SAT ACT Words of the Day

 Words of the Day
Finally our state would have a chance to move beyond the scars of Little Rock and the stains of cronyism that also tainted his later years.

cronyism   Speak
n.  appointment of friends and associates to positions of authority, without proper regard to their qualifications

stain   Speak
n.  a colored patch or dirty mark that is difficult to remove

taint   Speak
v.  contaminate or pollute something
Added on: 2019-06-15
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grudge   Speak
n. a persistent feeling of ill will or resentment
handed-down   Speak
a. passed on to a later generation or age
The visible manifestation of how real a century-old conflict was in places where time passed slowly, grudges died hard, and handed-down memories hung on and on.
hairdo   Speak
n. style of a person's hair
crew cut   Speak
n. a very short haircut for men and boys
He had a ducktail hairdo, crew cut on top, long hair greased back on the sides.
in full swing   Speak
ad. in full operation, at the highest level of activity
homeroom   Speak
n. a classroom in which a group of students assembles daily with the same teacher
In September 1960, the presidential campaign was in full swing; my homeroom and English teacher was also from Hope and, like me, a Democrat.
illusion   Speak
n. a thing that is or is likely to be wrongly perceived or interpreted
bite the dust   Speak
v. fall so that your body hits the ground heavily, die, end in failure
I always thought I was good at math until I had to give up helping Chelsea with her homework when she was in ninth grade; an illusion bites the dust.
shackle   Speak
n. something that confines the legs or arms
segregation   Speak
n. action or state of setting someone or something apart from others
In that late summer of 1957, they helped to set all of us, white and black alike, free from the dark shackles of segregation and discrimination.
obscene   Speak
n. offensive or disgusting by accepted standards of morality and decency
gyration   Speak
n. a rapid movement in a circle or spiral; a whirling motion
Unlike most parents, who thought his gyrations obscene, Mother loved Elvis, too, maybe even more than I did.
egocentric   Speak
a. thinking only of oneself, without regard for the feelings of others; self-centered
foible   Speak
n. a minor weakness in someone's character
His egocentric foibles didn’t bother me much, though we were as different as daylight and dark.
bead   Speak
n. a small piece of glass or stone, typically rounded for threading
rambunctious   Speak
a. uncontrollably exuberant; boisterous, wild
Getting on my knees on the seat of my desk and leaning on the back with the rosary beads was often too much for a rambunctious boy.
butt   Speak
v. hit with the head or horns
ram   Speak
v. roughly force something into place
Before I could get up he butted me in the head and rammed me again as hard as he could.
repeal   Speak
v. revoke or annul
gubernatorial   Speak
a. of or relating to a state governor or the office of state governor
If I'd followed his advice and repealed an unpopular car-tag increase, I probably wouldn't have lost my first gubernatorial reelection campaign.
hypocrite   Speak
n. a person who puts on a false appearance of virtue or religion
harsh   Speak
a. unpleasantly rough or jarring to the senses
Harsh judgments can make hypocrites of us all.
brag   Speak
v. say in a boastful manner
skeptical   Speak
a. not easily convinced; having doubts or reservations
I was in the Yale Law School lounge bragging to skeptical fellow students about the size of Hope watermelons.
jingle   Speak
v. make or cause to make a light metallic ringing sound
to no avail   Speak
ad. without success
He jingled too hard, and one of the dimes fell out; he looked for that dime for hours to no avail.
steamy   Speak
a. sexually exciting or including a lot of sexual activity
hookup   Speak
n. meeting with someone, or to begin a relationship
October, we revisited the all-time steamiest horror movie hookup, and in August, we took a look back at the 13 erotic thrillers from the '90s.
sizzling   Speak
a. very hot, unbearably hot
after hours   Speak
a. after normal working or opening hours, typically those of bars and nightclubs