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300 Most Di cult SAT Words


September 30, 2012 By Helena B.

Hardest out of the 1000 most common SAT words. Knowing all of these is the safest way to guarantee a good mark in the critical
reading and writing sections.

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abject

of the most contemptible kind

2.

aberration

a state or condition markedly di erent from the norm

3.

abjure

formally reject or disavow a formerly held belief

4.

abnegation

the denial and rejection of a doctrine or belief

5.

abrogate
revoke formally

6.

abscond
run away

7.

abstruse

di cult to penetrate

8.

accede

yield to another's wish or opinion

9.

accost

speak to someone

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accretion

an increase by natural growth or addition

11.

acumen

shrewdness shown by keen insight

12.

adamant

impervious to pleas, persuasion, requests, reason

13.

admonish

scold or reprimand; take to task

14.

adumbrate

describe roughly or give the main points or summary of

15.

adverse

in an opposing direction

16.

advocate

a person who pleads for a person, cause, or idea

17.

a uent

having an abundant supply of money or possessions of value

18.

aggrandize
add details to

19.

alacrity

liveliness and eagerness

20.

alias

a name that has been assumed temporarily

21.

ambivalent

uncertain or unable to decide about what course to follow

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amenable

disposed or willing to comply

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amorphous

having no de nite form or distinct shape

24.

anachronistic
chronologically misplaced

25.

anathema

a formal ecclesiastical curse accompanied by excommunication

26.

annex
attach to

27.

antediluvian

of or relating to the period before the biblical ood

28.

antiseptic

thoroughly clean and free of disease-causing organisms

29.

apathetic

showing little or no emotion or animation

30.

antithesis
exact opposite

31.

apocryphal

being of questionable authenticity

32.

approbation
o cial approval

33.

arbitrary

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based on or subject to individual discretion or preference

34.

arboreal

of or relating to or formed by trees

35.

arcane

requiring secret or mysterious knowledge

36.

archetypal

of an original type after which other things are patterned

37.

arrogate

seize and take control without authority

38.

ascetic

someone who practices self denial as a spiritual discipline

39.

aspersion

a disparaging remark

40.

assiduous

marked by care and persistent e ort

41.

atrophy

a decrease in size of an organ caused by disease or disuse

42.

bane

something causing misery or death

43.

bashful

self-consciously timid

44.

beguile

in uence by slyness

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bereft

sorrowful through loss or deprivation

46.

blandishment
attery intended to persuade

47.

bilk

cheat somebody out of what is due, especially money

48.

bombastic

ostentatiously lofty in style

49.

cajole

in uence or urge by gentle urging, caressing, or attering

50.

callous

having calluses

51.

calumny

a false accusation of an o ense

52.

camaraderie

the quality of a ording easy familiarity and sociability

53.

candor

the quality of being honest and straightforward

54.

capitulate

surrender under agreed conditions

55.

carouse

engage in boisterous, drunken merrymaking

56.

carp

any of various freshwater sh of the family Cyprinidae

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caucus

meet to select a candidate or promote a policy

58.

cavort

play boisterously

59.

circumlocution

an indirect way of expressing something

60.

circumscribe

to draw a geometric gure around another gure

61.

circumvent

surround so as to force to give up

62.

clamor

utter or proclaim insistently and noisily

63.

cleave

separate or cut with a tool, such as a sharp instrument

64.

cobbler

a person who makes or repairs shoes

65.

cogent

powerfully persuasive

66.

cognizant

having or showing knowledge or understanding or realization

67.

commensurate

corresponding in size or degree or extent

68.

complement

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something added to embellish or make perfect

69.

compunction

a feeling of deep regret, usually for some misdeed

70.

concomitant

following or accompanying as a consequence

71.

conduit

a passage through which water or electric wires can pass

72.

con agration

a very intense and uncontrolled re

73.

congruity

the quality of agreeing; being suitable and appropriate

74.

connive

form intrigues (for) in an underhand manner

75.

consign

give over to another for care or safekeeping

76.

constituent

one of the individual parts making up a composite entity

77.

construe

make sense of; assign a meaning to

78.

contusion

an injury in which the skin is not broken

79.

contrite

feeling or expressing pain or sorrow for sins or o enses

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contentious

showing an inclination to disagree

81.

contravene

go against, as of rules and laws

82.

convivial

occupied with or fond of the pleasures of good company

83.

corpulence

the property of excessive fatness

84.

covet

wish, long, or crave for

85.

cupidity

extreme greed for material wealth

86.

dearth

an insu cient quantity or number

87.

debacle

a sudden and violent collapse

88.

debauch

a wild gathering involving excessive drinking

89.

debunk

expose while ridiculing

90.

defunct

no longer in force or use; inactive

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demagogue

a leader who seeks support by appealing to popular passions

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denigrate

charge falsely or with malicious intent

93.

derivative

a compound obtained from another compound

94.

despot

a cruel and oppressive dictator

95.

diaphanous

so thin as to transmit light

96.

