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 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:
bombastic: Read
pompous; using inflated language; high-sounding but with little meaning
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buoyant: Read
able to float; cheerful and optimistic
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buttress: Read
support physically; prop up; support something or someone by supplying evidence
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cacophonous: Read
discordant; inharmonious; sounding harshly; ill-sounding
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callous: Read
emotionally hardened; unfeeling; toughened
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capricious: Read
fickle; impulsive and unpredictable; apt to change opinions suddenly
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4   Word meaning matching - Test words you know:
apt  Speak
Exercise
likely; exactly suitable; appropriate; quick to learn or understand
Exercise
make worse
Exercise
rub or wipe out; make indistinct as if by rubbing
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refinement and delicacy of performance; skillful, subtle handling
arcane  Speak
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ill humored; irritable; marked by ill-tempered contradiction or opposition; ugly; malicious
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secret; mysterious; known only to the initiated
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showing excitement; overflowing with enthusiasm
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in robust and good health; able to survive under unfavorable conditions
bequeath  Speak
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urgent, dreadful
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likely; exactly suitable; appropriate; quick to learn or understand
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leave to someone by a will; hand down
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make uneasy or anxious; trouble
conscientious  Speak
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clarify; free from mystery or obscurity
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diligent; responsible; reliable
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unearth; dig out; make a hole in; hollow out
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composed of elements from a variety of sources
degredation  Speak
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impressive; majestic; inspiring awe or admiration
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disenchantment, disappointment
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secret; mysterious; known only to the initiated
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humiliation
denigrate  Speak
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sophisticated; of worldwide scope
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feeling or showing a lack of interest or concern; indifferent
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blacken; defame; attack reputation of; degrade
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greatly exceeding bounds of reason or moderation; exceeding proper limits
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5   Interactive spelling - Check your spelling skill online:
Read [Esc] unselfishly generous; concerned for others


Spelling Word: altruistic
Read [Esc] constant in application or attention; diligent; unceasing or persistent


Spelling Word: assiduous
Read [Esc] ease or lessen pain; satisfy or appease


Spelling Word: assuage
Read [Esc] mechanism that imitates actions of humans


Spelling Word: automaton
Read [Esc] ill humored; irritable; marked by ill-tempered contradiction or opposition; ugly; malicious


Spelling Word: cantankerous
Read [Esc] criticize severely; punish; revise or make corrections to publication


Spelling Word: castigate
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