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SAT High Frequency 5

SAT Hot Prospects & High Frequency Vocab 5

condone v. overlook; forgive; give tacit approval; excuse Unlike Widow Douglass, who condoned Huck's minor offenses, Miss Watson did nothing but scold.
conflagration n. great fire In the conflagration that followed the 1906 earthquake, much of San Francisco was destroyed.
confluence n. flowing together; crowd They built the city at the confluence of two rives.
confound v. confuse No mystery could confound Sherlock Holmes for long.
conjecture v. surmise; guess Although there was no official count, the organizers conjectured that more than 10,000 marchers took part in the March for Peace.
consensus n. general agreement Every time the garden club members had nearly reached a consensus about what to plant, Mistress Mary, quite contrary, disagreed.
constraint n. compulsion; repression of feelings There was a feeling of constraint in the room because no one dared to criticize the speaker.
contend v. struggle; compete; assert earnestly Sociologist Harry Edwards contends that young black athletes are exploited by some college recruiters.
contentious adj. quarrelsome Disagreeing violently with the referees' ruling, the coach became so contentious that they threw him out of the game.
contract v. compress or shrink; make a pledge or agreement; catch a disease Warm metal expands; cold metal contracts.
converge v. approach; tend to meet; come together African-American men from all over the United States converged on Washington to take part in the historic Million Men March.
conviction n. judgment that someone is guilty of a crime; strongly held belief Even her conviction for murder did not shake Peter's conviction that harriet was innocent of the crime.
cordial adj. gracious, heartfelt Our hosts greeted us at the airport with a cordial welcome and a hearty hug.
corroborate v. confirm; support Though Huck was quite willing to corroborate Tom's story, Aunt Polly knew better than to believe either of them.
corrode v. destroy by chemical action The girders supporting that bridge corroded so gradually that no one suspected any danger until the bridge suddenly collapsed.
corrugated adj. wrinkled; ridged She wished she could smooth away the wrinkles from his corrugated brow.
credulity n. belief on slight evidence; gullibility; naivete Con artists take advantage of the credulity of inexperienced investors to swindle them out of their savings.
criterion n. standard used in judging What criterion did you use when you selected this essay as the prizewinner? (plural is criteria)
cryptic adj. mysterious; hidden; secret Thoroughly baffled by Holme's cryptic remarks, Watson wondered whether Holmes was intentionally concealing his thoughts about the crime.
culpable adj. deserving blame Corrupt politicians who condone the activities of the gamblers are equally culpable.
cursory adj. casual; hastily done Because a cursory examination of the ruins indicates the possibility of arson, we believe the insurance agency should undertake a more extensive investigation of the fire's cause.
curtail v. shorten; reduce When Herb asked Diane for a date, she said she was really sorry she couldn't go out with him, but her dad had ordered her to curtail her social life.
debilitate v. weaken; enfeeble Michaels severe bout of the flu debilitated him so much that he was too tired to go to work for a week.
debunk v. expose as false, exaggerated, worthless, etc; ridicule Pointing out that he consistently had voted against strengthenbing anti-pollution legislation, reporters debunked the candidate's claim that he was a fervent environmentalist.
concur v. agree Did you concur with the decision of the court or did you find it unfair?
Created by: Karina Geneva