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The New SAT: Words to Capture Tone – List #6 – 25 Words

insincere

lacking the quality of being open and truthful

Of course, if used poorly, the suggested questions can come across like bad pickup lines, rehearsed and insincere.New York Times (Oct 15, 2014)
artificial

contrived by art rather than nature

And what is true of the biological variety should also be true of its artificial counterpart.Scientific American (Sep 7, 2015)
novel

original and of a kind not seen before

Finally, highly-math-anxious parents may become flustered when their children’s teachers use novel strategies that parents themselves never learned.Time (Sep 9, 2015)
rigid

incapable of or resistant to bending

When you’re too rigid or strict or hard on yourself, willpower becomes white-knuckling, and there’s nothing fun or inspiring about that.Wall Street Journal (Sep 4, 2015)
stability

the quality or attribute of being firm and steadfast

Seeking stability in an unsteady economy, investors had begun parking their money in Washington real estate.Washington Post (Sep 4, 2015)
tentative

hesitant or lacking confidence; unsettled in mind or opinion

Apologizing often makes you seem tentative and unsure — and that’s definitely not a plus in the workplace.Time (Aug 3, 2015)
assertion

a declaration that is made emphatically

The former planned to definitively disprove Cook’s assertions, while the latter intended to defend the explorer’s honor.Time (Aug 31, 2015)
concern

an anxious feeling

As parental concern mounts, tech companies are eager to prove that they have the best interests of students at heart.US News (Sep 8, 2015)
despair

a state in which all hope is lost or absent

If we truly stopped to think about what each such death meant for victims and their families we would surely become overwhelmed by despair.The Guardian (Aug 24, 2015)
solidarity

a union of interests or purposes among members of a group

Elsewhere in the Hungarian capital, thousands marched in solidarity with the migrants, and demanded the government do more to help them.BBC (Sep 2, 2015)
imprudent

not sensible, responsible, or wise

Clearly that was unwise, and to bail out management and investors, let alone reward them for imprudent decisions, is not proper.Forbes (Apr 7, 2015)
aggravated

made more severe or intense especially in law

Alonso aggravated his existing back condition Tuesday night, while Norris’ situation was the result of a collision with Beltre at the plate on Tuesday.Washington Times (Sep 3, 2015)
astonishment

the feeling that accompanies something extremely surprising

The other patients died, but Silva’s tumors virtually vanished, to the astonishment of her doctors.Washington Post (Jun 13, 2015)
coarse

lacking refinement or cultivation or taste

Ferrell and Hart are two stars with clearly, cleverly designed personalities, but whose films are often lazy and coarse in execution.Time (Mar 25, 2015)
creative

having the ability or power to invent or make something

Star Wars was a breakout success for many well-discussed reasons, but one powerful factor was how it easily lent itself to creative backyard play.The Guardian (Sep 3, 2015)
ecstatic

feeling great rapture or delight

In photographs taken just after the baby was born, she cuddles the infant, looking ecstatic and proud.Los Angeles Times (Mar 6, 2015)
fanciful

indulging in or influenced by the imagination

Despite first being proposed more than a century ago, the idea of a space elevator has always appeared fanciful.Reuters (Sep 3, 2015)
hopeful

having or manifesting optimism

“A socially inclusive Singapore that is prosperous because it is innovative, and where people always feel hopeful about making progress in their lives.”US News (Sep 8, 2015)
inspiring

stimulating or exalting to the spirit

But it was exciting, and inspiring, to live in a country where people had fought and won the fight for democracy and openness.US News (Aug 31, 2015)
judgmental

relating to an assessment of a person, situation, or event

Thus began one of West’s familiar monologues on the fashion industry’s judgmental nature — its bullying and mean-girl tendencies and refusal to recognize his brilliance.Washington Post (Jun 2, 2015)
objective

undistorted by emotion or personal bias

It is important as a scientist, irrespective of belief, to be as objective as possible and steer clear of overtly political, advocacy, or activist stances.Forbes (Aug 3, 2015)
urgency

an earnest and insistent necessity

While the process can often take up to a year or more, the outbreak created a sense of urgency that could speed things up.Washington Times (Sep 8, 2015)
condescending

characteristic of those who treat others with arrogance

“The owner is rude, condescending, arrogant, and way too full of himself. Not a good representation of the people of southern Utah.”Los Angeles Times (Jun 11, 2015)
crude

conspicuously and tastelessly indecent

His male supporters regard his crude sexism not as juvenile behavior but as a transgressive political statement.Slate (Aug 13, 2015)
lyrical

expressing deep emotion

Supreme Court rulings are typically dry legalistic documents, but Friday’s decision recognizing gay marriage nationwide was more lyrical than most.Time (Jun 26, 2015)

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