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Glossary of SAT Difficult Words: C

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Callow
immature, lacking sophistication
Calumny
false and malicious accusation, slander
Candor
honesty of expression
Canonize
to declare a person sacred, raise to highest honors
canvass
to examine thoroughly, to conduct a poll
Capitulate
to submit completely, surrender
Carp
to find fault, complain constantly
Castigate
to punish, criticize or chastise
Categorical
absolute, without exception
Catharsis
purification, cleansing
Caucus
smaller group within an organization, meeting of such a group
Caulk
to make watertight
Causality
cause and effect relationship
Cavalier
carefree attitude; with lordly disdain
Cavort
to frolic, frisk
Centripetal
directed towards the center
Cessation
temporary or complete halt
Chagrin
shame, embarrassment, humiliation
Charlatan
quack, fake
Chary
watchful, cautious
Circumspect
cautious, wary
Circumvent
to go around, avoid
Coalesce
to grow together
Cognition
mental process by which knowledge is acquired
Collusion
collaboration, complicity
Complicity
knowing partership in wrong doing
Compunction
feelings of uneasiness caused by guilt or regret
Condone
to excuse, forgive, pardon, overlook, or justify a fault
Congeal
to become thick or solid, as a liquid freezing
Conglomerate
collected group of varied things
Consecrate
to declare sacred; dedicate to a goal
consign
to commit, entrust
Construe
to explain or interpret
Consummate
complete, accomplished, perfect; to complete, fulfill
Continence
self-control, restraint
Contravene
to contradict, deny, act contrary to
Contusion
bruise
Copious
abundant, plentiful
Cosset
to pamper, treat with great care
Coterie
small group of people with a similar purpose
Countermand
to annul, cancel
countervail
to counteract, to exert force against
Craven
cowardly
Curt
abrupt, blunt

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