didactic

instructive, especially excessively

97.

dirge

a song or hymn of mourning as a memorial to a dead person

98.

disa ected

discontented as toward authority

99.

discom t

cause to lose one's composure

100.

disparate

fundamentally di erent or distinct in quality or kind

101.

dispel

to cause to separate and go in di erent directions

102.

disrepute

the state of being held in low esteem

103.

divisive

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dissenting with the majority opinion

104.

dogmatic

pertaining to a code of beliefs accepted as authoritative

105.

dour

showing a brooding ill humor

106.

duplicity

acting in bad faith

107.

duress

compulsory force or threat

108.

eclectic

selecting what seems best of various styles or ideas

109.

edict

a formal or authoritative proclamation

110.

ebullient

joyously unrestrained

111.

egregious

conspicuously and outrageously bad or reprehensible

112.

elegy

a mournful poem; a lament for the dead

113.

elicit

call forth, as an emotion, feeling, or response

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embezzlement

the fraudulent appropriation of funds or property

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emend

make corrections to

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emollient

a substance with a soothing e ect when applied to the skin

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empirical

derived from experiment and observation rather than theory

118.

emulate

strive to equal or match, especially by imitating

119.

enervate

weaken mentally or morally

120.

enfranchise

grant freedom to, as from slavery or servitude

121.

engender
call forth

122.

ephemeral

anything short-lived, as an insect that lives only for a day

123.

epistolary

written in the form of letters or correspondence

124.

equanimity

steadiness of mind under stress

125.

equivocal

open to two or more interpretations

126.

espouse

choose and follow

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evanescent

tending to vanish like vapor

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evince

give expression to

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exacerbate
make worse

130.

exhort

spur on or encourage especially by cheers and shouts

131.

execrable

unequivocally detestable

132.

exigent

demanding immediate attention

133.

expedient

appropriate to a purpose

134.

expiate

make amends for

135.

expunge

remove by erasing or crossing out or as if by drawing a line

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extraneous

not belonging to that in which it is contained

137.

extol

praise, glorify, or honor

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extant

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still in existence; not extinct or destroyed or lost

139.

expurgate

edit by omitting or modifying parts considered indelicate

140.

fallacious

containing or based on incorrect reasoning

141.

fatuous

devoid of intelligence

142.

fetter

a shackle for the ankles or feet

143.

agrant

conspicuously and outrageously bad or reprehensible

144.

foil

hinder or prevent, as an e ort, plan, or desire

145.

forbearance

good-natured tolerance of delay or incompetence

146.

fortuitous

occurring by happy chance

147.

fractious

easily irritated or annoyed

148.

garrulous

full of trivial conversation

149.

gourmand

a person who is devoted to eating and drinking to excess

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grandiloquent
lofty in style

151.

gratuitous

unnecessary and unwarranted

152.

hapless

deserving or inciting pity

153.

hegemony

the dominance or leadership of one social group over others

154.

heterogenous

consisting of elements that are not of the same kind

155.

iconoclast

someone who attacks cherished ideas or institutions

156.

idiosyncratic
peculiar to the individual

157.

impecunious

not having enough money to pay for necessities

158.

impetuous

characterized by undue haste and lack of thought

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impinge
infringe upon

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impute

attribute or credit to

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inane

devoid of intelligence

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inchoate

only partly in existence; imperfectly formed

163.

incontrovertible
impossible to deny or disprove

164.

incumbent

necessary as a duty or responsibility; morally binding

165.

inexorable

not to be placated or appeased or moved by entreaty

166.

inimical
not friendly

167.

injunction

a judicial remedy to prohibit a party from doing something

168.

inoculate

impregnate with the germ of a disease to render immune

169.

insidious

working or spreading in a hidden and usually injurious way

170.

instigate

provoke or stir up

171.

insurgent

in opposition to a civil authority or government

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interlocutor

a person who takes part in a conversation

173.

intimation

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a slight suggestion or vague understanding

174.

inure

cause to accept or become hardened to

175.

invective

abusive language used to express blame or censure

176.

intransigent

impervious to pleas, persuasion, requests, reason

177.

inveterate
habitual

178.

irreverence

a mental attitude showing lack of due respect

179.

knell

the sound of a bell rung slowly to announce a death

180.

laconic

brief and to the point

181.

largesse

liberality in bestowing gifts

182.

legerdemain
an illusory feat

183.

libertarian

an advocate of freedom of thought and speech

184.

licentious

lacking moral discipline

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linchpin

a central cohesive source of support and stability

186.

litigant

(law) a party to a lawsuit; someone involved in litigation

187.

maelstrom

a powerful circular current of water

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maudlin

e usively or insincerely emotional

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maverick

someone who exhibits independence in thought and action

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mawkish

e usively or insincerely emotional

191.

maxim

a saying that is widely accepted on its own merits

192.

mendacious
given to lying

193.

modicum

a small or moderate or token amount

194.

