Complete SAT wordlist w/ synonyms

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Discus: What Are My Chances?: January 2003 Archive: Complete SAT wordlist w/ synonyms
By Minority (Minority) on Sunday, January 12, 2003 - 04:37 pm: Edit

The Wordlist is based on Barrons "SAT High Frequency Wordlist"..the one that precedes their 3500 word one.

These definitions come from
and the synonyms from Microsoft Word (or the thesaurus on

Note: This list is personalized in that certain words such as "acquiesce" are not included since I know them (but are on the barrons list).

Lucky for you, I don't have the greatest vocab so a big portion of the list IS here. Also, please tell me if some synonyms (capatalized are way off..or if there are any typos). Enjoy!

Acclaim -To praise enthusiastically and often publicly; APPLAUD; EXTOL; EXALT

Affable -Easy and pleasant to speak to; approachable; gentle; GENIAL; SOCIABLE

Arbitrary -Determined by chance, whim, or impulse, and not by necessity, reason, or principle. RANDOM; SUBJECTIVE; CAPRICIOUS

Articulate- Expressing oneself easily in clear and effective language; ELOQUENT

Ascendancy- Superiority or decisive advantage; domination PRE-EMINENCE

*Ascetic -person who renounces material comforts and leads a life of austere self-discipline, especially as an act of religious devotion; ABSTEMOUS; ABSTINENT; AUSTERE

*Assuage- To pacify or calm or relieve. ALLAY; MOLLIFY

Atrophy-A wasting away, deterioration, or lack of use;

Austerity- Plainness; Severity of manners or life; extreme rigor or strictness; harsh discipline; ASCETICISM

Belie To picture falsely; misrepresent: to show to be false; give away. CONTRADICT

*Bequeath To pass (something) on to another; hand down; BESTOW; CONFER (ON)

Blasphemy An irreverent or impious act, attitude, or utterance in regard to something considered inviolable or sacrosanct; SACRILEGE: IRREVERENCE

Blighted Something that impairs growth, withers hopes and ambitions, or impedes progress and prosperity; CRUSH; DESTROY

Bolster To buoy up or hearten; ENCOURAGE; STRENGTHEN

Cajole To urge with gentle and repeated appeals, teasing, or flattery; WHEEDLE; COAX; INVEIGLE

Candor Frankness or sincerity of expression; openness; BLUNTNESS

Capricious Characterized by or subject to whim; impulsive and unpredictable; IMPULSIVE; FICKLE

Censorious –expressing reproach; CRITICAL; CONTEMPTUOUS

Clemency A disposition to show mercy, especially toward an offender or enemy;
mildness. LENIENCY

Conciliatory To overcome the distrust or animosity of; appease; tending to reconcile;

Condone To overlook, forgive, or disregard (an offense) without protest or censure;

Contentious Given to contention; quarrelsome; controversial; LITIGIOUS

*Contrite Feeling regret and sorrow for one's sins or offenses; penitent; REMORSEFUL; RUEFUL. (note: Trite means hackneyed)

Cursory Performed with haste and scant attention to detail; PERFUNCTORY; hasty

Daunt To abate the courage of; discourage; intimidate: DISHEARTEN

Deference respect; submission or courteous yielding to the opinion, wishes, or judgment of another; OBSEQUIOUSNESS; ESTEEM

Deplore To feel or express strong disapproval of; condemn express grief; bemoan; DEPRECATE

Deprecate To express disapproval of; deplore; belittle; DEPRECIATE

Deride To speak of or treat with contemptuous mirth (gladness); RIDICULE; DISPARAGE; VILIFY; LIBEL

Despondent Feeling or expressing misery; dejected; CRESTFALLEN; HOPELESS;

Despot A ruler with absolute power; a person who wields power oppressively; a tyrant

Didactic Intended to instruct; inclined to teach or moralize excessively. EDIFYING

Discursive Covering a wide field of subjects; rambling; DESULTORY

Disinclination unwillingness; A lack of inclination; a mild aversion or reluctance.

