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SSAT Vocabulary List to Achieve your Top Scores

For middle and high school students, it is necessary to update their vocabulary so they maintain the standards expected as they progress to higher levels of their education and careers. It also helps enhance ones self-confidence and composure at every stage of life.

Good English vocabulary is imperative to scoring well on the verbal, reading & writing sections of any Standardized Tests. Be it SCAT analogies, SSAT synonyms or Sentence Completions on the SAT– knowing words, their meanings and usage can be the game changer.

Regular reading and writing help in improving a child’s vocabulary. So does glancing through a Dictionary or a Thesaurus. However, having a handy list of words to go through also goes a long way.

Vocabulary List

Annual

Happening once a year
Synonym: Occurring, Done Yearly
Antonym: Perennial and Biennial

Apparent

Obvious; easy to see
Synonym: Possible,Seeming
Antonym: Uncertain,Doubtful

Appropriate

Suitable for a particular person or place or condition
Synonym: Suitable, Fit
Antonym: Unreal, Incorrect

Abjure

To Give up
Synonym: Renounce, Withdraw
Antonym: allow, Emphasize

Ascend

To move upward
Synonym: Rise, Move up
Antonym: Decline, Descend

Banish

Expel from place or situation
Synonym: Dismiss, Evict
Antonym: Admit, Fix

Basic

Essential, fundamental
Synonym: Primary, Key
Antonym: Unimportant, Inessential

Benefit

To gain or receive good results from something
Synonym: Avail, Gain
Antonym: Harm, Loss

Burrow

A hole in the ground made by an animal for shelter
Synonym: Tunnel,Den
Antonym: –

Boredom

Disinterest
Synonym: Disgust,Fatigue
Antonym: Concern, feeling

Captivity

The state of being held against one’s will; loss of freedom
Synonym: Constraint, Bondage
Antonym: Independence, Liberty

Carefree

Free from worries; having no problems
Synonym: Cheerful,Jovial
Antonym: Anxious,sad

Century

100 years
Synonym: Centenary,Centurial
Antonym: –

Confute

To Disprove
Synonym: Dismay, Overthrow
Antonym: Allow, Approve

Cloy

To tire, as with too much sweet
Synonym: Fill,disgust
Antonym: Abstain,deprive

Desire

Expect and wish
Synonym: Urge,Greed
Antonym: Apathy,Dislike

Destructive

Causing harm or damage
Synonym: Disastrous,Harmful
Antonym: Beneficial,Helpful

Develop

Come into existence
Synonym: Advance, Promote
Antonym: Retreat, Decline

Dominate

To govern or rule
Synonym: Manage, Direct
Antonym: Obey, Follow

Disclose

To make known
Synonym: reveal,Uncover
Antonym: Conceal,Hide

Entertain

To interest and amuse
Synonym: Amuse, Cheer
Antonym: Displease, Anger

Entire

Having nothing left out; whole; complete
Synonym: Unified, Total
Antonym: Imperfect, Part

Ecstasy

Happiness
Synonym: Elation, delight
Antonym: Depression, Misery

Eagerness

Enthusiasm
Synonym: Keenness, Longing
Antonym: Indifference, Coolness

Essential

Absolutely necessary
Synonym: Important, Crucial
Antonym: Unimportant, Needless

 

Flexible

Bending and snapping back readily without breaking
Synonym: Adjustable, Formable
Antonym: Brittle, Rigid

Focus

Direct one’s attention on something
Synonym: Concentrate, Target
Antonym: Periphery

Fragile

Easily broken or damaged or destroyed
Synonym: Feeble,Delicate
Antonym: Durable, Strong

Frequent

Happening often
Synonym: Periodic, Recurring
Antonym: Rare, Permanent

Furious

very angry
Synonym: Vicious, Fierce
Antonym: Cheerful,Elated

Generosity

Act of giving to others, willingness to contribute
Synonyms – Kindness, Goodness
Antonym: Greed, Meanness

Gentle

Easily managed or handles
Synonyms – Considerate,Humane
Antonym: Intense,Harsh

Gaudy

Tasteless, Showy
Synonym- Bright,Flaunting
Antonyms – Simple, Tasteful

Grab

Capture, Pluck
Synonym- Catch,Grasp
Antonym- Lose, Release

Genuine

Not fake
Synonym- Honest, Natural
Antonym- Dubious, False

Hearty

Enthusiastic or energetic
Synonym: Cordial, Generous
Antonym: Aloof, Unreal

Hardship

Something that is hard to bear; difficulty
Synonym: Grief, Disaster
Antonym: Boon , Relief

