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abase
lower, degrade, humiliate
abash
embarrass
abate
subside or moderate
abreviate
shorten
abdicate
renounce, give up
aberrant
abnormal or deviant
abet
assist, usually in doing something wrong
abeyance
suspend action
abhor
detest, hate
abject
wretched; lacking pride
abjure
renounced upon oath; disavow
ablution
washing
abnegation
renunciation; self-sacrifice
abolish
cancel; put an end to
aberration
abormality; departure from the norm; mntal irregularity or disorder
abominable
detestable; extremel upleasant; very bad
abominate
loathe; hate
aboriginal
being the fist of its kind in a region; primitiv; native
abortive
unsuccessful; fruitless
abrasive
rubbing away; tending to grind down
abridge
condense or shorten
abrogate
abolish
abscission
removal by cutting off, as in surgery; seperation
abscond
depart secretly an hide
absolute
complete; totally unlimited; certain
absolve
pardon (an offense)
abstain
refrai; withhold from participation
abstemious
sparing in eating an drinking; temperate
abstinence
restraint from eating or drinking
abstract
theoretical; not concrete; nonrepresentational
abstruse
obscure; profund; difficult to understand
abusive
coarsely insulting; physically harmful
abut
boder upon; adkoi
abysmal
bottomless
abyss
enormous chasm; vast bottomless pit
academic
related to school; not practical or directly useful
accede
agree
accelerate
move faster
accessibe
easy to approach; obtainable
accessory
additional object; useful but not essential thing
acclaim
applaud; announce with great approval
acclimate
adjust to climate or environment; adapt
acclivity
sharp upslop of a hill
accoade
award of merit
accommodate
oblige or help someone; ajust or bring into harmony; adapt
accomplice
partner in crime
accord
freement
accost
approach and speak first to a person
accoutre
equip
accertion
growth; incrase
accure
come about by addition
acerbic
bitter or sour in nature; sharp and cutting
acerbity
bitterness of speech and temper
acetic
vinegary
acidulous
lightly sour; sharp; cautic
acknowledge
recognize; admit
acme
peak; pinnacle; highest point
acoustics
science of sound;quality that makes a room easy or hard to hear in
acquiesce
assent; agree passively
acquittal
deliverane from a charge
acrid
sharp; bitterly pungent
acrimonious
bitter in words or manner
acophobia
fear of heights
actuarial
calculating; pertaining to insurance statistics
actuate
motivate
acuity
sharpness
acumen
mental keenness
acute
quickly perceptive; keen; brief and severe
adage
wise saying; proverb
adamant
hard; inflexibe
adapt
alter; modify
addendum
addition; appedix to book
addictio
compulsive; habitual eed
addle
muddle; drive crazy; become rotten
address
direct a speech to; deal with or discuss
adept
expert at
adhere
stick fast
adherent
supporter; follower
adjacent
adjoining; neighborin; close by
adjunct
something (generally nonessential or inferior) added on or attached
adjuration
solemn urging
adjutant
staff officer assisting the commander; assistant
admonish
warn; reprove
adorn
decorate
adroit
skillful
adulation
flattery; admiration
adulterate
make impure by adding inferior or tainted aubstances
advent
arrival
adventitious
accidental; casual
advesary
opponent; enemy
adverse
unfavorable; hostile
adversity
poverty; misfortune
advert
refer (to)
advocacy
support; active leading on behalf of someone or something
advocate
urge; plead for
aegis
sheild; defense
aerie
nest of a large bird of prey (eagle, hawk)
aesthetic
artistic; dealing with or capable of apprecating the beautiful
affable
easily approachable; warmly friendly
affected
artificial; pretended; assumed in order to impress
affidavit
written statement mde uner oath
affiliation
joining; associating wih
affinity
kinhi
affirmation
positive assetion; confirmation; solemn pledge by one who refuses to take an oath
affix
attach or add on; fasten
affliction
state of distress; cause of suffering
affluence
abundance; wealth
affront
insult; offense; intentional act of direspct
agape
openmouthed
agenda
items of business at a meeting
agglomeration
collecton; heap
aggrandize
increase or intensify; raise in power, wealth, rank or honor
aggregati
gather; accumulate
aggressor
attacker
aghast
horrified; dumbfounded
agility
nimbleness
agitate
