100 SAT Words Beginning with “F” – 100 Words

fabricate

put together out of artificial or natural components

Generally they are fabricated in that hardest of all metals—steel.Hungerford, Edward
facet

a distinct feature or element in a problem

For the last two years, my work has focused on all facets of the energy sector, including investment, development and policy issues.Forbes (Feb 16, 2012)
facetious

cleverly amusing in tone

I am looked upon as highly facetious at night, for I crack jokes with everybody near me until we fall asleep.Forster, John
facile

performing adroitly and without effort

His facile talent adapted itself to every style in turn.Gozzi, Carlo
facsimile

an exact copy or reproduction

These ultra-counterfeits are light years beyond the weak facsimiles produced by most forgers, who use desktop printers.
faction

a dissenting clique

According to reports, an Islamist, al-Qaeda-linked faction known as Ansar Dine spearheaded the city’s takeover, likely muscling out more secular Tuareg and rebel comrades.
fallacy

a misconception resulting from incorrect reasoning

It’s called the straw man fallacy: refuting arguments nobody’s made.
fallible

wanting in moral strength, courage, or will

We regard them as extraordinary but fallible and imperfect men, whom it would be very unsafe to follow in every view and line of conduct.Various
fallow

left unplowed and unseeded during a growing season

But before that the fields, which had lain fallow through the winter, must be ploughed and harrowed.Beyerlein, Franz
falter

the act of pausing uncertainly

Tom tried to speak, but he faltered and moved from one foot to the other, in an embarrassed and hesitating way.Lever, Charles James
familial

relating to a social unit living together

They are also highly familial, with very high rates among first-degree relatives of affected people.Scientific American (Jan 18, 2011)
famine

a severe shortage of food resulting in starvation and death

To address famine in developing countries, genetic engineers can make inexpensive food crops, such as rice or corn, that contain extra nutrients.Nature (Feb 29, 2012)
farcical

broadly or extravagantly humorous

Mr. Sheldon’s The Havoc seems also farcical in its type; nevertheless it is a serious satiric thrust at certain extreme conceptions of marital relations.Burton, Richard Francis, Sir
fastidious

giving careful attention to detail

Clodagh bent her head, noting with the fastidious intolerance of youth that his clothes were baggy and his hands unclean.Thurston, Katherine Cecil
fatal

bringing death

It was a very fatal complication, death resulting in all but two instances.Various
fatuous

devoid of intelligence

Seth Meyers’s opening monologue: Background required to understand jokes: Like other celebrities, professional athletes are occasionally fatuous and commit embarrassing acts in their personal lives.New York Times (Jul 15, 2010)
fauna

all the animal life in a particular region or period

Bore holes and wells drilled in Australia, however, have revealed an amazing water beetle fauna of about 100 species.
fawning

attempting to win favor by flattery

Waiters at fashionable hotels, who hung on the chairs of rich guests with more than usual fawning, were boasting of fortunes made in a day.Dixon, Thomas
fealty

the loyalty that one owes to a country, sovereign, or lord

In Germany and France the vassal owned supreme fealty to his lord, against all foes, even the King himself.Parmele, Mary Platt
feasible

capable of being done with means at hand

There are many evening classes at universities in major metropolitan areas, which make it more feasible when you’re working full-time.BusinessWeek (Jun 21, 2011)
feckless

generally incompetent and ineffectual

Her research helped change the stereotype of bankrupt people as feckless deadbeats: many, she showed, are middle-class workers upended by divorce or illness.New York Times (Mar 24, 2010)
feign

give a false appearance of

Robots, says Christian, have become quite good at feigning conversation, giving an appearance of interchange, when in fact there is none.Forbes (Feb 9, 2012)
felicity

state of well-being characterized by contentment

In those warm climates men imagined there could be no greater felicity than shades and murmuring brooks.
feral

wild and menacing

Rural Arkansans are seeing Razorback red as feral hogs are destroying yards, wreaking havoc on gardens and leaving behind their waste.
fervent

characterized by intense emotion

Inside was an uproar of adulation: repeated standing ovations, eagerly shouted requests, Cuban flags and banners unfurled, fervent singalongs, roses hurled onstage.New York Times (Jun 7, 2010)
fiasco

