500 KEY WORDS FOR THE SAT 201-300

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inscrutable

mysterious

insolvent

unable to pay bills; bankrupt

intrinsic

located within the very nature of an object or person; inherent

intermittent

occurring at intervals; periodic; not constant or continual

invert

turn upside down or inside out; reverse position

intractable

stubborn; immovable

irascible

easily angered

irony

an unexpected outcome, or the use of a word that is opposite of its literal meaning

irresolute

indecisive; unsure

irreverent

disrespectful

jargon

specialized language used by a particular group

jaundice

yellow color; or, envy or resentment

jaunty

lively; perky

jeopardy

the threat or possibility of danger

jettison

to throw overboard; discard

jocular

joking; playful; jesting; witty

jubilant

filled with joy

judicious

wise; making good decisions

juncture

point in time, especially a crucial one; joint or connection

juxtapose

to place side-by-side

kindle

start a fire; ignite; arouse

kinetic

in motion; active

laconic

quiet; of few words; terse

lament

express sorrow; complain

languish

lose energy or motivation; become weak or depressed

latent

existing but inactive, such as a certain quality; dormant; invisible

legacy

something inherited, either from an ancestor or from the past itself

laud

praise; worship; extol

lethargic

tired; sluggish; drowsy

levity

lightness; playfulness; jocularity

lionize

to put someone on the pedestal; to treat with great respect

listless

tired; sluggish; lacking drive

loath

reluctant; unwilling

loathe

to hate

lofty

at a great height; elevated; noble

loquacious

talkative

lucid

easy to understand; transparent; open-thinking

ludicrous

absurd; ridiculous

lugubrious

mournful

magnanimous

big-hearted; generous; forgiving; noble

magnate

a person of great power

malediction

evil speech; curse

malefactor

person who tries to hurt others; criminal

malice

a desire to cause harm or suffering

malign

to say evil or harmful things about someone; defame; vilify

malleable

able to be reshaped by force; pliable; impressionable

marred

spoiled; scratched; blemished

meager

small in size or amount; thin; weak

meander

wander in a carefree manner; follow a winding course; ramble

mellifluous

smooth; sweetly flowing

haphazard

without plan or direction

harangue

a long, lecturing speech

harbor

to provide shelter or refuge; hide

hardy

bold; brave; capable of withstanding harsh conditions

hedge

to avoid giving a clear answer, thereby escaping responsibility or blame

heed

notice; pay attention to

heresy

an opinion expressed in defiance of generally accepted ideas

heinous

shockingly evil

hiatus

gap; interruption; break in continuity; a pause

hierarchy

a group of people in authority, ranked in order of power; a sequential listing

homage

respect paid to someone or something; tribute; honor

homogeneous

the same throughout; consistent; uniform

hyperbole

extreme exaggeration

imbue

to fill, as with a strong dye or strong feeling

hypocrite

an insincere person; one who pretends to have feelings he doesn't really possess

imminent

about to take place; happening soon

idolatry

the worship of objects or people as gods

immutable

unable to change

impair

weaken in strength or value

impasse

a situation from which you cannot escape; stalemate

impassive

without feeling; expressionless

impede

get in the way; hinder

impetuous

taking sudden action; hasty; impulsive

impostor

pretender

inane

silly; insignificant

impudence

rudeness; insolence

inaugurate

begin; induct into

inadvertent

unintentional

incessant

continuous; endless

inchoate

not yet fully developed

incite

arouse into action; stir up; foment

incompatible

incapable of existing together in peace

incongruous

out of place

incorrigible

impossible to correct, control, or discipline

incredulous

unwilling or unable to believe

indict

charge with a crime; accuse

indigent

very poor

indolent

lazy

induce

cause to happen; bring about

inert

lacking movement; inactive; sluggish

infallible

incapable of making a mistake

infamy

a bad reputation; notoriety

infer

to figure out, based on given information; conclude; deduce

infiltrate

penetrate by passing through gaps; enter secretly and become established, such as a spy might do in an enemy organization.

ingenuous

naive; unsophisticated; inexperienced

innate

having a quality that arises from within, rather than learned or acquired from the outside; native; inborn

innocuous

harmless; inoffensive

insipid

dull; flat; without sparkle or flavor

innovation

a new idea, product, or method

insolent

rude; haughty

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