The 1000 Most Common SAT Words - Set 2

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The next 200 words of the 1000 Most Common SAT Words.

apprehend

1.(v) to seize, arrest; 2.(v) to perceive, understand, grasp

approbation

praise

appropriate

to take, make use of

aquatic

relating to water

arable

suitable for growing crops

arbiter

one who can resolve a dispute

arbitrary

based on factors that appear random

arbitration

the process or act of resolving a dispute

arboreal

of or relating to trees

arcane

obscure, secret, known only by a few

archaic

of or relating to an earlier period in time, outdated

archetypal

the most representative or typical example of something

ardor

extreme vigor, energy, enthusiasm

arid

excessively dry

arrogate

to take without justification

artifact

a remaining piece from an extinct culture or place

artisan

a craftsman

ascertain

to perceive, learn

ascetic

practicing restraint as a means of self-discipline, usually religious

ascribe

to assign, credit, attribute to

aspersion

a curse, expression of ill-will

aspire

to long for, aim toward

assail

to attack

assess

to evaluate

assiduous

hard-working, diligent

assuage

to ease, pacify

astute

very clever, crafty

asylum

1.(n) a place of refuge, protection, a sanctuary; 2.(n) an institution in which the insane are kept

atone

to repent, make amends

atrophy

to wither away, decay

attain

to achieve, arrive at

attribute

1.(v) to credit, assign; 2.(n) a facet or trait

atypical

not typical, unusual

audacious

excessively bold

audible

able to be heard

augment

to add to, expand

auspicious

favorable, indicative of good things

austere

very bare, bleak

avarice

excessive greed

avenge

to seek revenge

aversion

a particular dislike for something

balk

to stop, block abruptly

ballad

a love song

banal

dull, commonplace

bane

a burden

bard

a poet, often a singer as well

bashful

shy, excessively timid

battery

1.(n) a device that supplies power; 2.(n) assault, beating

beguile

to trick, deceive

behemoth

something of tremendous power or size

benevolent

marked by goodness or doing good

benign

favorable, not threatening, mild

bequeath

to pass on, give

berate

to scold vehemently

bereft

devoid of, without

beseech

to beg, plead, implore

bias

a tendency, inclination, prejudice

bilk

cheat, defraud

blandish

to coax using flattery

blemish

an imperfection, flaw

blight

1.(n) a plague, disease; 2.(n) something that destroys hope

boisterous

loud and full of energy

bombastic

excessively confident, pompous

boon

a gift or blessing

bourgeois

a middle-class person, capitalist

brazen

excessively bold, brash

brusque

short, abrupt, dismissive

buffet

1.(v) to strike with force; 2.(n) an arrangement of food set out on a table

burnish

to polish, shine

buttress

to support, hold up

cacophony

tremendous noise, disharmonious sound

cadence

a rhythm, progression of sound

cajole

to urge, coax

calamity

an event with disastrous consequences

calibrate

to set, standardize

callous

harsh, cold, unfeeling

calumny

an attempt to spoil someone else's reputation by spreading lies

camaraderie

brotherhood, jovial unity

candor

honesty, frankness

canny

shrewd, careful

canvas

1.(n) a piece of cloth on which an artist paints; 2.(v) to cover, inspect

capacious

very spacious

capitulate

to surrender

capricious

subject to whim, fickle

captivate

to get the attention of, hold

carouse

to party, celebrate

carp

to annoy, pester

catalog

1.(v) to list, enter into list; 2.(n) a list or collection

catalyze

to charge, inspire

caucus

a meeting usually held by people working toward the same goal

caustic

bitter, biting, acidic

cavort

to leap about, behave boisterously

censure

1.(n) harsh criticism; 2.(v) to rebuke formally

cerebral

related to the intellect

chaos

absolute disorder

chastise

to criticize severely

cherish

to feel or show affection toward something

chide

to voice disapproval

choreography

the arrangement of dances

chronicle

1.(n) a written history; 2.(v) to write a history

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