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This list consists of 300 common SAT words, and is a relatively difficult vocabulary. If you finish basic list, it's an optional to study. These words are common in SAT test but not common in daily. So for many students half or more of the vocabulary are new words. To help study and understand, each word has definition and example. In addition, lots of quizzes are also provided, such as matching and spelling. For matching quiz, each word has 4 optional definitions to match. For spelling quiz, you can input word from keyboard, what your input will be checked real time, and you may see result immediately. If you are ESL, you may select definition from 20 languages to combine with original English definition. This is handy and fun tool to build SAT common words.


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eccentric: Read
/ɪk'sɛntrɪk/ a. Syn. irregular; odd; whimsical; bizarre
departing from a recognized, conventional, or established norm or pattern
People came up with some eccentric ideas for dealing with the emergency: someone even suggested tieing a knot in the comet's tail!.

eclectic: Read
/ɪ'klɛktɪk/ a.
composed of elements from a variety of sources
His style of interior decoration was eclectic: bits and pieces of furnishings from widely divergent periods, strikingly juxtaposed to create a unique decor.

edifice: Read
/'ɛdɪfɪs/ n. Syn. skyscraper
building, especially one of imposing appearance or size; a structure that has a roof and walls
To him this edifice is a beautiful structure, although it will never be finished.

efface: Read
/ɪ'feɪs/ v. Syn. erase
rub or wipe out; make indistinct as if by rubbing
He handled the coin so many times to efface its date.

effigy: Read
/'ɛfɪdʒɪ/ n. Syn. dummy
crude figure or dummy representing a hated person or group; likeness or image, especially of a person
The mob showed its irritation by hanging the judge in effigy.

effusive: Read
/ɪ'fju:sɪv/ a.
pouring forth; uttered with unrestrained enthusiasm
Her effusive manner of greeting her friends finally began to irritate them.

egregious: Read
/ɪ'gri:dʒəs/ a. Syn. notorious
notorious; conspicuously bad or shocking
She was an egregious liar; we all knew better than to believe a word she said.

egress: Read
/'i:grɛs/ n. Syn. exit
act of coming or going out; emergence; right to leave; path or opening for going out
The wounded were transported as tenderly as possible out of the main egress from the bowl, it being impractical to use the other.

eloquent: Read
/'ɛləkwənt/ a. Syn. expressive; persuasive
vividly or movingly expressive; persuasive
My cousins, full of exhilaration, were so eloquent in narrative and comment, that their fluency covered him.

elucidate: Read
/ɪ'lu:sɪdeɪt/ v. Syn. explain; enlighten
make clear or plain, especially by explanation; clarify
He was called upon to elucidate the disputed points in his article.

elusive: Read
/ɪ'lu:sɪv/ a.
difficult to describe; difficult to detect or grasp by mind
Trying to pin down exactly when the contractors would be finished remodeling the house, Nancy was frustrated by their elusive replies.

emaciated: Read
/ɪ'meɪʃɪeɪtɪd/ a.
very thin especially from disease or hunger
His long period of starvation had left him emaciated.

emancipate: Read
/ɪ'mænsɪpeɪt/ v. Syn. liberate; free; release
free from bondage, oppression, or restraint; liberate
At first, the attempts to emancipate the slaves were unpopular in New England as well as in the South.

embezzle: Read
/ɪm'bɛz(ə)l/ v.
steal or misappropriate money that one has been trusted with, especially to steal money from one's employer
She is accused of attempting to embezzle $405 million from the state while heading a gas company in the 1990s

emerge: Read
/ɪ'mɜrdʒ/ v. Syn. appear
come into prominence; spring up; appear
New cases continue to emerge on an almost daily basis.

emulate: Read
/'ɛmjʊleɪt/ v. Syn. imitate; rival
be a match or counterpart for; eager to equal or excel
In a brief essay, describe a person you admire, someone whose virtues you would like to emulate.

endorse: Read
/ɪn'dɔ:s/ v. Syn. approve; support
acknowledge by signing a bill, draft, or other instrument; approve; support
Does John endorse all of the comments attached to his articles?

endurance: Read
/ɪn'djʊərəns/;/ɪn'dʊərəns/ n. Syn. perseverance; stamina; duration
perseverance; state or fact of persevering; continuing existence
Through hard work and endurance, we will complete this project.

