100 SAT Words Beginning with "N"

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  1. nadir
    the lowest point of anything
    No one in that vast audience raised a word of protest, and my spirits fell to their nadir.Gosse, Edmund
  2. naive
    marked by or showing unaffected simplicity
    Some have argued that the ministers in question should not have been so naive and foolish as to unburden themselves to complete strangers.
  3. naivete
    lack of sophistication or worldliness
    But there was a sort of freshness and naivete and youthfulness about her which made him use that adjective.Lyall, Edna
  4. narcissist
    someone who is excessively self-centered
    Narcissists blame others for failures, take undeserved credit for success, are hypersensitive to negative feedback, and show an exaggerated sense of entitlement.BusinessWeek (Oct 4, 2010)
  5. narrative
    consisting of or characterized by the telling of a story
    Mr. Barton is master of the mystery story, and in this absorbing narrative the author has surpassed his best previous successes.Whitehead, Harold
  6. nascent
    being born or beginning
    The initiative also invests in nascent solar companies, acting as an incubator for small businesses and entrepreneurs looking to bring disruptive new technologies to market.Scientific American (Feb 29, 2012)
  7. nationalism
    the doctrine that countries should act independently
    Populist nationalism also tends to favor protectionist policies that shield American workers and businesses, particularly small businesses, from foreign competition.
  8. native
    characteristic of or existing by virtue of geographic origin
    The first European colonists in America found there two valuable native products—maize and tobacco.Queensland
  9. natty
    marked by up-to-dateness in dress and manners
    These styles are the latest thing, Brought from Paris for the Spring, Neat and natty, trim and cool”— “April Fool!” cried Amos.Bromhall, Winifred
  10. naught
    a quantity of no importance
    Names to him were nothing, and titles naught—assumption always standing back abashed at his cold, intellectual glare.Herndon, William H.
  11. nauseate
    upset and make ill
    After dialysis, patients can feel weak and nauseated, sometimes experiencing significant head, chest and stomach pain — and the tears often flow.New York Times (Nov 5, 2011)
  12. nauseous
    causing a sick feeling
    I still grew nauseous after eating and experienced other stomach-related disorders such as food "Sticking" above my stomach and gastrointestinal disturbances.Isaacson, Lauren Ann
  13. nautical
    relating to ships or navigation
    For this expedition Henry Hudson—already known as an experienced and intrepid seaman, and well-skilled in nautical science—was chosen commander.Whymper, Frederick
  14. navigable
    able to be sailed on or through safely
    This, indeed, is an exaggerated vaunt; but the Flemish stuffs were probably sold wherever the sea or a navigable river permitted them to be carried.Hallam, Henry
  15. navigate
    direct and plot the path and position of a conveyance
    Washed out roads grounded trucks in the muck, and precarious mountain passes were in some cases too risky to navigate.New York Times (Dec 27, 2011)
  16. nebulous
    lacking definite form or limits
    “The time for nebulous, unspecified and non-detailed commitments is gone,” Fiat SpA Chief Executive Officer Sergio Marchionne said yesterday in London.
  17. necessitate
    require as useful, just, or proper
    Bean’s famed hunting boots are seeing a surge in popularity, necessitating the hiring of more than 100 additional employees to make them.Washington Post (Dec 29, 2011)
  18. necessity
    anything indispensable
    The rainy season was fairly under way and suitable shelter was an absolute necessity.Denny, Emily Inez
  19. necromancy
    the belief in magical spells that harness occult forces
    In necromancy, spirits are summoned by means of spells and incantations.Leuba, James H. (James Henry)
  20. nectar
    a sweet liquid secretion that is attractive to pollinators
    Nor was it understood that the beautiful blossom of the flower, with its sweet nectar, was an exceedingly important factor in attracting the bees.Sadler, William S.
  21. nefarious
    extremely wicked
    To accomplish his nefarious designs the Evil Spirit assumed forms calculated to attain his object. Owen, Elias
  22. negate
    make ineffective by counterbalancing the effect of
    Chances are, you’d also wind up paying more for housing in your new digs, potentially negating any money saved with a shorter commute.
  23. negative
    having the quality of something harmful or unpleasant
    It is also used as means of coping with anxiety or other negative feelings and to relieve stress or pressure.New York Times (Apr 24, 2012)
  24. neglect
    fail to attend to
    She found the men were getting sleepy, and neglected the fire, and so she kept awake, and sat up to throw on the wood.Field, Henry M. (Henry Martyn)
  25. neglected
    "Human health is largely neglected, if not entirely ignored, in debates about climate change," said Margaret Chan, director-general of the World Health Organization.Scientific American (Apr 5, 2012)
  26. negligence
    failure to act with the prudence of a reasonable person
    That being the case, he said the spy agency had demonstrated " negligence, ineptitude and failure" in failing to detect the world's most wanted man.
