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250 Cards in this Set

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cabal n
A number of persons secretly united for effecting by intrigue some private purpose
cabalism n
Superstitious devotion to one's religion
cabinet n
The body of men constituting the official advisors of the executive head of a nation
cacophony n
A disagreeable, harsh, or discordant sound or combination of sounds or tones
cadaverous adj
Resembling a corpse
cadence n
Rhythmical or measured flow or movement, as in poetry or the time and pace of marching troops
cadenza n
An embellishment or flourish, prepared or improvised, for a solo voice or instrument
caitiff adj
cajole v
To impose on or dupe by flattering speech
cajolery n
Delusive speech
calculable adj
That may be estimated by reckoning
calculus n
A concretion formed in various parts of the body resembling a pebble in hardness
callosity n
The state of being hard and insensible
callow adj
Without experience of the world
calorie n
Amount of heat needed to raise the temperature of 1 kilogram of water 1 degree centigrade
calumny n
Calvary n
The place where Christ was crucified
Calvinism n
The system of doctrine taught by John Calvin
Calvinize v
To teach or imbue with the doctrines of Calvinism
came n
A leaden sash-bar or grooved strip for fastening panes in stained-glass windows
cameo n
Any small engraved or carved work in relief
campaign n
A complete series of connected military operations
Canaanite n
A member of one of the three tribes that dwelt in the land of Canaan, or western Palestine
canary adj
Of a bright but delicate yellow
candid adj
candor n
The quality of frankness or outspokenness
canine adj
Characteristic of a dog
canon n
Any rule or law
cant v
To talk in a singsong, preaching tone with affected solemnity
cantata n
A choral composition
canto n
One of the divisions of an extended poem
cantonment n
The part of the town or district in which the troops are quartered
capacious adj
capillary n
A minute vessel having walls composed of a single layer of cells
capitulate v
To surrender or stipulate terms
caprice n
A whim
caption n
A heading, as of a chapter, section, document, etc
captious adj
captivate v
To fascinate, as by excellence
carcass n
The dead body of an animal
cardiac adj
Pertaining to the heart
cardinal adj
Of prime or special importance
caret n
A sign (^) placed below a line, indicating where omitted words, etc
caricature n
a picture or description in which natural characteristics are exaggerated or distorted
carnage n
carnal adj
carnivorous adj
Eating or living on flesh
carouse v
To drink deeply and in boisterous or jovial manner
carrion n
Dead and putrefying flesh
cartilage n
An elastic animal tissue of firm consistence
cartridge n
A charge for a firearm, or for blasting
caste n
The division of society on artificial grounds
castigate v
To punish
casual adj
Accidental, by chance
casualty n
A fatal or serious accident or disaster
cataclysm n
Any overwhelming flood of water
cataract n
Opacity of the lens of the eye resulting in complete or partial blindness
catastrophe n
Any great and sudden misfortune or calamity
cathode n
The negative pole or electrode of a galvanic battery
Catholicism n
The system, doctrine, and practice of the Roman Catholic Church
catholicity n
Universal prevalence or acceptance
cat-o-nine-tails n
An instrument consisting of nine pieces of cord, formerly used for flogging in the army and navy
caucus n
A private meeting of members of a political party to select candidates
causal adj
Indicating or expressing a cause
caustic adj
Sarcastic and severe
cauterize v
To burn or sear as with a heated iron
cede v
To pass title to
censor n
An official examiner of manuscripts empowered to prohibit their publication
censorious adj
Judging severely or harshly
census n
An official numbering of the people of a country or district
centenary adj
Pertaining to a hundred years or a period of a hundred years
centiliter n
A hundredth of a liter
centimeter n
A length of one hundredth of a meter
centurion n
A captain of a company of one hundred infantry in the ancient Roman army
cereal adj
Pertaining to edible grain or farinaceous seeds
ceremonial adj
Characterized by outward form or ceremony
ceremonious adj
Observant of ritual
cessation n
Discontinuance, as of action or motion
cession n
Surrender, as of possessions or rights
chagrin n
Keen vexation, annoyance, or mortification, as at one's failures or errors
chameleon adj
Changeable in appearance
chancery n
A court of equity, as distinguished from a common-law court
chaos n
Any condition of which the elements or parts are in utter disorder and confusion
characteristic n
A distinctive feature
characterize v
To describe by distinctive marks or peculiarities
charlatan n
A quack
chasm n
A yawning hollow, as in the earth's surface
chasten v
To purify by affliction
chastise v
To subject to punitive measures
chastity n
Sexual or moral purity
chateau n
A castle or manor-house
chattel n
Any article of personal property
check v
To hold back
chiffon n
A very thin gauze used for trimmings, evening dress, etc
chivalry n
The knightly system of feudal times with its code, usages and practices
cholera n
An acute epidemic disease
choleric adj
Easily provoked to anger
choral adj
Pertaining to, intended for, or performed by a chorus or choir
Christ n
A title of Jesus
christen v
To name in baptism
Christendom n
That part of the world where Christianity is generally professed
chromatic adj
Belonging, relating to, or abounding in color
chronology n
The science that treats of computation of time or of investigation and arrangement of events
chronometer n
A portable timekeeper of the highest attainable precision
cipher v
To calculate arithmetically
circulate v
To disseminate
circumference n
The boundary-line of a circle
circumlocution n
Indirect or roundabout expression
circumnavigate v
To sail quite around
circumscribe v
To confine within bounds
circumspect adj
Showing watchfulness, caution, or careful consideration
citadel n
Any strong fortress
cite v
To refer to specifically
claimant n
One who makes a claim or demand, as of right
clairvoyance n
Intuitive sagacity or perception
clamorous adj
Urgent in complaint or demand
