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The 500 Most Common SAT Words

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procrastinate
Postpone; stall; defer.
debased
Lowered in status or character; degenerate.
scanty
Meager; scarce.
proficient
Skillful; masterful; expert.
wistful
Yearning; pensive; sad.
pliable
Limber; malleable; flexible.
goad
Incite; pressure; irk; arouse; awaken.
vigilance
Attentiveness; prudence; care.
flippant
Nonchalant; frivolous; superficial; light.
empathize
Identify with; understand.
enthrall
Mesmerize; captivate; thrill.
brevity
Briefness; succinctness; terseness.
disputatious
Quarrelsome; contentious; argumentative.
florid
Ornate; flushed with rosy color; ruddy.
xenophobe
One who dislikes strangers or foreigners.
coterie
Small group of people who share interests and meet frequently.
incoherent
Illogical; inconsistent.
equilibrium
Balance; stability; poise.
intrinsic
Inherent; natural; innate.
bliss
Gaiety; happiness; enjoyment.
platitude
1. Triteness. 2. Cliche; trivial remark.
mendicant
Almsman; beggar; leech; parasite.
supercilious
Egotistic; proud; arrogant.
soporific
Hypnotic; lethargic; causing sleep.
delineate
Describe; outline; depict.
clandestine
Furtive; surreptitious; secret.
disinterment
Exhumation; removal of a body from a grave.
yeoman
Peasant; ordinary person.
resplendent
Dazzling; glorious; intense.
blithe
Happy; pleased; delighted.
inaudible
Faint; soft; hard to hear.
fallow
Idle; dormant.
dubious
Irresolute; uncertain; moot.
indefatigable
Diligent; persistent; inexhaustible.
blandishment
Cajolery; enticement.
ctenoid
Comblike; having narrow segments.
hardy
Stalwart; robust; sturdy.
prattle
Gab; babble.
intonate
Speak or utter with a particular tone.
mince
Chop; mitigate.
paragon
Model or standard of excellence.
cloister
Convent; monastery; religious place.
flout
Ridicule; scoff; mock; scorn.
unwieldy
Clumsy; awkward; unmanageable.
adulterate
Make impure or inferior by adding improper ingredients; contaminate; pollute.
whet
Stimulate; sharpen; intensify.
surreptitious
Covert; furtive; acquired by stealthy means.
ambivalence
Uncertainty; doubt; indecisiveness.
indolence
Lethargy; idleness; sloth.
ruminate
Contemplate; think about.
savant
Intellectual; scholar; philosopher.
carouse
Drink to excess; live it up.
laconic
Concise; terse; curt.
rescind
Cancel; repeal; veto.
tantamount
Indistinguishable; equivalent.
issue
Discharge; emerge; emanate.
acerbic
Bitter; harsh; caustic.
pedantic
Stuffy or dogmatic; meticulous; academic.
aperture
Gap; opening; orifice.
decipher
Solve or figure out a puzzle; translate; untangle.
spurn
Defy; reject.
despoil
Ravage; rob; loot.
nebulous
Unclear; vague; indefinite.
discontent
Unhappy; displeased; miserable.
adherent
Believer; supporter; devotee.
arrogant
Feeling superior to other people; egotistical.
censorious
Critical; attacking; denouncing.
callow
Inexperienced; immature; naive.
avouch
Guarantee; take responsibility for; affirm.
nefarious
Evil; vile; sinister; wicked.
kiosk
A small structure used as a newsstand, bandstand, etc.
efface
Cancel; delete; obliterate.
espouse
Embrace; defend; support.
pariah
Outcast; misfit; refugee.
nemesis
Just punishment; retribution.
opulent
Affluent; well-to-do; plentiful.
apotheosis
1. Essence; epitome. 2. Canonization.
marred
Having blemishes; damaged; defaced.
antipathy
Feeling of opposition or repugnance; aversion; dislike.
wan
Anemic; colorless; pale.
