SAT Vocabulary Words 6

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Approximately 5000 vocabulary words that should be memorized before taking the SAT. This lesson is broken into 26 parts.

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control

control (v)
To exercise a directing, restraining, or governing influence over.

controller

controller (n)
One who or that which regulates or directs.

contumacious

contumacious (adj)
Rebellious.

contumacy

contumacy (n)
Contemptuous disregard of the requirements of rightful authority.

contuse

contuse (v)
To bruise by a blow, either with or without the breaking of the skin.

contusion

contusion (n)
A bruise.

convalesce

convalesce (v)
To recover after a sickness.

convalescence

convalescence (n)
The state of progressive restoration to health and strength after the cessation of disease.

convalescent

convalescent (adj)
Recovering health after sickness.

convene

convene (v)
To summon or cause to assemble.

convenience

convenience (n)
Fitness, as of time or place.

converge

converge (v)
To cause to incline and approach nearer together.

convergent

convergent (adj)
Tending to one point.

conversant

conversant (adj)
Thoroughly informed.

conversion

conversion (n)
Change from one state or position to another, or from one form to another.

convertible

convertible (adj)
Interchangeable.

convex

convex (adj)
Curving like the segment of the globe or of the surface of a circle.

conveyance

conveyance (n)
That by which anything is transported.

convivial

convivial (adj)
Devoted to feasting, or to good-fellowship in eating or drinking.

convolution

convolution (n)
A winding motion.

convolve

convolve (v)
To move with a circling or winding motion.

convoy

convoy (n)
A protecting force accompanying property in course of transportation.

convulse

convulse (v)
To cause spasms in.

convulsion

convulsion (n)
A violent and abnormal muscular contraction of the body.

copious

copious (adj)
Plenteous.

coquette

coquette (n)
A flirt.

cornice

cornice (n)
An ornamental molding running round the walls of a room close to the ceiling.

cornucopia

cornucopia (n)
The horn of plenty, symbolizing peace and prosperity.

corollary

corollary (n)
A proposition following so obviously from another that it requires little demonstration.

coronation

coronation (n)
The act or ceremony of crowning a monarch.

coronet

coronet (n)
Inferior crown denoting, according to its form, various degrees of noble rank less than sovereign.

corporal

corporal (adj)
Belonging or relating to the body as opposed to the mind.

corporate

corporate (adj)
Belonging to a corporation.

corporeal

corporeal (adj)
Of a material nature; physical.

corps

corps (n)
A number or body of persons in some way associated or acting together.

corpse

corpse (n)
A dead body.

corpulent

corpulent (adj)
Obese.

corpuscle

corpuscle (n)
A minute particle of matter.

correlate

correlate (v)
To put in some relation of connection or correspondence.

correlative

correlative (adj)
Mutually involving or implying one another.

corrigible

corrigible (adj)
Capable of reformation.

corroborate

corroborate (v)
To strengthen, as proof or conviction.

corroboration

corroboration (n)
Confirmation.

corrode

corrode (v)
To ruin or destroy little by little.

corrosion

corrosion (n)
Gradual decay by crumbling or surface disintegration.

corrosive

corrosive (n)
That which causes gradual decay by crumbling or surface disintegration.

corruptible

corruptible (adj)
Open to bribery.

corruption

corruption (n)
Loss of purity or integrity.

cosmetic

cosmetic (adj)
Pertaining to the art of beautifying, especially the complexion.

cosmic

cosmic (adj)
Pertaining to the universe.

cosmogony

cosmogony (n)
A doctrine of creation or of the origin of the universe.

cosmography

cosmography (n)
The science that describes the universe, including astronomy, geography, and geology.

cosmology

cosmology (n)
The general science of the universe.

cosmopolitan

cosmopolitan (adj)
Common to all the world.

cosmopolitanism

cosmopolitanism (n)
A cosmopolitan character.

cosmos

cosmos (n)
The world or universe considered as a system, perfect in order and arrangement.

counter-claim

counter-claim (n)
A cross-demand alleged by a defendant in his favor against the plaintiff.

counteract

counteract (v)
To act in opposition to.

counterbalance

counterbalance (v)
To oppose with an equal force.

countercharge

countercharge (v)
To accuse in return.

counterfeit

counterfeit (adj)
Made to resemble something else.

counterpart

counterpart (n)
Something taken with another for the completion of either.