a complete failure or collapse

Still, it’s hard to imagine a more embarrassing public relations fiasco than being connected with child sex trafficking — even indirectly.
fickle

liable to sudden unpredictable change

Once Hollywood’s most reliable audience, teenagers have become increasingly fickle and distracted by other leisure activities, like video games.New York Times (Feb 2, 2012)
fidelity

the quality of being faithful

Her fidelity to Scriptural language may be seen in the following simple verses: Have ye heard the invitation, Sinners ruined by the fall?Ryden, Ernest Edwin
figurative

not literal

The cat-in-heat joke, the judge said, quoting from a previous court decision, was “colorful, figurative rhetoric that reasonable minds would not take to be factual.”Seattle Times (May 5, 2010)
filial

designating the generation following the parental generation

Filial cannibalism, where a mother eats her own offspring, is much rarer, particularly among great apes, in which it has only once been reported before.BBC (Feb 1, 2010)
filibuster

a tactic for delaying legislation by making long speeches

The government has accused Labour of deliberately trying to sabotage the bill by stretching out debate – known as filibustering.BBC (Jun 23, 2010)
finesse

subtly skillful handling of a situation

Drivers say that turning on ice requires finesse — turn too much, and you will spin out; don’t turn enough, and the turn will not happen.New York Times (Mar 23, 2010)
finicky

exacting especially about details

After overeating for a day or two, Dr. Levitsky said, people become very finicky; starving yourself will decrease food selectivity.New York Times (Aug 8, 2011)
finite

bounded in magnitude or spatial or temporal extent

Scientists have long taught that all female mammals are born with a finite supply of egg cells, called ooctyes, that runs out in middle age.Time (Feb 20, 2012)
firebrand

someone who deliberately foments trouble

The firebrand rarely pulled punches, and some obituarists are following his lead.Slate (Mar 2, 2012)
firmament

the sphere on which celestial bodies appear to be projected

The firmament above us was without a cloud, and of a darkness almost equal to that which surrounded the moon at 2 a.m.Tyndall, John
fissure

a long narrow depression in a surface

The fissures produced in the crust are sometimes clean, sharply defined divisional planes, like cracks across a pane of glass.Various
flabbergasted

as if struck dumb with astonishment and surprise

I should translate from experience: ” Flabbergasted; astounded and bewildered at the same time, with a slight dash of premature second childhood thrown in.”Williamson, A. M. (Alice Muriel)
flagrant

conspicuously and outrageously bad or reprehensible

Coach Tom Coughlin was raging as only he can, arms flailing in all directions, after a blocked field-goal attempt in the fourth quarter.New York Times (Sep 12, 2011)
flail

thrash about

Between the corridors of Saddar, Karachi’s old city, sunlit storefronts still flaunt glorious silks and chiffons, offering distractions from striking poverty on the street.New York Times (Mar 5, 2012)
flaunt

display proudly

I may be flippant—several people have called me flippant—but I draw the line at making jokes about murder.Birmingham, George A.
flippant

showing an inappropriate lack of seriousness

“The flora is so vivid — every few meters you come across a different plant,” he explained later.New York Times (Dec 31, 2010)
flora

all the plant life in a particular region or period

The North Korean Central News Agency, in its typically florid language, derided the exercise as warmongering and threatened “a merciless counterblow.”New York Times (Sep 24, 2010)
florid

elaborately or excessively ornamented

He set out for it, limping, while the sharp gravel rolled under his bleeding feet as he floundered up the climbing trail.Bindloss, Harold
flounder

walk with great difficulty

Roses are a flourishing industry in India, particularly around Valentine’s Day.New York Times (Feb 14, 2012)
flourish

grow vigorously

Cautious that it might be a fluke, Midas tried the program in St. Louis and got similarly encouraging results.
fluke

a stroke of luck

Ms. Ryan also includes time for role-playing situations that might fluster the student, like being pulled over by a police officer.New York Times (Mar 27, 2012)
fluster

cause to be nervous or upset

Though plans are still in flux, he will likely travel by sailboat, kayak, foot and mountain bike.New York Times (Dec 30, 2011)
flux

a state of constant change

“The products will be mainly fruits and vegetables, and we’re looking at cereals as well, fodder, livestock and fisheries.”
fodder

