SAT Vocabulary Words 24

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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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severely

severely (adv)
Extremely.

sextet

sextet (n)
A band of six singers or players.

sextuple

sextuple (adj)
Multiplied by six.

sheer

sheer (adj)
Absolute.

shiftless

shiftless (adj)
Wanting in resource, energy, or executive ability.

shrewd

shrewd (adj)
Characterized by skill at understanding and profiting by circumstances.

shriek

shriek (n)
A sharp, shrill outcry or scream, caused by agony or terror.

shrinkage

shrinkage (n)
A contraction of any material into less bulk or dimension.

shrivel

shrivel (v)
To draw or be drawn into wrinkles.

shuffle

shuffle (n)
A mixing or changing the order of things.

sibilance

sibilance (n)
A hissing sound.

sibilant

sibilant (adj)
Made with a hissing sound.

sibilate

sibilate (v)
To give a hissing sound to, as in pronouncing the letter s.

sidelong

sidelong (adj)
Inclining or tending to one side.

sidereal

sidereal (adj)
Pertaining to stars or constellations.

siege

siege (n)
A beleaguerment.

significance

significance (n)
Importance.

significant

significant (adj)
Important, especially as pointing something out.

signification

signification (n)
The meaning conveyed by language, actions, or signs.

similar

similar (adj)
Bearing resemblance to one another or to something else.

simile

simile (n)
A comparison which directs the mind to the representative object itself.

similitude

similitude (n)
Similarity.

simplify

simplify (v)
To make less complex or difficult.

simulate

simulate (v)
Imitate.

simultaneous

simultaneous (adj)
Occurring, done, or existing at the same time.

sinecure

sinecure (n)
Any position having emoluments with few or no duties.

singe

singe (v)
To burn slightly or superficially.

sinister

sinister (adj)
Evil.

sinuosity

sinuosity (n)
The quality of curving in and out.

sinuous

sinuous (adj)
Curving in and out.

sinus

sinus (n)
An opening or cavity.

siren

siren (n)
A sea-nymph, described by Homer as dwelling between the island of Circe and Scylla.

sirocco

sirocco (n)
hot winds from Africa.

sisterhood

sisterhood (n)
A body of sisters united by some bond of sympathy or by a religious vow.

skeptic

skeptic (n)
One who doubts any statements.

skepticism

skepticism (n)
The entertainment of doubt concerning something.

skiff

skiff (n)
Usually, a small light boat propelled by oars.

skirmish

skirmish (n)
Desultory fighting between advanced detachments of two armies.

sleight

sleight (n)
A trick or feat so deftly done that the manner of performance escapes observation.

slight

slight (adj)
Of a small importance or significance.

slothful

slothful (adj)
Lazy.

sluggard

sluggard (n)
A person habitually lazy or idle.

sociable

sociable (adj)
Inclined to seek company.

socialism

socialism (n)
A theory of civil polity that aims to secure the reconstruction of society.

socialist

socialist (adj)
One who advocates reconstruction of society by collective ownership of land and capital.

sociology

sociology (n)
The philosophical study of society.

Sol

Sol (n)
The sun.

solace

solace (n)
Comfort in grief, trouble, or calamity.

solar

solar (adj)
Pertaining to the sun.

solder

solder (n)
A fusible alloy used for joining metallic surfaces or margins.

soldier

soldier (n)
A person engaged in military service.

solecism

solecism (n)
Any violation of established rules or customs.

solicitor

solicitor (n)
One who represents a client in court of justice; an attorney.

solicitude

solicitude (n)
Uneasiness of mind occasioned by desire, anxiety, or fear.

soliloquy

soliloquy (n)
A monologue.

solstice

solstice (n)
The time of year when the sun is at its greatest declination.

soluble

soluble (adj)
Capable of being dissolved, as in a fluid.

solvent

solvent (adj)
Having sufficient funds to pay all debts.

somber

somber (adj)
Gloomy.

somniferous

somniferous (adj)
Tending to produce sleep.

somnolence

somnolence (n)
Oppressive drowsiness.

somnolent

somnolent (adj)
Sleepy.

sonata

sonata (n)
An instrumental composition.

sonnet

sonnet (n)
A poem of fourteen decasyllabic or octosyllabiclines expressing two successive phrases.

sonorous

sonorous (adj)
Resonant.

