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500 Most Important Words for SAT


SAT VOCABULARY

These words were generated using a top-hits list and are those most likely to recur on the SAT every year. They have been organized by theme and by difficulty. The “Most Important 500 Words” is a word list of medium difficulty and a good starting point for most students. The two Basic Word Lists contain easier vocabulary for students who need an easier starting point. The two Challenging Word Lists contain more difficult vocabulary for students needing a challenge.

Most Important 500 Words # 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 Word abstruse apt cajole compendious concur delineate digress(ion) elucidate embroil(ed) empiric(al) enumerate epitome, epitomize equivocal exemplar exhort expedient fathom (verb) flagrant florid(ity) incongruity, incongruous ineffable innuendo laconic lucid nebulous nuance paradigm prattle pronouncement proponent prosaic Definition difficult to understand appropriate, inclined coax succinct agree list, explain stray from the subject at hand clarify involve in an argument or conflict based on observation and experiment (not theory) list representative example ambiguous representative example encourage useful understand evident, obvious flushed, flowery inappropriateness, discrepancy impossible to express in words implicit suggestion concise clear, easily understood vague subtle difference clear example babble formal declaration supporter lacking imagination, dull Group argument and language argument and language argument and language argument and language argument and language argument and language argument and language argument and language argument and language argument and language argument and language argument and language argument and language argument and language argument and language argument and language argument and language argument and language argument and language argument and language argument and language argument and language argument and language argument and language argument and language argument and language argument and language argument and language argument and language argument and language argument and language

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rebuttal recant repudiate rescind rhetoric(al), rhetorician scrutinize, scrutiny simile tangential

defense, counterargument reject reject annul, retract (related to) elegant speech/writing, elegant speaker/writer examine carefully comparison digressive, irrelevant extensive written argument about some treatise topic verbose wordy, long-winded aura air, feeling bombastic pompous buoyant cheerful, floating callous insensitive cantankerous(ness) irritable capricious fickle caustic bitter convivial sociable, lively demonstrative openly emotional despondent sad, depressed diffident, diffidence shy discomfited disappointed, defeated disillusionment disenchantment, disappointment dispassionate unemotional elated, elation joyful evoke bring about, stir up felicitous well-suited, happy forlorn sad fortitude courage furor commotion, anger histrionic excessively dramatic or emotional idyllic simply tranquil impetuous rash, passionate irate angry jaded tired, bored jocular cheerful jovial cheerful maudlin overly sentimental melancholy bleak mercurial fickle morose depressed peevish unpleasant penchant preference done routinely with little interest or perfunctory care petulant irritable

argument and language argument and language argument and language argument and language argument and language argument and language argument and language argument and language argument and language argument and language emotions emotions emotions emotions emotions emotions emotions emotions emotions emotions emotions emotions emotions emotions emotions emotions emotions emotions emotions emotions emotions emotions emotions emotions emotions emotions emotions emotions emotions emotions emotions emotions emotions emotions emotions

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77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 100 101 102 103 104 105 106 107 108 109 110 111 112 113 114 115 116 117 118 119 120

profound, profundity propensity repugnant reticent, reticence sanguine solace somber temperamental trepidation truculent, truculence vicarious wrath alacrity dormant ebullient equanimity hardy indolent insipid instigate invoke lackadaisical laggard languid listless lull pacify placate placid raucous rouse, rousing scintillating stagnant, stagnation static (adjective) torpor unruly vapid abhor, abhorrence acrimony amiable amicable antipathy congenial disputatious

intense, significant inclination, tendency offensive, disgusting emotionally reserved cheerfully confident, optimistic comfort, consolation bleak moody apprehension aggressive, bad-tempered felt indirectly by imagining someone else's experiences anger eagerness inactive enthusiastic calmness robust, sturdy lazy dull, boring provoke, start call forth, appeal to lacking energy, lethargic lazy person inactive, dreamy languid, sluggish short period of calm soothe, calm calm someone down calm harsh, rowdy provoke, excite lively, effervescent not moving not moving drowsiness, apathy boisterous, unrestrained dull, uninteresting hatred bitter animosity friendly friendly dislike pleasant quarrelsome

emotions emotions emotions emotions emotions emotions emotions emotions emotions emotions emotions emotions energy energy energy energy energy energy energy energy energy energy energy energy energy energy energy energy energy energy energy energy energy energy energy energy energy friends and enemies friends and enemies friends and enemies friends and enemies friends and enemies friends and enemies friends and enemies

