SAT Vocab

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This set of SAT vocab consists of 2038 SAT vocab words from SAT Vocab: 1.0 (1) -- ©2011, Lucidifi, LLC

abase

to humiliate, degrade

abate

to reduce, lessen

abbot

The superior of a community of monks

abdicate

to give up a position, usually one of leadership

abdominal

of, pertaining to, or situated on the abdomen

abduct

to kidnap, take by force

aberration

something that differs from the norm

abet

to aid, help, encourage

abeyance

a state of suspension or temporary inaction

abhor

to hate, detest

abide

to put up with

abject

wretched, pitiful

abjure

to reject, renounce

able-bodied

competent for physical service

ablution

a washing or cleansing, especially of the body

abnegation

denial of comfort to oneself

abominable

causing moral revulsion

aborigines

the original of earliest known inhabitants of a country

abort

to give up on a half-finished project or effort

abridge

to cut down, shorten

abrogate

to abolish, usually by authority

abcission

the act of cutting off or removing

abscond

to depart suddenly and secretly, as for the purpose of escaping arrest

absolution

freedom from blame, guilt, sin

abstain

to freely choose not to commit an action

abstemious

characterized by self denial or abstinences, as in the use of drink, food

abstruse

hard to comprehend

abundant

plentiful

abut

to touch at the end or boundary line

accede

to agree

accentuate

to stress, highlight

accessible

obtainable, reachable

accession

induction or elevation, as to dignity, office, or government

acclaim

high praise

accolade

high praise, special distinction

accommodating

helpful, obliging, polite

accord

agreement, harmony

accost

to confront verbally

accretion

slow growth in size or amount

accumulate

to become greater in quantity or number

accusatory

of, pertaining to, or involving an accusation

accustom

to make familiar by use

acerbic

biting, bitter in tone or taste

acquiesce

to agree without protesting

acquire

to get as one's own

acrid

harshly pungent or bitter

acrimony

bitterness, discord

acumen

keen insight

acute

sharp, severe

adage

an old saying

adamant

impervious, immovable, unyielding

adept

extremely skilled

adhere

to stick to something

adjacency

the state of being adjacent

adjuration

a vehement appeal

admissible

having the right or privilege of entry

admonish

to caution, criticize, reprove

adorn

to decorate

adroit

skillful, dexterous

adulation

extreme praise

adulterate

to reduce purity by combining with inferior ingredients

adumbrate

to sketch out in a vague way

adverse

antagonistic, unfavorable, dangerous

advocate

to argue in favor of something

aerial

somehow related to the air

aesthetic

artistic, related to the appreciation of beauty

affable

friendly, amiable

affinity

a spontaneous feeling of closeness

affluent

rich, wealthy

affront

an insult

agglomerate

to pile or heap together

aggrandize

to increase or make greater

aggravate

to make heavier, worse, or more burdensome

aggregate

a whole or total

aggrieved

distressed, wronged, injured

agile

quick, nimble

agnostic

believing that the existence of God cannot be proven or disproven

agog

in eager desire

agriculture

farming

ailment

slight sickness

akin

of similar nature or qualities

alabaster

white or delicately tinted fine-grained gypsum

alacrity

eagerness, speed

alchemy

a medieval science aimed at the transmutation or metals, especially base metals into gold; any magical or wonderful transformation

alcove

a covered recess connected with or at the side of a larger room

alias

a false name or identity

allay

to soothe, ease

allege

to assert, usually without proof

alleviate

to relieve, make more bearable

allocate

to distribute, set aside

alloy

to commingle; to debase by mixing with something inferior

alluvion

flood

aloof

reserved, distant

altercation

a dispute, fight

amalgamate

to bring together, unite

ambidextrous

having the ability of using both hands with equal skill or ease

ambiguous

uncertain, variably interpretable

ambivalent

having opposing feelings

ameliorate

to improve

amenable

willing, compliant

amenity

an item that increase comfort

amiable

disposed to please

amicable

friendly

amorous

showing love, particularly sexual

amorphous

without definite shape or type

anachronistic

being out of chronological order

anagram

the letters of a word or phase so transposed as to make a different word or phrase

anaglestic

something that reduces pain

analogous

similar to, so that an analogy can be drawn

analogy

reasoning in which from certain and known relations or resemblance others are formed

anarchist

one who wants to eliminate all government

anathema

a cursed, detested person

anecdote

a short, humorous account

anemia

condition in which blood lacks red corpuscles

anesthesia

loss of sensation

angelic

saintly

anguish

extreme sadness, torment

animadversion

the utterance of criticism or censure

animated

lively

animosity

hatred

annex

to incorporate territory or space

annotate

to make explanatory or critical notes on or upon

annul

to make void or invalid

anode

to point where or path by which a voltaic current enters an electrolyte or the like

anodyne

soothing

anomaly

something that does not fit into the normal order

anonymous

being unknown, unrecognized

antagonism

hostility

antecedent

something that came before

antediluvian

ancient

anthology

a selected collection of writings, songs, etc

anthropomorphous

having or resembling human form

antidote

anything that will counteract or remove the effects of poison, disease, or the like

antipathy

a strong dislike. repugnance

antiquated

old, out of date

antiseptic

clean, sterile

antithesis

the absolute opposite

anxiety

intense uneasiness

apathetic

lacking concern, emotion

aperture

hole

apiary

a place where bees are kept

aplomb

confidence; coolness

apocryphal

fictitious, false, wrong

apogee

the climax

apostate

a person who renounces a religious or political belief or principle

apostle

any messenger commissioned by or as by divine authority

apotheosis

deification

appalling

inspiring shock, horror, disgust

apparition

ghost

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