100 SAT Words Beginning with "E"

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  1. ebullient
    joyously unrestrained
    The piece opened with ebullient bursts of energy and color that scampered over harmonica drones played by one or more members.New York Times (May 10, 2010)
  2. eclectic
    selecting what seems best of various styles or ideas
    A former student of fine art, Mr Scruff's eclectic selections are accompanied by animations of the trademark "potato people" who humorously narrate his musical journey.
  3. edible
    suitable for use as food
    Nevertheless, hunger increased so much that many ventured out into woods along the river seeking edible roots, and with some success.Spears, John R.
  4. edify
    make understand
    Then Miss Fairbairn held one of her little discourses, with which now and then she endeavoured to edify her pupils.Warner, Susan
  5. efface
    remove by or as if by rubbing or erasing
    Her rich beauty was wiped out as an acid-soaked sponge might efface a portrait.Terhune, Albert Payson
  6. effervescent
    marked by high spirits or excitement
    When he ran for president, Barack Obama's effervescent campaign was about hope, optimism, national unity, and, above all, the future.Newsweek (May 17, 2010)
  7. effulgent
    radiating or as if radiating light
    Ere another year be passed, we hope to see its effulgent rays light up all the dark corners of our land.Cutter, Orlando P.
  8. egalitarian
    favoring social equality
    “We are living in an egalitarian society where everyone is equal,” he said.
  9. egotistical
    having an inflated idea of one's own importance
    I have lived an entirely egotistical life, for myself alone.
  10. egregious
    conspicuously and outrageously bad or reprehensible
    “His comments were so egregious, naturally advertisers will have doubts about being associated with Limbaugh’s brand of hate,” Mr. Boehlert said in an e-mail message.New York Times (Mar 5, 2012)
  11. elated
    full of high-spirited delight
    Young Barry returned from his parting walk with his brother in high spirits, elated with hope, and better both in mind and body.Cobbold, Richard
  12. eloquent
    expressing yourself readily, clearly, effectively
    But, so far as the best selection of words, the clearest style, the most coherent and convincing argument can constitute eloquence, Mill's speeches are eloquent.McCarthy, Justin
  13. elucidate
    make clear and comprehensible
    Improving the understanding of why tissues in bar-headed geese are so adept at taking up oxygen might elucidate human respiration as well.Scientific American (Nov 5, 2011)
  14. elude
    escape, either physically or mentally
    Gregory Standifer was arrested at the scene after allegedly attempting to elude police by jumping out of a window, police said.
  15. elusive
    skillful at evading capture
    They are an elusive lot and Don Ramon would soon wear out his troops hunting them in the bush.Bindloss, Harold
  16. emancipate
    free from slavery or servitude
    The Civil War came to an end, leaving the slave not only emancipated but endowed with the full dignity of citizenship.Elliott, Maud Howe
  17. embellish
    make more attractive, as by adding ornament or color
    At Saks, reedy shapes and flared minis, and more vanguard looks like Marc Jacobs’s sports-inspired skirts embellished with a racing stripe, are projected best sellers.New York Times (Mar 21, 2012)
  18. embody
    represent in bodily form
    He was a can-do optimist who, despite many years in the environs of Hollywood, identified with and embodied American values.New York Times (Jan 29, 2012)
  19. embryonic
    of an organism prior to birth or hatching
    Human embryonic stem cells typically come from fertilized eggs.Scientific American (Nov 4, 2011)
  20. eminent
    standing above others in quality or position
    The daring aviator was heartily congratulated again by the President and other eminent men who thronged about him.Galbreath, C. B. (Charles Burleigh)
  21. emphatic
    forceful and definite in expression or action
    Miss Penny repeated my question in her loud, emphatic voice.Huxley, Aldous
  22. empirical
    derived from experiment and observation rather than theory
    "So far, no one has reported empirical evidence from real city-traffic data that the transition Kerner predicted actually occurs," Davis pointed out.
