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Bacchanalian
drunken
Badinage
teasing conversation
Baleful
ominous, deadly influence
Balk
foil
Ballast
heavy substance adding stability or weight
Bandy
discuss lightly or glibly
Bantering
good natured ridiculing
Barrister
counselor at law
Bastion
stronghold
Bate
restrain
Beatific
blissful
Beleaguer
besiege, attack, harass
Benison
blessing
Betoken
signify, indicate
Bifurcated
divided into two branches
Bilious
suffering from indigestion
Bilk
swindle, cheat
Bivouac
temporary encampment
Blandishment
flattery
Blighted
suffering from a disease
Blowhard
talkative boaster
Bluff
rough but good natured
Bourgeois
middle class, selfishly materialistic, dully conventional
Bowdlerize
clean up, edit, bleep
Brindled
gray with spots, not a pure color
Brocade
rich detailed design in fabric
Brook
tolerate, endure
Browbeat
bully, intimidate
Bucolic
rustic, pastoral
Bugaboo
object of unreasonable terror
Bullion
gold and silver bars
Burgeon
grow forth, send out buds
Burlesque
imitate to ridicule
Cabal
secret alliance of people working to promote a cause
Callow
youthful, immature, inexperienced
Calumny
malicious misrepresentation, slander
Canard
unfounded rumor, exaggerated report
Cant
insincere expressions of piety, hypocritical talk
Cantata
story set to music for a chorus
Canto
part of a long poem
Canvass
seek opinions, votes
Capitulate
surrender
Captious
faultfinding
Carafe
glass beverage bottle
Carapace
shell covering the back
Carousal
drunken revel
Categorical
without exceptions, unqualified, absolute
Cavalcade
procession, parade
Cavalier
casual and offhand
Cavil
make frivolous objections
Celerity
speed, rapidity
Centrifugal
radiating, departing from the center
Centripetal
tending towards the center
Cerebration
thought
Chalice
goblet
Charlatan
quack, pretender to knowledge
Chary
cautious
Chase
ornament a metal surface by indenting
Chassis
framework and working parts of an automobile
Checkered
marked by changes in fortune (see vicissitude)
CHICANERY
trickery, deception
Chimerical
fantastically improbable
Chisel
swindle or cheat, cut with a chisel
Choleric
hot tempered
Churlish
boorish, rude
Cipher
nonentity, worthless person or thing
Circumlocution
indirect or roundabout speech, evading the point
Circumspect
prudent, cautious
Clamber
climb by crawling
Clarion
shrill trumpetlike sound
Clemency
disposition to be lenient or mild
Cloister
monastery or convent
Codicil
supplement to the body of a will
Coeval
living at the same time as, contemporary with
COGENT
convincing
Cognate
related linguistically, akin in nature, blood relative
Collate
examine to verify authenticity
Collation
a light meal
Colloquial
informal, common conversational speech
Colloquy
informal discussion
Colossus
gigantic statue
Comely
attractive, aggreable
Comestible
fit to be eaten
Comeuppance
rebuke, scolding that he had coming
Comity
courtesy, civility
COMMENSURATE
equal in extent
COMPENDIUM
brief, comprehensive summary
COMPLAISANT
trying to please, obliging
Comport
bear ones self, behave
Compunction
remorse
Concatenate
to link together, like a chain, connect
Concerted
mutually done together
Conclave
private meeting
Concomitant
that which accompanies
Condign
adequate, deservedly severe
Confluence
flowing together, crowd
Conjecture
a guess, surmise
Conjugal
pertaining to marriage, connubial
Connivance
secret assistance in doing wrong
Connubial
pertaining to marriage, conjugal
Conservatory
school of the arts
Consonance
harmony, agreement
Consort
husband or wife
Contiguous
adjacent to, touching upon
Continence
self restraint, sexual chastity
Contravene
contradict, oppose
Controvert
to oppose with arguments
Contumacious
disobedient, resisting authority
Contusion
bruise
CONUNDRUM
riddle, difficult problem
Conversant
familiar with, able to talk intelligently about
Convivial
festive, gay, jovial
Convoke
call together
Coquette
flirt
Corollary
consequence, accompanying result
Coterie
group that meets socially
Countenance
to approve, tolerate
Coup
sudden attack, successful action
Cozen
cheat, swindle
CRAVEN
cowardly
Credulity
gullibility, naivete
Cull
pick out, reject
Culpable
deserving blame
Culvert
manmade water channel
Cupidity
greed
Curmudgeon
miserly, churlish person
Cynosure
object of general attention