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SAT WORD LIST -1000 Most Impor


This is a very important word list for SAT TEST Takers





SAT+ GRE WORD LIST:    Vocabulary With Memory Triggers


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1.            Abasement:                       humiliation; degradation

2.            Abhor:                                  hate

3.            Abrasive:                             rough; coarse; harsh

4.            Abrogate:                            cancel; deny; repeal

5.            Absolution:                        forgiveness; pardon; release

6.            Abstain:                               desist; go without; withdraw

7.            Abstemious:                      self denying; refraining from indulging

8.            Abstruse:                            difficult to understand; obscure

9.            Accolade:                            tribute; honor; praise

10.          Acquiesce:                          to agree to; give in to

11.          Acrid:                                    sharp; pungent (used of smells and tastes)

12.           Acrophobia:                      fear of heights

13.           Acuity:                                 sharpness (mental or visual)

14.          Adamant:                            forceful; inflexible

15.          Adroit:                                  skilful / skillful

16.          Adulation:                          strong admiration; worship

17.          Adversity:                           hardship

18.          Advocate:                           support

19.          Aesthetic:                           concerning art or beauty

20.          Affable:                               friendly; social; easy-going

21.          Alacrity:                               eagerness; enthusiasm; quickness

22.          Alchemy:                             medieval chemistry; attempt to change base metal into gold

23.          Alibi:                                     an excuse that shows someone was not at a crime scene

24.          Allay:                                    to lessen

25.          Alleviate:                            make less severe

26.          Aloof:                                   distant; detached; cold

27.          Altruism:                             putting others first; being self-sacrificing

28.          Amass:                                 accumulate

29.          Ambiguity:                         uncertainty; vagueness

30.          Ambiguous:                       unclear in meaning; can be interpreted in different ways

31.          Ambivalence:                    lack of clarity; wavering; being undecided

32.          Ambulatory:                      able to walk around (used of hospital patients)

33.          Ameliorate:                       make better

34.          Amelioration:                   improvement

35.          Amiable:                             friendly

36.          Amity:                                  friendship

37.          Amorphous:                       lacking in shape

38.          Analgesic:                           medicine to combat pain

39.          Analogous:                         comparable

40.          Anarchy:                              chaos; lack of government

41.          Anecdote:                           a brief amusing story

42.          Animosity:                          hatred; antagonism

43.          Annex (n):                          a building which is an addition to an existing building

44.          Annex (v):                           take possession of; seize; capture

45.          Anomaly:                            something which does not fit in a pattern; irregularity

46.          Antagonism:                      hostility; strong opposition

47.          Antagonistic:                     opposed; hostile; aggressive

48.          Antediluvian:                    outdated; prehistoric; very old-fashioned

49.          Anthology:                         a book which is a collection of poems or stories

50.          Anthropocentrism:         putting man at the center of one's philosophy

51.          Antiquated:                       outdated; old fashioned

52.          Apathetic:                           indifferent; uninterested; lethargic

53.          Apathy:                                lack of interest or emotion

54.          Apocryphal:                       of doubtful origin

55.          Appease:                             pacify; soothe; calm down; make peace with

56.          Apprehensive:                  worried; fearful

57.          Arable:                                 can be cultivated

58.          Arbitrary:                            random; for no definite reason

59.          Arcane:                                obscure; known only to a few people

60.          Archaic:                                ancient; outdated; old fashioned

61.          Archetype:                         classic example of

62.          Archives:                             collections of old records; place of storage of old documents

63.          Articulate:                          clear; lucid; eloquent

64.          Artifice:                               deception; trickery

65.          Artisan:                                craftsman

66.          Ascetic:                                without luxuries; severely simple

67.          Assiduous:                          thorough; diligent

68.          Assuage:                              to calm

69.          Astute:                                 perceptive; sharp-witted

70.          Asylum:                               place of refuge or safety

71.          Atheist:                                person who does not believe in God

72.          Atrophy:                              waste away from lack of use

73.          Attenuate:                          weaken

74.          Augment:                            increase; make bigger

75.          Auspicious:                        favorable; promising to turn out well

76.          Austere:                              severely plain

77.          Aversion:                            a dislike of

78.          Balk:                                      hinder and prevent; hesitate over

79.          Banal:                                   common; dull

80.          Banality:                              ordinariness; dullness

81.          Bane:                                    troublesome influence

82.          Bard:                                     poet

83.          Bastion:                               fortress; stronghold

84.          Befuddle:                            confuse

85.          Begrudge:                           resent

86.          Beguile:                               mislead; lure

87.          Belabor:                               explain in unnecessary detail

88.          Beleaguer:                          besiege; attack

89.          Belie:                                    contradict

90.          Belittle:                               to demean

91.          Bellicose:                            war-like; aggressive

92.          Belligerent:                        aggressive; ready to fight

93.          Bemoan:                              complain about

94.          Benevolent:                       kindly

95.          Benign:                                kindly; harmless

96.          Benignity:                           compassion; gentleness; fondness

97.          Bequeath:                           leave something in one's will to be given after one's death

98.          Berate:                                 scold; criticize

99.          Beret:                                   type of cap

100.        Bestial:                                 behaving like a beast; brutal

101.        Bigot:                                    narrow-minded, prejudiced person

102.        Bilk:                                       cheat; defraud

103.        Billowing:                           swelling; fluttering; waving

104.        Blasphemy:                        speech which offends religious sentiments

105.        Blatant:                                obvious

106.        Blighted:                             damaged; destroyed; ruined

107.        Blithe:                                  free-spirited; carefree

108.        Blunderbuss:                     1. ancient weapon (type of gun); 2. a clumsy person

109.        Bolster:                                support; prop up

110.        Bombast:                             arrogant, pompous language

111.        Boorish:                               ill-mannered

112.        Bourgeois:                          middle class

113.        Braggart:                              someone who boasts

114.        Brawny:                               muscular

115.        Brevity:                                being brief

116.        Bristle:                                 to show irritation

117.        Broach:                                 start to discuss; approach