countervail

countervail (v)
To offset.

counting-house

counting-house (n)
A house or office used for transacting business, bookkeeping, correspondence, etc.

countryman

countryman (n)
A rustic.

courageous

courageous (adj)
Brave.

course

course (n)
Line of motion or direction.

courser

courser (n)
A fleet and spirited horse.

courtesy

courtesy (n)
Politeness originating in kindness and exercised habitually.

covenant

covenant (n)
An agreement entered into by two or more persons or parties.

covert

covert (adj)
Concealed, especially for an evil purpose.

covey

covey (n)
A flock of quails or partridges.

cower

cower (v)
To crouch down tremblingly, as through fear or shame.

coxswain

coxswain (n)
One who steers a rowboat, or one who has charge of a ship's boat and its crew under an officer.

crag

crag (n)
A rugged, rocky projection on a cliff or ledge.

cranium

cranium (n)
The skull of an animal, especially that part enclosing the brain.

crass

crass (adj)
Coarse or thick in nature or structure, as opposed to thin or fine.

craving

craving (n)
A vehement desire.

creak

creak (n)
A sharp, harsh, squeaking sound.

creamery

creamery (n)
A butter-making establishment.

creamy

creamy (adj)
Resembling or containing cream.

credence

credence (n)
Belief.

credible

credible (adj)
Believable.

credulous

credulous (adj)
Easily deceived.

creed

creed (n)
A formal summary of fundamental points of religious belief.

crematory

crematory (adj)
A place for cremating dead bodies.

crevasse

crevasse (n)
A deep crack or fissure in the ice of a glacier.

crevice

crevice (n)
A small fissure, as between two contiguous surfaces.

criterion

criterion (n)
A standard by which to determine the correctness of a judgment or conclusion.

critique

critique (n)
A criticism or critical review.

crockery

crockery (n)
Earthenware made from baked clay.

crucible

crucible (n)
A trying and purifying test or agency.

crusade

crusade (n)
Any concerted movement, vigorously prosecuted, in behalf of an idea or principle.

crustacean

crustacean (adj)
Pertaining to a division of arthropods, containing lobsters, crabs, crawfish, etc.

crustaceous

crustaceous (adj)
Having a crust-like shell.

cryptogram

cryptogram (n)
Anything written in characters that are secret or so arranged as to have hidden meaning.

crystallize

crystallize (v)
To bring together or give fixed shape to.

cudgel

cudgel (n)
A short thick stick used as a club.

culinary

culinary (adj)
Of or pertaining to cooking or the kitchen.

cull

cull (v)
To pick or sort out from the rest.

culpable

culpable (adj)
Guilty.

culprit

culprit (n)
A guilty person.

culvert

culvert (n)
Any artificial covered channel for the passage of water through a bank or under a road, canal.

cupidity

cupidity (n)
Avarice.

curable

curable (adj)
Capable of being remedied or corrected.

curator

curator (n)
A person having charge as of a library or museum.

curio

curio (n)
A piece of bric-a-brac.

cursive

cursive (adj)
Writing in which the letters are joined together.

cursory

cursory (adj)
Rapid and superficial.

curt

curt (adj)
Concise, compressed, and abrupt in act or expression.

curtail

curtail (v)
To cut off or cut short.

curtsy

curtsy (n)
A downward movement of the body by bending the knees.

cycloid

cycloid (adj)
Like a circle.

cygnet

cygnet (n)
A young swan.

cynical

cynical (adj)
Exhibiting moral skepticism.

cynicism

cynicism (n)
Contempt for the opinions of others and of what others value.

cynosure

cynosure (n)
That to which general interest or attention is directed.

daring

daring (adj)
Brave.

darkling

darkling (adv)
Blindly.

Darwinism

Darwinism (n)
The doctrine that natural selection has been the prime cause of evolution of higher forms.

dastard

dastard (n)
A base coward.

datum

datum (n)
A premise, starting-point, or given fact.

dauntless

dauntless (adj)
Fearless.

day-man

day-man (n)
A day-laborer.

dead-heat

dead-heat (n)
A race in which two or more competitors come out even, and there is no winner.

dearth

dearth (n)
Scarcity, as of something customary, essential ,or desirable.

death's-head

death's-head (n)
A human skull as a symbol of death.

debase

debase (v)
To lower in character or virtue.

debatable

debatable (adj)
Subject to contention or dispute.

debonair

debonair (adj)
Having gentle or courteous bearing or manner.

debut

debut (n)
A first appearance in society or on the stage.

decagon

decagon (n)
A figure with ten sides and ten angles.

decagram

decagram (n)
A weight of 10 grams.

decaliter

decaliter (n)
A liquid and dry measure of 10 liters.

decalogue

decalogue (n)
The ten commandments.

