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66 Commonly Used SAT Words

mellowmellow Registered User Posts: 412 Member
edited November 2006 in SAT Preparation
My English teacher gave me this list a while ago and it surprisingly helped me tons on my CR section. If you check out College Board practice tests, these words show up a lot. Good luck! :)

I just typed it up, so please mind any typos.

Decorous-proper
Cathartic-cleansing
Abhorrent-disgusting, loathsome
Amicable-friendly
Anachronism-an error in order of time (chronology)
Florid-flowery
Auspicious-attended by favorable cirumstances
Boorish-rude or clumsy in behavior
Censure-an expression of strong disapproval
Cartography-the art of making maps/charts
Collusion-a secret agreement for illegal purposes
Eclectic-combining elements from a variety of sources
Dogmatic-arrogant assertion of unproved principles
Adulation-excessive flattery or admiration
Consummate-complete in every respect
Cursory-performed with haste
Deride-to speak of or treat with contempt
Destitution-complete poverty
Disparage-to reduce in esteem or rank
Elucidate-to make clear or plain
Eloquent-vividly or movingly expressive
Apprehensive-anxious or fearful about the future
Diffidence-the quality or state of being shy
Embody-to give bodily form to
Equanimity-the quality of being calm
Equitable-just or impartial
Equivocal-of uncertain significance
Eulogy-a written tribute
Evanescent-vanishing like vapor
Exmplary-worth of imitation
Felicitous-admirably suited
Frugal-economical
Intrepid-fearless
Hedonist-one devoted to pleasure
Holistic-emphasizing the whole
Idealogue-a theorist
Laggard-a straggler
Impetuous-marked by violent force
Incisive-clear and sharp
Ineffable-incapable of being expressed
Idiosyncratic-of peculiar behavioral characteristics
Impregnable-impossible to attack or challenge
Lamentation-expression of sorrow
Superfluous-being beyond what is needed or required
Zealous-marked with enthusiasm
Malleable-capable of being molded
Mundane-ordinary
Obstinate-stubborn
Refute-to prove to be false
Rebuke-to criticize sharply
Prosaic-commonplace/ordinary
Quell-to put down forcefully
Polarization-interests about two conflicting positions
Precocious-characterized by early development
Nefarious-infamous by way of being wicked
Rhetoric-the study of using language
Sanguine-a reddish color
Staid-fixed or permanent
Swagger-to brag or boast
Obstreperous-noisily defiant
Venerate-to regard with respect
Vindicated-to clear of accusation
Vindicative-revengeful
Lucid-easily understood
Rancor-resentment
Laud-to glorify
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