Glossary of SAT - 200 Vocabulary Words with Definitions and Sample Sentences.
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- Accessible (adj)
- Easy to reach or to approach
The introduction to the complex novel was, thankfully, written in clear accessible language.
Synonyms: approachable, attainable
- Accommodate (verb)
- To give consideration to
The hospitable couple was happy to accommodate the needs of their finicky guest.
Synonyms: oblige, abet
- Advantageous (adj)
- Giving an advantage
The house's location in the best school district was advantageous to the seller.
Synonyms: favorable, beneficial
- Adversary (noun)
- One who opposes or resists
Franklin hoped to defeat his adversary in the afternoon's tennis match.
Synonyms: opponent, enemy
- Absolve (verb)
- To forgive; to free from guilt
Marta felt greatly relieved after her mother absolved her for breaking the vase.
Synonyms: exculpate, pardon
- Accentuate (verb)
- To emphasize
Carla used red ribbons to accentuate the coppery tones in her hair.
Synonyms: highlight, stress
- Aerate (verb)
- To supply with air
Every spring, Soloman used his tiller to aerate the compact soil.
Synonyms: oxygenate, carbonate
- Aesthete (noun)
- Person having or affecting sensitivity to beauty
Consuela's friends called her an aesthete when she claimed that Monet's paintings made her cry.
Synonyms: connoisseur, epicure
- Anthology (noun)
- A collection of selected literary pieces
The writer was thrilled when his story was included in an anthology of American masterpieces.
Synonym: collection, compilation
- Antidote (noun)
- Something that relieves or counteracts
Veronique found that listening to French music was an antidote for her homesickness.
Synonyms: cure, remedy
- Apathetic (adj)
- Showing little or no emotion
Carmine was concerned about his usually cheerful brother's apathetic attitude.
Synonyms: impassive, indifferent.
- Appalling (adj)
- Inspiring dismay or disgust
Hector found his roommate's habit of leaving his dirty socks on the floor appalling.
Synonyms: dreadful, awful
- Appraise (verb)
- To evaluate the worth of
Simone, an expert in African sculpture, was asked to appraise the ambassador's collection of masks.
Synonyms: assess, review
- Archaic (adj)
- Characteristic of an earlier time
In the world of high fashion, two-year-old shoes are considered positively archaic.
Synonyms: antiquated, ancient
- Archetypal (adj)
- Characteristic of the original model or perfect example
Shakespeare's sonnets are considered archetypal love poems
Synonyms: classic, consummate
- Augment (verb)
- To make greater
Wanda read the dictionary every night to augment her vocabulary.
Synonyms: enhance, amplify
- Authoritarian (adj)
- Favoring absolute obedience to authority
Marco's authoritarian mother never allowed him to watch more than one hour of television a day.
Synonyms: strict, despotic
- Avian (adj)
- Relating to birds
The old man affectionately referred to pigeons as his "avian friends."
- Awe (noun)
- Emotion combining dread and wonder
Charlie was in awe of his uncle, a professional football player and chess champion.
Synonyms: veneration, amazement
- Belated (adj)
- Past the normal or proper time
Even though I forgot his birthday, I hoe my father accepts my belated card.
Synonyms: tardy, overdue
- Benefactor (noun)
- One who offers financial help
Michael's aunt and benefactor paid his college tuition.
- Beneficial (adj)
there is no doub that eating vegetables is beneficial to one's health.
Synonyms: advantageous, salutary
- Benevolent (adj)
- Kind, helpful
Sherman revealed his benevolent side when he offered to help Carter with his homework.
Synonyms: altruistic, generous
- Brandish (verb)
- To shake or wave menacingly
The baseball player was fined for brandishing his bat at the opposing pitcher.
Synonyms: flourish, swing
- Buffer (noun)
- Protective barrier
The dense trees acted as a buffer against the heavy rain.
Synonyms: cushion, mediator
- Buffoonery (noun)
- Foolish behavior
Clarence, an irrepressible comic, was held after cass for his buffoonery.
Synonyms: jocularity, clowning
- Camaraderie (noun)
- Spirit of friendship
The manager hoped the retreat would increase the camaraderie among the feuding workers.
