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Test Prep

100 SAT Words Beginning with "A"

What better way to prepare for the sentence completion and passage-based questions on the SAT than to commit yourself to completing our alphabetically organized SAT lists? Find lists of SAT words...
abase, aberration, abhor, abject, abrasive, abstain, abstract, more...
100 words

Literature

"Taste of Salt," Vocabulary from Chapters 1-6

Brace yourself for the emotional impact of the words of a young man who is dying and a young woman who is struggling to live in Frances Temple's "Taste of Salt: A Story of Modern Haiti." Here are...
vendor, commotion, bludgeon, swell, ease, fury, rue, more...
25 words

Morphology & Roots

Food and Drink Words with Arabic Roots

Most words come to us from the English language's Germanic roots, as well as a lot of Latin and Ancient Greek. There are, however, many English words that are actually derived from Arabic. Most of...
albacore, alcohol, apricot, artichoke, aubergine, carafe, caraway, more...
18 words

Historical Documents

The Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty

On 24th September 1996, the nations of the world convened to sign a treaty that banned the testing and development of all nuclear weapons in a massive step towards harmony and peace. This list of...
preamble, nuclear, proliferation, implementation, systematic, ultimate, cessation, more...
21 words

Speeches

Starting Your New Life: Inspiring Words from Commencement Speeches

Spring is in the air. So are graduation caps and words of wisdom. See how notable speakers from various fields (including a cartoonist, scientist, and president) have inspired the rising of new...
indispensable, untouchable, audacity, improvisation, inevitable, determine, indulge, more...
20 words

Just for Fun

Ain't too Proud to Beg!

The word "please" can only get you so far. Luckily, there is a very big lexicon of words that help us ask for favors. Ranging from blatant behavior fawning over the person who can aid us (obsequious)...
implore, beseech, entreat, adjure, prostrate, solicit, importune, more...
15 words

News

A Quick Current Events Quiz: Pulitzer Prizes in the News

Talking about the Pulitzer Prizes awarded this week? Make sure you're up on these ten words essential for talking about the forces shaping our culture. We publish this ten-word list drawn from news...
wry, lyric, compensate, rectify, deftly, subsequent, empathetic, more...
10 words
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Vocabulary.com Blog
Educators love to talk about how important vocabulary is, but they are often at wits' end trying to figure out how to teach it effectively. Despite the overwhelming evidence that vocabulary knowledge matters to students' reading comprehension and overall achievement in school, it is rare that you will find schools or school districts implementing systematic vocabulary instruction. Continue reading...
A few weeks ago I started a regular feature on the Slate podcast Lexicon Valley called LinguaFile, in which I present the hosts with a word and have them try to guess its origins. Last time it was discombobulate, and for this week's episode I went with another one of my favorite words, lagniappe, meaning "a bonus gift (as given to a customer from a merchant)." Continue reading...
We're always on the lookout for lists and mentions of rare or unusual words, and the bigger the better. Thus, we read with great interest the Huffington Post piece on "Big, Beautiful Words You Need To Start Using Immediately." Continue reading...
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