192 SAT Words

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The most common vocabulary words that appear on the SAT.

aesthetic

appealing to the sense of beauty

eclectic

choosing from a variety of sources

enigma

a puzzle; a riddle

anomalous

deviating from a general rule; out of place; incongruous

caustic; vitriolic

biting; stinging; cutting; scathing

paradox

a seemingly contradictory statement that nontheless expresses a truth

reprimand; castigate

to scold sharply

alleviate; mitigate; mollify; assuage

to relieve, to lessen

tirade; diatribe

sharp criticism; bitter speech

insightful; discerning; perspicacious

very perceptive; astute; penetrating

laud; extol; acclaim

to praise

brusque; curt

blunt in manner or speech, often to the point of being rude

stalwart

a loyal follower or adherent

connoisseur

an expert; authority

sage

a person who is known for his/her wisdom; a wise person

anarchist

a person who opposes laws and government

prodigy

a person with great talent; a young genius

itinerant; vagabond

person who wanders

automaton

a person who is devoid of feeling or acts in a mechanical way

swindler

a person who elicits trust and then betrays that trust; a con man or con woman; someone who defrauds

mentor

an advisor; teacher; guide

virtuoso

a person with great artistic talent

devotee

an ardent follower, supporter, or enthusiast

boor

a person who is rude and insensitive

recluse

a person who leads a secluded or solitary life; a hermit

pragmatist

a person who is practical and thus not given to flights of fancy

neophyte; novice; greenhorn

a beginner

skeptic

a person who has doubts

iconoclast

literally someone who smashes icons or established images

charlatan

a fake; fraud; cheat

pundit

an authority who expresses his or her opinions on topics

sycophant

a person who tries to win favor by flattery

ambivalent

lacking conviction (strong belief) because of mixed feelings

paltry

of little value; trifling; and therefore lacking significance

ambiguous

unclear; not certain

incoherent

lacking organization

disinterested

neutral and thus lacking a bias

merciless; ruthless

cruel and therefore lacking in compassion

callous

lacking sensitivity, concern, and solicitude

lethargic; anemic; languid; slothful

lacking in energy, vitality, and vigor

disdain

lack of respect; contempt

impulsive; impetuous; precipitous

acting in a rash, hasty manner without fully considering the consequences

intrepid; dauntless

brave and therefore lacking fear

precarious

lacking stability

superficial

shallow and therefore lacking in depth

diffident

lacking self-confidence

sophomoric; callow

immature and therefore lacking maturity or sophistication

extravagant

excessive and therefore lacking restraint

apathetic

showing little or no feeling or emotion; spiritless; lacking emotion

erratic

lacking consistency

trite; cliché

commonplace; ordinary and therefore lacking originality; humdrum

denounce

to put down by condemning or criticizing

decry

to criticize; denounce; condemn

depreciate

to go down in value

despondent; dejected; depressed

all mean feeling very down and discouraged

deleterious

things are going down in the sense of being harmful, hurtful, and detrimental

belittle

to make someone feel really little; to put someone down; to disparage

belie

to lie in the sense of contradicting

plausible

believable; credible

incorrigible

incapable of being reformed

defamation

an abusive attack on a person's reputation

innuendo

a veiled hint or insinuation, especially a negative reflection on a person's character or reputation

travesty

a miscarriage of justice; a distortion of proper procedure

exculpate; exonerate

to free from blame; to declare innocent

fabricate

to make up or invent a story

unprecedented

without previous example

immaterial

of no importance; irrelevant and therefore lacking significance

incontrovertible

not open to question; indisputable

adept

very skillful; adroit

arduous

very difficult to accomplish

empathetic

very compassionate; very sympathetic

assiduous

very diligent; very persistent

furtive; clandestine

very secretive; very stealthy

contemplative

very thoughtful; meditative; pensive

trepidation

great fear

destitute

very poor; indigent

distraught; inconsolable

very distressed; very worried

despicable

vile; very contemptible

exasperated

very irritated; very annoyed

ecstatic; exuberant; elated; euphoric

feeling great happiness

garish

excessively vivid in color

ostentatious

fond of conspicuous display; pompous; pretentious

vigilant

very watchful

prodigious

very large; vast; huge

munificent

very generous

parsimonious

very stingy; miserly

convivial

fond of social interaction

affable

friendly

sanguine

very optimistic; hopeful

unctuous

too smooth; too suave and thus giving a false sense of earnestness

sanctimonious

making a show of being devout and thus giving a sense of false piousness

lucrative

very profitable

scrutinize

to very closely or very carefully examine a person or thing

irate; livid

showing great anger and rage

circumspect

very cautious; very careful; prudent

repudiate

to reject; disavow

anachronism

a person or event that is chronologically in the wrong time

accord

an agreement

capitulate

to surrender; to give up

enlighten

to inform; instruct; illuminate and thus remove ignorance

appeasement

giving in to someone's demands

stipulate

to specify; set forth

hermetic

airtight

indigenous

native to an area

archipelago

a chain of islands

rivulet

a small stream

anthology

a collection of poems and stories

epilogue

a closing section added to a novel or play

prologue

an introductory section added to a poem, novel, or story

satire

a literary work that ridicules and derides human vices and weaknesses

vignette; anecdote

short story; brief sketch

epic

a lengthy story about the heroic deeds of a legendary hero

farce

a humorous, comical show; a comedy

raconteur

a person skilled at telling a story

memoir

an autobiography; personal journal

indefatigable; unflagging

tireless

indomitable

invincible; incapable of being conquered

vacillate

to waver; hesitate; swing back and forth; be indecisive

hubris

exaggerated pride; arrogance

excoriate

to denounce scathingly

innocuous

harmless; inoffensive

capricious; mercurial

very changeable; fickle; constantly shifting moods

supplant

to take the place of

laconic; succinct

very brief; concise

ubiquitous

present everywhere at once; omnipresent; prevalent; widespread

archaic

obsolete; old-fashioned; out-of-date and thus not "in," "with it," or contemporary

reciprocal

shared and expressed by both sides; mutual

alacrity

great speed; promptness

implacable

incapable of being appeased

grandiloquent

using lofty, pompous language

motley

very different; very heterogeneous

juxtapose

to place side-by-side

arcane

obscure; mysterious; esoteric

cosmopolitan

very worldly; sophisticated

ineffable

incapable of being put into words; indescribable

inundate

to fill with water; flood

rudimentary

basic; elementary

atone

to make amends; make up for

machinations

crafty schemes

quandary

a dilemma; predicament

pernicious

very injurious; destructive; deadly

prevaricate

to lie

quagmire

a difficult, precarious position; a predicament

synergy

to positive energy that results when two different elements are combined

eschew

to abstain from; avoid; engage in abstinence

scintillating

sparkling; dazzling; brilliant

pejorative

belittling; disparaging; putting someone down

maxim

a short, concise, wise saying

consensus

a general agreement

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