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121 122 123 124 125 126 127 128 129 130 131 132 133 134 135 136 137 138 139 140 141 142 143 144 145 146 147 148 149 150 151 152 153 154 155 156 157 158 159 160 161 162

distaste empathetic, empathy estrange, estrangement exacting genial officious parody rancor(ous) rapport recluse, reclusive satire, satirical, satirize solicitous(ness) unwitting amenable aspire assiduous assuage compliant, compliance dauntless debacle debilitate(d) debunk deference, deferential deterrent disheartening dispel disquiet(ing) facile futile, futility gallant(ry) impasse indomitable intrepid onerous servile steadfast subservient tenacious, tenacity tenuous tribulation vying acumen

dislike, aversion compassionate alienate, alienation demanding, severe requirements friendly meddlesome, interfering intentional mockery bitter resentment relationship hermit sarcastic imitation expressing care or concern, often too much unintentional yielding strive for diligent relieve, appease yielding courageous failure weaken(ed) prove wrong respectful submission, yielding hindrance, impediment discouraging to drive away or disprove (causing) anxiety superficial, effortless hopeless courageous obstacle too strong to be defeated courageous difficult, trying submissive, subservient not yielding yielding stubborn, determined insignificant, flimsy suffering striving insightfulness

friends and enemies friends and enemies friends and enemies friends and enemies friends and enemies friends and enemies friends and enemies friends and enemies friends and enemies friends and enemies friends and enemies friends and enemies friends and enemies give up? give up? give up? give up? give up? give up? give up? give up? give up? give up? give up? give up? give up? give up? give up? give up? give up? give up? give up? give up? give up? give up? give up? give up? give up? give up? give up? give up? knowledge and skill

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163 164 165 166 167 168 169 170 171 172 173 174 175 176 177 178 179 180 181 182 183 184 185 186 187 188 189 190 191 192 193 194 195 196 197 198 199 200 201 202 203 204 205

adept adroit anthropology boorish, boorishness cerebral churlish conscientious cosmopolitan credulity, credulous didactic discern, discerning epiphany erudite, erudition esoteric fastidious finesse flummox folly foolhardy grandiose inane ineptitude ingenuous lithe neophyte oversight painstaking pedant, pedantic, pedantry precocious provincial punctilious pundit quixotic sage scrupulous shrewd slipshod stupefy, stupefaction susceptible tractable uncanny uncouth unfathomable

skillful skillful study of human beings crude intellectual vulgar, boorish careful sophisticated, urbane the trait of trusting others too much (often excessively) morally instructive perceive, perceptive sudden realization scholarly understood only by a few careful tact, elegant skill confuse foolishness recklessly daring pompous, pretentious senseless, stupid incompetence unsophisticated and trusting, na?ve graceful, supple beginner mistake careful a person who makes a great show of his knowledge early development in maturity and intelligence narrow-minded, unsophisticated meticulous, attentive to detail a knowledgeable commentator foolish wise very careful and precise astute, smart careless, sloppy bewilder easily influenced or affected easily managed or controlled extraordinary, weird crude incomprehensible, unbelievable

knowledge and skill knowledge and skill knowledge and skill knowledge and skill knowledge and skill knowledge and skill knowledge and skill knowledge and skill knowledge and skill knowledge and skill knowledge and skill knowledge and skill knowledge and skill knowledge and skill knowledge and skill knowledge and skill knowledge and skill knowledge and skill knowledge and skill knowledge and skill knowledge and skill knowledge and skill knowledge and skill knowledge and skill knowledge and skill knowledge and skill knowledge and skill knowledge and skill knowledge and skill knowledge and skill knowledge and skill knowledge and skill knowledge and skill knowledge and skill knowledge and skill knowledge and skill knowledge and skill knowledge and skill knowledge and skill knowledge and skill knowledge and skill knowledge and skill knowledge and skill