Decameron

Decameron (n)
A volume consisting of ten parts or books.

decameter

decameter (n)
A length of ten meters.

decamp

decamp (v)
To leave suddenly or unexpectedly.

decapitate

decapitate (v)
To behead.

decapod

decapod (adj)
Ten-footed or ten-armed.

decasyllable

decasyllable (n)
A line of ten syllables.

deceit

deceit (n)
Falsehood.

deceitful

deceitful (adj)
Fraudulent.

deceive

deceive (v)
To mislead by or as by falsehood.

decency

decency (n)
Moral fitness.

decent

decent (adj)
Characterized by propriety of conduct, speech, manners, or dress.

deciduous

deciduous (adj)
Falling off at maturity as petals after flowering, fruit when ripe, etc.

decimal

decimal (adj)
Founded on the number 10.

decimate

decimate (v)
To destroy a measurable or large proportion of.

decipher

decipher (v)
To find out the true words or meaning of, as something hardly legible.

declamation

declamation (n)
A speech recited or intended for recitation from memory in public.

declamatory

declamatory (adj)
A full and formal style of utterance.

declarative

declarative (adj)
Containing a formal, positive, or explicit statement or affirmation.

decorate

decorate (v)
To embellish.

decorous

decorous (adj)
Suitable for the occasion or circumstances.

decoy

decoy (n)
Anything that allures, or is intended to allures into danger or temptation.

decrepit

decrepit (adj)
Enfeebled, as by old age or some chronic infirmity.

dedication

dedication (n)
The voluntary consecration or relinquishment of something to an end or cause.

deduce

deduce (v)
To derive or draw as a conclusion by reasoning from given premises or principles.

deface

deface (v)
To mar or disfigure the face or external surface of.

defalcate

defalcate (v)
To cut off or take away, as a part of something.

defamation

defamation (n)
Malicious and groundless injury done to the reputation or good name of another.

defame

defame (v)
To slander.

default

default (n)
The neglect or omission of a legal requirement.

defendant

defendant (n)
A person against whom a suit is brought.

defensible

defensible (adj)
Capable of being maintained or justified.

defensive

defensive (adj)
Carried on in resistance to aggression.

defer

defer (v)
To delay or put off to some other time.

deference

deference (n)
Respectful submission or yielding, as to another's opinion, wishes, or judgment.

defiant

defiant (adj)
Characterized by bold or insolent opposition.

deficiency

deficiency (n)
Lack or insufficiency.

deficient

deficient (adj)
Not having an adequate or proper supply or amount.

definite

definite (adj)
Having an exact signification or positive meaning.

deflect

deflect (v)
To cause to turn aside or downward.

deforest

deforest (v)
To clear of forests.

deform

deform (v)
To disfigure.

deformity

deformity (n)
A disfigurement.

defraud

defraud (v)
To deprive of something dishonestly.

defray

defray (v)
To make payment for.

degeneracy

degeneracy (n)
A becoming worse.

degenerate

degenerate (v)
To become worse or inferior.

degradation

degradation (n)
Diminution, as of strength or magnitude.

degrade

degrade (v)
To take away honors or position from.

dehydrate

dehydrate (v)
To deprive of water.

deify

deify (v)
To regard or worship as a god.

deign

deign (v)
To deem worthy of notice or account.

deist

deist (n)
One who believes in God, but denies supernatural revelation.

deity

deity (n)
A god, goddess, or divine person.

deject

deject (v)
To dishearten.

dejection

dejection (n)
Melancholy.

delectable

delectable (adj)
Delightful to the taste or to the senses.

delectation

delectation (n)
Delight.

deleterious

deleterious (adj)
Hurtful, morally or physically.

delicacy

delicacy (n)
That which is agreeable to a fine taste.

delineate

delineate (v)
To represent by sketch or diagram.

deliquesce

deliquesce (v)
To dissolve gradually and become liquid by absorption of moisture from the air.