  23. emulate
    strive to equal or match, especially by imitating
    People in the technology field described Mr. Jobs as someone they could only look up to — and try to emulate.New York Times (Oct 6, 2011)
  24. enamor
    Not long ago I fell in love, But unreturned is my affection— The girl that I'm enamored of Pays little heed in my direction.Morley, Christopher
  25. encumber
    hold back, impede, or weigh down
    Two others were making slower progress for the reason that each was encumbered by supporting a disabled man.Westerman, Percy F. (Percy Francis)
  26. endearing
    lovable especially in a childlike or naive way
    “They have goofy and lovable personalities that are incredibly endearing,” she said.New York Times (Nov 23, 2011)
  27. endeavor
    attempt by employing effort
    A few men endeavored to win popularity by pursuing a few others, and thus far they have been conspicuous failures.Ingersoll, Robert Green
  28. endemic
    of a disease constantly present in a particular locality
    An endemic disease, due to local causes and spreading by intercommunication.Various
  29. enigma
    something that baffles understanding and cannot be explained
    Tails are often an enigma; many creatures have them, but scientists know little about their function, particularly for extinct species.
  30. enmity
    a state of deep-seated ill-will
    He looked at the young man with enmity, while his face every day grew harder, more angry, and stern, like iron.Lathrop, George Parsons
  31. ennui
    the feeling of being bored by something tedious
    “You are in the Land of Pleasure, and in yonder castle lives a horrid Giant called Ennui, who bores everybody he catches to death.”Taylor, Bert Leston
  32. enthrall
    hold spellbound
    But despite the bottomless spate of new "Housewives" series that Bravo keeps trotting out, the "Real Housewives" franchise still fascinates and enthralls me.
  33. entice
    provoke someone to do something through persuasion
    My new acquisition, "Boy," insisted on being petted, and his winning and enticing ways are irresistible.Bird, Isabella L. (Isabella Lucy)
  34. entomology
    the branch of zoology that studies insects
    From the department of entomology you expect to learn something about the troublesome insects, which are so universal an annoyance.Latham, A. W.
  35. entreat
    ask for or request earnestly
    "Let me go now, please," she entreated, her eyes unable to meet his any longer.Hope, Anthony
  36. entrepreneur
    someone who organizes a business venture
    Mr. Boehner said it would be “good news for entrepreneurs and aspiring small businesspeople struggling to overcome government barriers to job creation.”New York Times (Apr 6, 2012)
  37. enumerate
    determine the number or amount of
    The houses in this street are not enumerated beyond forty-five, all told. Allbut, Robert
  38. enunciate
    express or state clearly
    On the second floor, kindergarten children stand together in a circle, clapping while learning how to enunciate different words.New York Times (Dec 31, 2011)
  39. ephemeral
    anything short-lived, as an insect that lives only for a day
    Such larger political structures as the tyrants of Syracuse built up by the subjugation of other cities were purely ephemeral, barely outliving their founders.Boak, Arthur Edward Romilly
  40. epiphany
    a divine manifestation
    But at least he's acting as the father of his child, and that, rather than any epiphany or miraculous transformation, is the point.
  41. epitome
    a standard or typical example
    Ms. Netrebko, in particular, riveted all eyes and ears, the epitome of star-crossed glamour in her black bob and sick-rose-red cocktail dress.New York Times (Dec 26, 2010)
  42. epoch
    a period marked by distinctive character
    The best authorities put the climax of the last glacial epoch between twenty-five and thirty thousand years ago.Huntington, Ellsworth
  43. equestrian
    of or relating to or featuring horseback riding
    While some racehorses peak in their younger years and move on to breeding, equestrian horses tend to be older and require complex training.Seattle Times (Jan 20, 2012)
  44. equitable
    fair to all parties as dictated by reason and conscience
    I suggested, as a more equitable adjustment, an equal division of profits; and to that Mr. Gye at last agreed.Mapleson, James H.
  45. equivocate
    be deliberately ambiguous or unclear
    Beaten in the open field, the church began to equivocate, to evade, and to give new meanings to inspired words.Ingersoll, Robert Green
  46. eradicate
    kill in large numbers
    Some people are misusing poisonous chemicals in a desperate bid to eradicate the pests, federal officials said Thursday.New York Times (Sep 23, 2011)
  47. erode
    become ground down or deteriorate
    Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi lost his absolute majority in the Italian parliament in a vote today on last year’s budget, further eroding his authority.
  48. erratic
    liable to sudden unpredictable change
    The U.S. officials stressed that North Korea’s past behavior has been notoriously erratic, making predictions about its intentions difficult.Washington Post (Dec 19, 2011)
  49. erudite
    having or showing profound knowledge
    In countless deft, darting, erudite essays, it has enabled him to explain the unexpected continuities and awkward breaks of literary history.
