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cynosure
object of general attention. As soon as the movie star entered the room, she became the cynosure of all eyes
cynical
skeptical or distrustful of human motives. Cynical fom birth, John was suspicious whenever anyone gave him a gift 'with no strings attached.
curtail
shorten; reduce. When Gabriel asked christina for a date, she said she was really sorry she couldn't go out with him because her mum had ordered her to curtail her social life
cursory
casual; hastily done. Because a cursory exxamination of the ruins indicates the possibility of arson, we believe the insurance agency should undertake a more extensive investigation of the fire's cause.
cursive
flowing, running. In normal writing we run our letters together in cursive form; in printing, we separate the letters
curmudgeon
churlish, miserly individal. Although many regarded him as a curmudgeon, a few of us were aware of the many kindnesses and acts of charity that he secretly performed
curator
superintendent; manager. The members of the board of trustees of the museum expected the new curator to plan events and exhibits that would make the museum more popular
cupidity
greed. The defeated people could not satisfy the cupidity of the conquerors, who demanded excessive tribut
cumulative
growing by addition. Vocabulary-building is a cumulative process; as you go through your flash cards, you will add new words to your vocabulary, one by one
cumbersome
heavy; hard to manage. She was burdened with cumbersome parcels
culvert
artificial channel for water. If we bild a culvert under the road at this point; we will reduce the possibility of the road's being flooded during the rainy season
culpable
deserving blame. Corrupt politicians who condone the activities of the gamblers are equally culpable
culmination
attainment of highest point. His inauguration as President of the United States marked the culmination of his political career
cull
pick out; reject. Every month the farmer culls the nonlyain hens from his flock and sells them to the local butcher
cullinary
relating to cooking. Many chefs attribute their cullinary success to the wise use of spices
cuisine
style of cooking.
cubicle
small chamber used for sleeping.
cryptic
mysterious; hiden; secret. Thoroughly baffled by holme's cryptic remarks, waltson wondered whether holmes was intentionally concealing his thoughts about the crime
crypt
secret recess or vault usually used for burial. Until recently only bodies of rulers and leading statemens were interred in this crypt
crux
essential or main point. This is the crux of the entire problem; everything centers on its being resolved. Crucial adj
crotchety
eccentric; whimsical. Although he was reputed to be a crotchety old gentleman, i found his ideas substantially sound and sensible
crone
hag. The toothless crone firghtened us whenshe smiled
criteria
standards used in judging
cringe
shrink back, as if in fear. The dog cringed expecting a blow.
crevice
crack; fissure. The mountain climbers found tootholds in the tiny creices in the mountainside
crestfallen
dejected; dispirited. We were surprised at his reaction to the failure of his project; instead of being crestfalln, he was busily engaged in planning new activities.
crescendo
increase in the volume or intensity, as in a musical passage; climax
creed
system of religious or ethical belief. I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed
credulity
belief on slight evidence; gullibility; naivete. Con artists take advantage of the credulity of inexperienced investors to swindle them out of their saving. credulous adj
credo
creed. Just two months before his death, as he talked about life with some friends, the writer Jack London proclaimed his credo. 'the proper function of man is to live, not to exist. i shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them. i shall use my time.'
countermand
cancel; revoke. The general countermanded the orders issued in his absence
countenance
face. When Jose saw his newborn daughter, a proud smile spread across his countenance
countenance
approve; tolerate. Miss Manners refused to countenance such rude behavior on their part
coterie
group that meets socially; select circle. After his book had been published, he was invited to join the literary coterie that lunched daily at the hotel
cosmic
pertaining to the universe; vast. Cosmic rays derive their name from the fact that they bombard the earth's atmosphere from outer space. cosmos n
corrugated
wrinkled; ridged. Crack open the rough shell of the walnut and you will find within it a ridged and corrugated edible seed or nut
corrosive
eating away by chemicals or disease. Stainless steel is able to withstand the effets of corrosive chemicals
corrode
destroy by chemical action. The girders supporting the bridge corroded so gradually that no one suspected any danger until the bridge suddenly collapsed. corrosion N
corroborate
confirm; support. Though Huck was quite willing to corroborate Tom's story, Aunt Polly knew better than to believe either of them.