stir up; disturb
agnostic
one who is skeptical of the existence of a god or any ultimate reality
agog
highly excited; intensely curious
agrarian
pertaining to land or its cultivation
alacrity
cheerful promptness; eagernes
alchemy
medieval form of speculative thought that aimed to transform base metals (lead,copper) into silver or gold and to discover a means of prolonging life
alcove
nook; recess
alias
assumed name
alienate
make hostile; seperate
almony
payments madeo an ex-spouse after divorce
allay
calm; pacify
allege
state without proof
allegiance
loyalty
allegory
story in which characters are used as symbols fable
alleviate
relieve
allitration
repetition of beginning sound in poetry
allocate
assign
alloy
mixture of metals
alimentary
supplying nourishment
alloy
mix; make less pure; lessen or moderate
allude
refer indirectly
allure
entice; attract
allusion
indirect reference
alluvial
pertaining to soil deposits left by running water
aloof
apart; reserved
aloft
upward
altercation
noisy quarrel; heated disrupt
altruistic
unselfishly generous; concerned for others
amalgamate
combine; unite in one bod
amass
collect
amazon
female warrior
ambidextrous
capable of using either hand with equal ease
ambience
environment; atosphere
ambiguous
unclear or doubtful in meaning
ambivalence
the state of having contradictory o conflicting emotional attitudes
amble
moving a an easy pace
ambrosia
food of the gods
ambulatory
able to walk; not bedridden
ameliorate
improve
amenable
readily managed or willing to be led; answerable or accountable leagally
amend
correct; change, generally for the better
amentities
convnient features; courtesies
amiable
agreeale; lovable; warmly friendly
amicable
politely friendy; not quarrelsome
amiss
wrong; faulty
amity
friendship
amnesia
loss of memory
amnesty
pardon
amoral
nonmoral
amorous
moed by sexual love; loving
amorphous
formless; lacking shape or definition
amphibian
able to live both on land and in water
amphitheater
oval building with tiers of seats
ample
abundant
amplify
broaden or clarify by expanding; intensify; make stronger
amputate
cut off a part of body; prune
amok (amuck)
in a state of rage
amulet
charm; talisman
anachronism
something or someone misplaced in time
analgesic
causing insensitivity to pain
analogous
comparable
analogy
similarty; parallelism
anarchist
person who seeks to overturn the established gov't; advocate of abolishing authority
anarchy
absence of governing body; state of disorder
anathema
solemn curse; someone or something regarded as a curse
ancestry
family descent
anchor
secure or fasten firmly
ancillary
serving as an aid or accessory; auxiliary
anecdote
short account of an amusing or interesting event
anemia
condition in which blood lacks red corpuscles
anesthetic
substance that removes sensation with or witout loss of consciousness
anguish
acute pain; extreme suffering
angular
sharp-cornered; stiff in manner
animadversion
critical remark
animated
lively; spirited
animosity
active enmity
animus
hostile feling or event
annals
records; history
anneal
reduce brittleness and improve toughness by heating and cooling
annex
attach; take possesion of
annihilate
destroy
annotate
comment; make explanatory notes
annuity
yeary allowance
annul
make void
anodyne
drug that relieves pain; opiate
anoint
consecrate
anomalous
abnormal; iregular
anomaly
irregularity
anonymity
state of being nameless; anonymousness
antagonism
hostility; active resistance
antecede
precede
antecedents
preceding events or circumstances that influence what comes later; ancestors or early background
antediluvian
antiquated; extremly ancient
anthem
song of praise or patroitism
anthology
book of literary selections by various authors
anthropoid
manlike
anthropologist
student of the histoy and science of humankind
anthropomorphic
having human form characteristics
antic
extravagantly odd
anticlimax
let down in thought or emotion
antidote
remedy to counteact a poison or disease
antipathy
aversion; dislike
antiquated
absolete; outdated
antiseptic
substance that prevents infection
antitheses
contrast; direct opposite of or to
anvil
iron block used in hammering out metals
apathy
lack of caring;indifference
ape
imitate or mimic
aperture
opening; hole
apex
tip; summit; climax
aphasia
loss of speech due to injury or illness
