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Sparknotes 92 most common SAT words

v: to give oneself up to (e.g., evil); to cast off or reject
accusation (accuse)
n: an indictment, a charge of an offense; the act of accusing
ambiguity (ambiguous)
n: hesitation, doubt; an uncertainty; an instance of double meaning
analyze (analyst)
v: to examine critically in order to bring out key elements or structure; to ascertain the elements of something
antagonize (-ism, -istic, -ist)
v: to struggle against
apology (apologize, apologetic)
n: an acknowledgment of fault or failure
architect (architecture)
n: a designer of any complex structure or plan
adj: shrewd, crafty
n: a plan or program of action
n: something that marks the limit or dividing line, or that limit itself
n: a type of cloth used in sails, tents, to paint onv: to solicit support or votes
comic (comedy, comedian)
adj: causing or intended to cause laughter
compassion (-ate)
n: sympathy, pity
compete (competition, competitive)
v: to strive for an objective
complex (complexity)
n: a group of related elementsadj: formed by combination; intricate or not easily analyzed
adj: large in scope; all-inclusive
n: a joint agreement between two partiesv: to come to terms by mutual concessions
condemn (condemnation)
v: to declare to be wrong or evil
n: a battle, a fightv: to fight or to battle
confusion (confused)
n: the state of being perplexed
n: agreement or unity of opinion
adj: occurring at the same time
contempt (contemptuous)
n: the act of despising someone or something
convention (conventional)
n: an agreement; a norm or generally accepted rule, practice, or behavior; an assembly of people
n: a spoken interchange; a talk
corrective (correct, correction)
n: something that counteracts harm; something that restores health or proper behavior
critic (critical, criticism, criticize)
n: one who judges the truth or value of any matter
debate (debatable)
n: strife or contention in argumentv: to argue, discuss, quarrel over
deceit (deceitful, deceive)
n: misrepresentation or concealment of the truth; an instance of such behavior
v: to protect or uphold
defined (definable, definition)
adj: having a specified outline or form
n: a request, especially if urgentv: to ask for or require
v: to laugh mockingly at; to scorn
v: to abandon
destroy (destruction)
v: to ruin or put out of existence
adj: resolved upon; resolute
digress (digression)
v: to deviate from or to stray; to depart from the main point in argument
n: a lack of reputation; a loss or lack of confidence or trustv: to injure the reputation of; to disbelieve
n: illness
v: to pay no attention to
distort (distortion)
v: to twist; to misrepresent
v: to prove by evidence
dominate (dominance, dominant)
v: to master; to prevail
doubt (doubtful)
n: uncertaintyv: to hesitate to believe; to be uncertain
elect (election, electorate)
v: to choosen: chosen, selected
n: a state of mind; a strong feeling
endurance (endure)
n: the ability to last or hold out
v: to raise the level of
evaporate (evaporation)
v: to convert into gas; to disappear
exclude (exclusive)
v: to keep out; to deny entry to
expand (expansion)
v: to spread out; to give full expression to
generosity (generous)
adj: magnanimity; liberality in giving
hedonism (hedonist, hedonistic)
n: the love of pleasure as the chief goal of life
hypocrisy (hypocrite, hypocritical)
n: the practice of falsely professing a belief to which one's own actions do not conform
n: a proposition or assumption put forth as the basis for further investigation
illusory (illusion)
adj: deceptive
imitate (imitation)
v: to mimic or copy
n: completeness; free from moral corruption
investigate (investigation, investigator)
v: to examine a matter thoroughly; to make a systematic search
isolation (isolated)
n: unconnected with anything else
lubricate (lubricant)
v: to make slippery or smooth in order to minimize friction
adj: pertaining to hands, especially labor done by handn: a book of instruction
n: a size or quantity determined by measuring; something assessed by judgment or observationv: to ascertain size, quantity, or distance; to regulate or restrain
modest (modesty)
adj: having a moderate estimate of one's ability; not exaggerated or excessive
narrate (narrative, narrator)
v: to tell a story
navigate (navigable, navigation)
v: to find one's way
neglect (negligence, negligent)
v: to pay no or insufficient attention to
novel (novelty, novelist)
v: new, originaln: a usually long prose narrative
obey (obedience)
v: to comply with or submit to
observe (observable, observation)
v: to watch carefully; to adhere to (e.g., a custom)
offense (offensive)
n: an attack; a breach of law, duty, or manners
oppose (opponent, opposition)
v: to set oneself against; to confront with objections
perplex (perplexing, perplexity)
v: to confuse; to torment
persistent (persistence)
adj: enduring; persisting in an action
persuade (persuasive)
v: to successfully talk someone into an action or belief
n: a small piece of ground; a plan; a conspiracyv: to plan, especially a conspiracy
v: to keep from harm
progress (progressive)
n: advancement; developmentv: to proceed; to move by stages; to move forward
prohibitive (prohibit)
adj: having the quality of preventing something from happening
prosaic (prose)
adj: commonplace, dull
n: the chief person in a work of fiction; the leading person in a contest
restrain (restraint, restrained)
v: to prevent from doing something; to limit
revise (revision)
v: to look over repeatedly, as in a plan or piece of writing
satisfactory (satisfy)
adj: sufficient, adequate
v: to inspect closely; to examine methodically
stimulate (stimulant, stimulation, stimulus)
v: to rouse to action; to animate
v: to cause the downfall of; to remove from a position
v: to cause an activity to cease; to cause a person to become powerless
adj: obtained by suppression of the truth; acting stealthily or secretly
adj: applicable in all cases; including or affecting all members of a particular group; pertaining to the universe
adj: of different sorts or kinds
venerate (venerable, venerability)
v: to regard with deep respect; to pay honor to something