By Pacific Lava

100 Most Common SAT Vocabulary

At the SAT exam, test takers who are familiar with high level of vocabulary are usually top score shooters. This 100 Most Common SAT Vocabulary is the first step of words building journey. This 100 most common list initially is contributed by Kaplan as the top 100 most common words in the SAT of all time. Many test takers use it as a rule to measure their own SAT vocabulary level and then work out a plan of studying SAT words.

You may find out many versions of the list or enhanced list on the Internet. However, you may also see words here have particular merits: we provide all elements of vocabulary builders need, such as pronounce, synonym, definition, and example sentence.

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abbreviate
abstinence
adulation
adversity
aesthetic
amicable
anachronistic
anecdote
anonymous
antagonist
arid
assiduous
asylum
benevolent
camaraderie
censure
circuitous
clairvoyant
collaborate
compassion
compromise
congregation
deleterious
demagogue
digression
diligent
discredit
disdain
divergent
empathy
emulate
enhance
ephemeral
evanescent
exemplary
florid
fortuitous
frugal
hackneyed
haughty
hedonist
hypothesis
impetuous
impute
incompatible
inconsequential
inevitable
integrity
intrepid
intuitive
jubilation
longevity
mundane
novice
orator
ostentatious
parched
perfidious
precocious
pretentious
procrastinate
prosaic
prosperity
provocative
prudent
querulous
reconciliation
renovation
resilient
reverence
sagacity
scrutinize
spontaneity
spurious
submissive
substantiate
subtle
superficial
superfluous
suppress
surreptitious
tenacious
transient
venerable
vindicate
wary

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abbreviate:   Speak  
v. Syn. shorten
make shorter; reduce to shorter form intended to represent full form, as for word or phrase

abstinence:   Speak  
n.
restraint from eating or drinking; refraining from indulging appetite or desire

adulation:   Speak  
n. Syn. flattery; admiration
excessive flattery or admiration; unmerited praise

adversity:   Speak  
n. Syn. poverty; misfortune
state of misfortune, hardship, or affliction; misfortune

aesthetic:   Speak  
a. Syn. artistic; elegant
elegant or tasteful; of or concerning appreciation of beauty or good taste

amicable:   Speak  
a. Syn. friendly
exhibiting friendliness or goodwill; not quarrelsome

anachronistic:   Speak  
a.
having time error in story; erroneous in date; in wrong time

anecdote:   Speak  
n. Syn. episode; story
short account of amusing or interesting event; short narrative; secret story of history or biography

anonymous:   Speak  
a. Syn. unknown; nameless
having no name; having unknown or unacknowledged name

antagonist:   Speak  
n.
one who contends with another, especially in combat; an adversary; opponent

arid:   Speak  
a. Syn. dry; barren
dry; lacking moisture, especially having insufficient rainfall to support trees or plants

assiduous:   Speak  
a. Syn. diligent; persistent
constant in application or attention; diligent; unceasing or persistent

asylum:   Speak  
n. Syn. protection
place of refuge or shelter; protection

benevolent:   Speak  
a. Syn. generous; charitable
generous in providing aid to others; charitable

camaraderie:   Speak  
n. Syn. intimacy
good-fellowship; companionship; close friendship in friends or teammates

censure:   Speak  
v. Syn. blame; criticize
expression of strong disapproval or harsh criticism; blame

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

clairvoyant:   Speak  
n. Syn. fortuneteller
having foresight; fortuneteller

collaborate:   Speak  
v. Syn. cooperate
work together, especially in a joint intellectual effort

compassion:   Speak  
n.
sensation of sorrow excited by the distress or misfortunes of another; pity; commiseration

compromise:   Speak  
v.
adjust or settle by making mutual concessions; endanger the interests or reputation of

congregation:   Speak  
n.
act of congregating, or bringing together; collection or mass of separate things

deleterious:   Speak  
a. Syn. harmful
having harmful effect; injurious; having quality of destroying life; noxious; poisonous

demagogue:   Speak  
n.
person who appeals to people's prejudice; false leader of people

digression:   Speak  
n.
wandering from the main path of a journey; diversion

diligent:   Speak  
a. Syn. assiduous; industrious
assiduous; industrious; hard-working

discredit:   Speak  
v. Syn. defame; disbelieve
defame; destroy confidence in; disbelieve

disdain:   Speak  
v. Syn. despise
view with scorn or contempt; feel with aversion

divergent:   Speak  
a. Syn. differing
differing; tending to move apart in different directions

empathy:   Speak  
n. Syn. pity
understanding and entering into another's feelings

emulate:   Speak  
v. Syn. imitate; rival
be a match or counterpart for; eager to equal or excel

enhance:   Speak  
v. Syn. increase; improve
make better or more attractive; increase; improve

ephemeral:   Speak  
a.
short-lived; enduring a very short time

evanescent:   Speak  
a. Syn. fleeting; vanishing
fleeting; vanishing or likely to vanish like vapor

exemplary:   Speak  
a. Syn. modeled; ideal
serving as model; outstanding; typical

florid:   Speak  
a. Syn. ruddy; reddish
reddish; elaborately or excessively ornamented

fortuitous:   Speak  
a. Syn. accidental; random
accidental; by chance; coming or occurring without any cause

