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Chris Lele

Top Five SAT Vocabulary Words

Below are five very important SAT words. In fact, you could open up the College Board book to any random verbal section and the chances of you seeing one of the words below is pretty high. And after you are done reading, don’t forget the words. In fact, I challenge you to use each one at least once before the day is up. Don’t worry—these words aren’t random, but are great ways to describe certain people/situations.



Definition: unpredictable, suddenly changing moods

Example:  Sally’s friends could never rely on her to show up anywhere on time; she was so capricious that sometimes should wouldn’t even show up, later saying she didn’t feel like it.

Mnemonic: The Caped Crusader batman is ‘cape’ricious – one moment he is brooding sullenly, the next sweeping a young lass off her feet.



Definition: vengeful; dead set on getting revenge

Example: Don’t try to call Sally out on her capriciousness – she’s is very vindictive and likely to troll you on Facebook.

Mnemonic: My cousin Vinny is ‘vinny’dictive – double cross him and he’ll whack you.



Definition: to lessen in pain or severity

Example: Coffee can causes headaches, but it can also alleviate them.

Mnemonic: I know I invited everybody over, but my headache is getting so bad so please “all leave at 8.”



Definition: the perfect example of something

Example: She was the epitome of success—she had graduated a Rhodes scholar at 19, and became the CEO of a multi-billion dollar company before the age of 25.

Mnemonic:E(axmple)P(erfect) to me



Definition: fancy and luxurious, suggesting that someone spent a lot of money to impress

Example: The party was lavish – a limo ferried people about the mansion’s premises.

Mnemonic: imagine Donald Trump saying, “I love-ish a lavish party.”

About Chris Lele

Chris Lele is the GRE and SAT Curriculum Manager (and vocabulary wizard) at Magoosh Online Test Prep. In his time at Magoosh, he has inspired countless students across the globe, turning what is otherwise a daunting experience into an opportunity for learning, growth, and fun. Some of his students have even gone on to get near perfect scores. Chris is also very popular on the internet. His GRE channel on YouTube has over 8 million views.

You can read Chris's awesome blog posts on the Magoosh GRE blog and High School blog!

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