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SAT Vocabulary with Sentence

Like all English language tests, SAT will check the vocabulary capability of test takers. No matter what questions on test papers, either reading or writing high score relies on strong SAT vocabulary. It may not ensure a good score but the reverse is true: a weak vocabulary will lead a bad SAT result. So building SAT vocabulary is the most important job to prepare this test.

Students have various ways to study SAT words. One method is to learn new words from samples and contexts. When you study or review words, especially difficult words, good examples help very much. These sentences not only let you understand new words precisely, but also push you to use new words confidently.

Here we list 200 difficult SAT words and their example sentences. Many of the sentences are selected from media or Internet. The real and alive English sentences give you actual context samples, which help to memorize hard SAT words by context and trigger inspiration to use them in SAT writing test.

The key point of this small SAT word list is its sentences, which are excellent examples of how to use these words. As long as you bind words with sentences, Both words and sentences can improve your performance in all SAT test sections, especially they are very useful resource to enhance words for writing test. Learn hard word with sentence may costs more time, but your reading and writing are both enhanced, it's sort of to kill two birds with one stone.

A list of 200 words is a relatively small SAT vocabulary. It's far away from actual SAT vocabulary demand. None can take such a short list as only asset to pass SAT test. However, considering it's a short and difficult word list, it can be used to evaluate SAT vocabulary skill quickly. Some SAT test takers also use it as a supplement material in short training.

However, this short SAT word list isn't enough to deal with future test. If you are looking for a full size SAT vocabulary, 3000 Most Common SAT Vocabulary, the relatively large SAT vocabulary in the website, is an essential level vocabulary for common SAT test takers.

3000 Most Common SAT Vocabulary

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buffet: Read
/'bʊfeɪ/;/bə'feɪ/ n.
table with food set out for people to serve themselves; meal at which people help themselves to food that's been set out
Please convey them on the tray to the buffet.

burnish: Read
/'bɜrnɪʃ/ v. Syn. polish
make shiny by rubbing; polish
I burnish the brass fixtures until they reflect the lamplight.

buttress: Read
/'bʌtrɪs/ v. Syn. support
support physically; prop up; support something or someone by supplying evidence
The attorney came up with several far-fetched arguments in a vain attempt to buttress his weak case.

calumny: Read
/'kæləmnɪ/ n. Syn. slander
false statement maliciously made to injure another's reputation; slander
He could endure his financial failure, but he could not bear the calumny that his foes heaped upon him.

clemency: Read
/'klɛmənsɪ/ n.
mildness, as of the weather; merciful, kind, or lenient act
The lawyer was pleased when the case was sent to Judge Smith's chambers because Smith was noted for her clemency toward first offenders.

concomitant: Read
/kən'kɒmɪtənt/ a. Syn. accompanying
in conjunction with; accompanying; associated with
These two-sided attributes are known as concomitant characteristics.

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anathema  Read
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sociable; seeking and enjoying the company of others
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large destructive fire; burning; large-scale military conflict
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weaken or destroy strength or vitality of; remove a nerve or part of a nerve
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solemn curse; someone or something regarded as a curse
antipathy  Read
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violate with violence, especially to sacred place
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naive and trusting; young; unsophisticated
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domination, influence, or authority over another, especially by political group or nation over others
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strong feeling of aversion; dislike
ascetic  Read
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casual; brief or broad; not cautious, nor detailed
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leading a life of self-discipline and self-denial; austere
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unutterable; cannot be expressed in speech
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spreading harmfully in a subtle manner; designed or adapted to entrap
buttress  Read
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false; tending to mislead; deceptive
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support physically; prop up; support something or someone by supplying evidence
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fleeting; vanishing or likely to vanish like vapor
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domination, influence, or authority over another, especially by political group or nation over others
conundrum  Read
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tending to depart from main point or cover a wide range of subjects
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having harmful effect; injurious; having quality of destroying life; noxious; poisonous
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riddle; difficult problem; dilemma
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false; tending to mislead; deceptive
cursory  Read
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pollute; make dirty or spotty
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fleeting; vanishing or likely to vanish like vapor
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difficult to please; having complicated requirements; excessively particular demanding about details
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casual; brief or broad; not cautious, nor detailed
deleterious  Read
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noisy speech; speech or piece of writing with strong feeling or expression
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leading a life of self-discipline and self-denial; austere
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having harmful effect; injurious; having quality of destroying life; noxious; poisonous
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make amends or pay the penalty for; relieve or cleanse of guilt
enervate  Read
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having harmful effect; injurious; having quality of destroying life; noxious; poisonous
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express strong disapproval of; disparage
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incapable of being pacified; not to be relieved;
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weaken or destroy strength or vitality of; remove a nerve or part of a nerve
evanescent  Read
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violate with violence, especially to sacred place
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fleeting; vanishing or likely to vanish like vapor
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solemn curse; someone or something regarded as a curse
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express strong disapproval of; disparage
expiate  Read
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spreading harmfully in a subtle manner; designed or adapted to entrap
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make amends or pay the penalty for; relieve or cleanse of guilt
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renounce upon oath; abandon forever
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violate with violence, especially to sacred place
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/'ædʌmbreɪt/ v. Syn. overshadow; shade
give hint or indication of something; disclose partially or guardedly; overshadow; shade
Her constant complaining about the job would [___] her intent to leave.


Spelling Word: adumbrate
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/ə'næθəmə/ n.
solemn curse; someone or something regarded as a curse
To the Ayatolla, America and the West were anathema; he loathed the democratic nations, cursing them in his dying words.


Spelling Word: anathema
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/ə'sɪdjʊəs/;/ə'sɪdʒʊəs/ a. Syn. diligent; persistent
constant in application or attention; diligent; unceasing or persistent
He was [___], working at this task for weeks before he felt satisfied with his results.


Spelling Word: assiduous
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/brʊsk/;/brʌsk/ a. Syn. blunt; abrupt
abrupt and curt in manner or speech; rudely abrupt, unfriendly
Was Bruce too [___] when he brushed off Bob's request with a curt "Not now!"?


Spelling Word: brusque
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/kə'prɪʃəs/ a. Syn. unpredictable; fickle; arbitrary
fickle; impulsive and unpredictable; apt to change opinions suddenly
The storm was capricious: it changed course constantly.


Spelling Word: capricious
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/kən'kɒmɪtənt/ a. Syn. accompanying
in conjunction with; accompanying; associated with
These two-sided attributes are known as [___] characteristics.


Spelling Word: concomitant
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/dɪ'kraɪ/ v. Syn. disparage
express strong disapproval of; disparage
The founder of the Children's Defense Fund, Marian Wright Edelman, would strongly [___] the lack of financial and moral support for children in America today.


Spelling Word: decry
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/ɛk'stænt/ a.
still in existence; not destroyed, lost, or extinct
Although the book is out of print, some copies are still [___]. Unfortunately, all of them are in libraries or private collections; none are for sale.


Spelling Word: extant
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/fæ'stɪdɪəs/ a.
difficult to please; having complicated requirements; excessively particular demanding about details
Bobby was such a [___] eater that he would eat a sandwich only if his mother first cut off every scrap of crust.


Spelling Word: fastidious
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/'flɒrɪd/;/'flɔ:rɪd/ a. Syn. ruddy; reddish
reddish; elaborately or excessively ornamented
If you go to beach and get a sunburn, your complexion will look [___].


Spelling Word: florid