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Advanced Reader: SAT Vocabulary 3

Definitions

1. tranquility--noun, (tran-QUI-li-dee) peace, ease, contentment
2. controversial--adj., (con-tru-VER-shul) at issue, something people are arguing about
3. particular--adj., (par-TI-cyu-ler) specific, an important person, thing or detail
4. profoundly--adv., (pro-FOUND-lee) in a way that a person feels deeply or spiritually
5. briefly--adv. (BREEF-ly) quickly
6. discernible--adj., (di-SER-nu-bul) understandable or able to be figured out
7. parallel--adj., (PAIR-u-lel) two things at equal distance from each other continuously
8. periodically--adv. (PEER-eeyah-di-klee) from time to time
9. overlook--verb (OVER-look)to not observe by accident or intentionally
10. practical--adj., (PRA-cti-cul) common, making common sense, of middle monetary value
11. partially--adv. (PAR-shu-lee) partly, about one part

Vocabulary Story

The husband and wife's relationship was full of tranquility. They never discussed controversial issues. If a particular issue was on all the news reports, they chose not to talk about it. They bothprofoundly felt that political issues did not need to enter their relationship. Sometimes, while having dinner, one of them would briefly mention an issue. If it was easily discernible, they would talk about it for a few minutes. If they saw that their opposing opinions were as solid as a pair of parallel lines, they would change the subject. Periodically they argued a little bit, but it was so infrequent as to be overlooked. They were very practical people. They lived each day as well as they could, and if they were partially dissatisfied, they chose not to notice.

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