morass

a soft wet area of low-lying land that sinks underfoot

195.

mores

the conventions embodying the fundamental values of a group

196.

muni cent
very generous

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multifarious
having many aspects

198.

nadir

the lowest point of anything

199.

negligent

characterized by undue lack of attention or concern

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neophyte

any new participant in some activity

201.

noisome

o ensively malodorous

202.

noxious

injurious to physical or mental health

203.

obdurate

stubbornly persistent in wrongdoing

204.

obfuscate

make obscure or unclear

205.

obstreperous
noisily and stubbornly de ant

206.

o cious

intrusive in a meddling or o ensive manner

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onerous

not easily borne; wearing

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ostensible

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appearing as such but not necessarily so

209.

ostracism

the act of excluding someone from society by general consent

210.

palliate

lessen or to try to lessen the seriousness or extent of

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panacea

hypothetical remedy for all ills or diseases

212.

paradigm

a standard or typical example

213.

pariah

a person who is rejected from society or home

214.

partisan

a fervent and even militant proponent of something

215.

paucity

an insu cient quantity or number

216.

pejorative

expressing disapproval

217.

pellucid

transparently clear; easily understandable

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penchant
a strong liking

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penurious

excessively unwilling to spend

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pert

characterized by a lightly exuberant quality

221.

pernicious
exceedingly harmful

222.

pertinacious
stubbornly unyielding

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phlegmatic
showing little emotion

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philanthropic

of or relating to charitable giving

225.

pithy

concise and full of meaning

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platitude

a trite or obvious remark

227.

plaudit

enthusiastic approval

228.

plenitude
a full supply

229.

plethora
extreme excess

230.

portent

a sign of something about to happen

231.

potentate

a ruler who is unconstrained by law

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preclude

make impossible, especially beforehand

233.

predilection

a predisposition in favor of something

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preponderance

exceeding in heaviness; having greater weight

235.

presage

a foreboding about what is about to happen

236.

probity

complete and con rmed integrity

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proclivity

a natural inclination

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pro igate

unrestrained by convention or morality

239.

promulgate
state or announce

240.

proscribe
command against

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protean

taking on di erent forms

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prurient

characterized by lust

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puerile

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displaying or suggesting a lack of maturity

244.

pugnacious

tough and callous by virtue of experience

245.

pulchritude

physical beauty, especially of a woman

246.

punctilious

marked by precise accordance with details

247.

quaint

attractively old-fashioned

248.

quixotic

not sensible about practical matters

249.

quandary

state of uncertainty in a choice between unfavorable options

250.

recalcitrant

stubbornly resistant to authority or control

251.

redoubtable
inspiring fear

252.

relegate

assign to a lower position

253.

remiss

failing in what duty requires

254.

reprieve

postpone the punishment of a convicted criminal

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reprobate

a person without moral scruples

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rescind

cancel o cially

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requisition

an authoritative request or demand

258.

rife

excessively abundant

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sanctimonious

excessively or hypocritically pious

260.

sanguine

con dently optimistic and cheerful

261.

scurrilous

expressing o ensive reproach

262.

semaphore

an apparatus for visual signaling

263.

serendipity

good luck in making unexpected and fortunate discoveries

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sobriety

the state of being sober and not intoxicated by alcohol

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solicitous

full of anxiety and concern

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solipsism

the philosophical theory that the self is all that exists

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spurious

plausible but false

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staid

characterized by dignity and propriety

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stolid

having or revealing little emotion or sensibility

270.

subjugate

make subservient; force to submit or subdue

271.

surfeit

indulge (one's appetite) to satiety

272.

surreptitious

marked by quiet and caution and secrecy

273.

swarthy

naturally having skin of a dark color

274.

tangential

of super cial relevance if any

275.

tome

a large and scholarly book

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toady

a person who tries to please someone to gain an advantage

277.

torpid

in a condition of biological rest or suspended animation

278.

travesty

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a composition that imitates or misrepresents a style

279.

trenchant

having keenness and forcefulness and penetration in thought

280.

trite

repeated too often; overfamiliar through overuse

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truculent

de antly aggressive

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turpitude

a corrupt or depraved or degenerate act or practice

283.

ubiquitous

being present everywhere at once

284.

umbrage

a feeling of anger caused by being o ended

285.

upbraid

express criticism towards

286.

utilitarian

having a useful function

287.

veracity

unwillingness to tell lies

288.

vestige

an indication that something has been present

289.

vicissitude

a variation in circumstances or fortune

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vilify

spread negative information about

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virtuoso

someone who is dazzlingly skilled in any eld

292.

vitriolic

harsh, bitter, or malicious in tone

293.

vituperate

spread negative information about

294.

vociferous

conspicuously and o ensively loud

295.

wanton

lewd or lascivious woman

296.

winsome

charming in a childlike or naive way

297.

yoke

join with stable gear, as two draft animals

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zephyr
a slight wind

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wily

marked by skill in deception

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tirade

a speech of violent denunciation

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