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 300 Common SAT Words - QuizMore Quizzes Show Quiz 
articulate  Read
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expressing oneself easily in clear and effective language
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besiege or attack; harass; surround with troops
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firm dislike; turning away; avoidance of a thing, situation, or behavior because of dislike
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examine in order to verify authenticity; arrange in order
artifice  Read
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present at birth; inborn; innate
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nonbeliever; one who denies the existence of god
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subtle but base deception; trickery; cleverness or skill; ingenuity
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expressing oneself easily in clear and effective language
artisan  Read
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manually skilled worker; craftsman, as opposed to artist
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beastlike; brutal; lacking in intelligence or reason
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carried to the utmost extent or degree; of the highest quality; complete; perfect
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besiege or attack; harass; surround with troops
atheist  Read
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general agreement or accord; opinion reached by a group as a whole
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beastlike; brutal; lacking in intelligence or reason
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riddle; difficult problem; dilemma
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nonbeliever; one who denies the existence of god
beleaguer  Read
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subtle but base deception; trickery; cleverness or skill; ingenuity
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besiege or attack; harass; surround with troops
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difficult to describe; difficult to detect or grasp by mind
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nonbeliever; one who denies the existence of god
bemoan  Read
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regret strongly; express disapproval of
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rub or wipe out; make indistinct as if by rubbing
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carried to the utmost extent or degree; of the highest quality; complete; perfect
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present at birth; inborn; innate
coalesce  Read
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combine; fuse; grow together; come together so as to form one whole; unite
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vividly or movingly expressive; persuasive
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modern; belonging to the same period of time
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difficult to describe; difficult to detect or grasp by mind
cogitate  Read
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mislead; delude; deceive by guile
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regret strongly; express disapproval of
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think earnestly or studiously; meditate; ponder; think deeply
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firm dislike; turning away; avoidance of a thing, situation, or behavior because of dislike
conundrum  Read
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difficult to describe; difficult to detect or grasp by mind
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besiege or attack; harass; surround with troops
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mildness, as of the weather; merciful, kind, or lenient act
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riddle; difficult problem; dilemma
diurnal  Read
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subtle but base deception; trickery; cleverness or skill; ingenuity
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examine in order to verify authenticity; arrange in order
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daily; relating to or occurring in a 24-hour period
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place of refuge or shelter; protection
 300 Common SAT Words - SpellMore Exercises Show Exercise 
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/'ɑrkɪtaɪp/ n. Syn. prototype
prototype; original model or type after which other similar things are patterned
The Brooklyn Bridge was the [___] of the many spans that now connect Manhattan with Long Island and New Jersey.


Spelling Word: archetype
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/ə'tɛnjʊeɪt/ v. Syn. weaken
make slender, fine, or small; weaken; lessen density of
By withdrawing their forces, the generals hoped to [___] the enemy lines.


Spelling Word: attenuate
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/bə'nɑrl/;/'beɪnl/ a. Syn. dull; commonplace; trite
obvious and dull; commonplace; lacking originality
The writer made his comic sketch seem [___], only a few people liked it.


Spelling Word: banal
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/bɪ'li:gə(r)/ v. Syn. harass
besiege or attack; harass; surround with troops
The babysitter is surrounded by a crowd of unmanageable brats who relentlessly [___] her.


Spelling Word: beleaguer
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/koʊ'ɛrfɛn/ n.
use of force to get someone to obey
The inquisitors used both physical and psychological [___] to force Joan of Arc to deny that her visions were sent by God.


Spelling Word: coercion
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/'kɒlɑrʒ/;/kə'lɑrʒ/ n.
work of art put together from fragments
Scraps of cloth, paper doilies, and old photographs all went into her [___].


Spelling Word: collage
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/'kɔ:pjʊlənt/ a. Syn. fat
very fat; large in body; overweight
The [___] man resolved to reduce.


Spelling Word: corpulent
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/dɪ'spærɪtɪ/ n. Syn. difference
difference; condition or fact of being unequal, as in age, rank, or degree
Their [___] in rank made no difference at all to the prince and Cinderella.


Spelling Word: disparity
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/daɪ'ɜrn(ə)l/ a. Syn. daily
daily; relating to or occurring in a 24-hour period
A farmer cannot neglect his [___] tasks at any time; cows, for example, must be milked regularly.


Spelling Word: diurnal
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/'dju:bɪəs/;/'du:bɪəs/ a. Syn. questionable
questionable; filled with doubt
Abroad, Obama is ready to deploy military might in [___] causes defined by the country's hawkish defense establishment.


Spelling Word: dubious