118.        Brusque:                              blunt; abrupt

119.        Bulwark:                              fortification; barricade; wall

120.        Bureaucracy:                      officialdom

121.        Burgeon:                             grow; flourish; put forth new shoots

122.        Burnish:                               polish

123.        Buttress:                              strengthen; support

124.        Byline:                                  the line that tells you who wrote an article

125.        Cacophony:                        discordant loud noises

126.        Cajole:                                  coax

127.        Caldron:                               huge cooking pot

128.        Callow:                                 immature

129.        Candid:                                frank; honest

130.        Candor:                                frankness; openness

131.        Cantankerous:                  bad-tempered; quarrelsome

132.        Capacious:                          spacious

133.        Capitulate:                         surrender; give in to

134.        Carping:                               constant criticism

135.        Cartographer:                    person who makes maps

136.        Castigate:                            scold strongly

137.        Catharsis:                            purging of pent-up emotions

138.        Caucus:                                type of private political meeting

139.        Caustic:                                burning

140.        Cavalcade:                          procession of vehicles

141.        Celerity:                              speed

142.        Censorious:                        disapproving; critical

143.        Censure:                              blame

144.        Cerebral:                             intellectual

145.        Certitude:                           certainty

146.        Charlatan:                           trickster who claims knowledge he doesn't have

147.        Chary:                                   wary of; cautious about; reluctant to give

148.        Chastises:                           punishes

149.        Chicanery:                          trickery

150.        Chimerical:                         changeable; unstable

151.        Choleric:                              easily angered

152.        Chronicler:                         person who records historical information

153.        Circuitous:                          indirect

154.        Circumlocution:               using too many words; long-windedness

155.        Circumscribe:                    limit

156.        Circumspect:                     cautious; considering all sides

157.        Circumvent:                       avoid

158.        Clairvoyant:                       psychic; mystic

159.        Clamor:                                shout; scream

160.        Clandestine:                      secret; covert; stealthy

161.        Clemency:                          mercy

162.        Cliché:                                  overused expression; something unoriginal

163.        Clientele:                            customers

164.        Coalesce:                            come together; merge

165.        Coddle:                                pamper; fuss over; indulge

166.        Coercion:                            force

167.        Cogent:                                lucid; well argued

168.        Cogitate:                             think over something; ponder

169.        Collage:                               picture made from fragments of other pictures

170.        Collate:                                arrange in order

171.        Colloquial:                          local and informal (used of language)

172.        Collusion:                           plotting and planning

173.        Commandeer:                   take possession of

174.        Complacent:                      self-satisfied; smug

175.        Compliant:                         easy to control; submissive

176.        Concatenate:                     link together

177.        Concatenation:                 linking into chains

178.        Conciliate:                          to bring together; end a dispute

179.        Concise:                               stated in few words

180.        Condescend:                     talk down to

181.        Condone:                            tacitly support; overlook

182.        Condoning:                        overlooking; disregarding; ignoring

183.        Conflagration:                   big fire

184.        Confound:                          confuse

185.        Congeal:                              to solidify

186.        Congenital:                        present from birth

187.        Connoisseur:                     person with refined taste and good judgment

188.        Consecrate:                        dedicate

189.        Consensus:                         general agreement

190.        Conspicuous:                     easily seen; prominent

191.        Consummate:                   complete; total; supremely good

192.        Contemporary:                 living or happening at the same time

193.        Contrite:                              sorry

194.        Contrition:                          sorrow and repentance

195.        Contumacious:                 stubborn

196.        Contusion:                          a bruise

197.        Conundrum:                      a puzzle

198.        Conventional:                   usual; customary; common

199.        Corpulent:                          fat

200.        Corrugated:                        highly folded

201.        Counterfeit:                       fake; false

202.        Covert:                                 hidden; undercover

203.        Cower:                                 recoil in fear or servility; shrink away from

204.        Credible:                             believable

205.        Creditable:                         praiseworthy

206.        Credulous:                          gullible; ready to believe anything

207.        Crepuscular:                      active at dawn and dusk

208.        Cringe:                                 recoil; flinch; shy away

209.        Cryptic:                                puzzling; enigmatic

210.        Curtail:                                 cut short

211.        Cynical:                                believing that people act only out of selfish motives

212.        Debility:                              weakness; incapacity

213.        Debunking:                        exposing false claims or myths

214.        Decathlon:                          an athletic competition with ten events

215.        Decorum:                            dignified, correct behavior [decorous (a)]

216.        Decoy:                                  lure; trap; trick

217.        Deference:                         respect

218.        Defoliate:                           cause leaves to fall off

219.        Defunct:                              no longer in existence

220.        Degradation:                     deprivation; poverty; debasement

221.        Deleterious:                      harmful

222.        Deliberate:                         to think over deeply

223.        Delineation:                      demarcation; explanation; definition; outlining

224.        Demur:                                 hesitate; refuse

225.        Denounce:                          condemn; speak out against

226.        Deplete:                              use up; lessen

227.        Deplore:                              regret

228.        Depravity:                           moral corruption

229.        Deprecate:                         criticize; denounce

230.        Deride:                                 ridicule; make fun of; mock

231.        Derogatory:                        uncomplimentary

232.        Desecrate:                          to damage or pollute a holy place

233.        Desecration:                      spoiling something holy

234.        Desist:                                  stop; discontinue; cease

235.        Despondent:                     having no hope; miserable

236.        Destitution:                       hardship; poverty; misery

237.        Deter:                                   put off; prevent

238.        Deteriorate:                       worsen; decline

239.        Detrimental:                      harmful

240.        Devoured:                          greedily eaten/consumed

241.        Dexterous:                         skilful with hands

242.        Dichotomy:                        a division into two parts

243.        Didactic:                              intended to teach; instructive

244.        Diffident:                            lacking confidence

245.        Digress:                                wander off the subject

246.        Dike:                                     dam; embankment

