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300 terms

Barron's Picture These SAT Words (AAA)

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abstemious
eating and drinking in moderation; restricted to bare necessities
abstract
not concrete; theoretical
abstruse
difficult to understand
acclaim
applaud; announce with great approval
accolade
award of merit
acknowledge
to recognize; admit
acquiesce
agree without protesting
adulation
excessive flattery or admiration
adversary
opponent
adversity
hardship; misfortune
advocate
to argue in favor of
aesthetic
pertaining to art or beauty
affable
easily approachable; warm and friendly
affirmation
declaring something to be a true, positive statement
aggregate
total
alleviate
relieve
aloof
apart; reserved
altruistic
unselfishly generous; concerned for others
ambiguous
unclear or doubtful in meaning
ambivalence
having contradictory or conflicting emotional attitudes
amorphous
formless; lacking in shape or definition
analogous
comparable
anarchist
a person who seeks to overturn the established government; a person who favors abolishing authority
animosity
bitter hostility; active hatred
anomaly
irregularity
antagonism
actively expressed hostility
antediluvian
extremely old
antidote
medicine to counteract a poison or disease; something that relieves a harmful effect
antiquated
old-fashioned; obsolete
apathy
indifferent
appease
soothe; relieve
apprehension
fear
arbitrary
randomly chosen
archaic
ancient, out-of-date
ardent
very enthusiastic; passionate
arrogance
overbearing pride
articulate
able to express oneself clearly and effectively
artifact
object made by human beings
artisan
manually skilled worker; craftsman as opposed to artist
ascendancy
controlling influence; domination
ascetic
person who leads a life of self-denial
aspire
seek to attain; long for
assiduous
earnest and persistent in undertaking a task
assuage
ease or lessen; satisfy; soothe; alleviate
astute
wise; shrewd
attribute
explain; relate to a cause
audacious
daring; bold
austere
severe or stern; simple and unornamented
authoritarian
subordinating the individual to the state; completely dominating another's will
autonomous
self-governing
avarice
greediness for wealth
aversion
firm dislike
beguile
charm; deceive by trickery
belie
contradict; give a false impression
benevolent
generous; charitable
benign
showing gentleness; exerting a beneficial influence; harmless
bolster
support; reinforce
bombastic
using inflated language
braggart
boaster
cajole
coax
calculated
deliberately planned
candor
frankness; open honesty
capricious
unpredictable; fickle
censure
blame, criticize
charlatan
a quack; pretender to knowledge
coalesce
combine; fuse
colloquial
pertaining to conversational or common speech
compile
assemble; gather; accumulate
complacency
self-satisfaction; smugness
compliance
readiness to yield; conformity
composure
mental calmness
comprehensive
thorough; inclusive
concede
admit; yield
conciliatory
overcoming hostility or distrust
concise
brief and compact
conflagration
great fire
confound
confuse; puzzle
contend
assert earnestly
contentious
quarrelsome; causing quarrels
conviction
strongly held belief; judgement that someone is guilty of a crime
cordial
gracious; heartfelt
corrode
destroy by chemical action; deteriorate
criterion
standard used in judging
cryptic
mysterious; hidden; secret
culpable
deserving blame
cursory
done with haste and little attention to detail
debilitate
weaken; enfeeble
decorum
orderliness and good taste in manners
degradation
humiliation; degeneration
deplore
regret; disapprove of
depravity
extreme corruption; wickedness
deprecate
express disapproval of; belittle
deride
ridicule; make fun of
derivative
unoriginal; derived from another source
deterrent
something that discourages
digression
wandering away from the subject
diligence
steadiness of effort; persistent hard work
disclose
reveal
discount
disregard; dismiss
discriminating
able to see differences
disdain
scorn
disinclination
a lack of inclination; reluctance
dismiss
put away from consideration, reject, discount
disperse
scatter
disputatious
argumentative; fond of arguing
dissent
disagree
divergent
varying; going in different directions from the same point
document
provide written evidence
dogmatic
arrogantly stating opinions without proof
duplicity
deliberate deceptiveness
eclectic
composed of elements drawn from diverse sources
egotism
excessive self-importance; conceit
elated
overjoyed; in high spirits
elegy
poem or song expressing grief
elusive
hard to grasp
embellish
adorn; ornament; add fictitious detail
emulate
imitate
endorse
approve; support
enmity
ill will; hatred
ephemeral
short-lived; fleeting
equivocal
unclear in meaning; intentionally misleading
erroneous
mistaken
eulogy
expression of praise, usually for funerals
evanescent
fleeting; vanishing (like ephemeral)
exalt
raise in rank or dignity; praise
execute
put into effect, carry out
exemplary
serving as a model; outstanding
exemplify
serve as an example of
exhaustive
thorough; comprehensive
explicit
totally clear; definite
extol
praise; glorify
extricate
free; disentangle
exuberance
joyful enthusiasm; overflowing abundance
facilitate
to help bring about; make less difficult
fallow
plowed but not sowed; uncultivated
falter
hesitate
fanaticism
extreme devotion to a belief or cause
fastidious
difficult to please; very careful
feasible
practical
flagrant
conspicuously wicked; blatant; outrageous
furtive
sneaky; secretive
garrulous
talkative; wordy
glacial
very slowly; like a glacier; extremely cold
glutton
someone who eats and drinks excessively
gregarious
sociable
guile
deceit; wiliness; cunning
gullible
easily deceived
hamper
obstruct; make more difficult
hardy
strong
haughtiness
pride; arrogance
hedonist
one who believes that please is the sole aim in life
heresy
opinion contrary to popular belief
hierarchy
arrangement by rank or standing
homogeneous
composed of identical parts
