SAT Vocabulary Words 23

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Approximately 5000 vocabulary words that should be memorized before taking the SAT. This lesson is broken into 26 parts.

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residue

residue (n)
A remainder or surplus after a part has been separated or otherwise treated.

resilience

resilience (n)
The power of springing back to a former position

resilient

resilient (adj)
Having the quality of springing back to a former position.

resistance

resistance (n)
The exertion of opposite effort or effect.

resistant

resistant (adj)
Offering or tending to produce resistance.

resistive

resistive (adj)
Having or exercising the power of resistance.

resistless

resistless (adj)
Powerless.

resonance

resonance (n)
The quality of being able to reinforce sound by sympathetic vibrations.

resonance

resonance (adj)
Able to reinforce sound by sympathetic vibrations.

resonate

resonate (v)
To have or produce resonance.

resource

resource (n)
That which is restored to, relied upon, or made available for aid or support.

respite

respite (n)
Interval of rest.

resplendent

resplendent (adj)
Very bright.

respondent

respondent (adj)
Answering.

restitution

restitution (n)
Restoration of anything to the one to whom it properly belongs.

resumption

resumption (n)
The act of taking back, or taking again.

resurgent

resurgent (adj)
Surging back or again.

resurrection

resurrection (n)
A return from death to life

resuscitate

resuscitate (v)
To restore from apparent death.

retaliate

retaliate (v)
To repay evil with a similar evil.

retch

retch (v)
To make an effort to vomit.

retention

retention (n)
The keeping of a thing within one's power or possession.

reticence

reticence (n)
The quality of habitually keeping silent or being reserved in utterance.

reticent

reticent (adj)
Habitually keeping silent or being reserved in utterance.

retinue

retinue (n)
The body of persons who attend a person of importance in travel or public appearance.

retort

retort (n)
A retaliatory speech.

retouch

retouch (v)
To modify the details of.

retrace

retrace (v)
To follow backward or toward the place of beginning, as a track or marking.

retract

retract (v)
To recall or take back (something that one has said).

retrench

retrench (v)
To cut down or reduce in extent or quantity.

retrieve

retrieve (v)
To recover something by searching.

retroactive

retroactive (adj)
Operative on, affecting, or having reference to past events, transactions, responsibilities.

retrograde

retrograde (v)
To cause to deteriorate or to move backward.

retrogression

retrogression (n)
A going or moving backward or in a reverse direction.

retrospect

retrospect (n)
A view or contemplation of something past.

retrospective

retrospective (adj)
Looking back on the past.

reunite

reunite (v)
To unite or join again, as after separation.

revelation

revelation (n)
A disclosing, discovering, or making known of what was before secret, private, or unknown.

revere

revere (v)
To regard with worshipful veneration.

reverent

reverent (adj)
Humble.

reversion

reversion (n)
A return to or toward some former state or condition.

revert

revert (v)
To return, or turn or look back, as toward a former position or the like.

revile

revile (v)
To heap approach or abuse upon.

revisal

revisal (n)
Revision.

revise

revise (v)
To examine for the correction of errors, or for the purpose of making changes.

revocation

revocation (n)
Repeal.

revoke

revoke (v)
To rescind.

rhapsody

rhapsody (n)
Rapt or rapturous utterance.

rhetoric

rhetoric (n)
The art of discourse.

rhetorician

rhetorician (n)
A showy writer or speaker.

ribald

ribald (adj)
Indulging in or manifesting coarse indecency or obscenity.

riddance

riddance (n)
The act or ridding or delivering from something undesirable.

ridicule

ridicule (n)
Looks or acts expressing amused contempt.

ridiculous

ridiculous (adj)
Laughable and contemptible.

rife

rife (adj)
Abundant.

righteousness

righteousness (n)
Rectitude.

rightful

rightful (adj)
Conformed to a just claim according to established laws or usage.

rigmarole

rigmarole (n)
Nonsense.

rigor

rigor (n)
Inflexibility.

rigorous

rigorous (adj)
Uncompromising.

ripplet

ripplet (n)
A small ripple, as of water.

risible

risible (adj)
capable of exciting laughter.

rivulet

rivulet (n)
A small stream or brook.

robust

robust (adj)
Characterized by great strength or power of endurance.

rondo

rondo (n)
A musical composition during which the first part or subject is repeated several times.

rookery

rookery (n)
A place where crows congregate to breed.

rotary

rotary (adj)
Turning around its axis, like a wheel, or so constructed as to turn thus.