correlation
mutual relationship. He sought to determine the correlation that existed between ablity in algebra and ability to interpret reading exercises. correlate
corpulent
very fat. The corpulent ma resolved to reduce. corpulence N
corporeal
bodily; material. The doctor had no patience with spiritual matters; hi job was to attend to his patient's corporeal problems; not to minister to their souls
corollary
consequence; accompaniment. Brotherly love is a complex emotion, with sibling rivalry its natural corollary.
cornucopia
horn overflowing with fruit and grain; symbol of abundance. The encyclopedia salesman claimed the new edition was a veritable cornucopia of information, an inexhaustible source of knowledge for the entire family.
cornice
projecting molding on building (usually above columns) Because the stones forming the cornice had been loosened by the storms, the police closed the building until repairs could be made
cordon
extended line of men or fortifications to prevent access or egress. The police cordon was so tight that the criminals could not leave the area
cordial
gracious; heartfel. Our hosts greeted us at the airport with a cordial welcome and a hearty hug
coquette
flirt. Because she refused to give him an answer to his proposal of marriage, he called her a coquette
copious
plentiful. She had copious reasons for rejecting the proposal
convoluted
coiled around; involved; intrictate. His argument was so convoluted that few of us could follow it intelligently
convoke
call togehter. Congress was convoked at the outbreak of the emrgency. convocation N
convivial
festive; gay; characterized by joviality. The convivial celebrators of the victory sang their college songs
conviction
judgment that someone is guilty of a crime; strongly held belief. Even her convition for murder did not shake Lord Peter's conviction that Harriet was innocent of the crime
conveyance
vehicle; transfer. During the transit strike, commuters used various kinds of conveyances.
convex
curving outward. She polished the convex lens of her telescope
convert
one who has adopted a diffeerent religion or opinion. ON his trip to Japan, though the president spoke at length about the merits of American automobiles, he made few converts to his beliefs
converse
opposite. The inevitable converse of peace is not war but annihilation
conversant
familiar with. In this age of specialization, someone reasonably conversant with modern French literature may be wholly unacquinted with the novels of Latin America and Spain
converge
approach; tend to meet; come together. African American men from all over the United states converged on Washington to take part in the historic Million Man March, convergence
conventional
ordinary; typical. His conventional upbringing left him wholly unprepared for his wife's ecentric family
convention
social or moral custom; established practice. Flying in the face of convention, George Sand shocked her contemporaries by taking lovers and wearing men's clothes
convene
assemble. Because much needed legislation had to be enacted, the governor ordered the legislature to convene in special session by Jan 15.
conundrum
riddle; difficult problem. During the long car ride, she invented conundrums to entertain the children
contusion
bruise. Black and blue after her fall, Sue was treated for contusions and abrasions
contumacious
disobedient; resisting authority. The contumacious mob shouted defiantly at the police. contumacy N
controvert
oppose with arguments; attempt to refute; contradict. The witness's testimony was so clear and her reputation for honesty so well established that the defense attorney decided it was wiser to make no attempt to controvert what she said
contrived
forced; artificial; not spontaneous. Feeling ill at ease with his new inlaws, James made a few contrived attempts at conversation and then reteated into silence
contrite
penitent. Her contrite tears did not influence the judge when he imposed sentence. contrition N
contravene
contradict; oppose; infringe on or trasgress. Mr. barrett did not expect his frail daughte Elizabeth to contravene his will by eloping with Robert Browning
contraband
illegal trade; smuggling; smuggled goods. The coast Guard trieds to prevent contraband in US waters.
contortions
twistings; distortions. As the effects of the opiate wore away, the contortions of the patient became mer violent and demonstrated how much pain she was enduring
contingent
group that makes up part of agathering. The NY contingent of delegates at the Democratic National Convention was a boisterous, sometimes rowdy lot.