Heroic

Showing extreme courage
Synonym: Courageous, Gutsy
Antonym: Cowardly, Shy

Host

a person who invites guests to a social event
Synonym: Anchor, Owner
Antonym: Guest,Visitor

Humble

Unassuming, modest
Synonym: Ordinary, Respectful
Antonym: Extraordinary, Rude

Impact

Influencing strongly
Synonym: Effect, Collision
Antonym: Failure, Stillness

Increase

Make bigger or more
Synonym: Boost, Hike
Antonym: Decrease, Loss

Indicate

To show
Synonym: Signify, Display
Antonym: Hide, Refute

Inspire

To motivate, guide, or influence; to give hope and courage.
Synonym: Encourage, Stimulate
Antonym: Depress, Calm

Instant

Without delay; happening at once
Synonym: Urgent, Quick
Antonym: Late, Tardy

Jagged

Having a sharp, pointed edge or outline
Synonym: Notched, Rough
Antonym: Even,Mild

Jumble

Mess, hodgepodge
Synonym – Confusion, Disorder
Antonym – order, Tidiness

Jolt

Sudden push
Synonym- Bump, Surprise
Antonym – Disadvantage

Jaunty

Lively
Synonym –Sporty, Jovial
Antonym- Depressed, Lifeless

Justice

Lawfulness, Fairness
Synonym – Fairness, Correction
Antonym – Falsehood, Lawlessness

 

Kiln

A large oven for burning or drying
Synonym- Furnace

Kind

Affectionate,Loving
Synonym- Gentle, Sympathetic
Antonym- Cruel, Inhumane

Knot

Loop,Bow
Synonym- Tie, Connection
Antonym- Simple, Opening

Knead

Mix by pressing
Synonym- Alter,Squeeze
Antonym- Destroy,Idle

Kindle

Start a fire
Synonym- Ignite, inflame
Antonym- Quench, extinguish

Lack

To be without
Synonym- Deficiency,Shortfall
Antonym- Enough,Affluence

Limp

not having strength, or walking unevenly
Synonym- Weak, Flabby
Antonym- Firm, Lively

Languish

Become dull
Synonym- Droop, Rot
Antonym- Delight, Grow

Leery

Suspicious
Synonym- skeptical,Doubtful
Antonym- Believing,Incautious

Lethargy

Laziness, Sluggishness
Synonym- Indolence, Apathy
Antonym- Concern, Interest

Manufacture

the act of making something (a product) from raw materials
Synonym- Construct, Synthesize
Antonym- Ruin,Demolish

Master

be or become completely proficient or skilled in
Synonym- Expert, Adept
Antonym- Amateur, Ignorant

Malice

Vengefulness, Hate
Synonym- Dislike, Hatred
Antonym- Liking,Goodwill

Mistrust

doubt about someone’s honesty
Synonym- Dubiety, Uncertainty
Antonym- Belief, Confidence

Modest

Simple; not fancy or extreme
Synonym- Shy, Bashful
Antonym- Bold,Complicated

Noble

showing greatness of character by unselfish behavior
Synonym- Kingly, Gentle
Antonym- Ignoble, Unrefined

Naive

Childlike
Synonym -Innocent, Callow
Antonym -Aware, Sophisticated

Negate

Contradict
Synonym- Disprove, Nullify
Antonym- Allow, Confirm

Niche

Place all one’s own
Synonym- Slot, Compartment
Antonym- Closure, Solid

Nomadic

Wandering, Unsettled
Synonym- Migrant, Pastoral
Antonym- Native, Settled

Obedient

Well Behaved
Synonym- Duteous, Respectful
Antonym- Disloyal, Neglectful

Outstanding

distinguished from others in excellence
Synonym- Superior, Eminent
Antonym- Inferior,Common

Oblivious

Ignorant, inattentive
Synonym- Unaware, blundering
Antonym-Mindful,Concerned

Odious

Hateful
Synonym- Horrible, Disgusting
Antonym- Kind, attractive

Ominous

Gloomy
Synonym- Grim, Haunting
Antonym- Bright, Cheerful

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