100 SAT words Beginning with "R"

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  1. raconteur
    a person skilled in telling anecdotes
    He was an excellent raconteur, and his stories had a stamp of their own which would have made them always and everywhere acceptable.Huxley, Leonard
  2. radical
    a person who has revolutionary ideas or opinions
    In New York his society was composed of free elements altogether, come-outers, reformers, radicals of every description.Frothingham, Octavius Brooks
  3. rambunctious
    noisy and lacking in restraint or discipline
    Once, long ago, award ceremonies were rather unruly and rambunctious affairs.
  4. ramification
    a consequence, especially one that causes complications
    Certainly when one gave the hideous experiment full thought, its possible angles of development, its many potential ramifications, were astounding in the extreme.Various
  5. rampant
    occurring or increasing in an unrestrained way
    Poverty is rampant — much of the population lives on just a few dollars each day, according to recent estimates — and unemployment remains high.New York Times (Nov 4, 2011)
  6. rancor
    a feeling of deep and bitter anger and ill-will
    They strove with heart and soul to establish the teachings by which divergent people might be brought together and no strife, rancor or hatred prevail.`Abdu'l-Bahá
  7. rapport
    a relationship of mutual understanding between people
    Ms. Tindall, 48, did not work for Mr. Stevens, but several people said they had a strong mutual respect and a warm rapport.New York Times (Aug 12, 2010)
  8. rarefied
    of high moral or intellectual value
    It is hard to imagine many casual park visitors being captivated by the conceptual systems that gave rise to such rarefied abstractions.New York Times (Aug 19, 2011)
  9. rationalization
    a defense mechanism explaining actions in non-threateningly
    The people, she said in an e-mail message, “are tired of the same old rationalizations and excuses.”New York Times (Jun 9, 2010)
  10. ravage
    cause extensive destruction or ruin utterly
    The heaviest flooding in 50 years ravaged farms, automotive and electronics plants and is thought to have taken 800 lives.
  11. ravenous
    extremely hungry
    You know that makes them ravenous, and they'd eat him out of house and home in time.Doyle, A. Conan
  12. realm
    a domain in which something is dominant
    Such questions are generally considered not to belong to the realm of positive physical science, but will before long be annexed to its domain.Martin, Thomas Commerford
  13. reap
    get or derive
    Every new plaza the city opens, like the recent one on Gansevoort Street, instantly fills up; local shop owners reap the benefits.New York Times (Dec 2, 2011)
  14. rebellious
    resisting control or authority
    Their founders also tend to be rebellious types who enjoy challenging authority.
  15. rebuke
    an act or expression of criticism and censure
    But analysts at banks and brokerages noted that Putin, known for his sharp rebukes of tycoons, avoided direct criticism of the company's owners.
  16. rebuttal
    the speech act of refuting by offering a contrary argument
    If one candidate specifically criticizes another in an answer, the victimized candidate is generally given rebuttal time.Seattle Times (Nov 22, 2011)
  17. recalcitrant
    stubbornly resistant to authority or control
    The officials of the state banks especially proved recalcitrant and refused to surrender Government moneys.Various
  18. recant
    formally reject or disavow a formerly held belief
    But he quickly recanted and later denied having made the statement at all.
  19. recapitulate
    summarize briefly
    He then recapitulated, with rapid but accurate detail, the principal circumstances of my story, bestowing some brief comment on each as he went.Lever, Charles James
  20. recidivism
    habitual relapse into crime
    So successful is Buffalo's Veterans Court that it boasts a zero recidivism rate -- none of the participants have been rearrested and returned.
  21. recipient
    a person who is sent something
    The society left open the possibility of transplanting hearts into patients over age 70, as long as recipients were otherwise in very good health.New York Times (Apr 23, 2012)
  22. reciprocate
    act, feel, or give mutually or in return
    He took some pains, moreover, to reciprocate the civilities he had received, by entertaining his hosts in return.Prescott, William Hickling
  23. recluse
    one who lives in solitude
    He must not continue to withdraw himself from their society, they urged, and live the life of a recluse and hermit.Sudermann, Hermann
  24. recoil
    draw back, as with fear or pain
    The Reverend Mr. Prattleton literally recoiled at the words, and staggered back a few steps in his dismay.Wood, Mrs. Henry
  25. recommence
    begin again
    He was released under the first declaration of indulgence; but as he instantly recommenced his preaching, he was arrested again.Froude, James Anthony
  26. recompense
    payment or reward, as for service rendered
    In 1830, the United States government made a large grant of lands to his heirs as a further recompense for his military services.Various
  27. reconcile
    bring into consonance or accord
    They split up two weeks later, then reconciled, then split up again.New York Times (Apr 24, 2012)
  28. recondite
    difficult to penetrate
    On both sides of Lamb, however, there lie literatures more difficult, more recondite.Bennett, Arnold
  29. reconnaissance
    the act of scouting
    This 38 metre-long remotely operated airship is designed to carry communications and monitoring equipment for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions.
