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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derogatory: Read
expressing low opinion; disparaging; belittling
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despondent: Read
in low spirits from loss of hope or courage
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destitute: Read
extremely poor; utterly lacking; devoid
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devoid: Read
completely lacking; barren or empty
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diffident: Read
shy
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digress(ion): Read
stray from the subject at hand
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4   Word meaning matching - Test words you know:
accost  Speak
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feeling or showing a lack of interest or concern; indifferent
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capable of burning, corroding, dissolving, or eating away by chemical action
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approach and speak to boldly or aggressively, as with demand or request
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rub or wipe out; make indistinct as if by rubbing
altruistic  Speak
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sad and lonely; wretched; abandoned or left behind
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festive; occupied with or fond of the pleasures of good company
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unselfishly generous; concerned for others
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hard to understand; known only in a particular group
aspire  Speak
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seek to attain; long for; strive toward an end
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humiliation
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short-lived; enduring a very short time
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plentiful; containing plenty; affording ample supply
cajole  Speak
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influence or urge by gentle urging or flattering
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make clear or plain, especially by explanation; clarify
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derived from experiment and observation rather than theory
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quack; one who pretends to knowledge, skill, or importance
capricious  Speak
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unselfishly generous; concerned for others
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plentiful; containing plenty; affording ample supply
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tending to waste time
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fickle; impulsive and unpredictable; apt to change opinions suddenly
convivial  Speak
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rude and clumsy in behavior; ungentlemanly; awkward in manners
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social science that studies origins and social relationships of human beings
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make worse
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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] ease or lessen pain; satisfy or appease


Spelling Word: assuage
Read [Esc] pompous; using inflated language; high-sounding but with little meaning


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


Spelling Word: chide
Read [Esc] difficult to work with; rude; unyielding; unmanageable


Spelling Word: churlish
Read [Esc] state of being despised or dishonored; disgrace; disobedience to, or open disrespect of


Spelling Word: contempt
Read [Esc] destroy or kill a large part of; select by lot and kill one in every ten of


Spelling Word: decimate
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