  50. eschew
    avoid and stay away from deliberately
    Vegans eschew all animal products, including dairy and eggs, so their iodine sources may be few.
  51. esoteric
    understandable only by an enlightened inner circle
    But researchers can get lost in their genius, drilling into ever more esoteric questions.Scientific American (Feb 7, 2012)
  52. etymology
    a history of a word
    Its “suggested” etymology or word origin is Latin serpens meaning “a snake” and French sortir meaning “come out of, to leave.”New York Times (May 17, 2010)
  53. euphemism
    an inoffensive expression substituted for an offensive one
    It is an oddly polite term—a euphemism—that conceals varying degrees of fear, loathing, and admiration.New York Times (Mar 30, 2010)
  54. euphoria
    a feeling of great elation
    Popular euphoria and joy at their leaders' departure has given way to frustration, grievance and fear.
  55. evanescent
    tending to vanish like vapor
    Time seems stopped but it is moving on, and every glimmer of light is evanescent, flitting.
  56. evasive
    deliberately vague or ambiguous
    I anticipated finding them deceitful and evasive: furtive people, wandering in devious ways and disappearing into mysterious houses, at dead of night.Street, Julian
  57. evince
    give expression to
    Together, the performers evince an easy, humorous energy, like affectionate but mischievous siblings.New York Times (Mar 16, 2012)
  58. evoke
    call forth, as an emotion, feeling, or response
    Tropical fish tanks in restaurants, hospitals and homes evoke feelings of tranquility and beauty.Scientific American (Apr 6, 2012)
  59. evolve
    undergo development
    In its 166+ year history, Scientific American has changed and evolved in different directions many times.Scientific American (Apr 2, 2012)
  60. exacerbate
    make worse
    Politicians have argued that further austerity will only exacerbate the country's economic death spiral by deepening its worse than expected recession.
  61. exalt
    fill with sublime emotion
    But this woman's beauty was glorified by eyes that spoke of exalted thoughts, passionate longings, lofty emotions.Hocking, Joseph
  62. excavate
    recover through digging
    With many of Caligula's monuments destroyed after he was killed by his Praetorian guard at 28, archaeologists are eager to excavate for his remains.
  63. excoriate
    express strong disapproval of
    The landlord had another excoriating remark, which he might have flung at the young man and finished him up, but he magnanimously forbore.Bouton, John Bell
  64. exculpate
    pronounce not guilty of criminal charges
    Stepan did not try to exculpate himself, and bore patiently his sentence which was three days in the punishment-cell, and after that solitary confinement.Tolstoy, Leo, graf
  65. execrate
    curse or declare to be evil or anathema
    Even the crimes of monsters, whom we execrate, are to be traced to madness and intoxication, more than to natural fierceness and wickedness.Lord, John
  66. exemplify
    clarify by giving an illustration of
    He brought up reality television — specifically, the garish sort of reality exemplified by Bravo’s “Real Housewives” steamroller.New York Times (Aug 27, 2011)
  67. exhort
    force or impel in an indicated direction
    A proclamation was put up on shore, exhorting the people to keep quiet, attend to their avocations, and bring in presents as obedient subjects.Lindley, Augustus F.
  68. existential
    relating to or dealing with the state of being
    Jindal, by contrast, has treated the spill as an existential threat, saying repeatedly that what's at stake "is a way of life for us."Washington Post (May 18, 2010)
  69. exodus
    a journey by a group to escape from a hostile environment
    It said the flight of Christians to other parts of Iraq and abroad has become "a slow but steady exodus".
  70. exonerate
    pronounce not guilty of criminal charges
    “He was, if not exonerated, never proven guilty,” Elizabeth Hecht said in an interview on Thursday.New York Times (Feb 10, 2012)
  71. exorbitant
    greatly exceeding bounds of reason or moderation
    Rents are exorbitant; but ordinary living and bad liquors are cheap.Whymper, Frederick
  72. expatiate
    add details, as to an account or idea
    He then expatiated on his own miseries, which he detailed at full length.Manzoni, Alessandro
  73. expatriate
    a person who is voluntarily absent from home or country
    She and Jack Hemingway, also known as Bumby, were toddlers at the time, living with their expatriate American parents in Paris.New York Times (Mar 31, 2012)
  74. expectation
    anticipating with confidence of fulfillment
    Every plan had proved abortive, every expectation been disappointed.Headley, Joel Tyler
  75. expectorate
    discharge from the lungs and out of the mouth
    No, they don't care to go, expectorating the tobacco juice from their mouths into the fire at the same time.Various
  76. expedient
    a means to an end
    In his youth he had apparently settled the problem once for all; but the solution then found was scarcely more than a temporary expedient.Chinard, Gilbert
  77. expedite
    process fast and efficiently
    First-class customers generally have access to priority check-in and boarding, expedited baggage service and faster security lines at some airports.
