Must-Know ACT and SAT Vocabulary Words: Part Two

Here are some more SAT and ACT vocabulary words to peruse!

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Everyone knows that standardized tests love to “trick” you (the ACT, in particular, is known for this). One of the ways they do this is to use higher-level vocabulary. While questions such as “What is the definition of ____?” are few and far between, you’ll likely see many questions that want you to use context clues to help define words. Therefore, it’s important to have a good base set of vocab words. We’ve discussed some words in an earlier post about ACT and SAT vocabulary words, but here are twenty-five new SAT and ACT vocabulary words for you to peruse.

  • Acumen: keen insight, shrewdness
  • Adhere: to stick to a surface; to believe/follow to a set of beliefs
  • Assiduous: hard-working, diligent
  • Brittle: fragile
  • Camaraderie: trust among friends
  • Coherent: logical and consistent
  • Corollary: a direct or natural consequence or result
  • Delirious: being in a state of excitement
  • Eclipse: loss of significance, power, or prominence in relation to another person or thing
  • Evanescent: short-lived, as an image
  • Extenuating: guilt-reducing
  • Florid: flushed, ornate
  • Haughty: arrogant, condescending
  • Incendiary: tending to stir up conflicts; designated to cause fires
  • Integrity: honesty, decency
  • Latent: existing but not yet developed or obvious; hidden, concealed
  • Lethargic: sluggish or apathetic
  • Lobbyist: persuader of legislators
  • Opulent: wealthy
  • Parched: dried up
  • Perturbed: greatly disturbed
  • Pungent: having an extremely strong taste or smell
  • Querulous: irritable
  • Spurious: phony, false
  • Transient: temporary, fleeting

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