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100 Most Common SAT Words

Words commonly found on college board tests.

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abbreviateshorten, abridge
abstinenceact of refraining from
adulationhigh praise
adversitymisfortune
aestheticpertaining to beauty
amicableagreeable
anachronisticout-of-date
anecdoteshort account of event
anonymousnameless
antagonistopponent
aridextremely dry
assiduoushard-working
asylumsanctuary
benevolentfriendly, helpful
camaraderietrust among friends
censureto criticize harshly
circuitousindirect, roundabout
clairvoyantable to see the future
collaborateto work together
compassionsympathy, mercy
compromiseto settle differences
condescendingpatronizing
conditionalprovisional, contingent
conformistfollower of customs
congregationcrowd of people
convergencejoining of parts
deleteriousharmful
demagoguerabble-rousing leader
digressionstraying from main point
diligenthard-working
discreditdishonor, disgrace
disdainto regard with scorn
divergentvariant, moving apart
empathysharing of feelings
emulatefollow an example
enervatingtiring, weakening
enhanceimprove, augment
ephemeralmomentary, fleeting
evanescentshort-lived, as an image
exasperationirritation, frustration
exemplaryoutstanding
extenuatingguilt diminishing
floridflushed, ornate
fortuitouslucky
frugalthrifty
hackneyedoverused, cliched
haughtyarrogant, condescending
hedonistpleasure seeker
hypothesistheory requiring proof
impetuousrash, impulsive
imputeto attribute to someone
incompatibleunable to work together
inconsequentialtrivial
inevitableunavoidable, certain
integrityhonesty, decency
intrepidfearless, adventurous
intuitiveinstinctive, untaught
jubilationjoy, exultation
lobbyistpersuader of legislators
longevitylong life
mundaneordinary, common
nonchalantcalm, casual
novicebeginner
opulentwealthy
oratorspeaker
ostentatiousdisplaying wealth
parcheddried up
perfidiousdisloyal
precocioustalented beyond one's age
pretentiouspompous, self-important
procrastinateto delay unnecessarily
prosaicrun-of-the-mill
prosperitywealth, success
provocativeinflammatory
prudentwise, careful, cautious
querulousirritable
rancoroushateful
reclusivewithdrawn, hermit-like
reconciliationagreement after a quarrel
renovationstate of being renewed
resilientquick to recover
restrainedcontrolled, restricted
reverenceprofound respect
sagacitywisdom
scrutinizeto observe carefully
spontaneityimpulsive action
spuriousphony, false
submissivemeek
substantiateto verify, confirm
subtleelusive, sly, ambiguous
superficiallacking in depth
superfluousmore than enough
suppressto end an activity
surreptitioussecret, stealthy
tactfuldiplomatic, polite
tenaciouspersistent, resolute
transienttemporary, fleeting
venerablerespectable due to age
vindicateto clear from blame
warywatchful, alert


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