AVID SAT Prep Vocab Second Semester


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Slide 1  (Names)

Week 19 Vocab (Assigned on January 8th, 2018)

Slides 2 to 6

Week 19 Vocab Words

  • Astute – (adj) [uh-stoot] wise; shrewd; keen (The detective made an astute observation which led to solving the case.)
  • Extraneous – (adj) [ik-strey-nee-uhs] not essential; superfluous  (To write a clear and concise research paper, remove all extraneous information.) 
  • Placate – (v) [pley-keyt] pacify; conciliate (Not even her favorite stuffed animal could placate the fussy toddler.)
  • Vindicate  - (v) [vin-di-keyt] clear from blame; exonerate, justify or support (The new DNA evidence was able to vindicate the man who had been unjustly accused of murder.)

Week 20 Vocab (Assigned on January 15th, 2018)

Slides 7 to 11

Week 20 Vocab Words

  • Ambivalence – (n) [am-biv-uh-luhns] the state of having contradictory or conflicting emotional attitudes (Caught off guard by his invitation to the dance, the girl could not keep her ambivalence from quickly showing on her face.)
  • Appraise – (v) [uh-preyz] to estimate the nature, quality, importance , or value of (Most jewelry stores will appraise gems that you have inherited.)
  • Conflagration - (n) [kon-fluh-grey-shuhn] great fire (Over thirty homes were lost in the sudden conflagration.)
  • Provincial – (adj) [pruh-vin-shuhl] pertaining to a province; limited in outlook; unsophisticated (The New Yorker socialite always found her country cousin quite provincial.)

Week 21 Vocab (Assigned on January 22nd, 2018) 

Slides 12 to 16

Week 21 Vocab

(Remember, these are prefixes and/or suffixes. Choose pictures that illustrate the prefix or suffix.  For example, you could Google "toward" or "near" when looking for an image of "Ac...")
  • Ac = to, toward, near.  
    • Examples:  accelerate – to increase the speed of; accessible – easily entered, approached, or obtained; acknowledge – to recognize the truth or existence of.  (After the lively debate, she acknowledged that her opponent had a valid point.)
  • Ex = from, out.  
    • Examples:  extricate – to free or release from entanglement; explicit – fully and clearly explained; extol – to praise highly (A team of Navy Seals was sent in to extricate the prisoners of war.)
  • Idio = peculiar, personal, distinct.  
    • Examples:  idiomatic – peculiar to a particular language; idiosyncrasy – a physical or mental characteristic typical of a particular person; idiot – someone who is distinctly foolish or stupid.  (Her nervous giggle was one of her more endearing idiosyncrasies.)
  • Pung =  to fight.  
    • Examples:  pugnacious – having a quarrelsome or aggressive nature; repugnant – distasteful, offensive or revolting; pungent – piercing.  (The pugnacious boy was always trying to pick a fight on the playground.)
Don't forget to put all of the examples as part of the definition on your Vocab Slides.

Week 22 Vocab (Assigned January 29th, 2018)

Slides 17 to 21

Week 22 Vocab

  • Aloof – (adj) [uh-loof] apart; reserved. (It was the habit of the shy girl to remain aloof in new situations.)
  • Depravity – (n) [dih-prav-i-tee] extreme corruption; wickedness. (The news reported on the depravity of the CEO of a company that embezzeled millions from the pension fund.)
  • Haughtiness – (n) [haw-tee] pride; arrogance. (The wealthy woman always acted with extreme haughtiness when talking to salespeople.)
  • pragmatic – (adj) [prag-mat-ik] practical; concerned with the practical worth or impact of something. (Because he was so pragmatic with his major purchases, he was able to save thousands of dollars.)

Week 23 (Assigned February 5th, 2018)

Slides 22 to 26

Week 23 Vocab

  • Despondent - (adj) [dih-spon-duhnt] depressed; gloomy (The boy was despondent after the death of his dog.)
  • Devious – (adj) [dee-vee-uhs] roundabout; erratic; not straightforward (Once the boy started his lies, there was no telling what story he would concoct in his devious mind.)
  • Exuberance – (n) [ig-zoo-ber-uhns] overflowing abundance; joyful enthusiasm (Their families were filled with exuberance when they announced their engagement.)
  • Ostentatious - (adj) [os-ten-tey-shuhs] showy, pretentious; trying to attract attention (The boy put on an ostentatious display on the football field in an attempt to get a date with the head cheerleader.)

