SAT/ACT Vocabulary

These cards represent some of the challenging vocabulary on the SAT and ACT exams. Increase your speed on the tests by reviewing them regularly.

  • temerity; reckless boldness, rashness
  • brash; hasty, rash, impudent
  • audacious; bold, daring, fearless
  • impudent; shameless, immodest
  • impertinent; rude, uncivil (also irrelevant)
  • trepidation; fear, alarm, or agitation
  • jingoistic; loudly and excessively patriotic, chauvinistic
  • frugal; economical, sparing, not wasteful
  • memento; a keepsake, a reminder
  • ravenous; extremely hungry, famished, voracious
  • stagnant; stale or foul from lack of movement
  • inimical; unfriendly, hostile, having enemies
  • timid; fearful, shy
  • propensity; a natural inclination or tendency
  • proclivity; a predisposition or natural tendency
  • propinquity; nearness, proximity
  • superficial; shallow, near the surface
  • disparate; containing different elements, distinct in quality
  • disparage; to lower in reputation, devalue, degrade
  • aloof; indifferent, distant, unconcerned
  • trite; unoriginal, overused, worn-out: "hashtag"
  • nostalgia; longing for the past, homesickness, sentimentality
  • homogeneous;of the same kind or nature, essentially alike
  • languid; lacking in spirit or interest, indifferent
  • morose; ill-humored, gloomy in mood
  • onerous; burdensome, oppressive, or troublesome
  • inscrutable; incapable of being analyzed or scrutinized
  • preclude; to exclude or prevent
  • genial; warmly and pleasantly cheerful
  • prevalent; of general use or occurence
  • status quo; the existing state of affairs, the way things are
  • voracious; eager, avid, craving large quantities
  • imperiled; endangered
  • elusive; hard to express or define, evasive
  • morbid; an unwholesome mental state, gloomy
  • holistic; regarding the whole rather than the parts
  • paradox; an absurdity or self-contradiction
  • prolific; highly productive in output
  • pragmatic; describing a a practical point of view
  • verbatim; in exactly the same words, word for word
  • unalloyed; pure
  • rout; overwhelming defeat and retreat
  • sumptuous; expensive, luxuriously fine, splendid
  • upbraid; to censure or find fault with
  • supplant; to replace by force, strategy, or scheme
  • contentious; argumentative, quarrelsome, controversial
  • concise; brief in form, but broad in scope
  • succint; expressed in few words
  • exorbitant; excessive, exceeding propiety, or reason
  • thwart; to oppose successfully
  • progenitor; a seed, a person or thing that originates
  • redundant; unnecessarily repetitive
  • prodigious; abnormal or extraordinary in size or force
  • dolt; a fool, a dull, stupid person