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SAT High Frequency 7

SAT Hot Prospects & High Frequency Vocab 7

discerning adj. mentally quick and observant; having insight Though no genious, the star was sufficiently discerning to tell her true friends froom the countless phonies who flattered her.
disclose v. reveal Although competitors offered him bribes, he refused to disclose any information about his company's forthcoming product.
discordant adj. not harmonious; conflicting Nothing is quite so discordant as the sound of a junior high school orchestra tuning up.
discount v. disregard; dismiss Be prepared to discount what he has to say about his ex-wife.
discrepancy n. lack of consistency; difference The police noticed some discrepancies in his description of the crime and did not believe him.
discriminating adj. able to see differences; prejudiced A superb interpreter of Picasso, she was sufficiently discriminatiing to judge the most complex works of modern art.
disdain v. view with scorn or contempt In the film "Funny Face," the bookish heroine disdained fashion models for their lack of intellectual interests.
disinclination n. unwillingness Some mornings I feel a disinclination to get out of bed.
dismiss v. put away from consideration; reject Believing in John's love for her, she dismissed the notion that he might be unfaithful.
disparage v. belittle A doting mother, Emma was more likely to praise her son's crude attempts at art than to disparage them.
disparity adj. basically different; unrelated Unfortunately, Tony and Tina have disparate notions of marriage. Tony sees it as a carefree extended love affair, while Tina sees it as a solemn commitment to build a family and a home.
disperse v. scatter The police fired tear gas into the crowd to disperse the protesters.
disputatious adj. argumenative; fond of arguing Convincerd he knew more than his lawyers, Alan was a disputatious client, ready to argue about the best way to conduct the case.
disseminate v. distribute; spread; scatter (like seeds) By their use of the internet, propagandists have been able to disseminate their pet doctrines to new audiences around the globe.
dissent v. disagree In the Supreme Court decision, Justice O'Connor dissented from the majority opinion.
distend v. expand; swell out I can tell when he is under stress by the way his veins distend on his forehead.
divergent adj. differing, deviating Since graduating from medical school, the two doctors have taken divergent paths, one going on to become a nationally prominent surgeon, the other dedicating hinself to a small family practice in his home town.
doctrine n. teachings, in general; particular principle (religious, legal, etc) taught He was so committed to the doctrines of his faith that he was unable to evaluate them impartially.
document v. provide written evidence She kept all the receipts from her business trip in order to document her expenses for the firm.
dogmatic adj. opinionated; arbitrary; doctrinal We tried to discourage Doug from being so dogmatic, but never could convince him that his opinions might be wrong.
dubious adj. questionable; filled with doubt Many critics of the SAT contend the test is of dubious worthj. Jay claimed he could get a perfect 2400 on the new SAT, but Ellen was dubious; she knew he hadn't cracked a book in three years.
dupe n. someone easily fooled While the gullible Watson often was made a dupe by unscrupulous parties, Sherlock Holmes was far more difficult to fool.
duplicity n. double-dealing; hypocrisy When Tanya learned that Mark had been two-timing her, she was furious at his duplicity.
discourse n. formal discussion; conversation (also a verb) The young Plato was drawn to the Agora to hear the philosophical discouse of Socrates and his followers.
diminution n. lessening; reduction in size Old Jack was as sharp at eighty as he had been at fifty; increasing age led to no diminution of his mental acuity.
Created by: Karina Geneva