harbor
Preserve; conceal; secure; shelter.
desolate
Alone; without hope or comfort; forsaken.
fulsome
Loathsome; excessive.
delusion
Untrue belief; hallucination; fallacy; misconception.
meticulous
Precise; scrupulous; particular.
altruistic
Concerned about the general welfare of others; charitable; generous.
mundane
Boring; ordinary; typical; tedious.
laudable
Commendable; admirable; exemplary.
expunge
Obliterate; remove; erase; exterminate.
expatriate
Send into exile; renounce one's own country.
compile
Collect data; accumulate; amass.
ascetic
Strict; austere.
fecund
Prolific; productive; fruitful.
decorum
Appropriate conduct; polite or proper behavior; protocol.
inveigh
Abuse; criticize; rebuke.
voluminous
Huge; immense; bulky.
verdant
Lush; thick with vegetation; leafy.
amorphous
Without structure; shapeless; nebulous.
knotty
Snarled; tangled.
yore
Time long past.
eulogy
Commendation; speech giving great tribute.
incipient
Embryonic; developing; in the beginning stages.
innocuous
Dull; harmless; innocent.
vehement
Fierce; emphatic; intense.
cacophonous
Discordant; dissident; harsh.
abstemious
Sparing in use of food or drink; moderate.
malapropism
Inappropriate or ludicrous use of a word.
stultify
Inhibit; make ineffective; cripple.
moribund
Failing; waning; ailing.
woe
Anguish; grief; affliction.
emcee
Master of ceremonies.
tenuous
Attenuated; flimsy; thin.
sycophant
Flatterer.
porous
Permeable; absorbent; having holes.
imperturbable
Even-tempered; level-headed; calm.
chasten
Castigate; punish; reprove.
histrionic
Pertaining to actors; melodramatic.
vociferous
Clamorous; outspoken; noisy; vocal.
turgid
Swollen; bombastic; distended.
palpable
Noticeable; obvious; apparent.
diffidence
Self-doubt; timidity; shyness.
lurid
Shockingly vivid; horrifying; sensational.
furtive
Clandestine; secretive; surreptitious; covert.
parsimony
Miserliness; unusually excessive frugality.
inebriation
Drunkenness; intoxication.
posthumous
Arising or continuing after someone's death.
dishearten
Dismay; daunt; depress.
yowl
Long, mournful cry or howl.
hedonism
Intemperance; self-indulgence; excess.
obsequious
Servile; groveling.
hyperbole
Exaggeration; fanciful statement; enhancement.
boorish
Ill-mannered; rude; gauche.
depravity
Perverted disposition; wickedness; vileness; corruption.
hilarity
Boisterous merriment; enjoyment.
cherubic
Sweet; kind; innocent.
hackneyed
Trite; common; overdone; banal.
resonant
Reverberant; ringing.
deprecatory
Disapproving; belittling;
meander
Twist; bend; zigzag.
scoff
Mock; ridicule.
languish
Decline; diminish; weaken.
distend
Bloat, bulge; swell; stretch.
admonish
Caution; reprove mildly; reprimand.
judicious
Logical; reasonable; clever.
zealot
Fanatic; radical; enthusiast.
trepidation
Anxiety; alarm; apprehension.
tensile
Pertaining to tension; stretchable; ductile.
acute
1. Perceptive. 2. Excruciating.
evanescent
Ephemeral; fading; brief.
chronic
Compulsive; typical; habitual; inveterate.
constrict
Squeeze; pinch; obstruct; block.
loutish
Clumsy; idiotic; buffoonlike.
clamor
Loud noise or complaint; commotion; din.
exonerate
Acquit; vindicate; free from responsibility.
disparage
Deprecate; belittle or abuse.
adulation
Excessive flattery; adoration; idolization.
grisly
Frightening; ghastly; gory; hideous.
aviary
Large enclosure confining birds.
