SAT Essay Vocabulary
1   Overview:
SAT essay vocabulary consists of 500 moderately difficult words, which many high school students may learn somehow but cannot use in swagger. This SAT words list includes example, context, and interactive spelling exercise to build a solid essay vocabulary and sharpen writing skills.

In SAT writing, if an essay only done by plain or simple words, the chance to shoot a high score is relatively low. As a general rule, better vocabulary rewards higher score. Unlike big size reading vocabulary, SAT writing vocabulary is relied on your choosing. You can prepare what words to use, then just use them at right place, by right way, and in right spelling.

Most students can study or review the 500 SAT essay vocabulary in 2 weeks; some can even finish in 1 week. Nevertheless, in real writing test, several words are enough; you should avoid using too many difficult words in a short essay. For example, if you have 5-7 uncommon but proper words in your essay, it will definitely impress readers.

If your time is tight, and feel the vocabulary big or hard, you may shrink the list to 200-300 words by excluding some relatively rare words. Only a doable task can bring your future writing with both confidence and skill.
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Words of Group 2 (Part of words, select list to view all.):
idiosyncrasy
idyllic
ignominy
illicit
impasse
imperious
impetuous
impudence
inane
incongruity
incredulous
incriminate
incubate
indeterminate
indictment
indigenuous
indignant
indiscriminate
indolent
indomitable
induce
indulgent
ineffable
ineptitude
inert
ingenuous
inherent
inhibit
innate
innocuous
innuendo
inscrutable
insipid
insolence
instigate
insular
intrepid
inundate
invoke
irate
irony
irreverent
jaded
jocular
jovial
judicious
lackadaisical
laconic
laggard
languid
latent
laud
listless
lithe
lucid
lucrative
lull
lurid
luxuriant
magnanimous
malleable
marred
maudlin
melancholy
mercenary
mercurial
miserly
mitigate
modicum
morose
motley
multifarious
nebulous
nefarious
neophyte
notoriety
noxious
nuance
obdurate
obstinate
officious
onerous
opportunist
oracle
orthodox
ostensible
oversight
pacifist
pacify
painstaking
palliate
paradigm
parch
parody
partisan
patronize
paucity
pedant
peevish
penchant
penurious
peremptory
perfunctory
peripheral
perquisite
petulant
philanthropist
piety
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3   Demonstrate word list style:
depose: Read
force to leave; remove from office
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deprecate: Read
express disapproval of; protest against; belittle
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deride: Read
ridicule; make fun of; laugh at with contempt
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derogatory: Read
expressing low opinion; disparaging; belittling
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despondent: Read
in low spirits from loss of hope or courage
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destitute: Read
extremely poor; utterly lacking; devoid
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4   Word meaning matching - Test words you know:
aloocate  Speak
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establish or strengthen as with new evidence or facts; support with evidence
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assign, portion
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punish, as by beating; criticize severely; rebuke
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rebuke or scold angrily and at length
amenable  Speak
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large destructive fire; burning; large-scale military conflict
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having harmful effect; injurious; having quality of destroying life; noxious; poisonous
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in robust and good health; able to survive under unfavorable conditions
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responsive to advice or suggestion; responsible to higher authority; willing to comply with; agreeable
auspicious  Speak
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likely; exactly suitable; appropriate; quick to learn or understand
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attended by favorable circumstances; marked by success; prosperous
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punish, as by beating; criticize severely; rebuke
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having harmful effect; injurious; having quality of destroying life; noxious; poisonous
berate  Speak
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difficult to please; having complicated requirements; excessively particular demanding about details
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rebuke or scold angrily and at length
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attended by favorable circumstances; marked by success; prosperous
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sleeping; not active but capable of becoming active
buoyant  Speak
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surround; form a circle or ring around; enclose; envelop
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learned; scholarly, with emphasis on knowledge gained from books
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openly emotional
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able to float; cheerful and optimistic
chastise  Speak
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extremely hard; inflexible; stubbornly unyielding
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approach and speak to boldly or aggressively, as with demand or request
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readiness of belief; disposition to believe on slight evidence
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punish, as by beating; criticize severely; rebuke
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5   Interactive spelling - Check your spelling skill online:
Read [Esc] bitter animosity


Spelling Word: acrimony
Read [Esc] skillful and adept under pressing conditions


Spelling Word: adroit
Read [Esc] responsive to advice or suggestion; responsible to higher authority; willing to comply with; agreeable


Spelling Word: amenable
Read [Esc] exhibiting friendliness or goodwill; not quarrelsome


Spelling Word: amicable
Read [Esc] criticize severely; punish; revise or make corrections to publication


Spelling Word: castigate
Read [Esc] capable of burning, corroding, dissolving, or eating away by chemical action


Spelling Word: caustic
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