  30. recrimination
    mutual accusations
    But despite calls for national unity to face this challenge, Mexico's politicians keep slinging mud and trading mutual recriminations over who is to blame.
  31. rectitude
    righteousness as a consequence of being honorable and honest
    You must be morally upright and of steadfast rectitude.
  32. redoubtable
    inspiring fear
    Then implacable and dangerous pursuits, redoubtable struggles, were the order of their days and nights.Allain, Marcel
  33. redress
    act of correcting an error or a fault or an evil
    Some efforts at redress were made; but the remedy proved ineffectual, and the discontent of the Indians increased with every year.Parkman, Francis
  34. refined
    cultivated and genteel
    You have seen him becoming more refined and careful day by day, more carefully dressed, less clumsy in the ways and methods of social life.Wells, H. G. (Herbert George)
  35. refulgent
    radiating or as if radiating light
    Through the same clear mirror La Fayette saw the sun of freedom reflecting its refulgent rays over Columbia's prolific land.Judson, L. Carroll
  36. refurbish
    improve the appearance or functionality of
    She said Kimpton had refurbished many guest rooms to include bigger desks with improved lighting and an ergonomic rolling chair, rather than an armchair.New York Times (Nov 15, 2011)
  37. refutation
    the act of determining that something is false
    Whatever falsehoods the counsel for the Crown may advance, and the witnesses swear to, shall meet neither denial nor refutation from me.Lever, Charles James
  38. regime
    the governing authority of a political unit
    “Today in the world there is no place for authoritarian administrations, one-party rule, closed regimes,” he said.New York Times (Apr 10, 2012)
  39. regress
    get worse or fall back to a previous condition
    Instead of getting better, the team has regressed.Seattle Times (Oct 12, 2010)
  40. reiterate
    say, state, or perform again
    He reiterated the previous rules but added an extra rule related to screen size, measured in inches.New York Times (Apr 4, 2012)
  41. rejuvenate
    return to life; get or give new life or energy
    Refresh, renew, rejuvenate yourself by play and pleasant recreation.Marden, Orison Swett
  42. relapse
    a failure to maintain a higher state
    With no cure in hand, the goal for most patients with multiple myeloma is to keep treating relapses as long as treatments are available.New York Times (Apr 12, 2010)
  43. relegate
    assign to a lower position
    Far from basking in a starring role, New York is relegated once again to the bleachers.New York Times (Apr 24, 2012)
  44. relent
    give in, as to influence or pressure
    Mr. Ponomaryov said he initially resisted the inclusion of nationalist leaders, but relented when members agreed to sign a pact denouncing xenophobia and racism.New York Times (Jan 29, 2012)
  45. relentless
    “It’s just been relentless, just nonstop,” city spokesman Allen Marquette said Monday.Washington Post (Jan 10, 2012)
  46. relevance
    the relation of something to the matter at hand
    Our hypothesis is that kids will be more interested in science and technology when they see its relevance to their own lives.New York Times (Jul 7, 2010)
  47. relevant
    having a bearing on or connection with the subject at issue
    Clinton earns two Pinocchios: He relied on selective data that would support his case while ignoring other relevant numbers.Washington Post (Sep 22, 2011)
  48. relinquish
    turn away from; give up
    Emerson's son and biographer some time ago relinquished his medical practice in Concord, and has since devoted himself to art.Wolfe, Theodore F. (Theodore Frelinghuysen)
  49. relish
    spicy or savory condiment
    But relish gets no such respect in the food world, Mr. Levine said: “I think sweet relish has become the forgotten condiment.”New York Times (Apr 4, 2012)
  50. remediate
    set straight or right
    "We have made clear that losses associated with improperly executed foreclosures will not be eligible for loss-share arrangements until problems are appropriately remediated," she said.Washington Post (Oct 26, 2010)
  51. reminiscent
    serving to bring to mind
    Major deals were completed in Turkey last year and new funds are emerging on a scale reminiscent of the boom times of 2007.New York Times (Mar 14, 2012)
  52. remorse
    a feeling of deep regret, usually for some misdeed
    “Defendant has never expressed doubt or regret or remorse,” she said.New York Times (Feb 16, 2012)
  53. remote
    inaccessible and sparsely populated
