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cache
n; hiding place
Jafar’s cache was beneath the castle—the door was a hidden entrance behind a wall.
cacophonous
adj; discordant; inharmonious
Pudge said his golf swing was often cacophonous—he just couldn’t get everything working in harmony.
cadge
v; beg; mooch; panhandle
Paul liked to cadge off of everyone—we ended up having to hide our food!
callow
adj; youthful; immature; inexperienced
Chad liked callow women—the younger, the better.
culumny
n; malicious misrepresentation; slander
We could well get sued for culumny over some of our A-Men depictions—I don’t think B.J. or Elby would like how they come across.
canard
n; false or unfounded story; fabricated report
Dan Rather got in trouble for his infamous canard in which he reported that Bush had falsified his military records.
cantankerous
adj; ill-humored; irritable
Beth could get cantankerous at certain times of the month.
cantata
n; story set to music, to be sung by a chorus
Verdi turned The Merry Wives of Windsor into a cantata, Falstaff.
canvass
v/n; determine or seek opinions, votes, etc
The mayor was confident after canvassing the crowd that he had the votes to win.
capricious
adj; unpredictable; fickle
How he got "Most Fun-Loving is beyond me--he tries to act capricious, but he's really not spontaneous.
captious
adj; faultfinding
Pudge is extremely captious—he finds problems with everything.
carafe
n; glass water bottle; decanter
“Carafe of red. Carafe of white. What ever kind of mood you’re in tonight.”
carapace
n; shell covering the back (turtle, crab, etc.)
Snapping turtles have a raised ridge on the top of their carapace.
carillon
n; a set of bells capable of being played
“I heard the carillon on Christmas day. Their own familiar carols play”
carping
n/adj; petty criticism; fault-finding
Pudge’s statements were never free from carping—there was always something negative.
castigation
n; punishment; severe criticism
Bloom’s castigation of Alice Walker caused a big uproar among feminists and black-lit. people.
cataract
n; great waterfall
Niagra Falls: cataract.
catcall
n; shout of disapproval; boo
Bud was famous for his catcalls during basketball games.
catharsis
n; purging or cleansing of any passage of the body
Aristotle thought that a tragedy acted as catharsis in that it purged the soul of base elements.
cavil
v/n; make frivolous objections
Lionel Hutz would often cavil unimportant facts because he didn’t know what else to do.
celerity
n; speed; rapidity;
Hamlet resented his mother’s celerity in remarrying.
censorious
adj/v(censure); critical
Pudge is too censorious—he loves blaming people.
cerebration
n; thought
Reading Faulkner isn’t easy—he requires much cerebration.
chaff
n; worthless products of an endeavor; Trivial or worthless matter
I thought his article placed too much emphasis on the chaff and not enough on the important details.
chaffing
adj; bantering; joking
We’re a chaffing group of guys—we like to go at it.
chagrin
n; vexation (caused by humiliation or injured pride); disappointment
Aladdin thought the revelation of his true lifestyle would cause him chagrin.
chary
adj; cautious; sparing or restrained about giving
Paul was very chary when it came to money—I doubt he ever gave money to the Salvation Army.
chasten
v; correct by punishment or scolding; restrain
Mother Superior would chasten little Billy whenever he did something wrong—thus bringing about the Killer Santa.
chicanery
n; trickery; decetption
Iago was a master of chicanery—he tricked and deceived everyone.
chimerical
adj; fantastically improbable; highly unrealistic; imaginative
Henry James’ fiction is realistic; Tolkien’s is chimerical.
chisel
v; swindel or cheat
The Duke and the King tried to chisel the people out of their money by performing Hamlet’s soliloquy.
choleric
adj; hot-tempered
David Banner turned into the Hulk when he became choleric.
chortle
v; chuckle with delight
We imagined Sean chortling after throwing a rock through Paul’s windshield.
churlish
adj; boorish; rude
Paul was very churlish when it came to table-manners—he would often double-dip his breadstick and talk with his mouth open and take other people’s corner pieces of pizza.
