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SAT Vocabulary Words

 

With the help of Ms. Kutcher's class in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, the following Hot SAT Words have been found within the pages of Scratch Beginnings.

Disclaimer and Author’s Notes:

Censor – to examine and suppress information

Profane – impure, contrary to religion; sacrilegious

Introduction: July 24 - Setting Up

Inevitably – certainly, unavoidably (pg. xiii)

Affiliation – an association with a group or organization (pg. xv)

Futile – useless, hopeless (pg. xv)

Chapter 1: Welcome to Crisis Ministries 

Coherent – intelligible, lucid, understandable (pg. 3)

Bewilder – to confuse or puzzle (pg. 4)

Mutter – to grumble or complain (pg. 4)

Bourgeois – middle class (pg. 7)

Embellish – to ornament; make attractive with decorations or details (pg. 7)

Squander – to waste (pg. 9)

Discretion – ability to judge on one’s own (pg. 12)

Chapter 2: EasyLabor

Succumb – to give in to a stronger power; yield (pg. 21)

Clique – small exclusive group (pg. 22)

Opportune – appropriate, fitting (pg. 24)

Rhetorical – concerned with mere style or effect; related to using language effectively (pg. 24)

Stagnant – immobile, stale (pg. 26)

Proximity – nearness (pg. 28)

Chapter 3: Another Day, Another Dollar

Mandate – Command or instruct; require (pg. 33)

Therapeutic – medicinal (pg. 34)

Prod – poke, nudge, in the literal and figurative sense (pg. 35)

Cordial – warm and sincere, friendly (pg. 37)

Mock – to deride, ridicule (pg. 39)

Passive – submissive; inactive (pg. 40)

Cliché – overused expression or idea (pg. 42)

Reap – to obtain a return (pg. 42)

Implement – carry out, put into effect (pg. 46)

Chapter 4: Big Babies

Destitute – Of or representing complete poverty (pg. 48)

Discourse – verbal exchange, conversation (pg. 51)

Attain – to accomplish, gain (pg. 54)

Prudent – careful, cautious (pg. 56)

Chapter 5: Sundays with George 

Gargantuan – giant, tremendous (pg. 61)

Outcast – someone rejected from a society (pg. 66)

Retract – to take back or draw in (pg. 70)

Chapter 6: Hustle Time 

Dignity – poise and self-respect (pg. 79)

Remorseful – feeling sorry for sins (pg. 81)

Content – satisfied (pg. 82)

Paranoid – exhibiting extreme mistrust (pg. 82)

Chapter 7: Job Hunting 101 with Professor Phil Coleman 

Agitate – upset, disturb (pg. 88)

Revived – resuscitated; brought back to life (pg. 89)

Shun – avoid deliberately  (pg. 91)

Chapter 8: Put Up or Shut Up 

Complacent – self satisfied, showing lack of concern (pg. 95)

Reserve – put aside for future use (pg. 100)

Eradicate – to erase or wipe out (pg. 103)

Irreverent – disrespectful, gently or humorously mocking (pg. 103)

Chapter 9: "First and Last Day" 

Hierarchy – ranking system of authority groups (pg. 106)

Pompous – pretentious (pg. 108)

Alleviate – to relieve; improve partially (pg. 111)

Inhibit – to hold back, prevent, restrain (pg. 113)

Insightful – clever, perceptive, intuitive (pg. 115)

Eccentric – abnormal, unconventional (pg. 116)

Finite – having bounds, limited (pg. 119)

Liberate – emancipate, set free (page 119)

Chapter 10: Adventure in Moving 

Proclaim – announce officially (pg. 121)

Infinite – unlimited, boundless (pg. 122)

Sociable – friendly, gracious (pg. 123)

Divulge – to make known (pg. 124)

Quip – clever, witty joke (pg. 124)

Tangible – able to be sensed, perceptible measurable (pg. 129)

Audacious – bold, daring, fearless (pg. 132)

Chapter 11: Movin' on Up 

Oblivious – unaware, inattentive (pg. 136)

Camaraderie – trust, sociability amongst friends (pg. 137)

Mundane – ordinary, commonplace (pg. 138)

Meager – minimal, scanty, deficient (pg. 139)

Lavish – extravagant, profuse (pg. 141)

Retain – to hold, keep possession of (pg. 148)

Aesthetic – pertaining to beauty or art (pg. 149)

Nonchalant – calm, casual, seemingly unexcited (pg. 150)

Chapter 12: Workers' Consternation

Awe – reverence, respect, wonder (pg. 156)

Reverence – a feeling or attitude of deep respect (pg. 156)

Complement – to complete, perfect (pg. 157)

Agile – well-coordinated, nimble (pg. 164)

Predetermine – to decide in advance (pg. 166)

Chapter 13: Winter with Bubble Gum 

Expedite – to speed up the progress of (pg. 171)

Renovation – repair, making something new again (pg. 171)

Sprout – emerge and develop rapidly; to grow (pg. 176)

Concoct – to devise, using skill and intelligence (pg. 177)

Naïve – lacking experience and understanding (pg. 177)

Banish – drive away, expel (pg. 179)

Chapter 14: Culture Shocked 

Objective – impartial, uninfluenced by emotion (pg. 186)

Consumption – the act of eating or taking in (pg. 187)

Chapter 15: Fighting for Respect

Pretense – false appearance or action (pg. 196)

Debacle – disastrous collapse, total failure (pg. 201)

Chapter 16: One Last Move

Onset – Start (pg. 203)

Irony – incongruity between expectations and actualities (pg. 204)

Immunity – invulnerability, exemption (pg. 206)

Belated – having been delayed, done too late (pg. 207)

Epilogue: A Year Later 

Didactic – Excessively instructive (pg. 211)

Fertile – highly productive, prolific (pg. 213)

Solace – comfort in distress; consolation (pg. 214)

Vernacular – everyday language used by ordinary people (pg. 216)

Apathetic – indifferent, unconcerned (pg. 217)

Flourish – prosper, thrive (pg. 219)