    In remote and isolated Manipur, blockades ensure that what little commercial life there is gets choked off.New York Times (Nov 15, 2011)
  54. remunerate
    make payment to; compensate
    The annuals, it turned out, did not pay annually, but remunerated their contributors at uncertain periods, varying from two years to ten.Martin, Frederick
  55. renegade
    someone who rebels and becomes an outlaw
    This community seemed to be composed of renegades and outlaws from several other communities.Barrows, David Prescott
  56. renege
    fail to fulfill a promise or obligation
    But companies often reneged on contracts, German says, and the promised jobs never materialized.Nature (Jun 22, 2011)
  57. renounce
    turn away from; give up
    Because my father having renounced his faith, and my mother being uncertain of hers, they had no particular creed to hold us to.Antin, Mary
  58. renowned
    widely known and esteemed
    This Mr. Jones was a preacher of extraordinary power, renowned and respected throughout Wales.Sikes, Wirt
  59. renunciation
    the act of sacrificing or giving up or surrendering
    In all the stories, however, the virtue of self-sacrifice and of renunciation is strongly painted.Edwards, Clayton
  60. repent
    feel sorry for; be contrite about
    There he repented of his errors, was contrite, and reformed himself.Wilson, Epiphanius
  61. repercussion
    a remote or indirect consequence of some action
    There’s no doubt that there can be grave  repercussions to living thoughtlessly and recklessly online, from endangering college admissions to potential job opportunities.New York Times (Aug 18, 2010)
  62. repertoire
    the range of skills in a particular field or occupation
    In Connecticut, Nelson expanded his repertoire, working on his technique and stamina.Seattle Times (May 29, 2011)
  63. replenish
    fill something that had previously been emptied
    They arrived at the Cape late in May, and stopped there for thirty-eight days, refitting, replenishing provisions, and refreshing the worn-out crew.Whymper, Frederick
  64. reprehensible
    bringing or deserving severe rebuke or censure
    Normally, punitive damages are awarded only when the conduct in question is malicious, unusually reckless, or otherwise reprehensible.Education, United States Department of
  65. repress
    block the action of
    Rutherford was manly in his feelings, but he could not repress his starting tears.Roe, Azel Stevens
  66. reprove
    reprimand, scold, or express dissatisfaction with
    If he continue to offend his neighbor, the next time he shall be openly reproved and admonished before the Congregation when met together.Berens, Lewis Henry
  67. repudiate
    reject as untrue, unfounded, or unjust
    Repudiating the king's claim to unconditional obedience, they declared the Regulating Act unconstitutional, and called on all officers under it to resign their places.French, Allen
  68. repugnant
    offensive to the mind
    Such accusations, when made by minors, are generally full of disgusting details, which would be repugnant to any adult.Lombroso, Gina
  69. reputable
    held in high esteem and honor
    Youngsters, who might be expected to embrace new ways of doing things, must therefore publish in existing, reputable journals if they want recognition and promotion.
  70. resolute
    firm in purpose or belief
    Her performance is purposeful and resolute, but she knows when to let Victoria's softness show, too.
  71. resonate
    evoke or suggest a strong meaning or belief
    He says that message is increasingly resonating throughout Iowa, particularly in the rural northwest, where his campaign began to catch fire.Washington Post (Jan 1, 2012)
  72. restitution
    a sum of money paid in compensation for loss or injury
    Authorities have said in court filings they are looking into using the book proceeds to help repay a $23 million restitution order to his victims.Seattle Times (Nov 7, 2011)
  73. restive
    impatient especially under restriction or delay
    The king kept her away from all active warfare, and she grew restive and impatient with her life of inaction.Horne, Charles F. (Charles Francis)
  74. resurgence
    bringing again into activity and prominence
    The controversy, however, was by no means ended, and around 1704 it flared again in a resurgence of attacks upon the stage.Anonymous
  75. resuscitate
    cause to regain consciousness
    The baby, he said, needed to be resuscitated twice because his heart had stopped beating.New York Times (Mar 21, 2011)
  76. retaliate
    make a counterattack and return like for like
    He said, generally speaking, those who sue him are " retaliating" for lawsuits he filed against them.
