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Tricky SAT Words

Tricky SAT Words

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Tricky words to learn for my upcoming SAT exam. New terms added regularly.

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  • kindly, generous, showing good will, well meaning

    benevolent

  • hurtful, harmful

    deleterious

  • to make better, improve (conditions, situation, etc.)

    ameliorate

  • displaying meticulous attention to detail, hard to please

    fastidious

  • forces beliefs upon others, stubbornly sticking to opinions

    dogmatic

  • practicing severe self-denial, avoiding physical pleasures, living simply

    ascetic

  • appropriate to a purpose, advantageous, convenient although immoral

    expedient

  • speak of slightingly, without respect

    disparage

  • to soothe, moderate, or relieve (e.g. a pain), alleviate, appease, molify

    assuage

  • unchangeable (over time), unalterable

    immutable

  • comply with, assent to, passively accept

    acquiesce

  • scarcity, smallness of number

    paucity

  • clandestine; stealthy

    surreptitious

  • to be 1. unimaginative or commonplace 2. using style or diction of prose

    prosaic

  • feeling remorseful for a sin or shortcoming

    contrite

  • openly scandalous, egregious

    flagrant

  • a show of excessive admiration or devotion

    adulation

  • 1. fleeting, passing away from memory, 2. of a field or wave with a diminishing amplitude

    evanescent

  • the quality of frankness or outspokenness

    candor

  • produce, cause

    engender

  • to be erratic, led by whim, unpredictable or fickle

    capricious

  • clarify, explain, throw light upon

    elucidate

  • praise in the highest terms

    extol

  • hardworking, diligent

    assiduous

  • very strong greed, desire for wealth, cupidity

    avarice

  • imitate with intent to equal or surpass

    emulate

  • a harsh, disagreeable combination of sounds

    dissonance

  • having skill in the use of bodily or mental powers

    adroit

  • to belittle, express disapproval of, to urge reasons against

    deprecate

  • passing from one subject to another

    discursive

  • distribute or scatter

    disseminate

  • disentangle, disengage

    extricate

  • illogical, misleading

    fallacious

  • make worse

    exacerbate

  • unavoidable

    inevitable

  • harmless, unobjectionable, inoffensive or innocent

    innocuous

  • lacking interesting qualities, dull

    insipid

  • wasteful or recklessly extravagant, spendthrift, high-rolling

    prodigal

  • 1. impulsive, passionate, with forceful movements and motion 2. said or done quickly without care or detail

    impetuous

  • (usually negative connotation) to lay blame to, attribute, ascribe or credit, assign through accusation

    impute

  • habitually complaining

    querulous

  • not genuine, false

    spurious

  • generous, noble, selfless, kind or charitable (especially towards a rival/someone less powerful)

    magnanimous

  • showing care about minute details, very thorough

    meticulous

  • make milder or more endurable

    mitigate

  • send off or consign to an often inferior position or rank

    relegate

  • deserving censure or condemnation

    reprehensible

  • reject as having no authority; cast off

    repudiate

  • take back; revoke; abrogate

    rescind

  • someone flattering or praising people of authority or position (to gain advantage)

    sycophant

  • tremulous fear

    trepidation

  • a master in the technique of some art (usually music)

    virtuoso

  • Just begun and so not fully formed or developed

    inchoate

  • cool of character, composed

    phlegmatic

  • 1. lazy 2.(medicine) causing (almost) no pain

    indolent

  • overused, cliched

    hackneyed

  • irrelevant or unrelated to the subject being dealt with

    extraneous

  • act as a hindrance to

    encumber

  • combine to create one structure, organization...

    amalgamate

  • similar to something else in certain qualities

    analogous

  • having an imposing style or effect, uncommonly large

    grandiose

  • easy to approach, friendly, amicable

    affable

  • humble submission or respect

    deference

  • timid, lacking in confidence

    diffident

  • (a great) inequality

    disparity

  • characterised by friendliness and goodwill, affable

    amicable

  • harmonious, friendly relationship(s)

    amity

  • 1. warlike, hostile, aggresive 2.(formal) engaged in an official conflict (e.g. a country)

    belligerent

  • severely critical (esp. of other people)

    censorious

  • a quack, someone who pretends having more knowledge than they possess

    charlatan

  • surrender, give in, capitulate

    concede

  • outline

    delineate

  • winding or indirect

    circuitous

  • persuade with flattery

    cajole

  • thicken from a liquid into an almost solid state

    coagulate

  • the flowing together of several things or ideas

    confluence

  • 1.(+with) in agreement or harmony 2. a basic speech sound (contrast with vowels)

    consonant

  • irresponsibly procrastinating, slow, causing delays

    dilatory

  • shameless, impudent, disrespectful but confident behaviour

    effrontery

  • sociable, friendly

    gregarious

  • come together, unite (esp. into one whole or mass)

    coalesce

  • to make less important or reduce in stature (usually self)

    abase

  • help, assist or encourage a wrongdoing

    abet

  • formally, publicly renounce, give up on, forgo

    abjure

  • formally terminate a law, agreement, right...

    abrogate

  • difficult to understand, obscure (e.g. a philosophy)

    abstruse

  • wisdom in a specific area

    acumen

  • promptness, readiness

    alacrity

  • calm, soothe fears or other strong emotions

    allay

  • 1.(+to) something despised 2.(literary) a strong curse 3. excommunication by a pope or a church of a person or denouncement of a doctrine

    anathema

  • before the great flood, ancient

    antediluvian

  • approval

    approbation

  • desire, passion, love for

    ardor

  • attribute to oneself without a proof or a right to do so

    arrogate

  • Rudely abrupt, unfriendly, curt or terse

    brusque

  • a damaging lie

    calumny

  • Having a lot of space inside

    capacious

  • 1. accept a military defeat, stop resisting 2. accept something, yield

    capitulate

  • constantly changing

    dynamic