extol
Praise; laud; hail; glorify.
advocate
1. Argue for a cause; defend. 2. Support; uphold.
ribald
Lewd; obscene; irreverent.
disapprobation
Dislike; reservation; denunciation.
coddle
Pamper; overindulge; baby; spoil.
potable
Drinkable.
rudiment
Beginning; foundation or source.
impetuous
Hasty; rash; impulsive.
dearth
Paucity; shortage; deficiency.
fetter
Restrain; restrict; curb.
daub
Blur; smear; spread.
elucidate
Interpret; define; clarify; explain.
immutable
Incorruptible; enduring; unchanging.
animate
Energize; enliven.
desist
Discontinue or stop; cease; renounce.
viable
Living; alive; feasible.
bungle
Botch; mismanage; spoil.
baleful
Sorrowful; sinister; evil.
edify
Instruct; enlighten; educate.
atrophy
Waste away from lack of use; degenerate.
cuboid
Having the shape of a cube.
dissension
Conflict; disagreement; strife.
fastidious
Meticulous; exacting.
celerity
Swift motion; speed; alacrity.
declivity
Downward slope.
approbatory
Expressing approval.
malevolent
Venomous; spiteful; malignant.
extemporaneous
Spontaneous; impromptu.
munificent
Generous; extravagant; philanthropic.
delectable
Delicious; delightful; savory.
jettison
Eliminate; discharge.
precursor
Forerunner.
extradite
Transfer a person to another jurisdiction for possible prosecution for an alleged offense.
foible
Frailty; imperfection; weakness.
insipid
Dull; banal; tasteless.
odious
Detestable; loathsome; revolting; sickening.
cryptic
Enigmatic; obscure; secret; puzzling.
confound
Perplex; baffle; confuse.
svelte
Graceful; slim.
verbose
Wordy; talkative; profuse.
crass
Vulgar; grossly ignorant; indelicate.
hearten
Encourage; give strength.
concordance
Agreement; treaty; accord.
motley
Multicolored; spotted; mixed.
voluble
Verbose; wordy; garrulous.
banal
Trite; insipid; ordinary.
intractable
Unruly; disobedient.
peccadillo
Small sin or fault.
chimerical
Fanciful; whimsical; playful.
despot
Dictator; tyrant; totalitarian.
hiatus
Interruption; pause; gap.
epicure
Person devoted to luxurious living; person with refined tastes.
dissemble
Disguise; conceal; mask; camouflage.
barbarity
Cruel action; inhuman act; harsh conduct.
strident
Discordant; harsh; piercing.
lithe
Flexible; agile; mobile; bendable.
churlish
Selfish; rancorous; surly.
expurgate
Remove erroneous or objectionable material; delete; edit.
herald
Announce; broadcast; report.
lachrymose
Weepy; tearful.
primordial
Belonging to a primitive age; first in time.
epithet
Word used to describe or characterize a person or thing.
largess
Charity; philanthropy; gift.
grandiloquence
Pompous or bombastic speech; lofty, welling language.
esoteric
Confidential; personal; private; privileged.
hedge
Enclose; surround; fence.
divination
Prediction; prophecy; forecast.
abeyance
Suspension of an activity; postponement.
chary
Careful; cautious.
adroit
Dexterous; proficient; skillful.
vouchsafe
Confer; grant; permit.
befuddle
Stupefy or confuse; misconstrue.
aggrandize
Make more powerful; amplify; increase.
bane
Deadly affliction; curse; plague.
impecunious
Poor; destitute; penniless.
improvident
Reckless; rash.
venerate
Admire; show respect.
beleaguer
Besiege; surround.
mettle
Stamina; bravery; courage.
escapade
Adventurous conduct; unusual behavior.
prolific
Fruitful; abundant; fertile.
insolvent
Bankrupt; unable to pay debts.
restive
Nervous; restless; uneasy.
garble
Confuse; scramble; distort.