contingent
dependent on; conditional. Cher's father informed her that nay increase in her allowance was contingent on the quality of her final grades. contingency. N
continence
self-restraint; sexual chastity. At the convent, Connie vowed to lead a lie of continence. The question was, could Connie be content with alwas being continent?
contiguous
adjacent to; touching upon. The two countries are contiguous for a few miles; then they are separated by the gulf
context
writings preceding and following the passage quoted
contest
dispute. The defeated candidate attempted to contest the election results
contentious
quarrelsome. Disagreeing violently with the referees' ruling, the coach became so contentious that the referees threw him out of the game
contention
claim; thesis. It is our contention that, if you follow our tactics, you will boost your score on the GRE. contend v
contend
struggle; complete; assert earnestly. In Revolt of the Black Athelete, sociologist harry edwards contends that young black atheletes have been exploited by some college recuiters. contention N
contempt
scorn; disdain. The heavyweight boxer looked on ordinary people with contempt, scorning them as weaklings who couldn't hurt a fly
contaminate
pollute
contagion
infection
consummate
wholly without flaw; supremely skilled; complete and utter. Free of her fauther's autocratic rule, safely married to the man she loved, Elizabeth Barret felt consummate happiness
construe
explain; interpret. If I construe your remarks corrrectly, you disagree with the theory already advanced
constraint
compulsion; repression of feelings. There was a feeling of constraint in the room because no one dared to criticize the speaker. constrain v
constituent
supporter. The congressman received hundreds of letters from angry constituents after the Equal Rights Amendment failed to pass
consort
husband or wife The search for a consort for the young queen victoria ended happily
conspiracy
treacherous plot. Brutus and Cassius joined in the conspiracy to kill Julius Caesar
consort
associate with. We frequentl judge people by the company with whom they consort
consonance
harmony; agreement. Her agitation seemed out of consonance with her usua calm.
consolidation
unification; process of becoming firmer or stronger. The recent consolidation of several small airlinesinto one major company has left observers of the industry wondering whether room still exists for the 'little guy' in aviation. consolidate v
console
lessen sadness or disappointment; give comfort. When her father died, marius did his best to console Cosette, consolation n
consistency
absence of contradictions; dependability; uniformity; degree of thickness. HOlmes judge puddings and explanations on their consistency; he liekd his puddings without lumps and his explanations without improbabilities
consign
deliver officially; entrust; set apart. The court consigned the child to her paternal grandmother's care. consignment N
conservatory
school of the fine arts (especially music or drama). A gifted violinist, mary was selected to study at the conservatory
consequential
pompous; self-important. Convinced of his own importance, the actor strutted about the dressing room with a consequential air
consensus
general agreement; opinoin reached by a group as a whole.
consecrate
dedicate; sanctify. In 1804, Napoleon forced Pope pius VII to come to paris to consecrate him as empoeror, only to humiliate pius at the last minute by taking the crown from the pope's hands and crowning himself
conscript
draftee; person forced into military service. Did Rambo volunteer to fight in Vietnam, or was he a conscript, drafted against his will
conscientious
scrupulou; careful. A conscientious editor, she checked every definition for its accuracy
consanguinity
kinship. Wanting to be rid of yet another wife, Henry VIII sought a divorce on the grounds of consanguinity, claiming their blood relationship was improperly close
connubial
pertaining to marriage or the matrimonial state. In his telegram, he wished the newly weds a life time of connubial bliss
connotation
suggested or implied meaning of an expression. Foreigners frequently are unaware of the connotations of the words they use
connoisseur
person compettent to act as a judge of art, a lover of an art. Bernard Berenson, the American art critic and connoisseur of Italian art, was hired by wealthy art lovers to selet paintings for their collections
connivance
pretense of ignorance of something wrong; asisstance; permission to offend. With the connivance of his friends, he plotted to embarrass the teacher. connive v
conjure
summon a devil; practice magicl imagine or invent. Sorcerers conjure devils to appear. Magicians conjure white rabbits out of hats
conjugal
pertaining to marriage. John and Brenda's dreams of conjugal bliss were shattered as soon as their temperaments clashed
conjecture
infer on the basis of insufficient data; surmise; guess. In the absence of any eyewitness reports, we can only conjecture wat happened in the locked room on the night of the 13th.