coarse food composed of plants or leaves and stalks

In truth, the leading foible of Hodgkinson through life, was vanity—the great taproot of all his irregularities and errors.Carpenter, S. C. (Stephen Cullen)
foible

a minor weakness or peculiarity in someone’s character

On March 1st, a Turkish newspaper reported that the country’s intelligence service had foiled an attempt by Syrian agents to kidnap the colonel.
foil

hinder or prevent, as an effort, plan, or desire

Witch hazel will burst into small yellow flowers in January, and striking plants like Japanese maple will have brilliant red foliage throughout summer and fall.New York Times (Dec 26, 2010)
foliage

the aggregate of leaves of one or more plants

Iran is often accused of instigating, fomenting, or stirring up violence and anti-Americanism in other countries.Slate (Apr 5, 2012)
foment

try to stir up

Banded birds also arrived later at the breeding grounds and took longer trips to forage for food.
forage

collect or look around for, as food

Another big question is whether Apple will reveal its rumored foray into making TV sets.Seattle Times (Mar 7, 2012)
foray

an initial attempt

There were forebodings of evil in attempting this winter journey now stretched out to fifteen hundred miles, under conditions which increased its perils.Greely, Adolphus W.
foreboding

a feeling of evil to come

We broke another record today as forecasts show the March warm spell continuing into next week.
forecast

a prediction about how something will develop

Defence lawyers said the large number of forensic tests which had been carried out had failed to find any substantial evidence linked to the accused.
forensic

used in the investigation of facts or evidence in court

Shortly thereafter the political atmosphere was considerably disturbed by the Crete affair, just as Chevket Pasha had foreseen.Straus, Oscar S.
foresee

realize beforehand

Rising wealth disparities could foreshadow a year of tensions, as failed harvests and inflation cause famines, riots, hoarding and trade wars worldwide.
foreshadow

indicate by signs

Mr. Bourassa said that General Lea, gifted with an astonishing foresight, predicted all that was happening in Europe and in the world.Desjardins, Louis-Georges
foresight

seeing ahead; knowing in advance; foreseeing

Many hundreds, perhaps thousands, of the guards — at some points posted every 15 feet — had apparently been deployed to forestall disruptions.New York Times (Oct 18, 2011)
forestall

keep from happening or arising; make impossible

By giving up its status as a U.S. bank holding company, Deutsche Bank is forfeiting its access to the Federal Reserve’s emergency lending window.Washington Post (Mar 24, 2012)
forfeit

lose the right to or lose by some error, offense, or crime

Forging and Welding.—The process of pressing or hammering wrought iron when at a red or white heat into any desired shape is called forging.Low, David Allan
forge

create by hammering

Hans, the resort in such emergencies, was given a light sledge, the two surviving dogs, and to him was committed the forlorn hope.Mudge, Zachariah Atwell
forlorn

marked by or showing hopelessness

That has not prevented China from producing modern weapons systems, buying arms elsewhere and building up a formidable military with both.New York Times (Nov 21, 2011)
formidable

extremely impressive in strength or excellence

He was not going to forsake her, but would serve her to the day of his death.Pennell, T. L. (Theodore Leighton)
forsake

leave someone who needs or counts on you; leave in the lurch

Playmaking has never been Anthony’s forte, but the ball moved a bit better and, at times, the offense hummed in the first half.New York Times (Dec 30, 2011)
forte

an asset of special worth or utility

Two colleges aren’t forthcoming with solid offers, leaving you at an unreasonable disadvantage in making your important decision on deadline.New York Times (Apr 14, 2011)
forthcoming

available when required or as promised

Some of the houses at Wells were fortified; one in particular was defended by fifteen men under a militia captain named Convers.LeSueur, William Dawson
fortified

having something added to increase the strength

Have you ever proved your fortitude by suffering protracted pain, enduring continued hunger, or sustaining great fatigue?Schoolcraft, Henry Rowe
fortitude

strength of mind that enables one to endure adversity

Before the invention of gunpowder Castle Reifenstein had been an impregnable fortress, although it owed little of its impregnability to art.Streckfuss, Adolph
fortress

a fortified defensive structure

Did the prosperities and confident hopes with which the twentieth century opened, mark nothing more than a culmination of fortuitous good luck?H. G.
fortuitous

occurring by happy chance

Chet was not so fortunate, as his gun failed to go off.Stratemeyer, Edward
fortunate