haggle
Dicker; barter; make a deal.
turpitude
Depravity; baseness; shamefulness.
fledgling
Young or inexperienced person; young bird.
belittle
Humiliate; tease; diminish in importance.
pithy
1. Substantial; profound. 2. Brief; concise.
multifarious
Diverse; many-sided; multiple.
garner
Collect; receive; attain; acquire.
inimical
Antagonistic; hurtful; harmful; adverse.
saccharine
Sugary; syrupy.
taciturn
Reserved; shy; uncommunicative.
commensurate
Equal in measure; of the same duration or size.
amiable
Cordial; of pleasant disposition; friendly.
vacillate
Hedge; waver; fluctuate.
kitsch
Art or writing of a pretentious but shallow nature.
maudlin
Overemotional; mushy.
labyrinth
Maze; network; puzzle.
ephemeral
Transitory; fleeting; passing; temporary.
coagulate
Congeal; curdle; clot.
garish
Gaudy; ostentatious; excessive.
discursive
Circuitous; digressive; rambling.
indecorous
Inappropriate; indelicate; unseemly.
juncture
Joint; seam; intersection; joining.
browbeat
Intimidate; harass; dominate.
giddy
Scatterbrained; silly; frivolous.
ameliorate
Make better; improve.
unscathed
Unhurt; uninjured.
fume
Gas; vapor; harmful or irritating smoke.
upbraid
Rebuke; scold; criticize.
veracity
Truth; sincerity; honesty; candor.
voracious
1. Enthusiastic; overly eager. 2. Starving.
equivocate
Prevaricate; dodge; evade; hedge.
effervescent
Lively; volatile.
ruffian
Brutal person; cruel and sadistic person.
expedite
Speed up matters; accelerate; quicken.
conglomerate
Corporation; partnership; firm.
conundrum
Mystery; puzzle.
inclusive
All-encompassing; broad in scope; comprehensive.
sequester
Separate; isolate; segregate.
emulate
Model; pattern.
appease
Satisfy; make peace; placate.
officious
Meddlesome.
enervate
Exhaust or weaken; debilitate.
pejorative
Degrading; derogatory; negative.
intercede
Intervene; negotiate.
avow
Affirm; assert; declare; acknowledge.
denounce
Reprove; accuse; condemn.
linger
Loiter; remain; hesitate.
knoll
Hillock; mound.
naive
Foolishly simple; childlike.
bemoan
1. Experience pain or distress. 2. Express pity for; mourn.
levity
Lightness; frivolity.
dotard
Senile person.
gambol
Play; frolic; romp.
resilient
Elastic; stretchy; rebounding.
lethargy
Idleness; listlessness; passivity.
inveterate
Habitual; chronic.
peevish
Irritable; grouchy; ill-tempered.
panegyric
Elaborate praise, public compliment.
curmudgeon
Cantankerous person.
cucullate
Hood-shaped.
inauspicious
Unfavorable.
didactic
Pedantic; academic; for teaching.
percipient
Able to perceive or see things as they actually are.
impromptu
Makeshift; spontaneous.
strife
Conflict; turmoil; struggle.
authoritarian
1. Person who acts like a dictator; tyrant. 2. Disciplinarian.
accolade
Embrace; award; commendation.
incorrigible
Unruly; delinquent; incapable of reform.
cognate
Related by blood; having the same origin.
juxtapose
Place side by side.
tawdry
Gaudy; showy; loud.
needle
Provoke.
squalor
1. Severe poverty. 2. Filthiness.
ostracize
Exclude; isolate; bar; shun.
proclivity
Tendency; inclination; propensity.
apathy
Lack of concern; emotion or interest; indifference.
candid
Frank; blunt; open.
tirade
Diatribe; angry speech.
fickle
Capricious; erratic; spasmodic.
waver
Totter; fluctuate.
boisterous
Noisy; loud; violent; rowdy.
convoke
Convene; assemble.