conifer
pine tree; cone-bearing tree. According to geologists, the conifers were the first plants to bear flowers
congruent
in agreement; corresponding. In formulating a hypothesis, we must keep it congruent with what we know of the real world it cannot disagree with our experience
congruence
correspondence of parts; harmonious relationship. The student demonstrated the congruence of the two triangles by using the hypotenuse leg theorem
conglomeration
mass of material sticking together. In such a conglomeration of miscellaneous sttistics, it was impossible to find a single area of analysis.
congential
existing at birth. Doctors are able to cure some congential deformiteis such as cleft palates by performing operations on infants
congenial
pleasant; friendly. My father loved to go out for a meal with congenial companions
congeal
freeze; coagulate. His blood congealed in his veins as he saw the dread monster rush toward him
confound
confuse; puzzle. No mystery could confound Sherlock Holmes for long
conformity
harmony; agreement. In conformity with our rules and reuglations, i am calling a meeting of our organization
confluence
flowing together; crowd. Theybuilt the city at the confluence of two rivers
conflate
meld or fuse; confuse; combine into one. In his painting White Crucifixion, which depicts German Jews terrorized by a Nazi mob, Chagall conflates Jewish and Chritian symbols, portraying the crucified Christ wrapped in a tallith, a jewish prayer shawl.
conflagration
great fire. In the conflagration that followed the 1906 earthquake, much of San Francisco was destroyed
confiscate
seize; commandeer. The army confiscated all available supplies of uranium
confine
shut in; restrict. The terrorists had confined their prisoner in a small room. However, they had not chained him to the wall or done anything else to confien his movements. confinement N
confidant
trusted friend. He had no confidants with whom he could discuss his problems at home
conduit
aqueduct; passageway for fluids. Water was brought to the army in the desert by an improvised conduit from the adjoining mountain
conducive
helpful; conributive. Rest and proper diet are conducisve to good health
condone
overlook; forgive; give tactic approval; excuse. Unlike Widow Douglass, who condoned HUck's minor offenses, Miss Watson did nothing but scold
condole
express sympathetic sorrow. His friends gathered to condole with him over his loss. condolence
condiment
food seasoning; spice. Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor.
condign
appropriate; deserved (almost always, in the sense of deservedly sever, as in condign punishment).
condescend
bestow courtesies with a superior air
concurrent
happening at the same time. In America, the colonists were resiting the demands of teh mother contry; at the concurrent moment in France, the middle class was sowing the seeds of rebellion
concur
agree. Did you concur with the decision of the court or did you find it unfair?
concord
harmony. watching tweedledum and tweedledee battle, alice wondered why the two brothers could not manage to live in concord
concomitant
that which accompanies. A decrease of gastric juice secretion may be a congential abnormality of a concomitatn of advanced age
conclusive
decisive; ending all debate.
conclave
private meeting. He was prsent at all their conclaves as an unofficial observer
conciliatory
reconciling; soothing. She was still angry despite his concilliatory words. concilliate v
concession
an act of yielding. BEfore they coudl reach an agreement, boths dies had to make certain concessions.
concerted
mutually agreed on; done together. ALl the Girl scouts made a concerted effort to raise funds for their annual outing
conception
beginning; forming of an idea. At the first conception of the work, he was consulted. conceive
concentric
having a common center. The target was made of concentric circles
conceit
vanity of self-love; whimsical idea; extravagant metaphor. Although Jack was smug and puffed up with conceit, he was an entertaining companion, always expressing himself in amusing conceits and witty turns of phrase.
