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500 Key Words For The SAT (301-400)

Mrs. Birr's Class
STUDY
PLAY
phlegmatic
calm; unemotional
pious
exhibiting religious devotion
pithy
to the point; concise
placate
to appease; pacify; mollify
platitude
dull, trite statement
plausible
believable, but not completely
pompous
filled with self-importance; arrogant; obnoxiously proud
ponderous
slow; weighty; labored
portent
warning sign; omen; indication
preclude
prevent; make impossible
potent
powerful
precarious
risky; uncertain
precocious
mature at a young age
predecessor
an earlier occupant of a job, office, or position
predilection
a preference for something
pretentious
showy; making ridiculous claims; excessively ambitious
prevalent
widely-accepted; common; prevailing
primordial
formed long ago; primitive
prodigal
wasteful, especially of money; extravagant
prodigious
very large
profound
filled with wisdom and insight; beyond the superficial; deep
profuse
in large amounts or quantities
protract
expand in time or space
provoke
to anger; to stir up or arouse
proximity
nearness; closeness
prudent
wise; shrewd; cautious
puerile
childish
qualify
to limit the meaning of a previous statement; to modify
quandary
a state of confusion or doubt; dilemma
quarantine
forced isolation to prevent the spread of disease
quell
calm; pacify
querulous
constantly complaining
ratify
approve (by formal vote, for example); confirm
rampant
unrestrained; widespread
rebuff
to ignore or reject strongly; snub
rebuttal
denial or contradiction; argument; refutation
recant
to take back something you've said; withdraw a statement or belief
redolent
strongly scented; fragrant
recluse
person who prefers to be alone all the time; someone withdrawn from the rest of society
redundant
more than what is necessary; in speech or writing, a repetition of words or ideas
recondite
hidden; difficult to understand; profound
relegate
reduce or demote to an inferior position; banish
relevancy
having a clear relationship with the matter at hand
remorse
feeling of guilt; regret; self-reproach
reprimand
scold; criticize
reprove
scold; criticize; disapprove of
repudiate
disown; reject
reserve
the ability to control your emotions and actions; self-restraint
resign
give in; acquiesce; relinquish
resolve
determination; strong will
mendacity
a lie; a false statement
meticulous
very careful about details
minute
very small in size
misconstrue
misunderstand; interpret incorrectly
mitigate
make less severe; mollify
mollify
lessen anger; soothe; placate
monologue
a long, uninterrupted speech
morose
depressed
mundane
ordinary; earthly (not spiritual); practical; temporary
myriad
large number; many
negligent
careless and possibly causing harm; neglectful
nefarious
extremely evil
neophyte
beginner
nocturnal
active at night
nostalgic
wishing for a return to the way things used to be; longing for the past; homesick
novelty
something new or unusual
nuance
slight degree; shade of difference
nullify
to remove or cancel all value or force; negate
nurture
provide care and support; nourish; train or educate
obdurate
stubborn; unyielding
objurgate
scold; castigate
obliterate
remove or destroy completely; erase
obscure
hazy; unfamiliar; difficult to understand
obsequious
behaving like a meek, spineless servant; subservient; sycophantic
obsolete
no longer usable; outdated
obstinate
stubborn; refusing to be persuaded
obtuse
dull; blunt; unintelligent; lacking sharpness
obviate
eliminate the need for something; make unnecessary
ominous
a sign of something unpleasant that's about to happen; inauspicious
onerous
burdensome; oppressive
opaque
too dark or thick for light to pass through
opportunist
someone who takes advantage of the situation
optimist
someone who always believes things will turn out okay
opulence
luxury; wealth; riches
pacifist
person who refuses to fight
paltry
worthless; insignificant; petty
paragon
model of excellence; the best
parity
equality or equivalence; balance among a group of rivals
parsimony
stinginess; excessive frugality
partisan
blindly devoted to a cause or organization
paucity
too few; scarcity
penchant
a strong liking; attraction
pecuniary
having to do with money; financial
penury
extreme poverty; destitution
perfunctory
without enthusiasm or thoroughness; routine
pernicious
destructive
perspicacity
mental sharpness; keen insight; shrewdness
peruse
read carefully; study in detail
pervade
to spread to every part
petulance
grouchiness