Do You Know These SAT Vocabulary Words?

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The SAT is a standardized test taken by millions of American high-schoolers every year as part of their college application process. The name of the test formerly stood for the Scholastic Aptitude Test, and later the Scholastic Assessment Test, but now doesn't stand for anything -- it's just the SAT (kind of like how "KFC" no longer stands for Kentucky Fried Chicken!).

The SAT has been revised and re-formatted over the years, but in its current iteration is scored in a scale of 200 to 800 for each of two sections (writing/language and math) for a total possible perfect score of 1600. The score is based on the total number of correct answers, so there is no penalty for guessing. The writing/language portion of the SAT tests the student's ability to improve language with sentence structure or word choice. Therefore it is essential that SAT takers learn a wide range of vocabulary words that may show up on the test, and to know the best usages of those words in context. Test your knowledge of these SAT vocabulary words!

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1. What does "DEMISE" mean?

  1. Fancy shirt
  2. End or death
  3. Belief
  4. Comfy pillow
"Demise" means end or death, as in: The bad guys in movies always meet their demise.
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2. What does "CONDUIT" mean?

  1. Rocket ship
  2. Public speech
  3. Type of fruit
  4. Path or tunnel
"Conduit" means path or tunnel, as in: The house was built with many conduits for electrical wiring.
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3. What does "ANTHOLOGY" mean?

  1. Group of people
  2. Collection of written works
  3. Flock of birds
  4. Pile of dirty clothes
"Anthology" means a collection of written works, as in: My English teacher gave me an anthology of Shakespeare's best plays.
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4. What does "AMENABLE" mean?

  1. Resistant to
  2. Open to
  3. Scared of
  4. Excited to
"Amenable" means open to, as in: She was amenable to learning new vocabulary words by taking this quiz.
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5. What does "MISANTHROPE" mean?

  1. Someone who dislikes people
  2. Someone who is reliable
  3. Someone who loves dogs
  4. Someone who wears scarves
"Misanthrope" means someone who dislikes people, as in: The misanthrope preferred to stay home Friday nights, avoiding all forms of social activity.
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6. What does "ROGUE" mean?

  1. Rebellious
  2. Red in color
  3. Underground
  4. Cautious
"Rogue" means rebellious, as in: Jyn Erso goes rogue when she joins the Rebel Alliance in the fight against the Imperial Empire.
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7. What does "ADVOCATE" mean?

  1. Marry in holy matrimony
  2. Fight against
  3. Argue for
  4. Eat an avocado
"Advocate" means to argue for, as in: The defense lawyer advocated for a light sentence for the defendant's first-time offense.
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8. What does "FRACAS" mean?

  1. Sad occasion
  2. Party or celebration
  3. Stressful feeling
  4. Fight or noisy brawl
"Fracas" means a fight, as in: The drunk guys at the bar caused quite a fracas on Friday night.
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9. What does "NEXUS" mean?

  1. Horse
  2. Loss
  3. Connection
  4. Lamp
"Nexus" means connection, as in: For his thesis, he studied the nexus between economics and politics.
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10. What does "CADET" mean?

  1. Army general
  2. Military student
  3. Navy S.E.A.L.
  4. Air force pilot
"Cadet" refers to a student at a military or other service force, as in: Wesley Crusher was a cadet at Starfleet Academy before joining the crew of the Starship Enterprise.
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11. What does "BUTTRESS" mean?

  1. Provide support
  2. Spread butter
  3. Lie on a mattress
  4. Fix torn clothing
"Buttress" means to provide support, as in: The construction workers added support beams to buttress the crumbling wall.
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12. What does "BALLAD" mean?

  1. Sentimental song
  2. Rock-n-roll anthem
  3. Instrumental piece
  4. Drumbeat
"Ballad" means a sentimental song, as in: "My Heart Will Go On" is the iconic ballad by Celine Dion from the movie "Titanic".
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13. What does "VESTIGE" mean?

  1. Resolution of opposing ideas
  2. Remnant of something gone
  3. The first of something
  4. Memory of childhood
"Vestige" means the remnants of something gone, as in: Your butt bone is a vestige of what was once the tail of an earlier human.
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14. What does "ABSOLVE" mean?

