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Top 500 Most Common SAT Words - 2011: Set 1 (1-100)

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abandon
total lack of inhibition
abate
to decrease; to reduce
abet
to aid; to act as an accomplice
abjure
to renounce under oath; to abandon forever; to abstain from
abnegate
to give up; to deny to oneself
abortive
ending without results
abrogate
to annul; to abolish by authoritative action
abscond
to leave quickly in secret
abstemious
done sparingly; consuming in moderation
accede
to express approval; to agree to
acclivity
an incline or upward slope, the ascending side of a hill
accretion
a growth in size, an increase in amount
acme
the highest level or degree attainable
actuate
to put into motion, to activate; to motivate or influence to activity
acuity
sharp vision or perception characterized by the ability to resolve fine detail
acumen
sharpness of insight, mind, and understanding; shrewd judgment
adamant
stubbornly unyielding
adept
extremely skilled
adjudicate
to hear and settle a matter; to act as a judge
adjure
to appeal to
admonish
to caution or warn gently in order to correct something
adroit
skillful; accomplished; highly competent
adulation
excessive flattery or admiration
adumbrate
to give a hint or indication of something to come
aerie
a nest built high in the air; an elevated, often secluded, dwelling
affected
phony, artificial
aggregate
a collective mass, the sum total
algorithm
an established procedure for solving a problem or equation
alimentary
pertaining to food, nutrition, or digestion
allay
to lesson, ease, reduce in intensity
amity
friendship, goodwill
amorphous
having no definite form
animus
a feeling of animosity or ill will
anodyne
a source of comfort; a medicine that relieves pain
anomaly
a deviation from the common rule, something that is difficult to classify
anthropomorphic
suggesting human characteristics for animals and inanimate things
antiquated
to old to be fashionable or useful
aphorism
a short statement of a principle
aplomb
self-confident assurance; poise
apostate
one who renounces a religious faith
apposite
strikingly appropriate or well adapted
apprise
to give notice to, inform
appropriate
to assign to a particular purpose, allocate
arable
suitable for cultivation
arcane
secret, obscure; known only to a few
archipelago
a large group of islands
arrears
unpaid, overdue debts or bills; neglected obligations
arrogate
to claim without justification; to claim for oneself without right
askance
with disapproval; with a skeptical sideways glance
assent
to agree, as to a proposal
atavistic
characteristic of a former era, ancient
autocrat
a dictator
aver
to declare to be true; to affirm
avuncular
like an uncle in behavior, especially in kindness and warmth
awry
crooked, askew, amiss
balk
to stop short and refuse to go on
ballast
a structure that helps stabilize or steady
beatific
displaying calmness and joy, relating to a state of celestial happiness
becalm
to stop the progress of; to sooth
becloud
to make less visible; to obscure, or blur
bedraggled
soiled, wet and limped; dilapidated
beget
to produce, especially as an effect or outgrowth; to bring about
behemoth
something of monstrous size or power; huge creature
beneficent
pertaining to an act of kindness
berate
to scold harshly
bilious
ill-tempered, sickly, ailing
blasphemous
cursing, profane; extremely irreverent
blatant
completely obvious and conspicuous, especially in an offensive, crass manner
blithely
merrily, lightheartedly cheerful; without appropriate thought
bombastic
high-sounding but meaningless; ostentatiously lofty in style
bovine
relating to cows; having qualities characteristic of a cow, such as sluggishness or dullness
braggart
a person who brags or boasts in a loud and empty manner
broach
to mention or suggest for the first time
bucolic
pastoral, rural
burnish
to polish; to make smooth and bright
bursar
a treasurer or keeper of funds
cache
a hiding place; stockpile
cacophony
a jarring, unpleasant noise
calumny
a false and malicious accusation; misrepresentation
cantankerous
having a difficult, uncooperative, or stubborn disposition
captious
marked by the tendency to point out trivial faults; intended to confuse in an argument
cataclysmic
severely destructive
catalyst
something that provokes or speeds up significant change, especially without being affected by the consequences
caucus
a closed committee within a political party; a private committee meeting
caustic
biting, sarcastic
cede
to surrender possession of something
celerity
speed, haste
censorious
critical; tending to blame and condemn
certitude
assurance, freedom from doubt
cessation
a temporary or complete halt
chary
watchful, cautious; extremely shy
chimerical
fanciful; imaginary, impossible
circuitous
indirect, roundabout
circumvent
to go around; avoid
cloying
sickly sweet; excessive
coagulate
to clot; to cause to thicken
cogent
logically forceful; compelling, convincing
colloquial
characteristic of informal speech
commute
to change a penalty to a less severe one
complacent
self-satisfied, smug