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SAT Reasoning Common Words

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1. The practice of talking and thinking about oneself excessively because of an inflated sense of self-importance

2. Having refined taste or good judgment; discerning

3. To serve as evidence or proof of something

4. Unwise

5. To display (something) ostentatiously - especially in order to provoke envy or admiration; to show off

6. The act or result of stimulating something

7. Self-confidence or assurance - especially when in a demanding situation; poise

8. Truthful and straightforward; open

9. A trait specific to an individual

10. The ability to understand something immediately - without the need for conscious reasoning; instinct

11. An intense but short-lived passion or admiration for (something)

12. To build up again from parts; to reconstruct

13. Having a thick - sticky consistency between solid and liquid; having a high viscosity

14. An abundance or large quantity of something

15. A member of the highest class of society

16. To serve as a neutralizing or counterbalancing force to (something); to moderate

17. A dangerous - difficult - or otherwise unfortunate situation

18. To succeed in persuading or influencing (someone) to do something

19. Someone who supports a particular set of ideas - party - or person

20. To strip (something) of its covering - possessions - or assets; to make bare

21. Definite and clear; vehement

22. A cruel and oppressive ruler

23. To invent - concoct - or make (something) up; to lie

24. Relating to financial matters

25. Involving conflict or opposition

26. A basic law; a fundamental truth

27. Extremely thorough - exhaustive - or accurate; strictly applied or adhered to

28. To begin or continue a course of action; to move forward

29. Calm; peaceful

30. To omit or decline to take (something pleasant or valuable); to go without

31. Capable of making mistakes or being erroneous

32. Not open to more than one interpretation; clear

33. Unnecessary - especially through being more than enough; surplus

34. Not easily letting go of or giving up an object - a position - or an idea; not easily dispelled or discouraged

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

36. Given or supplied free of charge

37. To accept that something undesirable cannot be avoided

38. Lacking inspiration or excitement; dull

39. A person who attacks cherished beliefs or institutions

40. To cite or appeal to (someone or something) as an authority for an action or in support of an argument

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

42. Reserved or uncommunicative in speech; saying little

43. The state of being private and away from other people; solitude

44. Overimaginative and unrealistic; far-fetched

45. To give special importance to (something); to stress

46. A figure of speech involving the comparison of one thing with another thing of a different kind - used to make a description more emphatic or vivid

47. Not displaying or influenced by sentimental feelings

48. Impossible to deny or disprove; incontrovertible

49. A firmly held belief or opinion

50. A system of methods used in a particular area of study or activity