  1. Go in circles
  2. Free from guilt
  3. Impose punishment
  4. Return home
"Absolve" means to free from guilt, as in: His alibi absolved him of the crime of which he was wrongfully accused.
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15. What does "ALLOCATE" mean?

  1. Distribute according to plan
  2. Look for all over the place
  3. Collect for consolidation
  4. Hide for fear for discovery
"Allocate" means to distribute according to plan, as in: The rescue supplies were allocated to those who were in the most need.
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16. What does "DILETTANTE" mean?

  1. Type of Cat
  2. Cheesy
  3. Amateur
  4. Drunk
"Dilettante" means amateur, as in: Having never actually learned any instruments, she was merely a dilettante when it came to dabbling on the piano.
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17. What does "LETHARGIC" mean?

  1. Lazy or sluggish
  2. Mysterious
  3. Curious
  4. Light and airy
"Lethargic" means lazy or sluggish, as in: He was feeling lethargic after not having eaten all day.
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18. What does "HYBRID" mean?

  1. Mixed origin
  2. Rainbow colored
  3. Single source
  4. Square shaped
"Hybrid" means mixed origin, as in: Hybrid cars combine the best of both traditional gas cars and new electric cars.
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19. What does "VERBOSE" mean?

  1. Short
  2. Mean
  3. Funny
  4. Wordy
"Verbose" means wordy, as in: The professor's lecture was so verbose I just stopped listening.
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20. What does "ALIAS" mean?

  1. Foreign object
  2. Assumed name
  3. Rope for lassoing
  4. Middle initial
"Alias" is an assumed name, as in: James Bond's alias was "007".
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21. What does "CONCISE" mean?

  1. Brief and to-the-point
  2. Broken
  3. Wordy and long-winded
  4. Careful and guarded
"Concise" means brief and to-the-point, as in: Concise is the opposite of verbose.
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22. What does "HUBRIS" mean?

  1. Charm
  2. Happiness
  3. Arrogance
  4. Aggression
"Hubris" means arrogance, as in: Icarus had so much hubris that he flew too close the sun and his wings of wax melted right off.
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23. What does "PRUDENCE" mean?

  1. Great enthusiasm
  2. Stingy greed
  3. Blatant disregard
  4. Careful attention
"Prudence" means careful attention, as in: She exercised great prudence in managing her financial investments.
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24. What does "ABYSS" mean?

  1. Ocean of fish
  2. Flooding river
  3. Fertile land
  4. Empty chasm
"Abyss" means empty chasm, as in: She stared off into outer space, contemplating the depths of this cosmic abyss.
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25. What does "RELAPSE" mean?

  1. Replaceable
  2. Regress from Improvement
  3. To tie your shoes
  4. Infected
"Relapse" means to regress from a state of improvement, as in: two of our patients relapsed last night.
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26. What does "GENIAL" mean?

  1. Friendly
  2. Magical
  3. Beautiful
  4. Strict
"Genial" means friendly, as in: Mary Poppins is a tough, but genial nanny.
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27. What does "TRANQUIL" mean?

  1. Asleep
  2. Alert
  3. Agitated
  4. Peaceful
"Tranquil" means peaceful, as in: She felt tranquil inside her cozy room on a rainy day, ready to read her favorite book.
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28. What does "CULMINATION" mean?

  1. Cloudy
  2. Middle part
  3. Mess
  4. High point
"Culmination" means high point, as in: Graduation day was the culmination of 4 years of studying and hard work.
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29. What does "COVERT" mean?

  1. Secret
  2. Colorful
  3. Required
  4. Open
"Covert" means secret, as in: CIA agents engage in covert missions.
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30. What does "DIVERSE" mean?

  1. Different or varied
  2. Abundant
  3. Same or consistent
  4. Scarce
"Diverse" means different or varied, as in: The diverse group consisted of people from all over the world.
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31. What does "POIGNANT" mean?

  1. Emotionally touching
  2. Boring
  3. Colder than normal
  4. Skillful
"Poignant" means emotionally touching, as in: The vows are a very poignant part of a wedding ceremony.
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32. What does "WHISPER" mean?

  1. Speak Softly
  2. To be annoyed
  3. Speak Loudly
  4. To be forgetful
"Whisper " means to talk softly, as in: Alison was whispering in my ear.
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33. What does "CIRCUMVENT" mean?

