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Top 500 SAT Words 2



idiosyncrasy: Read
behavioral attribute that is distinctive and peculiar to an individual

idyllic: Read
excellent and delightful in all respects

ignominy: Read
deep disgrace; shame or dishonor

illicit: Read
illegal; unlawful; not authorized or permitted

impasse: Read
road or passage having no exit; deadlock

imperious: Read
urgent or pressing; able to deal authoritatively; dictatorial

impetuous: Read
marked by sudden and violent force; hasty; impulsive and passionate

impudence: Read
offensively bold behavior; trait of being rude

inane: Read
silly; senseless; unconsciously foolish; void

incongruity: Read
quality of disagreeing; being unsuitable and inappropriate

incredulous: Read
difficult to believe; incredible; skeptical

incriminate: Read
accuse of a crime or other wrongful act; suggest that someone is guilty

incubate: Read
hatch; develop under favorable conditions

indeterminate: Read
uncertain; not clearly fixed; indefinite

indictment: Read
formally accuse of a crime

indigenuous: Read
native to a region

indignant: Read
affected with indignation; wrathful; passionate; irate; feeling wrath by unworthy or unjust treatment

indiscriminate: Read
choosing at random; not marked by fine distinctions

indolent: Read
lazy; slow to heal, grow, or develop; inactive

indomitable: Read
unconquerable; incapable of being overcome

induce: Read
persuade; bring about; reason or establish by induction

indulgent: Read
yielding; lenient; forbearing or tolerant

ineffable: Read
unutterable; cannot be expressed in speech

ineptitude: Read
incompetence

inert: Read
inactive; lacking power to move; unable to move or act

ingenuous: Read
naive and trusting; young; unsophisticated

inherent: Read
firmly established by nature or habit

inhibit: Read
restrain; prevent or forbid; hold back

innate: Read
possessed at birth; inborn

innocuous: Read
having no adverse effect; harmless

innuendo: Read
hint; indirect implication , usually malicious

inscrutable: Read
impenetrable; not readily understood; mysterious

insipid: Read
lacking flavor or zest; not tasty; dull

insolence: Read
scornful treatment; insulting speech or conduct

instigate: Read
goad or urge forward; provoke; incite

insular: Read
of isolated people, especially having a narrow viewpoint

intrepid: Read
fearless; indicating or springing from courage

inundate: Read
overwhelm; cover with water, especially floodwaters

invoke: Read
call upon; ask for; request earnestly

irate: Read
feeling or showing extreme anger; enraged

irony: Read
expression by deliberate contrast between apparent and intended meaning; witty language used to insult

irreverent: Read
disrespectful; showing lack of due respect; not revering god

jaded: Read
fatigued dulled by surfeit; exhausted; worn out; wearied

jocular: Read
humorous, amusing or joking; sportive; not serious

jovial: Read
good-natured; marked by good cheer; cheerful and good-humored

judicious: Read
exhibiting good judgment or sound thinking; prudent

lackadaisical: Read
lacking purpose or zest; halfhearted; lacking spirit or liveliness

laconic: Read
brief; effectively cut short; marked by use of few words

laggard: Read
slow; sluggish; wasting time

languid: Read
lacking energy or vitality; weak; sluggish; lacking spirit or liveliness

latent: Read
present or potential but not evident or active; dormant; hidden

laud: Read
give praise to; glorify; celebrate or honor

listless: Read
lacking in spirit or energy to exert effort

lithe: Read
flexible; moving and bending with ease

lucid: Read
easily understood; clear; intelligible

lucrative: Read
profitable; producing good profit

lull: Read
moment of calm; a period of calm weather; temporary quiet and rest

lurid: Read
causing shock or horror; gruesome

luxuriant: Read
abundant; rich and splendid; fertile

magnanimous: Read
generous; high-minded; chivalrous

malleable: Read
capable of being shaped by pounding; impressionable

marred: Read
damaged or disfigured by injury or rough wear

maudlin: Read
tearfully sentimental; over-emotional; sickly-sentimental

melancholy: Read
gloomy; feeling of thoughtful sadness; affected by depression

mercenary: Read
interested in making money; profit oriented; hired for service in foreign army

mercurial: Read
capricious; liable to sudden unpredictable change; quick and changeable in temperament

