Difficult SAT Words

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The Scholastic Assessment Test or SAT,  conducted by the College Board is the first step towards achieving your dreams of studying in the USA. The SAT exam has a reading and writing part which requires students to have a strong vocabulary in order to score well on the SAT.  In this blog, we cover difficult words along with their meaning along with some tips that will help you prepare for your SAT exam!

Why is Studying SAT Vocabulary So Challenging?

Students who want to enrol in US institutions must take the SAT (Scholastic Assessment Test), which is administered by Educational Testing Service on behalf of the nonprofit College Board. The SAT is a challenge for many students since it not only demands strong English reading comprehension, but also that test-takers establish a strong foundation of specialised vocabulary in order to finish the reading comprehension and essays.

The SAT vocabulary themes centre on the economic sphere, and the majority of the words are highly foreign, challenging to learn, and challenging to retain, particularly for Vietnamese students for whom economics was not previously covered in the curriculum. In addition to the “shocking” economic jargon, the SAT also includes sections on literature, law, culture and society, and science (biology, physics, and chemistry), all of which call for test-takers to use their best memorization and application skills.

100 Difficult SAT Words with their Meaning

This is a list of 100 Difficult SAT Words that are a must-know for anyone preparing for this exam:

  1. Abject: of the most contemptible kind
  2. Aberration: a state or condition markedly different 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, often taking something or somebody along
  7. Abstruse: difficult to understand
  8. Accede: yield to another’s wish or opinion
  9. Accost: approach and speak to someone aggressively or insistently
  10. Accretion: an increase by natural growth or addition
  11. Acumen: shrewdness shown by keen insight
  12. Adamant: insistent; unwilling to change one’s mind or opinion
  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. Affluent: having an abundant supply of money or possessions of value
  18. Aggrandize: embellish; increase the scope, power, or importance of
  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
  22. Amenable: disposed or willing to comply
  23. Amorphous: having no definite form or distinct shape
  24. Anachronistic: chronologically misplaced
  25. Anathema: a formal ecclesiastical curse accompanied by ex-communication
  26. Annex: attach to
  27. Antediluvian: of or relating to the period before the biblical flood
  28. Antiseptic: thoroughly clean and free of disease-causing organisms
  29. Apathetic: showing little or no emotion or animation
  30. Antithesis: the exact opposite
  31. Apocryphal: being of questionable authenticity
  32. Approbation: official acceptance or agreement
  33. Arbitrary: 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 pattern on which other things are modelled
  37. Arrogate: seize and take control without authority
  38. Ascetic: someone who practises self-denial as a spiritual discipline
  39. Aspersion: a disparaging remark
  40. Assiduous: marked by care and persistent effort
  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: influence by slyness
  45. Bereft: lacking or deprived of something
  46. Blandishment: flattery intended to persuade
  47. Bilk: cheat somebody out of what is due, especially money
  48. Bombastic: ostentatiously lofty in style
  49. Cajole: influence or urge by gentle urging, caressing, or flattering
  50. Callous: emotionally hardened
  51. Calumny: a false accusation of an offence
  52. Camaraderie: the quality of affording easy familiarity and sociability
  53. Candour: 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 fish of the family Cyprinidae
  57. Caucus: meet to select a candidate or promote a policy
  58. Cavort: play boisterously
  59. Circumlocution: an indirect way of expressing something
  60. Circumscribe: draw a geometric figure around another figure
  61. Circumvent: surround so as to force to give up
  62. Clamour: 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 realisation
  67. commensurate: corresponding in size or degree or extent
  68. Complement: 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. Conflagration: a very intense and uncontrolled fire
  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 offences
  80. 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 insufficient quantity or number
  87. Debacle: a sudden and complete disaster
  88. Debauch: a wild gathering involving excessive drinking
  89. Debunk: expose while ridiculing
  90. Defunct: no longer in force or use; inactive
  91. Demagogue: a leader who seeks support by appealing to popular passions
  92. Denigrate: attack the good name and reputation of someone
  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. Disaffected: discontented as toward authority
  99. Discomfit: cause to lose one’s composure
  100. Disparate: fundamentally different or distinct in quality or kind

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150 Words that will Elevate your SAT Preparation

Here are 150 Difficult SAT Words that are going to help you ace your SAT exam:

  1. Dispel: cause to separate and go in different directions
  2. Disrepute: the state of being held in low esteem
  3. Divisive: causing or characterised by disagreement or disunity
  4. Dogmatic: pertaining to a code of beliefs accepted as authoritative
  5. Dour: showing a brooding ill humour
  6. Duplicity: the act of deceiving or acting in bad faith
  7. Duress: compulsory force or threat
  8. Eclectic: selecting what seems best of various styles or ideas
  9. Edict: a formal or authoritative proclamation
  10. Ebullient: joyously unrestrained
  11. Egregious: conspicuously and outrageously bad or reprehensible
  12. Elegy: a mournful poem; a lament for the dead
  13. Elicit: call forth, as an emotion, feeling, or response
  14. Embezzlement: the fraudulent appropriation of funds or property
  15. Emend: make corrections to
  16. Emollient: a substance with a soothing effect when applied to the skin
  17. Empirical: derived from experiment and observation rather than theory
  18. Emulate: strive to equal or match, especially by imitating
  19. Enervate: weaken physically, mentally, or morally
  20. Enfranchise: grant freedom to, as from slavery or servitude
  21. Engender: call forth
  22. Ephemeral: anything short-lived, as an insect that lives only for a day
  23. Epistolary: written in the form of letters or correspondence
  24. Equanimity: steadiness of mind under stress
  25. Equivocal: open to two or more interpretations
  26. Espouse: choose and follow a theory, idea, policy, etc.
  27. Evanescent: short-lived; tending to vanish or disappear
  28. Evince: give expression to
  29. Exacerbate: make worse
  30. Exhort: spur on or encourage especially by cheers and shouts
  31. Execrable: unequivocally detestable
  32. Exigent: demanding immediate attention
  33. Expedient: appropriate to a purpose
  34. Expunge: remove by erasing or crossing out or as if by drawing a line
  35. Extraneous: not belonging to that in which it is contained
  36. Extol: praise, glorify, or honour
  37. Extant: still in existence; not extinct or destroyed or lost
  38. Expurgate: edit by omitting or modifying parts considered indelicate
  39. Fallacious: containing or based on incorrect reasoning
  40. Fatuous: devoid of intelligence
  41. Fetter: a shackle for the ankles or feet
  42. Flagrant: conspicuously and outrageously bad or reprehensible
  43. Foil: hinder or prevent, as an effort, plan, or desire
  44. Foment: instigate or stir up
  45. Forbearance: good-natured tolerance of delay or incompetence
  46. Fortuitous: lucky; occurring by happy chance
  47. Fractious: easily irritated or annoyed
  48. Garrulous: full of trivial conversation
  49. Gourmand: a person who is devoted to eating and drinking to excess
  50. Grandiloquent: lofty in style
  51. Gratuitous: unnecessary and unwarranted
  52. Hapless: unfortunate and deserving pity
  53. Hegemony: the dominance or leadership of one social group over others
  54. Heterogenous: consisting of elements that are not of the same kind
  55. Iconoclast: someone who attacks cherished ideas or institutions
  56. Idiosyncratic: peculiar to the individual
  57. Impecunious: not having enough money to pay for necessities
  58. Impetuous: characterized by undue haste and lack of thought
  59. Impinge: infringe upon
  60. Impute: attribute or credit to
  61. Inane: devoid of intelligence
  62. Inchoate: only partly in existence; imperfectly formed
  63. Incontrovertible: impossible to deny or disprove
  64. Incumbent: necessary as a duty or responsibility; morally binding
  65. Inexorable: impossible to prevent, resist, or stop
  66. Inimical: tending to obstruct or cause harm
  67. Injunction: a judicial remedy to prohibit a party from doing something
  68. Inoculate: inject or treat with the germ of a disease to render immune
  69. Insidious: working or spreading in a hidden and usually injurious way
  70. Instigate: provoke or stir up
  71. Insurgent: in opposition to a civil authority or government
  72. Interlocutor: a person who takes part in a conversation
  73. Intimation: a slight suggestion or vague understanding
  74. Inure: cause to accept or become hardened to
  75. Invective: abusive language used to express blame or censure
  76. Intransigent: impervious to pleas, persuasion, requests, or reason
  77. Inveterate: habitual
  78. Irreverence: a mental attitude showing lack of due respect
  79. Knell: the sound of a bell rung slowly to announce a death
  80. Laconic: brief and to the point
  81. Largesse: liberality in bestowing gifts
  82. Legerdemain: an illusory feat
  83. Libertarian: an advocate of freedom of thought and speech
  84. Licentious: lacking moral discipline
  85. Linchpin: a central cohesive source of support and stability
  86. Litigant: a party to a lawsuit
  87. Maelstrom: a powerful circular current of water
  88. Maudlin: effusively or insincerely emotional
  89. Maverick: someone who exhibits independence in thought and action
  90. Mawkish: effusively or insincerely emotional
  91. Maxim: a saying that is widely accepted on its own merits
  92. Mendacious: given to lying
  93. Modicum: a small or moderate or token amount
  94. Morass: a soft wet area of low-lying land that sinks underfoot
  95. Mores: the conventions embodying the fundamental values of a group
  96. Munificent: very generous
  97. Multifarious: having many aspects
  98. Nadir: the lowest point of anything
  99. Negligent: characterised by undue lack of attention or concern
  100. Neophyte: any new participant in some activity
  101. Noisome: offensively malodorous
  102. Noxious: injurious to physical or mental health
  103. Obdurate: stubbornly persistent in wrongdoing
  104. Obfuscate: make obscure or unclear
  105. Obstreperous: noisily and stubbornly defiant
  106. Officious: intrusive in a meddling or offensive manner
  107. Onerous: burdensome or difficult to endure
  108. Ostensible: appearing as such but not necessarily so
  109. Ostracism: the act of excluding someone from society by general consent
  110. Palliate: lessen or to try to lessen the seriousness or extent of
  111. Panacea: hypothetical remedy for all ills or diseases
  112. Paradigm: a standard or typical example
  113. Pariah: a person who is rejected from society or home
  114. Partisan: a fervent and even militant proponent of something
  115. Paucity: an insufficient quantity or number
  116. Pejorative: expressing disapproval
  117. Pellucid: transparently clear; easily understandable
  118. Penchant: a strong liking or preference
  119. Penurious: excessively unwilling to spend
  120. Pert: characterised by a lightly saucy or impudent quality
  121. Pernicious: exceedingly harmful
  122. Pertinacious: stubbornly unyielding
  123. Phlegmatic: showing little emotion
  124. Philanthropic: of or relating to charitable giving
  125. Pithy: concise and full of meaning
  126. Platitude: a trite or obvious remark
  127. Plaudit: enthusiastic approval
  128. Plenitude: a full supply
  129. Plethora: extreme excess
  130. Portent: a sign of something about to happen
  131. Potentate: a powerful ruler, especially one who is unconstrained by law
  132. Preclude: make impossible, especially beforehand
  133. Predilection: a predisposition in favour of something
  134. Preponderance: exceeding in heaviness; having greater weight
  135. Presage: a foreboding about what is about to happen
  136. Probity: complete and confirmed integrity
  137. Proclivity: a natural inclination
  138. Profligate: unrestrained by convention or morality
  139. Promulgate: state or announce
  140. Proscribe: command against
  141. Protean: taking on different forms
  142. Prurient: characterised by lust
  143. Puerile: displaying or suggesting a lack of maturity
  144. Pugnacious: ready and able to resort to force or violence
  145. Pulchritude: physical beauty, especially of a woman
  146. Punctilious: marked by precise accordance with details
  147. Quaint: attractively old-fashioned
  148. Quixotic: not sensible about practical matters
  149. Quandary: state of uncertainty in a choice between unfavourable options
  150. Recalcitrant: stubbornly resistant to authority or control