Disparage speaking slightingly of; BELITTLE; deride

Disparity The condition or fact of being unequal, as in age, rank, or degree; DIFFERENCE; DISCREPANCY

Disputatious inclined to dispute; argumentative; QUARRELSOME

Disseminate to scatter; BROADCAST; SPREAD; PROMULGATE

Dissent v. disagree n. Difference of opinion or feeling; disagreement;

Dissonance harsh, disagreeable combination of sounds; discord; discord; CACOPHONY

Distend To swell out or expand from or as if from internal pressure INFLATE

Document (v) to keep a record; support (an assertion or claim, for example) with evidence or decisive information

Dogmatic Characterized by an authoritative, arrogant assertion of unproved or improvable principles DOCTRINAIRE

Effervescent To show high spirits or animation; emit bubbles of gas. VIBRANT FIZZY

Embryonic- coming into being; rudimentary; incipient (ie. budding); BURGEONING NASCENT

Endorse To give approval of or support to, especially by public statement; sanction (associated with one’s signature-of approval) SANCTION AUTHORIZE

Enervate v. To weaken or destroy the strength or vitality of: ADJ: deprived of strength

Enmity- Deep-seated, often mutual hatred; ANTAGONISM

Erudite well-educated; scholarly. KNOWLEDGEABLE

Esoteric known by few people; Intended for or understood by only a particular group. OBSCURE;

Exalt To raise in rank, character, or status; elevate. To glorify praise or honor. ACCLAIM, LAUD

Expedient Appropriate to a purpose; serving to promote one's interest. Syn:??

Expedite- To speed up the progress of; accelerate. to execute quickly and efficiently

Explicit- Fully and clearly expressed; leaving nothing implied. OVERT UNEQUIVOCAL

Extol- praise highly EXALT

Extraneous- Not constituting a vital element or part. Inessential or unrelated to the topic or matter at hand; irrelevant. SUPERFLUOUS (extra)

Extricate - To release from an entanglement or difficulty; disengage. DISENTANGLE;

Fallacious Tending to mislead; deceptive: BEGUILING, ILLUSORY

Fanaticism - Excessive, irrational zeal. EXTREMISM (obsessive) FERVOR

Fastidious- Possessing or displaying careful, meticulous attention to detail.2. Difficult to please; SCRUPULOUS EXACTING

Fervor- Great warmth and intensity of emotion; intense heat. VEHEMENCE ALACRITY

Flippancy- Marked by disrespectful levity or casualness; pert. FRIVOLITY IRREVERENCE (think, flip some one off)

Frivolous- playful, giddy, like a “bafoon.” 2. of little value or significance. WORTHLESS, MERRIMENT

Garbled- mixed up or distorted to such an extent as to make misleading or incomprehensible. MUDDLED CONFUSING

Glutton person who eats or consumes immoderate amounts of food and drink; one that has an inordinate capacity to withstand something. CONNOISSEUR (expert), EPICURE

Gregarious Seeking and enjoying the company of others; sociable; AFFABLE EXTROVERTED [-outgoing]

Guile- Treacherous cunning; skillful deceit. TRICKERY, SUBTERFUGE, WILE

Haphazard- Dependent upon or characterized by mere chance; N. chance. SLAPDASH RANDOM

Hardy Being in robust and sturdy good health. Courageous; audacious. HEALTHY RESILIENT

Impair- To cause to diminish, as in strength, value, or quality; DAMAGE, BLIGHT

Impassive - Devoid of or not subject to emotion; expressionless. APATHETIC INDIFFERENT, seemingly STOICAL

Implicit- Implied or understood though not directly expressed; having no doubts. INHERENT

Inane- One that lacks sense or substance; childish. FRIVOLOUS

Inaugurate To cause to begin, especially officially or formally; swear in. COMMENCE

Incisive- Penetrating, clear, and sharp, as in operation or expression: KEEN, PERCEPTIVE

Inconsequential- Lacking importance. Not following from premises or evidence; illogical. TRIVIAL, NEGLIGIBLE, TRIFLING