Synonyms: sociability, espirit de corps
- Catastrophic (adj)
- Relating to extreme misfortune
The effects of the massive hurricane were catastrophic.
Synonyms: devastating, disastrous
- Celebrated (adj)
- Widely known, respected
The fans waited for hours to catch a glimpse of the celebrated actress.
Synonyms: admired, famous
- Censure (verb)
- To find fault with
The critical teacher was quick to censure her students for even small mistakes.
Synonyms: blame, criticize
- Civility (noun)
The usually unruly Thomas acted with great civility when his favorite uncle visited.
Synonyms: courtesy, consideration
- Clairvoyance (noun)
- Ability to see things beyond ordinary perception
Rosa used her clairvoyance to help Alexander find his lost keys.
Synonyms: divination, foretelling
- Clairty (noun)
The refreshing water in the mountain stream was remarkable for its clarity.
Synonyms: lucidity, limpidity
- Colossal (adj)
- Immense, enormous
After pushing with all his might, Frank realized he could never move the colossal boulder.
Synonyms: gigantic, tremendous
- Combative (adj)
- Eager to fight
The teacher suggested the combative student channel his aggression into boxing.
Synonyms: aggressive belligerent
- Combustion (noun)
- Act of burning
Campers must use fire with great caution to prevent combustion of the parched brush.
Synonyms: igniting, kindling
- Commemorate (verb)
- To mark by a ceremony
Each year, the Franklins commemorate their anniversary by visiting the site of their first date.
Synonyms: observe, remember
- Comparable (adj)
- Similar, equivalent
Helen will only accept something of comparable value for her ticket to the concert.
Synonyms: akin, analogous
- Composed (adj)
Although her stomach was in knots, the actress appeared perfectly composed when she took the stage.
Synonyms: serene, unperturbed
- Comprehensible (adj)
Shannon spoke slowly so her directions would be comprehensible to her foreign visitor.
Synonyms: intelligle, coherent
- Compulsion (noun)
- An irresistible impulse
Tamar, a shoe fanatic, could not resist the compulsion to buy the shiny red boots.
Synonyms: urge, obligation
- Condone (verb)
- To treat as acceptable
Crystal condoned her friend's late arrival because she found it hard to be on time herself.
Synonyms: excuse, sanction
- Conduit (noun)
- Means for transmitting or distributing
Jason, a notorious gossip, was a conduit for information about his friends.
Synonyms: channel, pipeline
- Corrective (adj)
- Intended to correct
The school decided to take corrective measures to prevent truancy.
Synonyms: remedial, curative
- Corroborate (verb)
- To support with evidence
"Unless you can corroborate your story, it will not be admissible in court," the attorney told his client.
Synonyms: verify, prove
- Corrosive (adj)
- Bitingly sarcastic
The cruel Estella's corrosive comments made Pip cry.
Synonyms: caustic, sardonic
- Cunning (adj)
- Showing clever insight
The general devised a cunning strategy to outfox the enemy.
Synonyms: crafty, ingenious
- Curtail (verb)
- To make less
Doreen decided to curtail her spending after she bounced a check.
Synonyms: shorten, reduce
- Deferment (noun)
- The act of delaying
Sybil was frustrated by the deferment of her much anticipated vacation.
Synonyms: postponement, reprieve
- Defiant (adj)
- Showing bold resistance
The defiant toddler refused to leave the park.
Synonyms: impudent, disobedient
- Demean (verb)
- To lower status
The embarrassing photograph demeaned the candidate in the eyes of the voters.
Synonyms: humble, degrade
- Demeanor (noun)
- Behavior towards others
Carlos was well liked because of his charming demeanor.
Synonyms: disposition, comportment
- Derelict (adj)
The derelict house was condemned as a public hazard.
Synonyms: destitute, forsaken
- Derivative (adj)
- Lacking originality
Critics panned the movie as a derivative version of last year's Best Picture.
Synonyms: banal, cliche
- Diffident (adj)
- Lacking self-confidence
The diffident student never raised her hand in class, even when she knew the answer.
Synonyms: timid, bashful
- discern (verb)
- To recognize as separate as distinct
The pastry connoisseur was able to discern Swiss from Belgian chocolate.
Synonyms: detect, discriminate
- Disconcert (verb)
- To throw into confusion
Jennifer's outspoken criticism of the meal disoncerted the waiter.