247.        Dilatory:                              slow; falling behind with one's work

248.        Dilemma:                            puzzling situation

249.        Dilettante:                          person who dabbles in a subject without serious study

250.        Diligent:                              hard-working

251.        Diorama:                             model of a scene

252.        Dirge:                                    mournful song

253.        Disapprobation:               disapproval

254.        Discern:                               to distinguish one thing from another

255.        Discord:                               disagreement

256.        Discordancy:                      cacophony; harshness; jarring

257.        Discrepancy:                      something which does not match up; inconsistency

258.        Discriminate:                     to make a clear distinction; see the difference

259.        Discursiveness:                long windedness; indirectness

260.        Disdain:                               contempt; strong dislike

261.        Disinterested:                   unbiased

262.        Disparage:                          criticize; belittle

263.        Disparity:                            an inequality

264.        Dispassionate:                  neutral; objective

265.        Disseminating:                 circulating; broadcasting; spreading (information)

266.        Diurnal:                                active in daytime

267.        Divert:                                  1. entertain; 2. distract; 3. cause a detour

268.        Docile:                                  gentle and easily lead

269.        Dogmatic:                           having stubbornly held opinions

270.        Dolt:                                      stupid person

271.        Dotard:                                 foolish old man

272.        Drawl:                                   speak slowly with words running together

273.        Drivel:                                  nonsense

274.        Droll:                                     dryly amusing

275.        Drone:                                  1. monotonous noise (n); 2. to speak with no emotion (v); 3.male bee

276.        Dubious:                              doubtful

277.        Dupe:                                    to fool someone

278.        Dynamic:                             lively; vibrant; energetic

279.        Ebullient:                            very lively; cheerful; jovial; happy

280.        Eccentric:                            unusual; quirky; odd

281.        Eclectic:                               taking things from different sources

282.        Edifice:                                 building; structure; construction

283.        Efface:                                  wipe out; remove all trace of

284.        Effigy:                                   a model of a person

285.        Effusive:                              gushing; demonstrative

286.        Egalitarianism:                  belief in equality

287.        Egregious:                           outstandingly, obviously bad

288.        Egress:                                  exit

289.        Eloquent:                            fluent and persuasive in speech

290.        Elucidate:                            make clear

291.        Elusive:                                hard to pin down

292.        Emaciated:                         very thin; withered

293.        Emancipate:                       set free

294.        Embezzle:                           defraud; steal

295.        Embroil:                               involve in hostility or argument

296.        Emerge:                               come out; appear

297.        Emulate:                              to imitate something admired

298.        Endorse:                              give support or approval to

299.        Endurance:                         staying power; patience; stamina

300.        Enduring:                            lasting

301.        Enfranchise:                       give voting rights

302.        Engender:                           cause

303.        Enhance:                             improve; make better or clearer

304.        Enigma:                                puzzle; mystery

305.        Ensconce:                            establish firmly in a position

306.        Enshroud:                           cover

307.        Enunciation:                      clear pronunciation; accent; articulation

308.        Envenom:                           to cause bitterness and bad feeling

309.        Ephemeral:                        short-lived

310.        Epicure:                               someone who appreciates good food and drink

311.        Epistle:                                 a letter (form of communication)

312.        Epistolary:                          concerned with letters; through correspondence

313.        Epitomized:                       typified; characterized; personified

314.        Equivocate:                        speak ambiguously; avoid telling the truth

315.        Err:                                         make a mistake

316.        Erratic:                                  wandering; irregular

317.        Esoteric:                              obscure and difficult to understand

318.        Espouse:                              promote; take up; support

319.        Etymology:                         the study of word origins

320.        Eulogy:                                 praise

321.        Euphemism:                      a polite phrase to cover something unpleasant

322.        Euphony:                             pleasant sounds

323.        Evacuate:                            vacate; empty; abandon

324.        Exacerbate:                        make worse

325.        Exasperated:                     frustrated; annoyed

326.        Exceptionable:                 very bad (something which we should object to)

327.        Exculpate:                           free someone from blame; pardon; acquit

328.        Execrable:                           very, very bad

329.        Exegesis:                             scholarly explanation or interpretation

330.        Exemplary:                         outstandingly good; setting a fine example

331.        Exemplify:                          to serve as a good example

332.        Exhaustive:                        complete and thorough

333.        Exonerates:                        acquits; absolves; removes blame

334.        Exorcism:                            getting free/rid of; eliminating (especially demons)

335.        Expatriate:                          refugee; emigrant; someone living away from his own country

336.        Expedient:                          convenient; practical

337.        Expedite:                            make faster

338.        Exposition:                         clear explanation

339.        Extol:                                    praise

340.        Extradite:                            deport from one country back to the home country

341.        Extraneous:                        irrelevant

342.        Extrapolate:                       extend; predict on the basis of known data

343.        Extrinsic:                             irrelevant; on the outside

344.        Fallacious:                          false

345.        Falter:                                   hesitate; waver

346.        Fanatical:                            obsessive; fixated

347.        Fanaticism:                         passion; excessive devotion

348.        Fastidious:                          overly particular; finicky

349.        Fatuous:                              silly; foolish

350.        Feasible:                             possible and practicable

351.        Fecund:                                fertile

352.        Felicitous:                           apt

353.        Fervor:                                 passion; enthusiasm

354.        Fickle:                                   unpredictable; whimsical; easily swayed

355.        Finesse:                               skill

356.        Fitful:                                    not continuous; stopping and starting

357.        Flagrant:                              clearly wrong

358.        Flamboyant:                      showy; ornate

359.        Flaunt:                                  show off; display in a showy manner

360.        Flippant:                              making jokes about serious matters

361.        Flout:                                    defy; reject

362.        Flustered:                           worked-up; not calm

363.        Fly-by-night:                      unreliable; disreputable

364.        Forensic:                             concerned with argument or debate (esp. for legal evidence)

365.        Fortitude:                           bravery

366.        Fortuitous:                         happening by chance

367.        Fractious:                            irritable; difficult to control

