SAT Vocabulary Words Starting With C

Can you guess the definitions of these words that commonly appear on the Scholastic Aptitude Test?
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Last updated: October 16, 2019
First submittedSeptember 21, 2019
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1. Callow (adjective)
Overly simplified
Lacking in experience
Having a yellowish complexion
Handsome but unintelligent
We can't expect wise decisions from these callow youths
2. Candid (adjective)
Honest; frank
We need to have a candid discussion about your drinking problem
3. Calamity (noun)
A type of officer on a naval ship
A disaster
A damaging lie
A speech intended to inflame passions
Most of the buildings were destroyed in the calamity of 1906
4. Capricious (adjective)
Impulsive and unpredictable
Warm and pleasant
The President's capricious behavior damaged relationships with vital allies
5. Capitulate (verb)
To remove the head of
To give an explanation or excuse
To conduct a census
To surrender
Japan finally capitulated on August 15th, 1945
6. Castigate (verb)
To shower with praise
To release from servitude
To cripple
To reprimand severely
She was castigated by the online mob for using an incorrect pronoun
7. Catharsis (noun)
A sudden revelation
The part of a story's plot that happens after the climax
A dramatic release of emotional tension
A reversal of fortunes
The tears brought the catharsis she needed
8. Clemency (noun)
Disorder; confusion
A condition of lowered intelligence caused by iodine deficiency
A cloying sweetness
Leniency or mercy in judgement
The defendant pled for clemency from the judge
9. Craven (adjective)
Highly sought after
Legendary or mythical
Having a dark color
The craven soldiers refused to fight
10. Colloquial (adjective)
Cliquish; secretive
Related to monks or religious scholars
Related to informal, everyday speech
Like a bell
Please refrain from using colloquial expressions in legal documents
11. Concurrent (adjective)
Happening at the same time
The two semifinals were held concurrently
12. Cede (verb)
To underline or highlight
To yield or surrender something
To travel around the perimeter of something
To completely destroy
After losing the war, Mexico was forced to cede much of its territory to the United States
13. Calumny (noun)
A disaster
A slanderous accusation
A bowl-like depression in the earth
The alignment of two or more planets
The newspaper printed calumnies against me
14. Cynic (noun)
A petty criminal
A corrosive acid
One who distrusts the motivations of others
A young swan
The cynic does not believe that humans are capable of true love
15. Concise (adjective)
Brief but comprehensive
Merely satisfactory
The board members appreciated her concise summary of the relevant facts
Level 82
Sep 21, 2019
Cool. Number 8 has a typo, should be defendant, not defendent. Also why don't you have periods at the end of the example sentences?
Level ∞
Sep 21, 2019
Fixed the spelling
Level 70
Oct 3, 2019
Great quiz :D
Level 79
Oct 24, 2019
First one I've aced in quite a while, so of course I think it's a great quiz, too. :)
Level 70
Oct 16, 2019
I reckon the answer for "capitulate" should start "to give", not "the give"?
Level ∞
Oct 16, 2019
Level 64
Oct 24, 2019
I was wrong about 'capitulate' as I remembered that 'caput' means 'head' so I answered 'beheading'.

And I answered 'bold' for 'candid' as some people (especially in Ireland) use 'bold' to mean a bit upfront and outspoken (e.g. 'My kid is being bold by answering back') rather than meaning 'brave' or 'courageous'.

Level 76
Oct 24, 2019
Same root, but it means headings, like drawing up terms for surrender under different headings(topics).
Level 70
Oct 24, 2019
Great quiz. More please.
Level 49
Mar 10, 2020
lmao, only got 7 out of 15, I guess that's what I get for only being a first-year in high school
Level 68
Apr 18, 2020
Ah, then the first word is especially appropriate for you.
Level 62
Sep 24, 2020
Dude I need to study this quiz in preparation for my upcoming SAT lol
Level 48
Nov 19, 2020
That's funny, when you're french it is really simple. I had more trouble understanding some proposals than the original word. I guess that a lot of those words have a French history or have been borrowed by French.