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SAT Vocabulary List


Words from Official SAT Study Guide Test 4

Advocatesupport
Ambiguousvague
Animosityhostility; hatred
Boorishnessrudeness; ill-mannered behavior
Censureblame; criticize
Concordagreement
Conflagrationbig fire
Consecrateddedicated; made holy
Consummatesupremely good
Contagiouspassed on through touch; infectious
Cursorysuperficial
Dalliancenon-serious involvement; toying or playing with something
Deleteriousharmful
Disparagingcritical
Dubiousdoubtful
Equitablefair and equal
Eulogypraise
Fastidiousvery fussy; excessively concerned (esp. about cleanliness)
Fidelityfaithfulness; loyalty
Formidableinspiring awe
Futileuseless; waste of time and effort
Futilityuselessness
Holisticwhole; entire (Holistic viewpoint = seeing things as a whole)
Idiosyncraticquirky; eccentric; unique to an individual
Ineffablecan’t be expressed in words
Infelicityunsuitability; inappropriateness
Integrityhonor; honesty
Intermittenton and off; not continuous
Judiciousfair; wise
Legitimateto make legal; give approval to
Mercenaryseeking money above all else
Meticulousthorough; taking care of details
Petulantsulky
Polarizeddivided into two extremes
Pragmatismpracticality
Presumptivepresumed
Propensitytendency; leaning’ predilection
Prosaicordinary
Quelledsuppressed
Regressivemoving backwards (literal or metaphoric)
Remissneglectful
Rhetoricpersuasive language
Sedulousthorough; eager
Sermonizedgave moral lecture
Shroud1. a cover for dead body, 2. to cover
Steadfastnessloyalty; firmness of purpose
Temporizeput off; procrastinate
Treaclytoo sweet; over sentimental
Vacillatedwavered; hesitated
Vindicationproving right
Vindictiveseeking revenge

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