The Top 66

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  1. Adept
    (adj.) Very skilled, able, or proficient.

    Although inept with other musical instruments, Aiko was the most adept cellist at the music academy.
  2. Advocate
    (n.) One who acts in support or defense of a person or cause.

    Ron Kovic, former veteran and author of Born on the 4th of July, is a passionate advocate for world peace, veterans' rights, and respect for the disabled.
  3. Aesthetic
    (adj.) Pertaining to what is considered beautiful or tasteful.

    While most medical procedures are conducted to address health problems, plastic surgery is usually performed for aesthetic reasons.
  4. Anachronism
    (n.) Some one or thing out of its correct chronological or historical order.

    While anachronisms usually pop up accidentally in period pieces, some programs like The Flintstones, with its prehistoric cars, telephones, and movie studios, completely rely on them.
  5. Anecdote
    (n.) A short account of an interesting or humorous, often biographical, incident.

    After a good practice, Coach Crush would entertain players with amusing anecdotes about his brief stint in the NFL.
  6. Apprehensive
    (adj.) Uneasy, anxious, or fearful about the future; quick to understand or learn.

    Some students feel apprehensive about the prospect of attending college far from home, while others are positively thrilled.
  7. Arrogance
    (n.) An offensive display of self-importance or superiority; overbearing pride; haughtiness.

    When the guest conductor abruptly changed the programs for the rest of the season, the orchestra was astounded at his arrogance.
  8. Boorish
    (adj.) Resembling or characteristic of a boor; crude, coarse, and clumsy in behavior; churlish, oafish, insensitive.

    Severus sneered at the boorish way the students shoved each other onto the field for soccer practice.
  9. Brevity
    (n.) The quality of being brief in tim or duration; concise expression.

    It is said that, "Brevity is the soul of wit," but I usually need a lot of words to prove how witty I am.
  10. Cathartic
    (adj.) Delivering catharsis; emotionally purging.

    Stoic sorts find the cathartic properties of a good cry impossible to comprehend.
  11. Censure
    (v.) To express disapproval in a strong or vehement fashion; to criticize, blame, or reprimand.

    The school board censured the teacher for encouraging her students to make fun of the kindergarteners as they exercised.
  12. Cite
    (v.) To quote as an authority or example; to mention in support or confirmation.

    When the principal questioned the teacher's plans for a field trip to the dairy, he cited his predecessor's visit to that locale the previous year.
  13. Commendable
    (adj.) Worthy of great praise or approval.

    The boy scouts did not achieve their goal of collecting one-hundred coats for the homeless, but their troop leader said their efforts were commendable.
  14. Conciliatory
    (adj.) Attempting to regain goodwill through pleasantness; overcoming hostility; willing to make concession; accommodating, appeasing.

    When the employees objected to the company's elimination of the practice of giving compensatory time for working overtime or on weekends, the CEO made the conciliatory offer of one comp day per year.
  15. Consensus
    (n.) Majority of opinion among a group; general agreement or accord.

    The consensus in the cafeteria is that whatever made up today's Mystery Meatloaf should remain a mystery.
  16. Consummate
    (adj.) Complete or perfect in every respect; supremely skilled.

    Despite his inexperience, the understudy gave a consummate performance.
  17. Cursory
    (adj.) Performed hastily and without attention to detail; superficial.

    Even a cursory examination of the published data reveals how ineffective cola is as a thirst-quencher.
  18. Defiant
    (adj.) Boldly resisting authority or an opposing force; challenging.

    Defiant to the end, Nathan Hale is best remembered for the timeless expression, "I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country," uttered moments before his execution.
  19. Depict
    (v.) To represent or characterize in words, pictures, or sculpture.

    While most works depict New Yorkers as rude and belligerent, millions of visitors each year are pleased to discover how kind and helpful denizens of the Big Apple can be.
  20. Deride
    (v.) To laugh at in scorn or treat with contempt; to ridicule.

    If the band didn't want critics to deride their newest album, maybe they shouldn't have released such an amateurish, uninspired collection of songs.
  21. Disparage
    (v.) To speak of with disrespect; to belittle or depreciate.

    Some may disparage the current offering of U.S. car companies, but not long ago, American automakers produced the finest vehicles in the world.
  22. Disparity
    (n.) Lack of equality or similarity; difference.

