Barron's SAT High-Frequency Word List

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Barron's SAT High-Frequency and Hot Prospects Word List (24th edition book)

abate

subside, decrease

abridge

condense, shorten

abstemious

temperate, sparing

abstract

theoretical, nonrepresentational

abstruse

obscure, profound

accessible

easy to approach, obtainable

acclaim

applaud

accolade

award of merit

acknowledge

recognize, admit

acquiesce

agree without protesting

acrid

sharp, bitterly pungent

acrimonious

bitter in words or manner

adulation

flattery, admiration

adversary

opponent

adversity

hardship

advocate

support

aesthetic

artistic, appreciation of beauty

affable

warmly friendly

affirmation

confirmation

aggregate

accumulate

alleviate

relieve

aloof

reserved

altruistic

unselfishly generous

ambiguous

confusing

ambivalence

contradictory or conflicting emotional attitudes

amorphous

having no form

anachronistic

error involving time

analogous

comparable

anarchist

advocate of abolishing authority

anecdote

short account of an amusing or interesting event

animosity

hatred, hostility

anomaly

irregularity

antagonism

hostility, active resistance

antediluvian

ancient

antidote

medicine

antipathy

dislike

antiquated

old-fashioned

apathy

indifference

apocryphal

untrue

appease

pacify or soothe

apprehension

fear

arable

fit for growing crops

arbitrary

random

archaic

antiquated

ardent

intense

arrogance

pride

articulate

effective

artifact

object made my human beings, either handmade or mass-produced

artisan

craftsman

ascendancy

domination

ascetic

practicing self-denial

aspire

long for

assiduous

diligent

assuage

ease, lessen, soothe

astute

wise

atrophy

waste away

attribute

ascribe, explain

audacious

bold

augment

increase

austere

stern, simple

authoritarian

completely dominating

autonomous

self-governing

avarice

greediness

aversion

dislike

avert

prevent, turn away

beguile

mislead, pass time

belie

contradict, give a false impression

benevolent

generous

bequeath

hand down

bleak

cold or cheerless, unlikely

blighted

suffering from disease, destroyed

bolster

support, reinforce

braggart

boaster

brevity

conciseness

buttress

support

cacophonous

inharmonious

cajole

coax

calculated

deliberately planned, likely

candor

frankness

capricious

unpredictable, fickle, fanciful

carping

finding fault

censorious

critical

censure

blame

certitude

certainty

charlatan

quack, pretender to knowledge

circumlocution

indirect/roundabout expression

cliché

phrase dulled in meaning by repetition

coalesce

combine

coercion

use of force to get someone to obey

colloquial

pertaining to conversation or common speech

combustible

easily burned

commemorate

honor memory of

compile

assemble, gather

complacency

self-satisfaction

complementary

serving to complete something

compliance

readiness to yield, conformity in fulfilling requirements

composure

mental calmness

comprehensive

thorough

concede

admit, yield

conciliatory

reconciling, soothing

concise

brief and compact

concur

agree

condone

overlook, forgive, excuse

conflagration

great fire

confluence

flowing together, crowd

confound

confuse

conjecture

guess

consensus

general agreement

constraint

compulsion, repression of feelings

contend

struggle, compete, assert

contentious

quarrelsome

contract

compress, make a pledge, catch a disease

converge

approach, come together

conviction

judgment that someone is guilty of a crime, strongly held belief

cordial

gracious

corroborate

confirm, support

corrode

destroy by chemical action

corrugated

wrinkled, ridged

credulity

gullibility, naivete

criterion

standard used in judging

cryptic

mysterious, secret, hidden

culpable

deserving blame

cursory

casual, hastily done

curtail

shorten

debilitate

weaken, enfeeble

debunk

expose as false, exaggerated, worthless

decorum

orderliness

deference

courteous regard for another's wish

degradation

humiliation, debasement

dehydrate

dry out

deleterious

harmful

delineate

portray, depict

denounce

condemn

deplore

regret, disapprove of

depose

dethrone

depravity

corruption, wickedness

deprecate

express disapproval of

deride

ridicule

derivative

derived from another source

desiccate

dry up

despondent

depressed

detached

distant, calm and objective, physically unconnected

deterrent

hindrance

detrimental

harmful

devious

roundabout, erratic

devise

invent, plan

diffidence

shyness

diffuse

wordy, rambling, spread out

digression

wandering away from subject

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