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 SAT Essay Vocabulary
1   Overview:
SAT essay vocabulary consists of 500 moderately difficult words; many high school students may learn them somehow but cannot use them confidently. This SAT word list includes examples, contexts, and interactive spelling exercises to build a solid essay vocabulary and sharpen writing skills.

If an essay is only done in plain or simple words in SAT writing, the chance to shoot a high score is relatively low. As a general rule, better vocabulary rewards a higher score. Unlike big-size reading vocabulary, writing vocabulary relies on your choice. You can prepare a set of words, then just use them in the right place, in the right way, and with the 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 a real writing test, several hard 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 you 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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cajole: Read
influence or urge by gentle urging or flattering
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cantankerous: Read
ill humored; irritable; marked by ill-tempered contradiction or opposition; ugly; malicious
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castigate: Read
criticize severely; punish; revise or make corrections to publication
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censorious: Read
critical; addicted to censure; severe in making remarks on others, or on their writings or manners; implying or expressing censure
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cerebral: Read
relating to the brain or cerebrum; intellectual rather than emotional
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charlatan: Read
quack; one who pretends to knowledge, skill, or importance
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4   Word meaning matching - Test words you know:
adept  Speak
Exercise
blameworthy
Exercise
representative or perfect example of a class or type; brief summary, as of a book or article
Exercise
bold; incapable of being discouraged; fearless
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expert at; very skilled; having or showing knowledge and skill and aptitude
amicable  Speak
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quack; one who pretends to knowledge, skill, or importance
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in robust and good health; able to survive under unfavorable conditions
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exhibiting friendliness or goodwill; not quarrelsome
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expressing low opinion; disparaging; belittling
benevolent  Speak
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lacking proper seriousness; speaking freely; talkative; communicative
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exhibiting friendliness or goodwill; not quarrelsome
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generous in providing aid to others; charitable
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rebuke or scold angrily and at length
callous  Speak
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assault; attack with or as if with violent blows
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emotionally hardened; unfeeling; toughened
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difficult to please; having complicated requirements; excessively particular demanding about details
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lacking proper seriousness; speaking freely; talkative; communicative
charlatan  Speak
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detect; perceive
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attended by favorable circumstances; marked by success; prosperous
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lacking proper seriousness; speaking freely; talkative; communicative
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quack; one who pretends to knowledge, skill, or importance
contempt  Speak
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generous in providing aid to others; charitable
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characteristic of acting or stage performance
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overjoyed; extremely happy and excited
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state of being despised or dishonored; disgrace; disobedience to, or open disrespect of
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5   Interactive spelling - Check your spelling skill online:
Read [Esc] expert at; very skilled; having or showing knowledge and skill and aptitude


Spelling Word: adept
Read [Esc] superiority or decisive advantage; domination


Spelling Word: ascendancy
Read [Esc] seek to attain; long for; strive toward an end


Spelling Word: aspire
Read [Esc] make slender, fine, or small; weaken; lessen density of


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


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


Spelling Word: buoyant
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