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The New SAT: Words to Capture Tone – List #5 – 25 Words

eager

having or showing keen interest or intense desire

The good news for veterans is that, because of their service, most Americans are eager to help them succeed in their job searches and careers.US News (Sep 1, 2015)
emphasize

stress or single out as important

“It is important to emphasize that this study is insufficient to draw any firm conclusions regarding cause and effect,” he added.US News (Sep 1, 2015)
persuasive

intended or having the power to induce action or belief

While the judge’s ruling is not binding on other states, it’s forceful and it might be persuasive from one judge to another. MSNBC (Jul 1, 2015)
pervasive

spreading or spread throughout

What I resist most is the insistent, pervasive, inescapable message that we all must be happy.The Guardian (Aug 19, 2015)
intentional

done or made or performed with purpose and intent

The police said they did not yet know if the shooting was accidental or intentional.New York Times (Aug 24, 2015)
motivated

given incentive for action

To feel motivated to clean something, you’ve first got to notice, and care, that it’s dirty.The Guardian (Sep 4, 2015)
perceptive

having the ability to understand

Perry is extremely socially perceptive, a quality that has helped him connect with people from many different backgrounds.Slate (Jun 5, 2015)
reservation

an unstated doubt that prevents you from accepting something

In a statement, Booker voiced deep reservations but concluded: “It is better to support a deeply flawed deal, for the alternative is worse.Time (Sep 3, 2015)
unanticipated

not expected

“It’s unpredictable, unanticipated, and it’s simply an unfortunate accident when it happens.”New York Times (Jun 20, 2015)
unprecedented

novel; having no earlier occurrence

In an unprecedented show of military might Beijing has promised never-before-seen firepower on display.BBC (Sep 1, 2015)
hollow

devoid of significance or point

Speaking about political dialogue, Assad said any initiative that is not based on fighting “terrorism” will be “ hollow” and “meaningless.”Washington Times (Jul 26, 2015)
superficial

of, affecting, or being on or near the surface

Alongside the superficial changes, more fundamental shifts are under way as rebel leaders seek to eliminate European influences and align their region with Russia.The Guardian (Aug 16, 2015)
brash

offensively bold

There’s a common perception of entrepreneurs as bold, brash, and exceedingly confident individuals.Forbes (Aug 6, 2015)
brusque

rudely abrupt or blunt in speech or manner

He’d been called a bully, but his brusque manner was seen as the sidecar to his ability to get things done.Slate (Jan 14, 2014)
tactful

having a sense of what is considerate in dealing with others

Other of my friends seem to pity me, although they are usually tactful enough to not say it out loud.Salon (Mar 17, 2013)
passive

lacking in energy or will

To see it otherwise, he said, “implies that the media are passive observers rather than active participants who can do something about it.”New York Times (Aug 16, 2015)
agitated

physically disturbed or set in motion

When a flight attendant tried to calm Schneider, he became more agitated, swearing at the crew member, advancing on him and then pushing him.US News (Aug 7, 2015)
apprehensive

in fear or dread of possible evil or harm

Even so, many people are apprehensive about exercise after experiencing a heart attack.Washington Post (Apr 27, 2015)
timid

showing fear and lack of courage

Where the U.S. could have been aggressive in its pursuit of additional bi- and multi-lateral trade agreements, it has been timid.US News (Jun 10, 2015)
candid

openly straightforward and direct without secretiveness

It’s odd to hear such a candid admission from the chief of a company whose trade has always been exaggeration and excess.The Verge (Sep 5, 2015)
console

give moral or emotional strength to

Even surrounded by family and friend to console you, the world feels empty.New York Times (Jun 26, 2015)
irate

feeling or showing extreme anger

Horns honked, and an irate motorist yelled, “Get out of the street so people can get to work!”The New Yorker (Aug 10, 2015)
inflammatory

arousing to action or rebellion

But as representatives of the National Socialist Front show up to offer support, the town is plastered with neo-Nazi flags, swastikas and other inflammatory material.New York Times (Sep 8, 2015)
inquisitive

given to questioning

He was very inquisitive — he kept asking and I kept answering.Washington Post (May 7, 2015)
elated

exultantly proud and joyful; in high spirits

She ended the class elated and high-fived Victoria: “I built a website!Slate (Aug 31, 2015)

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