aphorism
pithy maxim or saying
apiary
a place where bees are kept
aplomb
poise; assuracne
apocalyptic
prophetic; pertainig to revelations
apocryphal
sperious; not authentic; invented rather than true
apogee
highest point
apolitical
having an averion or lack of concern for politial affairs
apologist
one who writes in defense of a cause or institution
apotaste
one who abandons his relgious faith or political beliefs
apothecary
druggist
apothegm
pithy, compact saying
apotheosis
elevation to godhood; an ideal example of something
appall
dismay; shock
apparition
ghost; phantom
appease
pacify or soothe
appellation
name; title
append
attach
application
diligent attention
appostie
appropriate; fitting
appraise
estimate value of
apprecite
be thankful for
apprehend
arrest (a criminal); dread; perceive
appehensive
fearful; discerning
apprise
inform
approbation
approval
appropriate
acquire; take possesion of for one's own use
appurtenances
subordinate possesions
apropos
to the point and timely
apropos
with reference to; regarding
aptitude
fitness; talent
aquiline
curved, hooked
arabesque
style of decoration involving intertwined plants and abstract curves; ballet position with one leg suporting the weight of the body, while the oth leg is extended back
arable
fit for growing crops
arbiter
person with power to decide a matter in dispute; judge
arbitrary
unreasonalbe or capricious; tyrannical
arbitrate
act as judge
arboretum
place where different varieties of tree and shrubs are studied and exhibited
arcade
a covered passageway, usually lined with shops
arcane
secret; mysterious; known only to the initiatd
archaeology
study of artifacts and relics of early mankind
archaic
aniquated
arcetype
prototype; primitive pattern
archipelago
group of closely located islands
archives
public records; place where public records are kept
ardor
heat; passion; zeal
arduous
hard; strenuous
argot
slang
aria
operatic solo
arid
dry; barren
aristocracy
hereditary nobility; privileged class
armada
fleet of warships
aromatic
fragrant
arraign
charge in court; indict
array
marshal; draw up in order
array
clothe; adorn
arrears
being in debt
arrest
stop or check; seize or capture (the attention)
arrhythmic
lacking rhythm or regularity
arrogance
pride; haughtiness
arroyo
gully
arsenal
tsorage place for military equipment
artful
cunning; crafty; sly
articulate
effective; distinct
artifact
object made by human beings, either handmade or mass-produced
artifice
deception; trickery
artisan
manually skilled worker; craftsman, as opposed to artist
artless
without guile; open and honest
ascendancy
controlling influence
ascertain
find out for certain
ascetic
practicing self-denial; austere
ascribe
refer; attribute; assign
aseptic
preventing infection; having a cleansing effect
ashen
ash-colored; deadly pale
asinine
stupid
askance
with a sideways or indirect look
askew
crookedly; slanted; at an angle
asperity
sharpness (of temper)
aspersion
slandrous remark
aspirant
seeker after position or status
aspire
seek to attain; long for
assail
assault
assay
analyze; evaluate
assent
agree; accept
assert
state strongly or positively; insist on or demand recognition of (rights, claims)
assessment
estimation; appraisal
assiduous
diigent
assimilate
absorb; cause to become homogenous
assuage
ease or lessen (pain); satisfy (hunger); soothe (anger)
assumption
something taken for granted; te taking over or taking possesion of
assurance
promise or pledge; certainty; self-confidence
asteroid
small planet
astigmatism
eye defect that prevents proper focus
astral
relating to the stars
astringent
bindding; causing contraction; harsh or severe
astronomical
enourmously large or extensive
astute
wise; shrewd; keen
asunder
into parts; part
asylum
place of refuge or shelter
asymmetric
not identical on both sids of dividing center line
atavism
resemblance to remote ancestors rather than to parents; reversion to an earlier type; throwback
atheist
one who denies the existence of God
atone
make amends for; pay for
atrocity
brutal deed
atrophy
wasting away
attentive
alert and watchful; considerate; thoughtful
attenuate
make thinner; weaken or lessen (in density, force, degree)
attest
testify; bear witness
attribute
essential quality
attribute
acribe; explain
attrition