soothsayer

soothsayer (n)
One who claims to have supernatural insight or foresight.

sophism

sophism (n)
A false argument understood to be such by the reasoner himself and intentionally used to deceive

sophistical

sophistical (adj)
Fallacious.

sophisticate

sophisticate (v)
To deprive of simplicity of mind or manner.

sophistry

sophistry (n)
Reasoning sound in appearance only, especially when designedly deceptive.

soprano

soprano (n)
A woman's or boy's voice of high range.

sorcery

sorcery (n)
Witchcraft.

sordid

sordid (adj)
Of degraded character or nature.

souvenir

souvenir (n)
A token of remembrance.

sparse

sparse (adj)
Thinly diffused.

Spartan

Spartan (adj)
Exceptionally brave; rigorously severe.

spasmodic

spasmodic (adj)
Convulsive.

specialize

specialize (v)
To assume an individual or specific character, or adopt a singular or special course.

specialty

specialty (n)
An employment limited to one particular line of work.

specie

specie (n)
A coin or coins of gold, silver, copper, or other metal.

species

species (n)
A classificatory group of animals or plants subordinate to a genus.

specimen

specimen (n)
One of a class of persons or things regarded as representative of the class.

specious

specious (adj)
Plausible.

spectator

spectator (n)
One who beholds or looks on.

specter

specter (n)
Apparition.

spectrum

spectrum (n)
An image formed by rays of light or other radiant energy.

speculate

speculate (v)
To pursue inquiries and form conjectures.

speculator

speculator (n)
One who makes an investment that involves a risk of loss, but also a chance of profit.

sphericity

sphericity (n)
The state or condition of being a sphere.

spheroid

spheroid (n)
A body having nearly the form of a sphere.

spherometer

spherometer (n)
An instrument for measuring curvature or radii of spherical surfaces.

spinous

spinous (adj)
Having spines.

spinster

spinster (n)
A woman who has never been married.

spontaneous

spontaneous (adj)
Arising from inherent qualities or tendencies without external efficient cause.

sprightly

sprightly (adj)
Vivacious.

spurious

spurious (adj)
Not genuine.

squabble

squabble (v)
To quarrel.

squalid

squalid (adj)
Having a dirty, mean, poverty-stricken appearance.

squatter

squatter (n)
One who settles on land without permission or right.

stagnant

stagnant (adj)
Not flowing: said of water, as in a pool.

stagnate

stagnate (v)
To become dull or inert.

stagnation

stagnation (n)
The condition of not flowing or not changing.

stagy

stagy (adj)
Having a theatrical manner.

staid

staid (adj)
Of a steady and sober character.

stallion

stallion (n)
An uncastrated male horse, commonly one kept for breeding.

stanchion

stanchion (n)
A vertical bar, or a pair of bars, used to confine cattle in a stall.

stanza

stanza (n)
A group of rimed lines, usually forming one of a series of similar divisions in a poem.

statecraft

statecraft (n)
The art of conducting state affairs.

static

static (adj)
Pertaining to or designating bodies at rest or forces in equilibrium.

statics

statics (n)
The branch of mechanics that treats of the relations that subsist among forces in order.

stationary

stationary (adj)
Not moving.

statistician

statistician (n)
One who is skilled in collecting and tabulating numerical facts.

statuesque

statuesque (adj)
Having the grace, pose, or quietude of a statue.

statuette

statuette (n)
A figurine.

stature

stature (n)
The natural height of an animal body.

statute

statute (n)
Any authoritatively declared rule, ordinance, decree, or law.

stealth

stealth (n)
A concealed manner of acting.

stellar

stellar (adj)
Pertaining to the stars.

steppe

steppe (n)
One of the extensive plains in Russia and Siberia.

sterling

sterling (adj)
Genuine.

stifle

stifle (v)
To smother.

stigma

stigma (n)
A mark of infamy or token of disgrace attaching to a person as the result of evil-doing.

stiletto

stiletto (n)
A small dagger.

stimulant

stimulant (n)
Anything that rouses to activity or to quickened action.

stimulate

stimulate (v)
To rouse to activity or to quickened action.

stimulus

stimulus (n)
Incentive.

stingy

stingy (adj)
Cheap, unwilling to spend money.

stipend

stipend (n)
A definite amount paid at stated periods in compensation for services or as an allowance.

