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Top 100 ACT Words

Top 100 ACT Words

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These are 100 words that every student studying for the ACT should learn.

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  • Abbreviate

    Shorten,abridge

  • Abstinence

    act of refraing from

  • Adulation

    high praise

  • adversity

    misfortune

  • aesthetic

    to understand the sense of beauty or good taste

  • allusion

    reference to and image, work of art, literature or culture.

  • amicable

    agreeable

  • anachronistic

    out-of-date

  • anecdote

    short account of event

  • anonymous

    nameless

  • antagonist

    opponent

  • arid

    extremely dry

  • assiduous

    hard-working

  • asylum

    sanctuary

  • camaraderie

    trust among friends

  • censure

    to criticize harshly.

  • circuitous

    indirect, roundabout

  • clairvoyant

    able to see the future

  • collaborate

    to work together

  • compassion

    sympathy, mercy

  • compromise

    to settle differences

  • condescending

    patronizing

  • conditional

    provisional, contingent

  • conformist

    follower of customs

  • congregation

    crowd of people

  • convergence

    joining of parts, coming together from different directions.

  • deleterious

    harmful

  • demagogue

    rabble-rousing leader

  • digression

    straying from main point

  • diligent

    hard-working

  • discredit

    dishonor, disgrace

  • disdain

    to regard with scorn

  • divergent

    variant, moving apart

  • empathy

    sharing of feelings

  • emulate

    follow an example

  • enervating

    tiring, weakening

  • enhance

    improve, augment

  • ephemeral

    momentary, fleeting

  • evanescent

    short-lived, as an image

  • exasperation

    irritation, frustration

  • exemplary

    outstanding

  • extenuating

    guilt diminishing

  • florid

    flushed, ornate

  • fortuitous

    lucky

  • frugal

    thrifty

  • hackneyed

    overused, cliched

  • haughty

    arrogant, condescending

  • hedonist

    pleasure seeker

  • hypothesis

    theory requiring proof

  • impetuous

    rash, impulsive

  • impute

    to attribute to someone

  • incompatible

    unable to work together

  • inconsequential

    trivial

  • inevitable

    unavoidable, certain

  • integrity

    honesty, decency

  • intrepid

    fearless, adventurous

  • intuitive

    instinctive, untaught

  • jubilation

    joy, exultation

  • lobbyist

    persuader of legislators

  • longevity

    long life

  • mundane

    ordinary, common

  • nonchalant

    calm, casual

  • novice

    beginner

  • opulent

    wealthy

  • orator

    speaker

  • ostentatious

    displaying wealth

  • parched

    dried up

  • perfidious

    disloyal

  • precocious

    talented beyond one's age

  • pretentious

    pompous, self-important

  • procrastinate

    to delay unnecessarily

  • prosaic

    run-of-the-mill

  • prosperity

    wealth, success

  • provocative

    inflammatory

  • prudent

    wise, careful, cautious

  • querulous

    irritable

  • rancorous

    hateful

  • reclusive

    withdrawn, hermit-like

  • reconciliation

    agreement after a quarrel

  • renovation

    state of being renewed

  • resilient

    quick to recover

  • restrained

    controlled, restricted

  • reverence

    profound respect

  • sagacity

    wisdom

  • scrutinize

    to observe carefully

  • spontaneity

    impulsive action

  • spurious

    phony, false

  • submissive

    meek

  • substantiate

    to verify, confirm

  • subtle

    elusive, sly, ambiguous

  • superficial

    lacking in depth

  • superfluous

    more than enough

  • suppress

    to end an activity

  • surreptitious

    secret, stealthy

  • tactful

    diplomatic, polite

  • tenacious

    persistent, resolute

  • transient

    temporary, fleeting

  • venerable

    respectable due to age

  • vindicate

    to clear from blame

  • wary

    watchful, alert