Week 24 (Assigned February 12th, 2018)

Slides 27 to 31

Week 24 Vocab

(Remember, these are prefixes and/or suffixes. Choose pictures that illustrate the prefix or suffix.  For example, you could Google "toward" or "near" when looking for an image of "Ac...")
  • Ab = from, away, off. 
    • Examples: abduct – carry away by force; abbreviate – to shorten; abstract – theoretical, apart from concrete reality. (Love is an abstract concept that many people find difficult to define or express.)
  • Auto = self, same, one. 
    • Examples: autonomous – self-governing, independent; autograph – a person’s own signature; automatic – moving by itself. (Parents hope to raise their children to be successful, autonomous adults.)
  • Peri – around, enclosing. 
    • Examples: periodontal – pertaining to bone and tissue around the tooth; peripheral – lying outside of the center; perimeter – the outer boundary or area. (During the discussion, his point was slightly off-topic and only peripheral to the argument.)
  • Verb = word. 
    • Examples: verbose – wordy, characterized by the use of many words; verbalize – to put into words; proverb – a short saying that expresses a well-known truth. (He was so verbose that his short essay turned into a ten-page paper.)


Week 25 (Assigned February 19th, 2018)

Slides 32 to 36

Week 25 Vocab

  • Flagrant – (adj) [fla’grent] conspicuously wicked; blatant; outrageous. (Her flagrant disregard for other people’s rights ultimately led to serious problems with the law.)
  • Aberration – (n) [àbbə ráysh’n] something that differs from the norm. (His flashy style of dress was believed among his peers to be an aberration.) 
  • Quandary – (n) [kwän-d(ə-)rē] dilemma. (Although I was accepted to multiple colleges, I am now in a quandary about which one to attend.)
  • Taciturn – (adj) [ta-sə-ˌtərn] habitually silent; talking little. (His natural taciturn nature often led others to believe that he was snobby.)

Week 26 (Assigned February 26th, 2018)

Slides 37 to 41

Week 26 Vocab

  • Usurp – (v) [yoo-surp] seize another’s power or rank. (The prince had machinations of usurping the king’s throne.)
  • Rancor – (n) [rang-ker] bitterness; hatred. (The police stood guard on the street where rioters had gathered with feelings of anger and rancor.)
  • Parsimony – (n) [pahr-suh-moh-nee] stinginess; excessive frugality. (The government may have been embarrassed into parsimony.)
  • Garrulous – (adj) [gar-uh-luh s] loquacious; wordy; talkative. (During lectures, the professor could occasionally become overly garrulous.)

Week 27 (Assigned March 5th, 2018)

Slides 42 to 46

Week 27 Vocab

(Remember, these are prefixes and/or suffixes. Choose pictures that illustrate the prefix or suffix.  For example, you could Google "toward" or "near" when looking for an image of "Ac...")
  • Aud, aur = to hear. Examples: auditory – of or related to the act of hearing.
  • Caco-, dys- = bad, abnormal. Examples: cacophony – harsh discordance of sound; dysfunctional – not performing normally.
  • Bellu, Belli = war, fight.
  • -cide = to kill. Examples: suicide – to kill yourself; patricide – to kill one’s own father; homicide – to kill another human being. (The increasing homicide rate in our area made us consider moving.)

Week 28 (Assigned March 12th, 2018)

Slides 47 to 51

Week 28 Vocab

  • Furtive – (adj) [fur-tiv] stealthy or sneaky. (The nature of her occupation kept her to furtive corners and the dark side of the streets.)
  • Emulate – (v) [em-yuh-leyt] imitate; rival. (The smaller fish watch what the big fish do and try to emulate it next year.)
  • Idiosyncrasy – (n) [id-ee-uh-sing-kruh-see] individual trait, usually odd in nature, eccentricity. (Most people considered him an average Joe, because he seemed to be totally lacking in any idiosyncrasy.)
  • Obliterate – (v) [uh-blit-uh-reyt] destroy completely. (During the rally, the co-captains of the team promised to obliterate their opponent.)

Week 29 (Assigned March 19th, 2018)

Slides 52 to 56

Week 29 Vocab

  • Affable – (adj) [af-uh-buh] easily approachable; warm, friendly. (She is an affable girl, who always seems to have a smile on her face.)
  • Curtail – (v) [ker-teyl] shorten; reduce. (I had to curtail my friend’s harangue because I was already running very late.)
  • Nefarious – (adj) [ni-fair-ee-uh s] evil, utterly immoral or wicked. (After all, we are each nefarious in our own, individual way.)
  • Prodigal – (adj) [prod-i-guh l] wasteful; reckless with money. (His prodigal lifestyle ultimately led him into huge amounts of debt.)


