500 key words for the SAT

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abstract

theoretical; not concrete

abstruse

hard to understand

acclaim

praise; applaud

accolade

an award, or praise

acquiescent

reluctantly agreeable; compliant

acrimony

words or behavior filled with harshness or anger

adamant

refusing to change; stubborn, unyielding

adroit

skillful in physical activity, or in handling difficult situations

advocate

support; plead for; speak on behalf of

affable

friendly; easy-going

affirmation

positive statement; assertion; agreement

alienate

to push someone way, or cause him to separate from people

aloof

detached; apart; indifferent

altruistic

unselfish; caring

ambidextrous

able to use both hands with equal skill

ambiguous

unclear; vague; having several possible interpretations

ambivalence

indecision; feeling of being pulled in two directions

ameliorate

to make an unpleasant situation better; to improve

amity

friendship

amorphous

without form or shape

analogous

similar

anarchy

a lack of order; chaos

anathema

a religious curse, or the thing or person being cursed

antagonistic

in hostile competition; opposing

antiquated

too old to be useful; outdated; obsolete

antithesis

opposite

apathy

lack of interest or concern

apex

top; highest point; summit

appease

calm; pacify

arbitrary

selected by random choice and without solid reason

arcane

secret; mysterious

archaic

old; antiquated

arrogant

acting superior, obnoxious, smug or rude

articulate

able to speak clearly and effectively

ascendance

domination; controlling power

ascetic

person who rejects physical comfort and luxuy for self-discipline

asperity

roughness; harshness; irritability

assail

attack with words or force

assiduous

persistent; hard-working; diligent; attentive to detail

assuage

relieve; ease; pacify

astute

wise; insightfully clever; shrewd

atrophy

waste away; wither

audacious

brazen; brash; nervy

augment

make larger; increase

auspicious

taking place under promising conditions; likely to succeed

austere

stern; plain; without luxuries

avarice

greed

averse

feeling repelled; wanting to avoid

baleful

harmful; menacing

banal

boring; trite; insipid

beguile

to cheat or deceive, usually through charm; to amuse

belie

to give an impression that is the opposite of the way things really are; to misrepresent

belligerent

having a strong tendency to argue and fight

benediction

good wishes; a blessing

benevolent

kindhearted; good-natured; generous

benign

gentle; kind-hearted; mild

bequeath

to leave behind or hand down through a will; transmit

blight

decay; disease; widespread death

bolster

to support; to reinforce

bombast

speech or writing intended to impress the audience; pompous

brevity

briefness; conciseness

bumptious

pushy; obnoxiously self-assertive

cacophony

harshness of sound; opposite of harmony

cajole

to fool with flattery or false promises; coax; deceive

candor

honesty; frankness

capacious

large; roomy; spacious

capitulate

surrender; yield

capricious

unpredictable

castigate

scold; punish

caustic

burning, either with chemicals or sarcasm

celerity

speed

censure

to criticize

chasten

punish; discipline; castigate

chastise

scold; punish; castigate

choler

anger

circumscribe

draw a line around; define limits; confine; restrict

circumspect

cautious

clemency

mercy

coalesce

unite; grow together

cloister

secluded or isolated from the outside world; also, a place of seclusion

coerce

to force someone by threatening or physically overpowering him

complacent

self-satisfied; unconcerned

compliant

following someone else's demands; comforming; obeying

composure

calmness; equanimity

concede

admit reluctantly; yield

concise

short and to the point; terse

concur

agree

condone

to overlook, excuse, or pardon

confound

to mix up (in your own mind); or, to confuse someone else

consonance

a blending of sounds or opinions; harmony; agreement

consummate

to complete or make whole

contend

to argue a point or position; or, to struggle for

contingent

dependent upon other circumstances; conditional

contract

squeeze together; shrink

contrite

sorry; penitent

conundrum

riddle; mystery

converge

move together to meet at a common point

conviction

an opinion that is strongly held

convivial

fond of parties; sociable

copious

in large quantity; abundant

cordial

friendly; welcoming; gracious

corporeal

having to do with the body or the physical world

corroborate

support with evidence; tell the same story; confirm

criteria

requirements or standards used to make a decision

cryptic

hidden; secret; mysterious

culpable

guilty; blameworthy

cupidity

greed, especially for money

cursory

quickly and incompletely done; superficial

daunted

dismayed; disheartened; discouraged (made less courageous)

decadence

moral decay or decline

defame

to say things harmful to a person's reputation; malign; vilify

deference

the act of yielding to someone else out of respect

denounce

criticize; condemn

depleted

emptied; drained; used up

deplore

to express regret or disapproval; complain; criticize

deprecate

disapprove; belittle

deride

make fun of; ridicule

despondent

feeling hopeless or depressed

despot

tyrant

destitute

poor; lacking possessions

desultory

lacking a plan; aimless

dexterity

high level of skill, especially with hands; adroitness

diatribe

a bitterly critical speech

digress

to move away from the main topic when writing or speaking; to go off on a tangent

dilatory

causing lateness; stalling

discerning

insightful; perceptive

disclose

provide information; reveal

discord

disagreement; dissonance

discourse

exchange of ideas; conversation

disdain

a feeling of scorn or contempt

disparage

say negative things; belittle

disparate

different

disperse

spread around; scatter

dissent

to disagree, especially with the majority, or with an authority

dissolution

separation into parts; the process of dissolving

distended

swollen; extended

divergence

the act of splitting off into different directions

diverse

different; various

dogmatic

sticking to long-held beliefs, even when faced with contrary evidence; close-minded

doleful

extremely sad

eclectic

choosing from many different sources; carefully selective

eccentric

different from most, especially in personality or behavior

efface

erase

efficacy

ability to produce desired results

effervescence

the quality of being bubbly or full of life

elated

extremely happy; overjoyed

eloquence

powerfully effective speech

embellish

to make more beautiful; decorate; adorn

emulate

imitate

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