gradual decrease in numbers reduction in the work force without firing employees; wearing awayof opposition by means of harassment
atypical
not normal
audacious
daring; bold
audit
examination of accounts
augment
increase; add to
augury
omen; prophecy
august
impressive; majestic
aureole
sun's corona; halo
auroral
pertaining to the aurora borealis
auspicious
favoring success
austere
foriddingly stern; severely simple and unornamented
authenticate
prove genuine
authoritarian
subordinating the individual to the state; competely dominating another's will
authoritative
having the weight of authority; peremptory and dictatorial
autocratic
having absolute, unchecked power; ditatorial
automaton
mechanism that imitates actions of humans
autonomous
self-governing
autopsy
examination of a dead body; postmortem
auxiliary
offering or providing help; additional or subsidiary
avalanche
great mass of falling snow and ice
avarice
greediness for wealth
avenge
take vengance for something (or on behalf of someone)
aver
assert confidently or declare; as used in law, state formally as fact
averse
reluctant; disinclined
aversion
firm dislike
avert
prevent; turn away
aviary
enclosure for birds
avid
greedy; eager for
avocation
secondary or minor occupation
avow
declare openly
avuncular
like an uncle
awe
solemn wonder
awl
pointed tool used for piercing
awry
distorted; crooked
axiom
self-evident truth requiring no proof
azure
sky blue
babble
chatter idly
bacchanalian
drunken
badger
pester; annoy
badinage
teasing conversation
baffle
frustrate; perplex
bait
harass; tease
baleful
threatening; menacing; sinister; foreshadowing evil
balk
stop short, as if faced with an obstacle, and refuse to continue
balk
foil
ballast
heavy substance used to add stability or weight
balm
something that relieves pain
balmy
mild; fragrant
banal
hackneyed; commonplace; trite; lacking originality
bandy
discuss lightly or glibly; exchange (words) heatedly
bane
curse; cause of ruin
baneful
destructive; causing ruin or death
bantering
good-naturedly ridiculing
barb
sharp projection from fishhook or other object; openly cutting remark
bard
peot
barefaced
shameless; bold; unconcealed
baroque
highly ornate
barrage
barrier laid down by artillery fire; overwheling profusion
barrister
counselor-at-law
barterer
trader
bask
luxuriate; take pleasure in warmth
bastion
stronghold; something seen as a source of protection
bate
let down; restrain
bauble
trinket; trifle
bawdy
indecent; obscene
beatific
showing or producing joy; blissful
beatify
bless or sanctify; proclaim someone dead to be one of the blessed
beatitude
blessedness; state of bliss
bedizen
dress with vulgar finery
bedraggle
wet thoroughly
beeline
direct, quick route
befuddle
confuse thoroughly
beget
fter; produce; give rise to
begrudge
resent
beguile
mislead or delude; cheat; pass time
behemoth
huge creatue; something of monstrous size and power
beholden
obligated; indebted
behoove
be necessaryor proper for; be incumbent upon
belabor
explain or go over excessively or to a ridiculous degree; assail verbally
belated
delayed
beleauger
besiege or attack; harass
belie
contradit; give false imresion
belittle
disparage; deprecate
bellicose
warlike; pugnacious; naturally inclined to fight
belligerent
quarrelsome
bemoan
lament; express dsapproval of
bemused
confused; lost in thought; preoccupied
benediction
blessing
benefactor
gift giver; patron
beneficent
kindly; doing good
beneficial
helpful; useful
beneficiary
person entitled to benefits or proceeds of an insurance policy or will
benevolent
generous; charitable
benign
kindly; favorable; not malignant
benison
blessing
bent
determined; natural talent or inclination
bequeath
leave to someone by means of a will; hand down
berate
scold strongly
bereavement
state of being deprived of something valuable or beloved
bereft
deprived of; lacking
berserk
frenzied
beseech
beg; plead with
beset
harass or trouble; hem in
beseiege
surround with armed forces; harass (with requests)
besmirch
soil, defile
bestial
beastlike; brutal; inhuman
bestow
confer
betoken
signify; indicate
betray
be unfaithful; reveal(unconsciously or unwillingly)
betroth
become engaged to marry
bicameral
two-chambered, as a legislative body
bicker
quarrel
bevy
large group
biennial
every two years
