192 terms

192 SAT Words

The most common vocabulary words that appear on the SAT.
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aesthetic
appealing to the sense of beauty
eclectic
choosing from a variety of sources
enigma
a puzzle; a riddle
anomalous
deviating from a general rule; out of place; incongruous
caustic; vitriolic
biting; stinging; cutting; scathing
paradox
a seemingly contradictory statement that nontheless expresses a truth
reprimand; castigate
to scold sharply
alleviate; mitigate; mollify; assuage
to relieve, to lessen
tirade; diatribe
sharp criticism; bitter speech
insightful; discerning; perspicacious
very perceptive; astute; penetrating
laud; extol; acclaim
to praise
brusque; curt
blunt in manner or speech, often to the point of being rude
stalwart
a loyal follower or adherent
connoisseur
an expert; authority
sage
a person who is known for his/her wisdom; a wise person
anarchist
a person who opposes laws and government
prodigy
a person with great talent; a young genius
itinerant; vagabond
person who wanders
automaton
a person who is devoid of feeling or acts in a mechanical way
swindler
a person who elicits trust and then betrays that trust; a con man or con woman; someone who defrauds
mentor
an advisor; teacher; guide
virtuoso
a person with great artistic talent
devotee
an ardent follower, supporter, or enthusiast
boor
a person who is rude and insensitive
recluse
a person who leads a secluded or solitary life; a hermit
pragmatist
a person who is practical and thus not given to flights of fancy
neophyte; novice; greenhorn
a beginner
skeptic
a person who has doubts
iconoclast
literally someone who smashes icons or established images
charlatan
a fake; fraud; cheat
pundit
an authority who expresses his or her opinions on topics
sycophant
a person who tries to win favor by flattery
ambivalent
lacking conviction (strong belief) because of mixed feelings
paltry
of little value; trifling; and therefore lacking significance
ambiguous
unclear; not certain
incoherent
lacking organization
disinterested
neutral and thus lacking a bias
merciless; ruthless
cruel and therefore lacking in compassion
callous
lacking sensitivity, concern, and solicitude
lethargic; anemic; languid; slothful
lacking in energy, vitality, and vigor
disdain
lack of respect; contempt
impulsive; impetuous; precipitous
acting in a rash, hasty manner without fully considering the consequences
intrepid; dauntless
brave and therefore lacking fear
precarious
lacking stability
superficial
shallow and therefore lacking in depth
diffident
lacking self-confidence
sophomoric; callow
immature and therefore lacking maturity or sophistication
extravagant
excessive and therefore lacking restraint
apathetic
showing little or no feeling or emotion; spiritless; lacking emotion
erratic
lacking consistency
trite; cliché
commonplace; ordinary and therefore lacking originality; humdrum
denounce
to put down by condemning or criticizing
decry
to criticize; denounce; condemn
depreciate
to go down in value
despondent; dejected; depressed
all mean feeling very down and discouraged
deleterious
things are going down in the sense of being harmful, hurtful, and detrimental
belittle
to make someone feel really little; to put someone down; to disparage
belie
to lie in the sense of contradicting
plausible
believable; credible
incorrigible
incapable of being reformed
defamation
an abusive attack on a person's reputation
innuendo
a veiled hint or insinuation, especially a negative reflection on a person's character or reputation
travesty
a miscarriage of justice; a distortion of proper procedure
exculpate; exonerate
to free from blame; to declare innocent
fabricate
to make up or invent a story
unprecedented
without previous example
immaterial
of no importance; irrelevant and therefore lacking significance
incontrovertible
not open to question; indisputable
adept
very skillful; adroit
arduous
very difficult to accomplish
empathetic
very compassionate; very sympathetic
assiduous
very diligent; very persistent
furtive; clandestine
very secretive; very stealthy
contemplative
very thoughtful; meditative; pensive
trepidation
great fear
destitute
very poor; indigent
distraught; inconsolable
very distressed; very worried
despicable
vile; very contemptible
exasperated
very irritated; very annoyed
ecstatic; exuberant; elated; euphoric
feeling great happiness
garish
excessively vivid in color
ostentatious
fond of conspicuous display; pompous; pretentious
vigilant
very watchful
prodigious
very large; vast; huge
munificent
very generous
parsimonious
very stingy; miserly
convivial
fond of social interaction
affable
friendly
sanguine
very optimistic; hopeful
unctuous
