Most Important CAT Vocabulary Word List: You Need To Know

  1. Abate- Verb, Collapse or lessen
  2. Abdicate- Verb, Give up the powers (monarchs and royals)
  3. Apprise- Verb, To inform or notify
  4. Accede- Verb, Yielding to someone’s wish.
  5. Amicable- adjective, Friendly
  6. Backfire- Verb, Rebound or boomerang
  7. Bale- Noun, Bundle or bunch
  8. Bask- Verb, Laze or Revel in (something relaxing)
  9. Cache- Noun, Hoard or Stockpile
  10. Caliber- Noun, Level of ability or distinction in someone’s character
  11. Callous- Adjective, Heartless or uncaring
  12. Celerity- Noun, Swiftness of movement
  13. Debase- Verb, Degrade or Devalue
  14. Debonair- Adjective, Confident and stylish
  15. Docile- Adjective, Compliant or submissive
  16. Deride- Verb, Ridicule
  17. Ebullient- Adjective, Cheerful
  18. Eccentric- Adjective, Unconventional
  19. Elucidate- Verb, Explain
  20. Evanescence- Noun, Vanish gradually from sight
  21. Fallacious- Adjective, False or Incorrect
  22. Ferocious- Adjective, Savage or cruel
  23. Foible- Noun, Weakness
  24. Frugal- Adjective, Economical
  25. Gape- Verb, Wide open
  26. Galore- Adjective, Abundance
  27. Grapple- Verb, Wrestle or struggle
  28. Halcyon- Adjective, Serene or pleasant
  29. Hoodwink- Verb, Deceive or trick
  30. Hypercritical- Adjective, Excessively critical
  31. Impel- Verb, Force or urge
  32. Innocuous- Adjective, Innocent or Harmless
  33. Intrinsic- Adjective, Inherent or essential
  34. Jeopardize- Verb, Endanger (someone/something)
  35. Judicious- Adjective, Wise and sensible
  36. Juxtapose- Verb, Place something close together
  37. Kibble- Verb, Grind or Chop
  38. Knighthood- Noun, Title or rank
  39. Lampoon- Verb, Sarcasm or criticizing publicly
  40. Limp- Verb, Walking with difficulty
  41. Ludicrous- Adjective, Unreasonable or Absurd
  42. Lithe- Adjective, Supple, Agile
  43. Magnanimous- Adjective, Generous or Benevolent
  44. Mawkish- Adjective, Over-sentimental
  45. Mettle- Noun, Spirit or determination
  46. Mundane- Adjective, Dull
  47. Nascent- Adjective, Being born
  48. Nexus- Noun, Series of connection
  49. Novice- Noun, Beginner or Learner
  50. Obsolete- Adjective, Outdated
  51. Occult-Noun, Mystical or supernatural
  52. Onus- Noun, Burden or responsibility
  53. Penury- Noun, Extreme poverty
  54. Pertinent- Adjective, Relevant
  55. Petulant- Adjective, Childishly Bad-tempered
  56. Query- Noun, Question
  57. Repentance- Noun, Sincere regret
  58. Reverent- Adjective, Deep Respect
  59. Scribble- Verb, Writing carelessly
  60. Solace- Noun, Consolation
  61. Somber- Adjective, Dark or Serious
  62. Tacit- Adjective, Understood
  63. Trait- Noun, Characteristic
  64. Unaccountable- Adjective, inexplicable
  65. Uproot- Verb, Pull out
  66. Verbose- Adjective, Wordy
  67. Verify- Verb, Confirm or prove
  68. Wearisome- Adjective, Tiring
  69. Wintry- Adjective, Cold (in feeling)
  70. Yearn- Verb, Longing for something
WORDDEFINITION
CharacterizeDescribe the distinctive characteristics of, e.g. In the passage, the author characterizes spiders as…
CiteQuote or otherwise use as evidence for an argument, e.g. The author cites Jacobson’s work primarily in order to…
ConveyCommunicate or express, e.g. The passage conveys the author’s opinion of sanctions by…
CorroborateTo back up or confirm, e.g. Mooney’s statement serves to corroborate the author’s argument by…
ImplicationA conclusion that can be made based on the materials, though not directly stated within them (not to be confused with “inference”), e.g. If true, the implication of the author’s argument would most likely lead to which of the following outcomes?
ImplyTo suggest without explicitly stating, e.g. In the final paragraph, the author implies that she believes…
InferConclude from evidence presented (not to be confused with “imply”—an author implies, a reader infers), e.g. It can most reasonably be inferred from the passage that the author would agree…
JustificationThe reasons provided for an expressed conclusion, e.g. The author’s justification for his opinion about immigration primarily derives from…
LiteralUsing the most basic definition of a word (without metaphorical connotations), e.g. The author’s use of the butterfly imagery most easily supports which of the following literal statements?
MaintainClaim, usually despite contradictory evidence, e.g. Throughout the passage, the author maintains that his opinion on Greek mythology is the correct one by…
ParadoxA statement that first appears to be self-contradictory but is in fact logical, e.g. The explanation of the paradox of the “uninformed scholar” is clearest in which of the following quotations from the passage?
PlausiblyReasonable or probable, e.g. The passage’s central idea could plausibly be contracted by…
Point of ViewAttitude toward the subject, e.g. The author’s point of view on lawyers can best be characterized as…
PositPresent as the basis for an argument, e.g. In the quoted section, the author most clearly posits that…
ThemePrimary subject of the passage, e.g. The theme of the passage can best be described as…
ThematicRelating to a particular subject, e.g. The passage could best be categorized under which of the following thematics?
ToneThe attitude the author expresses toward his or her subject, e.g. The tone of the passage is primarily…
UndermineWeaken, e.g. Which of the following statements would most seriously undermine the author’s main point? Not to be confused with “underscore,” which can have a contradictory meaning.
UnderscoreSupport, e.g. Which of the following statements would most strongly underscore the author’s main point? Not to be confused with “undermine,” which can have a contradictory meaning.
ViewOpinion, though not necessarily on the passage’s main subject, e.g. The author’s view of dogs, as presented in the first paragraph, can best be described as…

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