Is Your Vocabulary Up To ACT Standards?

EDUCATION

By: Becky Stigall

5 Min Quiz

Short story or account.

An anecdote is a short story or account. Anecdotes are typically accounts about real people or events.

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Very dry

Arid means very dry. Deserts are often described as arid.

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Refrain from.

Abstain means refrain from. The act of abstaining is voluntary.

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Careful and cautious

Prudent means careful and cautious. Wise might be a good synonym for prudent.

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Displaying wealth

Ostentatious means displaying wealth. Such a display is often pretentious and conspicuous.

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Withdrawn to the point of being hermit-like.

Someone who is withdrawn to the point of being hermit-like is reclusive. A person who is reclusive might be called a recluse.

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Fearless

Intrepid means fearless. Brave, courageous and bold are good synonyms for the word intrepid.

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Confirm or verify

To substantiate something is to confirm or verify it. Another way to look at it is to give substance to something.

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Public speaker

An orator is a public speaker. Orator stems from a Latin word meaning to speak.

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To delay unnecessarily

To procrastinate is to delay something unnecessarily. Procrastinate is a verb.

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To absolve of blame

To vindicate someone is to absolve them of blame. The past tense of vindicate is vindicated.

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Commanding respect due to age

Someone who is venerable is respectable because of his/her age. The word venerable is sometimes confused with the word vulnerable.

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Profound respect

Reverence is profound respect. To revere is the act of reverence.

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Pompous or self-important

Pretentious means pompous or self-important. The word pompous is an adjective.

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Ordinary or common

Mundane means ordinary or common. This word might be used to refer to something boring.

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To attribute

Impute means to attribute to someone. The past tense of impute is imputed.

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Momentary or fleeting

Ephemeral means momentary or fleeting. Ephemeral is pronounced ih-fem-er-uh l.

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Helping to diminish guilt

Extenuating means to diminish guilt. Extenuating circumstances in a murder might reduce the charges.

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Short-lived or fleeting

Evanescent means short-lived. Evanescent is an adjective.

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Harmful

Deleterious means harmful. This word may be used in reference to health.

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Sanctuary or secure retreat.

Asylum means sanctuary. Sanctuary is a noun.

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To express strong disapproval

Censure means to express strong disapproval or criticism. Condemn would be a suitable synonym.

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Opponent

An antagonist is an opponent. The opposite of antagonist is protagonist.

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Stray from the main point.

To digress is to stray from the point one was making. To digress is to ramble.

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A pleasure seeker

A hedonist is someone who seeks pleasure. The act of seeking pleasure is hedonism.

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Lucky

Fortuitous means lucky. The word is often misspelled "fortuitious."

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Hard-working

Diligent means hard-working. Diligent is an adjective.

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Able to see the future.

Clairvoyant means able to see the future. The word may be used as a noun or an adjective.

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Having to do with beauty

Aesthetic means having to do with beauty. The word can also be spelled esthetic.

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Abridge

Abridge means to abbreviate. Shorten would be an appropriate synonym for abridge.

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High praise

Adulation is high praise. It may also be defined as extreme flattery.

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Arrogant or condescending

Haughty means arrogant or condescending. Someone who is haughty might be viewed as overly proud and snobbish.

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Rash or impulsive

Impetuous means rash or impulsive. Young people are often viewed as being impetuous.

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Disloyal or deceitful.

Perfidious means disloyal or deceitful. Perfidious is an adjective.

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Certain or unavoidable

Inevitable means certain or unavoidable. The end of this quiz is inevitable.

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About This Quiz

There are literally thousands of words on the ACT exam. Now, we don't expect you to know all of them; just 35. If we give you the definition, can you guess which of the answers is the correct word?

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