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:
divulge: Read
reveal; make known to public
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dormant: Read
sleeping; not active but capable of becoming active
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duplicitous: Read
deliberately deceptive
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eclectic: Read
composed of elements from a variety of sources
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effervesce: Read
bubble, fizz
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elated: Read
overjoyed; extremely happy and excited
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4   Word meaning matching - Test words you know:
amicable  Speak
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exhibiting friendliness or goodwill; not quarrelsome
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open to two or more interpretations and often intended to mislead
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succinct
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worthy of contempt; deserving of scorn or disdain; mean
assuage  Speak
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a party of persons having a common end in view
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calmness of temperament; steadiness of mind under stress.
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make slender, fine, or small; weaken; lessen density of
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ease or lessen pain; satisfy or appease
blighted  Speak
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suffering from a disease; destroyed, ruined, or spoiled
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representative example
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support physically; prop up; support something or someone by supplying evidence
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exhibiting friendliness or goodwill; not quarrelsome
churlish  Speak
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good-natured and likable; lovable; warmly friendly
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accelerate; quicken
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ease or lessen pain; satisfy or appease
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difficult to work with; rude; unyielding; unmanageable
compendious  Speak
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a party of persons having a common end in view
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casual; brief or broad; not cautious, nor detailed
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succinct
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put at disadvantage; prevent progress or free movement of
complacency  Speak
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feeling of contented self-satisfaction, especially when unaware of upcoming trouble
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ease or lessen pain; satisfy or appease
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manner of walking or stepping; bearing or carriage while moving; walk; rate of moving
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tyrant; harsh, authoritarian ruler; eastern Orthodox bishop
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5   Interactive spelling - Check your spelling skill online:
Read [Esc] good-natured and likable; lovable; warmly friendly


Spelling Word: amiable
Read [Esc] leading a life of self-discipline and self-denial; austere


Spelling Word: ascetic
Read [Esc] dictator; ruler having unlimited power


Spelling Word: autocrat
Read [Esc] influence or urge by gentle urging or flattering


Spelling Word: cajole
Read [Esc] limit narrowly; confine; draw a line around; encircle


Spelling Word: circumscribe
Read [Esc] quarrelsome; disagreeable; marked by heated arguments or controversy


Spelling Word: contentious
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