Tuesday, April 27, 2021

SAT, ACT, GRE Vocabulary - Worksheet #30

 

New Words for Today:
Usurp, Sordid, Virulent, Ascendancy

 

Usurp (Verb)

Type

Meaning

Synonyms

Antonyms

Verb

1: seize and take control without authority and possibly with force; take as one's right or possession; "He assumed to himself the right to fill all positions in the town"; "he usurped my rights"; "She seized control of the throne after her husband died" 2: take the place of; "gloom had usurped mirth at the party after the news of the terrorist act broke"

assume, seize, arrogate

 

Sordid (Adjective)

Type

Meaning

Synonyms

Antonyms

Adjective

1: morally degraded; "a seedy district"; "the seamy side of life"; "sleazy characters hanging around casinos"; "sleazy storefronts with...dirt on the walls"- Seattle Weekly; "the sordid details of his orgies stank under his very nostrils"- James Joyce; "the squalid atmosphere of intrigue and betrayal" 2: unethical or dishonest; "dirty police officers"; "a sordid political campaign" 3: foul and run-down and repulsive; "a flyblown bar on the edge of town"; "a squalid overcrowded apartment in the poorest part of town"; "squalid living conditions"; "sordid shantytowns"

seamy, seedy, sleazy, squalid, dirty, flyblown

 

Virulent (Adjective)

Type

Meaning

Synonyms

Antonyms

Adjective

1: extremely poisonous or injurious; producing venom; "venomous snakes"; "a virulent insect bite" 2: infectious; having the ability to cause disease 3: harsh or corrosive in tone; "an acerbic tone piercing otherwise flowery prose"; "a barrage of acid comments"; "her acrid remarks make her many enemies"; "bitter words"; "blistering criticism"; "caustic jokes about political assassination, talk-show hosts and medical ethics"; "a sulfurous denunciation"; "a vitriolic critique"

deadly, venomous, acerb, acerbic, acid, acrid, bitter

 

Ascendancy (Noun)

Type

Meaning

Synonyms

Antonyms

Noun

1: the state that exists when one person or group has power over another; "her apparent ascendancy over her husband was really her attempt to make him pay attention to her"

dominance, ascendance, control

 

Today's Vocabulary Challenges

*** Answers will be in the next worksheet of this level ***

 

Match Synonyms

Match Antonyms

1 rebuke A plenteous 1: 1 amorphous A static 1:
2 copious B baffled 2: 2 subordinate B structured 2:
3 ascendancy C trounce 3: 3 gratuitous C dominant 3:
4 bemused D dominance 4: 4 pervade D revocable 4:
5 ideology E philosophy 5: 5 irrevocable E necessary 5:

 

Match Definitions

1 characterized by motion A juxtapose 1:
2 being a single and separate person or thing; -William James B belabor 2:
3 greatest in importance or degree or significance or achievement C singular 3:
4 place side by side D preeminent 4:
5 beat soundly E kinetic 5:

 

Crossword Challenge
1 Across:
2: a deep opening in the earth's surface(5)
4: speed up the progress of; facilitate(8)
7: short account of an incident (especially a biographical one)(8)

Down:
1: imaginary or visionary theorization(8)
3: the pursuit of pleasure as a matter of ethical principle(8)
5: a person who has suffered the death of someone they loved(8)
6: be false to; be dishonest with(6)
2 3
4 5
6
7

 

Engligh Language Trivia

Percy Jackson is my favorite character per se !!
"per se" is also a Latin phrase which means "in itself". The statement was interesting per se; it did not make much sense in context, however

Did you know? - Study of snakes is called "ophiology."

 

Recent Words Learned: ascendancy, virulent, sordid, usurp, indigenous, deride, singular, ideology, extrovert, sanctimonious, polarize, heterogeneous, belabor, piscine, amorphous, willful, culinary, contiguous, kinetic, assuage

Answer to Synonyms Matching in worksheet 29: 1:A 2:B 3:C 4:D 5:E
Answer to Antonyms Matching in worksheet 29: 1:E 2:B 3:D 4:C 5:A
Answer to Definitions Matching in worksheet 29: 1:0 2:B 3:E 4:A 5:D
Answer to Crossword in worksheet 29: Across: 1: profess, 4: polarize, 8: panacea, 9: belabor Down: 2: singular, 3: hedonism, 5: cryptic, 6: piscine, 7: daunt

 

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