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 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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destitute: Read
extremely poor; utterly lacking; devoid
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devoid: Read
completely lacking; barren or empty
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diffident: Read
shy
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digress(ion): Read
stray from the subject at hand
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diminutive: Read
below the average size; very small; little
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discern: Read
detect; perceive
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4   Word meaning matching - Test words you know:
benevolent  Speak
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generous in providing aid to others; charitable
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person who eats too much food and drink
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lacking proper seriousness; speaking freely; talkative; communicative
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compromising, apologizing
bolster  Speak
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support or prop up with or as if with a long narrow pillow or cushion
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ridicule; make fun of; laugh at with contempt
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refinement and delicacy of performance; skillful, subtle handling
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representative or perfect example of a class or type; brief summary, as of a book or article
debunk  Speak
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a party of persons having a common end in view
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expose as false, exaggerated, worthless; ridicule
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deliberately behaving a certain way to attract attention
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characteristic of acting or stage performance
degredation  Speak
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supported by two opposing parties
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deliberately behaving a certain way to attract attention
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humiliation
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cheating; deceitful; planning or using fraud; given to practice of fraud
demystify  Speak
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clarify; free from mystery or obscurity
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give reduction in price on
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ridicule; make fun of; laugh at with contempt
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open to two or more interpretations and often intended to mislead
denigrate  Speak
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anxiety caused by humiliation or injured pride; disappointment
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air, feeling
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refinement and delicacy of performance; skillful, subtle handling
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blacken; defame; attack reputation of; degrade
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5   Interactive spelling - Check your spelling skill online:
Read [Esc] subside; decrease; become less in amount or intensity


Spelling Word: abate
Read [Esc] social science that studies origins and social relationships of human beings


Spelling Word: anthropology
Read [Esc] feeling or showing a lack of interest or concern; indifferent


Spelling Word: apathetic
Read [Esc] compatible


Spelling Word: congenial
Read [Esc] worthy of contempt; deserving of scorn or disdain; mean


Spelling Word: contemptible
Read [Esc] expose as false, exaggerated, worthless; ridicule


Spelling Word: debunk
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