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Popular SSAT Words

This setincludes the most popular words used on the verbal section of the ISEE, SSAT, and SAT tests
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aesthetic
relating to appearance or beauty
allusion
an indirect historical reference for rhetorical purposes
ambivalent
feelings for both sides of an argument, indecisive
anecdote
a story from personal experience
assert
to force without force, to insist
assess
to gauge and examine
belied
incorrectly represent
challenge
to argue to assert opposing view
characterize
to paint a picture of, or portray, a person
compare
to draw similarities between two or more things
concur
to reach an agreement
contempt
the feeling that something lacks value
contrast
to show differences between two or more things
conventional
standard, not challenging of social norms
convey
to portray or try to illustrate
debunk
to prove something as false or a lie
diffident
modest due to shyness
discern
to wean facts from a hidden truth
discredit
to hurt the reputation of someone
disengaged
not intently focused or attached
disinterested
not expressing focus or care
dismissive
having the characteristic of neutrality or uncaring
disparage
to discourage
disparity
stark difference
dispassionate
not expressing emotional attachment
dubious
not entirely factually sound, suspicious
elicit
to draw forth
endorse
to put support behind
equivocate
to hid the truth through overly complicated language or lack of specificity
exemplify
to make an example of
fallacy
logical inaccuracy or inconsistancy
hypothesis
a scientific proposal or idea
hypothetical
based on proposed idea, not necessarily facts or data
illustrate
to show a picture or idea by example
indifferent
neutral or uncaring
interpret
analyze in order to reason something
ironic
showing difference between expected and real outcomes
justify
to defend through reasoning
nostalgia
a fond remembrance of the past
objective
something one works towards
partisan
biased towards a specific party or person
phenominon
a unique event
plausible
has backing on reality but not confirmed as truth yet
pragmatic
dealing with something realistically
prove
to establish truth of something
provoke
to stimulate
qualified
bearing the proper certifications or experience
reconcile
to bring two parties to terms again
refute
to argue against
relevant
has a connection with current events
repudiate
to deny the validity of
resigned
accepting or uncaring in matters of one's future
reverent
garnering deep respect
rhetoric
using language and rhetorical strategies for the sake of an argument
satire
comedic imitation of modern events
scornful
with intent to hurt, filled with disdain
scrutinize
to critically examine
speculate
to make guesses about
subjective
relying on opinion, opposite objective
substantiate
to support by showing evidence in favor of
undermine
to break down/debase opposing platform
underscore
to place emphasis on
yield
to turn over through loss