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canto
n. division of a long poem
canvass
v. determine or seek opinions, votes, etc...

After canvassing the sentiments of his constituetnts the congressman was confident
capitulate
v. surrender


The enemy was warned to capitulate or face annihilation.
captious
adj. faultfinding


captious criticisms
carafe
n. glass water bottle; decanter

carafe of red wine
carapace
n. shell covering the back (or a turtle or crab)
cardinal
n. chief


cardinal rule
careen
v. lurch; sway from side to side

the taxi careened wildly
carillon
n. a set of bells capable of being played
carnage
n. destruction of life
carnal
adj. fleshly
carousal
n. drunken revel (merry making)

the party degenerated into an ugly carousal
carping
n. petty criticism; fault-finding

comments that are free of carping
carrion
n. rotting flesh of a dead body


the hyeenas found the carrion left behind by other predators
cartographer
n. map-maker
cascade
n. small waterfall
cataract
n. great waterfall; eye abnormality
castigation
n. punishment; severe criticism


she could not bear the castigation she found in certain reviews
cataclysm
n. deluge (anything that overwhelms like a flood); upheaval
catcall
n. shout of disapproval; boo


the players igored the catcalls during the game
catechism
n. book for religious instruction; instruction by question and answer


his method of teaching - catechism
categorical
adj. w/o exceptions; unqualified; absolute


his categorical denial that he never got sick
catharsis
n. purging or clensing of any passage of the body
cathartic
n. purgative


in high doses, some drugs are cathartic
cathollic
adj. universal; wide-ranging liberal

catholic tastes
caucus
n. private meeting of members of a party to select officers or determine policy

the party held a caucus
caulk
v. to make watertight by plugging seams


caulk the tiles
cauterize
v. burn with hot iron or caustic


the doctor cauterized the wound to prevent infection
cavalcade
n. procession; parade
cavalier
adj. casual and offhand; arrogant

Mark's cavalier dismissal of her suggestion
cavil
v. make frivolous (not serious/trivial) objections

to cavil each item of a proposed agenda.
cede
v. yield (title, territory) to; surrender formally

England was forced to cede their French territories
celerity
n. speed; rapidity


Henry resented his mother's celerity in remarrying
censorious
adj. critical

Censorious people delight in casting blame
censure
v. blame; criticize


the politician was censured for inappropriate behavior
centurion
n. Roman army officer
cerebration
n. thought


this d/n require much cerebration
cession
n. yielding(something) to another; ceding
chafe
v. warm by rubbing; make sore ( by rubbing )

He chafed his cold hands by the fire.
chaff
n. worthless products of an endeavor


separate the wheat from the chaff
chaffing
adj. bantering; joking


his chaffing remarks annoy us
chagrin
n. vexation caused by humiliation of injured pride; dissappointment

To her chagrin, the party ended just as she arrived.
chalice
n. goblet; consecrated cup