Synonyms: unnerve, bewilder
- Disdain (noun)
- Feeling of contempt
The arrogant writer did not hide his disdain for his uneducated dinner companion.
Synonyms: scorn, discersion
- Distortion (noun)
- The act of twisting out of shape
The story about the actress in the gossip column was a distortion of the truth.
Synonyms: contortion, mutilation
- Drab (adj)
- Dull, monotonous
The drab winter scene made Keisha long for the vibrant colors of spring.
Synonyms: dreary, colorless
- Drub (verb)
- To defeat decisively
The powerful young boxer drubbed the longtime champion.
Synonyms: beat, thrash
- Dubious (adj)
Karl found Kevin's claim that he was sick dubious, as he had just seen him playing football.
Synonyms: suspect, doubtful
- Duplicity (noun)
- Deceptive thought, speech, or action
The life of an undercover detective is filed with necessary duplicity.
Synonyms: deceit, dishonesty
- Ecstatic (adj)
- Overwhelmingly emotional
They were ecstatic when their team won the championship game in the last second.
Synonyms: overjoyed, rapturous
- Egotist (noun)
- Self-important person
Darren dreaded carpooling with the egotist Shelly, who talked about herself nonstop.
Synonyms: blowhard, braggart
- Elate (verb)
- To fill with joy
It elated Margaret to be awarded first place in the science fair.
Synonyms: delight, thrill
- Eloquent (adj)
- Fluent, expressive
Kim, an eloquent speaker, was the best choice to make the presentation for the group.
Synonyms: articulate, persuasive
- Elusive (adj)
- Hard to grasp
The words to the song are elusive, as the singer tends to mumble.
Synonyms: evasive, obscure
- Embellish (verb)
- To decorate
Sari embellished the plain curtains with satin ribbons and tassels.
Synonyms: adorn, garnish
- Entangle (verb)
- To involve in trouble
Jonah regretted entangling Parker in his legal difficulties.
Synonyms: embroil, implicate
- Epistolary (adj)
- Contained or carried on in letters
The shoebox filled with letters was the ony remains of Ming's epistolary friendship with Emile.
- Epitaph (noun)
- Brief statement honoring a dead person
"Beloved by all," was the epitaph Edgar chose for his wife's tombstone.
Synonyms: inscription, eulogy
- Equitable (adj)
- Fair and equal
The judge made an equitable decision dividing the estate evenly among the sisters.
Synonyms: impartial, unbiased
- Ethical (adj)
- Conforming to accepted standards
Mary did the ethical thing and turned in the diamond necklace she found.
Synonyms: honorable, moral
- Eulogy (noun)
- Speech or writing in praise of deceased
Ernesto delivered a moving eulogy at his uncle's funeral.
Synonyms: homage, panegyric
- Euphoria (noun)
- Feeling of great happiness
Cassandra was overcome with euphoria when she met her long-lost sister.
Synonyms: elation, ebullience
- Exalt (verb)
- To elevate by praise
The fireman was publicly exalted for his heroism.
Synonyms: glorify, honor
- Exasperation (noun)
- The state of being irritated
The longer Jorge waited in line at the ticket counter, the more his exasperation grew.
Synonyms: irritation, frustration
- Exception (noun)
- A case to which the rule does not apply
The teacher made an exception and let Gina eat her snack in class.
Synonyms: anomaly, deviation
- Extant (adj)
- Currently existing
Some consider Clint Eastwood the greatest extant American director.
Synonyms: living, surviving
- Extenuating (adj)
- Partially excusing
The extenuating circumstance of Calviin's illness caused the teacher to excuse his lateness.
Synonyms: mitigating, qualifying
- Extol (verb)
- To praise highly
The statesman extolled the ambassador who single-handedly negotiated the peace treaty.
Synonyms: glorify, exalt
- Facade (noun)
- false or superficial appearance
Emily's smile is just a facade masking her broken heart.
Synonyms: mask, deceit
- Fidelity (noun)
- State of being faithful
Unlike her fickle friend Benji, May Belle was known for her fidelity.
Synonyms: loyalty, devotion
- Finite (adj)
- Having definite limits
The exasperated mother had finite patience for her toddler's tantrums.