  27. negligent
    characterized by undue lack of attention or concern
    With his usual scant sympathy, Arthur, hardly glancing aside at him, gave a lofty negligent little nod by way of recognition, and was passing on.Werner, E. T. C. (Edward Theodore Chalmers)
  28. negligible
    so small as to be meaningless; insignificant
    The changes that have taken place in human nature during the historic period are so slight as to be practically negligible.Cohen, Chapman
  29. negotiable
    able to be arranged by compromise
    Often both are negotiable, or at least up for discussion.New York Times (Jan 21, 2011)
  30. negotiate
    discuss the terms of an arrangement
    Children learn the art of problem solving, negotiating and making compromises.New York Times (Dec 5, 2011)
  31. negotiation
    a discussion intended to produce an agreement
    Government negotiations with bankers and insurers broke up without agreement Friday, although officials said more talks are likely next week.
  32. nemesis
    something or someone causing misery or death
    The strange nemesis that had pursued them step by step had been permitted to wreck their lives completely.Berger, William Merritt
  33. neologism
    a newly invented word or phrase
    Perhaps the solution is to be found in " neologisms", where words are taken from somewhere totally different and given an entirely new meaning.
  34. neophyte
    any new participant in some activity
    The four first students went out, each escorting a less-accustomed neophyte and all fastened firmly together with space-ropes.Leinster, Murray
  35. nepotism
    favoritism shown to relatives or friends by those in power
    Mr Yeddyurappa denies claims by political opponents he committed nepotism by selling government land to his two sons and relatives at throwaway prices.
  36. nestle
    move or arrange oneself in a comfortable and cozy position
    “Father,” said Olive, thrusting her hand through the rector’s arm and nestling up to his side with the most bewitchingly affectionate gesture.Mitford, Bertram
  37. nether
    The latest expeditions have looked at seep communities as deep as 1.7 miles — far down the continental slope toward the gulf’s nether regions.New York Times (Jun 22, 2010)
  38. nettle
    plant having stinging hairs that cause skin irritation
    Unlike stinging nettle, which is harder to find in the city, purple dead nettle grows abundantly across the five boroughs.New York Times (Apr 30, 2011)
  39. network
    an interconnected system of things or people
    “Success depends on personal relations with power,” said Mr. Evtushenkov, insisting that a tight personal network is as vital in New York as in Moscow.New York Times (May 4, 2012)
  40. neurotic
    affected with emotional disorder
    Why are some left to insanity, psychosomatic disorders or neurotic behavior?Isaacson, Lauren Ann
  41. neutral
    possessing no distinctive quality or characteristics
    Pure gelatin is an amorphous, brittle, nearly transparent substance, faintly yellow, tasteless and inodorous, neutral in reaction and unaltered by exposure to dry air.Various
  42. neutrality
    nonparticipation in a dispute or war
    After renewed occupation in World War II, Luxembourg abandoned its neutrality and became a front-rank enthusiast for international co-operation.BBC (May 22, 2010)
  43. neutralization
    the removal of a threat by killing or destroying it
    Three have been eliminated through incineration or neutralization.
  44. neutralize
    oppose and mitigate the effects of by contrary actions
    Sweating aids in neutralizing the injurious effects of exposure to high temperatures.Various
  45. newcomer
    a recent arrival
    Humans are newcomers to the planet compared to the 165 million years dinosaurs dominated before becoming extinct 65 million years ago.Seattle Times (Mar 1, 2012)
  46. nexus
    the means of connection between things linked in series
    For many users, the Web site is an irreplaceable nexus of friends, relatives and colleagues online, making it difficult to abandon.New York Times (May 24, 2010)
  47. nib
    the writing point of a pen
    My father began writing with an abominably scratchy nib.Crawford, Jack
  48. nicety
    conformity with some aesthetic standard of correctness
    All the little niceties of platform procedure—bowings, exits, dealing with encores—are out of the question.Warner, Frances Lester
  49. niche
    a position well suited to the person who occupies it
    Carroll is skilled at finding specific roles and carving out niches for players.Seattle Times (May 1, 2012)
  50. niggle
    worry unnecessarily or excessively
    But investors are still jittery, thanks to their niggling anxieties about the bad debts held in Europe's financial institutions.
