100 SAT Vocabulary Words For High School Students

1. Abate: To reduce in intensity or amount.

2. Aberrant: Deviating from the normal or expected course.

3. Abhor: To regard with extreme repugnance or aversion.

4. Abstain: To refrain from doing something voluntarily.

5. Acumen: Keenness and quickness in understanding and dealing with a situation.

6. Adroit: Skillful and adept under challenging conditions.

7. Alleviate: To make suffering, pain, or hardship less severe or intense.

8. Ameliorate: To make something better or improve a situation.

9. Amiable: Having or displaying a friendly and pleasant manner.

10. Anomaly: Something that deviates from what is standard, normal, or expected.

11. Antipathy: A deep-seated feeling of dislike or aversion.

12. Ardent: Enthusiastic, passionate, or intensely devoted.

13. Articulate: Expressing oneself clearly and effectively.

14. Ascertain: To find out or determine something with certainty.

15. Audacious: Willing to take bold risks; showing a lack of respect for convention.

16. Benevolent: Well-meaning and kind-hearted.

17. Bolster: To support, strengthen, or reinforce.

18. Bombastic: High-sounding but with little meaning; inflated.

19. Capricious: Given to sudden and unaccountable changes of mood or behavior.

20. Censure: To express severe disapproval of someone or something.

21. Coalesce: To come together and form one mass or whole.

22. Complacent: Showing smug or uncritical satisfaction with oneself or one’s achievements.

23. Concur: To be of the same opinion; to agree.

24. Conscientious: Wishing to do what is right, especially to do one’s work or duty well.

25. Convoluted: Extremely complex and difficult to follow.

26. Cryptic: Having a meaning that is mysterious or obscure.

27. Debilitate: To make someone weak or infirm.

28. Decry: To publicly denounce or criticize.

29. Defunct: No longer existing or functioning.

30. Diligent: Showing care and conscientiousness in one’s work or duties.

31. Discern: To perceive or recognize something with difficulty.

32. Disparage: To regard or represent as being of little worth.

33. Disperse: To distribute or spread over a wide area.

34. Eccentric: Unconventional and slightly strange.

35. Egregious: Outstandingly bad; shocking.

36. Elucidate: To make something clear or explain in detail.

37. Emulate: To imitate or match the achievements or qualities of another.

38. Enigma: Something that is mysterious, puzzling, or difficult to understand.

39. Ephemeral: Lasting for a very short time; fleeting.

40. Equanimity: Mental calmness, composure, and evenness of temper.

41. Erratic: Not even or regular in pattern or movement; unpredictable.

42. Exacerbate: To make a problem, situation, or feeling worse.

43. Exemplary: Serving as a desirable model; representing the best of its kind.

44. Extol: To praise enthusiastically.

45. Fastidious: Very attentive to and concerned about accuracy and detail.

46. Fortuitous: Happening by chance or accident rather than design.

47. Frivolous: Not having any serious purpose or value.

48. Gregarious: Fond of the company of others; sociable.

49. Hackneyed: Lacking significance through

 having been overused; unoriginal and trite.

50. Hapless: Unfortunate or unlucky.

51. Haughty: Arrogantly superior and disdainful.

52. Hedonist: A person who believes that pleasure is the chief good in life.

53. Idiosyncrasy: A distinctive or peculiar feature or characteristic of a person or thing.

54. Impede: To delay or prevent someone or something by obstructing or hindering them.

55. Incessant: Continuing without interruption; unceasing.

56. Indolent: Wanting to avoid activity or exertion; lazy.

57. Inept: Having or showing no skill; clumsy.

58. Inevitable: Certain to happen; unavoidable.

59. Infamous: Well-known for some bad quality or deed.

60. Innuendo: An indirect or subtle suggestion, hint, or implication.

61. Insidious: Proceeding in a gradual, subtle way, but with harmful effects.

62. Intrepid: Fearless, adventurous, or brave.

63. Jubilant: Feeling or expressing great joy and triumph.

64. Laudable: Deserving praise and commendation.

65. Lethargic: Sluggish and lacking energy; apathetic.

66. Loquacious: Tending to talk a great deal; talkative.

67. Magnanimous: Very generous or forgiving, especially toward a rival or someone less powerful.

68. Malevolent: Having or showing a wish to do evil to others.

69. Maverick: An unorthodox or independent-minded person.

70. Mitigate: To make less severe, serious, or painful.

71. Nefarious: Wicked, evil, or criminal in nature.

72. Notorious: Widely and unfavorably known or talked about.

73. Novice: A person who is new to or inexperienced in a field or situation.

74. Obstinate: Stubbornly refusing to change one’s opinion or chosen course of action.

75. Ominous: Giving the impression that something bad or unpleasant is going to happen.

76. Paradox: A statement or proposition that seems self-contradictory or absurd but may be true.

77. Perfidious: Deceitful and untrustworthy.

78. Pervasive: Spreading widely throughout an area or group of people.

79. Plausible: Seeming reasonable or probable.

80. Pragmatic: Dealing with things sensibly and realistically.

81. Prolific: Producing many works, results, or offspring.

82. Prosaic: Lacking poetic beauty; commonplace or dull.

83. Prudent: Acting with or showing care and thought for the future.

84. Quandary: A state of uncertainty or perplexity.

85. Rancor: Bitterness or resentfulness, especially when long-standing.

86. Reclusive: Avoiding the company of other people; solitary.

87. Relegate: Consign or dismiss to an inferior rank or position.

88. Repudiate: Refuse to accept or be associated with; deny the truth or validity of.

89. Resilient: Able to withstand or recover quickly from difficult conditions.

90. Reticent: Not revealing one’s thoughts or feelings readily; reserved.

91. Scrutinize: To examine or inspect closely and thoroughly.

92. Serene: Calm, peaceful, and untroubled.

93. Sporadic: Occurring at irregular intervals or only in a few places.

94. Stoic: A person who can endure pain or hardship without showing their feelings or complaining.

95. Subtle: Delicate or precise, and therefore not easy to notice or understand.

96. Superfluous: Unnecessary, especially through being more than enough.

97. Tenacious: Tending to keep a firm hold of something; clinging or adhering closely.

98. Tenuous: Very weak or slight; insubstantial.

99. Transient: Lasting only for a short time; temporary.

100. Vindicate: To clear someone of blame or suspicion; to justify or prove right.

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