Synonyms: limited, circumscribed
- Flagrant (adj)
- Noticeably offensive
The executive was fired for his flagrant abuse of the company expense account.
Synonyms: glaring, outrageous
- Flaunt (verb)
- To display showily
Sheila, who could not resist bragging, flaunted the "A" marked on her test paper.
Synonyms: parade, brandish
- Flaw (noun)
- An imperfection
The otherwise perfect diamond had a tiny flaw that reduced its value.
Synonyms: defect, blemish
- Flourish (verb)
- To make bold, sweeping gestures
The fairy godmother flourished her wand and turned the pumpkin into a carriage.
Synonyms: brandish, wave
- Foil (noun)
- One that enhances or underscores by contrast
The sweet cookie was a perfect foil to the sour lemon sorbet.
- Fragile (adj)
Jade placed the fragile vase out of reach of her rambunctious boys.
Synonyms: frail, brittle
- Fraud (noun)
The con man's fraud involved selling swampland to gullible investors.
Synonyms: deceit, racket
- Frugal (adj)
- Thrifty, cheap
The frugal shopper only bought items that were on sale.
Synonyms: sparing, provident
- Futile (adj)
- Without purpose, completely ineffective
Arguing with Andrew is futile because he never changes his mind.
Synonyms: hopeless, vain
- Gargantuan (adj)
The gargantuan monster towered over the ten-story bulding.
Synonyms: enormous, colossal
- Garish (adj)
- Offensively bright
The garish wallpaper offended Jerome, who preferred subtle colors.
Synonyms: gaudy, loud
- Genial (adj)
- Sympathetic, friendly
The genial host warmly greeted his many guests.
Synonyms: pleasant, cordial
- Grandiose (adj)
- With an affectation of grandeur
The sweeping, grandiose staircase looked preposterous in the modest entry hall.
Synonyms: pretentious, pompous
- Gravity (noun)
- Importance, significance
Understanding the gravity of his error, Ken offered his humblest apology.
Synonyms: seriousness, magnitude
- Gruff (adj)
- Rough or stern in manner or speech
Heidi's grandfather was gruff, barking stern orders and hardly smiling.
Synonyms: surly, brusque
- Hedonism (noun)
- Belief that pleasure is the sole aim of life
The hedonism of the emperoro, who spent all his time giving parties, caused his downfall.
Synonyms: sensualism, libertinism
- Heed (verb)
- To pay attention to
"Heed my advice," the fortuneteller warned Sebastian when he tried to ignore her prophecy.
Synonyms: mind, mark
- Heinous (adj)
- Shockingly evil
Eduardo's heinous betrayal of Lydia shocked even Latasha, who knew his evil ways.
Synonyms: odious, villainous
- Illuminate (verb)
- To make clear
Her excellent lecture illuminated the complicated subject of nuclear physics.
Synonyms: elucidate, edify.
- Immoderate (adj)
- Beyond usual or proper limits
Bob's immoderate appetite shocked the guests at the wedding banquet.
Synonyms: excessive, intemperate
- Impenitent (adj)
- Lacking remorse
The impenitent criminal received a harsh penalty, but his remorseful accomplice was released.
Synonyms: obdurate, unrepentant
- Implausible (adj)
Claudia's implausible excuse failed to convince her teacher.
Synonyms: improbable, doubtful
- Implement (verb)
- To carry out or accomplish
All Randolph needed to implement his plan was a moonless night and a long rope.
Synonyms: execute, realize
- Inauspicious (adj)
- Not favorable
Gary believed the black foreboding sky was an inauspicious sign.
Synonyms: ominous, portentous
- incidental (adj)
The accountant advised Justine not to report her incidental expenses.
Synonyms: petty, insignificant
- Incisive (adj)
- Impressively direct and decisive
Samir's incisive leadership made him the natural choice for president of the company.
Synonyms: keen, acute
- Incongruous (adj)
- Not harmonious, incompatible
Sadie's cowboy hat was incongruous with her black cocktail dress.
Synonyms: inappropriate, absurd
- Incumbent (adj)
- It was incumbent on Jack to attend his father's retirement party.
Synonyms: oblilgatory, compulsory
- Indecorous (adj)
- In bad taste
My parents banned Chad from our house because of his indecorous behavior at dinner.
