100 SAT Words Beginning with "H"

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  1. habitat
    the type of environment in which an organism normally lives
    Peromyscus maniculatus is ubiquitous, occurring in habitats ranging from mesic boreal forests to arid southwestern deserts.Douglas, Charles L.
  2. habitual
    commonly used or practiced
    Training of mind, as of hand, consists in making certain actions so habitual that they are accomplished quite automatically.Walsh, James J. (James Joseph)
  3. habitue
    a regular patron
    The old bathers, the habitues, whose season was almost over, glanced, gazed toward the door whenever it opened, to see what new faces might appear.Maupassant, Guy de
  4. hackneyed
    repeated too often; overfamiliar through overuse
    She instinctively avoids every thing that is hackneyed, vulgar, and common place, and uniformly succeeds in pleasing by the judicious novelties she introduces.Montefiore, Judith Cohen, Lady
  5. haggard
    showing the wearing effects of overwork or care or suffering
    There are too many people with haggard eyes standing before me Saying, "To live you must suffer even as we."Fletcher, John Gould
  6. haggle
    an instance of intense argument (as in bargaining)
    They haggled for a while, and finally agreed on sixteen.Porterfield, Allen Wilson
  7. halcyon
    idyllically calm and peaceful; suggesting happy tranquility
    Smooth seas, lovely weather and favoring winds speeded the voyagers: those halcyon days flew swiftly by.Edson, Milan C.
  8. hale
    exhibiting or restored to vigorous good health
    "He is a hale man, he does not look his years."Meade, L. T.
  9. hallowed
    worthy of religious veneration
    Our life together is sacred, hallowed, a thing apart, "'Above the smoke and stir of this dim spot Which men call earth.'"Birmingham, George A.
  10. halt
    cause to stop
    Shares of Apple were temporarily halted before they resumed trading a few minutes later.New York Times (Mar 23, 2012)
  11. haphazardly
    without care; in a slapdash manner
    Tripoli drivers have always been known for their speeding and changing lanes haphazardly, but hazardous driving has reached new heights, he said.New York Times (Nov 29, 2011)
  12. hapless
    unfortunate and deserving pity
    Then seeing how rueful, how dismayed the hapless giant looked, she took compassion and held out a frank little brown hand.Wingfield, Lewis
  13. harangue
    address forcefully
    On that occasion, he harangued the West for more than 90 minutes, attacking its moral bankruptcy in an often nonsensical rant.
  14. harbinger
    something indicating the approach of something or someone
    Even as villagers stared out at an ocean of detritus littered by the tsunami, cherry blossoms, the harbinger of spring, bloomed.
  15. harmony
    compatibility in opinion and action
    These fibres are so laid and connected, that a whole set of muscles can be moved simultaneously, being made to work in perfect harmony.Calderwood, Henry
  16. harried
    troubled persistently, especially with petty annoyances
    Hours passed before Ann could sleep, and then her slumber was broken, her rest harried by weird dreams, her half-waking periods crammed with disturbing fantasies.Titus, Harold
  17. harrowing
    causing extreme distress
    Rhythmic activities, such as dancing, riding and climbing may be mentioned, also harrowing experiences, such as being run over.Freud, Sigmund
  18. hasten
    move fast
    Turnpike workers who peeled up the sticky puddles, then covered them with sand to hasten drying, had traffic moving normally again by Wednesday morning.Washington Post (Nov 23, 2011)
  19. haughty
    having or showing arrogant superiority
    He might easily be ‘reserved,’ but is it not surprising to find him described as haughty, prouder than Lucifer, inhumanly arrogant?Bradley, Andrew Cecil
  20. hauteur
    overbearing pride with a superior manner toward inferiors
    In them are written hauteur, pride, and arrogant fierceness beyond anything on this earth; there is also contempt that has no expression in speech.Rountree, Harry
  21. haven
    a shelter serving as a place of safety or sanctuary
    At most shows, security guards usually swoop in at this point, cutting off audience access to designers and their backstage havens.Seattle Times (Feb 15, 2012)
  22. havoc
    violent and needless disturbance
    On Friday, 62-mph winds caused havoc, knocking over TV towers and fences, and forced race organizers to cancel a giant slalom.Seattle Times (Feb 11, 2012)
  23. headstrong
    habitually disposed to disobedience and opposition
    She has a great deal of difficulty, for they are both so headstrong and unruly that they will hardly obey at all.S. L. M.
