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cabal
small group of persons secretly united to promote their own interests
cache
hiding place; V.
cadaver
corpse; dead human body
cadence
rhythmic rise and fall (of words or sounds); beat
cajole
persuade by praise or false promise; coax
caldron(cauldron)
large kettle
callow
youthful; immature
calumny
malicious misrepresentation; slander
camaraderie
good-fellowship; CF. comrade
canard
unfounded false rumor
candor
frankness;
canny
shrewd in money matters
cantankerous
ill-humored; irritable
canter
slow gallop
caprice
whim; sudden change of mind without any real cause
capricious
unpredictable, fickle
captious
faultfinding; too critical
careen
lurch; sway from side to side
caricature
distortion; burlesque
carnage
destruction of life; slaughter
carnal
fleshly; sensual;
carousal
drunken revel; V. carouse
carping
petty criticism; fault-finding
carrion
rotting flesh of a dead body; CF. vulture
castigation
punishment; severe criticism or disapproval
cataclysm
deluge; upheaval; earthquake; violent and sudden event or change
cathartic
purgative; medicine that causes the bowels to empty
caustic
burning; corrosive; able to burn by chemical action;
cavalier
casual and offhand; arrogant
cavil
quibble; make frivolous objections;
celerity
speed; rapidity
celibate
abstaining from sexual intercourse
cerebration
thought; working of the brain
cession
yielding to another; ceding
chaffing
bantering; joking
chagrin
annoyance and disappointment; vexation (caused by humiliation or injured pride)
chalice
goblet; consecrated cup
charlatan
quack; pretender to knowledge
chary
cautious; unwilling to take risks; sparing or restrained about giving;
chaste
morally pure; virginal;
chasten
discipline; punish in order to correct
chastise
punish as by beating
cherubic
angelic; innocent-looking
chicanery
trickery; deception
chide
scold; rebuke (someone who has done wrong)
chimerical
fantastically improbable; highly unrealistic
choleric
hot-tempered; bad-tempered; irritable
chortle
chuckle with delight
chuckle
laugh quietly
churlish
boorish; rude;
cipher
nonentity; worthless person or thing
circlet
small ring; band of gold,
circuitous
roundabout
circumspect
prudent; cautious; acting after careful thought
clandestine
secret
clangor
loud resounding noise;
clarion
shrill, trumpetlike sound
claustrophobia
fear of being locked in
clich\'e
phrase dulled in meaning by repetition; platitude
clique
small exclusive group of people
clout
great influence (especially political or social);
clown
act stupidly; play the fool;
cloying
distasteful (because excessive);
coax
persuade by flattery
coddle
treat gently; indulge excessively
codicil
supplement to the body of a will
coercion
use of force to get someone to object
coeval
living at the same time as; existing during the same period of time; contemporary; of the same age
cogitate
think over; ponder
cognate
having a common origin; related linguistically
coiffure
hairstyle
collate
examine and compare in order to verify authenticity; arrange in order
commensurate
equal in extent; of the same size
commiserate
feel or express pity or sympathy for
commodious
spacious and comfortable
complacency
self-satisfaction; smugness; ADJ. complacent
comport
bear one's self; behave
compunction
remorse; strong uneasiness caused by guilt
conceit
vanity or self-love;
conciliatory
reconciling; soothing
concord
harmony; accord
condescend
(derog.) bestow courtesies with a superior air; descend to the level of one considered inferior
condign
adequate; (of punishment) severe and well deserved
conduit
aqueduct; passageway for fluids
confiscate
seize; take possession of (private property) by official order
congenial
pleasant; friendly; in agreement with one's tastes
conjugal
pertaining to marriage
connivance
pretense of ignorance of something wrong; assistance; permission to offend;
connotation
suggested or implied meaning of an expression
consecrate
dedicate; sanctify; declare as sacred; Ex. consecrate one's life to helping
construe
explain; interpret
consummate
complete
contention
assertion; claim;
contentious
quarrelsome; controversial;
continence
self-restraint; sexual chastity; sexual abstinence
contortions
twistings; distortions
contraband
illegal trade; smuggling
contrite
penitent; repentant;
contrive
invent or fabricate in a clever way (by improvisation);
contumacious
stubborn and disobedient
contusion
bruise
convivial
pleasantly merry; festive; joyous
coquette
flirt; flirtatious woman;
cornucopia
horn (or horn-shaped container) overflowing with fruit and grain; symbol of abundance; horn of plenty
corporeal
bodily (rather than spiritual);
corrugated
wrinkled; ridged
covenant
binding agreement between two groups or people; compact;
covetous
avaricious; desirous of (someone else's possessions
coy
shy (flirtatiously); showing a (pretended) lack of self-confidence;
cozen
cheat;
crabbed
sour; bad-tempered
crass
very unrefined; grossly insensible; crude
craven
cowardly
credence
belief
crescendo
increase in the volume or intensity as in a musical passage
crestfallen
dejected; dispirited
crotchety
(of someone old) eccentric; odd; whimsical
cull
pick out from others (to kill the weakest members);
culpable
deserving blame; blameworthy
cupidity
greed (for wealth);
curmudgeon
churlish, miserly individual; bad-tempered old person
cynical
skeptical or distrustful of human motives;
cynosure
object of general attention
abet
assist usually in doing something wrong; encourage
abjure
renounce upon oath
abode
dwelling place; home
abrogate
abolish
accolade
award of merit
accost
approach and speak first to a person
accoutrements
the equipment needed for a particular activity or way of life
acquiesce
assent; agree passively; comply without protest
acrimonious
stinging; caustic; bitter in words or manner; N. acrimony: bitter ill-natured animosity in speech or behavior
actuarial
calculating; pertaining to insurance statistics
actuate
motivate
adage
wise saying , proverb
addle
make or become confused; muddle; drive crazy; become rotten (egg)
adjuration
solemn urging; V. adjure: entreat earnestly; enjoin solemnly
affliction
state of distress;cause of distress or suffering Eg Malnutrition is one of the common afflictions of the poor.