  51. nihilism
    the delusion that things do not exist
    In her despair she succumbed to a sort of nihilism that made her ask: “What is the reason of anything?...Couperus, Louis
  52. nihilist
    someone who rejects all theories of morality
    He allied himself with quite another class, making no secret of the fact that he was an out-and-out Socialist, Anti-clerical, Syndicalist, Anarchist, Nihilist.Fisher, Dorothy Canfield
  53. nimble
    moving quickly and lightly
    Are not many beasts physically stronger, more nimble and agile than man?Nordau, Max Simon
  54. nirvana
    any place of complete bliss and delight and peace
    The wisest among them could not teach him true peace, that profound inward rest, which was already called Nirvana.Bulfinch, Thomas
  55. noble
    having high or elevated character
    Honesty, frankness, generosity, and virtue are noble traits.Hartley, Cecil B.
  56. nocturnal
    belonging to or active during the night
    Bats are a top nocturnal predator, eating night-flying insects that feed on agricultural crops.Washington Post (Mar 14, 2012)
  57. noetic
    of or associated with or requiring the use of the mind
    It is a sort of mental equivalent for them, their epistemological function, their value in noetic terms.James, William
  58. noisome
    causing or able to cause nausea
    Here the noisome smell of decaying vegetation nauseated us, for the air in those forest depths is deadly.Le Queux, William
  59. nomad
    a member of a people who have no permanent home
    These Indians lived the old nomad life, wandering from place to place, setting up their tents like gypsies, wherever they could remain unmolested.Vandercook, Margaret
  60. nomadic
    They are a nomadic people living by collecting and hunting; the wilder ones will often not remain longer than three days in one place.Haddon, Alfred Court
  61. nomenclature
    a system of words used to name things in a discipline
    Technical names of fishes are those that seem to qualify under the International Rules of Zoological Nomenclature.Deacon, James Everett
  62. nominal
    insignificantly small; a matter of form only
    The ordinary course of dealings was so completely disorganized in many places that the rates were purely nominal, representing little or no actual transactions.Phillips, Chester Arthur
  63. nonchalant
    marked by casual unconcern or indifference
    "It’s really weird," she said with that nonchalant shrug of her shoulders and go with the flow attitude.
  64. noncommittal
    refusing to bind oneself to a particular course of action
    The worst of it was, that he had been so cautious and noncommittal in his declarations, that she could not upbraid him for his perfidy.Bouton, John Bell
  65. nonconformist
    someone refusing to follow established standards of conduct
    They are nonconformists, mavericks even, in an age when clubs are burdened by regulation, challenging authority and provocatively crossing the boundaries of accepted behaviour.
  66. nonconformity
    failure to follow accepted standards of behavior
    What society really cares for is harmony; what it dislikes is dissent and nonconformity.Hamerton, Philip Gilbert
  67. nondescript
    lacking distinct or individual characteristics
    The centre's own director, Robert Goodman, has described it as " nondescript and characterless".
  68. nonentity
    a person of no influence
    The rest were nonentities, the set who drift through their six years, making no mark, hurting no one, doing little good.Waugh, Alec
  69. nonetheless
    despite anything to the contrary
    But these researchers, working in relative obscurity, nonetheless have documented rich and surprisingly diverse communities of organisms in the deep sea.New York Times (Mar 27, 2012)
  70. nonpareil
    colored beads of sugar used as a topping
    While the last icing is wet, ornament it with coloured sugar-sand or nonpareils.Leslie, Eliza
  71. nonplus
    be a mystery or bewildering to
    This incredible patience, so little in harmony with Martial's usual demeanour, puzzled and nonplussed his aggressors, who looked at each other with amazement.Sue, Eugène
  72. nonplussed
    filled with bewilderment
    I shook my head and rushed from his presence, completely nonplussed, bewildered, frantic.Cole, E. W. (Edward William)
  73. nonsensical
    having no intelligible meaning
    Talking nonsensically is the utterance of words which contradict each other, or which have no meaning, and the like.Acharya, Madhava
  74. normative
    relating to or dealing with typical standards or patterns
    Ethics again is concerned with a norm of life, and in this sense it is frequently styled a normative science.Alexander, Archibald B. C.
  75. nostalgia
    longing for something past
    The sense of exile was almost gone, the nostalgia for his own land no longer keen.Hayward, Rachel
  76. nostalgic
    unhappy about being away and longing for familiar things
    Britain, to take one example, habitually wallows in a nostalgic and misleading version of its own past.
