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  • SAT Vocabulary Part 1
    To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Contentious
    Likely to argue with someone
    SYNONYMS: quarrelsome, argumentative
    Brothers and sisters often have contentious relationships in that they argue and fight a lot.
    Contenders
  • TENTATIVE
    Uncertain, not final; not fully worked out
    SYNONYMS: unconfirmed; indefinite; unsettled
    We have tentative plans for Homecoming; however, the plans could still change if it begins to rain while we are outside.
  • DICTUM
    an authoritative statement or decree
    SYNONYMS: a command, an order
    Hitler created inhumane dictums while he was the leader of Germany. (A person does not have to be a dictator to hand down dictums.)
    Dictator
  • TACITURN
    inclined to silence; reluctant to join in conversation.
    SYNONYMS: quiet, shy, reserved
    A shy person is usually taciturn.
  • quaint
    1. strange or unusual in an interesting or amusing way
    2. having an old-fashioned charm or attractiveness
    SYNONYMS: 1.strange, peculiar, odd 2. enchanting, charming
    He had a quaint sense of humor which only his friends understood.
    A quaint cottage
  • malevolent
    having an evil influence
    SYNONYMS: wicked, malicious
    Your parents may be fearful of you walking the streets alone at night due to malevolent strangers possibly lurking in the shadows.
  • predilection
    preference toward something; strong fondness for
    SYNONYMS: preference, fondness, liking
    Some people have a predilection for ice-cream and eat it every day.
  • domicile
    Place of residence
    SYNONYMS: home or residence
    For many students their domicile has been Carmel, Indiana since they were born.
  • profane
    immoral, disrespectful of religion
    SYNONYMS: disrespectful, sinful, vulgar
    The principal made it clear that students who use profane language at the game will be asked to leave.
    Profanity
  • Auspicious
    Promising success, favored by fortune
    SYNONYMS: favorable, encouraging, lucky
    After reading her horoscope in the paper, Mary felt it was an auspicious time to purchase a lottery ticket.
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  • Indigenous
    native to or characteristic of a certain area
    SYNONYMS: native, local
    Gray squirrels are indigenous to the Midwest, and if you travel to California, you will see different species of squirrels.
  • Diminutive
    Smaller than average size
    SYNONYMS: tiny, small, miniature
    The store which specialized in selling doll houses was filled with diminutive versions of the houses one will find on Main Street.
    BIG CAT
    DIMINUTIVE CAT
  • Fractious
    Difficult to control; unruly, disobedient
    SYNONYMS: disobedient; irritable
    During the pep-rally the fractious students began to push each other, and soon there was a big fight among them.
  • Disapprobation
    Strong disapproval, typically on moral grounds
    SYNONYMS: disapproval
    The unruly child faced the disapprobation of her parents when they learned she hit her brother.
  • Furtive
    Attempting to avoid attention due to fear of getting caught
    SYNOYMS: secretive, sneaky, sly
    During the test, Blaine made furtive glances at Greyson’s test answers.
    A furtive fox
  • Impudent
    Not showing due respect for another person
    SYNONYMS: disrespectful, rude
    The student’s impudent act of swearing at his teacher and then skipping school lead to his expulsion.
  • Benevolence
    desire to do good to others
    SYNONYMS: kindness, generosity
    Donating to the poor or needy is an act of benevolence.
    Clothing Drive
  • Irascible
    Easily made angry
    SYNONYMS: irritable, touchy
    Just about anything could set off his irascible temper.
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  • Caricature
    a drawing of a person which exaggerates his traits for comic effect
    SYNONYMS: cartoon, parody
    Cartoonists draw many caricatures of presidents.
  • Inordinate
    not within reasonable limits
    SYNONYMS: excessive, extravagant
    Mike took an inordinate amount of candy when trick or treating.
  • Ingenuous
    Innocent; free from restraint
    SYNONYMS: innocent, naïve, sincere, honest
    Because of the ingenuous nature of young children, they most often tell the truth when questioned by an adult.
  • Innate
    existing in one from birth; a natural quality
    SYNONYMS: inborn, native
    Many researchers believe that personality is an innate quality rather than a series of traits we learn from our parents and society.
    Is personality innate?
  • Guileless
    Innocent and without deception
    SYNONYMS: honest, straightforward
    Is it possible to find a guileless politician in Washington D.C., or do they all have the potential for dishonesty?
    Guileless or Not Guileless?
  • Fanatic
    A person with extreme and uncritical enthusiasm for something
    SYNONYMS: extremist
    A Colt’s fanatic will paint his body blue and white for every game, even if they are on a losing streak.
  • Piety
    devotion to God and observance of religious principles
    SYNONYMS: faithfulness, holiness
    The reverend’s pious sermon motivated the congregation to pray with piety.
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