100 terms

500 Words for the SAT: 1-100

abstract (adj)
theoretical; not concrete
abstruse (adj)
hard to understand
accolade (noun)
an award, or praise
acclaim (verb)
praise; applaud
acquiescent (adj)
reluctantly agreeable; compliant
acrimony (noun)
words or behavior filled with harshness or anger
adamant (adj)
refusing to change; stubborn, unyielding
adriot (adj)
skillful in physical activity, or in handling difficult situations
advocate (verb)
support; plead for; speak in behalf of
affable (adj)
friendly; easygoing
affirmation (noun)
positive statement; assertion; agreement
alienate (verb)
to push someone away, or cause him to separate from people
aloof (adj)
detached; apart; indifferent
altruistic (adj)
unselfish; caring
ambidextrious (adj)
able to use both hands with equal skill
ambiguous (adj)
unclear; vague; having several possible interpretations
ambivalence (noun)
indecision; feeling of being pulled in two directions
ameliorate (verb)
to make an unpleasant situation better; to improve
amity (noun)
amorphous (adj)
without form or shape
arcane (adj)
secret; mysterious
archaic (adj)
old; antiquated
arrogant (adj)
acting superior, obnoxious, smug, or rude
articulate (adj)
able to speak clearly and effectively
ascendance (noun)
domination; controlling power
ascetic (noun)
a person who rejects physical comfort and luxury for self-discipline
asperity (adj)
roughness; harshness; irritability
assail (verb)
attack with words or force
assiduous (adj)
persistent; hard-working; dilligent; attentive to detail
assuage (verb)
relieve; ease; pacify
astute (adj)
wise; insightfully clever; shrewd
atrophy (verb)
waste away; wither
audacious (adj)
brazen; brash; nervy
augment (verb)
make larger; increase
auspicious (adj)
taking place under promising conditions; likely to succeed
austere (adj)
stern; plain; without luxuries
averse (adj)
feeling repelled; wanting to avoid
avarice (noun)
baleful (adj)
harmful; menacing
banal (adj)
boring; trite; insipid
belie (verb)
to give an impression that is the opposite of the way things really are; to misrepresent
beguile (verb)
to cheat or deceive, usually through charm; to amuse
belligerent (adj)
having a strong tendency to argue and fight
benediction (noun)
good wishes; a blessing
benevolent (adj)
kindhearted; good-natured; generous
benign (adj)
gentle; kind-hearted; mild
bequeath (verb)
to leave behind or hand down through a will; transmit
blight (noun)
decay; disease; widespread death
bolster (verb)
to support; to reinforce
bombast (noun)
speech or writing intended to impress the audience; pompous
brevity (noun)
briefness; conciseness
bumptious (adj)
pushy; obnoxiously self-assertive
cacophony (noun)
harshness of sound; opposite of harmony
cajole (verb)
to fool with flattery or false promises; coax; deceive
candor (noun)
honesty; frankness
capacious (adj)
large; roomy; spacious
capitulate (verb)
surrender; yield
capricious (adj)
castigate (verb)
scold; punish
caustic (adj)
burning, either with chemicals or sarcasm
celerity (noun)
censure (verb)
to criticize
chasten (verb)
punish; discipline; castigate
chastise (verb)
scold; punish; castigate
choler (noun)
circumscribe (verb)
draw a line around; define limits; confine; restrict
circumspect (adj)
clemency (noun)
coalesce (verb)
unite; grow together
coerce (verb)
to force someone by threatening or physically overpowering him
cloister (noun)
secluded or isolated from the outside world; also, a place of seclusion
complacent (adj)
self-satisfied; unconcerned
compliant (adj)
following someone else's demands; conforming; obeying
composure (noun)
calmness; equanimity
concede (verb)
admit reluctantly; yield
concise (adj)
short and to the point; terse
concur (verb)
condone (verb)
to overlook, excuse, or pardon
confound (verb)
to mix up (in your own mind); or, to confuse someone else
consonance (noun)
a blending of sounds or opinions; harmony; agreement
consummate (verb)
to complete or make whole
contend (verb)
to argue a point or position; or, to struggle for
contingent (adj)
dependent upon other circumstances; conditional
contract (verb)
squeeze together; shrink
contrite (adj)
sorry; penitent
conundrum (noun)
riddle; mystery
converge (verb)
move together to meet at a common point
conviction (noun)
an opinion that is strongly held
convivial (adj)
fond of parties; sociable
copious (adj)
in large quantity; abundant
cordial (adj)
friendly; welcoming; gracious
corporeal (adj)
having to do with the body or the physical world
corroborate (verb)
support with evidence; tell the same story; confirm
criteria (noun)
requirements or standards used to make a decision
cryptic (adj)
hidden; secret; mysterious
culpable (adj)
guilty; blameworthy
cupidity (noun)
greed, especially for money
cursory (adj)
quickly and incompletely done; superficial
daunted (adj)
dismayed; disheartened; discouraged (made less courageous)
decadence (noun)
moral decay or decline