bifurcated
divided into two branches; forked
bigotry
stubborn intolerance
bilious
suffering from a liver complaint; peevishly ill humored
bilk
swindle; cheat
billowing
swelling out in waves; surging
bivouac
temporary encampment
bizarre
fantastic; violently contrasting
blanch
bleach; whiten
bland
soothing or mild; agreeable
blandish
cajole; coax with flattery
blandishment
flattery
blare
loud, harsh roar or screech; dazzling blaze of light
blasé
bored with pleasure or dissipation
blasphemy
irreverence; scrilege; cursing
blatant
extremely obvious; loudly offensive
bleak
cold or cheerless; unlikely to be favorable
blighted
suffering from a diease; destroyed
blithe
carefree and unconcerned (perhaps foolishly so); cheerful and gay
bloated
swollen or puffed as with water or air
blowhard
talkative boaster
bludgeon
club; heavy-headed weapon
bluff
rough but good-natured
bluff
pretense (of strength); deception; high cliff
blunder
error
blurt
utter impulsively
bluster
blow in heavy gusts; threaten emptily; bully
bode
foreshadow; portend
bogus
counterfiet; not authentic
bohemian
unconventional (in an artistic way)
boisterous
violent; rough; noisy
bolster
support; reinforce
bolt
door bar; fasten pin or screw; length of fabric
bolt
dash or dart off; fasten (a door); gobble down
bombardment
attack (as with missiles)
bombastic
pompous; using inflated language
boon
blessing; benefit
boorish
rude; insensitive
bouillon
clear beef soup
bountiful
abundant; graciously generous
bourgeois
middle class; selfishly materalistic; dully conventional
bovine
cowlike; placid and dull
bowdlerized
expurgate
boycott
refrain from buying or using
brackish
somewhat saline
braggadocio
boasting
braggart
boaster
brandish
wave around; flourish
bravado
swagger; assumed air of defiance
brawn
muscular strength; sturdiness
brazen
insolent
breach
breaking of contract or duty; fissure or gap
breadth
width; extent
brevity
conciseness
brindled
tawny or grayish with streaks or spots
bristling
rising like bristles; showing irritation
brittle
easily broken; difficult
broach
introduce; open up
brocade
rich, figured fabric
brochure
pamplet
brooch
ornamental clasp
brook
tolerate; endure
browbeat
bullly; intimidate
browse
graze; skim or glance at casually
brunt
main impact or shock
brusque
blunt; abrupt
buccaneer
pirate
bucolic
rustic; pastoral
buffet
table with food sat out for people to serve themselves; meal at which people help themselves to food that's been set out
buffet
slap; batter; knock about
buffoonery
clowning
bugaboo
bugbear; oject of baseless terror
bullion
gold and silver in the form of bars
bulwark
earthwork or other strong defense; person who defends
bungle
mismanage; blunder
buoyant
able to float; cheerful and optimistic
bureaucracy
overregulated adminstrative system marked by red tape
burgeon
grow forth; send out buds
burlesque
give an imitation that ridicules
burnish
make shiny by rubbing; polish
buttress
support; prop up
buxom
full-bosomed; plump; jolly
cabal
small group of persons secretly united to promote their own interests
cache
hiding place
cacophonous
discordant; inharmonious
cadaver
corpse
cadaverous
like a corpse; pale
cadence
rhythmic rise and fall (of words or sounds); beat
cadge
beg; mooch; panhandle
cajole
coax; wheedle
calmity
disaster; misery
calculated
deliberatly planned; likely
caldron
large kettle
caliber
abilty; quality
calligraphy
beautiful writing; excellent penmanship
callous
hardened; unfeeling
callow
youthful; immature; inexperienced
calorific
heat-producing
calumny
malcious misrepreentation; slander
camaraderie
good-fellowship
cameo
shell or jewel carved in relief; star's special appearance in a minor role of a film
camouflage
disguise; conceal
canard
fase or unfunded story; fabricated report
candor
frankness; open honesty
canine
related to dogs; doglike
canker
any ulcerous sore; any evil
canny
shrewd; thrifty
canon
collection or authoritative list of books (by an author or accepted as scripture
canon
rule or principle, frequently religious
cant
insincere expression of piety; jargon of thieves
cantankerous
ill-humored; irritable
cantata
story set to music, to be sung by a chorus
canter
slow gallop
canto
division of a long poem
canvass
determine or seek opinions, votes
capacious
spacious
capacity