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206 207 208 209 210 211 212 213 214 215 216 217 218 219 220 221 222 223 224 225 226 227 228 229 230 231 232 233 234 235 236 237 238 239 240 241 242 243 244 245 246

ungainly urbane venerable virtuoso, virtuosity wry corroborate decorum, decorous equitable illicit incriminate indict(ment) indignant indulgent judicious ratify sanction (verb) vindicate, vindication altruistic, altruism avarice benevolent bequeath depreciation, depreciatory destitute exorbitant frugal(ity) lucrative luxuriant magnanimity, magnanimous mercenary miserly patronize penurious perquisite philanthropist, philanthropic procure provident squander venal(ity) vocation aberration accost

clumsy elegant, sophisticated commanding respect because of age, dignity one with exceptional musical skill clever or grim sense of humor strengthen or support with additional evidence order, politeness even-handed illegal accuse someone of a crime formally accuse of a crime angered (by injustice) lenient fair approve, confirm formally approve clear of blame or suspicion generous greed generous hand down (through a will) decrease in value poor too expensive cheap(ness) profitable lush, elaborate generosity, generous motivated by money cheap, stingy financially support, be condescending towards cheap, stingy additional payment, bonus someone who supports charity get or provide prudent, frugal waste willing to accept bribes career deviation, not normal confront

knowledge and skill knowledge and skill knowledge and skill knowledge and skill knowledge and skill law and order law and order law and order law and order law and order law and order law and order law and order law and order law and order law and order law and order money money money money money money money money money money money money money money money money money money money money money money politics and tradition politics and tradition

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adamant apathetic, apathy ascendancy ascetic, asceticism august autocrat, autocratic automaton banal bipartisanship depose derivative desecration despot doctrine dogmatic eclectic egalitarian exhibitionist, exhibitionistic faction fanaticism hackneyed heresy, heretic idiosyncracy, idiosyncratic orthodox pacifist partisan piety, pious polemical renounce reverent sanctity staunch stock (adjective) strident subversive supplant sycophant toady totalitarian

not yielding lacking interest influence, domination one who practices self-denial as a spiritual discipline dignified dictator, dictatorial a person who acts like a robot common supported by two opposing groups (political parties) dethrone, remove from power not original violate the sacredness of dictator religious, political, or philosophical principles or teachings tending to force one's own opinions on other people from diverse sources belief in equality deliberately behaving a certain way to attract attention group within a larger group excessive enthusiasm common belief contrary to the established opinion unique personal trait, quirky conservative, traditional one who completely opposes violence someone with biased beliefs religious devotion controversial reject respectful, pious holiness strong and loyal standard, hackneyed loud and harsh one who intends to overthrow the government to take the place of suck up, flatterer suck-up undemocratic, rigid political control

politics and tradition politics and tradition politics and tradition politics and tradition politics and tradition politics and tradition politics and tradition politics and tradition politics and tradition politics and tradition politics and tradition politics and tradition politics and tradition politics and tradition politics and tradition politics and tradition politics and tradition politics and tradition politics and tradition politics and tradition politics and tradition politics and tradition politics and tradition politics and tradition politics and tradition politics and tradition politics and tradition politics and tradition politics and tradition politics and tradition politics and tradition politics and tradition politics and tradition politics and tradition politics and tradition politics and tradition politics and tradition politics and tradition politics and tradition