Synonyms: vulgar, uncouth
- Induce (verb)
- To influence or cause
The loud blast of the cannon induced an avalanche.
Synonyms: incite, spur
- Inflammatory (adj)
- Tending to excite anger
Garth's inflammatory remarks at the party made Gwen furious.
Synonyms: seditious, hostile
- Insinuate (verb)
- To suggest indirectly
Sinead, who did not like confrontation, insinuated that Beth was lying.
Synonyms: imply, allude
- Insolence (noun)
- Boldness or rudeness
The boy's insolence to the policeman embarrassed his mother.
Synonyms: impudence, impertinence
- Interminable (adj)
- Never ending, or seemingly endless
The impatient Zoe found the longwinded lecture interminable.
Synonyms: ceaseless, monotonous
- Intricate (adj)
- Having complex and interrelated parts
The intricate poem baffled most readers with its numerous obscure metaphors.
Synonyms: complicated, convoluted
- Inviolable (adj)
- Secure from assault of trespass
Situated on a mountain, with sixteen-foot walls, the castle was inviolable.
Synonyms: untouchable, sacrosanct
- Iridescent (adj)
- Having a lustrous or attractivve quality
The movie star's iridescent presence charmed even the hardened reporter.
Synonyms: shimmering, sparkling
- Lenient (adj)
- Mild or tolerant
The judge issued a lenient sentence because it was Frank's first offense.
Synonyms: merciful, clement
- Liability (noun)
- Kevin's growing fatigue was a liability as he attempted to climb the steep hill.
Synonyms: handicap, encumbrance
- Lurid (adj)
- Causing horror, shocking
The lurid photos of the crime scene upset the jury.
Synonyms: gruesome, sensational
- Mandate (noun)
- Martha reluctantly obeyed the mandate to vacate her apartment.
Synonyms: command, decree
- Manifest (adj)
James finally made his affection manifest when he handed Jessica a red rose.
Synonyms: evident, unmistakable
- Mediate (verb)
- To come between parties in order to reconcile
The diplomatic Henry was able to mediate between the quarreling sisters.
Synonyms: arbitrate, negotiate
- Melee (noun)
- A tumultuous fight among several people
After the game, a melee broke out between fans of the opposing teams.
Synonyms: brawl, skirmish
- Melodious (adj)
- Having a pleasing melody
The melodious sounds of the symphony soothed Tim after his trying day.
Synonyms: dulcet, mellifluous
- Methodical (adj)
- Performed in an orderly manner
Oscar's methodical approach exasperated his free-spirited friend Ben.
Synonyms: systematic, meticulous
- Meticulous (adj)
- Extrememly careful regarding details
The meticulous detective found every shred of evidence at the crime scene.
Synonyms: fastidious, painstaking
- Moderate (adj)
- Tending toward the average
The best-selling writer was disappointed; his new novel was only a moderate success.
Synonyms: medium, mediocre
- Mundane (adj)
- Practical, ordinary
The flighty Caroline could not be troubled with mundane tasks such as paying her bills.
Synonyms: commonplace, earthly
- Naive (adj)
- Lacking worldy wisdom
The naive Simon assumed that everyone was as simple and kind as he was.
Synonyms: artless, credulous
- Negate (verb)
- To make invalid
Paula negated Tiffany's argument by proving that her main premise was false.
Synonyms: neutralize, annul
- Nurture (verb)
- To further the development of
Our cat made a nest of blankets to nurture her newborn kittens.
Synonyms: foster, cultivate
- Oblivious (adj)
- Lacking awareness
Love-struck Charlie was oblivious to everyone but the object of his affection.
Synonyms: careless, heedless
- Obnoxious (adj)
- Highly offensive
The manager asked the obnoxious diner to leave the restaurant.
Synonyms: objectionable, repugnant
- Onset (noun)
Crocuses bloom at the onset of spring, sometimes even before the snow melts.
Synonyms: start, commencement
- Opportune (adj)
- Suitable or convenient
Quan stepped onto the platform at the most opportune time, just as the train pulled in.
Synonyms: propitious, fortunate
- Pallid (adj)
- Lacking color
The nurse was worried by the patient's pallid face and shallow breathing.
