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cadence
rhythmic flow or poetry; marching beat
callous
thick-skinned, insensitive
callow
immature, lacking sophistication
calumny
false and malicious accusation, misinterpretation, slander
canny
smart; founded on common sense
canvass
to examine thoroughly; conduct a poll
capacious
large, roomy
capitulate
to submit completely, surrender
carp
to find fault, complain constantly
cartography
science or art of making maps
cast
copy, replica; to fling, throw
castigate
to punish, criticise harshly
catalyst
something causing change without being changed
catharsis
purification, cleansing
causality
cause-and-effect relationship
caustic
biting, sarcastic, able to burn
cavalier
carefree, happy
cede
to surrender possession of something
centripetal
directed or moving towards the center
cessation
temporary or complete halt
chagrin
shame, embarrassment, humiliation
champion
to defend or support
chary
watchful, cautious, extremely shy
chastise
to punish, discipline, scold
chicanery
trickery, fraud, deception
choleric
hot-tempered, easily angered
chromatic
relating to color
circuitous
roundabout
circumlocution
roundabout, lengthy way of saying something
circumscribe
to encircle, set limits on, confine
circumspect
cautious, wary
circumvent
to go around; avoid
civility
courtesy, politeness
clandestine
secretive, concealed for a darker purpose
claustrophobia
fear of small, confined places
coagulate
to clot or change from a liquid to a solid
coalesce
to grow together or cause to unite as one
coddle
to baby, to treat indulgently
coerce
to compel by force or intimidation
collateral
accompanying
colloquial
characteristic of informal speech
collusion
consiracy, collaboration
commend
to praise, compliment
commensurate
equal to, proprtional
commodious
roomy, spacious
commute
to change a penalty to a less severe one
complacent
self-satisfied
complement
to complete, perfect
complicity
knowing partnership in wrongdoing
compound
complex; to combine, augment
compunction
feeling of uneasiness caused by guilt or regret
concerto
musical composition for orchestra and one or more soloist
confiscate
to appropriate, seize
confluence
meeting place; meeting of two streams
congeal
to become thick or solid
congenial
similar in tastes and habit
congenital
existing since birth
conglomerate
collected group of varied things
conjecture
speculation, prediction
conjugal
pertaining to marriage
connive
to conspire, scheme
consanguineous
of the same origin, related by blood
consecrate
to declare sacred, dedicate to a goal
consign
to commit, entrust
consolation
something providing comfort or solace for a loss or hardship
consonant
consistent with, in agreement with
constituent
component, part; citizen voter
construe
to explain or interpret
consummate
accomplished, complete, perfect; to complete, fulfill
continence
self-control, self-restraint
contravene
to contradict, deny
contrite
deeply sorrowful and repentant for a wrong; penitent, eager to be forgiven
conundrum
riddle, puzzle or problem with no solution
convene
to meet, come together, assemble
convivial
sociable; fond of eating, drinking, and people
convoke
to call together, summon
copious
abundant, plentiful
corpulence
obesity, fatness, bulkiness
cosmography
science that deals with the nature of the universe
cosmopolitan
sophistocated, free from local prejudices
cosset
to pamper, treat with great care
countenance
facial expression; look of approval or support; to favor, support
countermand
to annul, cancel, make a contrary order
countervail
to counteract, to exert force against
covert
hidden, secret
crass
crude, unrefined
craven
cowardly
creed
statement of belief or principle
crescencdo
gradual increase in volume of sound
culmination
climax, final stage
culpable
guilty, responsible for wrong
culprit
guilty person
cupidity
greed
curator
caretaker and overseer or an exhibition
curtail
to shorten; reduce
cacophony
tremendous noise, disharmonious sound
cajole
to urge, coax, wheedle
capricious
subject to whim, fickle, incalculable
clemency
mercy; disposition to be lenient; mildness
cogent
intellectually convincing
concomitant
accompanying in a subordinate fashion
conflagration
great fire
credulity
readiness to believe
cursory
brief to the point of being superficial; casual; hastily done
calculated
deliberately planned
candor
frankness
caricature
distortion; burlesque
censorious
critical
censure
blame; criticize
certitude
certainty
charlatan
quack; pretender to knowledge
chronicle
report; record
civil
having to do with citizens or the state; courteous and polite
clamor
noise
coercion
use of force to get someone's compliance
commemorate
honor the memory of
compelling
overpowering; irresistible in effect
compile
assemble; gather; accumulate
compliance
readiness to yield; comformity in fulfilling requirements
composure
mental calmness
comprehensive
thorough, inclusive
concede
admit; yield
conciliatory
reconciling; appeasing; amiable
concise
brief and compact
conclusive
convincing; decisive
concur
agree in opinion
condone
overlook voluntarily; forgive
confirm
corroborate; verify; support
confound
confuse; puzzle
confront
face; challenge
conscientious
scrupulous; careful
consensus
general afreement
consistency
absence of contradictions; dependability; uniformity; degree of thickness
constraint
compulsion; repression of feelings
contagion
infection
contemporary
person belonging to the same perios
contend
struggle; compete; assert earnestly
contentious
quarrelsome
contract
compress or shrink; make a pledge; catch a disease
converge
approach; tend to meet; come together
conviction
strongly held belif
cordial
gracious; heartfelt
corroborate
confirm; support
corrosion
destruction by chemical action
credibility
believability
criterion
standard used in judging
cryptic
mysterious; hidden; secret
cynic
one who is skeptical or distrustful of human motives