irascible
Testy; touchy; irritable.
indenture
Contract binding a person to work for another.
acuity
Sharpness; acuteness; keenness.
entrench
Fortify; reinforce; secure.
exigent
Pressing; insistent; urgent.
conjugal
Matrimonial; nuptial; marital.
aesthete
Person who cultivates beauty or art; connoisseur.
felicity
Great happiness; bliss.
unfathomable
Baffling; puzzling; incomprehensible.
fathom
Measure; discover; perceive.
undulate
Move in a wavy manner.
diatribe
Extreme, bitter, and abusive speech; vituperation; tirade.
virulent
Fatal; lethal; toxic.
impervious
Airtight; sealed; impenetrable.
perspicacious
Astute; keen; perceptive.
copious
Plentiful; ample; profuse.
cease
Stop; end; halt.
writhe
Squirm; twist.
spurious
Bogus; false.
progeny
Heir; descendant; offspring.
variegated
Multicolored; polychromic; varied.
neologism
Newly coined phrase or expression.
effrontery
Impudence; nerve; gall.
surly
Choleric; rude; sullen.
plaudit
Enthusiastic expression.
fatuous
Ludicrous; inane; idiotic; silly.
vitriolic
Scathing; caustic.
opaque
Impenetrable by light; dull; dark; obscure.
euphonic
Agreeable to the ear.
bilk
Defraud; deceive; hoodwink.
iconoclasm
Attack on religious values or symbols.
primeval
Belonging to a primitive age.
contentious
Argumentative; pugnacious; quarrelsome.
enmesh
Tangle or involve.
effigy
Mannequin; likeness; image.
retrospection
Contemplation of past things.
peripheral
Marginal; outer; surrounding.
jollity
Gaiety; merriment.
engender
Generate; produce; cause.
fetid
Possessing an offensive smell; malodorous; foul; gamey.
inscrutable
Mysterious; perplexing.
optimum
Peak or prime; ideal.
ingenuous
Genuine; open; candid; frank.
partisan
Fan or supporter; enthusiast supporting a particular cause or issue.
acrimonious
Sarcastic; caustic; angry; mordant.
arable
Suitable for cultivation or plowing.
nadir
Lowest point.
guile
Wiliness; deceit; cunning.
clemency
Lenience; mercy; compassion.
dissonant
Cacophonous; inharmonious; discordant; strident.
dolt
Cretin; fool; dimwit; idiot.
dissuade
Obstruct; hinder; deter.
concomitant
Concurrent; attendant; occurring with something else.
ambulatory
Able to walk; not stationary.
bemused
Preoccupied by thought; bewildered; perplexed.
enigmatic
Cryptic; baffling; mysterious.
avarice
Extreme desire for wealth; greed; acquisitiveness.
polemical
Controversial; argumentative; debatable.
pique
Irritate; miff; offend.
charlatan
Fraud; person claiming knowledge he/she does not have; humbug; fake; hustler.
philistine
Barbarian; person lacking artistic judgment.
incongruous
Inconsistent; unsuitable; contradictory.
laxity
Carelessness; indifference.
malinger
Feign illness to escape work; shirk.
balm
Soothing ointment for pain or healing; salve.
truant
Indolent; absent; idle.
elegiac
Mournful; sorrowful; sad.
poignant
Intense; powerful; biting; piercing.
haughty
Arrogant; disdainful; blatantly proud; contemptuous.
dither
Commotion; turmoil.
extricate
Remove; loosen; untie.
mire
Mud; slime; muck.
upshot
Final result; conclusion; end.
taper
Diminish; thin; narrow.
guzzle
Gulp; swill; consume to excess.
diminution
Decrease; reduction.
parochial
Religious; restricted.
impugn
Denounce; censor; attack.
adjunct
1. Attachment; appendage. 2. Subordinate or auxiliary capacity.
placid
Sincere; tranquil; composed; sedate.
