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Top 500 SAT Words 1

This is a hot list of 500 SAT words with definitions on Internet, effective but not very long. Many students work on it just before SAT exam. We update some definitions in this release to simplify your job. It offers 2 sets of balanced SAT words in middle size and middle difficulty. For students who are looking for a quick list of SAT words with definitions, this is a very popular option. Most students can study/review these SAT words in 2 weeks; some can even finish in 1 week. In such a short time to get a high frequent 500 SAT vocabulary is a wonderful job. The vocabulary basically only has words with definition, so its fundamental goal is to improve reading ability in a timeframe as short as possible. If you are hurry to prepare SAT’s reading test, never miss these words!


abate: Read
subside; decrease; become less in amount or intensity

aberration: Read
deviation, not normal

abhor: Read
fill with horror and loathing; horrify; hate

abstruse: Read
obscure; profound; difficult to understand.

accost: Read
approach and speak to boldly or aggressively, as with demand or request

acrimony: Read
bitter animosity

acumen: Read
mental keenness; quickness of perception

adamant: Read
extremely hard; inflexible; stubbornly unyielding

adept: Read
expert at; very skilled; having or showing knowledge and skill and aptitude

adroit: Read
skillful and adept under pressing conditions

affected: Read
speaking or behaving in artificial way; emotionally stirred or moved; infected or attacked

alacrity: Read
cheerful promptness or willingness; eagerness; speed or quickness

aloocate: Read
assign, portion

altruistic: Read
unselfishly generous; concerned for others

amenable: Read
responsive to advice or suggestion; responsible to higher authority; willing to comply with; agreeable

amiable: Read
good-natured and likable; lovable; warmly friendly

amicable: Read
exhibiting friendliness or goodwill; not quarrelsome

antediluvian: Read
antiquated; extremely old and ancient; belonging to very ancient times

anthropology: Read
social science that studies origins and social relationships of human beings

antipathy: Read
strong feeling of aversion; dislike

apathetic: Read
feeling or showing a lack of interest or concern; indifferent

apt: Read
likely; exactly suitable; appropriate; quick to learn or understand

arcane: Read
secret; mysterious; known only to the initiated

ascendancy: Read
superiority or decisive advantage; domination

ascetic: Read
leading a life of self-discipline and self-denial; austere

aspire: Read
seek to attain; long for; strive toward an end

assail: Read
assault; attack with or as if with violent blows

assiduous: Read
constant in application or attention; diligent; unceasing or persistent

assuage: Read
ease or lessen pain; satisfy or appease

atrophy: Read
wasting away; decrease in size; reduction in the functionality of an organ caused by disease

attenuate: Read
make slender, fine, or small; weaken; lessen density of

august: Read
impressive; majestic; inspiring awe or admiration

aura: Read
air, feeling

auspicious: Read
attended by favorable circumstances; marked by success; prosperous

autocrat: Read
dictator; ruler having unlimited power

automaton: Read
mechanism that imitates actions of humans

avarice: Read
greediness for wealth; insatiable desire of gain

banal: Read
obvious and dull; commonplace; lacking originality

barrage: Read
artificial obstruction; heavy curtain of artillery fire; rapid, concentrated discharge of missiles

belie: Read
contradict; give a false impression

belligerent: Read
inclined or eager to fight; aggressive

benevolent: Read
generous in providing aid to others; charitable

bequeath: Read
leave to someone by a will; hand down

berate: Read
rebuke or scold angrily and at length

bitartisanship: Read
supported by two opposing parties

blighted: Read
suffering from a disease; destroyed, ruined, or spoiled

bog: Read
marsh, swamp

bolster: Read
support or prop up with or as if with a long narrow pillow or cushion

bombastic: Read
pompous; using inflated language; high-sounding but with little meaning

boorish: Read
rude and clumsy in behavior; ungentlemanly; awkward in manners

buoyant: Read
able to float; cheerful and optimistic

burgeon: Read
grow forth; send out buds; grow or develop rapidly

buttress: Read
support physically; prop up; support something or someone by supplying evidence

byzantine: Read
convoluted, complex

cacophonous: Read
discordant; inharmonious; sounding harshly; ill-sounding

cajole: Read
influence or urge by gentle urging or flattering

callous: Read
emotionally hardened; unfeeling; toughened

cantankerous: Read
ill humored; irritable; marked by ill-tempered contradiction or opposition; ugly; malicious

capricious: Read
fickle; impulsive and unpredictable; apt to change opinions suddenly

castigate: Read
criticize severely; punish; revise or make corrections to publication

caustic: Read
capable of burning, corroding, dissolving, or eating away by chemical action

censorious: Read
critical; addicted to censure; severe in making remarks on others, or on their writings or manners; implying or expressing censure

censure: Read
expression of strong disapproval or harsh criticism; blame

cerebral: Read
relating to the brain or cerebrum; intellectual rather than emotional

