Kate March : Vocabulary Expander Combo: 100 Most Common SAT Words

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the 100 most common SAT words from the "100 Most Common SAT Words" handout; 100/100

Altruistic

thinking of others; unselfish

Ambivalent

feeling at least two different ways about something; contradictory emotion

Amporphous

shapeless; formless

Anachronism

something happening out of its proper time frame

Annul

to void or cancel as though something never happened; to nullify

Anomaly

abnormality; irregularity

Antiquated

aged; obsolete

Antithesis

opposite; the co-existence of contrasting words/thoughts

Arable

farmable; plowable; fit for growing things

Assiduous

diligent; persistent

Asylum

safe haven; refuge

Atrophy

wasting away; diminuition

Audacious

bold; fearless; daring

Austere

stern; strict; ascetic; bare

Authoritarian

expecting absolute obedience; minimizing personal freedom

Belligerent

aggressive; warlike; hostile; tending to pick fights

Benevolent

kindly; charitable

Camaraderie

friendship; comradeship

Candid

open; honest; straightforward

Cantankerous

crabby; disagreeable; unpleasant; quarrelsome

Carp

to complain; to find fault

Censure

blame; rebuke; disapproval

Charlatan

fake; fraud; quack

Chimerical

fanciful; fantastic; imaginary

Cliche

shale idea or usage; overused; banal; trite; hackneyed

Compatriot

person from the same country; colleague

Comprehensive

extensive; complete; full

Concise

terse; succinct; to-the-point

Curmudgeon

a grouchy person; a crab

Dearth

lack; shortage

Deleterious

harmful; injurious

Demagogue

a false leader; a leader who appeals to the emotions of followers

Depraved

corrupt; immoral

Despot

tyrant; czar; absolute ruler

Detriment

harm; loss

Dilatory

late or slow; procrastinating

Disparity

inequality; difference

Dogmatic

authoritative; rigid; unyielding

Dubious

doubtful; questionable; skeptical

Eclectic

having many different parts; diverse grouping; motley

Edifice

a building; often a huge and impressive one

Elucidate

to clarify; to make clear

Enigma

a puzzle; something confusing

Ephemeral

short-lived; transitory

Epitome

an ideal or example; a representative

Esoteric

difficult to understand; understood by few people

Frugal

thrifty; careful with money

Garrulous

talkative

Gregarious

friendly; sociable

Haughty

overly proud and egotistical; arrogant

Hedonistic

pleasure-seeking; concerned with physical gratification

Heresy

unorthodox behavior or speech; controversial opinion or theory

Hyperbole

exaggeration; extravagant statement

Illusory

unreal; deceptive

Imperious

haughty or overbearing

Impromptu

unrehearsed; spontaneous

Indigenous

native; innate; intrinsic

Infer

to deduce logically; to conclude based on evidence

Ingrate

an ungrateful person

Innate

inherent; inborn

Jettison

to throw overboard; to get rid of

Laconic

using few words; terse; to-the-point; concise

Magnanimous

large-spirited; generous

Malevolence

spite; ill-will

Mercenary

a person who works only for money; money-hungry

Misanthrope

someone who hates mankind

Monumental

huge, outstanding, and enduring

Munificent

generous; having a giving nature

Munitions

weapons; ammunition

Neophyte

newcomer; beginner

Opulence

affluence; richness; plenty

Ostentatious

showy; pretentious

Paradox

something that is self-contradictory, but may prove true

Paragon

model; an ideal; something perfect or excellent

Paucity

scarcity; dearth; lack

Pedestrian

1. a person crossing the street. 2. ordinary; common; everyday

Pejorative

negative; derogatory

Penury

neediness; poverty; lack

Primeval

ancient; original

Pristine

pure; uncorrupted

Prosaic

ordinary or everyday; straightforward; unimaginative

Puerile

childish; immature

Quack

fake; charlatan

Quagmire

marsh; bog; predicament or difficulty

Querulous

complaining

Recluse

solitary person; hermit

Salutary

favorable; healthy or wholesome

Sanctify

to bless; to make holy

Spurious

false; inauthentic

Stymie

to get in the way of; to block as in an obstacle

Superfluous

more than necessary; extra

Surfeit

excess; to fill to excess; too much

Tacit

implicit; silent; not talking; understood without being said

Taciturn

quiet; not at all talkative

Tempestuous

stormy; tumultuous

Tepid

lukewarm; neither hot nor cold

Terse

concise; using few words; to-the-point

Tirade

angry speech; abusive critique

Voluminous

huge; great in size

Zealot

fanatic; overly excited about religion, politics or other beliefs

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