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100 most common SAT words

substantiate

(v) to verify, confirm, provide supporting evidence

procrastinate

(v) to unnecessarily delay, postpone, put off

abbreviate

(v) to shorten, abridge

compromise

(v) to settle a dispute by terms agreeable to both sides

disdain

(v) to regard with scorn or contempt

scrutinize

(v) to observe carefully

enhance

(v) to improve, bring to a greater level of intensity

emulate

(v) to imitate, follow an example

discredit

v) to harm the reputation of, dishonor or disgrace

suppress

(v) to end an activity, e.g., to prevent the dissemination of information

censure

(v) to criticize harshly

collaborate

(v) to cooperate, work together

vindicate

(v) to clear from blame or suspicion

impute

(v) to attribute an action to particular person or group

reverence

(n) worship, profound respect

sagacity

(n) wisdom

prosperity

(n) wealth or success

camaraderie

(n) trust, sociability amongst friends

convergence

(n) the state of separate elements joining or coming together

digression

(n) the act of turning aside, straying from the main point, esp. in a speech or argument

abstinence

(n) the act of refraining from pleasurable activity, e.g., eating or drinking

reconciliation

(n) the act of agreement after a quarrel, the resolution of a dispute

compassion

(n) sympathy, helpfulness or mercy

anecdote

(n) short, usually funny account of an event

asylum

(n) sanctuary, shelter, place of refuge

renovation

(n) repair, making something new again

lobbyist

(n) person who seeks to influence political events

hedonist

(n) person who pursues pleasure as a goal

conformist

(n) person who complies with accepted rules and customs

adversity

(n) misfortune, an unfavorable turn of events

longevity

(n) long life

orator

(n) lecturer, speaker

demagogue

(n) leader, rabble-rouser, usually appealing to emotion or prejudice

jubilation

(n) joy, celebration, exultation

exasperation

(n) irritation, frustration

spontaneity

(n) impulsive action, unplanned events

empathy

(n) identification with the feelings of others

adulation

(n) high praise

antagonist

(n) foe, opponent, adversary

integrity

(n) decency, honesty, wholeness

hypothesis

(n) assumption, theory requiring proof

novice

(n) apprentice, beginner

congregation

(n) a crowd of people, an assembly

opulent

(adj) wealthy

enervating

(adj) weakening, tiring

precocious

(adj) unusually advanced or talented at an early age

inconsequential

(adj) unimportant, trivial

frugal

(adj) thrifty, cheap

provocative

(adj) tending to provoke a response, e.g., anger or disagreement

submissive

(adj) tending to meekness, to submit to the will of others

transient

(adj) temporary, short-lived, fleeting

ostentatious

(adj) showy, displaying wealth

superficial

(adj) shallow, lacking in depth

divergent

(adj) separating, moving in different directions from a particular point

surreptitious

(adj) secret, stealthy

venerable

(adj) respected because of age

prosaic

(adj) relating to prose; dull, commonplace

florid

(adj) red-colored, flushed; gaudy, ornate

impetuous

(adj) rash, impulsive, acting without thinking

evanescent

(adj) quickly fading, short-lived, esp. an image

resilient

(adj) quick to recover, bounce back

pretentious

(adj) pretending to be important, intelligent or cultured

reclusive

(adj) preferring to live in isolation

condescending

(adj) possessing an attitude of superiority, patronizing

aesthetic

(adj) pertaining to beauty or the arts

assiduous

(adj) persistent, hard-working

exemplary

(adj) outstanding, an example to others

mundane

(adj) ordinary, commonplace

incompatible

(adj) opposed in nature, not able to live or work together

anonymous

(adj) nameless, without a disclosed identity

ephemeral

(adj) momentary, transient, fleeting

spurious

(adj) lacking authenticity, false

intuitive

(adj) instinctive, untaught

circuitous

(adj) indirect, taking the longest route

deleterious

(adj) harmful, destructive, detrimental

subtle

(adj) hard to detect or describe; perceptive

fortuitous

(adj) happening by luck, fortunate

amicable

(adj) friendly, agreeable

benevolent

(adj) friendly and helpful

intrepid

(adj) fearless, adventurous

perfidious

(adj) faithless, disloyal, untrustworthy

arid

(adj) extremely dry or deathly boring

superfluous

(adj) extra, more than enough, redundant

extenuating

(adj) excusing, lessening the seriousness of guilt or crime, e.g., of mitigating factors

clairvoyant

(adj) exceptionally insightful, able to foresee the future

parched

(adj) dried up, shriveled

tenacious

(adj) determined, keeping a firm grip on

conditional

(adj) depending on a condition, e.g., in a contract

restrained

(adj) controlled, repressed, restricted

tactful

(adj) considerate, skillful in acting to avoid offense to others

querulous

(adj) complaining, irritable

hackneyed

(adj) cliched, worn out by overuse

inevitable

(adj) certain, unavoidable

wary

(adj) careful, cautious

prudent

(adj) careful, cautious

diligent

(adj) careful and hard-working

nonchalant

(adj) calm, casual, seeming unexcited

rancorous

(adj) bitter, hateful

haughty

(adj) arrogant and condescending

anachronistic

(adj) out-of-date, not attributed to the correct historical period

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