miserly: Read
indicative of lack of generosity; cautious with money

mitigate: Read
make less severe or harsh; moderate

modicum: Read
limited quantity; small or moderate amount; any small thing

morose: Read
ill humored; sullen; depressingly dark; gloomy; persistent

motley: Read
multi-colored; mixed; having elements of great variety

multifarious: Read
varied; greatly diversified; made up of many differing parts

nebulous: Read
lacking definite form or limits; hazy; cloudy

nefarious: Read
very wicked; infamous by being extremely wicked

neophyte: Read
recent convert to a belief; one newly initiated

notoriety: Read
known for some unfavorable act or quality; bad or ill fame

noxious: Read
harmful to living things; injurious to health

nuance: Read
subtle or slight degree of difference; small difference in meaning

obdurate: Read
hardened in wrongdoing or wickedness; not giving in to persuasion

obstinate: Read
stubbornly adhering to an attitude or opinion; hard to control or treat

officious: Read
marked by excessive eagerness in offering unwanted services or advice to others

onerous: Read
burdensome or oppressive; not easily borne; wearing

opportunist: Read
one who takes advantage of any chance to achieve an end, with no regard for principles or consequences

oracle: Read
answer of god; communications, revelations, or messages delivered by god to the prophets

orthodox: Read
traditional; conservative in belief; adhering to established faith, especially in religion

ostensible: Read
put forth or held out as real, actual, or intended; proper or intended to be shown

oversight: Read
unintentional omission or mistake; watchful care or management; supervision

pacifist: Read
one opposed to force; antimilitarist

pacify: Read
ease anger or agitation of; make calm or quiet; end war or violence

painstaking: Read
extremely careful and diligent work or effort; taking of pains

palliate: Read
lessen violence of disease; moderate intensity; gloss over with excuses

paradigm: Read
one that serves as a pattern or model; system of assumptions, concepts, and practices that constitutes a way of viewing reality

parch: Read
burn surface of; roast over fire, as dry grain; dry to extremity

parody: Read
work or performance that imitates another work or performance with ridicule or irony; make fun of

partisan: Read
one-sided; prejudiced; committed to a party

patronize: Read
act as a patron to; support or sponsor

paucity: Read
scarcity; smallness of number; fewness

pedant: Read
one who is overly concerned with formal rules and trivial points of learning

peevish: Read
unpleasant

penchant: Read
strong inclination; definite liking

penurious: Read
cheap, stingy

peremptory: Read
offensively self-assured; dictatorial; not allowing contradiction or refusal

perfunctory: Read
done routinely and with little interest or care; acting with indifference; showing little interest or care

peripheral: Read
located in outer boundary; unimportant; auxiliary

perquisite: Read
any gain above stipulated salary; extra payment

petulant: Read
easily irritated or annoyed; unreasonably irritable or ill-tempered

philanthropist: Read
person who loves mankind in general; very generous person or institution

piety: Read
religious devotion and reverence to God; devout act, thought, or statement; godliness

placate: Read
appease or pacify; bring peace to

placid: Read
peaceful; tranquil; calm or quiet

plasticity: Read
ability to be molded, formed, or modeled; quality or state of being plastic

plausible: Read
likely but not certain to be or become true or real

plethora: Read
excess; over-fullness in any respect; superabundance

pliable: Read
flexible; yielding; easily bent or shaped

polemical: Read
aggressive in verbal attack; disputatious

prattle: Read
speak about unimportant matters rapidly and incessantly; talk artlessly and childishly

precarious: Read
uncertain; risky; dangerously lacking in security or stability

precipitate: Read
rash; moving rapidly and heedlessly; speeding headlong; occurring suddenly

preclude: Read
make impossible, as by action taken in advance; prevent; eliminate

precocious: Read
advanced in development; appearing or developing early

presumptuous: Read
overconfident; going beyond what is right or proper; excessively forward

pretext: Read
excuse; something serving to conceal plans; fictitious reason

prevaricator: Read
liar

procure: Read
bring into possession; cause to accrue to, or to come into possession of; cause to come

prodigious: Read
impressively great in size, force, or extent; enormous

profound: Read
deep; not superficial; far-reaching

profuse: Read
in great quantity or abundance; bountiful; exceedingly liberal

prohibitive: Read
tending to discourage; prohibiting; forbidding

proliferate: Read
grow rapidly; propagate; reproduce

prolific: Read
producing offspring or fruit in great abundance; fertile

pronouncement: Read
formal declaration

propensity: Read
natural inclination; tendency or preference; predilection

proponent: Read
one who argues in support of something; advocate; backer

prosaic: Read
dull and unimaginative; matter-of-fact; factual

prospective: Read
being within view or consideration, as a future event or contingency; relating to the future: expected

provident: Read
displaying foresight; providing carefully for future; preparing for emergencies