Incorrigible- Incapable of being corrected or reformed: an incorrigible criminal. Firmly rooted; ineradicable: HOPELESS INTRACTABLE

Indict- To accuse of wrongdoing; charge; ARRAIGN INCULPATE

Indolent Disinclined to exert oneself; habitually lazy; causing little or no pain; LETHARGIC, LACKADAISICAL, LANGUID, LISTLESS

Inert - Unable to move or act; lazy. IMMOBLE, STATIC, STAGNANT

Infiltrate- to pass through; To penetrate surreptitiously (secretly) with hostile intent

Inherent- Existing as an essential constituent or characteristic; intrinsic. CONGENITAL INBORN; INDISPENSABLE

Innocuous- Having no adverse effect; harmless. Not likely to offend or provoke to strong emotion; insipid. SAFE; BLAND

Insipid- Lacking flavor or zest; not tasty. Lacking qualities that excite, stimulate, or interest; dull. BORING; LACKLISTER

Insolvent- bankrupt. Insufficient to meet all debts, as an estate or fund. RUINED BROKE

Intermittent- Stopping and starting at intervals; SPORADIC; DISCONTINUOUS

Intractable- Difficult to manage or govern; stubborn; OBSTINATE, OBDURATE
Irascible –hot-tempered and irritable. PETULAND; SNAPPISH

Invert- To turn inside out or upside down; UPTURN; CAPSIZE

Ironic- Poignantly contrary to what was expected or intended;

Irresolute- Unsure of how to act or proceed. Lacking in resolution; INDECISIVE VACILLATING

Irreverence- Lack of due respect; DISRESPECT; IMPERTINENCE

Laconic- Using or marked by the use of few words; terse or concise; SUCCINCT; economical

Languish- To be or become weak. To exist or continue in miserable or disheartening conditions. SUFFER; PINE AWAY

Listless Lacking energy or disinclined to exert effort; lethargic

Loquacious –very talkative; GARRULOUS; VOLUBLE

Magnanimous Courageously noble in mind and heart GENEROUS;

Marred –disfigured or damaged; spoiled. BLEMISHED

Meager eficient in quantity, fullness, or extent; scanty PALTRY, TRIFLING

Methodical Arranged or proceeding in regular, systematic order.

Misconstrue To mistake the meaning of; misinterpret.

Miserly; stingy with money; avaricious or penurious parsimonious; niggardly

Mitigate- to alleviate; assuage; relieve MODERATE

Morose Sullenly melancholy; gloomy GLUM

Notoriety (often ill) fame; reputation; INFAMY

Novelty; Something new and unusual; an innovation; small product;

Nullify To make null and void; invalidate. To counteract the force or effectiveness of
Nurture feed. To educate; train. To help grow or develop. FOSTER

Obdurate- inflexible, unyielding with opinions; ADAMANT; OBSTINATE

Objective Uninfluenced by emotions or personal prejudices; IMPARTIAL; PALPABLE

Oblivion The condition or quality of being completely forgotten; Nothingness

Opaque Impenetrable by light; so unclear that it’s unintelligible. DENSE; OBTUSE

Peripheral Related to, located in, or constituting an outer boundary or periphery;2. of
minor importance UNNECESSARY. PICAYUNE

Partisan- Devoted to or biased in support of a party, group, or cause; DEVOTEE

Perfunctory- Done routinely and with little interest or care: obligatory.

Placate To allay the anger of, especially by making concessions; APPEASE

Poignant Keenly distressing to the mind or feelings; profoundly moving; touching: painful . EMOTIONAL; HEARTRENDING

Pragmatic- PRACTICAL; realistic

Ponderous-heavy or graceless; CUMBERSOME

Potent- Possessing inner or physical strength; POWERFUL

Precarious Dangerously lacking in security or stability; subject to chance; based on uncertain premises. UNSAFE, DOUBTFUL

Preclude To make impossible, as by action taken in advance; PREVENT

Precocious Manifesting or characterized by unusually early development or maturity, especially in mental aptitude. ADVANCED

