Phobia

SAT Vocabulary Unit 4



This song includes words that students are likely to encounter on the SAT. It teaches the following words: daunting, feral, abhor, destitute, abject, domicile, derelict, defunct, requisition, renovate, affluent, raze, reprehensible, dilapidated, exacerbate, pacify, allay, assuage, anxiety, sedate, sobriety, agoraphobia, claustrophobia, diaphanous, harrowing, strenuous, canvas, ascetic, quaint, reel, redoubtable, formidable, austere, taciturn, enervate, abscond, desolate, despondent and forlorn. In this song, find out what happens when this emcee confronts his fear of spaces in hopes of rebuilding a warehouse.





What was that? Did you hear that? I’m not walking by that house by myself. Man, I’m scared, man. I’ve got a phobia. Check it out.

These are haunting raps, what you think about that?
It's a daunting task, but we're on to that.
I’m seeing nine black cats with teeth to match,
Savage beasts wearing feral masks.


There is this house I hate and abhor,
I swear it's haunted, yeah for sure.
I live among the impoverished and destitute,
The abject poor, here is the proof:
The domicile was derelict, run-down too,
It was a defunct school, no longer used.
Weird sounds came out from it if you listened,
The government demanded it, made a requisition.
They wanted to renovate it, you know how they do it,
Try to fix it up for the rich and affluent.
Yeah it's cruel and reprehensible,
Some politicians treat the poor like they’re dispensable.
Some wanted it knocked down and razed,
But year after year right there it stayed.
The house was broken-down, dilapidated,
It haunted my nightmares, oh I hate it.
My fear was exacerbated by this fact,
Made more intense by this fact.
Nothing could pacify me, allay my fears,
Stop my tears, assuage my fears,
Soothe me like Jimmy Page drinking a smoothie,
Before a show to calm his anxiety,
Sedate himself into a state of sobriety.
Hip-hop heads saying, "Who’s he?"
He’s the ghost in these . . .

Haunting raps . . .

What you think about that?
It's a daunting task, but we're on to that.
I’m seeing nine black cats with teeth to match,
Savage beasts wearing feral masks.

These are haunting raps, what you think about that?
It's a daunting task, but we're on to that.
I’m seeing nine black cats with teeth to match,
Savage beasts wearing feral masks.


I’m agoraphobic: scared of open spaces,
Claustrophobic: scared of confined spaces.
So I’m doubly ruined, know what I mean, dude?
At least I’m diaphanous, meaning I'm see-through.
I live in fear, it sounds weird,
These harrowing experiences leave me in fear.
Stepping out the door is a strenuous task,
It requires strength like a canvas needs paint,
Or like ascetics practice restraint,
I wish this house was old-timey and quaint,
But instead it's all spiderwebs to the ceiling,
It's making me dizzy and leaving me reeling.
This house is my opponent, it's redoubtable,
Commands respect and fear, it’s formidable.
The austere appearance, bare, and bleak,
Makes me taciturn, too scared to speak.
This enervates me, I need sleep,
I need to abscond, hide out, I’m gonna sneak.
The desolateand deserted landscape,
Makes me wish I was at home eating mama’s pancakes.
I’m feeling despondent, yeah, hopeless,
I’m not the dopest, maybe just a dope.
I’m forlorn, I’m lonely, I have no hope,
At the end of my rope 'cause these are some . . .

Haunting raps . . .

What you think about that?
It's a daunting task, but we're on to that.
I’m seeing nine black cats with teeth to match,
Savage beasts wearing feral masks.

These are haunting raps, what you think about that?
It's a daunting task, but we're on to that.
I’m seeing nine black cats with teeth to match,
Savage beasts wearing feral masks.



daunting (adj.) - intimidating
Public speaking is a daunting task for many.

feral (adj.) - savage, wild, untamed
Lions are beautiful but feral beasts.

abhor (v.) - to hate, loathe
Jess is an adamant environmentalist and abhors those who litter.

destitute (adj.) - impoverished
Soup kitchens across the nation help destitute people.

abject (adj.) - of the most miserable or contemptible kind
The survivors of natural disasters sometimes end up in abject poverty.
domicile (n.) - a residence, a home
The university domiciles were small but comfortable.