Synonyms: pale, wan
- Pantomime (noun)
- Telling a story through gestures
The jealous actress called her understudy's performance a ridiculous pantomime.
- Parity (noun)
Hilda, to avoid squabbles, aimed for parity in the slices of birthday cake.
Synonyms: sameness, equivalence
- Pathos (noun)
- Sympathetic pity
The soldiers cherished the kindly Nurse Nightingale for her pathos.
- Penurious (adj)
- Extrememly stingy
Ebenezer Scrooge was most penurious, refusing to give even a penny to charity.
Synonyms: frugal, parsimonious
- Perception (noun)
- Capacity for seeing or understanding
His incredible perception made him the best detective on the force.
Synonyms: cognition, discernment
- Periodic (adj)
- Occurring at regular intervals
The periodic innterruptions of the cuckoo clock prevented Li from concentrating.
Synonyms repeated, recurrent
- Placebo (noun)
- An inactive substance used in medical testing
Tom, who had taken the placebo, found that his allergy symptoms did not go away.
- Plaudits (noun)
- Enthusiastic approval
Allison's painting met with plaudits from the critics, who had dismissed her earlier work.
Synonyms: kudos, acclaim
- Ploy (noun)
- A contrived plan
Sarah thought George's ploy of borrowing her notes was a cowardly way to ask her out.
Synonyms: strategem, ruse
- Polarize (verb)
- To break up into opposing groups
Thelma tended to polarize discussions rather than to encourage compromise.
- Pomp (noun)
- Showy display
Jan couldn't help enjoying the pomp of the elaborate wedding ceremony.
Synonyms: pageantry, grandeur
- Precept (noun)
- A general rule of action
All the students know Mrs. Brown's strict precept; no talking in class.
Synonyms: rule, axiom
- Preclude (verb)
- To rule out in advance
"Having cake now will preclude dessert later," said Amber's mother.
Synonyms: prevent, hinder
- Pretense (noun)
- False intention or purpose
The jewel theif entered the mansion under the pretense of fixing a leaky faucet.
Synonyms: cover, charade
- Pretentious (adj)
- Making unjustified claims
The pretentious boy said that he was the fastest runner, but he finished last in the race.
Synonyms: pompous, showy
- Procrastinate (verb)
- To put off intentionally
Yvonne's father urged, "Don't procrastinate. Clean your room right away."
Synonyms: delay, stall
- Prominence (noun)
The singer's prominence ensured that the concert would sell out.
Synonyms: renown, eminence
- Promote (verb)
- To contribute to the growth or prosperity of
The promote peace, the diplomat hosted a talk between the warring nations.
Synonyms: advance, forward
- Proximity (noun)
The proximity of Tia's house to school meant that she could walk there in five minutes.
Synonyms: nearness, propinquity
- Prudent (adj)
- Marked by wisdom, shrewd
Su-yong was happy she followed Greg's prudent advice to study, as the test was difficult.
Synonyms: judicious, sagacious
- Prune (verb)
- To reduce by removing excess
The candidate pruned his speech so he would not exceed the time limit.
Synonyms: trim, truncate
- Punctual (adj)
- On time
Ron was worried when the usually punctual Amanda was late for the show.
Synonyms: prompt, dependable
- Rhapsody (noun)
- State of great happiness
Lorraine was in rhapsody when she was accepte to the college of her dreams.
Synonyms: ecstasy, rapture
- Fickle (adj)
- Lacking constancy, changeable
The fickle Senji had a new best friend every month.
Synonyms: erratic, capricious
- Salvage (verb)
- To save from ruin
After the fire, Mrs. Han tried to salvage her family photos from the wreckage.
Synonyms: rescue, recover
- Rail (verb)
- To scold in harsh language
Clay began to cry as his irate manager railed at him for missing the deadline.
Synonyms: upbraid, berate
- Ramble (verb)
- To wander, physically or in language
Professor Tan rambled during his lectures, frequently straying from the subject.
Synonyms: roam, meander
- Rancorous (adj)
- Marked by deep ill-will
The rancorous competition between the two chess clubs actually ended in a brawl.
Synonyms: bitter, vicious
- Raspy (adj)
- rough, grating
After shouting to his players through the long game, the coach's voice was raspy.