chagrin: Read
anxiety caused by humiliation or injured pride; disappointment

charlatan: Read
quack; one who pretends to knowledge, skill, or importance

chastise: Read
punish, as by beating; criticize severely; rebuke

chide: Read
scold mildly so as to correct or improve; express disapproval

churlish: Read
difficult to work with; rude; unyielding; unmanageable

circuitous: Read
being or taking a roundabout, lengthy course; going round in a circuit; not direct

circumscribe: Read
limit narrowly; confine; draw a line around; encircle

circumvent: Read
surround an enemy; enclose or entrap; beat by cleverness and wit

clandestine: Read
secret; conducted with or marked by hidden aims or methods

coalesce: Read
combine; fuse; grow together; come together so as to form one whole; unite

compendious: Read
succinct

complacency: Read
feeling of contented self-satisfaction, especially when unaware of upcoming trouble

compliant: Read
yielding to request or desire; ready to accommodate; disposed or willing to comply

conciliate: Read
compromising, apologizing

concur: Read
agree

conflagration: Read
large destructive fire; burning; large-scale military conflict

confluence: Read
act of two things flowing together; junction or meeting place where two things meet

congenial: Read
compatible

conscientious: Read
diligent; responsible; reliable

consternation: Read
intense state of fear or dismay; astonishment combined with terror

contempt: Read
state of being despised or dishonored; disgrace; disobedience to, or open disrespect of

contemptible: Read
worthy of contempt; deserving of scorn or disdain; mean

contentious: Read
quarrelsome; disagreeable; marked by heated arguments or controversy

convivial: Read
festive; occupied with or fond of the pleasures of good company

copious: Read
plentiful; containing plenty; affording ample supply

corroborate: Read
establish or strengthen as with new evidence or facts; support with evidence

cosmopolitan: Read
sophisticated; of worldwide scope

credulity: Read
readiness of belief; disposition to believe on slight evidence

culpable: Read
blameworthy

cursory: Read
casual; brief or broad; not cautious, nor detailed

dauntless: Read
bold; incapable of being discouraged; fearless

dearth: Read
scarcity; shortage of food; famine from failure or loss of crops

debacle: Read
sudden downfall; complete disaster

debilitate: Read
make weak; enfeeble; impair the strength of

debunk: Read
expose as false, exaggerated, worthless; ridicule

decimate: Read
destroy or kill a large part of; select by lot and kill one in every ten of

decorum: Read
propriety in manners and conduct; good taste in manners; conventions or requirements of polite behavior

deference: Read
willingness to carry out the wishes of others; great respect

degredation: Read
humiliation

deleterious: Read
having harmful effect; injurious; having quality of destroying life; noxious; poisonous

delineate: Read
portray; depict; draw or trace outline of; sketch out

demonstrative: Read
openly emotional

demure: Read
modest and reserved in manner or behavior

demystify: Read
clarify; free from mystery or obscurity

denigrate: Read
blacken; defame; attack reputation of; degrade

depose: Read
force to leave; remove from office

depravity: Read
extreme corruption or degradation; wickedness

deprecate: Read
express disapproval of; protest against; belittle

depreciation: Read
devaluation; decrease in price or value

deride: Read
ridicule; make fun of; laugh at with contempt

derivative: Read
unoriginal; derived from another source

derogatory: Read
expressing low opinion; disparaging; belittling

desecration: Read
violate the sacredness of

despondent: Read
in low spirits from loss of hope or courage

despot: Read
tyrant; harsh, authoritarian ruler; eastern Orthodox bishop

destitute: Read
extremely poor; utterly lacking; devoid

deterrent: Read
something that discourages; tending to deter

devoid: Read
completely lacking; barren or empty

didactic: Read
excessively morally instructive

diffident: Read
shy

diffuse: Read
spread out widely; scatter freely; pour out and cause to spread freely

digress(ion): Read
stray from the subject at hand

dilatory: Read
tending to waste time

diminutive: Read
below the average size; very small; little

dire: Read
urgent, dreadful

discern: Read
detect; perceive

discomfited: Read
disappointed, defeated

discount: Read
give reduction in price on

disheartening: Read
discouraging

disillusionment: Read
disenchantment, disappointment

disingenuous: Read
giving a false appearance of frankness; not straightforward or candid; insincere or calculating

disparage: Read
belittle; speak of in a slighting or disrespectful way; reduce in esteem or rank

dispassionate: Read
calm; impartial; unaffected by strong emotion or prejudice

dispel: Read
scatter; drive away; cause to vanish

disputatious: Read
argumentative; fond of arguing; inclined to dispute

disquiet: Read
make uneasy or anxious; trouble

disseminate: Read
distribute; spread; scatter like seeds

distaste: Read
dislike, aversion

divergent: Read
differing; tending to move apart in different directions

divisive: Read
creating conflict

divulge: Read
reveal; make known to public

doctrine: Read
principles presented for belief, as by religious; principle of law; act of teaching; instruction

