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100 SAT words

100 most common SAT words
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substantiate
(v) to verify, confirm, provide supporting evidence
procrastinate
(v) to unnecessarily delay, postpone, put off
abbreviate
(v) to shorten, abridge
compromise
(v) to settle a dispute by terms agreeable to both sides
disdain
(v) to regard with scorn or contempt
scrutinize
(v) to observe carefully
enhance
(v) to improve, bring to a greater level of intensity
emulate
(v) to imitate, follow an example
discredit
v) to harm the reputation of, dishonor or disgrace
suppress
(v) to end an activity, e.g., to prevent the dissemination of information
censure
(v) to criticize harshly
collaborate
(v) to cooperate, work together
vindicate
(v) to clear from blame or suspicion
impute
(v) to attribute an action to particular person or group
reverence
(n) worship, profound respect
sagacity
(n) wisdom
prosperity
(n) wealth or success
camaraderie
(n) trust, sociability amongst friends
convergence
(n) the state of separate elements joining or coming together
digression
(n) the act of turning aside, straying from the main point, esp. in a speech or argument
abstinence
(n) the act of refraining from pleasurable activity, e.g., eating or drinking
reconciliation
(n) the act of agreement after a quarrel, the resolution of a dispute
compassion
(n) sympathy, helpfulness or mercy
anecdote
(n) short, usually funny account of an event
asylum
(n) sanctuary, shelter, place of refuge
renovation
(n) repair, making something new again
lobbyist
(n) person who seeks to influence political events
hedonist
(n) person who pursues pleasure as a goal
conformist
(n) person who complies with accepted rules and customs
adversity
(n) misfortune, an unfavorable turn of events
longevity
(n) long life
orator
(n) lecturer, speaker
demagogue
(n) leader, rabble-rouser, usually appealing to emotion or prejudice
jubilation
(n) joy, celebration, exultation
exasperation
(n) irritation, frustration
spontaneity
(n) impulsive action, unplanned events
empathy
(n) identification with the feelings of others
adulation
(n) high praise
antagonist
(n) foe, opponent, adversary
integrity
(n) decency, honesty, wholeness
hypothesis
(n) assumption, theory requiring proof
novice
(n) apprentice, beginner
congregation
(n) a crowd of people, an assembly
opulent
(adj) wealthy
enervating
(adj) weakening, tiring
precocious
(adj) unusually advanced or talented at an early age
inconsequential
(adj) unimportant, trivial
frugal
(adj) thrifty, cheap
provocative
(adj) tending to provoke a response, e.g., anger or disagreement
submissive
(adj) tending to meekness, to submit to the will of others
transient
(adj) temporary, short-lived, fleeting
ostentatious
(adj) showy, displaying wealth
superficial
(adj) shallow, lacking in depth
divergent
(adj) separating, moving in different directions from a particular point
surreptitious
(adj) secret, stealthy
venerable
(adj) respected because of age
prosaic
(adj) relating to prose; dull, commonplace
florid
(adj) red-colored, flushed; gaudy, ornate
impetuous
(adj) rash, impulsive, acting without thinking
evanescent
(adj) quickly fading, short-lived, esp. an image
resilient
(adj) quick to recover, bounce back
pretentious
(adj) pretending to be important, intelligent or cultured
reclusive
(adj) preferring to live in isolation
condescending
(adj) possessing an attitude of superiority, patronizing
aesthetic
(adj) pertaining to beauty or the arts
assiduous
(adj) persistent, hard-working
exemplary
(adj) outstanding, an example to others
mundane
(adj) ordinary, commonplace
incompatible
(adj) opposed in nature, not able to live or work together
anonymous
(adj) nameless, without a disclosed identity
ephemeral
(adj) momentary, transient, fleeting
spurious
(adj) lacking authenticity, false
intuitive
(adj) instinctive, untaught
circuitous
(adj) indirect, taking the longest route
deleterious
(adj) harmful, destructive, detrimental
subtle
(adj) hard to detect or describe; perceptive
fortuitous
(adj) happening by luck, fortunate
amicable
(adj) friendly, agreeable
benevolent
(adj) friendly and helpful
intrepid
(adj) fearless, adventurous
perfidious
(adj) faithless, disloyal, untrustworthy
arid
(adj) extremely dry or deathly boring
superfluous
(adj) extra, more than enough, redundant
extenuating
(adj) excusing, lessening the seriousness of guilt or crime, e.g., of mitigating factors
clairvoyant
(adj) exceptionally insightful, able to foresee the future
parched
(adj) dried up, shriveled
tenacious
(adj) determined, keeping a firm grip on
conditional
(adj) depending on a condition, e.g., in a contract
restrained
(adj) controlled, repressed, restricted
tactful
(adj) considerate, skillful in acting to avoid offense to others
querulous
(adj) complaining, irritable
hackneyed
(adj) cliched, worn out by overuse
inevitable
(adj) certain, unavoidable
wary
(adj) careful, cautious
prudent
(adj) careful, cautious
diligent
(adj) careful and hard-working
nonchalant
(adj) calm, casual, seeming unexcited
rancorous
(adj) bitter, hateful
haughty
(adj) arrogant and condescending
anachronistic
(adj) out-of-date, not attributed to the correct historical period