prodigious
Exceptional; impressive; of huge quantity; immense.
kinetic
Caused by motion; dynamic.
confluence
Nexus; union; meeting; conflux.
sybarite
Someone devoted to luxury; pleasure-seeker.
credulous
Gullible; unsuspecting; naive.
torpor
Lethargy; apathy; dormancy.
embroil
Implicate; enmesh; involve.
noisome
Noxious to health.
corpulence
Stoutness; obesity.
fallible
Faulty; imperfect.
surfeit
Overabundance; excess; surplus.
belated
Tardy; overdue.
aberration
Deviation from what is correct or right.
emasculate
Deprive of strength.
paucity
Scarcity; shortage; dearth.
exorcise
Cast out evil spirits; expel demons.
coercion
Intimidation; duress; force; compulsion.
dilatory
Lackadaisical; lazy; remiss.
emanate
Radiate; flow from; emit.
demagogue
Incendiary; agitator; opportunist.
ethereal
Incorporeal; intangible; airy.
unkempt
Uncombed; messy; untidy.
lampoon
Mock; ridicule.
barren
1. Infertile; impotent. 2. Arid; unproductive.
plaintive
Sad; mournful; pathetic.
polyphony
Music with two or more melodies blended together.
egregious
Flagrant; glaring; outrageous.
obviate
Make unnecessary.
abstruse
Concealed; difficult to comprehend; obscure.
apocryphal
False; unauthenticated; disputed.
desecrate
Contaminate; profane; defile.
ennui
Dullness; boredom; monotony.
buttress
Truss; foundation; support.
anomaly
Abnormality; deviation from the general rule; irregularity.
reverent
Devout; solemn; worshipful.
lamentation
Complaint; moan.
zenith
Apex; summit; peak.
adept
Proficient; masterful; expert.
disoblige
Slight or offend.
disaffected
Disillusioned; dissatisfied; discontented.
broach
Introduce; bring up; mention.
circuitous
Indirect; roundabout; rambling.
knave
A dishonest, deceitful person; a rogue.
incisive
Perceptive; astute.
grovel
Act in a servile way; cringe; kneel.
diligent
Assiduous; studious; hard-working.
pastiche
Hodgepodge; literary or musical piece imitating other works.
duplicity
Cunning; fraud; trickery; deception.
perfidy
Deliberate breach of faith or trust; treachery.
ostentatious
Conspicuous; showy.
dispassionate
Imperturbable; unemotional; calm; composed.
nascent
Beginning; embryonic; incipient.
erudition
Learning; knowledge; enlightenment.
hamper
Hinder; frustrate; impede.
lassitude
Fatigue; weariness; debility.
precocious
Showing premature development.
heretic
Nihilist; infidel; radical; dissenter.
assuage
Ease; make less burdensome; mitigate.
kudos
Credit or praise for an achievement; glory.
ludicrous
Outlandish; silly; ridiculous.
deleterious
Destructive; poisonous; unhealthy.
paltry
Minor; petty; insignificant.
antediluvian
Ancient; antiquated; obsolete.
prescient
Showing foresight; predicting events before they occur.
temerity
Rashness; audacity; recklessness.
vilify
Defame; denigrate.
maladroit
Clumsy; unskilled.
obdurate
Stubborn; intractable.
audacity
Boldness or adventurousness; gall.
hallow
Make holy; consecrate; sanctify.
forswear
Repudiate; forsake; eschew.
alacrity
Eagerness; zeal; speed.
disband
Disperse; dissipate; scatter; dispel.
noxious
Harmful; malignant.
hoary
Frosted; grey; grizzled.
ignoramus
Moron; fool; dimwit.
stratagem
Plot; tactic; deception.
dawdle
Procrastinate; loiter; idle; dally.
contrite
Penitent; apologetic; remorseful.
impregnable
Invincible; invulnerable; unable to be captured or entered.
coalesce
Combine; incorporate; merge.

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