368.        Fraudulent:                        fake; false

369.        Frivolous:                            not serious

370.        Frugal:                                  economical; not wasting anything

371.        Furrow:                                groove

372.        Furtive:                                hidden and secret

373.        Futile:                                   useless; hopeless

374.        Galleon:                              ancient type of sailing ship

375.        Gambol:                              frolic; leap; bound

376.        Garble:                                 distort; confuse; muddle

377.        Garish:                                 gaudy

378.        Garner:                                gather; collect

379.        Garrulous:                          talkative

380.        Gaunt:                                  emaciated; bony and angular

381.        Genre:                                  a category; type

382.        Germane:                           relevant

383.        Germinal:                           just growing; not developed; immature

384.        Gibbering:                          making meaningless noises

385.        Glacial:                                 hostile; unfriendly; cold; icy

386.        Goad:                                    prod; urge

387.        Grate (v):                            1. to annoy; aggravate; vex; 2. shred

388.        Gratis:                                  free of charge; without payment

389.        Gratuitous:                         unwarranted

390.        Gravity:                                seriousness

391.        Gregarious:                        extroverted; sociable; outgoing

392.        Gritty:                                   coarse; granular

393.        Guffaw:                               sudden loud laughter

394.        Guile:                                   cunning; craftiness

395.        Guileless:                           frank; straightforward; honest

396.        Gullibility:                          unwariness; trustfulness; being easily fooled

397.        Gullible:                              easily fooled

398.        Gustatory:                          concerned with the sense of taste

399.        Hackneyed:                        common and over-used

400.        Hallowed:                           worshipped; consecrated

401.        Hamper:                              hinder; obstruct

402.        Hangar:                                storage area (like garage) for a plane

403.        Harangue:                           noisy, attacking speech

404.        Harbingers:                        indicators; bringers of warnings

405.        Hasten:                                hurry; accelerate; rush

406.        Haughtiness:                     arrogance; pride

407.        Headstrong:                       stubborn; willful

408.        Hedonism:                         self-indulgence; pleasure-seeking

409.        Hedonist:                            a pleasure seeker

410.        Heed:                                   listen to

411.        Heresy:                                against orthodox opinion

412.        Hiatus:                                 interruption; pause

413.        Hidebound:                       rigid in opinions

414.        Hieroglyphics:                  1. picture writing; 2. writing which is difficult to read or enigmatic

415.        Hinder:                                obstruct

416.        Histrionic:                           theatrical; exaggerated

417.        Hoary:                                  old

418.        Hone:                                   sharpen; increase; whet

419.        Hyperbole:                         grossly exaggerated speech

420.        Hypochondriac:                a person obsessed with health; having imaginary illnesses

421.        Hypocritical:                      insincere

422.        Iconoclast:                          person who opposes orthodoxy

423.        Idiosyncrasy:                     a personal peculiarity; something unique to an individual

424.        Ignominious:                     shameful

425.        Ignominy:                           shame [ignominious (a) = shameful]

426.        Illuminate:                         to light up or make clear

427.        Illusory:                               deceptive; false; misleading

428.        Immoderate:                     excessive; extreme

429.        Immutable:                        unchanging; permanent

430.        Impartial:                            unbiased; neutral

431.        Impecunious:                    having no money

432.        Impious:                              wicked; profane

433.        Impoverished:                  destitute; poor

434.        Impromptu:                       unrehearsed; spontaneous

435.        Inadvertent:                      not intentional

436.        Incantation:                       chant; invocation; prayer

437.        Incarceration:                    putting in prison

438.        Incessant:                           without stopping

439.        Incipient:                            just beginning

440.        Inclination:                         tendency; a leaning toward

441.        Incoherent:                        not clear

442.        Incongruous:                     not fitting in; out of place

443.        Inconsequential:             unimportant; insignificant; negligible

444.        Inconspicuous:                 not easily seen; subtle; not noticeable

445.        Indelible:                            cannot be wiped out

446.        Indifferent:                        1. neutral; 2. not outstanding

447.        Indigenous:                        native to a particular area

448.        Indolence:                          laziness

449.        Inductee:                            novice; beginner

450.        Indulgent:                           pampering; satisfying desires

451.        Inebriation:                        drunkenness; intoxication

452.        Ineffable:                            cannot be expressed in words

453.        Inept:                                    incompetent; unskilled; useless

454.        Inertia:                                 inactivity; lethargy

455.        Inevitable:                          cannot be avoided

456.        Inexorable:                        relentless

457.        Inexpedient:                     not advisable

458.        Infallible:                            perfect; flawless; cannot make mistakes

459.        Infamous:                           famous for something bad

460.        Infer:                                     deduce; conclude

461.        Ingénue:                              naïve, unsophisticated person

462.        Ingrate:                                ungrateful person

463.        Inimical:                              hostile

464.        Innate:                                 inherited; inborn

465.        Innocuous:                         harmless; inoffensive

466.        Innovate:                            create; introduce something new

467.        Inscrutable:                        mysterious; impenetrable

468.        Insentient:                         unfeeling

469.        Insipid:                                 dull; bland; boring

470.        Instigate:                             to start; provoke

471.        Instigator:                           troublemaker; person who entices others to do something

472.        Insurgent:                           a rebel

473.        Interminable:                    never-ending

474.        Intermittent:                     sporadic; irregular

475.        Intransigence:                   stubbornness

476.        Intransigent:                      stubborn; unyielding

477.        Intrepid:                              brave

478.        Inveterate:                         habitual

479.        Invidious:                            arousing envy

480.        Inviolable:                          cannot be invaded

481.        Irascible:                             easily angered

482.        Ire:                                         anger [irate (a) = very angry]

483.        Irksome:                              annoying; infuriating

484.        Ironic:                                   satiric; unexpected

485.        Irrational:                            unreasonable; absurd

486.        Irreproachable:                cannot be criticized; perfect

487.        Irrevocable:                       cannot be cancelled; unchangeable

488.        Itinerant:                             nomadic; wandering from place to place

489.        Jaded:                                   tired; bored; worn out

490.        Jargon:                                 specialized language used by experts

491.        Jaundiced:                          cynical; pessimistic

492.        Jaunt:                                    short pleasure trip

493.        Jeopardize:                        put at risk; endanger

