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cabal
small group of persons secretly united to promote their own interests
cache
hiding place
cacophonous
*discordant; inharmonious
cadge
beg; mooch; panhandle
calculated
deliberately planned; likely
callow
youthful; immature; inexperienced
calorific
heat-producing
calumny
malicious misrepresentation; slander
cameo
shell or jewel carved in relief; star's special appearance in a minor role in a film
canard
false or unfounded story; fabricated report
canker
any uncerous sore; any evil
canny
shrewd; thrifty
canon
collection or authoritative list of books (e.g. by an author, or accepted as scripture)
canon
(secondary meaning) rule or principle, frequently religious
cant
insincere expressions of piety; jargon of thieves
cantankerous
ill-humored; irritable
cantata
story set to music
canter
slow gallop
canto
division of a long poem
canvass
determine or seek opinions, votes, etc.
capacity
mental or physical ability; role; ability to accommodate
capillary
having a very fine bore
capitulate
surrender
caprice
whim
capricious
*unpredictable; fickle
captious
faultfinding
carafe
glass water bottle; decanter
carapace
shell covering the back (of a turtle, crab, etc.)
caricature
distortion; burlesque
carillon
a set of bells capable of being played
carnage
destruction of life
carnal
fleshly
carousal
drunken revel
carping
petty criticism; fault-finding
carrion
rotting flesh of a dead body
cartographer
map-maker
cascade
small waterfall
caste
one of the hereditary classes in Hindu society, social stratification; prestige
castigation
*punishment; severe criticism
casualty
serious or fatal accident
cataclysm
deluge; upheaval
cataract
great waterfall; eye abnormality
catechism
book for religious instruction; instruction by question and answer
categorical
without exceptions; unqualified; absolute
cathartic
purgative
catholic
universal; wide-ranging liveral
caucus
private meeting of members of a party to select officers or determine policy
caulk
to make watertight (by plugging seams)
caustic
*burning; sarcastically biting
cauterize
burn with hot iron or caustic
cavalcade
procession; parade
cavalier
casual and offhand; arrogant
cavil
make frivolous objections
cede
yield (title, territory) to; surrender formally
celerity
speed; rapidity
celestial
heavenly
celibate
abstaining from sexual intercourse; unmarried
censorious
critical
censure
blame; criticize
centrifugal
radiating; departing from the center
centripetal
tending toward the center
centurion
Roman army officer
cerebration
thought
ceremonious
marked by formality
certitude
certainty
cession
yielding (something) to another; ceding
chafe
warm by rubbing; make sore (by rubbing)
chaff
worthless products of an endeavor
chaffing
bantering; joking
chagrin
vexation (caused by humiliation or injured pride); disappointment
charisma
divine gift; great popular charm or appeal
charlatan
quack; pretender to knowledge
chary
cautious; cparing or restrained about giving
chase
ornament a metal surface by indenting
chassis
framework and working parts of an automobile
chasten
correct by punishment or scolding; restrain
chastened
humbled; subdued; rebuked
chauvinist
blindly devoted patriot; zealous adherent of a group or cause
check
stop motion; curb or restrain
checkered
marked by changes in fortune
chicanery
*trickery; deception
chide
scold
chimerical
fantastically improbable; highly unrealistic; imaginative
chisel
(second meaning) swindle or cheat; cut with a chisel
choleric
hot-tempered
chortle
chuckle with delight
churlish
boorish; rude
ciliated
having minute hairs
cipher
nonentity; worthless person or thing
cipher
(second meaning) secret code
circlet
small rind; band
circuitous
roundabout
circumlocution
unnecessarily wordy and indirect speech; evasive language
circumscribe
limit narrowly; confine or restrict; define
circumspect
prudent; cautious
circumvent
outwit; baffle
cistern
reservoir or water tank
citadel
fortress
clamber
climb by crawling
clamor
noise
clangor
loud, resounding noise
clapper
striker (tongue) of a bell
clarion
shrill, trumpetlike sound
clavicle
collarbone
cleave
split or sever; cling to; remain faithful to
cleft
split
clemency
disposition to be lenient; mildness, as of the weather
climactic
relating to the highest point
clime
region; climate
cloister
monastery or convent
clout
great influence (especially political or social)
cloying
distasteful (because excessive); excessively sweet or sentimental
coagulate
*thicken; congeal; clot
coalesce
combine; fuse
coalition
partnership; league; union
coda
*concluding section of a musical or literary composition; something that rounds out, summarizes, or concludes
codicil
supplement to the body of a will
codify
arrange (laws, rules) as a code; classify
coeval
living at the same time as; contemporary
cog
tooth projecting from a wheel
cogent
*convincing
cogitate
think over
cognate
