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cabal
a small, secret group
cache
a hiding place
cacophony
harsh or unpleasant sound
cadaverous
pale; ghastly; corpselike
cadence
rhythm; beat
caesura
pause
cajole
to coax; to persuade
calamitous
causing trouble or misery; disastrous
caliber
degree of worth
calligraphy
fancy handwriting
callous
unyielding; insensitive
callow
young and inexperienced
calumny
a false accusation; slander
camaraderie
loyalty; friendship
canard
a false story, report, or rumor
candor
honesty; openness; frankness
canine
pertaining to dogs
canny
shrewd
canon
rule; law; standard
cant
insincere statements usually made in a singsong tone
cantankerous
bad-tempered; quarrelsome
canter
smooth, easy pace; gallop
canvass
to make a survey
capacious
spacious; roomy
capitulate
to surrender
capricious
erratic; impulsive
captious
hard to please; faultfinding
captivate
to capture; to charm; to fascinate
carapace
shell; hard, protective covering
carcinogenic
causing cancer
cardinal
principal; chief
careen
to swerve; to dip to one side
caricature
an exaggerated portrayal
carnage
slaughter; massacre
carnal
sensual; sexual
carnivorous
flesh-eating
carouse
to engage in a noisy, drunken party
carp (two meanings)
a type of fish; to complain
carrion
decaying flesh
carte blanche
freedom to use one's own judgement
cartel
association of business firms
cartographer
mapmaker
cascade
a waterfall
caste
social class
castigate
to punish
casualty (two meanings)
an accident; one who is hurt in an accident
cataclysm
a violent change
catacomb
underground burial place
catalyst
person or thing that speeds up a result
cataract (two meanings)
large waterfall; abnormality of the eye
catastrophe
disaster; calamity
cathartic
cleansing
catholic
universal; wide-ranging
caucus
a private meeting
caustic
sarcastic; severely critical; corrosive
cauterize
to burn
cavalcade
procession; a sequence of events
cavalier
a haughty and casually indifferent person
caveat
a warning
cavil
to quibble; to argue
cavort
to leap about; to frolic
celerity
speed; swiftness
celestial
heavenly
celibate
unmarried
censure
to criticize sharply
centrifugal
moving away form the center
cerebration
thinking; using one's brain
certitude
sureness; certainty
cessation
a stopping; a discontinuance
chafe
to irritate; to annoy
chaff
worthless matter
chagrin
embarrassment; complete loss of courage
chameleon
a lizard able to change its skin color; a changeable or fickle person
champ
to bite impatiently; to show impatience
chaos
complete disorder
charisma
great appeal or attraction
charlatan
a fake; a quack
charnel
cemetery; tomb
chary (of)
careful; cautious
chasm
a wide gap
chaste
pure; virtuous
chastise
to punish; to purify
chattel
slave
chauvinism
fanatical devotion to one's country, sex, religion, etc
cherub
angel; an innocent person
chic
stylish; fashionable
chicanery
trickery; deception
chide
to scold
chimerical
imaginary; fantastic; unreal
chirography
art of handwriting
chivalrous
courteous; courageous; loyal
choleric
easily angered
chronic
long-lasting
churlish
rude; ill-bred
cipher
person or thing of no value; zero
circuitous
roundabout; indirect
circumlocution
roundabout way of speaking
circumscribe
to encircle; to limit or confine
circumspect
cautious; careful
circumvent
to surround or entrap; to go around or bypass
citadel
a fortress
cite
to quote a passage, book, author, etc; to refer to an example
civility
politeness
clairvoyant
having great insight; keenly perceptive
clamber
to climb with effort or difficulty
clamor
noise
clandestine
secretive; private
clangor
harsh ringing sound
clarify
to make clear
clarion
clear and shrill
claustrophobia
fear of enclosed spaces
cleave (two meanings)
to split something apart; to stick or cling to something
cleft
split; divided
clemency
mercy; leniency
cliché
a trite or worn-out expression
clientele
customers
climax
highest point
clime
climate; region
clique
a small, exclusive group
cloistered
secluded; confined
clout
power; influence
cloven
divided; split
coadjutor
assistant; helper
coalesce
to blend; to merge; to fuse
coddle
to treat tenderly
coerce
to force
coffer
a strongbox
cog
a gear tooth; a minor part
cogent
convincing
cogitate
to think; to consider carefully
cognate
related; relevant
cognizant
aware
cognomen
family name; last name
coherent
logically connected; consistent
cohesive
tending to stick
cohort
colleague; associate; partner
coincide
to occur simultaeously
collaborate
to work together; to cooperate
collage
collection of various bits and pieces (usually artistic)
collate
to put together in order
collateral
security for payment of a loan
colloquial
informal
colloquy
conversation
collusion
conspiracy; agreement to commit a wrongful act
colossal
huge; enormous
combative
eager to fight; argumentative
combustible
capable of catching fire easily
comely
attractive
commemorative
honoring; remembering
commence
to begin
commendation
praise
commensurate
proportionate
commiserate
to express pity for
commodious
roomy; spacious
communal
shared; pertaining to a group of people
compact (two meanings)
firmly packed; a treaty
compassion
pity; sympathy
compatible
agreeable; harmonious
compel
to force
compendium
brief summary
compensatory
paying back; making up for
complacent
self-satisfied
complement
to make whole; to complete
compliant
yielding; submissive
complicity
partnership in a wrongful act
components
ingredients; elements
composure
calmness of mind or manner
