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SAT -- 100 Hot Words

These are the 100 most frequently occuring words on the SAT listed in order of decreasing importance.
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enigma
a riddle
apathy
lack of emotion or interest
indifferent
having no preference
revere
to worship; to honor
candor
frankness; honesty
reticent
restrained; uncommunicative
aesthetic
concerning art or beauty
ascetic
without indulgence or luxury
autonomy
self-rule; independence
disdain
contempt
innocuous
harmless; insignificant
banal
commonplace; dull, ordinary
ambiguous
unclear; undecided
anarchy
lack of government; chaos
ameliorate
to improve
atrophy
to waste away from lack of use
innovate
to make changes; to modernize
servile
overly submissive; cringing
extol
to praise
augment
to add to; to increase
benevolent
kindly; to wish well
derision
comtempt; ridicule
disparity
inequality
flagrant
glaringly wrong; conspicuously evil
indolence
laziness
acquiesce
to give in; to agree
prodigal
extravagant; wasteful
capricious
whimsical; unpredictable
prosaic
commonplace; uninspired; dull
austere
severe; strict
complacent
smug; self-satisfied
compliance
conforming to a request or demand
dubious
doubtful
ephemeral
short-lived; fleeting
inevitable
unavoidable; bound to happen
insipid
bland; boring
obscure
unclear; clouded; partially hidden
depravity
corruption; wickedness
discern
to distinguish one thing from another
expedite
to quicken
peripheral
on the edge; unimportant
tacitum
quiet; uncommunicative; silent
fastidious
finicky; overly critical
apprehensive
fearful; worried
expedient
advantageous; convenient
novel
new; interesting
parsimony
stinginess
provincial
narrowminded; unsophisticated
respite
a break; a rest
anecdote
a brief, humorous story
drone
to talk on and on in a dull way
desecrate
to show disrespect or to deface something sacred
euphonious
melodious; pleasant sounding
cacophonous
harsh sounding
guile
cunning; deceitfulness
immutable
unchanging; permanent
incessant
non-stop
static
unchanging; not moving
bastion
a stronghold; a fort
benign
kindly; good-natured
credulous
gullible; ready to believe without proof
disparage
to speak poorly of
eccentric
odd; out of the ordinary; quirky
philanthropist
someone who benefits mankind
squander
to waste
virulent
harmful
zeal
enthusiasm
acuity
sharpness of perception or mind
affable
friendly; agreeable
assuage
to reduce pain
avarice
greed
dissonance
lack of agreement or harmony
listless
without energy or enthusiasm
philistine
one who lacks culture or taste
scrupulous
concerned; conscientious; proper
tentative
not final; uncertain
adulation
adoration
dogmatic
stubbornly opinionated
futile
hopeless; without effect
languid
slow and listless
pious
religious; devout
ponderous
weighty; heavy
protracted
drawn out; lengthy
deference
a show of respect
heretic
someone who goes against accepted religious beliefs
paucity
scarcity
profuse
very abundant; flowing
conciliate
to soothe anger
contrite
thoroughly sorry
didactic
intending to teach
diffident
shy; lacking confidence
digression
straying from a topic
dissent
disagreement
elucidate
to explain; to make clear
gullible
overly trusting
strut
a self-important walk
denounce
to speak against publicly
laud
to praise
surreptitious
secret
astute
clever; shrewd; ready-witted
blasphemy
irreverent talk about God
censure
severely criticize; blame
pedestrian
commonplace; ordinary