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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fraudulent: Read
cheating; deceitful; planning or using fraud; given to practice of fraud
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furor: Read
great excitement; public disorder or uproar
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futile: Read
useless; having no useful result; vain
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gallant: Read
courtly; lively and spirited; having or displaying great dignity or nobility
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garish: Read
over-bright in color; tastelessly showy
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germinate: Read
cause to sprout or grow; come into existence
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4   Word meaning matching - Test words you know:
abhor  Speak
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willingness to carry out the wishes of others; great respect
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relating to the brain or cerebrum; intellectual rather than emotional
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confuse
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fill with horror and loathing; horrify; hate
avarice  Speak
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feeling of contented self-satisfaction, especially when unaware of upcoming trouble
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greediness for wealth; insatiable desire of gain
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give reduction in price on
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critical; addicted to censure; severe in making remarks on others, or on their writings or manners; implying or expressing censure
censorious  Speak
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difficult to please; having complicated requirements; excessively particular demanding about details
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urge on or encourage, especially by shouts; make urgent appeal
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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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confuse
circuitous  Speak
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ease or lessen pain; satisfy or appease
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make clear or plain, especially by explanation; clarify
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bubble, fizz
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being or taking a roundabout, lengthy course; going round in a circuit; not direct
conciliate  Speak
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put at disadvantage; prevent progress or free movement of
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relating to the brain or cerebrum; intellectual rather than emotional
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compromising, apologizing
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suffering from a disease; destroyed, ruined, or spoiled
contempt  Speak
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state of being despised or dishonored; disgrace; disobedience to, or open disrespect of
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yielding to request or desire; ready to accommodate; disposed or willing to comply
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diligent; responsible; reliable
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bubble, fizz
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5   Interactive spelling - Check your spelling skill online:
Read [Esc] superiority or decisive advantage; domination


Spelling Word: ascendancy
Read [Esc] rebuke or scold angrily and at length


Spelling Word: berate
Read [Esc] yielding to request or desire; ready to accommodate; disposed or willing to comply


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


Spelling Word: contemptible
Read [Esc] clarify; free from mystery or obscurity


Spelling Word: demystify
Read [Esc] tyrant; harsh, authoritarian ruler; eastern Orthodox bishop


Spelling Word: despot
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