Stoicism

Stoicism (n)
The principles or the practice of the Stoics-being very even tempered in success and failure.

stolid

stolid (adj)
Expressing no power of feeling or perceiving.

strait

strait (n)
A narrow passage of water connecting two larger bodies of water.

stratagem

stratagem (n)
Any clever trick or device for obtaining an advantage.

stratum

stratum (n)
A natural or artificial layer, bed, or thickness of any substance or material.

streamlet

streamlet (n)
Rivulet.

stringency

stringency (n)
Strictness.

stringent

stringent (adj)
Rigid.

stripling

stripling (n)
A mere youth.

studious

studious (adj)
Having or showing devotion to the acquisition of knowledge.

stultify

stultify (v)
To give an appearance of foolishness to.

stupendous

stupendous (adj)
Of prodigious size, bulk, or degree.

stupor

stupor (n)
Profound lethargy.

suasion

suasion (n)
The act of persuading.

suave

suave (adj)
Smooth and pleasant in manner.

subacid

subacid (adj)
Somewhat sharp or biting.

subaquatic

subaquatic (adj)
Being, formed, or operating under water.

subconscious

subconscious (adj)
Being or occurring in the mind, but without attendant consciousness or conscious perception.

subjacent

subjacent (adj)
Situated directly underneath.

subjection

subjection (n)
The act of bringing into a state of submission.

subjugate

subjugate (v)
To conquer.

subliminal

subliminal (adj)
Being beneath the threshold of consciousness.

sublingual

sublingual (adj)
Situated beneath the tongue.

submarine

submarine (adj)
Existing, done, or operating beneath the surface of the sea.

submerge

submerge (v)
To place or plunge under water.

submergence

submergence (n)
The act of submerging.

submersible

submersible (adj)
Capable of being put underwater.

submersion

submersion (n)
The act of submerging.

submission

submission (n)
A yielding to the power or authority of another.

submittal

submittal (n)
The act of submitting.

subordinate

subordinate (adj)
Belonging to an inferior order in a classification.

subsequent

subsequent (adj)
Following in time.

subservience

subservience (n)
The quality, character, or condition of being servilely following another's behests.

subservient

subservient (adj)
Servilely following another's behests.

subside

subside (v)
To relapse into a state of repose and tranquillity.

subsist

subsist (v)
To be maintained or sustained.

subsistence

subsistence (n)
Sustenance.

substantive

substantive (adj)
Solid.

subtend

subtend (v)
To extend opposite to.

subterfuge

subterfuge (n)
Evasion.

subterranean

subterranean (adj)
Situated or occurring below the surface of the earth.

subtle

subtle (adj)
Discriminating.

subtrahend

subtrahend (n)
That which is to be subtracted.

subversion

subversion (n)
An overthrow, as from the foundation.

subvert

subvert (v)
To bring to ruin.

succeed

succeed (v)
To accomplish what is attempted or intended.

success

success (n)
A favorable or prosperous course or termination of anything attempted.

successful

successful (adj)
Having reached a high degree of worldly prosperity.

successor

successor (n)
One who or that which takes the place of a predecessor or preceding thing.

succinct

succinct (adj)
Concise.

succulent

succulent (adj)
Juicy.

succumb

succumb (v)
To cease to resist.

sufferance

sufferance (n)
Toleration.

sufficiency

sufficiency (n)
An ample or adequate supply.

suffrage

suffrage (n)
The right or privilege of voting.

suffuse

suffuse (v)
To cover or fill the surface of.

suggestible

suggestible (adj)
That can be suggested.

suggestive

suggestive (adj)
Stimulating to thought or reflection.

summary

summary (n)
An abstract.

sumptuous

sumptuous (adj)
Rich and costly.

superabundance

superabundance (n)
An excessive amount.

superadd

superadd (v)
To add in addition to what has been added.

superannuate

superannuate (v)
To become deteriorated or incapacitated by long service.

superb

superb (adj)
Sumptuously elegant.

supercilious

supercilious (adj)
Exhibiting haughty and careless contempt.

superficial

superficial (adj)
Knowing and understanding only the ordinary and the obvious.

superfluity

superfluity (n)
That part of anything that is in excess of what is needed.

superfluous

superfluous (adj)
Being more than is needed.