concede
admit; yield. Despite all the evidence Monica had assembled, Mark refused to concede that she was right
concave
hollow. The back-packersfound aprtial shelter from the storm by huddiling against the concave wall of the cliff
concatenate
link as in a chain. It is difficult to understand how these events could concatenate as they did without outside assistance
compute
reckon; calculate. He failed to compute the interest, so his bank balance was not accurate.
compunction
remorse. The judge was especially severe in his sentecning because he felt that the criminal had shown no compunction for his heinous crime
compromise
adjust or settle by making mutual concessions; endanger the intersts or reputation of.
comprise
include; consist of. If the District of Columbia were to be granted statehood, the UNited States of America would comprise fifty-oene states, not just fifty
compress
squeeze or press together; make more compact Miss Watson compressed her lips in disapproval as she noted the bedraggled state of Huck's clothes
comprehensive
thorough; inclusive. This book provides a comprehensive review of verbal and math skills for the GRE
composure
element; ingredient. Even the latest work crisis failed to shake her composure.
component
elemnt; ingredient
complicity
involvement in a crime; participation. QUeen Mary's marriage to Lord Darnley, her suspected complicity in his murder, and her hasty marriage to the earl of Bothwelll stirred the Protestant lords to revolt
compliant
yielding; conforming to requirements. Because Joe usually gave in and went along with whatever his friends desired, his mother worried that he might be too compliant
compliance
readiness to yield; conformity in fulfilling requirements.
complementary
serving to complete something. Jon and lexy's skills are complemntary; he's good at following a dialy routine, while she's great at improvising and handling emergenices. Together, they make a great team
complaisant
trying to please; overly polite; obligating. Fearing that the king might become enraged if his will were thwarted, the complaisant Parliament recognized Henry VIII as king of Ireland. Soemone complaisant is not smug or complacent; he yields to others because he has an excessive need to please
complacency
self-satisfaciton; smugness. Full of complacency about his latest victories, he looked smugly at the row of trophies on his mantelpiece. complacent adj
compile
assemble; gather; accumulate. We planned to compile a list of the words most frequently used on the GRE
compilation
listing of statistical information in tabular or book form. The compilation of available scholarships serves a very valuable purpose
compensatory
making up for; repaying. Can a compensatory education program make up for the inadequate schooling he received in earlier years?
compendium
brief, comprehensive summary. This text can serve as a compendium of the tremendous amount of new material being developed in this field.
compelling
overpowering; irresistible in effect. The prosecutor presented a well-reasoned case, but the defense attorney's compelling arguments for leniency won over the jury
compelling
overpowering; irresistible in effect. The prosecutor presented a well-reasoned case, but the defense attorney's compelling arguments for leniency won over the jury
compatible
harmonious; in harmony with. They were compatible neighbors, never quarreling over unimportant matters. compatibility N
compact
agreement; contract. THe signers of the Mayflower Compact were establishing a form of government
communal
held in cmmon; a group of people. When they were divorced, they had trouble dividng their communal property
commodious
spacious and comfortable. After sleeping in small roadside cabins, they found their hotel suite commodious
commiserate
feel or express pity or sympathy for. Her friends commiserated th the widow.
commensurate
corresponding in extent, degree acmount; proportionate. By the close of WWII much progress had been made in assigning nurses rank and responsibilities commensurate with thrie training and abilities
commemorative
remembering; honoring. The new commemorative stamp honors the late Martin Luther King Jr
commandeer
to draft for military purposes; to take for public use. The policeman commandeered the first car that approached and ordered the driver to go to the nearest hospital
comity
courtesy; civility. A spirit of comity should exist among nations
comeuppance
rebuke; deserts. After his earlier rudeness, we were delighted to see him get his comeuppance
comestible
something fit to be eaten. The roast turkey and other comestibles, the wines, and theexceelent service made this Thanksgiving dinner particularly memorable
comely
attractive; agreeable. I would rather have a poor and comely wife than a rich and homely one.
combustible
easily burned. After the recent outbreak of fires in private homes, the fire commissioner ordered that lal combustible materials be kept in safe containers.
