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To Kill a Mockingbird Vocabulary Words 1-25

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To Kill a Mockingbird Vocabulary Words 1-25

  1. 1. SAT Vocabulary Part 1<br />To Kill a Mockingbird<br />
  2. 2. Contentious<br />Likely to argue with someone<br />SYNONYMS: quarrelsome, argumentative<br /> Brothers and sisters often have contentious relationships in that they argue and fight a lot.<br />Contenders<br />
  3. 3. TENTATIVE<br />Uncertain, not final; not fully worked out<br />SYNONYMS: unconfirmed; indefinite; unsettled<br /> We have tentative plans for Homecoming; however, the plans could still change if it begins to rain while we are outside.<br />
  4. 4. DICTUM<br />an authoritative statement or decree<br />SYNONYMS: a command, an order <br />Hitler created inhumane dictums while he was the leader of Germany. (A person does not have to be a dictator to hand down dictums.)<br />Dictator<br />
  5. 5. TACITURN<br />inclined to silence; reluctant to join in conversation. <br />SYNONYMS: quiet, shy, reserved<br />A shy person is usually taciturn. <br />
  6. 6. quaint<br />1. strange or unusual in an interesting or amusing way<br />2. having an old-fashioned charm or attractiveness<br />SYNONYMS: 1.strange, peculiar, odd 2. enchanting, charming<br />He had a quaint sense of humor which only his friends understood.<br />A quaint cottage<br />
  7. 7. malevolent<br />having an evil influence<br />SYNONYMS: wicked, malicious <br />Your parents may be fearful of you walking the streets alone at night due to malevolent strangers possibly lurking in the shadows.<br />
  8. 8. predilection<br />preference toward something; strong fondness for<br />SYNONYMS: preference, fondness, liking <br />Some people have a predilection for ice-cream and eat it every day. <br />
  9. 9. domicile<br />Place of residence<br />SYNONYMS: home or residence<br />For many students their domicile has been Carmel, Indiana since they were born.<br />
  10. 10. profane<br />immoral, disrespectful of religion<br />SYNONYMS: disrespectful, sinful, vulgar <br />The principal made it clear that students who use profane language at the game will be asked to leave.<br />Profanity<br />
  11. 11. Auspicious <br />Promising success, favored by fortune<br />SYNONYMS: favorable, encouraging, lucky<br />After reading her horoscope in the paper, Mary felt it was an auspicious time to purchase a lottery ticket.<br />
  12. 12. STOP HERE FOR TODAY<br />Don’t forget to write your vocabulary sentences!<br />
  13. 13. Indigenous <br />native to or characteristic of a certain area<br />SYNONYMS: native, local<br />Gray squirrels are indigenous to the Midwest, and if you travel to California, you will see different species of squirrels.<br />
  14. 14. Diminutive <br />Smaller than average size<br />SYNONYMS: tiny, small, miniature<br />The store which specialized in selling doll houses was filled with diminutive versions of the houses one will find on Main Street.<br />BIG CAT<br />DIMINUTIVE CAT<br />
  15. 15. Fractious <br />Difficult to control; unruly, disobedient<br />SYNONYMS: disobedient; irritable<br />During the pep-rally the fractious students began to push each other, and soon there was a big fight among them.<br />
  16. 16. Disapprobation <br />Strong disapproval, typically on moral grounds<br />SYNONYMS: disapproval <br />The unruly child faced the disapprobation of her parents when they learned she hit her brother.<br />
  17. 17. Furtive <br />Attempting to avoid attention due to fear of getting caught<br />SYNOYMS: secretive, sneaky, sly<br />During the test, Blaine made furtive glances at Greyson’s test answers.<br />A furtive fox<br />
  18. 18. Impudent<br />Not showing due respect for another person<br />SYNONYMS: disrespectful, rude<br />The student’s impudent act of swearing at his teacher and then skipping school lead to his expulsion.<br />
  19. 19. Benevolence<br />desire to do good to others<br />SYNONYMS: kindness, generosity<br />Donating to the poor or needy is an act of benevolence. <br />Clothing Drive<br />
  20. 20. Irascible<br />Easily made angry<br />SYNONYMS: irritable, touchy<br /> Just about anything could set off his irascible temper.<br />
  21. 21. STOP HERE FOR TODAY<br />Don’t forget to write your vocabulary sentences!<br />
  22. 22. Caricature<br />a drawing of a person which exaggerates his traits for comic effect <br />SYNONYMS: cartoon, parody<br />Cartoonists draw many caricatures of presidents.<br />
  23. 23. Inordinate <br />not within reasonable limits<br />SYNONYMS: excessive, extravagant<br />Mike took an inordinate amount of candy when trick or treating. <br />
  24. 24. Ingenuous <br />Innocent; free from restraint<br />SYNONYMS: innocent, naïve, sincere, honest<br />Because of the ingenuous nature of young children, they most often tell the truth when questioned by an adult.<br />
  25. 25. Innate<br />existing in one from birth; a natural quality<br />SYNONYMS: inborn, native<br />Many researchers believe that personality is an innate quality rather than a series of traits we learn from our parents and society.<br />Is personality innate?<br />
  26. 26. Guileless <br />Innocent and without deception<br />SYNONYMS: honest, straightforward<br />Is it possible to find a guileless politician in Washington D.C., or do they all have the potential for dishonesty?<br />Guileless or Not Guileless?<br />
  27. 27. Fanatic <br />A person with extreme and uncritical enthusiasm for something <br />SYNONYMS: extremist <br />A Colt’s fanatic will paint his body blue and white for every game, even if they are on a losing streak.<br />
  28. 28. Piety <br />devotion to God and observance of religious principles<br /> SYNONYMS: faithfulness, holiness <br />The reverend’s pious sermon motivated the congregation to pray with piety.<br />
  29. 29. STOP HERE FOR TODAY<br />Don’t forget to write your vocabulary sentences!<br />Vocabulary Quiz over Words 1-25 Soon!<br />

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