frugal:   Speak  
a. Syn. sparing; economical; thrifty
sparing; economical; costing little; inexpensive

hackneyed:   Speak  
a. Syn. commonplace
repeated too often; over familiar through overuse

haughty:   Speak  
a.
high; lofty; bold; arrogant; overbearing

hedonist:   Speak  
n.
one who believes that pleasure is the sole aim in life

hypothesis:   Speak  
n. Syn. assumption; theory
assumption; theory

impetuous:   Speak  
a. Syn. violent; hasty; rash.
marked by sudden and violent force; hasty; impulsive and passionate

impute:   Speak  
v.
lay responsibility or blame for, often unjustly

incompatible:   Speak  
a. Syn. inharmonious; incongruous
inharmonious; impossible to coexist; not easy to combine harmoniously

inconsequential:   Speak  
a. Syn. insignificant; unimportant
insignificant; lacking importance; not following from premises or evidence; illogical

inevitable:   Speak  
a. Syn. unavoidable
unavoidable; incapable of being avoided or prevented

integrity:   Speak  
n. Syn. uprightness; wholeness
quality or condition of being whole or undivided; completeness

intrepid:   Speak  
a. Syn. fearless; brave
fearless; indicating or springing from courage

intuitive:   Speak  
a.
seeing clearly; relating to, or arising from intuition; automatic, without requiring conscious thought

jubilation:   Speak  
n. Syn. rejoicing; jollity
rejoicing; feeling of extreme joy

longevity:   Speak  
n.
long life; great duration of life; long duration or continuance, as in an occupation

mundane:   Speak  
a. Syn. worldly; earthly; secular
belonging to this earth or world; not ideal or heavenly; concerned with commonplaces; ordinary

novice:   Speak  
n. Syn. beginner
beginner; person new to a field or activity

orator:   Speak  
n.
skilled public speaker; person who pronounces discourse publicly on some special occasion, as pleader or lawyer

ostentatious:   Speak  
a. Syn. showy; pretentious
showy; pretentious; trying to attract attention

parched:   Speak  
a.
dried out by heat; toasted or roasted slightly

perfidious:   Speak  
a. Syn. treacherous; disloyal
tending to betray; disloyal; faithless

precocious:   Speak  
a.
advanced in development; appearing or developing early

pretentious:   Speak  
a.
intended to attract notice and impress others; making unjustified claims; overly ambitious

procrastinate:   Speak  
v. Syn. postpone
postpone or delay needlessly; put off doing something, especially out of habitual carelessness or laziness

prosaic:   Speak  
a. Syn. factual
dull and unimaginative; matter-of-fact; factual

prosperity:   Speak  
n. Syn. wealth; fortune
good fortune; financial success; physical well-being

provocative:   Speak  
a. Syn. annoying
arousing anger or interest; tending to provoke or stimulate

prudent:   Speak  
a. Syn. cautious; careful
cautious; careful in regard to one's own interests

querulous:   Speak  
a. Syn. fretful; whining
habitually complaining; expressing complaint or grievance

reconciliation:   Speak  
n.
act of reconciling, or state of being reconciled; reconcilement; restoration to harmony; renewal of friendship

renovation:   Speak  
n. Syn. alteration; renewal
improving by renewing and restoring; state of being restored to its former good condition; renewal

resilient:   Speak  
a. Syn. elastic; flexible; rebounding
elastic; having power of springing back or recover readily

reverence:   Speak  
n.
profound respect and esteem with fear and affection, as for a holy being or place; act showing respect, especially a bow or curtsy

sagacity:   Speak  
n.
quality of being sagacious; quickness or acuteness of sense perceptions; keenness of discernment; shrewdness

scrutinize:   Speak  
v.
examine closely and critically

spontaneity:   Speak  
n. Syn. naturalness
naturalness; freedom from constraint; happening or arising without external cause; self-generated

spurious:   Speak  
a. Syn. false; counterfeit; forged; illogical
false; counterfeit; forged; illogical

submissive:   Speak  
a. Syn. yielding; timid
yielding; inclined or ready to submit

substantiate:   Speak  
v. Syn. verify; support
establish by evidence; make firm or solid; support

subtle:   Speak  
a. Syn. slight; delicate
slight; be difficult to detect or grasp by the mind

superficial:   Speak  
a. Syn. trivial
trivial; of little substance; involving a surface only

superfluous:   Speak  
a. Syn. unnecessary; excessive; overabundant
being beyond what is required or sufficient

suppress:   Speak  
v. Syn. overwhelm
put down by force or authority; overwhelm; keep from being revealed

surreptitious:   Speak  
a. Syn. secret; furtive; sneaky; hidden
secret; done or made by stealth, or without proper authority; made or introduced fraudulently

tenacious:   Speak  
a. Syn. retentive; adhesive
sticking together; stubbornly unyielding; holding together firmly

transient:   Speak  
a. Syn. momentary; temporary; transitory
momentary; temporary; staying for short time

venerable:   Speak  
a. Syn. revered; honored
deserving high respect; impressive by reason of age; profoundly honored

vindicate:   Speak  
v. Syn. exonerate
clear from blame; exonerate; maintain, uphold, or defend

wary:   Speak  
a. Syn. cautious
very cautious; on guard; watchful