SAT VOCABULARY: LESSON 2 alienate aloof ambiguous ameliorate animosity alleviate altruistic ambivalence analogous anonymity 1. Alienate: (v) to turn away the normal feelings of fondness toward anyone; to estrange 2. Alleviate: (v) to make easier to endure; to relieve; to diminish 3. Aloof: (adj) indifferent; unsympathetic; not interested; apart 4. Altruistic: (adj) thoughtful of the welfare of others 5. Ambiguous: (adj) permitting more than one interpretation; not clearly defined 6. Ambivalence: (n) condition of having conflicting attitudes 7. Ameliorate: (v) to make better or more tolerable; to improve 8. Analogous: (adj) similar in certain qualities; comparable 9. Animosity: (n) active dislike; ill will 10. Anonymity: (n) condition of being nameless or unknown MATCHING _____ 1. Alienate A. concerned about others _____ 2. Alleviate B. unclear _____ 3. Aloof C. to improve _____ 4. Altruistic D. estrange _____ 5. Ambiguous E. spryness _____ 6. Ambivalence F. reserved _____ 7. Ameliorate G. remaining unknown _____ 8. Analogous H. with conflicting attitudes _____ 9. Animosity I. comparable _____ 10. Anonymity J. active dislike K. relieve FILL IN THE BLANK 1. Accused of ________________________________, the mayor was urged to clarify his position. 2. It’s ironic that some successful actors ultimately long for ________________________________. 3. Having no desire to ________________________________ his friends, Andy invited more people to the wedding than he could afford. 4. The black poet was criticized for having remained ____________________________ from civil rights protests. 5. Getting fired was _______________________________________ to being hit in the stomach. 6. Barry’s sudden _________________________ deeds didn’t deceived us about his true character. 7. When she realized that Roger showed extreme _________________________________ to regular discipline, Mrs. Bryant referred to the Guidance Department. 8. The criticism of my essay was so _______________________________ that I didn’t know what mark to expect. 9. Shall I use a heating pad or an ice pack to _______________________________ the pain? 10. When we reached an impasse, an arbitrator was invited to ______________________________ the matter. TRUE or FALSE _____ 1. The new medication is said to be able to alleviate a migraine headache within minutes. _____ 2. Leonard’s ambiguous response was appreciated because we then knew where he stood. _____ 3. Many shy people prefer anonymity to the spotlight. _____ 4. If you alienate her affections, she might sue for divorce. _____ 5. The truly altruistic philanthropist refused to take credit for helping the poor families.