Top 500 Most Common SAT Words - 2011: Set 1 (1-100)

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abandon

total lack of inhibition

abate

to decrease; to reduce

abet

to aid; to act as an accomplice

abjure

to renounce under oath; to abandon forever; to abstain from

abnegate

to give up; to deny to oneself

abortive

ending without results

abrogate

to annul; to abolish by authoritative action

abscond

to leave quickly in secret

abstemious

done sparingly; consuming in moderation

accede

to express approval; to agree to

acclivity

an incline or upward slope, the ascending side of a hill

accretion

a growth in size, an increase in amount

acme

the highest level or degree attainable

actuate

to put into motion, to activate; to motivate or influence to activity

acuity

sharp vision or perception characterized by the ability to resolve fine detail

acumen

sharpness of insight, mind, and understanding; shrewd judgment

adamant

stubbornly unyielding

adept

extremely skilled

adjudicate

to hear and settle a matter; to act as a judge

adjure

to appeal to

admonish

to caution or warn gently in order to correct something

adroit

skillful; accomplished; highly competent

adulation

excessive flattery or admiration

adumbrate

to give a hint or indication of something to come

aerie

a nest built high in the air; an elevated, often secluded, dwelling

affected

phony, artificial

aggregate

a collective mass, the sum total

algorithm

an established procedure for solving a problem or equation

alimentary

pertaining to food, nutrition, or digestion

allay

to lesson, ease, reduce in intensity

amity

friendship, goodwill

amorphous

having no definite form

animus

a feeling of animosity or ill will

anodyne

a source of comfort; a medicine that relieves pain

anomaly

a deviation from the common rule, something that is difficult to classify

anthropomorphic

suggesting human characteristics for animals and inanimate things

antiquated

to old to be fashionable or useful

aphorism

a short statement of a principle

aplomb

self-confident assurance; poise

apostate

one who renounces a religious faith

apposite

strikingly appropriate or well adapted

apprise

to give notice to, inform

appropriate

to assign to a particular purpose, allocate

arable

suitable for cultivation

arcane

secret, obscure; known only to a few

archipelago

a large group of islands

arrears

unpaid, overdue debts or bills; neglected obligations

arrogate

to claim without justification; to claim for oneself without right

askance

with disapproval; with a skeptical sideways glance

assent

to agree, as to a proposal

atavistic

characteristic of a former era, ancient

autocrat

a dictator

aver

to declare to be true; to affirm

avuncular

like an uncle in behavior, especially in kindness and warmth

awry

crooked, askew, amiss

balk

to stop short and refuse to go on

ballast

a structure that helps stabilize or steady

beatific

displaying calmness and joy, relating to a state of celestial happiness

becalm

to stop the progress of; to sooth

becloud

to make less visible; to obscure, or blur

bedraggled

soiled, wet and limped; dilapidated

beget

to produce, especially as an effect or outgrowth; to bring about

behemoth

something of monstrous size or power; huge creature

beneficent

pertaining to an act of kindness

berate

to scold harshly

bilious

ill-tempered, sickly, ailing

blasphemous

cursing, profane; extremely irreverent

blatant

completely obvious and conspicuous, especially in an offensive, crass manner

blithely

merrily, lightheartedly cheerful; without appropriate thought

bombastic

high-sounding but meaningless; ostentatiously lofty in style

bovine

relating to cows; having qualities characteristic of a cow, such as sluggishness or dullness

braggart

a person who brags or boasts in a loud and empty manner

broach

to mention or suggest for the first time

bucolic

pastoral, rural

burnish

to polish; to make smooth and bright

bursar

a treasurer or keeper of funds

cache

a hiding place; stockpile

cacophony

a jarring, unpleasant noise

calumny

a false and malicious accusation; misrepresentation

cantankerous

having a difficult, uncooperative, or stubborn disposition

captious

marked by the tendency to point out trivial faults; intended to confuse in an argument

cataclysmic

severely destructive

catalyst

something that provokes or speeds up significant change, especially without being affected by the consequences

caucus

a closed committee within a political party; a private committee meeting

caustic

biting, sarcastic

cede

to surrender possession of something

celerity

speed, haste

censorious

critical; tending to blame and condemn

certitude

assurance, freedom from doubt

cessation

a temporary or complete halt

chary

watchful, cautious; extremely shy

chimerical

fanciful; imaginary, impossible

circuitous

indirect, roundabout

circumvent

to go around; avoid

cloying

sickly sweet; excessive

coagulate

to clot; to cause to thicken

cogent

logically forceful; compelling, convincing

colloquial

characteristic of informal speech

commute

to change a penalty to a less severe one

complacent

self-satisfied, smug

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