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The 100 Most Common SAT Words

Begin your SAT study with the 100 most common words, scientifically determined.
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created September 22, 2016
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WordPart of speechMeaningSentenceSentence with word missing
abbreviateverbto shortenIn Michel Gondry's "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" -- a title that will frustrate ushers trying to abbreviate it for marquees -- Mr. Carrey finally understands that he needn't cut a character off from pleasure, and so his Joel Barish is serious rather than anestheticized. (New York Times, 2004)In Michel Gondry's "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" -- a title that will frustrate ushers trying to _____ it for marquees -- Mr. Carrey finally understands that he needn't cut a character off from pleasure, and so his Joel Barish is serious rather than anestheticized. (New York Times, 2004)
abstinencenounthe act of avoiding pleasurable activitiesSome people with alcohol dependence may want to try to learn to control their drinking, with the help of a treatment program, rather than give it up entirely. But a recent study from Sweden finds that abstinence is much more effective. (LiveScience online, 2016)Some people with alcohol dependence may want to try to learn to control their drinking, with the help of a treatment program, rather than give it up entirely. But a recent study from Sweden finds that _____ is much more effective. (LiveScience)
adulationnounglowing praiseThat project, "Hamilton," would end up earning Miranda a Pulitzer Prize, a Tony Award and international adulation. (The Oregonian, 2016)That project, "Hamilton," would end up earning Miranda a Pulitzer Prize, a Tony Award and international _____. (The Oregonian)
adversitynounmisfortune, challengesThe bandmates in Vomitface are used to dealing with adversity, having first come together in Jersey City, New Jersey, in the fall of 2012, roughly the same time Hurricane Sandy breached shore and devastated the eastern seaboard. (ColumbusAlive.com, 2016)The bandmates in Vomitface are used to dealing with _____, having first come together in Jersey City, New Jersey, in the fall of 2012, roughly the same time Hurricane Sandy breached shore and devastated the eastern seaboard. (ColumbusAlive.com)
aestheticadjectivepertaining to beauty or artPossible aesthetic improvements to the building include landscaping and coloring through lighting, though Kyle ruled out painting it. An art history major who focused in architecture, he appreciates the style — but he also understands why people find it unattractive as it presently stands at the corner of Genesee and North streets. (Auburn Citizen, 2016)Possible _____ improvements to the building include landscaping and coloring through lighting, though Kyle ruled out painting it. An art history major who focused in architecture, he appreciates the style — but he also understands why people find it unattractive as it presently stands at the corner of Genesee and North streets. (Auburn Citizen)
amicableadjectivehaving a friendly natureGwyneth Paltrow and her husband Chris Martin have made their divorce official after ten years of marriage.... The actress and her former husband have decided to share custody of the children and remain as amicable as possible. (thepublicslate.com, 2015)Gwyneth Paltrow and her husband Chris Martin have made their divorce official after ten years of marriage.... The actress and her former husband have decided to share custody of the children and remain as _____ as possible. (thepublicslate.com)
anachronisticadjectiveassociated with an incorrect historical periodAn anachronistic collage of props, costumes and details from the 1930s, 1950s and 1980s often mixed in the same scene. (StarNews Online, 2016)An _____ collage of props, costumes and details from the 1930s, 1950s and 1980s often mixed in the same scene. (StarNews Online)
anecdotenouna quick story about a funny or interesting eventEveryone loves a story. Thirty percent of successful pitches included some kind of captivating narrative—an experience or personal anecdote told by the entrepreneur. (Entrepreneur, 2016)Everyone loves a story. Thirty percent of successful pitches included some kind of captivating narrative—an experience or personal _____ told by the entrepreneur. (Entrepreneur magazine)
anonymousadjectivenot revealing one's nameThe new skateboarding area inside Hickey Park lacks a proper name, and perhaps that’s fitting. An anonymous donor gifted Flippin $60,000 earlier this year, and the city created the skateboard area in the spring with that donation. (The Baxter Bulletin, 2016)The new skateboarding area inside Hickey Park lacks a proper name, and perhaps that’s fitting. An _____ donor gifted Flippin $60,000 earlier this year, and the city created the skateboard area in the spring with that donation. (The Baxter Bulletin)
antagonistnounan opponent or enemyThe Joker is also a great antagonist because he continues to apply pressure throughout the film, forcing Batman to make increasingly difficult choices that test and reveal his true character. (Comicbook.com, 2016)The Joker is also a great _____ because he continues to apply pressure throughout the film, forcing Batman to make increasingly difficult choices that test and reveal his true character. (Comicbook.com)
aridadjectivevery dry, or dull and lacking energyIf individuals, like camels, perfect their inner resources, if we have the power within us, then we can cross any wasteland in relative comfort and survive in arid surroundings without relying on the external. (Tom Robbins, Still Life with Woodpecker)If individuals, like camels, perfect their inner resources, if we have the power within us, then we can cross any wasteland in relative comfort and survive in _____ surroundings without relying on the external. (Tom Robbins, Still Life with Woodpecker)
