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SAT words of the day by maryjane16
Monday, November 9, 2009, 9:00 am
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Here are today’s SAT words:

Abrasive

Pronunciation: \ə-ˈbrā-siv, -ziv\
Function: adjective
Date: 1849

1 : tending to abrade
2 : causing irritation <abrasive manners>

abra·sive·ly adverb

abra·sive·ness noun

The woman had an abrasive personality.

Abridge

Pronunciation: \ə-ˈbrij\
Function: transitive verb
Inflected Form(s): abridged; abridg·ing
Etymology: Middle English abregen, from Anglo-French abreger, from Late Latin abbreviare, from Latin ad- + brevis short — more at brief
Date: 14th century

1 a archaic : deprive b : to reduce in scope : diminish <attempts to abridge the right of free speech>
2 : to shorten in duration or extent <modern transportation that abridges distance>
3 : to shorten by omission of words without sacrifice of sense : condense

Little Women is available in a full text format and in an abridged format for children.

(definitions taken from http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary )

 

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