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counterpart
n. a thing that completes another; things very much alike

Night and day are counterparts
coup
n. highly successful action or sudden attack

news of his coup spread across wall street
couple
v. join; unite
courier
n. messenger
covenant
n. agreement

comply with the terms of the covenant
covert
adj. secret; hidden; implied


covert operation
covetous
adj. avaricious; eagerly desirous of

the covetous man wants everything
cow
v. terrorize; intimidate

v. cower - shrink quivering, as from fear

the child cowered in the corner
coy
adj. shy; modest; coquettish (flirty)

she was coy in her answers to Ken's offers
cozen
v. cheat; hoodwink; swindle


he would cozen his friends in a cheap card game
crabbed
adj. sour; peevish

crabbed old man
crass
adj. very unrefined; grossly insensible
craven
adj. cowardly

craven refusal to join the protest
credence
n. belief

do not place any credence in his promises
credo
n. creed
credulity
n. belief on slight evidence; gullibility; naivete

credulity of inexperienced investors
creed
n. system of religious or ethical belief
crescendo
n. increase in volume/intensity; climax
crestfallen
adj. dejected; dispirited

he was crestfallen after his failure
cringe
v. shrink back, as if in fear

the dog cringed, expecting a blow
crone
n. hag

the toothless crone frightened us
crotchety
adj. eccentric; whimsical

crotchety old gentleman
crypt
n. secret recess or vault usually used for burial
cull
v. pick out; reject

the farmer culls the nonlaying hens
culmination
n. attainment of highest point

his inauguration as Pres marked the culmination of his political career
culpable
adj. deserving blame

they are equally culpable
culvert
n. artificial channel for water
cumbersome
adj. heavy; hard to manage
cupidity
n. greed
curator
n. superintendent; manager
curmudggeon
n. churlish, miserly individual
cursory
adj. casual; hastily done


cursory examination
curtail
v. shorten; reduce
cynosure
n. object of general attention

as soon as she walked into the room, she became the cynosure of all eyes
dabble
v. work at in a nonserious fashion; splash around

children dabbled their hands in the bird bath
he dabbled at art
dais
n. raised platform for guests of honor
dally
v. trifle with; procrastinate

he would dally with her affections
damp
lessen in intensity; diminish; mute

nothing can damp my enthusiasm
dank
adj. damp

the dungeon is dank and slimy
dapper
adj. neat and trim

he was extremely dapper - he could not bear having one hair misplaced
daub
v. smear (as w/ paint)

from the way he daubed his paint on the canvas...
dauntless
adj. bold


dauntless soldier
deadpan
adj. wooden; impassive


deadpan expression
debacle
n. sudden downfall; complete disaster

every fight turns into a debacle
debauch
v. corrupt; seduce from virtue

wild debauchery of toga parties
debauch the young men
debonair
adj. urbane and suave; amiable; cheerful and carefree

pierce brosnan - debonair
debunk
v. expose as false, exaggerated worthless, etc; ridicule

debunk the candidate's claim
debutante
n. young woman making formal entrance into society

as a debutante, she was mentioned in the society columns of newspapers
decant
v. pour off gently

decant this wine before serving