comatose
in a coma; extremely sleepy. the longwinded orator soon had his audience in a comatose state
combustile
easily burned. After the recent outbreak of fires in private homes, the fire commissioner ordered that all combustile materials be kept in safe containers
comatose
in a coma; extremely sleepy. the longwinded orator soon had his audience in a comatose state
colossus
gigantic statue. The legendary Colossus of Rhodes, a bronze statue of the sun god that dominated the harbor of the Gek seaport, was one of the Seven Wonders of the World
colossal
huge. Radio City Music Hall has a colossal stage
collusion
conspiring in a fraudulent scheme. The swindlers were found guilty of cullusion
colloquy
informal discussion. While a colloquium often is a formal seminar or conference, a colloquy traditionally is merely a conversational exchange
colloquial
pertaining to conversational or common speech; informal. Some of the new colloquial reading passages on standardized tests have a conversational tone intended to make them more appealing to test-takers.
collation
a light meal. Tea sandwiches and cookies were offered at the collation
collateral
security given for loan. The sum you wish to borrow
collate
examine in order to verify authenticity; arrange in order. They collated the newly found manuscripts to determine their age
collage
work of art put together from fragments. Scrapes of cloth, paper doillies, and old photographs all went into her collage
collaborate
work together. Two writers collaborated in preparing this book
colander
utensil with perforated bottom used for straining. Before serving the spaghetti, place it in a colander to drain it
coincidence
the chance occurrence, at the same time, of two or more seemingly connected events. Was it just a coincidence that JOhn and she had met at the market for three days running, or was he deliberately trying to seek her out?
coin
make coins; invent or fabricate. Mints coin good money; counterfeiters coin fakes. Slanderedrs coin nasty rumors; writer coin words
coiffure
hairstyle. You can make a statement with your choice of coiffure; in the 60s many African Americans affirmed their acial heritage by wearing their hair in Afros.
cohorts
armed band. Caesar and his Roamn cohorts conquered almost all of the known world
cohesion
tendenc to keep together. A firm believer in the maxim 'DIvide and conquer' the emperor, b lies and trickery, sought to disrupt the cohesion of the free nations
cohere
stick together/ Solids have a greater tendency to cohere than liquids
cohabit
live together. Many unwed couples who cohabit peacefully for years wind up fighting night and day once they marry
cognizance
knowledge. DUring the election campagin, the two candidates were keptin full cognizance of te international situation
cognate
related lingusitically; allied by bood; similar or akin in nature. The English word
mother
is gonate to the Latin word
mater
, whose influence is visible in the words' maternal' and 'maternity'
cogitate
think over; Cogitate on this problem; the soluion will come
cogent
convincing. It was inevitable that David chose to go to Harvard; he had severa; cogent reasons for doing so, including a full-tuition scholarship Katya argued her case with such cogency that the jury had to decide in favor of her client
cog
tooth projecting from a wheel. A bicycle chain moves through a serioes of cogs in order to propel the bike
coeval
living at the same time as; contemporary; Coeval with the dinosaur, the pterodactyl flourished during the Mesozoic era.
coercion
use of force to get someone to obey. The inquisitors used both physical and psychological coercision to force Joan of Arc to recant her assertions that her visiosn were sent by God. coerce v
codify
arrange (laws, rules) as a code; classify. We need to take the varying rules and regulations of the different health agencies and codify them into a national health code
codicil
supplement to the body of a will. Miss Havisham kept her lawyers busy drawing up codicils to her already complicated will
coddle
treat gently; pamper. Don't coddle the children so much, they need a taste of discipline
coda
concluding section of a musical or literary composition; something that rounds out, summarizes, or concludes. The piece concuded wiht a distinctive coda that strikingly broguht together various motifs.
coalition
partnership; league; union. The Trainbow Coalition united people of all races in a common cause
coalesce
combine; fuse; the brooks coalesce into one large river.