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50 Words for Your SAT Preparation 

Following is a list of Difficult SAT Words to elevate your preparation strategy:

  1. Redoubtable: inspiring fear
  2. Relegate: assign to a lower position
  3. Remiss: failing in what duty requires
  4. Reprieve: postpone the punishment of a convicted criminal
  5. Reprobate: a person without moral scruples
  6. Rescind: cancel officially
  7. Requisition: an authoritative demand
  8. Rife: excessively abundant
  9. Sanctimonious: excessively or hypocritically pious
  10. Sanguine: confidently optimistic and cheerful
  11. Scurrilous: expressing offensive, insulting, or scandalous criticism
  12. Semaphore: an apparatus for visual signalling
  13. Serendipity: good luck in making unexpected and fortunate discoveries
  14. Sobriety: the state of being unaffected or not intoxicated by alcohol
  15. Solicitous: full of anxiety and concern
  16. Solipsism: the philosophical theory that the self is all that exists
  17. Spurious: plausible but false
  18. Staid: characterised by dignity and propriety
  19. Stolid: having or revealing little emotion or sensibility
  20. Subjugate: make subservient; force to submit or subdue
  21. Surfeit: indulge (one’s appetite) to satiety
  22. Surreptitious: marked by quiet and caution and secrecy
  23. Swarthy: naturally having the skin of a dark colour
  24. Tangential: of superficial relevance, if any
  25. Tirade: a speech of violent denunciation
  26. Tome: a large and scholarly book
  27. Toady: a person who tries to please someone to gain an advantage
  28. Torpid: in a condition of biological rest or suspended animation
  29. Travesty: a composition that imitates or misrepresents a style
  30. Trenchant: having keenness and forcefulness and penetration in thought
  31. Trite: repeated too often; overfamiliar through overuse
  32. Truculent: defiantly aggressive
  33. Turpitude: a corrupt or depraved or degenerate act or practice
  34. Ubiquitous: being present everywhere at once
  35. Umbrage: a feeling of anger caused by being offended
  36. Upbraid: express criticism towards
  37. Utilitarian: having a useful function
  38. Veracity: unwillingness to tell lies
  39. Vestige: an indication that something has been present
  40. Vicissitude: a variation in circumstances or fortune
  41. Vilify: spread negative information about
  42. Virtuoso: someone who is dazzlingly skilled in any field
  43. Vitriolic: harsh, bitter, or malicious in tone
  44. Vituperate: spread negative information about
  45. Vociferous: conspicuously and offensively loud
  46. Wanton: a lewd or immoral person
  47. Wily: marked by skill in deception
  48. Winsome: charming in a childlike or naive way
  49. Yoke: join with stable gear, as two draft animals
  50. Zephyr: a slight wind

