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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)
Having a yellowish complexion
Overly simplified
Lacking in experience
Handsome but unintelligent
We can't expect wise decisions from these callow youths
2. Candid (adjective)
Honest; frank
Well-lit
Quick-witted
Bold
We need to have a candid discussion about your drinking problem
3. Calamity (noun)
A disaster
A damaging lie
A speech intended to inflame passions
A type of officer on a naval ship
Most of the buildings were destroyed in the calamity of 1906
4. Capricious (adjective)
Impulsive and unpredictable
Warm and pleasant
Dishonest
Jolly
The President's capricious behavior damaged relationships with vital allies
5. Capitulate (verb)
To give an explanation or excuse
To conduct a census
To surrender
To remove the head of
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
A reversal of fortunes
A dramatic release of emotional tension
The part of a story's plot that happens after the climax
The tears brought the catharsis she needed
8. Clemency (noun)
Leniency or mercy in judgement
A condition of lowered intelligence caused by iodine deficiency
A cloying sweetness
Disorder; confusion
The defendant pled for clemency from the judge
9. Craven (adjective)
Having a dark color
Legendary or mythical
Cowardly
Highly sought after
The craven soldiers refused to fight
10. Colloquial (adjective)
Cliquish; secretive
Like a bell
Related to monks or religious scholars
Related to informal, everyday speech
Please refrain from using colloquial expressions in legal documents
11. Concurrent (adjective)
Trendy
Well-prepared
Obsolete
Happening at the same time
The two semifinals were held concurrently
12. Cede (verb)
To underline or highlight
To yield or surrender something
To completely destroy
To travel around the perimeter of something
After losing the war, Mexico was forced to cede much of its territory to the United States
13. Calumny (noun)
A disaster
The alignment of two or more planets
A bowl-like depression in the earth
A slanderous accusation
The newspaper printed calumnies against me
14. Cynic (noun)
One who distrusts the motivations of others
A petty criminal
A young swan
A corrosive acid
The cynic does not believe that humans are capable of true love
15. Concise (adjective)
Brief but comprehensive
Slender
Merely satisfactory
Incomplete
The board members appreciated her concise summary of the relevant facts
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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?
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level ∞
Sep 21, 2019
Fixed the spelling
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level 69
Oct 3, 2019
Great quiz :D
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level 76
Oct 24, 2019
First one I've aced in quite a while, so of course I think it's a great quiz, too. :)
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level 67
Oct 16, 2019
I reckon the answer for "capitulate" should start "to give", not "the give"?
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level ∞
Oct 16, 2019
Okay
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level 55
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'.
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level 73
Oct 24, 2019
Same root, but it means headings, like drawing up terms for surrender under different headings(topics).
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level 67
Oct 24, 2019
Great quiz. More please.
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