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:
dauntless: Read
bold; incapable of being discouraged; fearless
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debacle: Read
sudden downfall; complete disaster
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debunk: Read
expose as false, exaggerated, worthless; ridicule
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decorum: Read
propriety in manners and conduct; good taste in manners; conventions or requirements of polite behavior
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degredation: Read
humiliation
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delineate: Read
portray; depict; draw or trace outline of; sketch out
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4   Word meaning matching - Test words you know:
abate  Speak
Exercise
marsh, swamp
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sophisticated; of worldwide scope
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praise highly; glorify; celebrate
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subside; decrease; become less in amount or intensity
bog  Speak
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over-bright in color; tastelessly showy
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marsh, swamp
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burden
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intrusive
cajole  Speak
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friendly; cordial; having a pleasant or friendly disposition or manner
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influence or urge by gentle urging or flattering
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false; tending to mislead; deceptive
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expert at; very skilled; having or showing knowledge and skill and aptitude
complacency  Speak
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willingness to carry out the wishes of others; great respect
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feeling of contented self-satisfaction, especially when unaware of upcoming trouble
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praise highly; glorify; celebrate
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blacken; defame; attack reputation of; degrade
contemptible  Speak
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differing; tending to move apart in different directions
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willingness to carry out the wishes of others; great respect
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worthy of contempt; deserving of scorn or disdain; mean
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expert at; very skilled; having or showing knowledge and skill and aptitude
debacle  Speak
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sudden downfall; complete disaster
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marsh, swamp
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fickle; impulsive and unpredictable; apt to change opinions suddenly
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festive; occupied with or fond of the pleasures of good company
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5   Interactive spelling - Check your spelling skill online:
Read [Esc] unselfishly generous; concerned for others


Spelling Word: altruistic
Read [Esc] likely; exactly suitable; appropriate; quick to learn or understand


Spelling Word: apt
Read [Esc] impressive; majestic; inspiring awe or admiration


Spelling Word: august
Read [Esc] able to float; cheerful and optimistic


Spelling Word: buoyant
Read [Esc] being or taking a roundabout, lengthy course; going round in a circuit; not direct


Spelling Word: circuitous
Read [Esc] diligent; responsible; reliable


Spelling Word: conscientious
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