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cabal
n. small group of persons secretly united to promote their own interests
cache
n. hiding place
cacophonous
adj. discordant; inharmonious
cadaberous
adj. like a corpse; pale
cadence
n. rhythmic rise and fall (of words or sounds); beat
cadge
v. beg; mooch; panhandle
cajole
v. coax; wheedle
calamity
n. disaster; misery
calculated
adj. deliberately planned; likely
caldron
n. large kettle
caliber
n. abillity;quality
calligraphy
n. beautiful writing; excellent penmanship
callous
adj. hardened; unfeeling
callow
adj. youthful; immature; inexperienced
calorific
adj. heat-producing
cabal
n. small group of persons secretly united to promote their own interests
cache
n. hiding place
cacophonous
adj. discordant; inharmonious
cadence
n. rhythmic rise and fall (of words or sounds); beat
cadge
v. beg; mooch; panhandle
cajole
v. cozx; wheedle
caliber
n. ability; quality
callow
adj. youthful; immature; inexperienced
calorific
adj. heat-producing
calumny
n. malicious misrepresentation; slander
camaraderie
n. good-fellowship
cameo
n. shell or jewel carved in relief; star's special appearance in a a minor role in a film
canard
n. false or unfounded story; fabricated report
candor
n. frankness; open honesty
canker
n. any ulcerous sore; any evil
canny
adj. shrewd; thrifty
canon
n. rule or principle, frequently religious
cant
n. insincere expressions of piety; jargon of thieves
cantankerous
adj. ill-humored; irritable
cantata
n. story set to music, to be sung by a chorus
canter
n. slow gallop
canvass
v. determine or seek opinions, votes, etc.
capacious
adj. spacious
capillary
adj. having a very fine bore
capitulate
v. surrender
caprice
n. whim
capricious
adj. unpredictable; fickle
captious
adj. faultfinding
cardinal
adj. chief
careen
v. lurch; sway from side to side
caricature
n. distortion; burlesque
carillon
n. a set of bells capable of being played
carnal
adj. fleshy
carousal
n. drunken revel
carping
n. petty criticism; fault-finding
cascade
n. small waterfall
castigation
n. punishment; severe criticism
cataclysm
n. deluge; upheaval
cataract
n. great waterfall; eye abnormality
catcall
n. shout of disapproval; boo
catechism
n. book for religious instruction; instruction by question and answer
categorical
adj. without exceptions; unqualified; absolute
catharsis
n. purging or cleansing of any passage of the body
cathartic
n. purgative
catholic
adj. universal; wide-ranging liberal
caucus
n. private meeting of members of a party to select officers or determine policy
caulk
v. to make watertight (by plugging seams)
causal
adj. implying a cause and effect relationship
caustic
adj. burning; sarcastically biting
cavalcade
adj. procession; parade
cavalier
adj. casual and offhand; arrogant
cavil
v. make frivolous objections
celerity
n. speed; rapidity
censorious
adj. critical
censure
v. blame; criticize
centrifugal
adj. radiating; departing from the center
centripetal
adj. tending toward the center
centurion
n. roman army officer
cerebration
n. thought
certitude
n. certainty
chafe
v. warm by rubbing; make sore (by rubbing)
chaff
n. worthless products of an endeavor
chaffing
adj. bantering; joking
chagrin
n. vexation (caused by humiliation or injured pride); disappointment
chalice
n. goblet; consecrated cup
champion
v. support militantly
charlatan
n. quack; pretender to knowledge
chary
adj. cautious; sparing or restrained about giving
chase
v. ornament a metal surface by indenting
chasten
v. correct by punishment or scolding; restrain
chastened
adj. humbled; subdued; rebuked
chauvinist
n. blindly devoted patriot; zealous adherent of a group or cause
chicanery
n. trickery; deception
chide
v. scold
chimerical
adj. fantastically improbable; highly unrealistic; imaginative
chisel
v. swindle or cheat; cut with a chisel
choleric
adj. hot-tempered
choreography
n. art of repesenting dances in written symbols; arrangement of dances
churlish
adj. boorish; rude
ciliated
adj. having minute hairs
cipher
n. nonentity; worthless person or thing

n. secret code
circumlocution
n. unnecessarily wordy and indirect speech; evasive langauge
circumscribe
v. limit narrowly; confine or restict; define
circumspect
adj. prudent; cautious
circumvent
v. outwit; baffle
cistern
n. reservoir or water tank
citadel
n. fortress
clamber
v. climb by crawling
clamor
n. noise
clandestine
adj. secret
clangor
n. loud, resounding noise
clapper
n. striker (tongue) of a bell
clarion
adj. shrill, trumpetlike sound
clavicle
n. collarbone
cleave
v. split or sever; cling to; remain faithful to
clime
n. region; climate
cloister
n. monastery or convent
cloying
adj. distasteful (because excessive); excessively sweet or sentimental
coalesce
v. combine; fuse
coda
n. concluding section of a musical or literary composition; something that rounds out, summarizes, or concludes
coddle
v. treat gently; pamper
codicil
n. supplement to the body of a will
codify
v. arrange (laws, rules) as a code; classify
coeval
adj. living at the same time as; contemporary
cog
n. tooth projectiong from a wheel
cogent
adj. convincing
cogitate
v. think over
cognate
adj. related linguistically; allied by blood; similar or akin in nature
cognizance
n. knowledge
cohabit
v. live together
cohere
v. stick togetehre
cohorts
n. armed band
coiffure
n. hairstyle
collate
v. examine in order to verify authenticity
collateral
n. security given for loan
collation
n. a light meal
colloquial
adj. pertaining to conversational or common speech; informal
colloquy
n. informal discussion
collusion
n. conspiring in a fraudulent scheme
colossus
n. gigantic statue
comatose
adj. in a coma; extremely sleepy
comely
adj. attractive; agreeable
comestible
n something fit to be eaten
comity
n. courtexy; civility
commandeer
v. to draft for military purposes; to take for public use
commemorative
adj. remembering; honoring
commensurate
adj. corresponding in extent, degree, amount, etc.; proportionate
commiserate
v. feel or express pity or sympathy for
commodious
adj. spacious and comfortable
compact
n. agreement; contract
compendium
v. brief, comprehensive summary
compensatory
adj. making up for; repaying
compilation
n. listing of statistical information in tabular or book form
complaisant
adj. trying to please; overly polite; obliging
complicity
n. involvement in a crime; participation
component
n. element; ingredient
comport
v. bear one's self; behave
composure
n. mental calmness
compound
v. combine; constitute; pay interest; increase
comprehensive
adj. thorough; inclusive
compunction
n. remorse
concatenate
v. link as in a chain
concentric
adj. having a common center
concerted
adj. mutually agreed on; done together
concession
n. an act of yielding
conciliatory
adj. reconciling; soothing
conclave
n. private meeting
concoct
v. prepare by combining; make up in concert
concomitant
n. that which accompanies
concord
n. harmony
concurrent
adj. happening at the same time
condescend
v. bestow courtesies with a superior air
condign
adj. appropriate; deserved (almost always, in the sense of deservedly severe, as in condign punishment)
condole
v. express sympathetic sorrow
conducive
adj. helpful; contributive
conduit
n. aqueduct; passageway for fluids
confidant
n. trusted friend
conflagration
n. great fire
conflate
v. meld or fuse; confuse; combine into one
confluence
n. flowing together; crowd
congenial
adj. pleasant; friendly
congenital
adj. existing at birth
conglomeration
n. mass of material sticking together
conjecture
v. infer on the basis of insufficient data; surmise; guess
conjugal
adj. pertaining to marriage