Kaplan SAT Vocab #51-100

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cache

a hiding place, a stockpile

calumny

a false and malicious accusation, misrepresentation, an abusive attack on a person's character or good name

captious

marked by the tendency to point out trivial faults; intended to confuse in an argument

cataclysmic

severely destructive

caucus

a closed committee within a single party, a private committee meeting

celerity

speed, haste

censorious

critical, tending to blame and condemn

cessation

a temporary or complete halt

chary

watchful, cautious, extremely shy

chimerical

imaginary, impossible, produced by a wildly fanciful imagination

circumvent

to go around, avoid

cloying

sickly sweet, excessively sentimental

cogent

logically forceful, compelling, convincing

commute

to change a penalty to a less severe one

complacent

self-satisfied, smug

concomitant

simultaneous, existing concurrently, accompanying, attending

condole

to grieve, to express sympathy

confluence

the act of two things flowing together, the junction where two things meet

consanguineous

related by blood

consternation

an intense state of fear or dismay

contiguous

sharing a boundary, neighboring

continence

self-control, self-restraint

convalesce

to recover gradually from an illness

coquette

a flirtatious woman

coterie

an exclusive group of people with a similar purpose/interest

countervail

to act or react with equal force, counterbalance, compensate for

cull

to select, weed out

debacle

a sudden, disastrous collapse or defeat; a total, ridiculous failure

declaim

to speak loudly and vehemently

defamatory

injurious to someone's reputation, slanderous

demagogue

a leader, rabble-rouser, usually appealing to passionate emotion or prejudice

denizen

an inhabitant, resident

dilapidated

in disrepair, run down

diluvial

pertaining to a flood

discomfit

to make one lose one's composure, ***to frustrate, thwart, or defeat; to confuse, perplex, or embarrass

disingenous

crafty, insincere, misleading

doctrinaire

rigidly devoted to theories without regard for practicality, dogmatic

doleful

sad, mournful

effluvia

waste, odorous fumes given off by waste

elegy

a mournful poem, usually about the dead

emollient

soothing, especially to the skin

enjoin

to order with emphasis; to forbid; give instructions to or direct somebody to do something with authority

epochal

momentous, highly significant

eponymous

giving one's name to a place, book, restaurant

equivocate

to avoid committing oneself in what one says, to be deliberately unclear

ersatz

being an artificial and inferior substitute or imitation

eschew

to shun, to avoid (as something wrong or distasteful)

espouse

to take up and support as a cause, to marry

espy

to catch sight of, glimpse

euphemism

an inoffensive and agreeable expression that is substituted for one considered offensive; a roundabout way or saying something bad

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