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- Top 250 Most Difficult SAT Words (sparknotes)
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Solemnly renounce (a belief, cause, or claim)
Repeal or do away with (a law, right, or formal agreement)
Sour or bitter.
sharp and bitter hatred
quickness of perception or discernment; penetration of mind; the faculty of nice discrimination
To foreshadow vaguely.
Brisk and cheerful readiness
Something or someone that one vehemently dislikes
Contrariety or opposition in feeling; settled aversion or dislike; repugnance; distaste.
Approval or praise
Take or claim (something) for oneself without justification
One who is devoted to the practice of self-denial, either through seclusion or stringent abstinence.
An attack on the reputation or integrity of someone or something
Hard-working, diligent or regular (in attendance or work); industrious.
to persuade someone by using flattery; to cajole
A blessing or benefit.
Rudely abrupt, unfriendly.
strike against forcefully;
To make smooth or shiny by rubbing; to polish; to shine.
A source of defense or support
A mix of discordant sounds; dissonance.
To encourage or persuade by effort; to coax.
a falsification or misrepresentation intended to disparage or discredit another.
Impulsive and unpredictable; determined by chance, impulse, or whim
Reasonable and convincing; based on evidence.
Naturally accompanying or associated
A large fire extending to many objects, or over a large space; a general burning.
Feeling or expressing remorse or penitence; affected by guilt
A difficult question or riddle, especially one using a play on words in the answer.
A willingness to believe in someone or something in the absence of reasonable proof.
Extreme greed, especially for wealth.
Brief or broad; not close, cautious, nor detailed.
To denounce as harmful.
to make impure; to make dirty. Less strong than to pollute
harmful or hurtful, to physical, mental or moral health.
Quiet, modest, reserved, or serious.
to express disapproval of
To harshly mock; ridicule.
Treat (a sacred place or thing) with violent disrespect; violate
Lacking interest, passion, or energy
Transparent; allowing light to pass through; capable of being seen through.
Modest or shy because of a lack of self-confidence
Tending to digress from the main point; rambling.
Conceal one's true motives, feelings, or beliefs
To be uncertain or unable to make a decision about doing something.
Cheerful and full of energy
insolent and shameless audacity
shining, resplendent, with radiant splendor
Exceptional, conspicuous, outstanding, most usually in a negative fashion.
Lacking in energy or vitality
Lasting for a short period of time.
To avoid; to shun.
vanishing, disappearing, fleeting
Reveal the presence of (a quality or feeling)
To clear of or free from guilt; exonerate.
of the poorest quality
Urgent; needing immediate action.
To atone or make reparation for.
To erase or strike out.
Still in existence.
Deceptive or misleading.
Excessively particular, demanding, or fussy about details.
Obnoxiously stupid, vacantly silly, content in one's foolishness.
Highly fertile; able to produce offspring.
wild, untamed, especially of domesticated animals having returned to the wild
having a rosy or pale red colour; ruddy
Easily irritated; bad-tempered
Excessively or tiresomely talkative.
lofty, pompous or bombastic speech or writing
Describing one who enjoys being in crowds and socializing.
Repeated too often.
Very unlucky; ill-fated.
Lecture (someone) at length in an aggressive and critical manner
Domination, influence, or authority over another, especially by one political group over a society or by one nation over others
A destroyer of images used in religious worship, in particular
Deserving or causing public disgrace or shame
Having, or revealing, no emotion.
Assuming power or authority without justification; arrogant and domineering
Not showing proper respect; rude
unaffected or unable to be affected by
Making arbitrary decisions, esp. in an impulsive and forceful manner.
Have an effect or impact, esp. a negative one
Not showing due respect; impertinent; bold-faced
Recently started but not fully formed yet; just begun; only elementary or immature.
Not capable of being denied, challenged, or disputed; closed to questioning.
Extremely persistent and untiring.
Beyond expression in words; unspeakable.
Unable to be persuaded; relentless; unrelenting
naïve and trusting
Tending to obstruct or harm
Immoral or grossly unfair behavior
Producing serious harm in a stealthy, often gradual, manner.
Unwilling to compromise or moderate a position; unreasonable; irreconcilable; stubborn.
To cause to become accustomed to something unpleasant by prolonged exposure.
Insulting, abusive, or highly critical language
Having a particular habit, activity, or interest that is long-established and unlikely to change
In a state of elation.
The fact of two things being seen or placed close together with contrasting effect
Using as few words as possible; pithy and concise.
Heavy; dull; dragging; wanting spirit or animation; listless; apathetic.
Generosity in the giving of gifts or money.
Existing or present but concealed or inactive.
Sleight of hand; "magic" trickery
Disregarding accepted rules or conventions, esp. in grammar or literary style
Clear, transparent or bright.
A large and violent whirlpool.
Noble and generous in spirit.
having or displaying ill will; wishing harm on others
Something with many different parts or forms, in particular
Self-pityingly or tearfully sentimental, often through drunkenness
Sentimental in a feeble or sickly way
lying, untruthful or dishonest
Subject to sudden or unpredictable changes of mood or mind
A small, modest or trifling amount.
A complicated or confused situation
Many and of various types
The quality or action of being lavishly generous; great generosity
Countless or extremely great in number
The lowest point in the fortunes of a person or organization
Emerging; just coming into existence.
infamous for being wicked
Stubbornly persistent, generally in wrongdoing; refusing to reform or repent.
