Hard SAT Words - Group 1

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abase
v. humiliate; lower or depress in rank or esteem
abash
v. embarrass; make ashamed or uneasy; disconcert
abbreviate
v. make shorter; reduce to shorter form intended to represent full form, as for word or phrase
abdicate
v. give up, renounce, abandon, lay down, or withdraw from, as a right or claim
abdication
n. the act of giving up or renouncing a right, office, or position of power etc.
abet
v. aid, usually in doing something wrong; encourage
abhorrent
a. disgusting, loathsome
abjure
v. renounce upon oath; abandon forever
ablution
n. washing or cleansing of the body, especially as part of religious rite
abnegate
v. give up or surrender; deny something to oneself
abnegation
n. repudiation; self-sacrifice; renouncing your own interests in favor of interests of others
abrade
v. wear away by friction; scrape; erode
abridge
v. condense; shorten; reduce length of written text
abrogate
a. abolish, do away with, or annul, especially by authority
abscond
v. leave quickly and secretly and hide oneself, often to avoid arrest or prosecution
abstemious
a. sparing or moderation in eating and drinking; temperate
acclimate
v. accustom or become accustomed to a new environment or situation; adapt
acclivity
n. upward slope, as of hill
accolade
n. award of merit; expression of approval; praise
accost
v. approach and speak to boldly or aggressively, as with demand or request
accouter
v. equip; provide with military equipment
accretion
n. growth or increase in size by gradual external addition, fusion, or inclusion
acerbity
n. bitterness of speech and temper; sourness or acidness of taste, character, or tone
acetic
a. having properties of vinegar; sour
acidulous
a. slightly sour in taste or in manner; sharp; caustic
acquisition
n. the act of acquiring or gaining possession
acrimonious
a. bitter and sharp in language, tone, or manner
acrimony
n. animosity, sharp or bitter hatred
acrophobia
n. fear of heights; abnormal fear of high places
actuarial
a. calculating; pertaining to insurance statistics
actuate
v. put into motion or action; activate
acuity
n. sharpness; acuteness of vision or perception; keenness
adage
n. an old saying, that has obtained credit by long use
addle
v. muddle; drive crazy; become confused
adjoin
v. be next to; be contiguous to; border on
adjudicate
v. hear and settle a case by judicial procedure
adjunct
n. something added on or attached generally nonessential or inferior
adjure
v. appeal to or entreat earnestly; command or enjoin solemnly, as under oath
admonition
n. gentle or friendly reproof; cautionary advice or warning
adulation
n. excessive flattery or admiration; unmerited praise
adulterate
v. make impure by adding inferior or tainted substances
adumbrate
v. give hint or indication of something; disclose partially or guardedly; overshadow; shade
adventitious
a. accidental; casual; not inherent but added extrinsically
advert
n. advertisement an ad; public promotion of some product or service
aerie
n. nest of bird, such as eagle, built on a cliff or other high place
affix
v. fasten; append; add on; secure to something
affluence
n. abundance; a plentiful supply of material goods; wealth
agglomeration
n. collection; heap; act or process of gathering into a mass
aggrandize
v. increase scope of; extend; intensify; make greater in power, influence, stature, or reputation
agnostic
n. one who is skeptical of existence of a god or any ultimate reality
aka
ad. as known or named at another time or place; also known as
alacrity
n. cheerful promptness or willingness; eagerness; speed or quickness
algorithm
n. established procedure for solving problem
alimentary
a. providing nourishment; concerned with food, nutrition, or digestion
allay
v. calm; pacify; reduce the intensity of; relieve
allege
v. to assert to be true
allegory
n. symbolic representation of abstract ideas or principles in narrative, dramatic, or pictorial form
alliteration
n. repetition of beginning sound in poetry
allocate
v. assign; distribute according to plan
allusion
n. an indirect reference
altar
n. elevated place or structure before which religious ceremonies may be enacted or upon which sacrifices may be offered
amalgam
n. a combination of many different things; an alloy of mercury and other metals
amalgamate
v. combine; unite in one body; mix or alloy a metal with mercury
amass
v. collect; gather for oneself, as for one's pleasure or profit
ambidextrous
a. capable of using either hand with equal ease
ambivalence
n. state of having contradictory or conflicting emotional attitudes, such as love and hate
amble
n. moving at an easy pace; walk slowly or leisurely
ambulatory
a. able to walk; formed or adapted for walking; not stationary
ameliorate
v. make or become better; improve; grow better
amity
n. friendship; peaceful relations, as between nations
amorphous
a. formless; lacking shape or definition
amphitheater
n. oval building with tiers of seats from central open space or arena
amplify
v. broaden or clarify by expanding; intensify; make larger or more powerful; increase
amputee
n. a person who has had one or more limbs removed by amputation
anachronistic
a. having time error in story; erroneous in date; in wrong time
analgesic
a. serving to reduce sensibility to pain without loss of consciousness
anathema
n. solemn curse; someone or something regarded as a curse
ancestry
n. family descent; series or line of ancestors; lineage
ancillary
a. serving as aid or accessory; auxiliary
anew
ad. once more; again; in a new and different way
angular
a. sharp-cornered; consisting of an angle or angles; stiff in manner
animus
n. feeling of animosity
annotate
v. comment; make explanatory notes
anodyne
n. source of relaxation or comfort; medicine that relieves pain
antecede
v. precede; go before in time, and sometimes in place, rank, or logical order
antecedents
n. preceding events or circumstances that influence what comes later; ancestors or early background
antediluvian
a. antiquated; extremely old and ancient; belonging to very ancient times
anthology
n. book of literary selections by various authors
anthropocentric
a. regarding human beings as the center of the universe
anthropoid
a. manlike; resembling a human, especially in shape or outward appearance
anthropomorphic
a. having human form or characteristics
anticlimax
n. letdown in thought or emotion; decline viewed in disappointing contrast with previous rise
antipathy
n. strong feelings of aversion or dislike
apartheid
n. South Africa's policy of racial separation, in place from 1948 to 1990.
