SAT Words from Word Smart II Part 5

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*Why use this one? There are many other sets like this out there but none of them contain all the information given in the Princeton Review Word Smart II. These words are used very commonly in the SAT, GRE, and other standardized tests. It seems that there are already full Word Smart sets out there, but I will begin my own because they are all lacking something. Both Word Smart and More Word Smart contains these before each word: word name, pronunciation, definition, and example sentences. How…

confer

v. to exchange ideas; to consult with; to bestow (n. conference is a meeting at which people confer)

confidant

n. a person with whom secrets or private thoughts are shared (n. confidante: female confidant)

configuration

n. arrangement (v. configure: to arrange)

conflagration

n. a large fire

confound

v. to bewilder; to amaze; to throw into confusion

congeal

v. to solidify; to jell

conjugal

adj. having to do with marriage

connive

v. to conspire; to aid or encourage a wrong by feigning ignorance (n. connivance)

confluence

n. a flowing together

conservatory

n. a greenhouse, usually one attached to another structure; a music or drama school

consign

v. to hand over; to assign; to entrust; to banish (n. consignment)

consolidate

v. to combine or bring together; to solidify; to strengthen

conspicuous

adj. easily seen; impossible to miss

consternation

n. a sudden confusion

constituency

n. the group of voters represented by a politician; a group of supporters for anything (made up of constituents)

contempt

n. disdain; disgrace (such as contempt of the court)

continuum

n. a continuous whole without clear division into paarts

contraband

n. smuggled goods

contretemps

n. an embarrassing occurrence; a mishap

contumely

n. rudeness; insolence; arrogance (adj. contumelious)

conundrum

n. a puzzle or problem without a solution

convene

v. to gather together; to assemble; to meet (n. convention is an event at which people convene)

conversant

adj. familiar; experienced

converse

n. the opposite

convey

v. to transport; to conduct; to communicate (n. conveyance: an act of transporting)

conviction

n. strong belief; a determination of guilt

convolution

n. a twist or turn; the act of twisting or turning (a convoluted plot has lots of twists and turn; a convoluted argument is a complex argument that is hard to follow; v. convolute)

copious

adj. abundant; plentiful

cordial

adj. gracious; warm; sincere (n. cordiality)

corollary

n. a preposition that follow easily and obviously from another; a natural consequence or conclusion (like in geometry)

corporeal

adj. material; tangible; having substance, like the body (don't get confused with corporal, which means having to do with body; corpulent is a person with lots of body fat; corp is a body of people)

correlation

n. a mutual relation between two or more things

corrosive

adj. eating away; destructive

corrugated

adj. shaped with folds or waves

coterie

n. a group of close associates; a circle (of friends of associates)

cower

v. to shrink away or huddle up in fear

crass

adj. extremely unrefined; gross; stupid

craven

adj. cowardly

crescendo

n. a gradual increase in the volume of a sound; a gradual increase in the intensity of anything

crestfallen

adj. dejected; dispirited [think head is crest, when dejected you put your head down, so "crest" (head) + "fallen" (down)]

crevice

n. a narrow split, crack, or fissure (a large crevice in a glacier is called a crevasse)

cringe

v. to shrink back with fear; to cower; to be servile or suck up in a horrible way

critique

n. a critical review (can also be a verb; neutral connotation though often used negatively)

crux

n. the central point; the essence (crux of an argument is crucial part of it)

cuisine

n. a style of cooking

cull

v. to pick out from among many; to select; to collect

curb

v. to restrain or control (noun is something that curbs)

curmudgeon

n. a difficult, bad-tempered person (usually used with "old")

cursory

adj. quick and not thorough; hasty; superficial

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