mental or physical ablity; role; ability to accommodate
capillary
having a very fine bore
capitulate
surrender
caprice
whim
capricious
unpreditabe; fickle
caption
title; chapter heading; text under illustration
captious
faultfinding
carafe
glass water bottle; decanter
carapace
shell covering the back (of a turtle, crab)
carat
unit of weight in precious stones; measure of fineness of gold
carcinogenic
causing cancer
cardinal
cheif
cardiologist
doctor specializing in ailments of the heart
careen
lurch; way form side to side
caricature
distrotion; burlesque
carrillon
a set of bells capable of being played
carnage
destruction of life
carnal
fleshly
carnivorous
meat-eating
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 accidents
cataclysm
deluge; upheaval
catalyst
agent that influences the pace of chemical reaction whileit remains unaffected and unchanged; person or thing that causes action
catapult
slingshot; hurling machine
cataract
great waterfall; eye abnormality
catastrophe
calamity; disaster
catcall
shout of disapproval; boo
catechism
book for religious instruction; instruction by question and answer
categorical
without expections; unqualified; absolute
catharsis
purging or cleansing of any passage of the body
cathartic
purgative
catholic
universal; wide-ranging liberal
caucus
private meeting of members of party to select officers or determine policy
caulk
to make watertight (by plugging seams)
causal
implying a cause-and-effect relationship
caustic
burning; sarcastically biting
cauterize
burn with hot iron or caustic
cavalcade
prcession; 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 intercouse; unmarried
censor
overseer or morals; person who eliminates inappropriate matter
censorious
critical
censure
blame; criticize
centaur
mythical figure, half man and half horse
centigrade
denoting a widely used temperature scale (basically same as celsius)
centrifugal
radiating; departing from the center
centrifuge
machine that separates substances by whiriling them
centripetal
tending toward the center
centurion
roman army office
cerebral
pertaining to the brain or inellect
cerebration
thought
ceremonious
marked y formality
certitude
certainty
cessation
stoppage
cession
yeilding (something) to another; ceding
chafe
warm by rubbing; make sore (by rubbing)
chaff
worthless products of an endeavor
chaffing
bantering; joking
chagrin
vexaton (caused by humiliation or injured pride); disappointment
chalice
goblet; consecrated cup
chameleon
lizard that changes color in different stuations
champion
support miltanly
chaotic
in utter disorder
charisma
divine gift; great popular or appeal
charlatan
quack; pretender to knowledge
chary
cautious; sparing or restrained about giving
chase
ornament a metal surface by indenting
chasm
abyss
chassis
framework and working parts of an automobile
chaste
pure; virginal; modest
chasten
correct by punishment or scolding; restrain
chastened
humbled; subdued; rebuked
chastise
punish or scold; reprimand
chauvinist
blindly devoted patrot; zealous adherent of a group or cause
check
stop motion; curb or restrain
checkered
marked by changes in fortune
cherubic
angelic; innocent-looking
chicanery
trickery; deception
chide
scold
chimerial
fantastially improbable; highly unrealstic; imaginative
chisel
wedgelike tool for cutting
chisel
swindle or cheat; cut with a chisel
chivalrous
courteous; faithful; brave
choleric
hot-tempered
choreography
art of representing dances in written symbols; arrangement of dances
chortle
cuckle with delight
chronic
long established, as a disease
chronicle
report; record (in chronological order)
churlish
boorish; rude
ciliated
having minute hairs
cipher
nonetity; worthless peson or things
cipher
secret code
circlet
small ring; band
circuitous
roundabout
circumlocution
unnecessarily wordy an indirect speech; evasive language
circumscribe
limit narrowly; confine or restrict; define
circumspect
prudent; cautious
circumvent
outwit; baffle
cistern
reservoir or water tank
citadel
fortress
cite
quote; commend
civil
having to do with citizens or the state; courteous and polite
clarirvoyant
having foresight; fortuneteller
clamber
climb by crawling
clamor
noise
clandestine
secret
clangor
loud, resounding noise
clapper
striker (tougne) of a bell
clarion
shrill, trumpetlike sound
