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counterpart
thing that completes another; things very much alike; thing that has the same purpose in a different system
coup
highly successful action or sudden attack; coup(s) d'\'etat; CF. coup de gr\^ace: deathblow or shot which kills
couple
join; unite; OP. uncouple
courier
messenger
covenant
binding agreement between two groups or people; compact; V: enter into a covenant; promise
bargain
agreement between two groups or people; something for sale at a price advantageous to the buyer; V: negotiate; trade; Ex. bargaining power
covert
secret; hidden; implied; OP. overt
covetous
avaricious; desirous of (someone else's possessions); V. covet: desire eagerly (someone else's possessions)
cow
terrorize; intimidate
cower
shrink quivering as from fear; cringe
coy
shy (flirtatiously); showing a (pretended) lack of self-confidence; modest; coquettish; CF. job offer¸¦ ¹Þ¾ÒÀ» ¶§
cozen
cheat; hoodwink; swindle
crabbed
sour; bad-tempered; peevish; difficult to read as handwriting
peevish
bad-tempered; irritable; V. peeve: make angry
crass
very unrefined; grossly insensible; crude and undiscriminating; Ex. crass behavior
craven
cowardly
credence
belief
credo
creed
credulity
belief on slight evidence; gullibility; naivet\'e; ADJ. credulous
creed
system of religious or ethical belief
crescendo
increase in the volume or intensity as in a musical passage; climax; CF. crescent
far-fetched
too improbable to be believed; implausible; Ex. far-fetched story
overture
musical introduction to a long musical piece; first offer or proposal (to begin talks in the hope of reaching an agreement); Ex. overtures for peace
crestfallen
dejected; dispirited
crest
top (as of a hill or wave); showy feathers on the head of a bird
crevice
crack; fissure
cringe
shrink back as if in fear; cower
criteria
standards used in judging; CF. criterion
crone
hag; ugly old woman
crotchety
(of someone old) eccentric; odd; whimsical; bad-tempered; N. crotchet: odd or whimsical notion
crux
essential or main point; Ex. the crux of the problem; ADJ. crucial: of deciding importance
crypt
secret recess or vault usually used for burial; underground room (under a church)
cryptic
mysterious; hidden; secret
cubicle
small chamber used for sleeping or work
compartment
one of the parts into which an enclosed space is divided
cuisine
style of cooking; Ex. French cuisine
culinary
relating to cooking or kitchen
cull
pick out from others (to kill the weakest members); reject; select; collect (information); N.
culmination
highest point; climax; V. culminate in: reach the highest point in; end in; Ex. a series of minor clashes culminating in war
culpable
deserving blame; blameworthy
culprit
one guilty of a crime
culvert
artificial channel for water; drain crossing under a road
cumbersome
heavy and awkward to carry or wear; burdensome; Ex. cumbersome parcel/uniform
cumulative
growing by addition; accumulative
cupidity
greed (for wealth); CF. cupid; CF. Cupid
curator
superintendent; manager (in charge of a museum or a library)
curmudgeon
churlish, miserly individual; bad-tempered old person
cursive
(of writing) flowing; running; having the successive letters joined
cursory
casual; hastily done with little attention to detail
curtail
shorten; reduce
cynical
skeptical or distrustful of human motives; N. cynicism; CF. cynic: person who believes all people are motivated by selfishness
cynosure
object of general attention; person or thing that is a center of attention; CF. Ursa Minor
dabble
work at in a nonserious fashion; splash around; move noisily in a liquid
dais
raised platform for speakers or other important people
dally
trifle with; toy with; treat without the necessary seriousness; procrastinate; waste time
dank
damp; unpleasantly wet
dapper
neat and trim (in appearance); (of small men) neat in appearance and quick in movements; neat; spry
dappled
spotted
daub
smear (as with paint); cover with something sticky; Ex. daub one's clothes with mud/paint; N: small bit of sticky substance; Ex. a daub of paint
smear
spread or cover with a sticky substance; N: mark made by smearing
smudge
dirty mark with unclear edges made by rubbing; V.
daunt
intimidate; frighten; discourage; dishearten
dauntless
bold; fearless
dawdle
loiter; hang around; waste time doing nothing
deadlock
standstill resulting from the opposition of two unrelenting forces; stalemate
standstill
condition of no movement or activity; stop
deadpan
wooden; impassive; with no show of feeling; with an expressionless face
dearth
scarcity
d\'eb\^acle
sudden disastrous downfall or defeat; complete disaster
debase
degrade; reduce in quality or value; degenerate; lower in esteem; disgrace; N. debasement
kneel
go down on one's knee(s)
debauch
corrupt morally; seduce from virtue; N. debauchery: wild behavior (with sex and alcohol)
seduce
lead away from proper conduct; entice; ADJ. seductive
debilitate
weaken (esp. through heat, hunger, illness); enfeeble
bout
match; short period of great activity; Ex. wrestling bout; bout of drinking/flu
debonair
(of men) friendly, charming, and fashionably dressed; aiming to please; CF. of good disposition
d\'ebris
rubble; wreckage; scattered remains of something broken or destroyed
debunk
expose as false, exaggerated, worthless, etc.; ridicule
debutante
young woman making formal entrance into society
debut
début; first public appearance; formal presentation of a young woman to society
decadence
decay; fall to a lower level (of morality, civilization, or art); ADJ. decadent
decant
pour off gently (wine or liquid)
decapitate
behead
decelerate
slow down