  1. Go away
  2. Go directly through
  3. Go around or avoid
  4. Go in circles
"Circumvent" means go around to avoid, as in: We circumvented the traffic jam by taking another route.
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34. What does "LIVID" mean?

  1. Extremely angry
  2. Purple in color
  3. Uncertain
  4. Careful
"Livid" means extremely angry, as in: She was livid about being betrayed.
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35. What does "KISMET" mean?

  1. Intent
  2. Fate
  3. Madness
  4. Anger
"Kismet" means fate, as in: Being at the right place and the right time was total kismet.
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36. What does "BENIGN" mean?

  1. Dangerous
  2. Plentiful
  3. Sweet
  4. Harmless
"Benign" means harmless, as in: The dog may have a loud bark, but she is actually very benign.
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37. What does "AUGUST" mean?

  1. Up or down
  2. Respected or dignified
  3. Sweet and salty
  4. Lost
"August" means respected or dignified, as in: Attendees of the royal wedding were in august company.
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38. What does "ESOTERIC" mean?

  1. Very tasty
  2. Very common
  3. Extremely large
  4. Obscure or hard to understand
"Esoteric" means obscure or hard to understand, as in: Her PhD dissertation was written on a very esoteric topic.
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39. What does "CACOPHONY" mean?

  1. Rainbow of colors
  2. Basket of fruit
  3. System of machines
  4. Mix of harsh sounds
"Cacophony" is a mix of harsh sounds, as in: The street noise was a cacophony of car engines, police sirens, and drunken yelling.
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40. What does "HIRSUTE" mean?

  1. Hairy
  2. Wet
  3. Brown
  4. Rude
"Hirsute" means hairy, as in: The gorilla is a very hirsute animal.
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41. What does "ORNATE" mean?

  1. Heavily ornamented
  2. Soft to the touch
  3. Round in shape
  4. Easily annoyed
"Ornate" means heavily ornamented, as in: Versailles is an ornate palace.
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42. What does "MYRIAD" mean?

  1. Sad
  2. Colorful
  3. Reflective
  4. Many
"Myriad" means many, as in: She was a social person, with myriad friends.
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43. What does "ZEAL" mean?

  1. Small pieces
  2. Lemon flavor
  3. Jagged edge
  4. Intense enthusiasm
"Zeal" means intense enthusiasm, as in: The fans' zeal for the team compelled them to attend every home game.
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44. What does "LAUDABLE" mean?

  1. Around the bend
  2. Laughable
  3. Shiny and impressive
  4. Worthy of praise
"Laudable" means worthy of praise, as in: Your efforts in completing this vocabulary quiz are laudable!
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45. What does "CATHARTIC" mean?

  1. Remembering fondly
  2. Providing mental release
  3. Producing sweat
  4. Inducing intense stress
"Cathartic" means providing mental release, as in: Confessing all his feelings was cathartic.
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46. What does "ENIGMA" mean?

  1. Friend
  2. Toy
  3. Game
  4. Mystery
"Enigma" means mystery, as in: The universe is full of enigmas.
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47. What does "ECLECTIC" mean?

  1. Stuck
  2. Varied
  3. Similar
  4. Boring
"Eclectic" means varied, as in: She has eclectic taste in music, from jazz to pop to country.
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48. What does "TEMPER" mean?

  1. Sleep inducing
  2. Degree of Sadness
  3. Vomit inducing
  4. Degree of Anger
"Temper" means a degree to which somebody is angry, as in: He has a terrible temper!
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49. What does "ETYMOLOGY" mean?

  1. Study of words
  2. Study of history
  3. Study of coastlines
  4. Study of music
"Etymology" is the study of words, as in: Students of etymology should do well on this quiz!
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50. What does "PENULTIMATE" mean?

  1. Type of Pencil
  2. Tiny
  3. Second Last
  4. Third left
"Penultimate" means second last, as in: This is the penultimate task we have before we can go home.
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51. What does "VERDANT" mean?

  1. Blue and mellow
  2. Brown and dead
  3. Broken
  4. Green or lush
"Verdant" means green or lush, as in: The garden was verdant in Spring.
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52. What does "ORNATE" mean?

