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Top 20 MAT Vocabulary Words

With 120 questions on the MAT exam and 4 terms to complete each question, it’s actually quite difficult to narrow down the possibilities to only 20 common MAT vocabulary words.  However, it is possible to take a look at sets of words that are in common with several graduate exams and those that indicate higher levels of education.


Possible MAT Vocabulary Words

Abjure (v): To reject something formally (The nun refused to abjure her faith even under threat of death.)


Bombast (n): speech or writing that sounds important but is not sincere or meaningful (The bombast of the politician’s speech was criticized by listeners.)


Cogent (adj): clear and easy to accept and believe (The defense lawyer’s cogent argument swayed the jury.)


Diatribe (n): a long angry speech or piece of writing that criticizes someone or something (The mother’s diatribe sounded harsh to the sullen teenager.)


Encomium (n): Glowing and enthusiastic praise (The shy student blossomed under her teacher’s encomium.)


Feckless (adj): of weak character; worthless, irresponsible (The feckless boy was no longer trusted.)


Germane (adj): relating to a subject in an appropriate way (The assignment was germane to current events around campus.)


Goad (v): to urge or force someone to do something; a pointed object to make an animal move (The dare was the final goad for the young man to jump into action.)


Inveigle (v): to persuade someone to do something in a clever or deceptive way (She inveigled her husband to buy her the ring before their anniversary.)


Jibe (v): to be in agreement (The group’s bylaws jibed with his beliefs which encouraged him to join.)


Lassitude (n): condition of being tired or lacking energy (The severe summer heat enveloped them in an overwhelming lassitude.)


Macerate (v): to become soft or separated into constituent parts (The berries were macerated into a colorful liqueur.)


Meretricious (adj): attractive in a cheap or false way (Her meretricious jewels fooled nobody into thinking she was rich.)


Nascent (adj): beginning to exist; recently formed or developed (His nascent conscious wouldn’t let him rest until he apologized.)


Panegyric (n): a speech or piece of writing that praises someone or something (The crowd was entertained by the panegyric for the guest speaker.)


Proclivity (n): tendency to do something that is bad (His proclivity towards eating cookie dough landed him in the ER.)


Repine (v): to long for something; to express discontent (The two lovers repined for each other over the long summer.)


Sere (adj): being dry and withered (The sere desert was devoid of all greenery.)


Vitiate (v): to make something less effective; to ruin or spoil something (The fans did not expect the popular actor to vitiate his role in the upcoming movie.)


Waft (v): move lightly through the air (The chef opened the oven and allowed the tantalizing aroma to waft throughout the room.)


Practice Makes Perfect

The best way to learn vocabulary is to use it!  Take these words and try to use them in conversation.  You can make flashcards as well but making them a living part of your conversations will cement not only the meaning but the various contexts as well. Don’t stop with just these 20, either; there are many more high-level words awaiting your attention, search them out.

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