assiduousadjectivehardworking, putting in great effortAssiduous and frequent questioning is indeed the first key to wisdom... for by doubting we come to inquiry; through inquiring we perceive the truth... (Pierre Abélard, Sic Et Non)_____ and frequent questioning is indeed the first key to wisdom... for by doubting we come to inquiry; through inquiring we perceive the truth... (Pierre Abélard, Sic Et Non)
asylumnouna sanctuary or shelter, a place of refugeSeven people tried to barge into consulates in the northeastern Chinese city of Shenyang today, the latest in a string of attempts by desperate North Koreans to gain political asylum by taking refuge in Western diplomatic compounds in China. (New York Times, 2002)Seven people tried to barge into consulates in the northeastern Chinese city of Shenyang today, the latest in a string of attempts by desperate North Koreans to gain political _____ by taking refuge in Western diplomatic compounds in China. (New York Times, 2002)
benevolentadjectivehelpful and caringIn a child's eyes, a mother is a goddess. She can be glorious or terrible, benevolent or filled with wrath, but she commands love either way. I am convinced that this is the greatest power in the universe. (N.K. Jemisin, The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms)In a child's eyes, a mother is a goddess. She can be glorious or terrible, _____ or filled with wrath, but she commands love either way. I am convinced that this is the greatest power in the universe. (N.K. Jemisin, The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms)
camaraderienounagreeable, friendly feelings among a group of peopleThere is a camaraderie that grows up among those who work with old books and old papers, largely, I suspect, because we understand that we are at odds with the rest of the world: we are travelling backwards, while all those around us are still moving forward. (Peter Ackroyd, The House of Doctor Dee)There is a _____ that grows up among those who work with old books and old papers, largely, I suspect, because we understand that we are at odds with the rest of the world: we are travelling backwards, while all those around us are still moving forward. (Peter Ackroyd, The House of Doctor Dee)
censureverbto criticize in a formal wayDemocratic lawmakers in Maine may have missed their chance to publicly censure Gov. Paul LePage, the firebrand Republican leader who made headlines last month for leaving an expletive-laden voicemail on a political foe’s phone and claiming the state’s drug problems are chiefly fueled by minorities coming across the state line. (New Boston Post, 2016)Democratic lawmakers in Maine may have missed their chance to publicly _____ Gov. Paul LePage, the firebrand Republican leader who made headlines last month for leaving an expletive-laden voicemail on a political foe’s phone and claiming the state’s drug problems are chiefly fueled by minorities coming across the state line. (New Boston Post)
circuitousadjectivewinding and indirectShe knows the guy who makes the best pizza in the world. And thus begins a circuitous quest to eat that pizza, which first involves visiting all the food producers around Campania who make what goes into that guy’s pizza. We visit the townsfolk who catch the sardines, the farm that produces the buffalo mozzarella, the husband-and-wife team who make the olive oil, before finally turning up at the door of Franco Pepe, who makes what they all agree is the best pizza in the world. (The Village VoiceShe knows the guy who makes the best pizza in the world. And thus begins a _____ quest to eat that pizza, which first involves visiting all the food producers around Campania who make what goes into that guy’s pizza. We visit the townsfolk who catch the sardines, the farm that produces the buffalo mozzarella, the husband-and-wife team who make the olive oil, before finally turning up at the door of Franco Pepe, who makes what they all agree is the best pizza in the world. (The Village Voice)
clairvoyantadjectiveable to see into the futureSome would call Gaylord coach Tom Johnson a fortune teller, but he didn't need clairvoyant abilities to know his boys golf team would be special this season. (Gaylord Herald Times, 2016)Some would call Gaylord coach Tom Johnson a fortune teller, but he didn't need _____ abilities to know his boys golf team would be special this season. (Gaylord Herald Times)
collaborateverbto work together to achieve a goalSpotify and Tinder Collaborate To Bring Music To Your Dating Profiles (headline from News Every Day, 2016)Spotify and Tinder _____ To Bring Music To Your Dating Profiles (headline from News Every Day)
compassionnounsympathy and a desire to help when someone is distressedAs Americans, we admire people who show compassion toward others. We talk with admiration about the man who would “give the shirt off his back” for another. (Appleton Post-Crescent, 2016)As Americans, we admire people who show _____ toward others. We talk with admiration about the man who would “give the shirt off his back” for another. (Appleton Post-Crescent)
compromiseverbto settle an argument by giving up some of the things you wantNo relationship is perfect, ever. There are always some ways you have to bend, to compromise, to give something up in order to gain something greater. (Sarah Dessen, This Lullaby)No relationship is perfect, ever. There are always some ways you have to bend, to _____, to give something up in order to gain something greater. (Sarah Dessen, This Lullaby)
condescendingadjectivedemonstrating an attitude of superiorityAccording to the interviews with current and former staff members, Mr. de Blasio can be condescending with his aides, often using the phrase “this is a teachable moment” before humiliating an aide in a staff meeting. (The Wall Street Journal, 2016)According to the interviews with current and former staff members, Mr. de Blasio can be _____ with his aides, often using the phrase “this is a teachable moment” before humiliating an aide in a staff meeting. (The Wall Street Journal)
