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500 KEY WORDS FOR THE SAT 201-300

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inscrutable
mysterious
insolvent
unable to pay bills; bankrupt
intrinsic
located within the very nature of an object or person; inherent
intermittent
occurring at intervals; periodic; not constant or continual
invert
turn upside down or inside out; reverse position
intractable
stubborn; immovable
irascible
easily angered
irony
an unexpected outcome, or the use of a word that is opposite of its literal meaning
irresolute
indecisive; unsure
irreverent
disrespectful
jargon
specialized language used by a particular group
jaundice
yellow color; or, envy or resentment
jaunty
lively; perky
jeopardy
the threat or possibility of danger
jettison
to throw overboard; discard
jocular
joking; playful; jesting; witty
jubilant
filled with joy
judicious
wise; making good decisions
juncture
point in time, especially a crucial one; joint or connection
juxtapose
to place side-by-side
kindle
start a fire; ignite; arouse
kinetic
in motion; active
laconic
quiet; of few words; terse
lament
express sorrow; complain
languish
lose energy or motivation; become weak or depressed
latent
existing but inactive, such as a certain quality; dormant; invisible
legacy
something inherited, either from an ancestor or from the past itself
laud
praise; worship; extol
lethargic
tired; sluggish; drowsy
levity
lightness; playfulness; jocularity
lionize
to put someone on the pedestal; to treat with great respect
listless
tired; sluggish; lacking drive
loath
reluctant; unwilling
loathe
to hate
lofty
at a great height; elevated; noble
loquacious
talkative
lucid
easy to understand; transparent; open-thinking
ludicrous
absurd; ridiculous
lugubrious
mournful
magnanimous
big-hearted; generous; forgiving; noble
magnate
a person of great power
malediction
evil speech; curse
malefactor
person who tries to hurt others; criminal
malice
a desire to cause harm or suffering
malign
to say evil or harmful things about someone; defame; vilify
malleable
able to be reshaped by force; pliable; impressionable
marred
spoiled; scratched; blemished
meager
small in size or amount; thin; weak
meander
wander in a carefree manner; follow a winding course; ramble
mellifluous
smooth; sweetly flowing
haphazard
without plan or direction
harangue
a long, lecturing speech
harbor
to provide shelter or refuge; hide
hardy
bold; brave; capable of withstanding harsh conditions
hedge
to avoid giving a clear answer, thereby escaping responsibility or blame
heed
notice; pay attention to
heresy
an opinion expressed in defiance of generally accepted ideas
heinous
shockingly evil
hiatus
gap; interruption; break in continuity; a pause
hierarchy
a group of people in authority, ranked in order of power; a sequential listing
homage
respect paid to someone or something; tribute; honor
homogeneous
the same throughout; consistent; uniform
hyperbole
extreme exaggeration
imbue
to fill, as with a strong dye or strong feeling
hypocrite
an insincere person; one who pretends to have feelings he doesn't really possess
imminent
about to take place; happening soon
idolatry
the worship of objects or people as gods
immutable
unable to change
impair
weaken in strength or value
impasse
a situation from which you cannot escape; stalemate
impassive
without feeling; expressionless
impede
get in the way; hinder
impetuous
taking sudden action; hasty; impulsive
impostor
pretender
inane
silly; insignificant
impudence
rudeness; insolence
inaugurate
begin; induct into
inadvertent
unintentional
incessant
continuous; endless
inchoate
not yet fully developed
incite
arouse into action; stir up; foment
incompatible
incapable of existing together in peace
incongruous
out of place
incorrigible
impossible to correct, control, or discipline
incredulous
unwilling or unable to believe
indict
charge with a crime; accuse
indigent
very poor
indolent
lazy
induce
cause to happen; bring about
inert
lacking movement; inactive; sluggish
infallible
incapable of making a mistake
infamy
a bad reputation; notoriety
infer
to figure out, based on given information; conclude; deduce
infiltrate
penetrate by passing through gaps; enter secretly and become established, such as a spy might do in an enemy organization.
ingenuous
naive; unsophisticated; inexperienced
innate
having a quality that arises from within, rather than learned or acquired from the outside; native; inborn
innocuous
harmless; inoffensive
insipid
dull; flat; without sparkle or flavor
innovation
a new idea, product, or method
insolent
rude; haughty