hyperbole
exaggeration; overstatement
hypocritical
pretending to be virtuous; deceiving
iconoclast
attacking cherished traditions
ignominy
deep disgrace; shame or dishonor
illusory
deceptive; not real
immutable
unchangeable
impair
injure; hurt
impeccable
faultless; having no flaws
implement
put into effect
impudence
offensive boldness
inadvertent
unintentional; as a result of oversight; careless (by mistake)`
incite
arouse to action
inclusive
tending to include all
incongruous
not fitting; absurd
inconsequential
insignificant; unimportant
incorrigible
not correctable
indifferent
unmoved; unconcerned by; mediocre
induce
persuade; bring about
ingenious
clever; resourceful
inherent
firmly established by nature or habit
innate
inborn
innocuous
harmless
innovation
change; introduction of something new
instigate
provoke; start; urge
insularity
narrow-mindedness; isolation
integrity
uprightness; wholeness
intimidate
frighten
intrepid
fearless
ironic
resulting in an unexpected and contrary outcome
jocular
said or done in jest
lament
grieve; express sorrow
lavish
extravagant; wasteful
linger
loiter or dawdle; continue or persist
listless
lacking in spirit or energy
lofty
very high
meander
wind or turn in its course
mercenary
interested in money or gain
meticulous
painstaking; excessively careful
miserly
stingy
mitigate
moderate in intensity
morose
ill-humored; sad; gloomy
mosaic
picture made of colorful small inlaid tiles; something that resembles a mosaic
mundane
worldly as opposed to spiritual; everyday; concerned with the commonplace
munificent
very generous
nefarious
very wicked
nonchalance
indifference; lack of concern; composure
notoriety
ill fame (being known widely and unfavorably)
novelty
something new; newness
nurture
nourish; educate; foster
obliterate
destroy completely
oblivion
obscurity; forgetfulness
obscure
indistinct; not easily understood
obstinate
stubborn; hard to control or treat
ominous
threatening
opportunist
one who sacrifices principles to gain advantage by taking advantage of circumstances
opulence
extreme wealth; luxuriousness; abundance
orator
public speaker
ornate
excessively or elaborately decorated
pacifist
one opposed to force; antimilitarist
parody
humorous imitation; spoof; takeoff
partisan
one-sided; prejudiced; committed to a party
paucity
scarcity
penury
severe poverty; stinginess
peripheral
outer; marginal
perpetuate
making something last; preserve from extinction
phenomena
observable facts; subjects of scientific investigation
pithy
concise; meaningful; substantial; meaty
placate
pacify; lessen the anger of
polemical
aggressive in verbal attack; relating to argument or controversy
ponderous
weighty; unwieldy; dull, boring
pretentious
pompous; making unjustified claims; outwardly extravagant
prodigal
wasteful; reckless with money
profusion
overabundance; excess
proliferation
rapid growth; spread
provincial
limited in outlook; unsophisticated
quagmire
soft wet boggy land; complex or dangerous situation from which it is difficult to free oneself
querulous
complaining; fretful
quiescence
state of being at rest; temporary inactivity
ramble
wander aimlessly
rancor
bitterness; hatred
rant
speak in an angry or excited manner; rave
rarefied
lofty; made less dense
ratify
approve formally; confirm; verify
raucous
harsh and shrill; disorderly and boisterous
ravenous
extremely hungry
raze
destroy completely
recant
retract a previous statement; openly confess error
recount
narrate or tell; count over again
rectify
set right; correct
redundant
unnecessary; repetitious; excessively wordy
relegate
banish to an inferior position; delegate; assign
remorse
guilt; bitter regret
repel
drive away; disgust
reprehensible
deserving blame
repudiate
reject strongly as wrong; reject the authority of
rescind
cancel
reserve
self-restraint in expression
resigned
accepting one's fate; unresisting
restraint
moderation or self control; controlling force; restriction
reticence
uncommunicativeness; reserve; inclination to silence
retract
withdraw; take back
rhetorical
pertaining to effective communication; insincere in language; characterized by overly elaborate, pompous language
rigor
severity; strictness
robust
vigorous; strong
sage
person celebrated for wisdom
sanction
approve; ratify
satirical
mocking; characterized by sarcastic wit to attack or expose folly
saturate
soak thoroughly
savory
tasty; pleasing, attractive, or agreeable
scanty
meager;insufficient
scrupulous
conscientious; extremely thorough
scrutinize
examine closely and critically
seclusion
isolation; solitude
servile
slavish; submissive
sluggish
slow; lazy; lacking energy
somber
gloomy; depressing; dark; drab
soporific
sleep-causing; marked by sleepiness
sporadic
occurring irregularly
stagnant
motionless; stale; dull
stolid
showing little emotion
strident
loud and harsh; insistent
stupefied
made numb; stunned; amazed
subside
settle down; descend; grow quiet
superficial
concerned only with the obvious; shallow; near the surface
superfluous
unnecessary; excessive; overabundant
surfeit
indulge to excess in anything
surreptitious
done in a secret way; hidden
sycophant
self-seeker who tries to gain favor by flattering other people; bootlicker
tantamount
equivalent in effect or value
tenacity
firmness; persistence
terrestrial
related to the earth; pertaining to the land
threadbare
worn through till the threads show ; shabby and poor
tirade
extended scolding; long angry speech denouncing something
torpor
physical or mental inactivity; sluggishness; dormancy
trifling
trivial; unimportant
truncate
shorten; cut the top off
turmoil
great commotion and confusion
undermine
weaken; sap
uniformity
sameness
unwarranted
unjustified; groundless; undeserved
vaporize
turn into vapor
viable
practical or workable; capable of maintaining life
virtuoso
highly skilled artist
virulent
extremely poisonous; hostile; bitter
whimsical
unpredictable; fanciful
zealot
fanatic; person who shows excessive zeal