The 1,000 Most Common SAT Words

The 1,000 Most Common SAT Words
List #7
1. oblique
(adj.) diverging from a straight line or course, not straightforward (Martin’s oblique language
confused those who listened to him.)
2. panacea
(n.) a remedy for all ills or difficulties (Doctors wish there was a single panacea for every disease,
but sadly there is not.)
3. quell
(v.) to control or diffuse a potentially explosive situation (The skilled leader deftly quelled the
4. raucous
(adj.) loud, boisterous (Sarah’s neighbors called the cops when her house party got too raucous.)
5. salutation
(n.) a greeting (Andrew regularly began letters with the bizarre salutation “Ahoy mate”.)
6. temerity
(n.) audacity, recklessness (Tom and Huck entered the scary cave armed with nothing but their
own temerity.)
7. uncanny
(adj.) of supernatural character or origin (Luka had an uncanny ability to know exactly what
other people were thinking. She also had an uncanny ability to shoot fireballs from her hands.)
8. variegated
(adj.) diversified, distinctly marked (Each wire in the engineering exam was variegated by color
so that the students could figure out which one was which.)
9. whimsical
(adj.) fanciful, full of whims (The whimsical little girl like to pretend that she was a princess.)
10. abhor
(v.) to hate, detest (Because he always wound up kicking himself in the head when he tried to
play soccer, Oswald began to abhor the sport.)