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Top 500 SAT Words 1

abate: Read
subside; decrease; become less in amount or intensity

aberration: Read
deviation, not normal

abhor: Read
fill with horror and loathing; horrify; hate

abstruse: Read
obscure; profound; difficult to understand.

accost: Read
approach and speak to boldly or aggressively, as with demand or request

acrimony: Read
bitter animosity

acumen: Read
mental keenness; quickness of perception

adamant: Read
extremely hard; inflexible; stubbornly unyielding

adept: Read
expert at; very skilled; having or showing knowledge and skill and aptitude

adroit: Read
skillful and adept under pressing conditions

affected: Read
speaking or behaving in artificial way; emotionally stirred or moved; infected or attacked

alacrity: Read
cheerful promptness or willingness; eagerness; speed or quickness

aloocate: Read
assign, portion

altruistic: Read
unselfishly generous; concerned for others

amenable: Read
responsive to advice or suggestion; responsible to higher authority; willing to comply with; agreeable

amiable: Read
good-natured and likable; lovable; warmly friendly

amicable: Read
exhibiting friendliness or goodwill; not quarrelsome

antediluvian: Read
antiquated; extremely old and ancient; belonging to very ancient times

anthropology: Read
social science that studies origins and social relationships of human beings

antipathy: Read
strong feeling of aversion; dislike

apathetic: Read
feeling or showing a lack of interest or concern; indifferent

apt: Read
likely; exactly suitable; appropriate; quick to learn or understand

arcane: Read
secret; mysterious; known only to the initiated

ascendancy: Read
superiority or decisive advantage; domination

ascetic: Read
leading a life of self-discipline and self-denial; austere

aspire: Read
seek to attain; long for; strive toward an end

assail: Read
assault; attack with or as if with violent blows

assiduous: Read
constant in application or attention; diligent; unceasing or persistent

assuage: Read
ease or lessen pain; satisfy or appease

atrophy: Read
wasting away; decrease in size; reduction in the functionality of an organ caused by disease

attenuate: Read
make slender, fine, or small; weaken; lessen density of

august: Read
impressive; majestic; inspiring awe or admiration

aura: Read
air, feeling

auspicious: Read
attended by favorable circumstances; marked by success; prosperous

autocrat: Read
dictator; ruler having unlimited power

automaton: Read
mechanism that imitates actions of humans

avarice: Read
greediness for wealth; insatiable desire of gain

banal: Read
obvious and dull; commonplace; lacking originality

barrage: Read
artificial obstruction; heavy curtain of artillery fire; rapid, concentrated discharge of missiles

belie: Read
contradict; give a false impression

belligerent: Read
inclined or eager to fight; aggressive

benevolent: Read
generous in providing aid to others; charitable

bequeath: Read
leave to someone by a will; hand down

berate: Read
rebuke or scold angrily and at length

bitartisanship: Read
supported by two opposing parties

blighted: Read
suffering from a disease; destroyed, ruined, or spoiled

bog: Read
marsh, swamp

bolster: Read
support or prop up with or as if with a long narrow pillow or cushion

bombastic: Read
pompous; using inflated language; high-sounding but with little meaning

boorish: Read
rude and clumsy in behavior; ungentlemanly; awkward in manners

buoyant: Read
able to float; cheerful and optimistic

burgeon: Read
grow forth; send out buds; grow or develop rapidly

buttress: Read
support physically; prop up; support something or someone by supplying evidence

byzantine: Read
convoluted, complex

cacophonous: Read
discordant; inharmonious; sounding harshly; ill-sounding

cajole: Read
influence or urge by gentle urging or flattering

callous: Read
emotionally hardened; unfeeling; toughened

cantankerous: Read
ill humored; irritable; marked by ill-tempered contradiction or opposition; ugly; malicious

capricious: Read
fickle; impulsive and unpredictable; apt to change opinions suddenly

castigate: Read
criticize severely; punish; revise or make corrections to publication

caustic: Read
capable of burning, corroding, dissolving, or eating away by chemical action

censorious: Read
critical; addicted to censure; severe in making remarks on others, or on their writings or manners; implying or expressing censure

censure: Read
expression of strong disapproval or harsh criticism; blame

cerebral: Read
relating to the brain or cerebrum; intellectual rather than emotional

chagrin: Read
anxiety caused by humiliation or injured pride; disappointment

charlatan: Read
quack; one who pretends to knowledge, skill, or importance

chastise: Read
punish, as by beating; criticize severely; rebuke

chide: Read
scold mildly so as to correct or improve; express disapproval

churlish: Read
difficult to work with; rude; unyielding; unmanageable

circuitous: Read
being or taking a roundabout, lengthy course; going round in a circuit; not direct