affront
insult
agape
openmouthed
agnostic
someone who does not know, or believes that it is impossible to know, whether a god exists:Eg. Although he was raised a Catholic, he was an agnostic for most of his adult life.
agog
highly excited; intensely curious
alacrity
cheerful promptness without reluctance
alcove
a small space in a room Eg. We've put some bookshelves in the alcove.
allude
refer indirectly; N. allusion: indirect reference
ambivalence
the state of having contradictory or conflicting emotional attitudes or opinions
ambush
act of lying in wait to attack by surprise; sudden attack made from a concealed position; Ex. lie in ambush; V.
ameliorate
improve
amenable
obedient; compliant; readily managed; responsive; willing to be led; answerable or accountable legally; responsible; able to be tested by; Ex. amenable to sensible suggestions; Ex. He is very amenable; Ex. amenable to the usual tests
amiss
wrong; faulty; Ex. something amiss; ADV.
amulet
charm; talisman; an object worn believed to protect against evil, bad luck
annul
make void
antediluvian
antiquated
apothegm(apophthegm)
pithy, compact saying
aplomb
poise; composure in difficult situations; assurance; self-confidence
appall
dismay; shock deeply
appease
pacify or soothe; Ex. appease a crying baby; N. appeasement
appellation
name; title
apposite
appropriate; fitting
appurtenances
subordinate possessions; something added to a more important thing
arroyo
gully; narrow channel formed by rainwater
ashen
ash-colored; deadly pale
asinine
stupid; Ex. asinine remarks
asperity
sharpness; roughness; severity (of temper or weather); Ex. asperities of a Russian winter
aspersion
slanderous remark; Ex. cast aspersions on
assail
assault
assiduous
diligent, showing hard work, care and attention to detail
assuage
mak less severe; ease or lessen (pain); satisfy (hunger); soothe (anger)
astute
wise; shrewd; keen; seeing quickly something that is to one's advantage
atone
make amends for; pay for; Ex. atone for
attire
clothe
attrition
rubbing away by friction; gradual decrease in numbers or strength; reduction in the work force without firing employees; wearing away of opposition by means of harassment; Ex. a war of attrition
augury
omen; prophecy; sign of coming events; V. augur: predict; foretell; be a sign of (something in future)
bacchanal
noisy party with a lot of drinking
backslide
revert (to bad habits); N. reverter
badger
pester; annoy continually with demands; persuade by asking again and again; Ex. The children badgered me into taking them into the cinema; N: a kind of mountain animal
badinage
teasing conversation; banter; joking talk
baffle
frustrate; perplex
bait
harass; tease; torment; Ex. badger baiting; N: food or other lure used to catch fish or trap animals
baleful
evil; malignant in intent or effect; deadly; having a malign influence; portending evil; ominous; threatening; Ex. baleful look
balk
stop short, as if faced with an obstacle, and refuse to continue; foil; stop or get in the way of; frustrate
bandy
discuss lightly or glibly
bane
posion; cause of ruin
bantering
joking talk; good-naturedly ridiculing; N.V. banter
bard
poet
baroque
highly ornate
bate
let down; lessen the force of;
beatific
giving or showing bliss
bedizen
dress with vulgar finery
befuddle
confuse thoroughly
beget
father; become the father of; produce
begrudge
envy;
beguile
deceive; mislead or delude
behemoth
huge creature
beholden
obligated; indebted