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cabal
a scheme or plot, group of plotters
Espionage is a cabal of powerful men working in a secret society.
cadge
to beg or get by begging
He got the candy after cadging his mother for over an hour.
cajole
use flattery or deceit to persuade
He cajoled her into going on a date with him.
calipers
instrument for measuring distance
Jake used the calipers to measure the cracks in the concrete.
calumny
a false or maliciious statemnt to hurt someones reputation
The speech was considered a calumny of the administration.
candid
straightforward, honest, frank
The candid critic told the audience exactly how he felt about the movie.
cant
the phrasing of particular group
He could not understand the cant of the fashion industry.
cantankerous
bad-tempered, quarrelsome
The tenant strongly disliked her cantankerous landlord.
canvass
to examine carefully, investigate
The evidence has been repeatedly canvassed in American courts.
castigate
to correct by punishing
The only way for the couple to make their point was to castigate their new puppy.
catigation
severe punishment
The crinal on trial feared the castigation that he would receive.
catalyst
substance that causes speeding up
The carbon served as a catalyst in the chemical reaction.
caustic
severely critical or sarcastic
He responded to the lecture with a caustic remark.
censure
strong expression of disapproval
The newspapers were unanimous in their censure of the tax proposal.
centurion
leader of 100 soldiers
The Roman soldiers looked to the centurion for orders.
chary
cautious, wary
The worrisome fellow was chary of the situation.
chastened
corrected, punished
He was chastened for his involvement in the crime.
chastisement
punishment
The chastisement for the crime is to be determined in a court of law.
chauvinist
biased devotion to a group, attitude or cause
The male chauvinist saw women as inferior to males.
chicanery
trickery or deception
He resorted to the worst chicanery to win the job.
chisel
cheat or swindle, carve
He chiseled me out of fifty dollars.
churl
bad-tempered person
He was known as a churl in society compared with the gregarious nature of the area.
clamor
shout, complain with loud noise
The clamor of the crowd made the gladiators shake in anticipation.
clientele
customers
The clientele of the store consisted of mostly young teens.
clinch
settle conclusively
After they clinched the deal,they went out to celebrate.
cling
to resist separation
He clung to the hope of attending graduate school.
clot
a semisolid mass
The blood clot caused him to have a stroke.
cloture
to end a debate by voting
The cloture of the debate led to a conclusive decision.
coagulation
change to thicka and solid state
The bodies attempted to stop the bleeding through coagulation.
coalescing
coming together and uniting into one substance
The two liquids coalesced in the container to form a mixture.
coax
to attempt to influence through gentle persuasion
He coaxed her to sing, but she refused.
coda
the concluding section or part
The coda of the play had an unexpected twist.
coddle
treat with care and tenderness
The nanny would always coddle the children when they were sick.
coerce
compel, to force, to make obedient
They coerced him into signing the document.
coeval
coexisting, of the same period
Test results have proved that the manuscript is coeval with that one.
cogent
strong, convincing
The cogent argument made it easy for the public to make up their mind.
cogitate
think deeply
Mary had to cogitate for days before answering Bill's marriage proposal.
cognizant
being fully aware of
He was not cognizant of the ramifications for cheating on the test.
colander
bowl shaped vessel with many holes to drain water
She used the colander to drain the pasta.
collusion
secret agreement for deceitful purpose
The collusion of the oil firms allowed them to obtain higher gas prices.
combustion
process of burning
The combustion engine was the first device to burn fossil fuels for energy.
commemorate
keep the memory of
They built a statue to commemorate the brave war general.
commodious
having plenty of space for what is needed
The commodius apartment was the perfect size for their furniture.
commuter
person who travels regularly
The commuter paid more in gas than he was earning at his job.
complaisance
obliging, willingness to please
The complaisance of the children showed a lot of maturity for their age.
compunction
feeling of regret for one's actions
The compunction that she felt forced her to admit to her wrongdoing.
conceal
to hide or keep secret
He concealed his fake id when the police officer asked to see his wallet.
conceit
an excessive favorable opinion of one's own ability, importance, wit
Many people disliked him for the conceit which he constantly displayed through his words.
