Top 250 SAT Words

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adjure

to reject, renounce

abrogate

to abolish, usually by authority

acerbic

biting, bitter in tone/taste

acrimony

bitterness, discord

acumen

keen insight

adumbrate

to sketch out in a vague way

alacrity

eagerness, speed

anathema

a cursed, detested person

antipathy

a strong dislike, repugnance

approbation

praise

arrogate

to take without justification

ascetic

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

aspersion

a curse, expression of ill-will

assiduous

hard-working, diligent

blandish

to coax by using flattery

boon

a gift or blessing

brusque

short, abrupt, dismissive

buffet

to strike with force

burnish

to polish/shine

buttress

to support/ something that offers supports

cacophony

tremendous noise, disharmonious sound

cajole

to urge, coax

calumny

an attempt to ruin another's reputation by spreading lies

capricious

subject to whim, fickle

clemency

mercy

cogent

intellectually convincing

concomitant

accompanying in a subordinate fashion

conflagration

great fire

contrite

penitent, eager to be forgiven

conundrum

puzzle, problem

credulity

readiness to believe

cupidity

greed, strong desire

cursory

brief to the point of being superficial

decry

to criticize openly

defile

to make unclean, impure

deleterious

harmful

demure

quiet, modest, reserved

deprecate

to belittle depreciate

deride

to laugh at mockingly, scorn

desecrate

to violate the sacredness of a thing or place

desiccated

dried up, dehydrated

diaphanous

light, airy, transparent

diffident

shy, quiet, modest

discursive

rambling, lacking order

dissemble

to conceal, fake

dither

to be indecisive

ebullient

extremely lively, enthusiastic

effrontery

impudence, nerve, insolence

effulgent

radiant, spendorous

egregious

extremely bad

enervate

to weaken, exhaust

ephemeral

short-lived, fleeting

eschew

to shun, avoid

evanescent

fleeting, momentary

evince

to show, reveal

exculpate

to free from guilt or blame, exonerate

execrable

loathsome, detestable

exigent

urgent, critical

expiate

to make amends for, atone

expunge

to obliterate, eradicate

extant

existing, not destroyed or lost

extol

to praise, revere

fallacious

incorrect, misleading

fastidious

meticulous, demanding, having high and often unattainable standards

fatuous

silly, foolish

fecund

fruitful, fertile

feral

wild, savage

fetid

having a foul odor

florid

flowery, ornate

fractious

troublesome or irritable

garrulous

talkative, wordy

gradiloquence

lofty, pompous language

gregarious

drawn to the company of others, sociable

hackneyed

unoriginal, trite

hapless

unlucky

harangue

a ranting speech/ to give one

hegemony

domination over others

iconoclast

one who attacks common beliefs or institutions

ignominious

humiliating, disgracing

impassive

stoic, not susceptible to suffering

imperious

commanding, domineering

impertinent

rude, insolent

impervious

impenetrable, incapable of being affected

impetuous

rash, hastily done

impinge

to impact, make an impression/ to encroach

implacable

incapable of being appeased or mitigated

impudent

casually rude, insolent, impertinent

inchoate

unformed or formless, in a beginning stage

incontrovertible

indisputable

indefatigable

incapable of defeat, failure, decay

ineffable

unspeakable, incapable of being expressed through words

inexorable

incapable of being persuaded or placated

ingenuous

not devious; innocent and candid

inimical

hostile

iniquity

wickedness or sin

insidious

appealing but imperceptibly harmful, seductive

intransigent

refusing to compromise, often on an extreme opinion

inure

to cause someone/something to become accustomed to a situation

invective

an angry verbal attack

inveterate

stubbornly established by habit

jubilant

extremely joyful, happy

juxtaposition

the act of placing two things next to each other for implicit comparison

laconic

terse in speech or writing

languid

sluggish from fatigue or weakness

largess

the generous giving of lavish gifts

latent

hidden, but capable of being exposed

legerdemain

deception, slight-of-hand

licentious

displaying a lack of moral or legal restraints

limpid

clear, transparent

maelstrom

a destructive whirlpool which rapidly sucks in objects

magnanimous

noble, generous

malediction

a curse

malevolent

wanting harm to befall others

manifold

diverse, varied

maudlin

weakly sentimental

mawkish

characterized by sick sentimentality

mendacious

having a lying, false character

mercurial

characterized by rapid change or temperamentality

modicum

a small amount of something

morass

a wet swampy bog/ something that traps and confuses

multifarious

having a great diversity or variety

munificence

generosity in giving

myriad

consisting of a very great number

nadir

the lowest point of something

nascent

in the process of being born or coming into existence

nefarious

heinously villainous

neophyte

something who is young or inexperienced

obdurate

unyielding to persuasion or moral influences

obfuscate

to render incomprehensible

oblique

diverging from a straight path, not straightforward

obsequious

excessively compliant or submissive

obstreperous

noisy, unruly

obtuse

lacking quickness of sensibility or intellect

odious

instilling hatred or intense displeasure

officious

offering one's services when they are neither wanted nor needed

opulent

characterized by rich abundance verging on ostentation

ostensible

appearing as such, seemingly

palliate

to reduce the severity of

pallid

lacking color

panacea

a remedy for all ills or difficulties

paragon

a model of excellence or perfection

pariah

an outcast

parsimony

frugality, stinginess

pathos

an emotion of sympathy

paucity

small in quantity

pejorative

derogatory, uncomplimentary

pellucid

easily intelligible, clear

penurious

miserly, stingy

perfidious

disloyal, unfaithful

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