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  1. OutsidersVocabulary Chapters 3 & 4

  2. Apprehensive – p. 59 • Adjective • Fearful of what may be coming • Synonyms: fearful • I had an apprehensive feeling on my way to school, knowing that I did not study for my math test.

  3. Contempt – p. 59 • Noun • The act of despising • Synonyms: disdain, scorn • The animal rights activist had severe contempt for anyone who abuses animals.

  4. Defiance – p. 59 • Noun • A tendency to resist or challenge authority • Synonyms: disobedience, challenge, resistance • The student showed her defiance by rolling her eyes at her teacher.

  5. Elite – p. 41 • Noun • A small powerful group of people • Synonyms: upper class, the top • The Socs made up the elite at school, because they had the best cars and a ton of money unlike the Greasers.

  6. Gallant – p. 37 • Adjective • Spirited, brave, noble • Synonyms: spirited, brave • The gallant soldier charged into the battle without showing an ounce of fear.

  7. Premonition – p. 67 • Noun • A feeling that something is going to happen • Synonyms: foreboding • The psychic had a premonition of future danger, so she stayed in her home that night.

  8. Reckless – p. 42 • Adjective • Showing lack of caution • Synonyms: irresponsible, wild • The reckless teenager’s horrible decisions at the party resulted in his arrest.

  9. Rueful • Adjective • Exciting pity or sympathy • Synonyms: regretful, mournful • The girl wore a rueful expression as the boy told her how his parents died.

  10. Sophisticated – p. 38 • Adjective • Finely experienced and aware • Synonyms: complex, worldly-wise, knowing • After attending college, she felt that she had become more sophisticated than her high school friends.

  11. Wince – p. 42 • Verb • To shrink back as from pain • Synonyms: flinch • The memory of his fall caused him to wince in pain.