SAT Vocabulary Words Starting With C

Can you guess the definitions of these words that commonly appear on the Scholastic Aptitude Test?
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Last updated: October 16, 2019
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1. Callow (adjective)
Lacking in experience
Handsome but unintelligent
Overly simplified
Having a yellowish complexion
We can't expect wise decisions from these callow youths
2. Candid (adjective)
Honest; frank
We need to have a candid discussion about your drinking problem
3. Calamity (noun)
A type of officer on a naval ship
A disaster
A speech intended to inflame passions
A damaging lie
Most of the buildings were destroyed in the calamity of 1906
4. Capricious (adjective)
Warm and pleasant
Impulsive and unpredictable
The President's capricious behavior damaged relationships with vital allies
5. Capitulate (verb)
To conduct a census
To remove the head of
To give an explanation or excuse
To surrender
Japan finally capitulated on August 15th, 1945
6. Castigate (verb)
To release from servitude
To cripple
To reprimand severely
To shower with praise
She was castigated by the online mob for using an incorrect pronoun
7. Catharsis (noun)
The part of a story's plot that happens after the climax
A reversal of fortunes
A sudden revelation
A dramatic release of emotional tension
The tears brought the catharsis she needed
8. Clemency (noun)
A condition of lowered intelligence caused by iodine deficiency
A cloying sweetness
Leniency or mercy in judgement
Disorder; confusion
The defendant pled for clemency from the judge
9. Craven (adjective)
Highly sought after
Having a dark color
Legendary or mythical
The craven soldiers refused to fight
10. Colloquial (adjective)
Related to monks or religious scholars
Like a bell
Cliquish; secretive
Related to informal, everyday speech
Please refrain from using colloquial expressions in legal documents
11. Concurrent (adjective)
Happening at the same time
The two semifinals were held concurrently
12. Cede (verb)
To completely destroy
To yield or surrender something
To underline or highlight
To travel around the perimeter of something
After losing the war, Mexico was forced to cede much of its territory to the United States
13. Calumny (noun)
A bowl-like depression in the earth
A disaster
A slanderous accusation
The alignment of two or more planets
The newspaper printed calumnies against me
14. Cynic (noun)
A petty criminal
A corrosive acid
One who distrusts the motivations of others
A young swan
The cynic does not believe that humans are capable of true love
15. Concise (adjective)
Merely satisfactory
Brief but comprehensive
The board members appreciated her concise summary of the relevant facts
Level 78
Sep 21, 2019
Cool. Number 8 has a typo, should be defendant, not defendent. Also why don't you have periods at the end of the example sentences?
Level ∞
Sep 21, 2019
Fixed the spelling
Level 69
Oct 3, 2019
Great quiz :D
Level 76
Oct 24, 2019
First one I've aced in quite a while, so of course I think it's a great quiz, too. :)
Level 75
Oct 16, 2019
I reckon the answer for "capitulate" should start "to give", not "the give"?
Level ∞
Oct 16, 2019
Level 67
Oct 24, 2019
I was wrong about 'capitulate' as I remembered that 'caput' means 'head' so I answered 'beheading'.

And I answered 'bold' for 'candid' as some people (especially in Ireland) use 'bold' to mean a bit upfront and outspoken (e.g. 'My kid is being bold by answering back') rather than meaning 'brave' or 'courageous'.

Level 79
Oct 24, 2019
Same root, but it means headings, like drawing up terms for surrender under different headings(topics).
Level 72
Oct 24, 2019
Great quiz. More please.
Level 55
Mar 10, 2020
lmao, only got 7 out of 15, I guess that's what I get for only being a first-year in high school
Level 74
Apr 18, 2020
Ah, then the first word is especially appropriate for you.
Level 72
Sep 24, 2020
Dude I need to study this quiz in preparation for my upcoming SAT lol
Level 59
Nov 19, 2020
That's funny, when you're french it is really simple. I had more trouble understanding some proposals than the original word. I guess that a lot of those words have a French history or have been borrowed by French.
Level 72
Jan 21, 2022
Haha! The two that I missed were the MOST freqently guessed one and the LEAST frequently guessed one. What are the odds?