derelict (adj.) - run-down, abandoned
Legend has it that the derelict cottage is haunted.
defunct (adj.) - no longer used or existing
It cost more to fix the phone than buy a new one because the warranty was defunct.

requisition (n.) - a demand for goods, often by an authority
In a formal requisition, Michelangelo was commissioned to paint the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.

renovate (v.) - to restore, return to original state
The workers labored round-the-clock to renovate the home.

affluent (adj.) - rich, wealthy
The affluent Rockefeller family made their fortune in the oil business.

reprehensible (adj.) - deserving of criticism
The reprehensible boy would steal candy from a baby.

raze (v.) - to demolish
A wrecking ball was used to raze the old building.

dilapidated (adj.) - in a state of disrepair
The old car was dilapidated.

exacerbate (v.) - to make more violent, intense
The heavy rain exacerbated the flood problem.

pacify (v.) - to sooth, ease
The fans, angered by their favorite musician's late arrival, were pacified when he finally came on stage.

allay (v.) - to soothe, assuage
A soft breeze would allay the summer heat.

assuage (v.) - to ease, pacify
After eating a chili pepper, Ricky assuaged the burn with a glass of water.
anxiety (n.) - uneasiness
The dog clearly felt anxiety at the prospect of a visit to the vet.

sedate (v.) - to calm, soothe
The dentist sedated his patient in order to fill a cavity.

sobriety (n.) - moderation from excess, or calm tranquility
Brianna enjoyed healthy sobriety after a fast food binge.
daunting (adj.) - intimidating
feral (adj.) - savage, wild, untamed
daunting (adj.) - intimidating
feral (adj.) - savage, wild, untamed

agoraphobia (n.) - an abnormal fear of open or public places
Scholars think the poet Emily Dickinson was agoraphobic because she rarely left her home and often refused to see visitors.

claustrophobia (n.) - an abnormal fear of closed or crowded spaces
Reggie is claustrophobic so he avoids elevators.

diaphanous (adj.) - transparent, light, airy
The diaphanous fog lifted as the sun rose.

harrowing (adj.) - agonizing, distressing
Shauna is terrified of flying because she had a harrowing first-flight experience.

strenuous (adj.) - requiring tremendous strength or energy
Athletes undergo strenuous training to prepare for competition.

canvas (n.) - a piece of cloth on which an artist paints
Johannes Vermeer was an oil painter who made his masterpieces on canvas.

ascetic (n.) - one who practices restraint as a means of self-discipline, usually religious
Gandhi was a vegetarian ascetic.

quaint (adj.) - old-fashioned
Amish groups are known for their choice to lead quaint lives.

reel (v.) - to be thrown off balance or feel dizzy
They're heads were reeling after riding the roller-coaster multiple times.
redoubtable (adj.) - formidable, commanding respect
Serena Williams proves to be a redoubtable opponent in competitive tennis.
formidable (adj.) - arousing fear or alarm
Nya studied consistently and mastered a formidable amount of SAT material.

austere (adj.) - very bare, bleak, simple
Ernest Hemingway is celebrated for his austere writing style.

taciturn (adj.) - not inclined to talk
The taciturn guitarist expressed himself through his music.

enervate (v.) - to weaken, make weary
The jogger was out-of-shape, so he knew that a long marathon would enervate him.

abscond (v.) - to sneak away and hide
The rat absconded into a hole in the wall with a piece of cheese.

desolate (adj.) - deserted, lifeless
A lone camel made its way across the desolate desert.

despondent (adj.) - discouraged, hopeless, depressed
The pigeon sat atop the despondent-looking statue.

forlorn (adj.) - lonely, hopeless
The pup gave its owner a mopey, forlorn look.
daunting (adj.) - intimidating
feral (adj.) - savage, wild, untamed
daunting (adj.) - intimidating
feral (adj.) - savage, wild, untamed
The rapper ____ the dark house on the corner of the block.
Abhors/hates
What was this house?
A defunct school
Who did the government want to renovate the house for?
The affluent
What is another word for "knock down"?
Raze
What did the rapper's friend try to do to his fears?
Allay and assuage them
The rapper is scared of confined spaces, so he is _____.
Claustrophobic
What does "diaphanous" mean?
Transparent
What type of person practices restraint?
An ascetic
What makes the rapper want to go home and eat his mama's pancakes?
The desolate landscape
What is another word for "forlorn"?
Lonely

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