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cache
n. a hiding place; stockpile
The robbers hid their loot in a secret cache they were certain that no one new about.
cacophony
n. a jarring, unpleasant noise
The sound of nails on a chalkboard can be describes as a cacophony.
calumny
n. a false and malicious accusation; misrepresentation
Some politicians use calumnies as part of their campaining strategy.
cantankerous
adj. having a difficult, uncooperative, or stubborn disposition
The cantankerous patient refused to hold still to get his blood pressure taken.
captious
adj. marked by the tendency to point out trivial faults; intended to confuse in an argument
Whenever she was angry, she would make captious remarks to bring everyone else down as well.
cataclysmic
adj. severely destructive
The effects of no parental supervision at an after prom party could be cataclysmic.
catalyst
n. something that provokes or speeds up significant change, especially without being affected by the consequences
Ryan was the catalyst that spurred his team to victory.
caucus
n. a closed committee within a political party; a private committee meeting
The President met with the caucus to discuss the stock market crash.
caustic
adj. biting, sarcastic
His caustic comments really hurt my feelings.
cede
v. to surrender possesion of something
I ceded my favortie necklace to my rival after losing a bet.
celerity
n. speed, haste
censorious
adj. critical; tending to blame and condemn
certitude
n. assurance; freedom from doubt
cessation
n. a temporary or complete halt
chary
adj. watchful, cautious, extremely shy
chimerical
adj. fanciful, imaginary, impossible
circuitous
adj. indirect, roundabout
circumvent
v. to go around; avoid
cloying
adj. sickly sweet; excessive
coagulate
v. to clot; to cause to thicken
cogent
adj. logically forceful, compelling, convincing
colloquial
adj. characteristic of informal speech
commute
v. to change a penalty to a less severe one
complacent
adj. self-satisfied, smug
compliant
adj. submissive, yielding
concomitant
adj. existing concurrently
concord
n. agreement
condole
v. to grieve; to express sympathy
conflagration
n. big, destructive fire
confluence
n. the act of two things flowing together; the junction or meeting place where two things meet
consanguineous
adj. having the same lineage or ancestry; related by blood
consternation
n. an intense state of fear or dismay
constituent
n. component, part; citizen, voter
constraint
n. something that restricts or confines within prescribed bounds
contemptuous
adj. scornful, expressing contempt
contentious
adj. quarrelsome, disagreeable, belligerent
contiguous
adj. sharing a boundary; neighboring
continence
n. self-control, self-restraint
convalesce
v. to recover gradually from an illness
convergence
n. the state of separate elements joining or coming together
coquette
n. a flirtatious woman
coterie
n. an intimate group of persons with a similar purpose
countervail
v. to act or react with equal force
covert
adj. secretive, not openly shown
cull
v. to select, weed out
cumulative
adj. increasing, collective
curt
adj. abrupt, short with words