compulsory
required
compunction
uneasiness; remorse
compute
to calculate; to estimate
concave
hollow; curved inward
concede
to admit; to grant
concentrate (two meanings)
to think deeply; to increase in strength or degree
concentric
having a common center
conception (two meanings)
a beginning; original idea or plan
concession
allowance; the act of yielding
conciliate
to soothe the anger of; to win over
concise
brief and to the point
conclave
secret meeting
concoct
to invent; to devise
concomitant
accompanying; attending
concord
agreement; harmony
concourse
a crowd; a wide street
concur
to agree
condescend
to lower oneself to an inferior's level
condign
deserved; suitable
condiment
seasoning; spices
condolence
expression of sorrow
condone
to excuse; to overlook
conducive
tending to or leading to
conduit
pipe or tube through which fluid or electricity passes
confidant
a close, trusted friend
configuration
shape; arrangement
confiscate
to seize by way of penalty
conflagration
a large and destructive fire
confluent
merging; flowing together
conformity
agreement; doing the same as others
confounded
confused; amazed
congeal
to freeze solid; to thicken
congenital
existing at birth
conglomerate
mass; cluster; corporation
congregate
to gather; to assemble
congruent
in agreement
coniferous
bearing cones (pertaining to trees)
conjecture
to guess
conjugal
pertaining to marriage
conjure
to call upon or to command a devil or spirit to practive magic; cast a spell on
connivance
pretend ignorance of another's wrong-doing; conspiracy
connoisseur
an expert
connote
to suggest or imply
connubial
pertaining to marriage
consanguinity
close relationship, usually by blood
consecrate
to make holy
consensus
general agreement, especially of opinion
console (two meanings)
a musical panel or unit; to comfort
consolidate
to combine; to make or become solid
consonant
in agreement or harmony
consort (two meanings)
a husband or wife; to associate or join
consternation
sudden confusion; panic
constituents
voters; supporters
constraints
restrictions; limits
constrict
to shrink; to bind
construe
to analyze; to interpret
consummate
to complete; perfect
contagious
likely to spread; infectious
contaminant
substance that pollutes or infects
contemn
to regard with scorn or contempt
contemporary
happening in the same time period; current
contemptuous
scornful
contentious
ready to argue; quarrelsome
contest (three meanings)
a competive game; to dispute; to compete
contiguous
nearby; neighboring
contingent
possible
contort
to twist; to distort
contraband
smuggled or stolen goods
contrary
opposite
contravene
to go against; to oppose
contretemps
an embarrassing occurrence
contrite
sorrowful; penitent
controversial
debatable; questionable
contumacious
disobedient; obstinate
contumely
rudeness
contusion
a bruise
conundrum
a riddle
convalesce
to recover from an illness
convene
to come together; to assemble
conventional
ordinary; usual
converge
to come together; to meet in a point or line
conversant
being familiar with
converse (two meanings)
to talk to someone; the opposite
convex
curving outward
conveyance
a vehicle
convivial
sociable; friendly
convoke
to call together
convoluted
twisted; coiled
cope (with)
to deal with; to contend with
copious
plentiful; abundant
coquetry
flirtation
cordial
friendly; courteous
cornucopia
horn of plenty; abundance
corollary
inference; deduction; consequence
corona
crown; bright circle
corporeal
pertaining to the body
corpulent
fat; fleshy
corroborate
to strengthen; to confirm
corrosive
eating away, as an acid
corrugated
wrinkled; ridged; furrowed
cortege
funereal procession; group of followers
cosmic
pertaining to the universe; vast
cosmopolitan
worldly-wise; universal
coterie
close circle of friends
countenance (two meanings)
the face; to permit, tolerance, or approve
countermand
to cancel an order
counterpart
duplicate; copy
coup
a brilliant move; a successful and sudden attack
courier
messenger
covenant
an agreement; a contract
covert
hidden; secretive
covet
to desire
cower
to tremble in fear of
coy
shy; modest
cozen
to trick
crafty
sly; tricky
crass
stupid; unrefined
crave
to desire strongly
craven
cowardly
credence
belief; trust
credible
believable
credulity
readiness to believe; gullibility
creed
a religious belief
crescendo
gradual increase in intensity or loudness
crestfallen
dejected; humbled
crevice
an opening; a crack
cringe
to shrink back; as in fear
criterion
measure of value; standard of judging
crone
hag; withered old woman
crony
close friend
crotchety
grouchy; eccentric
crucial
extremely important; decisive
crucible
a severe test or trial
crux
the essential part
cryptic
mysterious; secretive
crystallize
to settle; to take on a definite form
cubicle
small compartment
cudgel
club; thick stick
cue
a hint; a signal
cuisine
style of cooking
culinary
pertaining to cooking
cull
to select; to pick
culminate
to result in; to reach the highest point
culpable
blameworthy
cumbersome
heavy; hard to handle because of size or weight
cumulative
collected; accumulated
cupidity
greed
curb
to control; to check
curry
to try to win favor by flattery
cursive
running or flowing
cursory
superfical; hasty
curtail
to cut short
cynic
one who is critical; a fault-finder
cynosure
center of attention
curry
to try to win favor by flattery
cursive
running or flowing
cursory
superfiical; hasty
curtail
to cut short
cynic
one who is critical; a fault-finder
cynosure
center of attention