rotate

rotate (v)
To cause to turn on or as on its axis, as a wheel.

rote

rote (n)
Repetition of words or sounds as a means of learning them, with slight attention.

rotund

rotund (adj)
Round from fullness or plumpness.

rudimentary

rudimentary (adj)
Being in an initial, early, or incomplete stage of development.

rue

rue (v)
To regret extremely.

ruffian

ruffian (adj)
A lawless or recklessly brutal fellow.

ruminant

ruminant (adj)
Chewing the cud.

ruminate

ruminate (v)
To chew over again, as food previously swallowed and regurgitated.

rupture

rupture (v)
To separate the parts of by violence.

rustic

rustic (adj)
Characteristic of dwelling in the country.

ruth

ruth (n)
Sorrow for another's misery.

sacrifice

sacrifice (v)
To make an offering of to deity, especially by presenting on an altar.

sacrificial

sacrificial (adj)
Offering or offered as an atonement for sin.

sacrilege

sacrilege (n)
The act of violating or profaning anything sacred.

sacrilegious

sacrilegious (adj)
Impious.

safeguard

safeguard (v)
To protect.

sagacious

sagacious (adj)
Able to discern and distinguish with wise perception.

salacious

salacious (adj)
Having strong sexual desires.

salience

salience (n)
The condition of standing out distinctly.

salient

salient (adj)
Standing out prominently.

saline

saline (adj)
Constituting or consisting of salt.

salutary

salutary (adj)
Beneficial.

salutation

salutation (n)
Any form of greeting, hailing, or welcome, whether by word or act.

salutatory

salutatory (n)
The opening oration at the commencement in American colleges.

salvage

salvage (n)
Any act of saving property.

salvo

salvo (n)
A salute given by firing all the guns, as at the funeral of an officer.

sanctimonious

sanctimonious (adj)
Making an ostentatious display or hypocritical pretense of holiness or piety.

sanction

sanction (v)
To approve authoritatively.

sanctity

sanctity (n)
Holiness.

sanguinary

sanguinary (adj)
Bloody.

sanguine

sanguine (adj)
Having the color of blood.

sanguineous

sanguineous (adj)
Consisting of blood.

sapid

sapid (adj)
Affecting the sense of taste.

sapience

sapience (n)
Deep wisdom or knowledge.

sapient

sapient (adj)
Possessing wisdom.

sapiential

sapiential (adj)
Possessing wisdom.

saponaceous

saponaceous (adj)
Having the nature or quality of soap.

sarcasm

sarcasm (n)
Cutting and reproachful language.

sarcophagus

sarcophagus (n)
A stone coffin or a chest-like tomb.

sardonic

sardonic (adj)
Scornfully or bitterly sarcastic.

satiate

satiate (v)
To satisfy fully the appetite or desire of.

satire

satire (n)
The employment of sarcasm, irony, or keenness of wit in ridiculing vices.

satiric

satiric (adj)
Resembling poetry, in which vice, incapacity ,or corruption is held up to ridicule.

satirize

satirize (v)
To treat with sarcasm or derisive wit.

satyr

satyr (n)
A very lascivious person.

savage

savage (n)
A wild and uncivilized human being.

savor

savor (v)
To perceive by taste or smell.

scabbard

scabbard (n)
The sheath of a sword or similar bladed weapon.

scarcity

scarcity (n)
Insufficiency of supply for needs or ordinary demands.

scholarly

scholarly (adj)
Characteristic of an erudite person.

scholastic

scholastic (adj)
Pertaining to education or schools.

scintilla

scintilla (n)
The faintest ray.

scintillate

scintillate (v)
To emit or send forth sparks or little flashes of light.

scope

scope (n)
A range of action or view.

scoundrel

scoundrel (n)
A man without principle.

scribble

scribble (n)
Hasty, careless writing.

scribe

scribe (n)
One who writes or is skilled in writing.

script

script (n)
Writing or handwriting of the ordinary cursive form.

