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Cacophony
harsh-sounding mixture of words, voices, or sounds.
- The busy city street produced cacophony.
Cadence
rhythm
- The speaker spoke with a pleasant cadence.
Cajole
to persuade someone to do something he or she doesn't want to
- I didn't want to go to the event, but Bill cajoled me into going.
Callow
immature
- The highschool class was very callow.
Candor
truthfulness
- The political candidate exhibited candor when he told about his checkered past.
Capitulate
to surrender
- On the tenth day of the strike, the workers capitulated.
Capricious
unpredictable
- He was very capricious; no one ever knew what to expect from him.
Caricature
a portrait or description that is purposely distorted or exaggerated
- The cartoonist drew a caricature of the political debate.
Castigate
to criticize severely
- Kevin castigated me for not cleaning up after myself.
Catalyst
chemistry
- The lanuching of Sputnik by the Russains provided the catalyst for the creation of America's space program.
Categorical
unconditional; no exceptions
- He categorically refused to take the drug test.
Catharsis
purification that brings emotional relief or renewal
- The boy's visit with the school counselor brought catharsis.
Chasm
deep, gaping hole
- The boy fell into the chasm on his way to school.
Chastise
to inflict punishment
- The mom chastised her kids for setting off fireworks in the front yard.
Chicanery
trickery, especially legal or political
- The two men used chicanery to win the lawsuit.
Chimera
an illusion
- My dream of winning the lotto was just a chimera.
Choleric
hot-tempered
- Hillary is very choleric.
Circuitous
roundabout
- The argument between the two girls was circuitous.
Circumlocution
an indirect expression, use of wordy or evasive language
- The lawyer's circumlocution left everyone in the courtroom wondering what he said.
Circumscribe
to draw a line around; to set limits
- The Constitution clearly circumscribes the resrictions that can be placed on our personal freedoms.
Circumspect
cautious
- As a public speaker, Nick was very circumspect as to how he wanted to come across to an audience.
Circumvent
to frusterate as though by surrounding
- The angry school board circumvented the students' effort to allow cell phones in class.
Clemency
mercy, forgiveness
- The governor committed an act of clemency when he let the convicts out of prison early.
Coalesce
to come together as one
- Our group coalesced and made a great presentation.
Coerce
to force someone to do or not to do something
- She coerced me into going to the movie with her.
Cogent
powerfully convincing
- He was cogent in explaining why we should donate money to his charity.
Cognizant
aware
- I am very cognizant of what my responsibilities are.
Colloquial
conversational
- The writer was easy to understand; she used a colloquial style.
Collusion
conspiracy
- There was a collusion between the baseball owners.
Commensurate
equal
- The number of touchdowns scored by each team was commensurate.
Compendium
summary
- Her paper included an opening compendium.
Complacent
self-satisfied; overly pleased with oneself
- The baseball team won so many games they became complacent.
Complement
to complete or fill up
- The wine was a perfect complement to to the seafood dinner.
Complicity
participation in wrongdoing; accomplice
- There was complicity between the bank robber and the dishonest teller.
Conciliatory
making peace
- After months of an on-going feud, the two friends finally were conciliatory.
Condone
to overlook
- "I usually do not condone that sort of behavior in my classroom."
Conducive
promoting
- The bad weather was not conducive to having a picnic.
Confluence
flowing together
- The two rivers confluenced together.
Congenial
agreeably suitable
- The little cabin in the woods was congenial to the writer.
Congenital
describing a trait or condition acquired between conception and birth
- The girl was a congenital liar.
Conjecture
to guess
- I had to conjecture on part of the test.
Connoisser
an expert in matters of art or taste
The food connoisser loved the dish at the new restaurant.
Consecrate
to make or declare sacred
- The priest consecrated the house by sprinkling holy water on it.
Consonant
harmonious; in agreement
- Our decision to take on the new project was consonant.
Consummate
perfect; complete
- The artist consummated her work of art.
Conentious
argumentative
- Andrea was in a very conentious mood - picking fights with everyone.
Coniguous
side by side
- The two countries borders are coniguous.
Contingent
dependent; possible
- Our agreement to buy the house is contingent upon the seller's ability to find a new house to move into.
Contrite
admitting guilt
- Mira was contrite about her mistake.
Contrived
artifical
- Sam's acting was contrived; no one believed him.
Convivial
fond of partying; festive
- The gathering was convivial; everyone had a good time.
Copious
abundent
- There was a copious supply of food at the party.
Corollary
something that follows
- Higher prices were a corollary to the two companies deciding not to compete.
Corroborate
to confirm
- There was no eye witness to the crime, therefore it could not be corroborated.
Counenance
face; facial expression
- His father's confident counenance gave him the confidence to keep going.
Coup
a brilliant victory or accomplishment
- Winning a a gold medal at the Olympics is a coup.
Covert
secret; hidden
- They retreated to their covert hiding place.
Credulous
eager to believe; gullible
- She is very credulous; she will believe anything.
Culminate
to climax
- The party was a culmination of our fund-raising efforts.
Culpable
deserving balme; guilty
- The accountant's faliure to spot the errors made him culpable for the tax fraud.
Cursory
hasty; superficial
- She gave the book a cursory sweep and then headed to class to take the test.
Curtail
to shorten
- She curtailed her route by ten minutes by taking the new road.