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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empathetic: Read
compassionate
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encompass: Read
surround; form a circle or ring around; enclose; envelop
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encumbrance: Read
burden
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enumerate: Read
list each one; mention one by one
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epiphany: Read
sudden realization
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equanimity: Read
calmness of temperament; steadiness of mind under stress.
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4   Word meaning matching - Test words you know:
antediluvian  Speak
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antiquated; extremely old and ancient; belonging to very ancient times
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strong feeling of aversion; dislike
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readiness of belief; disposition to believe on slight evidence
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cheating; deceitful; planning or using fraud; given to practice of fraud
apathetic  Speak
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pompous; using inflated language; high-sounding but with little meaning
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constant in application or attention; diligent; unceasing or persistent
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feeling or showing a lack of interest or concern; indifferent
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obvious and offensive, blatant, scandalous; flaming into notice
attenuate  Speak
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make slender, fine, or small; weaken; lessen density of
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surround an enemy; enclose or entrap; beat by cleverness and wit
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pompous; using inflated language; high-sounding but with little meaning
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expression of strong disapproval or harsh criticism; blame
august  Speak
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differing; tending to move apart in different directions
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impressive; majestic; inspiring awe or admiration
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act of two things flowing together; junction or meeting place where two things meet
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ease or lessen pain; satisfy or appease
circumvent  Speak
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feeling or showing a lack of interest or concern; indifferent
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accelerate; quicken
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superiority or decisive advantage; domination
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surround an enemy; enclose or entrap; beat by cleverness and wit
confluence  Speak
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free, as from difficulties or perplexities; cause to be emitted or evolved
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refinement and delicacy of performance; skillful, subtle handling
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act of two things flowing together; junction or meeting place where two things meet
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feeling or showing a lack of interest or concern; indifferent
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5   Interactive spelling - Check your spelling skill online:
Read [Esc] exhibiting friendliness or goodwill; not quarrelsome


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


Spelling Word: apathetic
Read [Esc] discordant; inharmonious; sounding harshly; ill-sounding


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


Spelling Word: chagrin
Read [Esc] secret; conducted with or marked by hidden aims or methods


Spelling Word: clandestine
Read [Esc] combine; fuse; grow together; come together so as to form one whole; unite


Spelling Word: coalesce
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