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Barron's SAT High-Frequency Word List

Barron's SAT High-Frequency and Hot Prospects Word List (24th edition book)
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abate
subside, decrease
abridge
condense, shorten
abstemious
temperate, sparing
abstract
theoretical, nonrepresentational
abstruse
obscure, profound
accessible
easy to approach, obtainable
acclaim
applaud
accolade
award of merit
acknowledge
recognize, admit
acquiesce
agree without protesting
acrid
sharp, bitterly pungent
acrimonious
bitter in words or manner
adulation
flattery, admiration
adversary
opponent
adversity
hardship
advocate
support
aesthetic
artistic, appreciation of beauty
affable
warmly friendly
affirmation
confirmation
aggregate
accumulate
alleviate
relieve
aloof
reserved
altruistic
unselfishly generous
ambiguous
confusing
ambivalence
contradictory or conflicting emotional attitudes
amorphous
having no form
anachronistic
error involving time
analogous
comparable
anarchist
advocate of abolishing authority
anecdote
short account of an amusing or interesting event
animosity
hatred, hostility
anomaly
irregularity
antagonism
hostility, active resistance
antediluvian
ancient
antidote
medicine
antipathy
dislike
antiquated
old-fashioned
apathy
indifference
apocryphal
untrue
appease
pacify or soothe
apprehension
fear
arable
fit for growing crops
arbitrary
random
archaic
antiquated
ardent
intense
arrogance
pride
articulate
effective
artifact
object made my human beings, either handmade or mass-produced
artisan
craftsman
ascendancy
domination
ascetic
practicing self-denial
aspire
long for
assiduous
diligent
assuage
ease, lessen, soothe
astute
wise
atrophy
waste away
attribute
ascribe, explain
audacious
bold
augment
increase
austere
stern, simple
authoritarian
completely dominating
autonomous
self-governing
avarice
greediness
aversion
dislike
avert
prevent, turn away
beguile
mislead, pass time
belie
contradict, give a false impression
benevolent
generous
bequeath
hand down
bleak
cold or cheerless, unlikely
blighted
suffering from disease, destroyed
bolster
support, reinforce
braggart
boaster
brevity
conciseness
buttress
support
cacophonous
inharmonious
cajole
coax
calculated
deliberately planned, likely
candor
frankness
capricious
unpredictable, fickle, fanciful
carping
finding fault
censorious
critical
censure
blame
certitude
certainty
charlatan
quack, pretender to knowledge
circumlocution
indirect/roundabout expression
cliché
phrase dulled in meaning by repetition
coalesce
combine
coercion
use of force to get someone to obey
colloquial
pertaining to conversation or common speech
combustible
easily burned
commemorate
honor memory of
compile
assemble, gather
complacency
self-satisfaction
complementary
serving to complete something
compliance
readiness to yield, conformity in fulfilling requirements
composure
mental calmness
comprehensive
thorough
concede
admit, yield
conciliatory
reconciling, soothing
concise
brief and compact
concur
agree
condone
overlook, forgive, excuse
conflagration
great fire
confluence
flowing together, crowd
confound
confuse
conjecture
guess
consensus
general agreement
constraint
compulsion, repression of feelings
contend
struggle, compete, assert
contentious
quarrelsome
contract
compress, make a pledge, catch a disease
converge
approach, come together
conviction
judgment that someone is guilty of a crime, strongly held belief
cordial
gracious
corroborate
confirm, support
corrode
destroy by chemical action
corrugated
wrinkled, ridged
credulity
gullibility, naivete
criterion
standard used in judging
cryptic
mysterious, secret, hidden
culpable
deserving blame
cursory
casual, hastily done
curtail
shorten
debilitate
weaken, enfeeble
debunk
expose as false, exaggerated, worthless
decorum
orderliness
deference
courteous regard for another's wish
degradation
humiliation, debasement
dehydrate
dry out
deleterious
harmful
delineate
portray, depict
denounce
condemn
deplore
regret, disapprove of
depose
dethrone
depravity
corruption, wickedness
deprecate
express disapproval of
deride
ridicule
derivative
derived from another source
desiccate
dry up
despondent
depressed
detached
distant, calm and objective, physically unconnected
deterrent
hindrance
detrimental
harmful
devious
roundabout, erratic
devise
invent, plan
diffidence
shyness
diffuse
wordy, rambling, spread out
digression
wandering away from subject
dilatory
delaying
diligence
hard work and effort
diminution
lessening
discerning
mentally quick and observant
disclose
reveal
discordant
not harmonious
discount
disregard, dismiss
discourse
formal discussion
discrepancy
