1-125, 500 KEY WORDS FOR THE SAT

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Abstract

theoretical; not concrete

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Abstruse

hard to understand

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Accolade

an award, or praise

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Acclaim

praise; applaud

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Acquiescent

reluctantly agreeable; compliant

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Acrimony

words or behavior filled with harshness or anger

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Adament

refusing to change; stubborn, unyielding

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Adroit

skillful in physical activity, or in handling difficult situations

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Advocate

support; plead for; speak on behalf of

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Affable

riendly; easygoing

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Affirmation

positive statement; assertion; agreement

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12

Alienate

to push someone away, or cause him to separate from people

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Aloof

detached; apart; indifferent

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Altruistic

unselfish; caring

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Ambidextrous

able to use both hands with equal skill

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Ambiguous

unclear; vague; having several possible interpretations

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Ambivalence

feeling of being pulled in two directions

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Ameliorate

to make an unpleasant situation better; to improve

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19

Amity

friendship

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Amorphous

without form or shape

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21

Analogous

similar

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Anarchy

a lack of order; chaos

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Anathema

a religious curse, or the thing or person being cursed

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Antagonistic

in hostile competition; opposing

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Antiquated

too old to be useful; outdated; obsolete

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26

Antithesis

opposite

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Apathy

lack of interest or concern

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Apex

top; highest point; summit

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Appease

calm; pacify

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Arbitrary

selected by random choice and without solid reason

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Arcane

secret; mysterious

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Archaic

old; antiquated

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Arrogant

acting superior, obnoxious, smug, or rude

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Articulate

able to speak clearly and effectively

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Ascendance

domination; controlling power

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Ascetic

person who rejects physical comfort and luxury for self-discipline

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Asperity

roughness; harshness; irritability

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Assail

attack with words or force

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Assiduous

persistent; hard-working; diligent; attentive to detail

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Assuage

relieve; ease; pacify

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Astute

wise; insightfully clever; shrewd

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Atrophy

waste away; wither

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Audacious

brazen; brash; nervy

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Augment

make larger; increase

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Auspicious

taking place under promising conditions; likely to succeed

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Austere

stern; plain;

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Avarice

greed

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Averse

feeling repelled; wanting to avoid

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Baleful

harmful; menacing

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Banal

boring; trite; insipid

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Beguile

to cheat or deceive, usually through charm; to amuse

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Belie

to give an impression that is the opposite of the way things really are; to misrepresent

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Belligerent

having a strong tendency to argue and fight

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Benediction

good wishes; a blessing

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Benevolent

kind-hearted; good-natured; generous

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Benign

gentle; kind-hearted; mild

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Bequeath

to leave behind or hand down through a will; transmit

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Blight

decay; disease; widespread death

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Bolster

to support; to reinforce

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Bombast

speech or writing intended to impress the audience; pompous

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Brevity

briefness; conciseness

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Bumptious

pushy; obnoxiously self-assertive

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Cacophony

harshness of sound; opposite of harmony

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64

Cajole

to fool with flattery or false promises; coax; deceive

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Candor

honesty; frankness

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Capacious

large; roomy; spacious

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Capitulate

surrender; yield

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Capricious

unpredictable

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Castigate

scold; punish

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Caustic

burning, either with chemicals or sarcasm

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Celerity

speed

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Censure

to criticize

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Chasten

punish; discipline; castigate

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Chastise

scold; punish; castigate

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75

Choler

anger

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Circumscribe

draw a line around; define limits; confine; restrict

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Circumspect

cautious

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Clemency

mercy

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Coalesce

unite; grow together

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Coerce

to force someone by threatening or physically overpowering him

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Cloister

secluded or isolated from the outside world; also, a place of seclusion

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Complacent

self-satisfied; unconcerned

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Compliant

following someone else's demands; conforming; obeying

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Composure

calmness; equanimity

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Concede

admit reluctantly; yield

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Concise

short and to the point; terse

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Condone

to overlook, excuse, or pardon

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Concur

agree

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Confound

to mix up (in your own mind); or, to confuse someone else

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Consonance

a blending of sounds or opinions; harmony; agreement

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Consummate

to complete or make whole

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Contend

to argue a point or position; or, to struggle for

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Contingent

dependent upon other circumstances; conditional

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Contract

squeeze together; shrink

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Contrite

sorry; penitent

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Conundrum

riddle; mystery

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Converge

move together to meet at a common point

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Conviction

an opinion that is strongly held

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Convivial

fond of parties; sociable

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Copious

in large quantity; abundant

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