SAT ACT 500 Most Important Words Vocabulary Word List

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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
rebuttal
repudiate
rescind
rhetoric(al),
rhetorician
scrutinize, scrutiny
simile
tangential
treatise
verbose
ura
bombastic
buoyant
callous
cantankerous(ness)
capricious
caustic
convivial
demonstrative
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
defense, counterargument
reject
annul, retract
(related to) elegant speech/writing,
elegant speaker/writer
examine carefully
comparison
digressive, irrelevant
extensive written argument about some topic
wordy, long-winded
air, feeling
pompous
cheerful, floating
insensitive
irritable
fickle
bitter
sociable, lively
openly emotional
despondent
diffident, diffidence
discomfited
disillusionment
dispassionate
elated, elation
evoke
felicitous
forlorn
fortitude
furor
histrionic
idyllic
impetuous
irate
jaded
jocular
jovial
maudlin
melancholy
mercurial
morose
peevish
penchant
perfunctory
profound, profundity
propensity
repugnant
reticent, reticence
sanguine
solace
somber
temperamental
trepidation
truculent, truculence
vicarious
wrath
alacrity
dormant
ebullient
equanimity
hardy
indolent
insipid
invoke
lackadaisical
laggard
languid
listless
lull
sad, depressed
shy
disappointed, defeated
disenchantment, disappointment
unemotional
joyful
bring about, stir up
well-suited, happy
sad
courage
commotion, anger
excessively dramatic or emotional
simply tranquil
rash, passionate
angry
tired, bored
cheerful
cheerful
overly sentimental
bleak
fickle
depressed
unpleasant
preference
done routinely with little interest or care
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
call forth, appeal to
lacking energy, lethargic
lazy person
inactive, dreamy
languid, sluggish
short period of calm
placid
raucous
rouse, rousing
scintillating
stagnant, stagnation
torpor
unruly
vapid
acrimony
amiable
antipathy
congenial
disputatious
distaste
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
calm
harsh, rowdy
provoke, excite
lively, effervescent
not moving
drowsiness, apathy
boisterous, unrestrained
dull, uninteresting
bitter animosity
friendly
dislike
pleasant
quarrelsome
dislike, aversion
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
tribulation
vying
acumen
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
ungainly
urbane
venerable
virtuoso, virtuosity
wry
suffering
striving
insightfulness
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, naïve
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
clumsy
elegant, sophisticated
commanding respect because of age, dignity
one with exceptional musical skill
clever or grim sense of humor
corroborate
decorum, decorous
equitable
illicit
incriminate
indict(ment)
indignant
indulgent
judicious
ratify
sanction (verb)
vindicate, vindication
altruistic, altruism
avarice
bequeath
depreciation, depreciatory
destitute
exorbitant
frugal(ity)
lucrative
luxuriant
magnanimity,
magnanimous
mercenary
miserly
patronize
penurious
perquisite
philanthropist
procure
provident
squander
venal(ity)
vocation
aberration
accost
adamant
apathetic, apathy
ascendancy
ascetic, asceticism
august
autocrat, autocratic
automaton
banal
bipartisanship
depose
derivative
desecration
despot
doctrine
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
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
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
dogmatic
eclectic
egalitarian
exhibitionist,
exhibitionistic
faction
fanaticism
hackneyed
heresy, heretic
idiosyncrasy, idiosyncratic
orthodox
pacifist
partisan
piety, pious
polemical
renounce
reverent
sanctity
staunch
stock (adjective)
strident
subversive
supplant
sycophant
totalitarian
rite
usurp
zealot
assail
berate
castigate
censorious
censure
chide
consternation
contempt(uous)
contemptible
culpable
deprecate
deride
laud, laudatory
noxious
reprehensible
reproach
scathing
slight (verb)
spurn
tirade
chagrin
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
undemocratic, rigid political control
common
seize power without authority
fanatic
belittle
scold harshly
belittle
harshly critical
scold
belittle
dismay
disdainful
despicable
blameworthy
disapprove, belittle
make fun of
praise
poisonous
blameworthy
scold
harshly critical
insult, snub
reject with contempt
critical speech
mortification
complacent
self-satisfaction, smugness
conciliate,
conciliatory
degradation
demure, demurral
flippant, flippancy
hubris
insolence, insolent
notoriety, notorious
obdurate
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
germinate
compromising, apologizing
humiliation
overly modest
disrespectful
arrogance
disrespectful
infamous, ill fame
stubborn
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
(cause to) grow
hamper (verb)
incubate
indiscriminate
inhibit(ing)
innate
innocuous
insular(ity)
inundate
latent, latency
mitigate, mitigator
modicum
motley
parch
paucity
peripheral
plethora, plethoric
pliable, pliant
preclude
prodigious
profuse, profusion
proliferate, proliferation
prolific
quell
rampant
ravenous
reap
recessive
relegate
relinquish
repertory
satiate
saturate
scanty
scope
superfluous
surfeit
teem, teeming
trifling
ubiquitous
vacuous, vacuity
viscous
waning
byzantine
cacophonous, cacophony
cursory
gait
garish
lurid
malleable
ramshackle
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
surplus
easily shaped or influenced
prevent
huge
plentiful
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
lessening
convoluted, complex
discordant sound
hasty, superficial
manner of walking
tastelessly showy
sensational, shocking
capable of being shaped, pliable
poorly constructed
redolent
shroud
stark(ness)
succulent
antediluvian
dilatory
ephemeral
hasten
oracle
prospective
regressive
sporadic
temporize
transient
arcane
belie
charlatan
circuitous
clandestine
demystify
disingenuous
divulge
dupe
enigma(tic)
exposé
fallacious
fallacy
fraudulent
furtive
indeterminate
inscrutable
irony, ironic
ostensible
plausible, plausibility
pretext
prevaricator
rectify, rectitude
refutation, refute
sophistry
spurious
substantiate
auspicious
barrage
belligerent
blighted
bolster
buttress
circumvent
conflagration
contentious
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
mystery, mysterious
a report designed to reveal the truth to the public
deceitful, incorrect
false belief
deceitful
sneaky
left doubtful, inconclusive
mysterious
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
deceptive reasoning
false, inauthentic
confirm, establish as genuine
favorable
bombardment, torrent
aggressive, warlike
destroyed
support
support
escape, avoid
large destructive fire
belligerent, quarrelsome
decimate
deleterious
depravity
dire
divergent
divisive
elude
elusive
embitter(ed)
encumbrance
fortuitous
marred
nefarious
palliate, palliative
precarious
raze
serendipity
spartan
vanquish
vigilant
vindictive
virulent
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
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