clan n
A tribe
clandestine adj
clangor n
Clanking or a ringing, as of arms, chains, or bells; clamor
clarify v
To render intelligible
clarion n
A small shrill trumpet or bugle
classify v
To arrange in a class or classes on the basis of observed resemblance’s and differences
clearance n
A certificate from the proper authorities that a vessel has complied with the law and may sail
clemency n
clement adj
close-hauled adj
Having the sails set for sailing as close to the wind as possible
clothier n
One who makes or sells cloth or clothing
clumsy adj
Awkward of movement
coagulate v
To change into a clot or a jelly, as by heat, by chemical action, or by a ferment
coagulant adj
Producing coagulation
coalescence n
The act or process of coming together so as to form one body, combination, or product
coalition n
Combination in a body or mass
coddle v
To treat as a baby or an invalid
codicil n
A supplement adding to, revoking, or explaining in the body of a will
coerce v
To force
coercion n
Forcible constraint or restraint, moral or physical
coercive adj
Serving or tending to force
cogent adj
Appealing strongly to the reason or conscience
cognate adj
cognizant adj
Taking notice
cohere v
To stick together
cohesion n
cohesive adj
Having the property of consistency
coincide v
To correspond
coincidence n
A circumstance so agreeing with another: often implying accident
coincident adj
Taking place at the same time
collaborate v
To labor or cooperate with another or others, especially in literary or scientific pursuits
collapse v
To cause to shrink, fall in, or fail
collapsible adj
That may or can collapse
colleague n
An associate in professional employment
collective adj
Consisting of a number of persons or objects considered as gathered into a mass, or sum
collector n
One who makes a collection, as of objects of art, books, or the like
collegian n
A college student
collide v
To meet and strike violently
collier n
One who works in a coal-mine
collision n
Violent contact
colloquial adj
Pertaining or peculiar to common speech as distinguished from literary
colloquialism n
Form of speech used only or chiefly in conversation
colloquy n
collusion n
A secret agreement for a wrongful purpose
colossus n
Any strikingly great person or object
comely adj
comestible adj
Fit to be eaten
comical adj
commemorate v
To serve as a remembrance of
commentary n
A series of illustrative or explanatory notes on any important work
commingle v
To blend
commissariat n
The department of an army charged with the provision of its food and water and daily needs
commission v
To empower
commitment n
The act or process of entrusting or consigning for safe-keeping
committal n
The act, fact, or result of committing, or the state of being
commodity n
Something that is bought and sold
commotion n
A disturbance or violent agitation
commute v
To put something, especially something less severe, in place of
comparable adj
Fit to be compared
comparative adj
comparison n
Examination of two or more objects with reference to their likeness or unlikeness
compensate v
To remunerate
competence n
Adequate qualification or capacity
competent adj
competitive adj
characterized by rivalry
competitor n
A rival
complacence n
Satisfaction with one's acts or surroundings
complacent adj
Pleased or satisfied with oneself
complaisance n
complaisant adj
complement v
To make complete
complex adj
compliant adj
complicate v
To make complex, difficult, or hard to deal with
complication n
An intermingling or combination of things or parts, especially in a perplexing manner
complicity n
Participation or partnership, as in wrong-doing or with a wrong-doer
compliment v
To address or gratify with expressions of delicate praise
component n
A constituent element or part
comport v
To conduct or behave (oneself)
composure n
comprehensible adj
comprehension n
Ability to know
comprehensive adj
Large in scope or content
compress v
To press together or into smaller space
compressible adj
Capable of being pressed into smaller compass
compression n
Constraint, as by force or authority
comprise v
To consist of
compulsion n
compulsory adj
compunction n
Remorseful feeling
compute v
To ascertain by mathematical calculation
concede v
To surrender
conceit n
Self-flattering opinion
conceive v
To form an idea, mental image or thought of
concerto n
A musical composition
concession n
Anything granted or yielded, or admitted in response to a demand, petition, or claim
conciliate v
To obtain the friendship of
conciliatory adj
Tending to reconcile
conclusive adj
Sufficient to convince or decide
concord n
concordance n
concur v
To agree
concurrence n
concurrent adj
Occurring or acting together
concussion n
A violent shock to some organ by a fall or a sudden blow
condensation n
The act or process of making dense or denser
condense v
To abridge
condescend v
To come down voluntarily to equal terms with inferiors
condolence n
Expression of sympathy with a person in pain, sorrow, or misfortune
conduce v
To bring about
conducive adj
Contributing to an end
conductible adj
Capable of being conducted or transmitted
conduit n
A means for conducting something, particularly a tube, pipe, or passageway for a fluid
confectionery n
The candy collectively that a confectioner makes or sells, as candy
confederacy n
A number of states or persons in compact or league with each other, as for mutual aid
confederate n
One who is united with others in a league, compact, or agreement
confer v
To bestow
conferee n
A person with whom another confers
confessor n
A spiritual advisor
confidant n
One to whom secrets are entrusted
confide v
To reveal in trust or confidence
confidence n
The state or feeling of trust in or reliance upon another
confident adj
confinement n
Restriction within limits or boundaries
confiscate v
To appropriate (private property) as forfeited to the public use or treasury
conflagration n
A great fire, as of many buildings, a forest, or the like
confluence n
The place where streams meet
confluent n
A stream that unites with another
conformance n
The act or state or conforming
conformable adj
conformation n
General structure, form, or outline
conformity n
Correspondence in form, manner, or use
confront v
To encounter, as difficulties or obstacles
congeal v
To coagulate