provincial: Read
relating to a province; limited in outlook; unsophisticated

punctillious: Read
meticulous, attentive to detail

pundit: Read
authority on a subject; learned person; expert

quell: Read
extinguish; put down forcibly; suppress; pacify or quiet

quixotic: Read
idealistic without regard to practicality

rampant: Read
unrestrained and violent; occurring without restraint

ramshackle: Read
of very poor quality or condition; loose-jointed; ill-made; out of gear or repair

rancor: Read
bitter, long-lasting resentment; deep-seated ill will; hatred

rapport: Read
emotional closeness; harmony; relationship of mutual trust or emotional affinity

ratify: Read
approve formally; confirm; verify

raucous: Read
harsh and rough-sounding; disturbing public peace; loud and rough

ravenous: Read
extremely hungry; voracious; eager for prey

raze: Read
destroy completely; scrape or shave off

reap: Read
gain; harvest a crop from; get or derive; obtain as a result of effort

rebuttal: Read
proving to be false or incorrect; response with contrary evidence

recalcitrant: Read
obstinately stubborn; determined to resist authority

recant: Read
retract a previous statement; sing over again; utter repeatedly in song

recessive: Read
tending to go backward

recluse: Read
one who lives in solitude; withdrawn from the world; reclusive

rectify: Read
set right; correct by calculation or adjustment

redolent: Read
fragrant; odorous; suggestive of odor

refutation: Read
arguing that a claim is false

regressive: Read
tending to return or revert

relegate: Read
assign to obscure place, position, or condition; delegate; assign

relinquish: Read
give up something with reluctance; retire from; give up or abandon

renounce: Read
abandon; disown; turn away from; give up

repertory: Read
place, such as a storehouse, where a stock of things is kept; storage; entire range of skills or aptitudes

reprehensible: Read
deserving blame; admonition; blameworthy

reprimand: Read
reprove severely, especially in a formal or official way; rebuke formally; censure severely or angrily

reproach: Read
express disapproval or disappointment; bring shame upon; disgrace

repudiate: Read
disown; refuse to acknowledge; reject validity or authority of

repugnant: Read
arousing disgust or aversion; offensive or repulsive; hateful

rescind: Read
cancel; make void; repeal or annul

reticent: Read
inclined to keep silent; reserved; uncommunicative.

reverent: Read
respectful; worshipful; impressed with veneration or deep respect

rhetorical: Read
relating to skill of using language effectively and persuasively; insincere in language

rouse: Read
become active; excite, as to anger or action; stir up; awaken

sage: Read
one celebrated for wisdom, experience, and judgment; various plants of the genus Salvia

sanctimonious: Read
excessively or hypocritically pious; possessing sanctity; sacred; holy; saintly; religious

sanction: Read
give authorization or approval to something; penalize a state, especially for violating international law

sanctity: Read
holiness

sanguine: Read
cheerfully confident; optimistic; of healthy reddish color; ruddy

satiate: Read
satisfy fully; overeat or eat immodestly; make a pig of oneself

satire: Read
form of literature in which irony and ridicule are used to attack human vice and folly

saturate: Read
soak, fill, or load to capacity; cause to unite with the greatest possible amount of another substance

scanty: Read
somewhat less than needed in amplitude or extent; insufficient

scathing: Read
harshly critical

scintillating: Read
lively, effervescent

scope: Read
range of one's perceptions, thoughts, or actions; extent; bound

scrupulous: Read
exactly and carefully conducted; by extreme care and great effort; cautious

scrutinize: Read
examine closely and critically

self-righteous: Read
smug, holier-than-thou

self-serving: Read
selfish

serendipity: Read
gift for finding valuable or desirable things by accident; accidental good fortune or luck

servile: Read
slavish; suitable to slave or servant; relating to servitude or forced labor

shrew: Read
astute, smart

shroud: Read
hide from view; wrap for burial; shut off from sight; shelter

simile: Read
comparison of one thing with another, in English generally using like or as

slight: Read
almost no; very little; deliberate discourtesy

slipshod: Read
untidy or slovenly; shabby; great carelessness; done poorly or too quickly

solace: Read
comfort or relieve in sorrow, misfortune, or distress

solicitous: Read
worried or concerned; full of desire; expressing care or concern

somber: Read
gloomy; depressing or grave; dull or dark in color

sophistry: Read
argument for exercise merely; plausible but misleading argument; art or process of reasoning; logic

spartan: Read
avoiding luxury and comfort; sternly disciplined

sporadic: Read
occurring at irregular intervals; having no pattern or order in time