dormant: Read
sleeping; not active but capable of becoming active

dupe: Read
easily deceived person; duplicate of photographic image

duplicitous: Read
deliberately deceptive

ebullient: Read
showing excitement; overflowing with enthusiasm

eclectic: Read
composed of elements from a variety of sources

efface: Read
rub or wipe out; make indistinct as if by rubbing

effervesce: Read
bubble, fizz

egalitarian: Read
belief in equality

elated: Read
overjoyed; extremely happy and excited

elicit: Read
draw out; bring forth or to light; generate or provoke as response or answer

elucidate: Read
make clear or plain, especially by explanation; clarify

elude: Read
avoid cleverly; escape perception of

elusive: Read
difficult to describe; difficult to detect or grasp by mind

embitter: Read
make worse

embroiled: Read
throw into confusion; deeply involved especially in something complicated

empathetic: Read
compassionate

empirical: Read
derived from experiment and observation rather than theory

encompass: Read
surround; form a circle or ring around; enclose; envelop

encroaching: Read
intrusive

encumbrance: Read
burden

enigma: Read
puzzle; difficult problem

enumerate: Read
list each one; mention one by one

ephemeral: Read
short-lived; enduring a very short time

epiphany: Read
sudden realization

epitome: Read
representative or perfect example of a class or type; brief summary, as of a book or article

equanimity: Read
calmness of temperament; steadiness of mind under stress.

equitable: Read
marked by or having equity; just and impartial

equivocal: Read
open to two or more interpretations and often intended to mislead

erudite: Read
learned; scholarly, with emphasis on knowledge gained from books

esoteric: Read
hard to understand; known only in a particular group

estrange: Read
alienate

eulogy: Read
expression of praise, often on the occasion of someone's death

evoke: Read
bring out; arouse; call forth

exacting: Read
making severe demands; rigorous; requiring great care, effort, or attention

excavate: Read
unearth; dig out; make a hole in; hollow out

exemplar: Read
representative example

exhibitionist: Read
deliberately behaving a certain way to attract attention

exhort: Read
urge on or encourage, especially by shouts; make urgent appeal

exorbitant: Read
greatly exceeding bounds of reason or moderation; exceeding proper limits

expedient: Read
suitable; appropriate to a purpose; serving to promote your interest

expose: Read
set forth; set out to public view

extol: Read
praise highly; glorify; celebrate

extricate: Read
free, as from difficulties or perplexities; cause to be emitted or evolved

facile: Read
done or achieved with little effort or difficulty; ready or fluent

faction: Read
a party of persons having a common end in view

fallacious: Read
false; tending to mislead; deceptive

fallacy: Read
deceptive or false appearance; false notion; deception

fanaticism: Read
excessive zeal; extreme devotion to a belief or cause

fastidious: Read
difficult to please; having complicated requirements; excessively particular demanding about details

fathom: Read
measure the depth; come to understand

felicitious: Read
well-suited, happy

finesse: Read
refinement and delicacy of performance; skillful, subtle handling

flagrant: Read
obvious and offensive, blatant, scandalous; flaming into notice

flippant: Read
lacking proper seriousness; speaking freely; talkative; communicative

florid: Read
reddish; elaborately or excessively ornamented

flummox: Read
confuse

folly: Read
foolishness; lack of good sense, understanding, or foresight

foolhardy: Read
rash; marked by unthinking boldness

forlorn: Read
sad and lonely; wretched; abandoned or left behind

fortitude: Read
bravery; force; power to attack or to resist attack

fortuitous: Read
accidental; by chance; coming or occurring without any cause

fraudulent: Read
cheating; deceitful; planning or using fraud; given to practice of fraud

frugal: Read
sparing; economical; costing little; inexpensive

furor: Read
great excitement; public disorder or uproar

furtive: Read
marked by quiet and caution and secrecy

futile: Read
useless; having no useful result; vain

gait: Read
manner of walking or stepping; bearing or carriage while moving; walk; rate of moving

gallant: Read
courtly; lively and spirited; having or displaying great dignity or nobility

gargantuan: Read
huge; of a tremendous size, volume, degree

garish: Read
over-bright in color; tastelessly showy

genial: Read
friendly; cordial; having a pleasant or friendly disposition or manner

germinate: Read
cause to sprout or grow; come into existence

glutton: Read
person who eats too much food and drink

grandiose: Read
impressive from inherent grandeur; large and impressive, in size, scope or extent

hackneyed: Read
repeated too often; over familiar through overuse

hamper: Read
put at disadvantage; prevent progress or free movement of

hardy: Read
in robust and good health; able to survive under unfavorable conditions

hasten: Read
accelerate; quicken

heresy: Read
opinion contrary to popular belief; opinion contrary to accepted religion

histrionic: Read
characteristic of acting or stage performance

hubris: Read
excessive pride or self-confidence