lack of consistency, difference
discriminating
prejudiced
disdain
view with scorn or contempt
disinclination
unwillingness
dismiss
reject
disparage
belittle
disparity
difference
disperse
scatter
disputatious
argumentative
disseminate
distribute
dissent
disagree
distend
expand
divergent
differing, deviating
doctrine
teachings
document
provide written evidence
dogmatic
opinionated, arbitrary, doctrinal
dubious
questionable
dupe
someone easily fooled
duplicity
double-dealing
ebullient
showing excitement
eclectic
composed of elements drawn from disparate sources
edify
instruct
efface
rub out
effervescence
inner excitement, bubbling from fermentation or carbonation
egotistical
excessively self-centered
elated
overjoyed
elegy
poem or song expressing lamentation
elicit
draw out by discussion
eloquence
expressiveness, persuasive speech
elucidate
explain, enlighten
elusive
evasive, baffling
emaciated
thin and wasted
embellish
adorn, ornament
emend
correct
emulate
imitate, rival
endorse
approve, support
enhance
increase, improve
enigma
puzzle
enmity
ill will, hatred
ephemeral
short-lived, fleeting
equanimity
calmness of temperament, composure
equitable
fair, impartial
equivocal
ambiguous, misleading
erroneous
mistaken
erudite
learned
esoteric
hard to understand, known only by few
eulogy
expression of praise at someone's death
euphemism
mild expression in place of an unpleasant one
evanescent
fleeting
exacerbate
worsen
exalt
raise in rank, praise
excerpt
selected passage
execute
put into effect, carry out
exemplary
outstanding, serving as a model
exemplify
embody, serve as an example of
exhaustive
thorough
exhilarating
invigorating and refreshing
exonerate
acquit, exculpate
expedient
suitable, practical, politic
expedite
hasten
explicit
totally clear, definite
exploit
make use of
extol
praise, glorify
extraneous
not essential
extricate
free
exuberance
abundance, enthusiasm
facilitate
help bring about
fallacious
false, misleading
fallow
plowed but not sowed
falter
hesitate
fanaticism
extreme devotion
fastidious
difficult to please
fathom
comprehend, investigate
feasible
practical
fell
cut or knock down, bring down
fervor
glowing ardor, intensity of feeling
fitful
unsteady
flagrant
wicked, blatant, outrageous
florid
ruddy, reddish, flowery
foolhardy
rash
frivolous
lacking in seriousness, carefree
frugality
thrift, economy
furtive
stealthy, sneaky
garrulous
loquacious, wordy
glacial
like a glacier, cold
glutton
someone who eats too much
gratify
please
gratuitous
given freely
gravity
seriousness
gregarious
sociable
guile
deceit
gullible
easily deceived
hackneyed
commonplace, trite
hamper
obstruct
hardy
sturdy
haughtiness
arrogance
hedonist
one who believes that pleasure is the sole aim in life
heresy
opinion contrary to popular belief or religion
hierarchy
arrangement by rank, authoritarian body divided into ranks
homogeneous
of the same kind
hypocritical
pretending to be virtuous, deceiving
hypothetical
supposed
iconoclastic
attacking cherished traditions
idiosyncrasy
individual trait odd in nature, eccentricity
ignominy
deep disgrace
illicit
illegal
illusory
deceptive
immutable
unchangeable
impair
injure
impeccable
faultless
impecunious
without money
impede
hinder, block, delay
implausible
unlikely
implement
put into effect
impregnable
invulnerable
impudence
rude
inadvertently
unintentionally
inane
silly
incidental
not essential
incisive
cutting
incite
arouse to action
inclusive
tending to include all
incongruous
not fitting
inconsequential
insignificant
incontrovertible
indisputable
incorrigible
not correctable
indefatigable
tireless
indict
charge
indifferent
uncaring, mediocre
indiscriminate
choosing at random
indolent
lazy
induce
persuade, bring about
ineffable
unutterable
inert
inactive
inexorable
relentless, unyielding
ingenious
clever
inherent
firmly established by nature or habit
innate
inborn
innocuous
harmless
innovation
change, something new
insipid
lacking in flavor
insolvent
bankrupt
instigate
urge, start, provoke
insularity
narrow-mindedness, isolation
insuperable
unbeatable
integrity
uprightness, wholeness, honesty
intervene
come between
intimidate
frighten
intractable
unruly, stubborn
intrepid
fearless
inundate
overwhelm
invert
turn upside down or inside out
ironic
resulting in an unexpected and contrary outcome
irreproachable
blameless
jocular
said or done in jest
labyrinth
maze
laconic
brief and to the point
laggard
slow
lament
grieve
lampoon
ridicule
lassitude
languor, weariness
laud
praise
lavish
generous, extravagant
lethargic
drowsy, dull
levity
lack of seriousness
linger
loiter or dawdle
listless
no spirit or energy
lithe
flexible
lofty
very high