    Gender income disparity seems to be diminishing, but within many professions or companies, men still earn more than women for essentially the same jobs.
  23. Eclectic
    (adj.) Selecting, employing, or comprising individual elements from a wide variety of sources.

    Ginger loved her local coffee shop, particularly the ever-changing array of international pastries on its eclectic menu.
  24. Elaborate
    (adj.) Planned or executed with great care and attention; painstaking.

    While Dexter agonized over his elaborate plans to woo the woman of his dreams, his rival took action by simply picking up the phone and asking her to prom.
  25. Eloquent
    (adj.) Characterized by blear, powerful, and persuasive speech.

    The candidate hired the best speechwriter he could find in the hope of being the most eloquent person at the debate
  26. Elucidate
    (v.) To make lucid or clear; to explain.

    Sunan found the textbook's description of the U.S. Electoral College unclear, so he asked his teach to elucidate it.
  27. Embody
    (v.) To represent in bodily, material, or tangible form.

    The art critic said the impermanence of sand sculptures embodies man's frailty in the face of time and nature.
  28. Equitable
    (adj.) Characterized by fairness and impartiality; just or reasonable.

    An arbitrator is responsible for finding the most equitable solution to a dispute between parties.
  29. Erratic
    (adj.) Having no fixed or regular course; wandering; lack consistency, or regularity; eccentric.

    Allison's erratic work schedule made it impossible to know whether she'd be home or at the restaurant on a given night.
  30. Ethical
    (adj.) Being in accordance with the rules or standards for right and practice; adhering to moral principles.

    Father Edward attempted to convince his parishioner that her overseas business activities, although legal, were not ethical.
  31. Exemplary
    (adj.) Worthy of imitation; estimable; praiseworthy.

    Melisande was so pleased with her children's exemplary behavior during the long day of shopping that she treated them to ice cream.
  32. Felicitous
    (adj.) Well-suited for the occasion, appropriate; marked by good fortune.

    Bumping into Julians at the mall was most felicitous, since I needed a ride home.
  33. Florid
    (adj.) Reddish or rosy; excessively ornate or flowery.

    Modern furniture has cleaner lines than the florid style of Victorian era furnishings.
  34. Foster
    (v.) To promote the growth or development of; cultivate; nurture.

    In addition to providing physical benefits, participation in a team sport can foster self-confidence in a child.
  35. Holistic
    (adj.) Emphasizing the importance of the whole and the interdependence of parts, as opposed to separation into parts.

    Some people are drawn to holistic health care because they feel traditional western medicine ignores important aspects of the patient's life.
  36. Idiosyncrasy
    (n.) A habit, mannerism, or characteristic that is peculiar to an individual.

    Public speaking coaches try to make their clients aware of idiosyncrasies which distract the listener.
  37. Ineffable
    (adj.) Defying expression or description; inexpressible.

    The novelist was stumped in his attempt to capture the ineffable allure of sailing around the world.
  38. Intemperate
    (adj.) Given to or characterized by excessive indulgence; not moderate or restrained. Having a lack of self-control.

    Try to keep your cool in an argument; intemperate words often lead to later regrets.
  39. Irreverent
    (adj.) Showing lack of due respect; impertinent; satirical.

    Staid critics panned the play for its irreverent portrayal of the queen as a jester.
  40. Lament
    (v.) To feel or express grief or regret; to mourn for.

    Olivia sent a sympathy card when her friend's mother died, but lamented the fact that she could not attend the funeral.
  41. Laudatory
    (adj.) Containing or expressing praise.

    The laudatory speech made my stomach turn because I knew how malicious Tanya could be.
  42. Lucid
    (adj.) Clear; rational; sane; easily understood.

    The directions Pradeep wrote on the side of the Styrofoam cup were no longer lucid; spilled coffee blurred the street names.
  43. Magnanimous
    (adj.) Generous in forgiving; unselfish; free of resentment or vindictiveness.

    Though sill annoyed, Sandy recognized the flowers as a magnanimous gesture and forgave her boyfriend for finishing the last of the lasagna.
  44. Mock
    (v.) To ridicule; to imitate or mimic; to defy.