having unexpected good luck

He has an independent fortune, though not called rich in this country.Various
fortune

a large amount of wealth or prosperity

Britain and Hong Kong set up a forum earlier this year to discuss working more closely in yuan trade clearing and settlement.Wall Street Journal (Mar 8, 2012)
forum

a public facility to meet for open discussion

Paris and Pyongyang do not have formal diplomatic relations, but France opened an office in North Korea last year to foster cultural exchanges.Seattle Times (Mar 9, 2012)
foster

help develop, help grow

There was panic buying of bottled water in some areas in Jiangsu after residents noticed a foul smell coming from the tap water.
foul

highly offensive; arousing aversion or disgust

Microsoft founder Bill Gates is expected to testify.Washington Post (Oct 19, 2011)
founder

a person who establishes some institution

Eight years later, Garay succeeded in founding Buenos Aires after Zarate, the third adelantado, had failed as badly as any of his predecessors.Dawson, Thomas C.
founding

the act of starting something for the first time

Suddenly James, their stooping, white-haired Irish servant pushed through the doorway from the paneled entry foyer.Hoover, Thomas
foyer

a large entrance or reception room or area

After an estimated half-dozen individual altercations on the court, some Chinese onlookers joined the fracas, the Washington Post reported late on Thursday.
fracas

noisy quarrel

The last-minute haggling between 19 countries involved in the test over whether and how to make the test’s design available, highlights fractious European Union decision-making.
fractious

easily irritated or annoyed

He was convicted of recklessly causing grievous bodily harm to Cowley, who sustained fractures to his jaw, eye socket, cheekbone and nose.Seattle Times (Mar 18, 2012)
fracture

breaking of hard tissue such as bone

Larvae lack mouths, eyes and guts and are so fragile that colliding with an air bubble could kill them.Scientific American (Apr 6, 2012)
fragile

easily broken or damaged or destroyed

Michael found himself wrapped in a cloud of filmy linen fragrant with feminine perfumes.Blasco Ib??ez, Vicente
fragrant

pleasant-smelling

He had been frail for years, using a walker to get around.Seattle Times (Oct 9, 2011)
frail

physically weak

Despite claims of sporadic vote rigging in Sunday’s presidential election, it is becoming increasingly clear that Mr. Putin had enough support to win without fraud.New York Times (Mar 8, 2012)
fraud

intentional deception resulting in injury to another person

His girlfriend’s parents are divorced, and her family situation is fraught.New York Times (Mar 16, 2012)
fraught

marked by distress

But the Rams mimic the frenetic nature of their mentor; they run, press, take charges and go at least nine players deep.New York Times (Jan 31, 2010)
frenetic

excessively agitated

Inside the store, glassy-eyed staff were whipped up into a frenzy of excitement, jumping up and down, clapping and shouting.
frenzy

state of violent mental agitation

“She’s an unmitigated nuisance,” declared an artist, proceeding to Natal in order to paint some frescoes for one of the important buildings.Westerman, Percy F. (Percy Francis)
fresco

a mural done with watercolors on wet plaster

More nimble now than when he was young, he frolics about, cuts capers, and leaps from the bottom of a large pitcher.Michelet, Jules
frolic

play boisterously

Thus threatened with invasion on her German and Italian frontiers, France was disabled by anarchy within.Various
frontier

an international boundary or the area immediately inside it

Such banking represents the kind of “ frugal innovation” that India has become known for in recent years — finding inexpensive solutions to its development challenges.New York Times (Sep 29, 2011)
frugal

avoiding waste

Mr. Cameron has fulminated publicly about cutting public sector pay and decreed that members of Parliament themselves take a 5 percent pay cut.New York Times (May 25, 2010)
fulminate

criticize severely

Fulsome, fool′sum, adj. cloying or causing surfeit: nauseous: offensive: gross: disgustingly fawning.—adj.Various
fulsome

unpleasantly and excessively suave or ingratiating

I anticipated finding them deceitful and evasive: furtive people, wandering in devious ways and disappearing into mysterious houses, at dead of night.Street, Julian
furtive

secret and sly or sordid

He took up elocution lessons for a while, but eventually concluded that his efforts to become an Englishman were futile.
futile

producing no result or effect
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