Week 30 (Assigned April 2nd, 2018)

Slides 57 to 61

Week 30 Vocab

(Remember, these are prefixes and/or suffixes. Choose pictures that illustrate the prefix or suffix.  For example, you could Google "toward" or "near" when looking for an image of "Ac...")
  • alt- = high or deep. 
    • Examples: altimeter – an instrument that measures height above sea level; altitude – height above sea level. (While hiking Mount McKinley, we kept an altimeter, so we knew how far it was to the peak.)
  • pict- = paint, show, draw. 
    • Examples: picture – something drawn; depict – to describe something. (The picture showed a beautiful downtown landscape.)
  • -tect, teg- = cover. 
    • Examples: detect – to perceive the existence of something; protect – to keep somebody or something safe; tegument – a protective covering of an organism. (The old, abandoned house protected us from the pouring rain.)
  • zo- = animal. 
    • Examples: zoo – park displaying live creatures; zoology – scientific study of animals; zodiac – a chart of 12 constellations. (I have always loved animals, so I am thinking of majoring in zoology.)


Week 31 (Assigned April 9th, 2018)

Slides 62 to 66

Week 31 Vocab

  • Heresy – (n) [her-uh-see] opinion contrary to popular belief; opinion contrary to accepted religion. (Dolly, offended by his heresy but intrigued by his candor, asked to see his work.)
  • Penury – (n) [pen-yuh-ree] severe poverty; stinginess. (The surplus faded away and they were reduced to penury.)
  • Scrupulous – (adj) [skroo-pyuh-luh s] conscientious; extremely thorough. (Be scrupulous about turning work in on time and studying for your classes, and you will do well.)
  • Trite – (adj) [trahyt] hackneyed; commonplace. (His trite address put some of the audience to sleep.)


Week 32 (Assigned April 16th, 2018)

Slides 67 to 71

Week 32 Vocab

  • Diminution – (n) [dim′ə no̅o̵ ̅′s̸hən, -nyo̵̅o̅′] lessening; reduction in size. (The CEO was not pleased with a growing trend of the diminution of revenue generated by the company.)
  • Indolent – (adj) [in′də lənt] lazy. (The man’s indolent behavior resulted in taking a nap under the tree, rather than working.)
  • Lavish – (adj) [lávvish] generous; openhanded; extravagant; wasteful. (His lavish lifestyle eventually led to his bankruptcy.)
  • Capricious – (adj) [kə príshəss] given to sudden changes; tending to make sudden unexpected changes. (His capricious driving led to multiple car accidents.)


Week 33 (Assigned April 23rd, 2018)

Slides 72 to 76

Week 33 Vocab

(Remember, these are prefixes and/or suffixes. Choose pictures that illustrate the prefix or suffix.  For example, you could Google "toward" or "near" when looking for an image of "Ac...")
  • Viv, vita, vivi = alive, life. Examples: revive – recover consciousness; vivid – very bright, striking; vital – crucial, needed for life. (The painting used a vast array of vivid colors.)
  • Ultima = last. Examples: ultimate – final, greatest; ultimatum – final demand. (After weeks of not completing the project, the employee was finally given the ultimatum to finish it or be fired.)
  • Trib – pay, bestow. Examples: tribute – expression of gratitude or praise; contribute – donate money or time; tributary – stream feeding a larger body of water. (In a service learning project, the student raised over $7,000 that was contributed to cancer research.)
  • Pel, puls = drive, push, urge. Examples: compel – force somebody or force something to happen; expel – dismiss somebody or drive out; pulse – single beat of blood flow. (The doctor could only feel a faint pulse and decided to operate.)


Week 33 is your final week. Let Mr. Harmless know when you have completed these words. 








Directions for starting the project. 

Step 1: Pick your Partner.

Pick someone different from the previous semester.
Only two people. 
No really, just the two of you. 

Step 2: Create your Presentation in Google Docs.

Go to http://drive.google.com 

Step 3: Share your Presentation with Mr. Harmless and with your partner.

Don't forget this step or Mr. Harmless will not be able to grade it. 
Don't forget to share with your partner, this way if you are not here, your partner will still be able to edit the presentation.

Step 4: Start editing your Presentation.

  • Slide 1 needs to have your name and your partner's name and the title of the presentation. 
  • Each word slide needs to have the word, the definition, and a picture representing that word all on one slide. 
  • Watch the video to see how your presentation ought to look. 

Here is a short video for how to start your presentation:


Mr. Harmless' project (as an example) 

AVID SAT Vocab Spring 2018


Folder with Presentations


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