aphasia
n. loss of speech due to injury or illness
aphorism
n. definition or concise statement of principle; tersely phrased statement of truth or opinion
apiary
n. place where bees and beehives are kept, especially where bees are raised for their honey
aplomb
n. poise; self-confident assurance
apogee
n. the highest point; point in orbit most distant from the body being orbited
apolitical
a. having aversion or lack of concern for political affairs
apologist
n. person who argues in defense or justification of something, such as doctrine, policy, or institution
apostate
n. one who abandons his religious faith or political beliefs
apotheosis
n. elevation to godhood; fact or action of becoming a god; an ideal example of something
appall
v. depress or discourage with fear; grow faint or become weak
append
v. attach; add as supplement or appendix
apposite
a. strikingly appropriate and relevant; well-suited
appraise
v. estimate value of; evaluate, especially in official capacity
apprenticeship
n. term during which one learns a trade from skilled worker; service or legal condition of an apprentice
apprise
v. inform; give notice to; make aware
aquifer
n. underground bed or layer yielding ground water for wells and springs etc
archetype
n. prototype; original model or type after which other similar things are patterned
archipelago
n. a large group of islands; a sea, containing a large number of scattered islands
arena
n. an enclosed area, often outdoor, for the presentation of sporting events or other spectacular events
aristocracy
n. hereditary nobility; privileged class
arraign
v. officially charge someone in a court of law
arrogate
v. claim without justification; claim for oneself without right
artisan
n. manually skilled worker; craftsman, as opposed to artist
aseptic
a. preventing infection; having cleansing effect
ashen
a. ash-colored; very pale; consisting of ashes
askance
a. with sideways or indirect look; Turned to side, especially of eyes
aspect
n. look, or particular appearance of the face; the visual percept of a region
asperity
n. harshness of manner, roughness
aspirant
n. one who aspires, as to advancement, honors, or a high position
assay
v. analyze; evaluate; examine by trial or experiment; put to test
assimilate
v. to make similar, to incorporate or absorb into
astigmatism
n. eye defect that prevents proper focus
astringent
a. causing contraction; having the effect of drawing tissue together; stern or austere
asymmetric
a. not identical on both sides of a dividing central line
at loggerheads
ad. engaged in a dispute
atavism
n. resemblance to remote ancestors rather than to parents; deformity returning after passage of two or more generations
atavistic
a. displaying characteristics of previous cultural era or of previous ancestral form
atheistic
a. denying existence of God; godless
atrocity
n. extreme criminality or cruelty; quality of being shockingly cruel and inhumane
attenuate
v. make slender, fine, or small; weaken; lessen density of
attrition
n. gradual decrease in numbers; reduction in work force without firing employees; wearing away of opposition by means of harassment
atypical
a. not normal; unusual or irregular; not representative of a group, class, or type
aura
n. an invisible breath; distinctive atmosphere or quality associated with something
aureole
n. the outermost region of the sun's atmosphere; halo
auroral
a. characteristic of dawn; dawning, eastern, like new beginning; relating to the atmospheric phenomenon auroras
austerity
n. severe and rigid economy; severe or rigorous simplicity; absence of adornment or luxury
authenticate
v. prove genuine; establish authenticity of
authoritarian
a. expecting absolute obedience; completely dominating another's will
autocrat
n. dictator; ruler having unlimited power
autocratic
a. having absolute, unchecked power; dictatorial
automaton
n. mechanism that imitates actions of humans
autonomous
a. self-governing; not controlled by others or by outside forces; independent
avalanche
n. fall or slide of a large mass, as of snow or rock, down a mountainside
aviation
n. art or act of flying; specifically, the science or art of directing and controlling flying-machines
avocation
n. activity taken up in addition to one's regular work or profession, usually for enjoyment
avuncular
a. in manner of uncle, pertaining to uncle; kind, genial, benevolent or tolerant