    A true fan, Shelly continued to listen to Milli Vanilli even though she was mocked by everyone she knew.
  45. Mundane
    (adj.) Common or ordinary; pertaining to the world, secular.

    Drew wanted a life of excitement, so he quit his mundane job waiting tables and joined the circus.
  46. Naïve
    (adj.) Unaffected; unsophisticated; inexperienced; having an unaffected style.

    College freshman are typically naïve and assume that everyone will understand their mistakes; little do they realize that most upperclassmen quickly lose patience with students who haven't "learned the ropes."
  47. Nefarious
    (adj.) Wicked; infamous; villainous.

    The audience at the Wild West show enjoyed hissing at the nefarious outlaw.
  48. Nostalgia
    (n.) A longing for a former place or time; something that displays nostalgia.

    Baby boomers revel in the nostalgia of Doo Wop shows.
  49. Novel
    (adj.) New; different.

    The professor encouraged his engineering students to find novel ways of keeping a raw egg whole when dropped from a table.
  50. Obstinate
    (adj.) Stubborn; inflexible; not easily overcome.

    When he's busy, Brad becomes a very obstinate person, refusing to change his routine to help others.
  51. Partisan
    (adj.) Devoted to or biased in support of a party, group, or cause.

    It is amazing that Congress passes any legislation amidst the petty, partisan bickering of Republicans and Democrats.
  52. Pessimistic
    (adj.) Gloomy; having a negative outlook; expecting the worst.

    Gloomy Eeyore is a very pessimistic donkey in the children's book, Winnie the Pooh.
  53. Pragmatic
    (adj.) Practical; dealing with actual facts or occurrences.

    Bella makes pragmatic decisions, always taking into account the practical consequences of her actions.
  54. Prosaic
    (adj.) Commonplace; dull; lacking in imagination.

    Jill found Jack prosaic and boring; she turned down a second date knowing his dullness would never change.
  55. Quell
    (v.) To suppress; to put an end to; to pacify.

    The new mother attempted to quell the baby's cries at night so as not to disturb the neighbors.
  56. Refute
    (v.) To prove to be false; to proved a person to be in error; to deny.

    Ian refuted John's argument that the Earth is flat by showing him pictures taken from space proving the Earth's roundness.
  57. Rhetorical
    (adj.) Used for style and effect only; having to do with rhetoric; bombastic.

    Hend took a rhetorical class in order to improve her public speaking skills.
  58. Sanguine
    (adj.) Optimistic, hopeful or confident; reddish; bloody.

    A sanguine attitude helps when receiving your test scores; even if they aren't desirable, your optimism will drive you to work harder to do better nest time.
  59. Solicitious
    (adj.) Anxious or concerned; careful; eager.

    Though he isn't normally solicitous of his friends' comfort, Jared took pains to ensure that everyone enjoyed his beach volleyball barbecue.
  60. Somber
    (adj.) Dark; dimly lit; gloomy or depressing.

    After his father's death, Emily was somber for months.
  61. Speculate
    (v.) To think or reflect; to conjecture; to engage in a risky business practice in the expectation of a quick or large profit.

    Jennifer's mother speculated as to why her son was not eating; she later discovered that he was trying to lose weight for a wrestling tournament.
  62. Superfluous
    (adj.) More than sufficient; extra; unnecessary or needless.

    Cindy brought a superfluous amount of clothes with her on vacation because she wanted to be ready for anything.
  63. Tenacious
    (adj.) Persistent or stubborn; holding fast; holding together; sticky or adhesive.

    The tenacious student refused to give up his argument with the teacher.
  64. Venerate
    (v.) To regard or treat with reverence.

    At the Veteran's Day parade, the former solders were venerated by the cheering crowds.
  65. Vindicate
    (v.) To clear of accusation or suspicion; to defend, maintain, or avenge.

    The store clerk was vindicated when the security camera video showed she was not the one who stole the money from the register.
  66. Zealous
    (adj.) Filled with or motivated by zeal; enthusiastic.

    Orchid collectors, a truly passionate lot, havehistorically  been quite zealous in the pursuit of new varieties.
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The Top 66
2014-04-20 13:31:05
SAT top 66 vocabulary most common words
The most common 66 vocabulary words seen on the SAT.
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