494.        Jingoistic:                            extremely patriotic; nationalistic

495.        Jocular:                                in a joking manner

496.        Jollity:                                  gaiety; happiness

497.        Jubilant:                              ecstatic; delighted; rejoicing

498.        Judicious:                            correct in judgment; wise

499.        Jurisprudence:                  science or study of law

500.        Juxtapose:                          place next to

501.        Kindle:                                 to start a fire

502.        Knotty:                                 complex; difficult to solve

503.        Labyrinth:                           a maze

504.        Labyrinthine:                     complicated; highly convoluted

505.        Laceration:                         a cut

506.        Lachrymose:                      tearful; sad

507.        Lackluster:                          dull; monotonous; bland

508.        Laconic:                                using few words; brief; to the point

509.        Lamentation:                     expression of regret or sorrow

510.        Lampoon:                            ridicule; spoof

511.        Lance:                                   spear; spike; javelin

512.        Languid:                               tired; slow

513.        Languish:                             decay; fade away; get weaker

514.        Larceny:                               theft; robbery; stealing

515.        Largess:                                generosity

516.        Laud:                                     praise

517.        Lavish:                                  on a grand scale; wasteful

518.        Lax:                                        careless; not strict

519.        Legend:                                1. key to map; 2. myth or story

520.        Legion:                                 in large numbers

521.        Lethargic:                            tired; without energy

522.        Levity:                                  flippancy; joking about serious matters

523.        Libertarian:                        someone who opposes tyranny

524.        Liniment:                            soothing lotion

525.        Lithe:                                    flexible; supple

526.        Livid:                                     very angry

527.        Lobbyist:                             person who tries to persuade someone to support a particular cause

528.        Lofty:                                    snooty; arrogant; haughty

529.        Longevity:                           long life

530.        Loquacious:                        talkative

531.        Lucid:                                    clear

532.        Ludicrous:                           ridiculous; silly

533.        Lukewarm:                         1. unenthusiastic; 2. neither hot nor cold

534.        Lummox:                             clumsy person

535.        Luscious:                             juicy; moist; succulent

536.        Lynch:                                   assassinate; kill; illegal hanging

537.        Machinations:                   plots and plans

538.        Maelstrom:                        whirlpool; storm in the ocean

539.        Magnanimous:                 generous; big-hearted

540.        Magnate:                            powerful businessman

541.        Maladroit:                          clumsy; unskillful

542.        Malady:                               illness

543.        Malediction:                      a curse

544.        Malefactor:                        a wrong-doer

545.        Malinger:                            deliberately avoid work; shirk

546.        Malingerer:                        person who deliberately tries to avoid work

547.        Malleable:                          flexible; can be shaped

548.        Mallet:                                 1. wooden hammer; 2. stick used for polo

549.        Manipulatable:                influencable; controllable

550.        Marred:                               damaged; spoiled

551.        Marshal:                              to gather together

552.        Marsupial:                          pouched mammal (like a kangaroo)

553.        Martinet:                            person who believes in strict discipline

554.        Masochist:                          person who intentionally inflicts pain on himself

555.        Matriarchy:                        society governed by women

556.        Maverick:                            a loner

557.        Meager:                               in short supply

558.        Meander:                            wander from side to side

559.        Mellow:                               soft; melodious; ripe

560.        Menagerie:                        collection of animals

561.        Mendacious:                     given to lying

562.        Mercenary:                        concerned only with money

563.        Mercurial:                           volatile; changeable

564.        Merge:                                 come together

565.        Metaphorically:               symbolically; figuratively

566.        Meticulous:                       very careful; painstaking

567.        Mettle:                                courage; bravery; valor

568.        Milieu:                                 environment

569.        Mire:                                     swamp; muddy ground

570.        Misanthrope:                    hater of the rest of mankind

571.        Misnomer:                         wrong name

572.        Misogynist:                        hater of women

573.        Misrepresentation:        deliberately deceiving

574.        Mitigate:                             lessen; make less severe

575.        Modicum:                           small amount

576.        Momentous:                     very important

577.        Monotonous:                    dull; unvarying

578.        Moratorium:                      temporary prohibition or halt to activity

579.        Moribund:                          on the point of death

580.        Morose:                               gloomy; bad tempered

581.        Mundane:                           ordinary; worldly

582.        Munificent:                        generous; charitable

583.        Mutinous:                           very rebellious

584.        Myriad:                                in large numbers

585.        Navigable:                          suitable for sailing

586.        Nebulous:                           vague

587.        Nefarious:                          wicked; immoral; disreputable

588.        Negate:                                cancel; deny

589.        Negligence:                       carelessness

590.        Neologism:                        newly coined word

591.        Nettle:                                 annoy

592.        Niggardly:                           miserly; stingy

593.        Nomadic:                            wandering from place to place

594.        Nonchalance:                    an appearance of indifference; calm and composed

595.        Nondescript:                     having no special features; dull and ordinary

596.        Nonentity:                          a person of no importance; not famous

597.        Nostalgia:                           longing for the past

598.        Notoriety:                           infamy; known for wrong doing

599.        Novel:                                  new; unusual

600.        Novice:                                a beginner; tyro

601.        Noxious:                              harmful; poisonous; lethal

602.        Nuance:                               something subtle; a fine shade of meaning

603.        Nullify:                                 to counter; make unimportant

604.        Nuzzle:                                 cuddle; snuggle

605.        Obdurate:                           stubborn

606.        Obfuscate:                          deliberately make something difficult to understand

607.        Objective:                           unbiased; not subjective

608.        Oblique:                              indirect; slanting

609.        Obliterate:                         destroy; demolish; eradicate

610.        Oblivious:                           totally unaware

611.        Obscure:                              difficult to understand; partially hidden

612.        Obscured:                           hidden; covered; buried

613.        Obsequious:                      servile; submissive

614.        Obsession:                         a dominating concern

615.        Obsolete:                            no longer valid

616.        Obstreperous:                  noisy and boisterous

617.        Obtuse:                                mentally dull

618.        Obviate:                              avoid; make unnecessary

619.        Odious:                                hateful

