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Commensurate

Matching, corresponding, or proportionate in degree, size, amount, or other property

Only if the team won the national championship would the fans feel the team's performance was commensurate with its potential

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Complaisance

The willingness to comply with the wishes of others

A "yes man" is characterized by his complaisance

Complaisant means showing a willingness to please

The patriarch was most likely to be complaisant after he had eaten a sumptuous meal, so everyone saved his or her requests for such a time

*dont confuse this with complacent, which means self-satisfied

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Confound

To cause to be confused; to frustrate

By the time my roommate and u parted ways, our things were such a confounded mess that it was hard to remember what belonged to him

4

Connoisseur an internationally recognized connoisseur of wines, Natasha was often hired as a consultant for private collectors

An informed and astute judge in matters of taste; expert

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Consequential

Pompous, self-important

**also means logically following; important, though this definition is less likely to appear

Although he thought himself a respected and well-liked man, his consequential air was intensely annoying to those around him. He seemed to think he was the best thing since sliced bread

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Contemn

To scorn or despise

I Contemn their attempts to curry favor; nothing is more contemptible than a sycophant

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Contentious

Argumentative; quarrelsome; causing controversy or disagreement

The judges' contentious decision of the title bout led some to claim that undue influence had been exerted in deciding the outcome if the fight

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Contiguous

Sharing a border; touching; adjacent

The contiguous United States include all the states except Hawaii and Alaska, since they are the only ones that don't share at least one border with another state

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Contrite

Regretful; penitent; seeking forgiveness

Wayne was hardly contrite for the practical joke he pulled; even though he said he was sorry, the twinkle in his eye and barely suppressed grin seemed to indicate otherwise

*Contrition is regret or remorse

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Convention

A generally agreed-upon practice or attitude

The convention of wearing a bridal veil was apparently begun by the Romans, who thought the veil would protect the bride from evil spirits

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Color

To change as if by dyeing, influence, distort, gloss over

Knowing that he had lied about his previous experience colored our evaluation of his application.