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Tips to Improve your SAT Vocabulary

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While preparing for the SATs, you come across various Difficult SAT Words. However, improving your vocabulary and following the below mentioned tips would not make any SAT words sound difficult:

  • The best thing you can do is read, read and read. Reading improves your vocabulary in addition to helping you remember new and difficult SAT words as it is easier to remember when a word is used in a sentence.
  • Use a dictionary. Whenever you have the slightest doubt, refer to a dictionary.
  • You can practice by writing words down or using difficult words to frame sentences.
  • Practice with flashcards.
  • The key is consistency, discipline and practice. Do exercises and worksheets regularly and take practice tests.

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50 words you Hear Day-to-Day

Here are 50 Difficult SAT Words which we hear on a daily basis but might not be aware of their meanings:

  1. Albeit: a fancier way of saying “although’
  2. Appease: pacify or placate (someone) by acceding to their demands.
  3. Arbitrary: based on random choice or personal whim, rather than any reason or system
  4. Banal: so lacking in originality as to be obvious and boring
  5. Bemused: puzzled, confused, or bewildered
  6. Benchmark: a standard or point of reference against which things may be compared
  7. Candour: the quality of being open and honest; frankness
  8. Chronic: (of an illness) persisting for a long time or constantly recurring
  9. Contrived: deliberately created rather than arising naturally or spontaneously
  10. Colloquial: (of language) used in ordinary or familiar conversation; not formal or literary
  11. Compelled: force or oblige (someone) to do something
  12. Conundrum: a confusing and difficult problem or question
  13. Cult: a system of religious veneration and devotion directed towards a particular figure or object
  14. Deferential: showing deference; respectful
  15.  Dilemma: a situation in which a difficult choice has to be made between two or more alternatives, especially ones that are equally undesirable
  16. Dystopia: an imagined state or society in which there is great suffering or injustice, typically one that is totalitarian or post-apocalyptic.
  17. Egregious: outstandingly bad; shocking
  18. Entitled: believing oneself to be inherently deserving of privileges or special treatment
  19. Empathetic: showing an ability to understand and share the feelings of another
  20. Epitome: a person or thing that is a perfect example of a particular quality or type
  21. Exponential: (of an increase) becoming more and more rapid
  22. Existential: relating to the existence
  23. Facetious: treating serious issues with deliberately inappropriate humour; flippant
  24. Fortuitous: happening by chance rather than intention
  25. Hot-Button:  This is often used to refer to scenarios that are very politically- or emotionally charged.
  26. Impeach: charge (the holder of a public office) with misconduct
  27. Incongruous: not in harmony or keeping with the surroundings or other aspects of something
  28. Inflammable: easily set on fire
  29. Infamous: well known for some bad quality or deed
  30. Ironic: happening in a way contrary to what is expected, and typically causing wry amusement because of this
  31. Jargon: special or technical words that are used by a particular group of people in a particular profession and that other people do not understand
  32. Literally: in a literal manner or sense; exactly.
  33. Mitigate: make (something bad) less severe, serious, or painful
  34. Modicum: a small quantity of a particular thing, especially something desirable or valuable
  35. Moot: subject to debate, dispute, or uncertainty.
  36. Myriad: a countless or extremely great number of people or things.
  37. Nauseous: affected with nausea; feeling inclined to vomit
  38. Nuance: a subtle difference in or shade of meaning, expression, or sound
  39. Paradox: a seemingly absurd or contradictory statement or proposition which when investigated may prove to be well-founded or true.
  40. Penchant: a strong or habitual liking for something or tendency to do something.
  41. Perfunctory: (of an action) carried out without real interest, feeling, or effort.
  42. Peruse: read (something), typically in a thorough or careful way
  43. Plethora: a large or excessive amount of something.
  44. Obsolete: no longer produced or used; out of date
  45. Oxymoron: a figure of speech in which apparently contradictory terms appear in conjunction (e.g. faith unfaithful kept him falsely true).
  46. Redundant: not or no longer needed or useful; superfluous.
  47. Stark: severe or bare in appearance or outline
  48. Travesty: a false, absurd, or distorted representation of something.
  49. Umami: one of the basic tastes; its taste is often described as the meaty, savoury deliciousness that deepens the flavour.
  50. Vernacular: the language or dialect spoken by the ordinary people in a particular country or region

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