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SAT Words from Word Smart II Part 5

*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…
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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