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cacophony
jarring, unpleasang noise
cadence
rhythmic flow of poetry; marching beat
cajole
to flatter, coax, persuade
calamitous
disastrous, catastrophic
callous
thick-skinned, insensitive
callow
immature, lacking sophistication
calumny
false and malicious accusation, misrepresentation, slander
candor
honesty of expression
canny
smart; founded on common sense
canonize
to declare a person a saint; raise to highet honors
canvass
to examine thoroughly; conduct a poll
capacious
large, roomy; extensive
capitulate
to submit completely; surrender
capricious
impulsive, whimsical, without much thought
cardiologist
physician specializing in diseases of the heart
caricature
exaggerated portrait, cartoon
carnal
of the flesh
carnivorous
meat-eating
carp
to find fault, complain constantly
cartography
science or art of making maps
cast
copy, replica
cast (v)
to fling, to throw
castigate
to punish, chastise, criticize severely
catalyst
something causing change without being changed
categorical
absolute, without exception
catharsis
purification, cleasing
catholic
universal; broad and comprehensive
caucus
smaller group within an organization; a meeting of such a group
caulk
to make watertight
causality
cause-and-effect relationship
caustic
biting, sarcastic; able to burn
cavalier
carefree, happy; with lordly disdain
cavort
to frolic, frisk
cede
to surrender possession of something
celebrity
fame, widespread acclaim
censorious
severely critical
centripetal
directed or moving towards the center
certitude
assurance, freedom from doubt
cessation
temporary or complete halt
cession
act of surrendering something
chagrin
same, embarrassment, humiliation
chalice
goblet, cup
champion
to defend or support
chaotic
extremely disorderly
charlatan
quack, fake
chary
watchful, cautious, extremely shy
chastise
to punish, discipline, scold
cherubic
sweet, innocent, resembling a cherub angel
chicanery
trickery, fraud, deception
chide
to scold, express disapproval
chimerical
fanciful, imaginary, visionary, impossible
choleric
easily angered, short-tempered
choice
specially selected, preferred
chortle
to chuckle
chromatic
relating to color
chronicler
one who keeps records of historical events
circuitous
roundabout
circumference
boundary or distance around a circle or sphere
circumlocution
roundabout, lengthy way of saying something
circumnavigate
to sail completely around
circumscribe
to encircle; set limits on, confine
circumspect
cautious, wary
circumvent
to go around; avoid
cistern
tank for rainwater
citadel
fortress or stronghold
civil
polite; relating to citizens
civility
courtesy, politeness
clairvoyant
having ESP, psychic
clamor
to make a noisy outcry
clamor (n)
noisy outcry
clandestine
secretive, concealed for a darker purpose
clarity
clearness; clear understanding
claustrophobia
fear of small, confined places
cleave
to split or separate or to stick, cling, adhere
clemency
merciful leniency
cloister
to confine, seclude
coagulate
to clot or change from a liquid to a solid
coalesce
to grow together or cause to unite as one
coddle
to baby, treat indulgently
coerce
to compel by force or intimidation
coffer
strongbox, large chest for money
cogent
logically forceful, compelling, convincing
cognate
related, similar, akin
cognition
mental process by which knowledge is acquired
cognomen
family name; any name, especially a nickname
cohabit
to live together
coherent
intelligible, lucid, understandable
collateral
accompanying
colloquial
characteristic of informal speech
colloquy
dialogue or conversation, conference
collusion
collaboration, complicity, conspiracy
comeliness
physical grace and beauty
commend
to compliment, praise
commensurate
proportional
commission
fee payable to an agent; authorization
commodious
roomy, spacious
commonplace
ordinary, found everyday
communicable
transmittable
commute
to change a penalty to a less severe one
compatriot
fellow countryman
compelling
having a powerful and irresistible effect
compensate
to repay or reimburse
complacent
self-satisfied, smug
complement
to complete, perfect
compliant
submissive and unyielding
complicity
knowing partnership in wrongdoing
compound
complex; composed of several parts
compound (v)
to combine, augment
compress
to reduce, squeeze
compulsive
obsessive, fanatic
compunction
feeling of uneasiness caused by guilt or regret
concave
curving inward
concede
to yield, admit
conceptualize
to envision, imagine
concerto
musical composition for orchestra and one or more soloists
conciliatory
overcoming distrust or hostility
concord
agreement
concur
to agree
condone
to pardon or forgive; overlook, justify, or excuse a fault
conduit
tube, pipe, or similar passage
confection
something sweet to eat
confiscate
to appropriate, seize
conflagration
big, distructive fire
confluence
meeting place; meeting of two streams
confound
to baffle, perplex
congeal
to become thick or solid, as a liquid freezing
congenial
similar in tastes and habits
congenital
existing since birth
conglomerate
collected group of varied things
congress
formal meeting or assembly
congruity
correspondence, harmony, agreement
conjecture
speculation, prediction
conjugal
pertaining to marriage
conjure
to evoke a spirit, cast a spell
connive
to conspire, scheme
consanguineous
of the same origin; related by blood
consecrate
to declare sacred; dedicate to a goal
consensus
unanimity, agreement of opinion or attitude
consign
to commit, entrust
consolation
something providing comfort or solace for a loss or hardship
consolidate
to combine, incorporate
consonant
consistent with, in agreement with
constituent
component, part; citizen, voter
constrained
forced, compelled; confined, restrained
constraint
something that forces or compels; something that restrains or confines
construe
to explain or interpret
consummate
accomplished, complete, perfect
consummate (v)
to complete, fulfill
contend
to battle, clash; compete
contentious
quarrelsome, disagreeable, belligerent
continence
self-control, self-restraint
contravene
to contradict, deny, act contrary to
contrite
deeply sorrowful and repentant for a wrong
contusion
bruise
conundrum
riddle, puzzle or problem with no solution
convalescence
gradual recovery after an illness
convene
to meet, come together, assemble
conventional
typical, customary, commonplace
convex
curved outward
convivial
sociable; fond of eating, drinking, and people
convoke
to call together, summon
convoluted
twisted, complicated, involved
copious
abundant, plentiful
coquette
woman who flirts
corporeal
having to do with the body; tangible, material
corpulence
obesity; fatness, bulkiness
correlation
association, mutual relation of two or more things
corroborate
to confirm, verify
corrugate
to mold in a shape with parallel grooves and ridges
cosmetic
relating to beauty; affecting the surface of something
cosmography
science that deals with the nature of the universe
cosmopolitan
sophisticated, free from local prejudices
cosset
to pamper, to treat with great care
coterie
small group of persons with a similar purpose
countenance
facial expression; look of approval or support
countenance (v)
to favor, support
countermand
to annul, cancel, make a contrary order
countervail
to counteract, to exert force against
coven
group of witches
covert
hidden; secret
covet
to desire strongly something possessed by another
crass
crude, unrefined
craven
cowardly
credence
acceptance of something as true or real
credible
plausible, believable
credulous
gullible, trusting
creed
statement of belief or principle
crescendo
gradual increase in volume of sound
criterion
standard for judging, rule for testing
cryptic
puzzling
cuisine
characteristic style of cooking
culmination
climax, final stage
culpable
guilty, responsible for wrong
culprit
guilty person
cumulative
resulting from a gradual increase
cupidity
greedy
curator
caretaker and overseer of an exhibition, especially in a museum
curmudgeon
cranky person
cursory
hastily done, superficial
curt
abrupt, blunt
curtail
to shorten
cutlery
cutting instruments; tableware
cygnet
young swan
cynic
person who distrusts the motives of others