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286 287 288 289 290 291 292 293 294 295 296 297 298 299 300 301 302 303 304 305 306 307 308 309 310 311 312 313 314 315 316 317 318 319 320 321 322 323 324 325 326 327 328

trite usurp zealot assail berate castigate censorious censure chastise chide consternation contempt(uous) contemptible culpable denigrate deprecate deride derogatory, derogate discount (verb) disparage eulogy, eulogize extol laud, laudatory noxious reprehensible reprimand reproach scathing slight (verb) spurn tirade tout affected chagrin complacency, complacent conciliate, conciliatory degradation demure, demurral flippant, flippancy hubris ignominy, ignominious imperious impudence, impudent

common seize power without authority fanatic belittle scold harshly belittle harshly critical scold belittle belittle dismay disdainful despicable blameworthy belittle disapprove, belittle make fun of disparaging, belittling disregard belittle praising speech praise praise poisonous blameworthy belittle scold harshly critical insult, snub reject with contempt critical speech praise haughty mortification self-satisfaction, smugness compromising, apologizing humiliation overly modest disrespectful arrogance dishonor, humiliation arrogant disrespectful, insolent

politics and tradition politics and tradition politics and tradition praise and criticism praise and criticism praise and criticism praise and criticism praise and criticism praise and criticism praise and criticism praise and criticism praise and criticism praise and criticism praise and criticism praise and criticism praise and criticism praise and criticism praise and criticism praise and criticism praise and criticism praise and criticism praise and criticism praise and criticism praise and criticism praise and criticism praise and criticism praise and criticism praise and criticism praise and criticism praise and criticism praise and criticism praise and criticism pride pride pride pride pride pride pride pride pride pride pride

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insolence, insolent irreverent, irreverence notoriety, notorious obdurate obstinate, -acy opportunist, opportunistic peremptory presumptuous recalcitrant self-righteous self-serving supercilious unabashed wayward bog coalesce confluence disseminate effervesce elicit indigenous induce inert, inertia inherent multifarious precipitate abate allocate atrophy attenuate burgeon circumscribe copious dearth devoid diffuse diminutive, diminution efface(ment) encompass encroaching excavate extricate gargantuan

disrespectful disrespectful infamous, ill fame stubborn stubborn(ness) a person who takes advantage of opportunities, often unethically bossy, decisive too bold, arrogant stubborn smug, holier-than-thou selfish arrogant not embarrassed selfish, stubborn marsh, swamp blend, fuse a place where things merge or flow together scatter widely bubble, fizz bring about native to a region cause not moving or active intrinsic, natural many types outcome lessen assign, portion waste away weaken, reduce grow, flourish restrict abundant scarcity lacking spread out extremely small erase include, surround intrusive unearth, dig up disentangle gigantic

pride pride pride pride pride pride pride pride pride pride pride pride pride pride science science science science science science science science science science science science size, amount, location size, amount, location size, amount, location size, amount, location size, amount, location size, amount, location size, amount, location size, amount, location size, amount, location size, amount, location size, amount, location size, amount, location size, amount, location size, amount, location size, amount, location size, amount, location size, amount, location

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372 373 374 375 376 377 378 379 380 381 382 383 384 385 386 387 388 389 390 391 392 393 394 395 396 397 398 399 400 401 402 403 404 405 406 407 408 409 410 411 412 413 414 415

germinate hamper (verb) incubate indiscriminate inhibit(ing) innate innocuous insular(ity) inundate latent, latency mitigate, mitigator modicum motley parch paucity peripheral plasticity plethora, plethoric pliable, pliant preclude prodigious profuse, profusion prohibitive, prohibition proliferate, proliferation prolific quell rampant ravenous reap recessive relegate relinquish repertory satiate saturate scanty scope superfluous surfeit teem, teeming trifling ubiquitous vacuous, vacuity viscous

