ACT Reading 1.7 Social Science Passage
ACT Reading 1.7 Social Science Passage. Based on its context in the passage which of the following is the best synonym for the word enigmatical?
|ACT Reading||Comparative Relationships (Compare and Contrast)|
Social Science Passage
|English I EOC Assessment||Opinions|
|Foreign Language||Arabic Subtitled|
|Literary Vocabulary||Determine meaning of words and phrases: Informational Text|
Determine meaning of words and phrases: Informational text
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|Reading||Meaning of Words from Context|
Enigmatical is an old timey way of saying enigmatic the root word in both is
in Enigma, which describes something that is puzzling or hard to understand.
While we're going through the answer choices we also have to remember that the sense conflates
Enigmatical with the word bizarre which means
strange. So, whatever the definition we choose it needs to jive with all that.
Lucid means that something is clear and easily understood.
This is obviously the opposite of what we want. Choice B is the wrong answer.
Sure something that's enigmatical could be disturbing,
like the enigmatical guy that stares at us through his blinds every time we walk passed his house.
Things that are enigmatical aren't always disturbing however,
so choice D is off the list. The prefix
In equals not, and explicable
equals able to be explained, so inexplicable
equals not able to be explained. For example,
we think it's inexplicable that the lady down the street eats cake in a kiddy pool every day.
Since this word could pass a synonym for
enigmatical, We'll keep it on the table as we look at the final contender.
Though inexplicable works, mysterious works a little bit better
in the context of the passage enigmatical seems to be more about what we
instead of what we can't explain. So Choice C wins this round,
but it was a close shave.