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canto
division of a long poem
captious
faultfinding; too critical
carafe
glass water bottle; decanter
carapace
shell covering the back (of a turtle, tortoise, crab, etc.)
careen
lurch; sway from side to side; move with irregular swinging movement; stagger
carillon
a set of bells (often in a tower) capable of being played
carping
petty criticism; fault-finding; fretful complaining; quibble
carrion
rotting flesh of a dead body; CF. vulture
cartographer
map-maker
cataclysm
deluge; upheaval; earthquake; violent and sudden event or change
catcall
shout of disapproval or displeasure (made at the theater or a sports match); boo; V.
catechism
book for religious instruction in question-and-answer form; religious instruction by question and answer; V. catechize
catharsis
purging or cleansing of any passage of the body; purging and weakening of strong emotions as a result of experiencing a dramatic work of art
caucus
private meeting of a group of people in a political party to select officers or determine policy; CF. the Caucus club of Boston
caulk(calk)
make watertight (by blocking up cracks as in a ship)
cauterize
burn (a wound or snakebite, etc.) with hot iron or caustic substance to stop bleeding and prevent infection
cavalier
casual and offhand; arrogant; N: knight
cavil
quibble; make frivolous objections; find fault unnecessarily
censure
blame; criticize; express strong disapproval; N: severe criticism; strong disapproval
centaur
mythical figure, half man and half horse
cession
yielding to another; ceding
chafe
warm by rubbing; make sore by rubbing; N.
chaffing
bantering; joking
chagrin
annoyance and disappointment; vexation (caused by humiliation or injured pride)
chary
cautious; unwilling to take risks; sparing or restrained about giving; OP. bold
chasten
discipline; punish in order to correct; CF. castigate
chastise
punish as by beating; criticize severely
chide
scold; rebuke (someone who has done wrong)
chisel
swindle or cheat; N: wedgelike tool for cutting
chivalrous
courteous; faithful; brave; N. chivalry
choleric
hot-tempered; bad-tempered; irritable; easily angered; CF. cholera
chortle
chuckle with delight; N.
churlish
boorish; rude; N. churl: boor; yahoo
circumscribe
limit; confine; draw a line around
circumspect
prudent; cautious; acting after careful thought
circumvent
outwit; defeat by behaving more cleverly; outsmart; baffle; avoid; get around
cistern
reservoir or water tank
clamber
climb by crawling with difficulties; scramble
clandestine
secret
clangor
loud resounding noise; sound of repeated clanging
cleave
split or sever; cling to; remain faithful to; N. cleavage; ADJ. cloven
clemency
disposition to be lenient in deciding punishments; mildness as of the weather; ADJ. clement
clique
small exclusive group of people
cloister
monastery or convent
clout
great influence (especially political or social); hard blow with fist
coddle
treat gently; indulge excessively; pamper; mollycoddle; baby; cook in water just below boiling point; Ex. coddled eggs
codicil
supplement to the body of a will; later addition to a will
codify
arrange (laws or rules) as a code; classify; N. code: system of words used instead of ordinary writing; collection of laws, rules, established social customs
cogent
convincing
cogitate
think over; ponder
cognate
having a common origin; related linguistically; allied by blood; similar or akin in nature; Ex. cognate languages; N.
cognitive
having to do with knowing or perceiving related to the mental processes; N. cognition: the mental process of knowing
cohorts
group of people who share some common quality; armed band; a group of between 300 and 600 soldiers under one commander (in the ancient Rome)
coiffure
hairstyle
colander
utensil with perforated bottom used for straining
collate
examine and compare in order to verify authenticity; arrange in order (the sheets of a book before they are bound)
collation
a light meal; collating
collusion
conspiring in a fraudulent scheme to cheat or deceive others; V. collude
comatose
in a coma; extremely sleepy
comestible
something fit to be eaten
comeuppance
deserts; well-deserved punishment or misfortune; rebuke
comity
courtesy; civility; Ex. comity of nations
commandeer
take (private property) for military use without needing permission or giving payment; draft for military purposes
commiserate
feel or express pity or sympathy for
commodious
spacious and comfortable
compact
agreement; contract; ADJ: tightly packed; firm; brief; concise; Ex. compact statement
compendium
brief, comprehensive summary; ADJ. compendious
complaisant
trying to please; obliging; willing to please others
comport
bear one's self; behave; Ex. comport oneself; N. comportment
composure
mental calmness
compunction
remorse; strong uneasiness caused by guilt
concerted
mutually agreed on; done together by agreement; Ex. concerted effort; CF. in concert: working together
concoct
prepare by mixing or combining; make up in concert; devise (something false) so as to deceive; Ex. concoct an elaborate excuse for being late; N. concoction
concomitant
that which accompanies; Ex. Deafnes is a frequent concommitant of old age; ADJ: existing or happening together with something else
condescend
(derog.) bestow courtesies with a superior air; descend to the level of one considered inferior
condign
adequate; (of punishment) severe and well deserved
condone
overlook; forgive; give tacit approval; excuse
conducive
helpful; contributive; V. conduce; Ex. conduce to/towards
conduit
aqueduct; passageway for fluids
conflagration
great fire
conflate
meld or fuse; confuse; combine into one
confluence
flowing together; the place where two rivers flow together; crowd; gathering together
conformity
harmony; agreement with established rules or customs; similarity; Ex. behave in conformity with; V. conform: be similar; act in agreement; comply; Ex. conform to the rule; CF. conformance
congeal
freeze; coagulate