Synonyms: harsh, abrasive
- Raucous (adj)
- Noisy, rowdy
Serena, who preferred quiet conversation, left the rancous party.
- Recrimination (noun)
- A retaliatory accusation
Frank, who was wounded by Sally's remark, made a bitter recrimination.
- Redouble (verb)
- To make twice as great
As the sun began to set, Brittany redoubled her effort to find the necklace she had dropped in the field.
Synonyms: intensify, strengthen
- Refurbish (verb)
- To brighten or freshen
Leeanne cleaned and mended all weekend to refurbish the shabby apartment.
Synonyms: renovate, renew
- Regale (verb)
- To amuse
My clever brother Jeffrey regaled the dinner guests with tales of his adventures.
Synonyms: entertain, delight
- Regurgitate (verb)
- To pour out or throw back
The teacher wanted us to examine ideas rather than to regurgitate memorized facts.
Synonyms: spew, disgorge
- Rehash (verb)
- To discuss again
"Sandra," said her mother, "I am tired of rehashing this same topic over and over."
- Repel (verb)
- To resist, reject
The soldiers made a massive charge to repel the invaders.
Synonyms: repulse, rebuff
- Repentant (adj)
- Feeling regret
The repentant Dana admitted to cheating on the test.
Synonyms: contrite, penitent
- Retroactive (adj)
- effective as of a prior time or condition
The retroactive law made even past infractions punishable.
- Revive (verb)
- To bring back to life
Hank tried to revive Clare's interest in the project, but her enthusiasm had expired.
Synonyms: reanimate, quicken
- Revoke (verb)
- To cancel by taking back
After Kal's father revoked his allowance, he had no money for the movies.
Synonyms: rescind, annul
- Scamper (verb)
- To run quickly
The frightened kitten scampered away from the butterfly.
Synonyms: dash, scurry
- Scapegoat (noun)
- Someone who bears the blame for others
Audrey used her innocent baby brother as a scapegoat for the missing cookies.
Synonyms: dupe, victim
- Serenity (noun)
The serenity of the glassy sea soothed the sailors after the big storm.
Synonyms: peace, tranquility
- Servile (adj)
- Fearfully submissive
Felicia's servile attitude annoyed her boss, who preferred an assistant with more backbone.
Synonyms: slavish, menial
- Sociable (adj)
- Inclined to seek companionship
The sociable Glenda was delighted to receive the party invitation.
Synonyms: genial, gregarious
- Solace (noun)
- Source of consolation
Parents' weekend was a solace to Marjorie, whose beloved daughter had left for college.
Synonyms: comfort, relief
- Stealth (noun)
- The act of moving secretly or unnoticed
The cat burglar took the ring by stealth, slipping it from the sleeping woman's finger.
Synonyms: furtiveness, slyness
- Stern (adj)
- Harsh, severe
The stern principal canceled the prom after the seniors played a silly prank.
Synonyms: strict, adamant
- Stifle (verb)
- To repress or discourage
Amy tried ineffectively to stifle her giggles after she read Susan's note in class.
Synonyms: suppress, check
- Straddle (verb)
- To favor opposing sides
Kia straddled the issue, not wanting to say whether James or Tara was right.
Synonyms: waffle, equivocate
- Supple (adj)
The supple leather coat draped like soft cloth around her shoulders.
Synonyms: pliant, elastic
- Surplus (noun)
Trevor decided to freeze the surplus chili for next week's tailgate party.
Synonyms: surfeit, remainder
- Trove (noun)
- Valuable collection
Walter's trove of vintage baseball cards was worth thousands of dollars.
Synonyms: cache, treasure
- Turmoil (noun)
- Extreme confusion, agitation
The windstorm caused such turmoil in the lake that the sailboat capsized.
Synonyms: chaos, tumult
- Turpitude (noun)
- Essential baseness, depravity
The turpitude of the villain in the movie offended most audiences.
Synonyms: corruption, perversion
- Unscrupulous (adj)
- Lacking principles
The unscrupulous salesman was fired for lying to his customers.
Synonyms: corrupt, immoral
- Untenable (adj)
- Not able to be defended
Rashid made the untenable statement that George Washington was the second president of the United States.
Synonyms: baseless, implausible
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