conciliatory
soothing, comforting
The conciliatory words of the pastor eased the pain of his grandmother's death.
concord
agreement or harmony
There was complete concord among the delegates
concur
agree in opinion, happen together
I concur with the views of the president.
condense
to make more dense or compact
He condensed his thoughts into a few pages of literary genius.
condone
to pardon or give approval to
By his silence, he seemed to condone their behavior.
congeal
to change from soft to a rigid state
The fat congealed at the top of the soup.
conjoin
to join together
The conjoined twins had to be separated at birth.
connoisseur
a person with good judgment
My uncle Duncan is a wine conoisseur.
connotation
suggestion in addition to
The word fireplace often connotates hospitality and warm comfort.
consequential
self-important, pompous
The consequential professor was difficult to approach for students.
console
give comfort or sympathy to
I needed to console her through the tragedy.
conspicuous
readily visible, attracting special attention
The naked man appeared very conspicuous in a room full of clothed persons.
consternation
surprise and fear, dismay
To my consternation, I found a flock of ducks in my bedroom.
constrain
to force, compel
He was constrained to admit the offense.
constrict
make tight or smaller
The snake killed its prey by constricting.
consume
to destroy or expend use of
The fire consumed the forest.
consummate
perfect/make perfect/ complete
The company consummated its deal to buy a smaller firm.
contemn
to scorn or despise
He contemns the people he has to work for.
contentious
argumentative, quarrelsome
His contentious personality made him hard to agree with.
contiguous
neighboring, near, connecting in time
The senator served two contiguous terms in office.
contrite
filled with deep sorrow for wrongdoing
He was full of contrite for the way that he had hurt her.
contumacious
insubordinate, rebellious
The contumacious samurai refused to succumb to the emporer.
conundrum
a riddle, dilemma
He was challenged with a conundrum regarding which girl to choose.
conviction
firm belief
He was able to give his argument with full conviction.
convoke
call together, summon
The students were conoked in the auditorium
convulated
complicated, twisted
His thoughts were completely convulated after speaking with the teacher.
cordial
warm and sincere
Despite his disdain for the author, he greeted her in a cordial manner.
cordon
a line of police or fortification
A cordon of officers approached the rebels.
cornucopia
abundant supply
The weathly farmers had a cornucopia of food.
corporeal
material, tangible, or for the body
In his will he left the corporeal property to his siblings.
correlate
have a mutual relation
He correlated the movie with his own life experiences.
corroboration
act of confirming, evidence
The corroboration of his case made the decision easy for the jury.
countenance
appearance, expression
Sally had a sad countenance as she left the room.
counterfeit
forgery
The counterfeit money was virtually flawless in its appearance.
countervail
counterbalance
The U.S. sent its own troops to contervail the assembling troops in Iraq.
covert
disguised
The covert operations of the navy seals have never been viewed by the public.
covetous
eagerly, desirous, greedy
The new pupil was covetous of learning.
cower
crouch, shrink back
He cowered behind the table to avoid being seen.
coy
shy/modest
The coyness of my sister made it difficult for her to become popular.
crass
gross, stupid, without refinement
He wrote a book with a crass misrepresentation of history.
cravat
piece of linen worn as a necktie
Men of the 17th century would insist on wearing a cravat around their neck whenever seen in public.
craven
cowardly
The craven fellow turn and ran whenever he felt threatened.
crease
a ridge produced by folding
They would not accept the document since it had a large crease in it.
credulity
very easily convinced to believe or trust
His credulity allowed many people to take advantage of him.
credulous
ready to believe things
Because he was so credulous, he believed anything that he heard on tv.
crush
subdue, overwhelm
The new theory crushed the overall belief of society.
cryptic
secret, with a hidden meaning
The cryptic scrolls could only be read by an expert.
cumbersome
burdensome, heavy and awkward to carry
The ring was very cumbersome for young Frodo.
curmudgeon
bad-tempered person
The curmudgeone ruined my day with his ill words.
curriculum
course of study
The curriculum of the course was very difficult to comprehend.
cursory
quick, hurried
His cursory actions caused him to make many mistakes.
curtail
make shorter than was planned
The emergency call curtailed their stay at the party.