  77. reticent
    cool and formal in manner
    He was reserved and very reticent, cold in manner and not sympathetic.Various
  78. retort
    answer back
    "Ay, the men see to that!" retorted the good lady, getting the last word and going away delighted.Weyman, Stanley John
  79. retract
    formally reject or disavow
    But no clear motive was ever established, and Mr. Kovalyov later retracted his confession, saying it was extracted under torture.New York Times (Mar 18, 2012)
  80. retrench
    make a reduction, as in one's workforce
    Is it, like Channel 4, retrenching into TV programming, cutting back any online project not related to core TV programming?
  81. retribution
    the act of taking revenge
    Whatever may be the retribution for individuals beyond the grave, justice on nations must be done in this world; and here it will be done.Various
  82. revelation
    an enlightening or astonishing disclosure
    Then, as revelations of gamblers’ dealings with local players became public, L.I.U. lost four consecutive games, all on the road.New York Times (Mar 15, 2012)
  83. revelry
    unrestrained merrymaking
    But all this revelry — dancing, drinks, exuberant youth — can be hard to manage.New York Times (Jun 4, 2010)
  84. reverberate
    ring or echo with sound
    Thunder reverberating through the mountains awakened hoarse echoes on every side.Morgan, Louisa
  85. revere
    love unquestioningly and uncritically or to excess
    Have not his countrymen loved, admired, revered, rewarded, nay, almost adored him?Stark, James H.
  86. revile
    spread negative information about
    Acosta will continue working in Venezuela’s foreign service despite, he added, saying she remained an honorable professional despite being “verbally attacked, reviled, demonized.”Washington Post (Jan 11, 2012)
  87. revoke
    cancel officially
    On average, the agency revokes or denies renewal of 110 licenses annually, records show.Washington Post (Oct 26, 2010)
  88. revolutionize
    change radically
    “He revolutionized the way of seeing nature and as a result completely changed how other artists approached landscape painting.”New York Times (Jun 15, 2010)
  89. revulsion
    intense aversion
    A sick disgust clutched at Rose as she watched—an utter revulsion from the whole loathly business.Crosby, Raymond Moreau
  90. rhetorical
    relating to using language effectively
    Of course no two men could possibly be more unlike in the manner of speaking, but the rhetorical vernacular of both has a considerable resemblance.McCarthy, Justin
  91. rigorous
    demanding strict attention to rules and procedures
    Consumer advocates pushed for more rigorous regulation, saying that the institutions responsible for wrecking the economy need strict supervision.Washington Post (Dec 12, 2009)
  92. riveting
    capable of arousing and holding the attention
    It’s formally fascinating — the 14 dancers sometimes subdivide into five, six or seven sections, with different movements — and it’s dramatically riveting.New York Times (Sep 27, 2010)
  93. robust
    sturdy and strong in form, constitution, or construction
    Despite the good news, many economists caution that continued deep declines in the unemployment rate will require more robust economic growth.Washington Post (Apr 5, 2012)
  94. rousing
    capable of stirring enthusiasm or excitement
    Still, he played with beautiful colorings and articulate touch, especially in the rousing, high-spirited finale.New York Times (Aug 18, 2011)
  95. rudimentary
    being in the earliest stages of development
    The simpler processes must, from their earliest rudimentary beginnings, have been leading up to the later and more complex.Kenealy, Arabella
  96. ruminate
    reflect deeply on a subject
    He seemed to ruminate on this thought as if it gave him special cause for reflection.Mulford, Stockton
  97. rural
    living in or characteristic of farming or country life
    Graceful farms with white picket fences and horses grazing dot the rural landscape, as do hunting shacks.New York Times (Jan 25, 2012)
  98. ruse
    a deceptive maneuver, especially to avoid capture
    I made believe I was flying away, and the Frenchman was deceived by my ruse and came after me, over our positions.Boelcke, Oswald
  99. rustic
    characteristic of rural life
    Beautiful high-resolution photographs of farm animals on a rustic background, which produce their respective noises when prodded.
  100. ruthless
    without mercy or pity
    He was not naturally cruel; but he was ruthless if it served his purpose, and could take pitiless vengeance for an insult or a wrong.Horne, Charles F. (Charles Francis)

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