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SAT Reasoning Common Words

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1. Believability; plausibility

2. To read thoroughly and carefully

3. Practicing severe self-discipline and avoidance of all luxury

4. Regrettable

5. Kind and friendly toward a younger or less experienced person

6. Reserved or uncommunicative in speech; saying little

7. Open to more than one interpretation; having a double meaning

8. To attempt to persuade people of the merits of (someone or something); to extol

9. A short pithy saying in general use - stating a general truth or piece of advice; an adage

10. To publicly denounce; to condemn

11. To frighten or threaten (someone) - especially in order to make them do what one wants

12. Deliberately created; artificial

13. Exciting; stirring

14. Intimidating; seeming difficult to deal with

15. Formal and dignified; not cheerful or smiling

16. Impossible to subdue or defeat; invincible

17. Absolutely necessary; essential

18. A lack of variety; tedium

19. Convenient and practical - although possibly improper or immoral

20. To evade or escape from (a danger - enemy - or pursuer) - typically in a skillful or cunning way

21. To annoy or irritate; to vex or exasperate

22. Having no comforts or luxuries; harsh or ascetic

23. Something different from what is standard - normal - or expected; an oddity

24. The process of making something homogeneous

25. To continue in a course of action even in the face of difficulty or with little or no prospect of success; to persist

26. To cause (someone) to believe something that is not true; to trick

27. Able to be defended with logic or justification; valid

28. To praise highly - especially in a public context; to commend

29. To overcome (a problem or difficulty) - typically in a clever or sneaky way; to get around

30. Able to be heard

31. To cause (someone) to become more alert or active - or excited about something

32. To voluntarily cease to claim; to give (something) up

33. An expert in a particular subject or field who is frequently called on to give opinions about it to the public

34. Referred to in a proverb or idiom; so well known as to be stereotypical

35. The state of being subject to death

36. Doubtfulness

37. Equipped or furnished in a specified way

38. To address (someone) in such a way as to express disapproval or disappointment; to reprimand

39. Severe or bare in appearance; austere

40. Intended to do harm; malign

41. To waste (something - especially money or time) in a reckless and foolish manner

42. Abundance; plenty

43. Given to sudden and unaccountable changes of mood or behavior; fickle

44. Of little value or importance

45. Hesitant; indecisive

46. Bringing strong images - memories - or feelings to mind

47. To come to an end - or to bring (something) to an end

48. Larger or more generous than is usual or necessary

49. Providing psychological relief through the open expression of strong emotions

50. Something that serves as a sign or evidence of a fact; proof