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Kate March : Vocabulary Expander Combo: 100 Most Common SAT Words

the 100 most common SAT words from the "100 Most Common SAT Words" handout; 100/100
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Altruistic
thinking of others; unselfish
Ambivalent
feeling at least two different ways about something; contradictory emotion
Amporphous
shapeless; formless
Anachronism
something happening out of its proper time frame
Annul
to void or cancel as though something never happened; to nullify
Anomaly
abnormality; irregularity
Antiquated
aged; obsolete
Antithesis
opposite; the co-existence of contrasting words/thoughts
Arable
farmable; plowable; fit for growing things
Assiduous
diligent; persistent
Asylum
safe haven; refuge
Atrophy
wasting away; diminuition
Audacious
bold; fearless; daring
Austere
stern; strict; ascetic; bare
Authoritarian
expecting absolute obedience; minimizing personal freedom
Belligerent
aggressive; warlike; hostile; tending to pick fights
Benevolent
kindly; charitable
Camaraderie
friendship; comradeship
Candid
open; honest; straightforward
Cantankerous
crabby; disagreeable; unpleasant; quarrelsome
Carp
to complain; to find fault
Censure
blame; rebuke; disapproval
Charlatan
fake; fraud; quack
Chimerical
fanciful; fantastic; imaginary
Cliche
shale idea or usage; overused; banal; trite; hackneyed
Compatriot
person from the same country; colleague
Comprehensive
extensive; complete; full
Concise
terse; succinct; to-the-point
Curmudgeon
a grouchy person; a crab
Dearth
lack; shortage
Deleterious
harmful; injurious
Demagogue
a false leader; a leader who appeals to the emotions of followers
Depraved
corrupt; immoral
Despot
tyrant; czar; absolute ruler
Detriment
harm; loss
Dilatory
late or slow; procrastinating
Disparity
inequality; difference
Dogmatic
authoritative; rigid; unyielding
Dubious
doubtful; questionable; skeptical
Eclectic
having many different parts; diverse grouping; motley
Edifice
a building; often a huge and impressive one
Elucidate
to clarify; to make clear
Enigma
a puzzle; something confusing
Ephemeral
short-lived; transitory
Epitome
an ideal or example; a representative
Esoteric
difficult to understand; understood by few people
Frugal
thrifty; careful with money
Garrulous
talkative
Gregarious
friendly; sociable
Haughty
overly proud and egotistical; arrogant
Hedonistic
pleasure-seeking; concerned with physical gratification
Heresy
unorthodox behavior or speech; controversial opinion or theory
Hyperbole
exaggeration; extravagant statement
Illusory
unreal; deceptive
Imperious
haughty or overbearing
Impromptu
unrehearsed; spontaneous
Indigenous
native; innate; intrinsic
Infer
to deduce logically; to conclude based on evidence
Ingrate
an ungrateful person
Innate
inherent; inborn
Jettison
to throw overboard; to get rid of
Laconic
using few words; terse; to-the-point; concise
Magnanimous
large-spirited; generous
Malevolence
spite; ill-will
Mercenary
a person who works only for money; money-hungry
Misanthrope
someone who hates mankind
Monumental
huge, outstanding, and enduring
Munificent
generous; having a giving nature
Munitions
weapons; ammunition
Neophyte
newcomer; beginner
Opulence
affluence; richness; plenty
Ostentatious
showy; pretentious
Paradox
something that is self-contradictory, but may prove true
Paragon
model; an ideal; something perfect or excellent
Paucity
scarcity; dearth; lack
Pedestrian
1. a person crossing the street. 2. ordinary; common; everyday
Pejorative
negative; derogatory
Penury
neediness; poverty; lack
Primeval
ancient; original
Pristine
pure; uncorrupted
Prosaic
ordinary or everyday; straightforward; unimaginative
Puerile
childish; immature
Quack
fake; charlatan
Quagmire
marsh; bog; predicament or difficulty
Querulous
complaining
Recluse
solitary person; hermit
Salutary
favorable; healthy or wholesome
Sanctify
to bless; to make holy
Spurious
false; inauthentic
Stymie
to get in the way of; to block as in an obstacle
Superfluous
more than necessary; extra
Surfeit
excess; to fill to excess; too much
Tacit
implicit; silent; not talking; understood without being said
Taciturn
quiet; not at all talkative
Tempestuous
stormy; tumultuous
Tepid
lukewarm; neither hot nor cold
Terse
concise; using few words; to-the-point
Tirade
angry speech; abusive critique
Voluminous
huge; great in size
Zealot
fanatic; overly excited about religion, politics or other beliefs