conditionaladjectivedepending on something else happeningThis election season has been bruising and divisive, but it has had the one advantage of clarifying for Muslims that we are conditional citizens. We must constantly prove our allegiance by showing gratitude to America, muting criticism of the government and its foreign policy, and denouncing any Muslim, anywhere in the world, who takes it upon himself to commit an act of violence. If we fail to abide by these rules, our loyalty is called into question. (The Nation, 2016)This election season has been bruising and divisive, but it has had the one advantage of clarifying for Muslims that we are _____ citizens. We must constantly prove our allegiance by showing gratitude to America, muting criticism of the government and its foreign policy, and denouncing any Muslim, anywhere in the world, who takes it upon himself to commit an act of violence. If we fail to abide by these rules, our loyalty is called into question. (The Nation)
conformistnouna person who generally does what most other people doBut employers should think twice before rejecting a young candidate with a tattoo. Once the sign of a rebellious spirit, these days they are more likely to be sported by a conformist who is desperate to fit in. True mavericks have long moved on to tragus piercings. (Times Live, 2016)But employers should think twice before rejecting a young candidate with a tattoo. Once the sign of a rebellious spirit, these days they are more likely to be sported by a _____ who is desperate to fit in. True mavericks have long moved on to tragus piercings. (Times Live)
congregationnounan assembly of people, especially for religious worshipOn September 11, Calvary Independent Baptist Church of Delaware County will celebrate its 39th year. Located in the Morton post office section of Ridley Township, the autonomous church boasts a congregation of about 75, coming from all over the county. (Delaware County News Network, 2016)On September 11, Calvary Independent Baptist Church of Delaware County will celebrate its 39th year. Located in the Morton post office section of Ridley Township, the autonomous church boasts a _____ of about 75, coming from all over the county. (Delaware County News Network)
convergencenounthe joining together of separate entitiesMardi Gras is the love of life. It is the harmonic convergence of our food, our music, our creativity, our eccentricity, our neighborhoods, and our joy of living. All at once. (Chris Rose, 1 Dead in Attic)Mardi Gras is the love of life. It is the harmonic _____ of our food, our music, our creativity, our eccentricity, our neighborhoods, and our joy of living. All at once. (Chris Rose, 1 Dead in Attic)
deleteriousadjectiveharmful, causing damageMany people relish the bucolic image of a plowed field or a tilled garden, but tilling the soil has deleterious effects on soil structure and biology. A tilled, bare soil is vulnerable; in a dry summer like 2016, it dries out quickly from evaporation, leaving plants struggling to get enough water, and in a wet year, it is susceptible to erosion losses. (Lancaster Farming, 2016)Many people relish the bucolic image of a plowed field or a tilled garden, but tilling the soil has _____ effects on soil structure and biology. A tilled, bare soil is vulnerable; in a dry summer like 2016, it dries out quickly from evaporation, leaving plants struggling to get enough water, and in a wet year, it is susceptible to erosion losses. (Lancaster Farming)
demagoguenouna politician who gains power by appealing to prejudice and emotion rather than reasonWatching this demagogue give a speech on MSNBC shocked me as I saw, first hand, the ferocity of the untrue statements he uses to whip up emotional support for cruel policies that would destroy our free society. (Berkeley Daily Planet)Watching this _____ give a speech on MSNBC shocked me as I saw, first hand, the ferocity of the untrue statements he uses to whip up emotional support for cruel policies that would destroy our free society. (Berkeley Daily Planet)
digressionnounthe act of straying from the main topic in speaking or writingAfter a digression, he returns to the main thread, saying, “So anyway...” That conversation connector comes up so often, it’s no wonder 25 years ago it became the namesake of Anyway Records, the local label he founded with friend Jerry Wick of Columbus punk-rock act Gaunt. (ColumbusAlive.com)After a _____, he returns to the main thread, saying, “So anyway...” That conversation connector comes up so often, it’s no wonder 25 years ago it became the namesake of Anyway Records, the local label he founded with friend Jerry Wick of Columbus punk-rock act Gaunt. (ColumbusAlive.com)
diligentadjectiveputting in consistent, careful effortThe Department of Health said residents and visitors should remain diligent in their personal mosquito protection efforts by remembering to “Drain and Cover.” Drain standing water to stop mosquitoes from multiplying, and cover skin with clothing or repellent. (Panama City News Herland)The Department of Health said residents and visitors should remain _____ in their personal mosquito protection efforts by remembering to “Drain and Cover.” Drain standing water to stop mosquitoes from multiplying, and cover skin with clothing or repellent. (Panama City News Herland)
discreditverbto hurt someone's reputationTo be sure, all political campaigns—left and right—inevitably attract fringe nuts, and it would be wrong to discredit a cause simply because some racists have attached themselves to it. (Tablet magazine)To be sure, all political campaigns—left and right—inevitably attract fringe nuts, and it would be wrong to _____ a cause simply because some racists have attached themselves to it. (Tablet magazine)
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