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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depravity: Read
extreme corruption or degradation; wickedness
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depreciation: Read
devaluation; decrease in price or value
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derivative: Read
unoriginal; derived from another source
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desecration: Read
violate the sacredness of
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despot: Read
tyrant; harsh, authoritarian ruler; eastern Orthodox bishop
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deterrent: Read
something that discourages; tending to deter
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4   Word meaning matching - Test words you know:
aura  Speak
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able to float; cheerful and optimistic
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air, feeling
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bubble, fizz
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bitter animosity
auspicious  Speak
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over-bright in color; tastelessly showy
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attended by favorable circumstances; marked by success; prosperous
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excessively morally instructive
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air, feeling
automaton  Speak
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set forth; set out to public view
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diligent; responsible; reliable
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critical; addicted to censure; severe in making remarks on others, or on their writings or manners; implying or expressing censure
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mechanism that imitates actions of humans
bequeath  Speak
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leave to someone by a will; hand down
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detect; perceive
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expert at; very skilled; having or showing knowledge and skill and aptitude
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diligent; responsible; reliable
callous  Speak
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emotionally hardened; unfeeling; toughened
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strong feeling of aversion; dislike
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sleeping; not active but capable of becoming active
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leave to someone by a will; hand down
conflagration  Speak
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large destructive fire; burning; large-scale military conflict
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expert at; very skilled; having or showing knowledge and skill and aptitude
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strong feeling of aversion; dislike
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humiliation
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5   Interactive spelling - Check your spelling skill online:
Read [Esc] inclined or eager to fight; aggressive


Spelling Word: belligerent
Read [Esc] marsh, swamp


Spelling Word: bog
Read [Esc] emotionally hardened; unfeeling; toughened


Spelling Word: callous
Read [Esc] anxiety caused by humiliation or injured pride; disappointment


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


Spelling Word: chide
Read [Esc] intense state of fear or dismay; astonishment combined with terror


Spelling Word: consternation
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