  1. Special
  2. Skinny
  3. Decorated
  4. Beautiful
"Ornate" means elaborately decorated, as in: She has a beautiful, ornate wedding ring.
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53. What does "CONSCRIPT" mean?

  1. Type of dog
  2. Model
  3. An old Chinese vase
  4. Enlisted Person
"Conscript" means an enlisted person, typical to the armed forces, as in: My Sons were conscripted into the army.
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54. What does "BRAVADO" mean?

  1. Wonder
  2. Anger
  3. Timid
  4. Boldness
"Bravado" means to be bold, typically to impress someone, as in: That guy last night was filled with bravado!
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55. What does "BUNK" mean?

  1. Garbage
  2. Feeling hungry
  3. Nonsense
  4. Underneath a car
"Bunk" means nonsense, as in: I would never believe in such bunk!
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56. What does "TRAMPLE" mean?

  1. To Fly
  2. Become Upset
  3. Crush
  4. Funny
"Trample" means to crush or tread on, as in: Don't trample all over my lawn, you will ruin it!
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57. What does "JADED" mean?

  1. Too much confidence
  2. Too much energy
  3. Lack of nutrition
  4. Lack of interest/Bored
"Jaded" is lacking interest or being Bored, as in: After he failed his test, he was so jaded.
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58. What does "POLAR" mean?

  1. Relating to East & West trading
  2. Relating to North & South poles
  3. Frequent flyer
  4. Flexible worker
"Polar" means relating to the north and south poles, as in: We visited both the polar regions last year.
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59. What does "GAIETY" mean?

  1. State of being sad
  2. State of being happy
  3. An ancient deity
  4. Feeling sick
"Gaiety" is the state being happy or cheerful, as in: He was having a great time being part of the gaiety!
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60. What does "OBFUSCATE" mean?

  1. To walk strangely
  2. To hurt someone
  3. To exercise
  4. To confuse
"Obfuscate" means to confuse, as in: He shouldn't give the presentation; he's likely to obfuscate the crowd.
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61. What does "BENEVOLENT" mean?

  1. Tired
  2. Stingy
  3. Curious
  4. Big-Hearted
Benevolent means "big-hearted," as in: The benevolent grandmother always made her grandson sweaters.
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62. What does "ERRATIC" mean?

  1. Confident
  2. Inconsistent
  3. Intelligent
  4. Fast
Erratic means "inconsistent," as in: The weather was erratic, sometimes freezing and sometimes hot and humid.
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63. What does "ABATE" mean?

  1. To Dance
  2. To Argue
  3. To Speed Up
  4. To Die Down
Abate means "to die down," as in: The storm raged through the night, but then abated.
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64. What does "NUANCE" mean?

  1. A Subtle Variation
  2. Clarity
  3. A Big Difference
  4. Pomp
Nuance means "a subtle variation," as in: The chef noticed nuances in flavor in every bite she took.
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65. What does "COMPLACENT" mean?

  1. Satisfied
  2. Sorry
  3. Exhausted
  4. Dizzy
"Complacent" means "satisfied," as in: Mary was complacent because she was on vacation and didn't have to worry about anything.
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66. What does "PROHIBIT" mean?

  1. To Debate
  2. To Allow
  3. To Ban
  4. To Theorize
"Prohibit" means "to ban," as in: In the restaurant wanted to prohibit smoking.
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67. What does "INDIFFERENCE" mean?

  1. Excitement
  2. Disinterest
  3. Pleasure
  4. Torment
"Indifference" means "disinterest," as in: His indifference to her hobbies was very disappointing.
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68. What does "VALIDATE" mean?

  1. To Go Shopping
  2. To Discredit
  3. To Confirm
  4. To Eat
"Validate" means "to confirm," as in: In order to validate their story, we have to go through the evidence.
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69. What does "EXHILARATING" mean?

  1. Boring
  2. Exciting
  3. Grim
  4. Scary
"Exhilarating" means "exciting," as in: The waterslides were a very exhilarating experience.
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70. What does "SUBSEQUENTLY" mean?

  1. Due to
  2. In front of
  3. Afterwards
  4. Before
"Subsequently" means "afterwards," as in: The dog found the bone and, subsequently, buried it.
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