related linguistically; allied by blood; similar or akin in nature
cognizance
knowledge
cohorts
armed band
coin
make coins; invent or fabricate
collate
examine in order to verify authenticity; arrange in order
collation
a light meal
colloquy
informal discussion
collusion
conspiring in a fraudulent scheme
colossus
gigantic statue
comely
attractive; agreeable
comestible
something fit to be eaten
comity
courtesy; civility
commandeer
to draft for military purposes; to take for public use
commensurate
*corresponding in extent, degree, amount, etc..; proportionate
commiserate
feel or express pity or sympathy for
commodious
spacious and comfortable
compact
(second meaning) agreement; contract
compendium
*brief, comprehensive summary
compilation
listing of statistical information in tabular or book form
complacency
self-satisfaction; smugness
complaisant
*trying to please; overly polite; obliging
compliant
*yielding; conforming to requirements
comport
bear one's self; behave
compound
combine; constitute; pay interest; increase
compunction
remorse
compute
reckon; calculate
concatenate
link as in a chain
conceit
vanity or self-love; whimsical idea; extravagant metaphor
concentric
having a common center
concerted
mutually agreed on; done together
conciliatory
*reconciling; soothing
conclave
private meeting
concoct
prepare by combining; make up in concert
concomitant
that which accompanies
concord
harmony
condescend
bestow courtesies with a superior air
condign
appropriate; deserved (almost always, in the sense of deservedly severe, as in condign punishment)
condole
express sympathetic sorrow
conduit
aqueduct; passageway for fluids
conflagration
great fire
conflate
meld or fuse; confuse; combine into one
confluence
flowing together; crowd
confound
*confuse; puzzle
condone
*overlook; forgive; give tacit approval; excuse
congeal
freeze; coagulate
congenial
pleasant; friendly
congenital
existing at birth
conifer
pine tree; cone-bearing tree
conjecture
infer on the basis of insufficient data; surmise; guess
conjugal
pertaining to marriage
conjure
summon a devil; practice magic; imagine or invent
connivance
pretense of ignorance of something wrong; assistance; permission to offend
connoisseur
*person competent to act as a judge of art, etc.; a lover of art
connubial
pertaining to marriage or the matrimonial state
consanguinity
kinship
conscientious
scrupulous; careful
conscript
draftee; person forced into military service
consecrate
dedicate; sanctify
consequential
pompous; self-important
conservatory
school of fine arts (especially music or drama)
consign
deliver officially; entrust; set apart
consort
associate with
consort
(second meaning) husband or wife
constituent
supporter
constraint
compulsion; repression of feelings
consummate
wholly without flaw; supremely skilled; complete and utter
contagion
infection
contention
*claim; thesis
contentious
*quarrelsome
context
writings preceding and following the passage quoted
contiguous
adjacent to; touching upon
continence
self-restraint; sexual chastity
contingent
(second meaning) group that makes up part of a gathering
contraband
illegal trade; smuggling; smuggled goods
contravene
contradict; oppose; infringe on or transgress
contrite
*penitent
controvert
oppose with arguments; attempt to refute; contradict
contumacious
disobedient; resisting authority
contusion
bruise
conundrum
*riddle; difficult problem
converge
*approach; tend to meet; come together
conversant
familiar with
converse
opposite
convex
curving outward
conveyance
vehicle; transfer
convivial
festive; gay; characterized by joviality
convoke
call together
convoluted
*coiled around; involved; intricate
copious
plentiful
coquette
flirt
cordial
gracious; heartfelt
cordon
extended line of men or fortifications to prevent access or egress
cornice
projecting molding on building (usually above columns)
cornucopia
horn overflowing with fruit and grain; symbol of abundance
corollary
consequence; accompaniment
corporeal
bodily; material
corpulent
very fat
corroborate
confirm; support
corrugated
wrinkled; ridged
coterie
group that meets socially; select circle
countenance
approve; tolerate
countenance
(second meaning) face
countermand
cancel; revoke
coup
highly successful action or sudden attack
covenant
agreement
covetous
avaricious; eagerly desirous of
cow
terrorize; intimidate
cozen
cheat; hoodwink; swindle
crabbed
sour; peevish
crass
very unrefined; grossly insensible
craven
*cowardly
credence
belief
credulity
belief on slight evidence; gullibility; naiveté
crotchety
eccentric; whimsical
cubicle
small chamber used for sleeping
cuisine
style of cooking
cull
pick out; reject
culpable
deserving blame
culvert
artificial channel for water
cumbersome
heavy; hard to manage
cupidity
greed
curator
superintendent; manager
curmudgeon
churlish, miserly individual
cursive
flowing, running
cursory
casual; hastily done
cynosure
object of general attention