cipher
n; nonentity; worthless person or thing
Chad is a cipher—he has no personality and doesn’t contribute anything to a conversation.
circlet
n; small ring; band
The One Ring looked like a mere circlet to me.
circuitous
adj; roundabout; indirect
Claggart worked through circuitous, or, indirect, means.
circumlocution
n; unnecessarily wordy and indirect speech; evasive language
Hamlet would often engage in circumloction—no one could understand what he was saying.
circumspect
adj; prudent; cautious
Paul was very circumspect with money.
circumvent
v; outwit; baffle
Falstaff is so witty, he would circumvent a lesser mind.
clapper
n; striker of a bell
The thing inside the bell that does the ringing.
clarion
adj; shrill; trumpetlike sound
The army recruits woke up to the clarion sound of the bugle.
clemency
n; disposition to be lenient; mildness
Mother Superior’s lack of clemency drove Billy to murder.
cloister
n; monastary or convent
Nuns live in the cloister.
clout
n; great influence
Paul liked to think he carried a lot of clout in Lappin.
cloying
adj; distasteful (because excessive); excessively sweet or sentimental
George hated Jerry’s cloying relationship (Schmoopie).
coagulate
v; thicken; congeal; clot
The tar on the mastadon coagulated so that it kept it intact.
codicil
n; supplement to the body of a will
His will was complicated because it had so many codicils.
codify
v; arrange (laws, rules) as a code; classify
Hammurabi codified the laws of the land into his Code of Hammurabi.
coeval
adj; contemporary
Philip Roth may be the greatest coeval author.
cogent
adj; convincing
Gregory Peck was not a very cogent Ahab.
cogitate
v; think over
You really have to cogitate what you read in Emerson to gain the fullest benefits.
coiffure
n; hairstyle
The mullet is a type of coiffure.
colander
n; utensil with perforated bottome used for straining
Use a colander to drain the water from the spaghetti.
collate
v; examine in order to verify authenticity
Specialists who collated Bush’s military records found them to be credible.
collation
n; light meal
There are no collations to Paul—only feasts.
comity
n; courtesy; civility
Hannibal Lector liked people who behaved with some comity.
commensurate
adj; proportionate
My thumbs aren’t proportionate—one is longer than the other.
commiserate
v; feel or express pity or sympathy for
Genie commiserated with Aladdin because he couldn’t marry Jasmin.
compendium
v; brief, comprehensive summary
SparkNotes provides both long analyses and compendiums to novels.
complaisant
adj; trying to please; overly polite; obliging
Jasmin was the opposite of complaisant—she was rude, short, and uninterested in pleasing her suitors.
comport
v; behave
Ted didn’t comport on the putting green—he hit balls off of the wall instead of putting quietly.
compunction
n; remorse
Jafar didn’t show any compunction for having ruined Aladdin.
concatenate
v; link as in a chain
When playing Red-Rover, teams have to concatenate their arms to withstand the runner.
concerted
adj; mutally agreed on; done together
The gundam pilots made a conerted effort to bring down OZ.
conciliatory
adj/v; reconciling; soothing
Elby was conciliatory after knocking Paul over.
conclave
n; private meeting
Aladdin wanted a conclave with Jasmin, so he flew up to her balcony.
concomitant
n; that which accompanies
A sore throat is usually a concomitant to a sinus infection.
concord
n; harmony
“Hello, baby hello.”
condign
adj; appropriate; deserved (almost always, in the sense of deservedly severe, as in condign punishment).