  77. nostrum
    patent medicine whose efficacy is questionable
    These efforts are such conspicuous failures that even the patent medicine man has not found his "anti-fat nostrums" the happy means to fortune.Dewey, Edward Hooker
  78. notable
    worthy of notice
    The Web is all about serendipity—people passing along things that are interesting or notable.Slate (Apr 13, 2012)
  79. notice
    discover or determine the existence, presence, or fact of
    The new words came about after the Roger noticed people weren't really singing along to the traditional national anthem.
  80. notion
    a vague idea in which some confidence is placed
    The notion that Wall Street needs regulatory relief—rather than greater structural reform—is simply wrong.Slate (Mar 19, 2012)
  81. notoriety
    the state of being known for some unfavorable act or quality
    But fear and frustration are on the rise in this small farming community, which has gained unwanted notoriety as Japan’s radiation village.New York Times (Apr 6, 2011)
  82. notorious
    known widely and usually unfavorably
    The notorious Owen, as is well known, attempted the establishment of an Infidel community at New Harmony, in Indiana, and totally failed.Caswall, Henry
  83. nourish
    give sustenance to
    He who swallows abundantly does not digest it, and instead of being nourished and strengthened, he withers insensibly away.Tissot, S. A. D. (Samuel Auguste David)
  84. novel
    an extended fictional work in prose
    On Tuesday, Joyce Carol Oates returns to “New Fiction” shelves when her latest novel, Mudwoman, comes out in hardcover.
  85. novelty
    originality by virtue of being new and surprising
    Yet they strove to gain novelty by inventing fresh situations, giving unexpected turns to dialogue, and varying their action on successive nights.Gozzi, Carlo
  86. novice
    someone new to a field or activity
    She speculated: A novice starting a running program will probably jog only two or three times a week, for 15 or 20 minutes.Seattle Times (Dec 9, 2011)
  87. noxious
    injurious to physical or mental health
    Investigators initially suspected customers fell ill to noxious fumes from cleaning chemicals.Washington Post (Sep 15, 2011)
  88. nuance
    a subtle difference in meaning or opinion or attitude
    Beyond those broad contours, Mr. Muti dealt in nuance, focusing on voicings and details that are often lost in Berlioz’s narrative sweep.New York Times (Apr 18, 2011)
  89. nubile
    (of young women) attractive and eligible to marry
    Louise, who, although barely nubile, impatiently longed to become a mother, gave birth to her first child after four years of wedded life.Saintsbury, George
  90. nuclear
    of, relating to, or constituting the dense center of an atom
    He dove into mainstream topics, working on nuclear and particle physics at Harwell, Britain's civilian atomic energy research center.Scientific American (Jan 30, 2012)
  91. nugatory
    of no real value
    If the clause in question does not secure those political rights, it is entirely nugatory, and might as well have been omitted.Anonymous
  92. nuisance
    anything that disturbs, endangers life, or is offensive
    But opponents see the birds as a potentially noisy, smelly, predator-attracting nuisance at best, and a health threat at worst.New York Times (Feb 7, 2012)
  93. null
    lacking any legal or binding force
    “Agreements that Turkey decides to sign with the occupied territories in Cyprus are without any meaning, null and void by definition,” he said.Washington Post (Sep 24, 2011)
  94. nullify
    declare invalid
    It was announced yesterday that Osayomi has been stripped of her gold medal, and all her results in the Games have been nullified.
  95. numismatist
    a collector and student of money, especially coins
    The coins, however, are assigned by at least one numismatist to a later date.New, E. H. (Edmund Hort)
  96. nuptial
    of or relating to a wedding
    Bates was to escort her on the nuptial journey, and all arrangements for the wedding of the distinguished pair had been completed.Rockwell, Norman
  97. nuptials
    the social event at which the marriage ceremony is performed
    Atalanta could now no longer refuse to marry, and her nuptials were soon celebrated.Guerber, H. A. (H?l?ne Adeline)
  98. nursery
    a child's room for a baby
    In Germany, the biggest economy in Europe, most schools still finish at lunchtime, and full-time nurseries for children under 3 are scarce.New York Times (Jul 20, 2010)
  99. nurture
    help develop; help grow
    But unlike most boys they nurtured and cultivated the passion and it stayed with them to manhood.Abbot, Willis J. (Willis John)
  100. nutrient
    any substance that can be metabolized to give energy
    “Meat provides nutrients runners need like iron to help maintain energy levels.Washington Post (Apr 2, 2012)

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