  78. expenditure
    money paid out; an amount spent
    Unless income also rises — which isn’t happening for many people now — higher fuel costs will eventually displace other expenditures.New York Times (Mar 3, 2012)
  79. expiate
    make amends for
    Yes, I was so far guilty, and I make the confession in hopes that some portion of my errors may be expiated by repentance.Various
  80. explicit
    precisely and clearly expressed or readily observable
    Just as medical researchers once uncovered the link between cigarettes and lung cancer, researchers are now making the explicit connection between air pollution and asthma.
  81. exploitation
    an act that victimizes someone
    But this profit rested on intensive exploitation and domination: whole families worked in the mills, including children.
  82. expository
    serving to expound or set forth
    "Several characters are required to make long expository speeches in which the play's themes are clumsily disclosed."
  83. expulsion
    the act of forcing out someone or something
    “She is very near expulsion, not suspension,” said the principal, gravely.Morrison, Gertrude W.
  84. expunge
    remove by erasing or crossing out or as if by drawing a line
    If he stays out of a trouble for a year the incident will be expunged from his record.Seattle Times (Aug 4, 2010)
  85. exquisite
    delicately beautiful
    Constance lifted up her exquisite voice untiringly, weaving her magic spell about her eager listeners.Lester, Pauline
  86. extant
    still in existence; not extinct or destroyed or lost
    She then wrote her last will, which is still extant, and consists of four pages, closely written, in a neat, firm hand.Goodrich, Samuel G. (Samuel Griswold)
  87. extemporaneous
    with little or no preparation or forethought
    His friends sometimes held an extemporaneous concert in his room, without preparation, programme, or audience.Various
  88. extend
    stretch out over a distance, space, time, or scope
    One map showed a runway system extending across 140 square meters and including 12 underground burrows.Martin, Edwin P.
  89. extension
    a delay in the date set for the completion of something
    Chalk River’s license expired last year, but it was given a single five-year extension; the Dutch reactor’s lifetime is less certain but also limited.New York Times (Feb 7, 2012)
  90. extirpate
    destroy completely, as if down to the roots
    The last wolf was killed in Great Britain two hundred years ago, and the bear was extirpated from that island still earlier.Marsh, George P.
  91. extol
    praise, glorify, or honor
    How I praised the duck at that first dinner, and extolled Madame's skill in cookery!Warren, Arthur
  92. extort
    obtain by coercion or intimidation
    An instrument of torture for the leg, formerly used to extort confessions, particularly in Scotland.Webster, Noah
  93. extraneous
    not pertinent to the matter under consideration
    As a general rule, he explained, rulings other than the one being honored had been removed as extraneous.Slate (Feb 22, 2012)
  94. extrapolate
    draw from specific cases for more general cases
    Earlier studies, extrapolating from recessions in the 1970s and 1980s, found larger effects.
  95. extricate
    release from entanglement or difficulty
    There was a prickly pear on top, the thorns of which caught him so that at first he could not extricate himself.Reed, Helen Leah
  96. extrinsic
    not forming an essential part of a thing
    There are no external or extrinsic influences—resulting from weariness or interruption.Hamilton, Clayton Meeker
  97. extrovert
    a person directed toward others as opposed to the self
    The extrovert is the typical active; always leaning out of the window and setting up contacts with the outside world.Underhill, Evelyn
  98. exuberant
    joyously unrestrained
    All these prose works were marked by an exuberant, vivid, poetic, impassioned style.Lowell, James Russell
  99. exude
    make apparent by one's mood or behavior
    Rizzo said many prospects exude outward confidence but lack it inwardly.New York Times (Mar 3, 2012)
  100. exult
    feel extreme happiness or elation
    Like a soldier going into battle, exulted and fired by a high and lofty purpose, his heart sang within him.Standish, Burt L.

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