Everyone thought John Peterson’s sentence was condign.
conflagration
n; great fire
Springfield has a conflagration that burns a yard of tires.
conflate
v; combine
The voltron lions conflated to form Voltron: Defender of the Universe.
confluence
n; flowing together; crowd
We took a picture in Pittsburgh at the confluence of two rivers.
congeal
v; freeze; coagulate
The mastadon congealed in the Arctic cold.
congenital
adj; existing at birth
He has a congential birth mark—it’s existed since he was born.
conjecture
v; guess; infer on the basis of insufficient data
Since no one saw the crash, the police conjectured what must have happened.
connivance
n (connive v); pretense of ignorance of something wrong; knowledge of something wrong done
My connivance when confronted with watching the satellite with friends was flawless.
connubial
adj; pertaining to marriage or the matrimonial state
Chad would never be happy in a connubial life—he’s just too much of a lady’s man.
consanguinity
n; kinship
Michael told Fredo that he should never take sides against his consanguinity again.
conscript
n/v; draftee; person forced into military service
If I were to ever become a conscript, I would head to Canada.
consequential
adj; pompous; self-important
Chad thinks he is overly consequential—he’s really not that important.
consign
v/n; deliver officially; entrust; set apart
Luka Brotsi moonlighted as a postal worker for the mob—he consigned the horse’s head to the producer’s bed.
consonance
adj; harmony;agreement
“Consonance, gee I really I love you and I want to love forever.”
consort
n; husband or wife
I want a consort like Isabel Archer.
contentious
adj; quarrelsome
Iago and Jafar were quite a contentious duo—they fought constantly.
contiguous
adj; adjacent to; touching upon
Kentucky is contiguous to Ohio and Tennessee, but not Texas.
continence
n; self-restraint; sexual chastity
It was every guy’s quest to conquer Bethany’s continence.
contingent
n; group that makes up part of a gathering
The déjà vu’s contingent was mostly perverted truck drivers.
contrite
adj; repentant; penitent
The contrite Don Quixote lashed himself in the mountains in the name of Dulcinea.
controvert
v; oppose with arguments; attempt to refute; contradict
Since I couldn’t stand Anna, I controverted everything she said in class, and won.
contumacious
(-macy n) adj; disobediant; resisting authority
Aladdin was contumacious when the Sultan’s guards tried to arrest him.
convivial
adj; festive; gay; characterized by joviality
Ondie was always very convivial.
convoke
(-kation n) v; call together
Mr. Gullett convoked the team before the match to talk strategy.
convoluted
adj; coiled around; involved; intricate
The beauty of the A-Men is it’s convoluted plots—you never know what will happen.
cordon
n/v; extended line of men or fortifications to prevent access or egress
Not even the cordon of guards could keep Jafar from escaping.
corollary
n; consequence; accompaniment
As a corollary of our fight, Chad’s nose bled the entire round the next day.
corporeal
adj; bodily; material
Thoreau wanted to give up the corporeal world.
corrugated
adj; wrinkled; ridged
The hipster kid intentionally wadded his shirt up to make it look corrugated.
coterie
n; group that meets socially; select circle
Marc ran in a very high-falutin’ coterie.
countenance
v; approve; tolerate
Jafar did not countenance Prince Ali showing up unannounced.
countermand
v; cancel; revoke
They probably should have countermanded Paul’s liscence after his 4th ticket.
cow
v; terrorize; intimidate
The men at the bar were so cowed by Chad’s entrance that they cowered in the corner.
cozen
v; cheat; hoodwink; swindle; bilk
Larry cozened the insurance company by writing the corvette as a tax write-off.
crabbed
adj; sour; peevish
Aladdin got sort of crabbed when Genie suggested freeing him.
craven
adj; cowardly
The men in the bar’s craven behavior at the sight of Chad accentuated his murderous side.
crone
n; hag
Haggar the witch gets her name because she is a crone.
crotchety
adj; eccentric; whimsical
Pynchon is very crotchety.
culpable
adj; deserving blame
Iago was culpable in the Aladdin situation—it wasn’t just Jafar.
culvert
n; artificial channel for water
Paintsville Lake is a culvert—it’s not natural, just like Good Charlotte’s attitude.
cupidity
n; greed
Paul’s cupidity may get him in trouble—at some point he may even stop paying taxes.
curmudgeon
n; miserly individual
Paul will be a curmudgeon when he gets old.
cursory
adj; casual; hastily done
Aladdin told Genie that he needed to be “Coooool; cursory” with Jasmin.
cynosure
n; object of general attention
When Mr. Gullett bit Chad’s head off, Chad immediately became the cynosure of all present.