebuild after the storm had destroyed most of the town. (to lower in position)

Compromising with her husband did not require her to abase herself or her principles. (to degrade; to lower)

aberration (noun) – deviation from a right, customary, or prescribed course; a problem or behavior that is unusual or unexpected_

When Sarah received her paper, the grade was such an aberration for her she cried all during dinner. (deviation from customary course)

The problem with many inexpensive digital cameras is lack of clarity aberration in the final product. (a problem that is unusual or unexpected)

Her obscene ranting in the church seems an aberration, considering her usually tranquil demeanor. (deviation from a customary course)

banal (adjective) – commonplace; lacking originality or freshness

She made some banal remarks about the dress the poor girl was wearing, but no one acknowledged them. (commonplace)

The guided tour was so banal that everyone decided not to follow the schedule the next day and explored the city on their own. (lacking originality or freshness)

The salesperson must have been on the job too long because she continued to chase customers away with her banal statements about the cars. (commonplace)

 bauble (noun) – trinket; an inexpensive piece of jewelry; a showy, usually cheap, ornament

Helen was heartbroken because the jewelry box contained a bauble instead of the engagement ring she had anticipated. (an inexpensive piece of jewelry)

Most people cover their Christmas trees with baubles because too often tree ornaments are broken. (a showy, usually cheap ornament)

Upon his return from Asia, the father gave baubles to every child in his daughter’s fifth grade class. (trinket)

beatify (verb) – to make supremely happy; (in the Roman Catholic Church) to give a dead person a title of honor for being very good

Mother Teresa was beatified by Pope John Paul II shortly after her death. (to give a dead person a title of honor for being very  good)

Those who have never been wealthy believe that material resources alone can beatify a person. (to make supremely happy)

Many who have been martyred for their faith have also been beatified by the church. (to give a dead person a title of honor)

Vocabulary Enhancement Part 1

This is the first in a series of vocabulary enhancement activities. The words used in this project are taken from the 1000-word SAT suggested vocabulary list. I recommend that you listen to the podcast and over learn the sample sentences and then develop additional sentences of your own. Additionally, find ways to use the words in your everyday conversations. The words, parts of speed, definitions, and sample sentences used in the podcast are provided below.

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precept (noun) – a rule establishing standards of conduct; a court order demanding payment 

Before joining any organization, a person should understand the precepts he or she is expected to follow as a member. (rules establishing standards of conduct)            

In religion, precepts are usually commands concerning moral conduct (e.g., one person should not kill another). (rules establishing standards of conduct) 

The judge issued a precept that the parents compensate the owner for the window that the child had broken. (court order demanding payment) 

forbearance (noun) – patience, willingness to wait; a refraining from the enforcement of something

Many of the mortgage companies in the United States are not demonstrating forbearance—they are very quick to foreclose on delinquent accounts. (patience, willingness to wait)

She showed great forbearance by not disciplining her son who had stolen the candy from the store. (refraining from the enforcement of something)

We thank you for your forbearance while we determine the problem with the new computer you purchased. (patience, willingness to wait)

appropriate (verb) – to take for one’s own use (especially without the owner’s permission), to acquire, to set aside

Each year, the Congress of the United States appropriates billions of dollars for the defense of the nation.   (to set aside)  

Every business owner must be vigilant concerning employees appropriating supplies and equipment. (to take for one’s own use)

In communal living situations, no one may appropriate a common use resource. (to take for one’s own use)

remonstrate (verb) – to protest, object; to resent and urge reasons in opposition

Currently, some well-off citizens of the U.S. are remonstrating against the very system that allowed them to obtain their wealth. (to protest, object)

The President does not seem to be concerned about the number of people remonstrating against his policies. (to urge reasons in opposition

College campuses are traditional locations for students to remonstrate, but these actions too often become violent. (protest, object)

mettlesome (adjective) – courageous, high-spirited

Sally was always a mettlesome person, so it was not very surprising that she joined the Marine Corp after high school. (courageous, high-spirited)

The mettlesome routine of the opening comedian caused the audience to be disappointed with the main event. (, high-spirited)

The child’s mettlesome action of putting the fire out saved the woman from certain death. (courageous, high-spirited)