claustrophobia
fear of being locked in
clavicle
collarbone
cleave
split or sever; cling to; remain faithful to
cleft
split
clemency
disposition to be lenient; mildness, as of the weather
cliché
phrase dulled meaning by repetition
clientele
body of customers
climactic
relating to the highest point
clime
region; climate
clique
small, exclusive group
cloister
monastery or convent
clout
great influence
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; somethin tha rounds out, summarizes, or concludes
coddle
treat gently; pamper
codicil
supplement to the body of will
codify
arrange (laws, rules) as a code; classify
coercion
use of force to get someone to obey
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
cognitive
having to do with knowing or perceiving related to the mental process
cognizance
knowledge
cohabit
live together
cohere
stick together
cohesion
tendency to keep together
cohorts
armed band
coiffure
hairstyle
coin
make coins; invented or fabricated
coincidence
the chance occurrence, at the same time, of two or more seemingly connected events
colander
utensil with perforated bottom used for straining
collaborate
work together
collage
work of art put together from fragments
collate
examine in order to verify authenticity; arrange in order
collateral
security given for loan
collation
a light meal
colloquial
pertaining to conversational or common speech; informal
colloquy
informal discussion
collusion
conspriring in a fraudulent scheme
colossal
huge
clossus
gigantic state
comatose
in a coma; extremely sleepy
combustible
easily burned
comely
attractive; agreeable
comestible
something fit to be eaten
comeuppance
rebuke; deserts
comity
courtesy; civility
commandeer
to draft for military purposes; to take for public use
commemorative
remembering; honoring
commensurate
corresponding in extent, degree, amount; proportionate
commiserate
feel or express pity or sympathy for
commodious
spacious and comfortable
communal
held in common; a group of people
compact
ageement; contract
compact
tightly packed; firm; brief
compatible
harmonious; in harmony with
compelling
overpowering; irresistible in effect
compendium
brief, comprehensive
compensatory
making up for; repaying
compilation
listing of statistical informaion in tabular or book form
compile
assemble; gather; accumulate
complacency
self-satisfaction; smugness
complaisant
trying to please; overly polite; obliging
complement
complete; consummate; make perfect
complementary
serving to complete something
compliance
readiness to yield; conformity in fulfilling requirements
compliant
yielding; conforming requiremnts
complicity
involvement in a crimel; participation
component
elemet; ingredient
comport
bear one's self; behave
composure
mental calmness
compound
combine; constitute, pay interest; increase
comprehensive
thorough; inclusive
compress
squeeze or press together; make more compact
comprise
include; consist of
compromise
adjust or settle by making mutual concessions; endanger the interests or reputation of
compunction
remorse
compute
reckon; calculate
concatenate
link as in a chain
concave
hollow
concede
admit; yield
conceit
vanity or self-love; whimsical idea; extravagant metaphor
concentric
having a common center
conception
beginning; forming an idea
concerted
mutually agreed on; done together
concession
an act of yielding
conciliatory
reconciling; soothing
concise
brief and compact
conclave
private meeting
conclusion
decisive; ending all debate
concoct
prepare by combing; make up in concert
concomitant
that which accompanies
concord
harmony
concur
agree
concurrent
happening at the same time
condescend
bestow courtesies with a superior air
condign
appropriate; deservd (almost always, in the sense f deservedly severe, punishment)
condiment
food seasoning; spice
condole
express sympathetic sorrow
condone
overlook; forgive; give tacit approval; excuse
conducive
helpful; contibutive
conduit
aqueduct; passageway for fluids
confidant
trusted friend
confine
shut in; restrict
confiscate
seize; commandeer
conflagration
great fire
conflate
meld or fuse; confuse; combine into one
confluence
flowing together; crowd
conformity
harmony; agreement
confound
confuse; puzzle
congeal
freeze; coagulate
congenial
pleasent; friendly
congenital
existing at birth