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charlatan
n. quack; pretender to knowledge

she felt duped by a charlatan
chary
adj. cautious; sparing or restrained about giving

he was chary in investing money
chase
v. ornament a metal surface by indenting


he carefully chased the intricate design
chasm
n. abyss


they could not see the bottom of the chasm
chassis
n. framework and working parts of an automobile

the chassis was unharmed after the accident
chasten
v. correct by punishment or scolding; restrain

a child deserves to be chastened for doing wrong

chastened by experience


adj. humbled; subdued; rebuked
chastise
v. punish or scold; reprimand

she chastised her son
chauvinist
n. blindly devoted patriot; zealous adherent of a group or cause

a chauvinist can't recognize any faults in his country

a male chauvinist can't recognize how biased his is of his own sex
check
v. stop motion; curb or restrain

you better check your temper!
checkered
adj. marked by changes in fortune


During his checkered career,
cherubic
adj. angelic; innocent-looking

cherubic smile
cherubic child
chicanery
n. trickery; deception


those lawyers used chicanery to win the case
chide
v. scold

Grandma began to chide steven for his lying
chimerical
adj. fantastically improbable; highly unrealistic; imaginative


his chimerical scheme to make a fortune
chisel
v. swindle or cheat; cut with a chisel

he chiseled me out of a $100
chivalrous
adj. courteous; faithful; brave


Chivalrous behavior involves noble words and good deeds
choleric
adj. hot-tempered


he hates his gfs choleric nature
chortle
v. chuckle with delight


she chortled with joy
chronicle
v. report; record (in chronological order)

chronicle the star's latest escapades
churlish
adj. boorish; rude


churlish manners
cipher
n. nonentity; worthless person or thing

her ex-husband is a total cipher


n. secret code

he could not decode the msg sent to him in cipher
circomlocution
n. unnecessarily wordy and indirect speech; evasive language
circumscribe
v. limit narrowly; confine or restrict; define

the state tried to circumscribe the queen's power
circumspect
adj. prudent; cautious
circumvent
v. outwit; baffle

in order to circumvent the enemy...
cistern
n. reservoir or water tank

store water in the cistern
citadel
n. fortress


the citadel overlooked the city
clairvoyant
adj. n. having foresight; fortuneteller

clairvoyant warning
clamber
v. climb by crawling


She clambered over the wall
clamor
n. noise

clamor of the chidren
clangor
n. loud, resounding noise


clangor of hammers on steel
clapper
n. striker (tongue) of a bell
clarion
adj. shrill, trumpetlike sound


we woke to the clarion call of the bugle
cleave
v. split or sever; cling to; remain faithful to


the wet clothes cleaved onto me
he would cleave to his post
clemency
n. disposition to be lenient; mildness, as of the weather

The Judge was known for her clemency for first time offenders
clime
n. region; climate
cloister
n. monastery or convent

the nuns lived in the cloister
clout
n. great influence (especially political or social)

Gatsby wondered whether he had enough clout to be admitted to the exclusive club
cloying
distasteful (b/c excessive)

the cloying sweetness of standard wedding cakes
coddle
v. treat gently; pamper
codicil
n. supplement to the body of a will
codify
v. arrange (laws, rules) as a code; classify


we need to take the varying rules and codify them into a national health code
coercion
n. use of force to get someone to obey
coeval
adj. living at the same time as; comtemporary

coeval with the dinosaur, the pterodatyl flourished during the Mesozoic era
cog
n. tooth projecting from a wheel

a bicycle chain moves through a series of cogs
cogent
adj. convincing

cogent reasons for doing so
cogitate
v. think over

cogitate on this problem; the solution will come
cognate
adj. related linguistically; allied by blood; similar or akin in nature


Mother is cognate to the latin word "mater"
cognizance
n. knowledge

they were kept in full cognizance of the situation
cohorts
n. armed band


the roman cohorts conquered most of the world
coin
v. make coins; invent or fabricate

counterfitters coin fakes
slanderers coin nasty rumors
writers coin words
colander
n. utensil with perforated bottom used for straining


use a colander to drain the speghetti