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SAT High Frequency 4

SAT Hot Prospects & High Frequency Vocab 4

cajole v. coax, wheedle Diane tried to cajole her father into letting her drive the family car.
calculated adj. deliverately planned; likely Lexy's choice of clothese to wear to the debate tournament was carefully calculated. Her conventional suit was one calculated to appeal to the conservative judges.
candor n. frankness; open honesty Jack can carry candor too far; when he told Jill his honest opinion of her, she nearly slapped his face.
capricious adj. unpredictable; fickle; fanciful The storm was capricious; it changed course constantly. Jill was capricious, too; she changed boyfriends almost as often as she changed clothes.
carping adj. finding fault A carping critic is a nit-picker; he loves to point out flaws. If you don't like this definition, feel free to carp.
censorious adj. critical Censorious people delight in casting blame.
censure v. blame, criticize The senator was censured for behavior inappropriate for a member of Congress.
certitude n. certainty Although there was no certitude of his getting the job, Lou thought he had a good chance of doing so.
charlatan n. quack; pretender to knowledge When they realized that the Wizard didn't know how to get them back to Kansas, Dorothy and her companions were indignant that they'd been duped by a charlatan.
circumlocution n. indirect or roundabout expression He was afraid to call a spade a spade and resorted to circumlocutions to avoid direct reference to his subject.
coalesce v. combine; fuse The brooks coalesce into one large river. When minor political parties coalesce, their coalescence may create a major coalition.
coercion n. use of force to get someone to obey The inquisitors used both phsical and psychological coercion to force Joan of Arc to deny that her visions were sent by God.
colloquial adj. pertaining to conversational or common speech Some of the new, less formal reading passages on the SAT have a colloquial tone that is intended to make them more appealing to students.
combustible adj. easily burned After the recent outbreak of fires in private homes, the fire commissioner ordered that all combustible materials be kept in safe containers.
commemorate v. honor the memory of The statue of the Minute Man commemorates teh valiant soldiers who fought iin the Revolutionary War.
compile v. assemble, gather, accumulate We planned to compile a list of words most frequently used on SAT examinations.
complacency n. self-satisfaction; smugness Full of complacency about his latest victories, he looked smugly at the row of trophies on his mantlepiece.
complementary adj. serving to complete something John and Lisa's skills are complementary; he's good atfollowing a daily routine, while she is great at improvising and handling emergencies. Together they make a great team.
compliance n. readiness to yield; conformity in fulfilling requirements Bullheaded Bill was not noted for easy compliance with the demands of others. As an architect, however, Bill recognized that his design for the new school had to be in compliance with the local building codes.
composure n. mental calmness Even the latest work crisis failed to shake her composure.
comprehensive adj. thorough; inclusive The review book I purchased provides a comprehensive review of verbal and math skills for the SAT.
concede v. admit; yield Despite all the evidence Monica had assembled, Mark refussed to concede that she was right.
conciliatory adj. reconciling; soothing She was still angry despite his conciliatory words
concise adj. brief and compact When you define a new word, be concise; the shorter the definition, the easier it is to remember.
cacophonous adj. discordant; inharmonious Do the students in the orchestra enjoy the cacophonous sounds they make when they're tuning up? I don't know how they can stand the racket.
Created by: Karina Geneva