620.        Officious:                            domineering; intrusive; meddlesome

621.        Ogle:                                     stare at; observe in an obvious manner

622.        Olfactory:                            concerned with the sense of smell

623.        Ominous:                            threatening

624.        Omnipotent:                     all-powerful

625.        Omniscient:                       all-knowing

626.        Onerous:                             burdensome; hard to undertake

627.        Onus:                                    burden

628.        Opaque:                              does not let light through

629.        Opulent:                              wealthy; rich; magnificent

630.        Ordain:                                 1. destine; 2. confer holy orders on a priest

631.        Ornate:                                highly decorated

632.        Orthodox:                           conventional

633.        Ossify:                                  1. turn to bone; 2. become fixed and rigid

634.        Ostentatious:                    showy

635.        Oust:                                     push out of a position

636.        Overt:                                   obvious; not hidden

637.        Overwrought:                   worked up; in an emotional state

638.        Palatable:                           good to eat; agreeable

639.        Palisade:                             fence made of posts

640.        Palliative:                           a remedy that improves but doesn't cure

641.        Pallid:                                   pale

642.        Palpable:                             easily felt; easily perceived

643.        Panacea:                              remedy for all ills

644.        Paradigm:                           1. example; 2. model; 3. way of looking at things

645.        Paradox:                              apparently contradictory statement

646.        Paragon:                              a perfect example

647.        Paramount:                        of supreme importance

648.        Parasite:                              one who lives at the expense of others

649.        Parched:                              dried up

650.        Pariah:                                  an outcast from society

651.        Parity:                                   equality

652.        Parochial:                            narrow-minded; concerned only with local matters

653.        Parody:                                a mockery; imitation for ridicule; spoof

654.        Parry:                                    ward off; avoid

655.        Parsimonious:                   economical; frugal; thrifty

656.        Parsimony:                         stinginess; frugality; cost-cutting

657.        Partisan:                              biased; one-sided; committed to one group

658.        Pathos:                                 evoking sadness or pity

659.        Patron:                                 one who give support (usually financial)

660.        Patronize:                           condescend to; behave in an arrogant manner towards

661.        Paucity:                                shortage

662.        Peccadillo:                          minor weakness; trivial offence

663.        Pedant:                                person who insists on strict adherence to rules or narrow learning

664.        Pedestrian:                        common; mundane; banal

665.        Peerless:                             without equal

666.        Pejorative:                         derogatory

667.        Pellucid:                              transparently clear

668.        Pensive:                              in a thoughtful mood; thinking deeply

669.        Penury:                                poverty

670.        Perceptive:                        observant

671.        Percipient:                         perceptive; insightful

672.        Perdition:                           damnation

673.        Peremptory:                      in a commanding manner

674.        Perfidy:                                treachery

675.        Perfunctory:                      superficial; cursory

676.        Peripatetic:                        nomadic; moving from place to place

677.        Peripheral:                         on the edge; not important

678.        Perjury:                                telling lies under oath

679.        Pernicious:                         destructive; harmful

680.        Perpetuated:                     caused to continue

681.        Perpetuity:                         eternity

682.        Persnickety:                       fastidious; fussy

683.        Personable:                       attractive

684.        Perspicacious:                   insightful; sharp; wise

685.        Perspicacity:                      insight

686.        Pertinent:                           relevant

687.        Peruse:                                read carefully

688.        Pervasive:                           spreading everywhere

689.        Petrify:                                 1. terrify; 2. turn to stone

690.        Petulant:                             sulky; peevish

691.        Phenomenon:                   an event or happening (plural: phenomena)

692.        Philanthropy:                    charity; love of mankind

693.        Philistine:                           uncultured person

694.        Phlegmatic:                        calm; imperturbable

695.        Pillage:                                 plunder

696.        Pinnacle:                             topmost point

697.        Pious:                                   very religious

698.        Pivotal:                                of central importance

699.        Placate:                                pacify; soothe; calm

700.        Placebo:                              harmless medicine with no effect; dummy medicine

701.        Placid:                                  calm; peaceful

702.        Plagiarism:                         taking credit for someone else's writing or ideas

703.        Plaintiff:                              petitioner (in court of law)

704.        Plaudit:                                statement giving strong praise

705.        Plausible:                            can be believed; reasonable

706.        Plethora:                             an excess

707.        Pliable:                                flexible; not stubborn

708.        Plumage:                             feathers of a bird

709.        Plummet:                            fall suddenly and steeply

710.        Podium:                               raised platform

711.        Poignant:                            deeply moving; strongly affecting the emotions

712.        Poised:                                 calm; collected; self-possessed

713.        Polemical:                          causing debate or argument

714.        Ponderous:                        weighty; slow and heavy

715.        Pontificate:                        speak pompously or dogmatically

716.        Portend:                              foretell

717.        Portent:                               a warning sign; omen

718.        Poseur:                                someone who puts on an act

719.        Posterity:                            future generations

720.        Posthumous:                     after death

721.        Postulate:                           hypothesize; propose

722.        Potable:                               suitable for drinking

723.        Potent:                                 powerful; compelling; strong

724.        Pragmatic:                          practical

725.        Pragmatist:                         practical person; one who is concerned with usefulness

726.        Preamble:                           introductory material

727.        Precarious:                         unstable; risky

728.        Precedent:                         a previous occurrence used as a guide

729.        Precept:                               guiding principle

730.        Precinct:                              district of a city

731.        Precipice:                            steep slope

732.        Precipitous:                       done in a hurry

733.        Preclude:                            prevent or make impossible

734.        Precocious:                        developing early

735.        Predecessor:                     one who came before

736.        Predicament:                    dilemma; difficult situation

737.        Preeminent:                      famous; outstanding

738.        Prerogative:                       right or privilege

739.        Prescient:                           having fore-knowledge

740.        Presentiment:                  a feeling that something might happen

741.        Presumptuous:                 assuming too much; arrogant

742.        Pretentious:                      pompous; self-important

743.        Prevaricate:                       speak misleadingly and evasively