(cause to) grow hinder, restrict develop, grow unselective, random restrain(ing) intrinsic, natural harmless related to or similar to an island flood the state of being not yet evident or active moderate, alleviate small amount diverse, heterogeneous make dry scarcity outermost, secondary malleability, the ability to be shaped or molded surplus easily shaped or influenced prevent huge plentiful restrictive grow, increase fertile, fruitful suppress, quench unrestrained, growing insatiable, having a huge appetite harvest, gather tending to go backward demote give back collection satisfy fully flood, soak barely sufficient opportunity, range more than necessary surplus abundant frivolous, unimportant ever-present, pervasive empty thick, sticky

size, amount, location size, amount, location size, amount, location size, amount, location size, amount, location size, amount, location size, amount, location size, amount, location size, amount, location size, amount, location size, amount, location size, amount, location size, amount, location size, amount, location size, amount, location size, amount, location size, amount, location size, amount, location size, amount, location size, amount, location size, amount, location size, amount, location size, amount, location size, amount, location size, amount, location size, amount, location size, amount, location size, amount, location size, amount, location size, amount, location size, amount, location size, amount, location size, amount, location size, amount, location size, amount, location size, amount, location size, amount, location size, amount, location size, amount, location size, amount, location size, amount, location size, amount, location size, amount, location size, amount, location

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416 417 418 419 420 421 422 423 424 425 426 427 428 429 430 431 432 433 434 435 436 437 438 439 440 441 442 443 444 445 446 447 448 449 450 451 452 453 454 455 456 457 458

waning byzantine cacophonous, cacophony cursory gait garish glutton(ous) lurid malleable ramshackle redolent shroud stark(ness) succulent antediluvian dilatory ephemeral hasten oracle prospective regressive sporadic temporize transient arcane belie charlatan circuitous clandestine demystify disingenuous divulge dupe duplicitous, duplicity enigma(tic) exposé fallacious fallacy fraudulent furtive incredulous, incredulity indeterminate inscrutable

lessening convoluted, complex discordant sound hasty, superficial manner of walking tastelessly showy someone who eats and drinks too much sensational, shocking capable of being shaped, pliable poorly constructed reminiscent, having smell hide, obscure harsh, plain delicious very old tending to waste time short-lived speed up the progress of prophet likely or expected to become tending to return or revert occurring at irregular intervals delay, evade lasting for only a short time mysterious, known only by a few give a false impression swindler indirect secretive make clear and comprehensible insincere make known deceive deliberately deceptive mystery, mysterious a report designed to reveal the truth to the public deceitful, incorrect false belief deceitful sneaky skeptical left doubtful, inconclusive mysterious

size, amount, location the senses the senses the senses the senses the senses the senses the senses the senses the senses the senses the senses the senses the senses time time time time time time time time time time truth truth truth truth truth truth truth truth truth truth truth truth truth truth truth truth truth truth truth

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irony, ironic ostensible plausible, plausibility pretext prevaricator rectify, rectitude refutation, refute sanctimonious sophistry spurious substantiate auspicious barrage belligerent blighted bolster buttress circumvent conflagration contentious decimate deleterious depravity dire divergent divisive elude elusive embitter(ed) encumbrance fortuitous marred nefarious palliate, palliative precarious raze serendipity spartan vanquish vigilant vindictive virulent

incongruity between what is expected and what actually results apparent, seeming likely true misleading claim or appearance liar put right, correct arguing that a claim is false pretending to be religious, hypocritical deceptive reasoning false, inauthentic confirm, establish as genuine favorable bombardment, torrent aggressive, warlike destroyed support support escape, avoid large destructive fire belligerent, quarrelsome destroy harmful moral corruption urgent, dreadful different, conflicting creating conflict evade difficulty to catch or define make worse burden fortunate, lucky scarred evil relieve pain without curing dangerous, unstable destroy, demolish luck simple, self-disciplined conquer, defeat watchful, alert seeking revenge poisonous

truth truth truth truth truth truth truth truth truth truth truth war and peace war and peace war and peace war and peace war and peace war and peace war and peace war and peace war and peace war and peace war and peace war and peace war and peace war and peace war and peace war and peace war and peace war and peace war and peace war and peace war and peace war and peace war and peace war and peace war and peace war and peace war and peace war and peace war and peace war and peace war and peace

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