  24. hearsay
    gossip passed around by word of mouth
    I tell you not of things learned by hearsay; I myself have beheld all these horrors in the Holy Land of Palestine.Greene, Frances Nimmo
  25. hearty
    showing warm and sincere friendliness
    Not one hesitating voice, but instead, three hearty cheers, that made the vessel ring.Headley, Joel Tyler
  26. heathen
    a person who does not acknowledge your god
    "Are you Christians," said the holy man, "or heathens?"Various
  27. heave
    throw with great effort
    Instead, he panicked and heaved an incomplete pass at teammate Rich Seubert.Seattle Times (Jan 20, 2012)
  28. heckler
    someone who tries to embarrass you with gibes and objections
    For the next few days, when NTV reporters went out to cover public events, hecklers gathered around them chanting “shame.”New York Times (Mar 24, 2012)
  29. heed
    pay close attention to
    For some distance he put on great speed, but later heeded Perth's suggestion to go more slowly and so attract less notice.Braden, James A. (James Andrew)
  30. heedless
    characterized by careless unconcern
    Rembrandt was heedless in his habits, spending what he earned, living on credit, signing onto bad deals.New York Times (Feb 18, 2011)
  31. hegemony
    the dominance or leadership of one social group over others
    Chinese officials say the purpose of their military modernization is purely defensive and they have no aspirations toward regional hegemony.
  32. heinous
    extremely wicked, deeply criminal
    Supporters of the death penalty, meanwhile, described heinous cases and said there were still some circumstances so intolerable as to require execution.New York Times (Jan 12, 2011)
  33. heir
    a person who inherits some title or office
    Hu’s heir apparent, Vice President Xi Jinping, is scheduled to take over next year and is far less shy about making headlines and meeting Westerners.Newsweek (Jan 18, 2011)
  34. helm
    a position of leadership
    He held various positions, including head of the technology development planning unit and personnel chief, before taking the helm at the camera business in April.
  35. hemisphere
    half of a sphere
    The New World or Western Hemisphere consists of two continents.Kirkpatrick, F. A. (Frederick Alexander)
  36. hemorrhage
    the flow of blood from a ruptured blood vessel
    On the other hand, babies delivered by C-section were less likely to have one type of bleeding around the brain -- known as subdural hemorrhage.
  37. herald
    foreshadow or presage
    The fleet of traders was preceded some way in advance by light, swift sailing ships which heralded its coming.Norway, Arthur H.
  38. herbivorous
    feeding only on plants
    Sheep and cattle are herbivorous: they feed on herbs, on vegetables.Walsh, William Shepard
  39. herculean
    extremely difficult; requiring great strength
    He made herculean efforts to get on terms with his examination subjects, and worked harder than he had ever done in his life before.Marshall, Archibald
  40. hereditary
    inherited or inheritable by established rules of descent
    From the way in which his eldest son Osman is being brought up, it is evident that Abdullah seeks to establish an hereditary succession.Wingate, F. R.
  41. heresy
    any opinions at variance with the official position
    It wished still to dominate over the faith of its disciples and to persecute as heresy every deviation from its convictions.Freytag, Gustav
  42. heritage
    that which is inherited
    SAT-SUN Celebrating Japan's cultural heritage with performing arts, martial arts demonstrations, tea ceremony demonstrations, exhibits, food vendors, workshops, Koi Show, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.Seattle Times (Sep 7, 2011)
  43. hermetic
    completely sealed or airtight
    The hermetic isolation which during the world war divided Europe into two separate worlds made this doubly urgent.Czernin von und zu Chudenitz, Ottokar Theobald Otto Maria, Graf
  44. hermitage
    the abode of a recluse
    In his sorrow and remorse the knight withdrew into a hermitage, where he spent six years in constant penance and prayer.Guerber, H. A. (Hélène Adeline)
  45. heterodox
    characterized by departure from accepted standards
    You will think these ideas horribly heterodox, but if we all thought alike there would be nothing to write about and nothing to learn.Marchant, James
  46. heterogeneous
    consisting of elements not of the same kind or nature
    Mine layers were here with mine sweepers and hospital ships—a heterogeneous collection of well-nigh every kind of ship that floats.Farnol, Jeffery
  47. heuristic
    a commonsense rule to help solve some problem
    He was swayed by the "familiarity" heuristic, which basically says that humans trust what is familiar.
  48. hew
    strike with an axe; cut down, strike
    But the swords are active and clearly seen "smiting", " hewing", "chopping."
  49. hiatus
    an interruption in the intensity or amount of something
    Real estate prices are skyrocketing because of all the international organizations coming back to Mogadishu after a 20-year hiatus.New York Times (Apr 3, 2012)
  50. hibernate
    be in an inactive or dormant state
    In winter they hibernate like our squirrels, passing several months underground in a kind of slow and nearly motionless existence.Clarke, J. Erskine (John Erskine)
  51. hierarchy
    a series of ordered groupings within a system
    After enough trials, the conventionally raised pigeons inferred a hierarchy of the most fruitful colors: red > blue > green > yellow > violet.Scientific American (Mar 8, 2012)
  52. hieroglyphic
    belonging to a writing system using pictorial symbols
    Hieroglyphic writing is really picture writing, and is the oldest means man has employed to enable him to communicate with his fellows.Kelly, R. Talbot (Robert Talbot)
  53. hilarious
    marked by boisterous merriment or convulsive laughter
    Soames saw, too, at least one hilarious group of college-age boys who might have been organized by a college humor magazine.Leinster, Murray
  54. hinder
    be an obstacle to
    Polish drilling also has been hindered by a scarcity of rigs, water and specialized equipment needed for shale wells, Bern said.
