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   The following words appeared in Barron's PSAT High Frequency
 List, and according to Barron's, each of these words has been used
   on the PSAT at least four times during the years: 1980 through
                                1999.

credit: quia.co m/jg/160741list.html and Barron's PSAT High Frequency List



Word:                              Connections: (Latin root,           Collocations: (words that
                                   related words)                      often are seen together);
                                                                       associations
                                                                       (positive/negative)
absolve

abstract

accessible

accommodate

acknowledge

acrimony

adverse: hostile;                  vers, vert: to turn                 adverse conditions
unfavorable; negative              reverse, converse, convert

aesthetic

affable

affinity

affluence

alleviate

altruistic

ambiguous

ambivalence


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amenable

ample

antagonism

antiquated

apathy

apprehension

apprenticeship

appropriate (adj)

appropriate(verb)

aristocracy

arrogance

aspire: seek to attain; long   spire: to breathe           aspire to be…
for; wish deeply for           inspire, perspire, spirit
assert

assumption

attain

authentic

autonomous

aversion

beneficial

benevolent

benign

betray




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brittle

buoyant

candor

captivate

caricature

censor

charlatan

chronicle

circumspect

cite

cliché

coalesce

compliance

component: element;    com: with; pon/pos: place    component of…
ingredient; piece of   exponent, compose,
                       position, opponent, oppose
compromise

condone

confirm

conformity

congenial

consistency

console

consolidation




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contentious

convention

corrosion

curtail

cynical

dawdle

defamation

defiance

degenerate

demean

denounce

depict

deplete
deplore : regret strongly;   de: down; plor: to cry out   deplorable behavior
express grief over           explore, implore,
derision

derivative

detached

deterrent

didactic

digression

discernible

disclaimer

disclose



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discord

disinterested

dismiss

disparage

disparate

dispel: scatter, cause to   dis: not; pel: to drive   to dispel your fear; to dispel
vanish                      compel, repel, propel;    your concerns
                            compulsive, repulsive,
disperse

dissent

distinction

divulge

docile

doctrine

dogmatic

eclipse

elated

elusive

embellish

endorse

enhance

enigma

enumerate

erode




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erratic

esoteric

erroneous

espouse

esteem

excerpt

exemplary

expedite

exploit

facilitate

fallacious

farce

fastidious

feasible

flippant

forthright

frail
futile
garrulous
generate
gluttonous
gratify
gregarious: sociable;    greg: flock; congregate,   gregarious type
friendly; enjoying the   segregate, aggregate
company of others
hamper



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heed
hindrance

hostility

hypocritical

hypothetical

iconoclastic

immutable

impair

impede

imperceptible

implacable

implement

implication

incongruity

inconsequential

inconsistency

incorporate

indict

indifferent

induce : persuade, bring   duce/duct: to lead            induce to…
about, draw in             conduct, deduce, induction,
                           reduce, seduce, seductive
industrious

inept

infallible


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ingenuous

ingrate

inherent

initiate

innate: inborn; genetic;   nat: birth                   innate ability
natural                    prenatal, natural, nature,
                           nativity, native
innocuous

inscrutable

insightful

intangible

intricacy

irony

larceny

loathe

malice

meek

meticulous

misconception

misrepresent

mock

monarchy

monotony

mutability


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naivete

nocturnal

nostalgia

notorious

nurture

obnoxious                                            

obscure (adj)

obscure (verb)

opaque

optimist                                             

outmoded                                             

pacifist

pacify

paradox

patronize                                            

pedantic: showing off      ped: child                
learning; bookish;         pediatrician; pedophile
excessively “teacherish”

perjury                                              

petulant                                             

phenomena

philanthropist                                       

plagiarize                                           




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potency

pragmatic

precedent: something            set a precedent
preceding in time that may
be used as a guide for future
action; something that sets
an example

predator

premise

premonition

prevail

prey

profound

proliferation

prolific

prologue

prominent

promote

prophetic

prosperity

provocative

prudent

random

reckless

refute



                                                  10
relinquish

renown

repudiate

reserved

resolution

resolve

restraint

retain

reticent

reverent

ruthless

satirize

scrutinize

seclusion: isolation;   clus/clude: close               in seclusion; a secluded spot
solitude                conclude, closet, include,
                        exclude, inclusive,
                        exclusive; recluse,
                        reclusive, cloister, cluster,
                        secluded
serenity

sever

severity

singular

skeptical

stratagem

subdued



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superfluous

suppress

surpass

sustain

symmetry

synthesis

taciturn

tedious

temperament

termination

thwart

toxic

transparent

trepidation

urbane

utopia

vacillate

versatile

vigor

volatile: changeable;   volcan: fire                a volatile temper
explosive               volcano; volatility; volt
                        vol: will
                        volunteer,
wary

withhold



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