ACT Prep Words #1

Vocabulary words to prepare us to read works from the American College Board's Top 100 Book List, to take the ACT, and for life in general.
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  1. truculent
    defiantly aggressive
    The band by an unfortunate accident was playing truculent military music.Wells, H. G. (Herbert George)
  2. rhetorical
    emphasizing style at the expense of thought
    The State Department said his remarks were rhetorical and not meant as a serious proposal.
    e.g., Using fancy language that does not necessarily mean anything.
  3. quotidian
    found in the ordinary course of events
    Having your house blow up isn't exactly quotidian.
    - Mr. O.
  4. paradox
    a statement that contradicts itself
    Aristotle first noticed that hot water freezes faster than cold, but chemists have always struggled to explain the paradox.
  5. trepidation
    a feeling of alarm or dread
    But the director said he faced "a lot of trepidation" about filming the slavery scenes.
  6. ubiquitous
    being present everywhere at once
    There are some complicated issues to sort out though before cars that drive themselves become ubiquitous.Forbes (Nov 8, 2013)
  7. reiterate
    say, state, or perform again
    I will reiterate this: you will be quizzed on these vocabulary words.
    - Mr. O.
  8. naive
    marked by or showing unaffected simplicity
    Manning's lawyers have portrayed him as naive but well-intentioned.
    Someone who is sheltered is naive.
  9. facetious
    cleverly amusing in tone
    “You never looked better,” said one facetious friend.New York Times (Aug 16, 2011)
    For example, sarcasm.
  10. melancholy
    a constitutional tendency to be gloomy and depressed
    An eccentric who lost the spotlight, Mr. Chappelle presents himself pointedly as melancholy, a little in turmoil.
    Not just sadness, but consistent sadness.
Created on November 19, 2013

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