Predilection A partiality in favor of something; a preference; AFFINITY; PENCHANT

Pretentious Claiming or demanding a position of distinction or merit, especially when unjustified. POMPOUS; PORTENTOUS [also foreboding]

Prodigal Rashly or wastefully extravagant; 2. Given in abundance. PROFLIGATE;

Presumptuous Going beyond what is right or proper; boldly assuming much. FOOLHARDY

Proliferation growth by the rapid multiplication of parts; PROPAGATION; promulgation

Prodigious Impressively great in size, force, or extent; or monstrous. EXCEPTIONAL
Protract To draw out or lengthen in time; PROLONG

Provoke To incite to anger; to stir to action or feeling. GOAD; GALVANIZE

Provincial; Limited in perspective; narrow and self-centered; BIGOTED; SECTARIAN

Quandary –predicament; A state of uncertainty or perplexity; DILEMMA

Rebuff To reject bluntly, often disdainfully; snub; REFUSE;

Relegate To assign to an obscure place, position, or condition. To assign to a lower class or category; classify; banish DOWNGRADE

Reprove- To voice or convey disapproval of; rebuke; admonish; REBUKE

Reticence keeping silent; CAGINESS (wary); DISCRETION

Reverent feeling or showing profound respect or veneration; godly. RESPECTFUL; DEFERENTIAL

Sagacious- Having or showing keen discernment, sound judgment. ERUDITE/WISE

Sanction- To give official authorization or approval; or penalize: ENDORSE

Satirical exposing human folly to ridicule; ironic; SARDONIC

Sardonic- disdainfully or ironically humorous; scornful; mordant; MOCKING

Savory- appetizing to taste; pungent, or salty to the taste; not sweet. PIQUANT
Also: Morally respectable; inoffensive: ACCEPTABLE

Scanty- Barely sufficient or adequate. MEAGER; SPARTAN [austere]

* Scrupulous- having scruples=principled; Conscientious MORAL; PAINSTAKING

**Unscrupulous- oblivious to or contemptuous of what is right; CORRUPT:DODGY

Sectarian- Adhering or confined to the dogmatic limits of a sect or denomination; partisan. narrow-minded; parochial;. HIDEBOUND

Steadfast Fixed or unchanging; steady. Firmly loyal ;unswerving; RESOLUTE

Stoic-indifferent and seemingly unaffected by emotion; IMPASSIVE; DEADPAN
Surreptitious- Obtained, done, or made by clandestine or stealthy means; FURTIVE

Sycophant- servile self-seeker who attempts to win favor by flattering influential people; TOADY

Tirade- long angry or violent speech, usually of a censorious or denunciatory nature. DIATRIBE; HARANGUE

Torpid Deprived of the power of motion or feeling; benumbed. STAGNANT; languorous [lazy]

Trite: hackneyed or commonplace; CLICHED; OVERUSED; PEDESTRIAN

Unkempt Not properly maintained; disorderly or untidy:rude; SCRUFFY

Venerate- To regard with respect, reverence, or heartfelt deference; REVERE

Unobtrusive Not undesirably noticeable or blatant; inconspicuous; UNASSUMING

Picayune- of little value/worth.

Virtuoso-“skilled”- musician/ person with masterly ability, technique, or personal style.

Vilify- To make vicious and defamatory statements about; MALIGN; LIBEL

Viable Capable of success or continuing effectiveness; feasible; possible

Vagrant- A wanderer; a rover. One who lives on the streets and constitutes a public nuisance. VAGABOND (homeless person) NOMAD

Tentative Not fully worked out, concluded, or agreed on; PROVISIONAL HESITANT

Purported Assumed to be such; supposed; alleged SUPPOSED

Whimsical Determined by, arising from, or marked by whim or caprice

Zealot- A fanatically committed person. ENTHISIAST; Aficionado

By thanku on Sunday, January 12, 2003 - 10:46 pm: Edit

thanx man

By Zestfully Clean on Sunday, January 12, 2003 - 11:09 pm: Edit

minority, did you make this list or did you find it somewhere online? This is awesome.

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