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500 Hard SAT Word List (2)

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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

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

circumspect: Read  carefully aware of all circumstances; cautious

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

clairvoyant: Read  having foresight; fortuneteller

clamor: Read  noise; loud outcry; expression of discontent or protest

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

counterfeit: Read  make a copy of, usually with the intent to defraud; forge

covert: Read  secretive, not openly shown

credible: Read  capable of being credited or believed; worthy of belief; entitled to confidence; trustworthy

credulous: Read  apt to believe on slight evidence; easily imposed upon; unsuspecting; believed too readily

cringe: Read  shrink or recoil, as in fear, disgust or embarrassment; bend or crouch with base humility

cryptic: Read  having hidden meaning; mystifying; using code or cipher

curtail: Read  cut short or reduce; cut off end or tail, or any part

cynical: Read  skeptical of motives of others; selfishly calculating; negative or pessimistic

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

decoy: Read  lure or bait; means used to mislead or lead into danger

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

defoliate: Read  strip leaves or branches from; cause leaves of plant, tree, or forest to fall off, especially by use of chemicals

defunct: Read  dead; no longer in use or existence

degradation: Read  humiliation; debasement; decline to a lower condition, quality, or level

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

deliberate: Read  consider; think about carefully; weigh

demur: Read  object because of doubts; hesitate

denounce: Read  condemn openly; criticize; make known in formal manner

deplete: Read  decrease fullness of; use up or empty out

deplore: Read  feel or express strong disapproval of; condemn; express sorrow or grief over; regret

depravity: Read  extreme corruption or degradation; wickedness

deprecate: Read  express disapproval of; protest against; belittle

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

derogatory: Read  expressing low opinion; disparaging; belittling

desecrate: Read  violate with violence, especially to sacred place

desist: Read  cease to proceed or act; stop; forbear

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

deter: Read  keep from; stop; prevent or discourage from acting

deteriorate: Read  become worse; decline

detrimental: Read  causing damage or harm; injurious

dexterous: Read  skillful in the use of the hands; having mental skill

digress: Read  turn aside, especially from main subject in writing or speaking

dilemma: Read  predicament; state of uncertainty or between equally unfavorable options

diligent: Read  assiduous; industrious; hard-working

dirge: Read  a piece of music of a mournful character, to accompany funeral rites; funeral hymn

discern: Read  detect; perceive

discord: Read  conflict; lack of agreement among persons, groups, or things

discrepancy: Read  lack of consistency; difference

discriminate: Read  make a clear distinction; distinguish; make sensible decisions; judge wisely

disdain: Read  view with scorn or contempt; feel with aversion

enfranchise: Read  admit to rights of citizenship, especially the right to vote

engender: Read  cause; bring into existence; give rise to

enhance: Read  make better or more attractive; increase; improve

enigma: Read  puzzle; difficult problem

ensconce: Read  settle oneself securely or comfortably; place or conceal in secure place

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

epicure: Read  a person with refined taste, especially in food and wine

epistle: Read  a writing directed or sent to a person or persons; a written communication; letter

epistolary: Read  consisting of letters; written in form of or carried on by letters

equivocate: Read  lie; mislead; attempt to conceal the truth

erratic: Read  no fixed or regular course; wandering

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

espouse: Read  take in marriage; marry; give one's loyalty or support to; adopt

etymology: Read  study of historical development of languages, particularly as manifested in individual words

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

euphemism: Read  mild expression to replace offensive, unpleasant, or embarrassing one

evacuate: Read  make empty; empty out; remove contents of

exacerbate: Read  increase severity, violence, or bitterness of; aggravate

exceptionable: Read  open or liable to objection or debate; liable to cause disapproval

exculpate: Read  pronounce not guilty of criminal charges

execrable: Read  very bad; extremely inferiorl; intolerable; very hateful

exegesis: Read  explanation; interpretation, especially of biblical or religious text

exemplary: Read  serving as model; outstanding; typical

exemplify: Read  serve as an example of; embody

exhaustive: Read  treating all parts or aspects without omission; comprehensive

exorcism: Read  act of exorcising; driving out of evil spirits from persons or places by conjuration

expatriate: Read  someone who has withdrawn from his native land

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

expedite: Read  process fast and efficiently; execute quickly and efficiently

exposition: Read  exhibition; part of a play that provides the background information; opening section of a fugue

extol: Read  praise highly; glorify; celebrate

extraneous: Read  not essential; coming from outside

extrinsic: Read  external; not essential; extraneous

fallacious: Read  false; tending to mislead; deceptive

falter: Read  be unsteady in purpose or action, as from loss of courage or confidence

fanatical: Read  crazy; frenetic

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

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

fatuous: Read  foolish or silly, especially in self-satisfied way

feasible: Read  capable of being accomplished or brought about

felicitous: Read  apt; suitably expressed; well chosen

fervor: Read  intensity of feeling; warmth of feeling; intense, heated emotion

fickle: Read  not fixed or firm; liable to change; unstable; of a changeable mind

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