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Vocabulary Lists

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


"The Chocolate War," Vocabulary from Chapters 1-12

Life is not about selling boxes of chocolate. But in a financially struggling all-boys Catholic high school, it becomes the focus around which teachers and students unite (and fight). As you learn...
sinew, lassitude, leprosy, perusal, squander, stench, confrontation, more...
40 words

Morphology & Roots

More English Words that Derive from Indigenous Languages of the Americas

Here are 15 more common English words whose roots come from indigenous languages of the Americas. The fate of the people who spoke these languages varies greatly, from tribes lost to history that we...
ipecac, cashew, cayenne, pirana, cougar, Petunia, pecan, more...
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Historical Documents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


Bush's Address on 9/11

On September 11, 2001, the US witnessed the tragic loss of life brought about by acts of terrorism in New York and Washington DC. That evening, President George W. Bush addressed the nation.
evil, despicable, unyielding, foundation, implemented, priority, precaution, more...
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Just for Fun

Mike Nichols (1931-2014) Tribute List

Mike Nichols first achieved fame as part of the improvisational comedy pair Nichols & May. He and Elaine May were among the first to stage sketches grounded in reality but willing to embrace the...
apprehend, mystify, catastrophe, transcend, peculiar, nadir, mediocrity, more...
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"Class Matters," Vocabulary from Chapters 1-5

Originally a series in The New York Times, these 14 articles compiled and edited by Bill Keller give glimpses into the lives of people across America to prove that, despite our image of being the land...
integrated, mobility, elusive, impoverished, adversity, gender, heterogeneous, more...
40 words
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Although turkeys were domesticated by Native Americans, turkey itself is not a Native American word. In this excerpt from a new book The Language of Food, linguist and Stanford University professor Dan Jurafsky charts the complicated path the word turkey followed into English, then serves up a slice of etymological pecan pie. Continue reading...
Recently we announced a powerful new Teacher Dashboard that gives educators a comprehensive look at exactly how their students are doing in their progress toward vocabulary mastery. Now administrators have a dashboard of their own, with the ability to see how Vocabulary.com is helping teachers and students, allowing them to recognize the efforts of their school's top performers. Continue reading...
There are many things we can all love about Thanksgiving, but word confusion is not one of them. That's why, as food talk get increasingly hysterical at this time of year, and recipe words blur before our eyes, we bring you clarity. Or, for those of us who find a profusion of new and abundant vocabulary as welcome as the pilgrims found the assistance provided by Native Americans, call it a cornucopia of delight! Continue reading...
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