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)

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