500 Hard SAT Word List
1   Overview:
This 500 hard SAT word list is a middle size but high difficult vocabulary. They aren't common or daily words in English, but occur in academic or serious reading materials from time to time. Because of new added words year by year, the original 300 words list is over 500 now.

The hard word list is a valuable supplement to students who want to enrich SAT vocabulary skill, especially to prepare hard words for SAT reading section. The vocabulary is organized into 5 groups; each word has concise explanation and online practices to help master these difficult words quickly.

The main target of the word list is to learn and review hard SAT words for reading section. In addition, to meet with some tutors and ESL students' special requirements, the word list also offers printable flashcards and non-English explanations of 20 languages for each word.

For those who are looking for larger hard SAT vocabualry, we recommend to consider high school spelling words, which have totally 1500 words and are organized by grades:
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Words of Group 2 (Part of words, select list to view all.):
circumscribe
circumspect
circumvent
clairvoyant
clamor
clandestine
counterfeit
covert
credible
credulous
cringe
cryptic
curtail
cynical
decorum
decoy
deference
defoliate
defunct
degradation
deleterious
deliberate
demur
denounce
deplete
deplore
depravity
deprecate
deride
derogatory
desecrate
desist
despondent
deter
deteriorate
detrimental
dexterous
digress
dilemma
diligent
dirge
discern
discord
discrepancy
discriminate
disdain
enfranchise
engender
enhance
enigma
ensconce
ephemeral
epicure
epistle
epistolary
equivocate
erratic
esoteric
espouse
etymology
eulogy
euphemism
evacuate
exacerbate
exceptionable
exculpate
execrable
exegesis
exemplary
exemplify
exhaustive
exorcism
expatriate
expedient
expedite
exposition
extol
extraneous
extrinsic
fallacious
falter
fanatical
fanaticism
fastidious
fatuous
feasible
felicitous
fervor
fickle
finesse
3   Demonstrate word list style:
apathetic: Read  feeling or showing a lack of interest or concern; indifferent

apocryphal: Read  untrue; of questionable authorship or authenticity; erroneous; fictitious

apprehensive: Read  capable of apprehending; knowing; conscious; relating to the faculty of apprehension; sensible; feeling; perceptive

arbitrary: Read  randomly chosen; determined by chance or impulse, and not by reason or principle

archaic: Read  no longer current or applicable; antiquated

bilk: Read  defraud or cheat; frustrate or disappoint; evade or escape from

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4   Word meaning matching - Test words you know:
abhor  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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append or attach; take possession of; incorporate into an existing political unit
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sharpness; acuteness of vision or perception; keenness
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refrain; hold oneself back voluntarily from an action or practice
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fill with horror and loathing; horrify; hate
abstemious  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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refrain; hold oneself back voluntarily from an action or practice
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sparing or moderation in eating and drinking; temperate
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capable of apprehending; knowing; conscious; relating to the faculty of apprehension; sensible; feeling; perceptive
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medieval chemistry; magical or mysterious power or process of transforming
acrid  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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unpleasantly sharp or bitter to taste or smell; bitterly pungent
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book of literary selections by various authors
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lack of caring; indifference
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criticize severely; punish; revise or make corrections to publication
affable  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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easily approachable; warmly friendly
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defraud or cheat; frustrate or disappoint; evade or escape from
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make shiny by rubbing; polish
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book of literary selections by various authors
apathy  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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lack of caring; indifference
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abolish, do away with, or annul, especially by authority
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no longer current or applicable; antiquated
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defraud or cheat; frustrate or disappoint; evade or escape from
arbitrary  SpeakSentences and Contexts
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randomly chosen; determined by chance or impulse, and not by reason or principle
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sharpness; acuteness of vision or perception; keenness
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fault-finding; excessive complaining; of unreasonable criticism or censure
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book of literary selections by various authors
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5   Interactive spelling - Check your spelling skill online:
Read [Esc]    excessive flattery or admiration; unmerited praise


Spelling Word: adulation
Read [Esc]    state of being ambiguous; doubtfulness or uncertainty


Spelling Word: ambiguity
Read [Esc]    state of having contradictory or conflicting emotional attitudes, such as love and hate


Spelling Word: ambivalence
Read [Esc]    serving to reduce sensibility to pain without loss of consciousness


Spelling Word: analgesic
Read [Esc]    irregularity; person or something that is unusual; departure from normal or common order


Spelling Word: anomaly
Read [Esc]    too old to be fashionable, suitable, or useful; obsolete; aged


Spelling Word: antiquated
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