coagulate
thicken; congea; clot. Even after you remove the pudding from the burner, it will continueto coagulate as it stands. coagulant
cloying
distasteful (Because excessive); excessively sweet or sentimental. Disliking the cloying sweetness of standard wedding cakes, Jody and Tom chose a homemade carrot cake for their reception. cloy v
clout
great influence (especially political or social) Gatsy wondered whether he had enough clout to be admitted to the exclusive club
cloister
monatstery or convent. The nuns lived in the cloister
clime
region; climate. His doctor advised him to move to a milder clime.
clique
smalle exclusive group. Fitzgerald wished that he belonged to the clique to popular atheltes and big men on campus who seemed to run Princeton's social life
climatctic
relating the the highest point.
clientele
body of customers. The rock clubattracted a young, stylish clientele
cliche
phrase dulled in meaning by repetition. High school compositions are often marred by such cliches as strong as an ox
clemency
disposition to be lenient; mildness, as of the weather. Why did the defense lawyer look pleased when his case was sent to Judge Bland's chambers? Bland was noted for her clemency to first offenders
cleft
split. Trying for a fresh handhold, the mountain climber grasped the edge of a cleft in the sheer rockface
cleave
split or sever; cling to; remain faithful to. With her heavy cleaver, Julia CHild can cleave a whole roast duck in two
clavicle
collarbone
claustrophobia
fear of being locked in
clarion
shrill, trumpetlike sound. We woke to the clarion call of the bugle
clapper
striker (tongue) of a bell. WIshing to be undisturbed by the bell, Dale wound his scarf around the clapper to muffle its striking
clangor
toud; resounding noise. The blacksmith was accustomed to the clangor of hammers on steel
clandestine
secret. After avoiding their chaperon the lovers had a clandestine meeting
clamor
noise. The clamor of the chidren at play outside made it impossible for her to take a nap
clamber
climb by crawling. She clambered over the wall
clairvoyant
having foresigt; fortuneteller. Cassandra's clairvoyant warning was not heeded by the Torojans clairvoyance N
civil
having to do with citizens of the state; courteous and politie. ALthough intenal Revenue Service agents are civil servants, they are not always civil to suspected tax evaders
cite
quote; ocmmend. She could cite passages in the Bible from memory. citation N
citadel
fortress. The citadel overlooked the city like a protecting angel
cistern
reservoir of water tank. The farmers were able o withstand the dry season by using rainwater they had sotred in an underground cistern
circumspect
prudent; cautious;. Investigating before acting, she tried always to be icrcumspect
circumscribe
limit narrolwy; confine or restrict; define. The great lords of state tried to circumscribe the queen's power by having her accept a set of conditions that left the decisive voice.
circumlocution
unnecessarily wordy and indirect speech; evasive language. Don't beat about the bush, but just say what you want to say: I'm fed up with listening to your circumlocutions
circuitous
roundabout. Because of the traffic congesion on the main highways, she took a circuitous route. circuit
cipher
secret code. Lacking his code book, the spy was unable to decode the message sent to him in cipher
cipher
nonentity; worthless person or thing. She claimed her ex husband was a total cipher and wondered why she had ever married him
ciliated
having minute hairs. The paramecium is a ciliated, one-celled animal
churlish
boorish; rude. Dismayed by his churlish manners at the party, the girls vowed never to invite him again
chronicle
report; record (in chronological order)
chronic
long established; as a disease.
chortle
chuckle with delight.when she heard that her rival had just been jailed for embezzlement, she chortled with joy. she was not a nice lady
choreography
art of representing dances in written symbols; arrangement of dances.