Render obscure, unclear, or unintelligible
Not erect or perpendicular; neither parallel to, nor at right angles from, the base; slanting; inclined.
Obedient or attentive to an excessive or servile degree
Noisy and difficult to control
Blunt; not sharp.
Extremely unpleasant; repulsive
Assertive of authority in an annoyingly domineering way, esp. with regard to petty or trivial matters
luxuriant, and ostentatiously magnificent
Stated or appearing to be true, but not necessarily so
To lessen the severity of; to extenuate.
appearing weak, pale, or wan
A remedy believed to cure all disease and prolong life that was originally sought by alchemists; a cure-all.
A person or thing regarded as a perfect example of a particular quality
Great reluctance to spend money unnecessarily.
A quality that evokes pity or sadness
Fewness in number; a small number.
Expressing contempt or disapproval
Lucid in style or meaning; easily understood
Extremely poor; poverty-stricken
disloyal to what should command one's fidelity or allegiance.
Carried out with a minimum of effort or reflection
Having a harmful effect, esp. in a gradual or subtle way
The quality of having a ready insight into things; shrewdness
Holding tenaciously to an opinion or purpose.
The quality of being childishly sulky or bad-tempered
Precisely meaningful; forceful and brief.
An often-quoted saying that is supposed to be meaningful but has become unoriginal or hackneyed through overuse; a cliché.
An excessive amount or number; an abundance.
A strong verbal or written attack on someone or something
A sign or warning that something, esp. something momentous or calamitous, is likely to happen
Characterized by exceptionally early development or maturity.
Having knowledge of events before they take place;
Belonging to the first ages.
The quality of having strong moral principles; honesty and decency
A tendency to choose or do something regularly; an inclination or predisposition toward a particular thing
To make known or public.
An inclination or natural tendency to behave in a particular way
Giving or indicating a good chance of success; favorable
Straightforward; matter-of-fact; lacking the feeling or elegance of poetry.
To forbid or prohibit.
Tending or able to change frequently or easily
Having or encouraging an excessive interest in sexual matters
Childishly silly and trivial
Naturally aggressive or hostile; combative; belligerent.
Showing great attention to detail or correct behavior
An awkward, complex, or hazardous situation
Often complaining; suggesting a complaint in expression; fretful, whining.
Exceedingly idealistic; unrealistic and impractical
Bitterness or resentfulness, esp. when long-standing
A harsh criticism.
marked by a stubborn unwillingness to obey figures of authority
Morally correct behavior or thinking; righteousness
Filled or well-supplied with something
Express or feel disapproval of
Reprimand or censure (someone)
To reject the truth or validity of something; to deny.
To repeal, annul, or declare void.
Impatient under delay, duress, or control.
Coarsely, vulgarly or lewdly humorous.
Widespread, common (especially of unpleasant or harmful things).
beyond alteration, criticism, or interference, especially due to religious sanction; inviolable.
The quality of being sage, wise, or able to make good decisions.
prominent, worthy of note; pertinent or relevant
Making a show of being morally better than others, especially hypocritically pious.
Having the colour of blood; red.
Making or spreading scandalous claims about someone with the intention of damaging their reputation
The occurrence and development of events by chance in a happy or beneficial way
of or pertaining to a slave
Characterized by or showing interest or concern
With consideration only for one's own interest
Drowsy or sleepy.
false, not authentic, not genuine
Serious, organized, and professional; sober
Having or revealing little emotion or sensibility.
Make (someone) unable to think or feel properly
An excessive amount of something.
A supposition that something may be true, even though there is no evidence to confirm it
stealthy, furtive, well hidden, covert (especially movements)
One who uses compliments to gain self-serving favor or advantage from another.
Understood or implied without being stated
Silent; temperamentally untalkative; disinclined to speak.
To amount to as much; to be equivalent.
Reckless boldness; foolish bravery.
Thin in substance or consistency.
fearful, afraid, timid
Mentally or physically inactive; lethargic
Easy to control or influence
Remaining for only a brief time.
Change in form, nature, or substance
Vigorous or incisive in expression or style
Eager or quick to argue or fight; aggressively defiant
Tediously pompous or bombastic (of language or style)
Inherent baseness or depravity; corruptness and evilness.
Being everywhere at once: omnipresent.
Feeling of anger or annoyance caused by something offensive.
Oily or greasy.
To cause to move in a wavelike motion.
Find fault with (someone); scold
To seize power from another, usually by illegitimate means.
To sway unsteadily from one side to the other; oscillate.
Showing a lack of thought or intelligence; vacant
lifeless, dull or banal
To treat with great respect and deference.
Green in colour.
Experienced in the imagination through the feelings or actions of another person
A change of circumstances or fortune, typically one that is unwelcome or unpleasant
To say defamatory things about someone or something.
Having a thick, sticky consistency between solid and liquid
Filled with bitter criticism or malice
Blame or insult (someone) in strong or violent language
Undisciplined, unruly; not able to be controlled.
Charming; inspiring trust and approval; especially if in an innocent manner.
full of yearning or longing
withered; lean and wrinkled by shrinkage as from age or illness
The time at which something is most powerful or successful
a light wind from the west