744.        Pristine:                               unspoiled

745.        Proclivity:                           tendency towards

746.        Procrastinate:                   delay; put off

747.        Prodigal:                              wasteful; extravagant

748.        Prodigious:                         very large

749.        Profane:                              unholy

750.        Profanity:                            swearing; cursing

751.        Profound:                           having deep meaning

752.        Profundity:                         depth

753.        Proletarian:                        member of the working class

754.        Prolific:                                producing a lot

755.        Proponents:                       promoters; supporters

756.        Prosaic:                                dull; boring; ordinary

757.        Proscribe:                           forbid

758.        Prosody:                              study of versification

759.        Prostration:                        1. lying face down; 2. be overcome with extreme weakness

760.        Protagonist:                       main character in film, book, play etc.

761.        Protean:                              changeable

762.        Protégé:                              person under protection of, or guided by another

763.        Protocol:                             procedure; code of behavior

764.        Provincial:                          unsophisticated; narrow-minded

765.        Prudent:                              cautious; wise

766.        Puerile:                                childish

767.        Punctilious:                        paying attention to small details

768.        Purloin:                                steal

769.        Pusillanimous:                  cowardly

770.        Pyromania:                         compulsion to start fires

771.        Quaff:                                   drink down quickly

772.        Quagmire:                          marsh; bog

773.        Quaint:                                 picturesque

774.        Quandary:                           dilemma; puzzle

775.        Quarantine:                       isolation to prevent the spread of disease

776.        Quarry:                                 1. something that is hunted; 2. mine for stone

777.        Querulous:                         always complaining

778.        Quirk:                                   oddity

779.        Ramble:                               wander aimlessly

780.        Ramifications:                   branches; subdivisions of a complex system; outcomes

781.        Rancor:                                 resentment; animosity; bad feeling

782.        Rant:                                     use bombastic language

783.        Ratify:                                   approve; consent

784.        Raucous:                              rough and unpleasant (of sounds)

785.        Raze:                                     destroy; demolish; tear down

786.        Rebuttal:                             denial

787.        Recant:                                 disclaim; retract statement

788.        Recapitulate:                     summarize

789.        Receptacle:                        container; vessel; holder

790.        Recluse:                               someone who cuts himself off from life

791.        Recuperate:                       get better after illness

792.        Red tape:                            formalities; paperwork; official procedure

793.        Redolent:                            smelling of; giving off odors

794.        Redress:                              put right something that was wrong

795.        Redundant:                        unnecessary; superfluous

796.        Referendum:                     public vote

797.        Refute:                                 disprove

798.        Regale:                                 entertain

799.        Relegate:                            dismiss to a lower position

800.        Remorse:                            regret; sorrow; contrition

801.        Remuneration:                 payment for work done

802.        Renown:                              fame

803.        Replete:                              full

804.        Reprehensible:                shameful; very bad

805.        Reprieve:                            a respite; postponement of a sentence

806.        Repudiate:                         shun; eschew

807.        Rescind:                               retract; repeal

808.        Resignation:                      acceptance of fate

809.        Resolution:                        determination

810.        Resonant:                           echoing

811.        Respite:                               a break; intermission

812.        Resplendent:                    shining; glowing

813.        Restorative:                       a tonic

814.        Retention:                          preservation; withholding

815.        Reticent:                             restrained; holding something back; uncommunicative

816.        Retraction:                         withdrawal; cancellation of a statement

817.        Revere:                                worship

818.        Riddled:                               full of (usually full of holes)

819.        Rife:                                      common

820.        Rigor:                                    thoroughness

821.        Robust:                                strong; healthy; tough

822.        Rotund:                                round

823.        Ruminate:                           think over something; ponder

824.        Ruse:                                     trick; stratagem

825.        Saccharin:                           falsely sweet

826.        Sacrosanct:                         very holy; inviolable

827.        Sagacious:                           wise

828.        Sage:                                     a wise person

829.        Salacious:                            lecherous; erotic

830.        Sallow:                                 yellowish

831.        Salubrious:                         health-giving

832.        Salutary:                              something which teaches you a lesson; beneficial

833.        Sanctimonious:                hypocritically holy

834.        Sanction:                             give approval to

835.        Sanguinary:                        bloodthirsty; bloody

836.        Sanguine:                            optimistic; cheerful

837.        Sardonic:                             mocking

838.        Savant:                                 person with knowledge

839.        Scale:                                    to climb

840.        Scapegoat:                          person on whom blame is placed for faults of others

841.        Scrupulous:                        careful; diligent; painstaking

842.        Scrutinize:                          examine carefully

843.        Scuttle:                                sink

844.        Seminary:                           an institution in which priests are trained

845.        Sensuous:                           appealing to the senses

846.        Sentinel:                             guard; sentry

847.        Sequester:                          isolate

848.        Serendipity:                       fortunate coincidence; unsought discovery

849.        Serene:                                calm; peaceful

850.        Serrated:                             jagged; saw-like

851.        Servile:                                overly submissive; groveling

852.        Skeptical:                            doubting; not gullible

853.        Skirmish:                             minor battle

854.        Sluggard:                             slow-moving; lethargic person

855.        Smelt:                                   refine an ore

856.        Smorgasbord:                    a Swedish buffet of cold dishes

857.        Solace:                                 comfort for grief

858.        Solicit:                                  to ask for; seek

859.        Somnambulist:                 sleepwalker

860.        Soothsayer:                        fortuneteller

861.        Sophomoric:                      juvenile; immature

862.        Soporific:                            inducing sleep

863.        Sparse:                                 spare; bare; meager

864.        Specious:                            false

865.        Speckled:                            spotted; freckled; dotted

866.        Sporadic:                             not continuous; intermittent

867.        Spurious:                             false

868.        Stagnant:                             still; not moving

869.        Staid:                                    dull; sober; serious

870.        Stanza:                                 section of a poem

871.        Staunch:                              loyal; faithful; dependable