choleric
hot-tempered. his flushed, angry face indicate a choleric nature
chivalrous
courteous; faithful; brave. chivalrous behavior involves noble words and good deeds
chisel
wedgelike tool for cutting. With his hammer and chisel, the sculptor chipped away at the block of marble
chisel
swindle or cheat; cut iwht a chisel. That crook chiseled me out of a hundred dollars when he sold me that 'marble' statue he'd chiseled out of some cheap hunk of rock
chimerical
fantastically improbable; highly unrealistic; imaginative. As everyone expected, Ted's chimerical scheme to make a fortune by raising ermines in his backyard proved a dismal failure. Chimera n
chide
scold. Grandma began to chide steven for his lyng
chicanery
trickery; deception. Those sneaky lawyers misrepresented what occurred, made up all sorts of implausible alternative scnearios to confuse the jurors, and in general depended on chicanery to win the case
cherubic
angelic; innocent looking. WIth her cheerful smile and rosy cheeks, she was a particularly cherubic child
checkered
marked by changes in fortune. During his checkered career he had lived in palatial mansions and in dreary boarding houses
check
stop motion; curb or restrain. Thrusting out her arm, Grandma checked Bobby's lunge at his sister, 'Young man' she said, 'you'd better check your temper' (secondary meaning)
chauvinist
blindly devoted patriot; zealous adherent of a group or cause. A chauvinist cannot recognize any faults in his country, no maater how flagrant they may be
chastise
punish or scold; reprimand. Miss Watson liked nothing better than to chastise Huck for his alleged offensed
chastened
humbled; subdued; rebuled. After a series of meddlesome and unsuccessful attempts at matchmaking aong her friends, a chastened Emma finds her destiny in marriage to her protective neighbor George Knightley, long her mentor and friend
chasten
correct by punishment or scolding; restrain. No matter how much a chid deserves to be chastened for doing wrong, the maxim, "Spare the rod and spoil the child' never justifies physical abuse.
chaste
pure; virgina; modest. To ensure that his bride would stay chaste while he was off to the wars, the crusader had her fitted out with a chastity belt. chastity. N
chassis
framework and working parts of an automobile. Examining the car after the accident, the owner discovered that the body had been ruined but that the chassis was unharmed
chasm
abyss/hole. They could not see the bottom of the chasm
chase
ornamental a metal surface by indneting. With his hammer, he carefully chased an intricate design onto the surface of the chalice (secondary meaning)
chary
cautious; sparing or restrained about giving. A prudent; thrifty New Englander, DeWitt wa as chary of investing money in junk bonds as he was chary of paying people unnecessary compliments
charlatan
quack; pretender to knowledge. When they realized that the Wizard didn't know how to get them back to Kansas, Dorothy and her friends were sure they'd been duped by a charalatan
charisma
divine gift; great popular charm or appeal. Political commentators have deplored the importanece of a candidate's charisma in these dyas of television campaigning
chatoric
in utter disorder. He tried to bring order into the chaotic state of affairs. chaos N
champion
support militantly. Martin Luther King, Jr won the Nobel Peace Prize because he championed the oppressed n their struggle for equality
chameleon
lizard that changes color in different situations
chalice
goblet; consecrated cup. In a small room adjoining the cathedral, many ornately decorated chalices made by the most famous European goldsmitsh were on display
chagrin
vexation (caused by humiliation or injured pride) disappointment. Embarrassed by his parents' shabby, working class appearance, doug flelt their visit to his school would bring him nothing but chagrin
chaffing
bantering; joking. sometimes Chad's flippant, chaffing remarks annoy us. still, Chad's chaffing keeps us laughing
chaff
worthless products of an endeavor. When you separate the wheat from the chaff, be sure you throw out the chaff
chafe
warm by rubbing, make sore (by rubbing). Chilled, he chafed his hands before the fire. The collar of his school uniform chafed TOm's neck, but not as much the schoo's strict rules chafed his spirit
cession
yielding (something) to another; ceding. The Battle of Lake erie, a major US naval victory i the Watr of 1812, ensured US control over Lake Erie and ruled out any territorial cession in the Northwest to Great Britian in the peace settlement
cessation
stoppage. The airline's employees threatened a cessation of all work if management failed to meet their demands. cease v
certitude
certainty. Though there was no certitude of his getting the job, Lee thought he had a good chance of being hired
ceremonious
marked by formality. Ordinary dress would be inappropriate at so ceremonious an affair
cerebration
thought. Mathematics problems sometimes require much cerebration
cerebral
pertaining to the brain or intellect. The content of philosophical works is cerebral in nature and requires much thought