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:
extol: Read
praise highly; glorify; celebrate
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facile: Read
done or achieved with little effort or difficulty; ready or fluent
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fallacious: Read
false; tending to mislead; deceptive
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fanaticism: Read
excessive zeal; extreme devotion to a belief or cause
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fathom: Read
measure the depth; come to understand
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finesse: Read
refinement and delicacy of performance; skillful, subtle handling
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4   Word meaning matching - Test words you know:
affected  Speak
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make weak; enfeeble; impair the strength of
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speaking or behaving in artificial way; emotionally stirred or moved; infected or attacked
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wasting away; decrease in size; reduction in the functionality of an organ caused by disease
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rub or wipe out; make indistinct as if by rubbing
altruistic  Speak
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difficult to work with; rude; unyielding; unmanageable
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expression of praise, often on the occasion of someone's death
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unselfishly generous; concerned for others
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discouraging
amicable  Speak
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expression of praise, often on the occasion of someone's death
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exhibiting friendliness or goodwill; not quarrelsome
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having harmful effect; injurious; having quality of destroying life; noxious; poisonous
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speaking or behaving in artificial way; emotionally stirred or moved; infected or attacked
assuage  Speak
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discouraging
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ease or lessen pain; satisfy or appease
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compassionate
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unselfishly generous; concerned for others
atrophy  Speak
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destroy or kill a large part of; select by lot and kill one in every ten of
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wasting away; decrease in size; reduction in the functionality of an organ caused by disease
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worthy of contempt; deserving of scorn or disdain; mean
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giving a false appearance of frankness; not straightforward or candid; insincere or calculating
censure  Speak
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something that discourages; tending to deter
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supported by two opposing parties
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scatter; drive away; cause to vanish
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expression of strong disapproval or harsh criticism; blame
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5   Interactive spelling - Check your spelling skill online:
Read [Esc] greediness for wealth; insatiable desire of gain


Spelling Word: avarice
Read [Esc] marsh, swamp


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


Spelling Word: caustic
Read [Esc] scold mildly so as to correct or improve; express disapproval


Spelling Word: chide
Read [Esc] casual; brief or broad; not cautious, nor detailed


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


Spelling Word: debunk
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