too smooth; too suave and thus giving a false sense of earnestness
sanctimonious
making a show of being devout and thus giving a sense of false piousness
lucrative
very profitable
scrutinize
to very closely or very carefully examine a person or thing
irate; livid
showing great anger and rage
circumspect
very cautious; very careful; prudent
repudiate
to reject; disavow
anachronism
a person or event that is chronologically in the wrong time
accord
an agreement
capitulate
to surrender; to give up
enlighten
to inform; instruct; illuminate and thus remove ignorance
appeasement
giving in to someone's demands
stipulate
to specify; set forth
hermetic
airtight
indigenous
native to an area
archipelago
a chain of islands
rivulet
a small stream
anthology
a collection of poems and stories
epilogue
a closing section added to a novel or play
prologue
an introductory section added to a poem, novel, or story
satire
a literary work that ridicules and derides human vices and weaknesses
vignette; anecdote
short story; brief sketch
epic
a lengthy story about the heroic deeds of a legendary hero
farce
a humorous, comical show; a comedy
raconteur
a person skilled at telling a story
memoir
an autobiography; personal journal
indefatigable; unflagging
tireless
indomitable
invincible; incapable of being conquered
vacillate
to waver; hesitate; swing back and forth; be indecisive
hubris
exaggerated pride; arrogance
excoriate
to denounce scathingly
innocuous
harmless; inoffensive
capricious; mercurial
very changeable; fickle; constantly shifting moods
supplant
to take the place of
laconic; succinct
very brief; concise
ubiquitous
present everywhere at once; omnipresent; prevalent; widespread
archaic
obsolete; old-fashioned; out-of-date and thus not "in," "with it," or contemporary
reciprocal
shared and expressed by both sides; mutual
alacrity
great speed; promptness
implacable
incapable of being appeased
grandiloquent
using lofty, pompous language
motley
very different; very heterogeneous
juxtapose
to place side-by-side
arcane
obscure; mysterious; esoteric
cosmopolitan
very worldly; sophisticated
ineffable
incapable of being put into words; indescribable
inundate
to fill with water; flood
rudimentary
basic; elementary
atone
to make amends; make up for
machinations
crafty schemes
quandary
a dilemma; predicament
pernicious
very injurious; destructive; deadly
prevaricate
to lie
quagmire
a difficult, precarious position; a predicament
synergy
to positive energy that results when two different elements are combined
eschew
to abstain from; avoid; engage in abstinence
scintillating
sparkling; dazzling; brilliant
pejorative
belittling; disparaging; putting someone down
maxim
a short, concise, wise saying
consensus
a general agreement
contrite; penitent
expressing remorse, regret. sorrow for misdeeds
heinous
hatefully evil, abominable
excise; expurgate
to remove; delete; censure
futile
doomed to failure and therefore pointless
aplomb
poise; confidence; self-assurance
paradigm
a model of thought
innate
inborn; present at birth
penchant
a preference or liking
inured
to become accustomed to accept something undesirable
venerate; revere
to hold in high esteem; respect; honor
enthralled
fascinated; spellbound
subtle
slight; delicate; elusive
sumptuous; ornate
very splendid; luxurious; magnificent
cathartic
emotionally cleansing
chicanery; disingenuousness
trickery; fraud; deception
premonition
a forewarning; hunch; feeling ahead of an event
provocative
thought-provoking
vilify
to denounce; defame; turn into a villain
magisterial
learned and authoritative
oblivious
unaware
obstinate; adamant; obdurate
very stubborn
incessant
constant; continuous; unceasing
cajole; coerce
to coax or entice someone to do something
pedestrian
commonplace; ordinary
improvised; impromptu
done on the spur of the moment, without preparation
palpable; tangible
capable of being perceived
vituperation; invective
verbal abuse; a tongue-lashing; severe scolding
tenet
an article of faith; a belief
inexorable
relentless; unstoppable
equanimity
evenness of mind, especially under stress
ameliorate
to make better; improve
pretext
an excuse; an alleged reason
watershed
a turning point; an event that is of considerable importance
autonomy
self-rule; independence
manifesto
a public declaration of beliefs
dovish
favoring peace
enfranchise
to grant voting rights
potentate
any powerful ruler; sovereign
astral; celestial
pertaining to the stars
arboreal
pertaining to trees
catalyst
an agent that provokes or speeds significant change or action
osmosis
movement of a solvent through a semipermeable membrane
synthesis; amalgam; conglomeration
combination or fusion of different elements