circumscribe: Read
limit narrowly; confine; draw a line around; encircle

circumvent: Read
surround an enemy; enclose or entrap; beat by cleverness and wit

clandestine: Read
secret; conducted with or marked by hidden aims or methods

coalesce: Read
combine; fuse; grow together; come together so as to form one whole; unite

compendious: Read

complacency: Read
feeling of contented self-satisfaction, especially when unaware of upcoming trouble

compliant: Read
yielding to request or desire; ready to accommodate; disposed or willing to comply

conciliate: Read
compromising, apologizing

concur: Read

conflagration: Read
large destructive fire; burning; large-scale military conflict

confluence: Read
act of two things flowing together; junction or meeting place where two things meet

congenial: Read

conscientious: Read
diligent; responsible; reliable

consternation: Read
intense state of fear or dismay; astonishment combined with terror

contempt: Read
state of being despised or dishonored; disgrace; disobedience to, or open disrespect of

contemptible: Read
worthy of contempt; deserving of scorn or disdain; mean

contentious: Read
quarrelsome; disagreeable; marked by heated arguments or controversy

convivial: Read
festive; occupied with or fond of the pleasures of good company

copious: Read
plentiful; containing plenty; affording ample supply

corroborate: Read
establish or strengthen as with new evidence or facts; support with evidence

cosmopolitan: Read
sophisticated; of worldwide scope

credulity: Read
readiness of belief; disposition to believe on slight evidence

culpable: Read

cursory: Read
casual; brief or broad; not cautious, nor detailed

dauntless: Read
bold; incapable of being discouraged; fearless

dearth: Read
scarcity; shortage of food; famine from failure or loss of crops

debacle: Read
sudden downfall; complete disaster

debilitate: Read
make weak; enfeeble; impair the strength of

debunk: Read
expose as false, exaggerated, worthless; ridicule

decimate: Read
destroy or kill a large part of; select by lot and kill one in every ten of

decorum: Read
propriety in manners and conduct; good taste in manners; conventions or requirements of polite behavior

deference: Read
willingness to carry out the wishes of others; great respect

degredation: Read

deleterious: Read
having harmful effect; injurious; having quality of destroying life; noxious; poisonous

delineate: Read
portray; depict; draw or trace outline of; sketch out

demonstrative: Read
openly emotional

demure: Read
modest and reserved in manner or behavior

demystify: Read
clarify; free from mystery or obscurity

denigrate: Read
blacken; defame; attack reputation of; degrade

depose: Read
force to leave; remove from office

depravity: Read
extreme corruption or degradation; wickedness

deprecate: Read
express disapproval of; protest against; belittle

depreciation: Read
devaluation; decrease in price or value

deride: Read
ridicule; make fun of; laugh at with contempt

derivative: Read
unoriginal; derived from another source

derogatory: Read
expressing low opinion; disparaging; belittling

desecration: Read
violate the sacredness of

despondent: Read
in low spirits from loss of hope or courage

despot: Read
tyrant; harsh, authoritarian ruler; eastern Orthodox bishop

destitute: Read
extremely poor; utterly lacking; devoid

deterrent: Read
something that discourages; tending to deter

devoid: Read
completely lacking; barren or empty

didactic: Read
excessively morally instructive

diffident: Read

diffuse: Read
spread out widely; scatter freely; pour out and cause to spread freely

digress(ion): Read
stray from the subject at hand

dilatory: Read
tending to waste time

diminutive: Read
below the average size; very small; little

dire: Read
urgent, dreadful

discern: Read
detect; perceive

discomfited: Read
disappointed, defeated

discount: Read
give reduction in price on

disheartening: Read

disillusionment: Read
disenchantment, disappointment

disingenuous: Read
giving a false appearance of frankness; not straightforward or candid; insincere or calculating

disparage: Read
belittle; speak of in a slighting or disrespectful way; reduce in esteem or rank

dispassionate: Read
calm; impartial; unaffected by strong emotion or prejudice

dispel: Read
scatter; drive away; cause to vanish

disputatious: Read
argumentative; fond of arguing; inclined to dispute

disquiet: Read
make uneasy or anxious; trouble

disseminate: Read
distribute; spread; scatter like seeds

distaste: Read
dislike, aversion

divergent: Read
differing; tending to move apart in different directions

divisive: Read
creating conflict

divulge: Read
reveal; make known to public

doctrine: Read
principles presented for belief, as by religious; principle of law; act of teaching; instruction