  55. hindmost
    located farthest to the rear
    He was the hindmost when the race began, but with widespread nostrils, long extended neck, and glaring eyeballs, he seemed to fly over the course.MacLean, J. P. (John Patterson)
  56. hindrance
    any obstruction that impedes or is burdensome
    While Japanese giant Sony said China's move represented a hindrance to free trade, for other companies the Chinese action provided a boost.
  57. hinge
    a joint that holds two parts together so that one can swing
    He opened the door, trying to will away telltale creaks in hinges and joints, avoid any possible attention.Nature (Mar 28, 2012)
  58. hinterland
    a remote and undeveloped area
    There in those half explored and altogether unsettled hinterlands, lurk desires that sting like adders and hatreds cruel as hell....Wells, H. G. (Herbert George)
  59. hireling
    a person who works only for money
    Hireling troops, soldiers serving for pay: they were not Ultonians and did not belong to the Red Branch.Joyce, P. W.
  60. hirsute
    having or covered with hair
    Peter got out after a prolonged struggle; place very hirsute; big beards on everybody; ten parts of hair to one part Dutchman.Doesticks, Q. K. Philander
  61. histrionic
    characteristic of acting or a stage performance
    Present-day Graham dancers are often taken to task for overacting, or histrionics or otherwise obscuring the integrity of their material.New York Times (Mar 19, 2012)
  62. hoard
    save up as for future use
    The offspring of starving mothers, anticipating hard times during their own future lives, adjust their metabolisms to hoard calories.
  63. hoary
    having gray or white hair as with age
    He was an aged monarch of the mountains, reddish brown in color originally, but now a hoary dirty gray.Brady, Cyrus Townsend
  64. hoax
    something intended to deceive
    On Monday, a bomb threat received in London was first taken by the police as credible, but later described as a probable hoax.New York Times (May 18, 2011)
  65. hoist
    raise or haul up with or as if with mechanical help
    Then the signal was given to resume hoisting the big fish aboard, and once more the crane started winding up the cable.Duffield, J. W.
  66. holocaust
    an act of mass destruction and loss of life
    Twenty-four thousand bodies were burned in one holocaust, and it is solemnly stated that in the spring thaws twelve thousand more were brought to light.Sloane, William Milligan
  67. homage
    respectful deference
    With cathedral ceilings, sparkling mosaic tile floors and elaborately carved moldings and paneling, the restaurant pays homage to the Gilded Age.New York Times (Jun 12, 2010)
  68. homespun
    characteristic of country life
    His rural, homespun demeanor ordinarily might elicit snickers from India’s urban elite.New York Times (Aug 19, 2011)
  69. homily
    a sermon on a moral or religious topic
    Benedict said in a homily last week that Christians must repent for sins and recognize mistakes in comments widely interpreted as concerning the scandal.New York Times (Apr 21, 2010)
  70. homogeneous
    all of the same or similar kind or nature
    “But I thought, ‘My goodness, what a homogeneous population, akin to identical white mice, which thereby controls for all sorts of differences.’ ”New York Times (Aug 30, 2010)
  71. homologous
    similar in position, structure, function, or characteristics
    So, too, organs which were homologous in the ordinary sense, as the heart of birds and mammals, might have arisen separately in evolution.E. S. (Edward Stuart) Russell
  72. hone
    refine or make more perfect or effective
    Kopec says his clients are wine curious and fast learners, honing their palates by sharing bottles in private rooms at restaurants.
  73. honor
    bestow rewards upon
    The host country's gold medalists will be honored with commemorate postage stamps available at 500 outlets the very next day, Royal Mail announced.Seattle Times (Apr 9, 2012)
  74. honorable
    deserving of esteem and respect
    "The office of bailiff formerly was high and honorable in England, and officers under that title on the continent are still invested with important functions."—Webster.Spooner, Lysander
  75. horde
    a vast multitude
    New York's Times Square was awash in hopeful sentiments as it prepared to welcome hordes of New Year's Eve revelers.Chicago Tribune (Dec 31, 2011)
  76. horizon
    the line at which the sky and Earth appear to meet
    We can see to the horizon about 35 miles distant, tapering off into low blue hills, and closer in, three shivering silver lakes.New York Times (Nov 14, 2011)
  77. horrendous
    causing fear or dread or terror
    Some wounded civilians evacuated from Misrata by boat described horrendous scenes of shelling and hand-to-hand fighting, he says.