872.        Stereotype:                        fixed image

873.        Stevedore:                         dockworker

874.        Stifle:                                    suppress

875.        Stoic:                                     known for fortitude; indifferent to pleasure or pain

876.        Stoke:                                   add fuel to; strengthen

877.        Stolid:                                   impassive; dull; indifferent

878.        Stratagem:                          plot; plan; trick

879.        Strident:                              loud and harsh

880.        Stringent:                            strict or severe

881.        Strut:                                     swagger; show off

882.        Stupefying:                        astonishing; shocking; stunning into silence

883.        Subpoena:                          summons to court

884.        Substantiate:                     give supporting evidence

885.        Subterfuge:                        a trick

886.        Subtle:                                 not obvious

887.        Subversive:                        rebellious; revolutionary

888.        Succinct:                              concise

889.        Suffragist:                           someone who campaigns for voting rights

890.        Supercilious:                     proud and haughty

891.        Superlative:                       extremely good; the best

892.        Surly:                                    grumpy; rude

893.        Surreptitious:                    secret; sneaky; stealthy

894.        Surreptitiously:                secretly; furtively; stealthily

895.        Susceptible:                       vulnerable

896.        Suspect:                               doubtful

897.        Sybarite:                              lover of luxury

898.        Sycophant:                         bootlicker; flatterer

899.        Taciturn:                              quiet; saying little

900.        Tactile:                                 concerned with the sense of touch

901.        Talisman:                            lucky charm

902.        Tangent:                              going off the main subject

903.        Tangible:                             can be touched

904.        Tardy:                                   slow; late; overdue; delayed

905.        Tawdry:                                of little value; gaudy

906.        Tedium:                               boredom

907.        Temper:                               to moderate; soften

908.        Tenacious:                          stubborn; resolute; holding firm to a purpose

909.        Tentative:                           not certain

910.        Tenuous:                             flimsy; not solid

911.        Terse:                                   concise; to the point

912.        Therapeutic:                      medicinal; curative

913.        Thwart:                                prevent; frustrate

914.        Timorous:                           cowardly; fearful

915.        Tirade:                                  stream of verbal abuse

916.        Titter:                                   giggle quietly

917.        Tome:                                   large book

918.        Torpid:                                 inactive; lazy; stagnant

919.        Torpor:                                 dormancy; sluggishness; inactivity

920.        Totter:                                  walk unsteadily

921.        Tractable:                            obedient; dutiful; polite

922.        Tranquil:                              peaceful

923.        Transcribe:                         copy

924.        Transgress:                         go astray; disobey; commit a sin

925.        Transient:                           short-lived; ephemeral

926.        Traverse:                             to move across

927.        Trepidation:                       fear

928.        Trinket:                                something of little value; knick-knack

929.        Trite:                                     unoriginal; dull

930.        Trivial:                                  unimportant

931.        Truant:                                 shirker; someone absent without permission

932.        Truncate:                             cut short

933.        Tumult:                                uproar; noise

934.        Turpitude:                          depravity

935.        Tyro:                                      novice; beginner

936.        Ubiquitous:                        found everywhere; omnipresent

937.        Unalloyed:                         undiluted; total

938.        Unctuous:                           oily; using excessive flattery

939.        Undermined:                    damaged; attacked

940.        Underscore:                       emphasize

941.        Unequivocal:                     clear; obvious

942.        Unfetter:                             set free

943.        Unfrock:                              to remove a priest from his position

944.        Unprecedented:              never having happened before

945.        Unscathed:                         unharmed; intact; without a scratch

946.        Unwitting:                          not deliberate; unconscious

947.        Upbraid:                              scold; tell off; reprimand

948.        Uproarious:                        hilarious; hysterical; very funny

949.        Upshot:                                outcome

950.        Urbane:                               sophisticated; suave

951.        Usurp:                                  take someone's position (usually by force)

952.        Utilitarian:                          useful

953.        Utopian:                              a believer in an ideal world

954.        Vacillate:                             waver; hesitate

955.        Vacuous:                             empty; silly; meaningless

956.        Vagrant:                               person wandering without a home

957.        Vapid:                                   dull; uninspiring

958.        Variegated:                        multicolored; speckled

959.        Vehemence:                      violence; fervor; forcefulness

960.        Vehement:                         forceful

961.        Venal:                                   corrupt; can be bribed

962.        Veneer:                               surface coating

963.        Venerate:                           revere; worship

964.        Venial:                                 minor; unimportant

965.        Veracity:                              truthfulness

966.        Verbose:                             talkative; long-winded; rambling

967.        Verbosity:                           using too many words

968.        Vertigo:                               dizziness

969.        Vestigial:                             not developed

970.        Vignette:                             small sketch

971.        Vilification:                        blackening someone's name

972.        Vindicate:                           prove right; remove blame

973.        Virtuoso:                             an accomplished musician

974.        Virulent:                              dangerous; harmful

975.        Vital:                                     essential; alive; important

976.        Vitriolic:                              corrosive; strongly attacking

977.        Vivacity:                              liveliness; animation

978.        Vivify:                                   enliven

979.        Vociferous:                        noisy; loud in speech

980.        Volatile:                              dangerously unstable; evaporates easily

981.        Voluble:                              talkative

982.        Voluminous:                      very large; spacious

983.        Voracious:                          ravenous

984.        Waive:                                 surrender; give up

985.        Wane:                                  grow less

986.        Wary:                                    hesitant; cautious

987.        Wax:                                     to increase; to grow

988.        Waylay:                               accost; stop; approach; hinder

989.        Weighty:                             serious

990.        Whelp:                                 young dog

991.        Whet:                                   sharpen

992.        Whimsical:                         capricious; changeable

993.        Willful:                                stubborn

994.        Wily:                                     cunning

995.        Wispy:                                  flimsy; frail; delicate

996.        Wistful:                               melancholy; pensive; expressing a longing for

997.        Zany:                                     crazy; wacky

998.        Zeal:                                      enthusiasm

999.        Zealot:                                  fanatic

1000.     Zenith:                                 summit