spurious: Read
false; counterfeit; forged; illogical

spurn: Read
reject disdainfully or contemptuously; scorn

squander: Read
spend wastefully; fail to take advantage of; lose a chance for

stagnat: Read
not moving

stark: Read
bare; complete or extreme

static: Read
having no motion; being at rest; fixed; stationary

staunch: Read
strong and loyal

steadfast: Read
firmly or constant loyal; fixed or unchanging

stock: Read
certificate for shareholder of corporation; total amount of goods in a shop

strident: Read
loud and harsh; insistent; high-pitched; rough-sounding

stupefy: Read
make senseless or dizzy; be mystery or bewildering to

subservient: Read
behaving like slave; subordinate in capacity or function

substantiate: Read
establish by evidence; make firm or solid; support

subversive: Read
tending to overthrow; in opposition to civil authority or government

succulent: Read
full of juicy; full of richness; highly interesting or enjoyable; delectable

supercilious: Read
arrogant; feeling or showing haughty disdain; overbearing

superfluous: Read
being beyond what is required or sufficient

supplant: Read
replace; usurp; displace and substitute for another

surfeit: Read
eat until excessively full; be more than full; feed someone to excess

susceptible: Read
easily influenced; having little resistance, as to a disease; receptive to

sycophant: Read
one who attempts to win favor by flattering influential people; bootlicker; yes man

tangential: Read
peripheral; only slightly connected; digressing

teem: Read
be abuzz; be full of; move in large numbers

temperamental: Read
of or pertaining to temperament; excessively sensitive or irritable; moody; likely to perform unpredictably

temporize: Read
act evasively in order to gain time, avoid argument, or postpone a decision

tenacious: Read
sticking together; stubbornly unyielding; holding together firmly

tenuous: Read
long and thin; slender; having little substance

tirade: Read
extended scolding; long angry or violent speech

toady: Read
person who flatters or defers to others for self-serving reasons; yes man

torpor: Read
state of mental or physical inactivity or insensibility; sluggishness; dormancy

totalitarian: Read
undemocratic, rigid political control

tout: Read
advertize in strongly positive terms; praise excessively; show off

tractable: Read
easily managed or controlled; governable; easily handled or worked; docile

transient: Read
momentary; temporary; staying for short time

treatise: Read
systematic, usually extensive written discourse on a subject

trepidation: Read
state of alarm or dread; nervous apprehension; involuntary trembling or quivering

tribulation: Read
suffering

trifling: Read
trivial; of slight worth or importance; frivolous or idle

trite: Read
repeated too often; over familiar through overuse; worn out by use

truculent: Read
disposed to fight; belligerent; aggressively hostile

ubiquitous: Read
being or existing everywhere; omnipresent

unabashed: Read
not embarrassed

uncanny: Read
strange; mysterious; peculiarly unsettling, as if of supernatural origin or nature

uncouth: Read
lacking refinement or cultivation or taste

unfathomable: Read
difficult or impossible to understand; difficult or impossible to measure

ungainly: Read
awkward; lacking grace in movement or posture

unruly: Read
difficult or impossible to discipline, control, or rule; not according to rule; irregularly

unwitting: Read
not intended; not knowing; unaware; ignorant

urbane: Read
showing a high degree of refinement

usurp: Read
seize and hold power or rights of another by force or without legal authority

vacuous: Read
empty; showing lack of thought or intelligence; vacant

vanquish: Read
conquer; overcome; come out better in a competition

vapid: Read
dull and unimaginative; lacking taste or flavor

venal: Read
capable of being bribed; for sale, available for a price; corrupt

venerable: Read
deserving high respect; impressive by reason of age; profoundly honored

verbose: Read
wordy; using or containing a great and usually an excessive number of words

vigilant: Read
attentive to discover and avoid danger, or to provide for safety; wakeful; watchful; circumspect; wary

vindicate: Read
clear from blame; exonerate; maintain, uphold, or defend

vindictive: Read
seek revenge or intended for revenge; showing malicious will

virtuoso: Read
highly skilled artist, as musician; one who is dazzlingly skilled in his field

virulent: Read
extremely poisonous; hostile; bitter

viscous: Read
sticky; gluey; having high resistance to flow

vocation: Read
career; profession

vying: Read
striving

waning: Read
lessening

wayward: Read
selfish, stubborn

wrath: Read
forceful, often vindictive anger; fury; just punishment of an offense or crime

wry: Read
turned to one side; twisted; marked by humorous twist, often with a touch of irony

zealot: Read
fanatically committed person; person who shows excessive zeal