  78. hortatory
    giving strong encouragement
    For hortatory or inspirational purposes we do not need to make this analysis; it has, indeed, its practical dangers.Drake, Durant
  79. horticultural
    of or relating to the cultivation of plants
    Japanese flower arrangements, candles and giant orchids make the stage look more like an oriental horticultural exhibition than a concert venue.
  80. hospitable
    disposed to treat guests and strangers with generosity
    In Morgantown, many of the fans we came across were gracious, welcoming, hospitable and constantly inquiring about whether we had received any harsh treatment.Washington Post (Sep 28, 2011)
  81. hostile
    troops belonging to the enemy's military forces
    On Elliott Bay, the cabins of the farther away settlers had gone up in smoke, fired by the hostile Indians.Denny, Emily Inez
  82. hovel
    small crude shelter used as a dwelling
    It is a paltry hovel of two low stories, half timbered, with meagre windows, and must have been a squalid abode even in its prime.Horne, Charles F. (Charles Francis)
  83. hover
    hang in the air; fly or be suspended above
    Here he stood still, looking up the dim expanse, with the dusky shadows, like great winged, formless ghosts, hovering over him.Woolson, Constance Fenimore
  84. hubris
    overbearing pride or presumption
    Fab's arrogance, and that of his Goldman colleagues who also testified, bested previous displays of hubris by the automotive, oil and tobacco industries.Washington Post (Apr 28, 2010)
  85. humane
    showing evidence of moral and intellectual advancement
    Men and women were in those less humane days burned for displeasing God, while now they are only fined and incarcerated.Hetherington, Henry
  86. humanitarian
    marked by devotion to popular welfare
    They discussed efforts to provide humanitarian assistance, especially urgently needed medical supplies in battered cities like Homs.New York Times (Feb 23, 2012)
  87. humiliation
    state of disgrace or loss of self-respect
    The humiliation of losing his first match 5-0 was compounded by hearing his opponent's friends marvelling at the easy draw he had been given.
  88. humility
    a lack of arrogance or false pride
    During the meal Jesus taught His disciples a touching lesson in humility; laying aside His upper robe, He washed and wiped their feet.Willard, J. H. (James Hartwell)
  89. humongous
    very large
    “These are humongous, gigantic, scare-your-pants-off kinds of waterfalls,” he said.New York Times (Sep 6, 2011)
  90. hurtle
    move with or as if with a rushing sound
    Yet the cannonade continued, each shell that came hurtling through the air exploding with deadly effect and spreading destruction on all hands.Le Queux, William
  91. husbandry
    the practice of cultivating the land or raising stock
    The U.S. can take a lesson from Denmark, which has efficiently raised livestock without hurting farmers, by using better animal husbandry practices.Scientific American (Mar 22, 2011)
  92. hybrid
    a composite of mixed origin
    Current training, Hertling said, concentrated on " hybrid" threats where criminals may work with conventional forces, or with "terrorists," sharing weapons or drugs.
  93. hydrophobia
    viral disease of the nervous system of warm-blooded animals
    One of his most stirring narratives related to the manner in which he escaped hydrophobia, after being bitten by a rabid wolf.Ellis, Edward Sylvester
  94. hyperbole
    extravagant exaggeration
    Quaint exaggeration of statement, the use of hyperbole, is often employed, and very happily, to compel attention.Hulme, F. Edward (Frederick Edward)
  95. hyperbolic
    enlarged beyond truth or reasonableness
    “I am surprised that plaintiffs’ hyperbolic allegations and inflated damage claims are given any credence,” said the bank’s top lawyer, Gary Lynch.New York Times (Aug 26, 2011)
  96. hypnagogic
    sleep inducing
    This intermediate and persistent stage of hypnagogic images serves in every way to explain the physical genesis of involuntary hallucinations.Vignoli, Tito
  97. hypochondriac
    a patient with imaginary symptoms and ailments
    The man proved to be a regular hypochondriac, taking medicine constantly, at one time with five doctors prescribing for him.Wood-Allen, Mary
  98. hypocritical
    professing feelings or virtues one does not have
    While all political leaders call for compromise, their actions and finger pointing increasingly appear hypocritical and self-serving.Forbes (Sep 7, 2011)
  99. hypothetical
    a conjectural possibility or circumstance
    They see rampant piracy as a reality and the threat to fair use as some kind of academic hypothetical rarely encountered in reality.Boyle, James
  100. hysteria
    state of violent mental agitation
    Washington teenager Mike Mitchell, then 18, was on hand at Union Station when the Beatles arrived and documented the shrieking hysteria of their fans.

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