Scriptural

Scriptural (adj)
Pertaining to, contained in, or warranted by the Holy Scriptures.

scruple

scruple (n)
Doubt or uncertainty regarding a question of moral right or duty.

scrupulous

scrupulous (adj)
Cautious in action for fear of doing wrong.

scurrilous

scurrilous (adj)
Grossly indecent or vulgar.

scuttle

scuttle (v)
To sink (a ship) by making holes in the bottom.

scythe

scythe (n)
A long curved blade for mowing, reaping, etc.

seance

seance (n)
A meeting of spirituals for consulting spirits.

sear

sear (v)
To burn on the surface.

sebaceous

sebaceous (adj)
Pertaining to or appearing like fat.

secant

secant (adj)
Cutting, especially into two parts.

secede

secede (v)
To withdraw from union or association, especially from a political or religious body.

secession

secession (n)
Voluntary withdrawal from fellowship, especially from political or religious bodies.

seclude

seclude (v)
To place, keep, or withdraw from the companionship of others.

seclusion

seclusion (n)
Solitude.

secondary

secondary (adj)
Less important or effective than that which is primary.

secondly

secondly (adv)
In the second place in order or succession.

second-rate

second-rate (adj)
Second in quality, size, rank, importance, etc.

secrecy

secrecy (n)
Concealment.

secretary

secretary (n)
One who attends to correspondence, keeps records. or does other writing for others.

secretive

secretive (adj)
Having a tendency to conceal.

sedate

sedate (adj)
Even-tempered.

sedentary

sedentary (adj)
Involving or requiring much sitting.

sediment

sediment (n)
Matter that settles to the bottom of a liquid.

sedition

sedition (n)
Conduct directed against public order and the tranquillity of the state.

seditious

seditious (adj)
Promotive of conduct directed against public order and the tranquillity of the state.

seduce

seduce (v)
To entice to surrender chastity.

sedulous

sedulous (adj)
Persevering in effort or endeavor.

seer

seer (n)
A prophet.

seethe

seethe (v)
To be violently excited or agitated.

seignior

seignior (n)
A title of honor or respectful address, equivalent to sir.

seismograph

seismograph (n)
An instrument for recording the phenomena of earthquakes.

seize

seize (v)
To catch or take hold of suddenly and forcibly.

selective

selective (adj)
Having the power of choice.

self-respect

self-respect (n)
Rational self-esteem.

semblance

semblance (n)
Outward appearance.

semicivilized

semicivilized (adj)
Half-civilized.

semiconscious

semiconscious (adj)
Partially conscious.

semiannual

semiannual (adj)
Recurring at intervals of six months.

semicircle

semicircle (n)
A half-circle.

seminar

seminar (n)
Any assemblage of pupils for real research in some specific study under a teacher.

seminary

seminary (n)
A special school, as of theology or pedagogics.

senile

senile (adj)
Peculiar to or proceeding from the weakness or infirmity of old age.

sensation

sensation (n)
A condition of mind resulting from spiritual or inherent feeling.

sense

sense (n)
The signification conveyed by some word, phrase, or action.

sensibility

sensibility (n)
Power to perceive or feel.

sensitive

sensitive (adj)
Easily affected by outside operations or influences.

sensorium

sensorium (n)
The sensory apparatus.

sensual

sensual (adj)
Pertaining to the body or the physical senses.

sensuous

sensuous (adj)
Having a warm appreciation of the beautiful or of the refinements of luxury.

sentence

sentence (n)
A related group of words containing a subject and a predicate and expressing a complete thought.

sentience

sentience (n)
Capacity for sensation or sense-perception.

sentient

sentient (adj)
Possessing the power of sense or sense-perception.

sentinel

sentinel (n)
Any guard or watch stationed for protection.

separable

separable (adj)
Capable of being disjoined or divided.

separate

separate (v)
To take apart.

separatist

separatist (n)
A seceder.

septennial

septennial (adj)
Recurring every seven years.

sepulcher

sepulcher (n)
A burial-place.

sequacious

sequacious (adj)
Ready to be led.

sequel

sequel (n)
That which follows in consequence of what has previously happened.

sequence

sequence (n)
The order in which a number or persons, things, or events follow one another in space or time.

sequent

sequent (adj)
Following in the order of time.

sequester

sequester (v)
To cause to withdraw or retire, as from society or public life.

sequestrate

sequestrate (v)
To confiscate.

sergeant

sergeant (n)
A non-commissioned military officer ranking next above a corporal.

sergeant-at-arms

sergeant-at-arms (n)
An executive officer in legislative bodies who enforces the orders of the presiding officer.

sergeant-major

sergeant-major (n)
The highest non-commissioned officer in a regiment.

service

service (n)
Any work done for the benefit of another.

serviceable

serviceable (adj)
Durable.

servitude

servitude (n)
Slavery.

severance

severance (n)
Separation.