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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