dormant: Read
sleeping; not active but capable of becoming active

dupe: Read
easily deceived person; duplicate of photographic image

duplicitous: Read
deliberately deceptive

ebullient: Read
showing excitement; overflowing with enthusiasm

eclectic: Read
composed of elements from a variety of sources

efface: Read
rub or wipe out; make indistinct as if by rubbing

effervesce: Read
bubble, fizz

egalitarian: Read
belief in equality

elated: Read
overjoyed; extremely happy and excited

elicit: Read
draw out; bring forth or to light; generate or provoke as response or answer

elucidate: Read
make clear or plain, especially by explanation; clarify

elude: Read
avoid cleverly; escape perception of

elusive: Read
difficult to describe; difficult to detect or grasp by mind

embitter: Read
make worse

embroiled: Read
throw into confusion; deeply involved especially in something complicated

empathetic: Read

empirical: Read
derived from experiment and observation rather than theory

encompass: Read
surround; form a circle or ring around; enclose; envelop

encroaching: Read

encumbrance: Read

enigma: Read
puzzle; difficult problem

enumerate: Read
list each one; mention one by one

ephemeral: Read
short-lived; enduring a very short time

epiphany: Read
sudden realization

epitome: Read
representative or perfect example of a class or type; brief summary, as of a book or article

equanimity: Read
calmness of temperament; steadiness of mind under stress.

equitable: Read
marked by or having equity; just and impartial

equivocal: Read
open to two or more interpretations and often intended to mislead

erudite: Read
learned; scholarly, with emphasis on knowledge gained from books

esoteric: Read
hard to understand; known only in a particular group

estrange: Read

eulogy: Read
expression of praise, often on the occasion of someone's death

evoke: Read
bring out; arouse; call forth

exacting: Read
making severe demands; rigorous; requiring great care, effort, or attention

excavate: Read
unearth; dig out; make a hole in; hollow out

exemplar: Read
representative example

exhibitionist: Read
deliberately behaving a certain way to attract attention

exhort: Read
urge on or encourage, especially by shouts; make urgent appeal

exorbitant: Read
greatly exceeding bounds of reason or moderation; exceeding proper limits

expedient: Read
suitable; appropriate to a purpose; serving to promote your interest

expose: Read
set forth; set out to public view

extol: Read
praise highly; glorify; celebrate

extricate: Read
free, as from difficulties or perplexities; cause to be emitted or evolved

facile: Read
done or achieved with little effort or difficulty; ready or fluent

faction: Read
a party of persons having a common end in view

fallacious: Read
false; tending to mislead; deceptive

fallacy: Read
deceptive or false appearance; false notion; deception

fanaticism: Read
excessive zeal; extreme devotion to a belief or cause

fastidious: Read
difficult to please; having complicated requirements; excessively particular demanding about details

fathom: Read
measure the depth; come to understand

felicitious: Read
well-suited, happy

finesse: Read
refinement and delicacy of performance; skillful, subtle handling

flagrant: Read
obvious and offensive, blatant, scandalous; flaming into notice

flippant: Read
lacking proper seriousness; speaking freely; talkative; communicative

florid: Read
reddish; elaborately or excessively ornamented

flummox: Read

folly: Read
foolishness; lack of good sense, understanding, or foresight

foolhardy: Read
rash; marked by unthinking boldness

forlorn: Read
sad and lonely; wretched; abandoned or left behind

fortitude: Read
bravery; force; power to attack or to resist attack

fortuitous: Read
accidental; by chance; coming or occurring without any cause

fraudulent: Read
cheating; deceitful; planning or using fraud; given to practice of fraud

frugal: Read
sparing; economical; costing little; inexpensive

furor: Read
great excitement; public disorder or uproar

furtive: Read
marked by quiet and caution and secrecy

futile: Read
useless; having no useful result; vain

gait: Read
manner of walking or stepping; bearing or carriage while moving; walk; rate of moving

gallant: Read
courtly; lively and spirited; having or displaying great dignity or nobility

gargantuan: Read
huge; of a tremendous size, volume, degree

garish: Read
over-bright in color; tastelessly showy

genial: Read
friendly; cordial; having a pleasant or friendly disposition or manner

germinate: Read
cause to sprout or grow; come into existence

glutton: Read
person who eats too much food and drink

grandiose: Read
impressive from inherent grandeur; large and impressive, in size, scope or extent

hackneyed: Read
repeated too often; over familiar through overuse

hamper: Read
put at disadvantage; prevent progress or free movement of

hardy: Read
in robust and good health; able to survive under unfavorable conditions

hasten: Read
accelerate; quicken

heresy: Read
opinion contrary to popular belief; opinion contrary to accepted religion

histrionic: Read
characteristic of acting or stage performance

hubris: Read
excessive pride or self-confidence