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conjecture
infer on the basis of insufficient data; surmise; guess; V.
connivance
pretense of ignorance of something wrong; assistance; permission to offend; V. connive: feign ignorance (of a wrong); cooperate secretly in an illegal action; conspire
connotation
suggested or implied meaning of an expression; V. connote
conscript
draftee; person forced into military service; V.
consequential
self-important; significant; consequent; following as a result; Ex. consequential air; CF. subsequent
consign
deliver officially; entrust; set apart
consort
associate with; keep company; N: husband or wife (or a ruler)
consternation
great shock; dismay
constituent
supporter; voter; member of a constituency; component
contention
assertion; claim; thesis; struggling; competition; (contend = assert earnestly)
continence
self-restraint; sexual chastity; sexual abstinence; voluntary control over bladder and bowel functions; ADJ. continent
contingent
dependent on something uncertain or in the future; conditional; happening by chance; accidental; N: a group of soldiers, ships to a larger force; CF. contingency: future event that may or may not occur; possibility; Ex. prepare for every contingency
contravene
contradict; oppose; violate (a rule, law, or custom); N. contravention
contrive
invent or fabricate in a clever way (by improvisation); manage; Ex. contrive to attract his attention
contrived
unnatural and forced; artificial; not spontaneous; Ex. The ending was rather contrived.
contumacious
stubborn and disobedient; resisting authority (esp. disobedient to an order made by a court)
convoke
call together
contusion
bruise
coquette
flirt; flirtatious woman; woman who tries to attract the admiration of men without sincere feelings; V.
cordon
extended line of men or fortifications to prevent access or egress; V.
cornice
projecting molding on building (usually above columns or pillars);
corollary
natural consequence (which naturally follows from something else)
corpus
collection (of writings or information); Ex. the corpus of Shakespear's works; Cf. corpse
corroborate
confirm; support; strengthen
coterie
group that meets socially; select circle; close group of people with shared interests
countenance
approve; support; tolerate; Ex. countenance his rude behavior; N: face; appearance
countermand
cancel; revoke (an order)
coup
highly successful action or sudden attack; coup(s) d'\'etat; CF. coup de gr\^ace: deathblow or shot which kills
covenant
binding agreement between two groups or people; compact; V: enter into a covenant; promise
cow
terrorize; intimidate
cower
shrink quivering as from fear; cringe
coy
shy (flirtatiously); showing a (pretended) lack of self-confidence; modest; coquettish; CF. job offer
cozen
cheat; hoodwink; swindle
craven
cowardly
credence
belief
credulity
belief on slight evidence; gullibility; naivet\'e; ADJ. credulous
crescendo
increase in the volume or intensity as in a musical passage; climax; CF. crescent
cringe
shrink back as if in fear; cower
crotchety
(of someone old) eccentric; odd; whimsical; bad-tempered; N. crotchet: odd or whimsical notion
cubicle
small chamber used for sleeping or work
culpable
deserving blame; blameworthy
culprit
one guilty of a crime
culvert
artificial channel for water; drain crossing under a road
cupidity
greed (for wealth); CF. cupid; CF. Cupid
curmudgeon
churlish, miserly individual; bad-tempered old person
cynosure
object of general attention; person or thing that is a center of attention; CF. Ursa Minor
dawdle
loiter; hang around; waste time doing nothing
debauch
corrupt morally; seduce from virtue; N. debauchery: wild behavior (with sex and alcohol)
debilitate
weaken (esp. through heat, hunger, illness); enfeeble OP: facilitate
bout
match; short period of great activity; Ex. wrestling bout; bout of drinking/flu
debunk
expose as false, exaggerated, worthless, etc.; ridicule
decadence
decay; fall to a lower level (of morality, civilization, or art); ADJ. decadent
decorum
propriety; orderliness and good taste in manners; appropriateness of behavior or conduct
decoy
lure or bait; V.
decrepitude
state of collapse or weakness caused by illness or old age
decry
express strong disapproval of; condemn openly (something dangerous to the public); disparage; Ex. decry the violence of modern films
defeatist
resigned to defeat or failure; accepting defeat or failure as a natural outcome; N. CF. defeatism
defect
shortcoming; V: desert (in order to join the opposite one)
deference
courteous regard for another's wish; courteous yielding to another's wish or opinion (showing respect); ADJ. deferential; OP. effrontery
defiance
refusal to yield; resistance; V. defy; ADJ. defiant
definitive
most reliable; authorative and complete; that cannot be improved; conclusive; decisive; definite; Ex. definitive decision by the supreme court
defray
provide for the payment of; undertake the payment of; pay
deify
turn into a god; make a god of; idolize; Ex. Kings were deified; CF. deity
deign
condescend; stoop
deliberate
consider; ponder; ADJ: done on purpose; slow
delirium
mental disorder marked by confusion; uncontrolled excitement; ADJ. delirious
delve
dig; search deeply; investigate
demoniac(demoniacal)
fiendish; cruel; N. demon: evil supernatural being; devil
demur
object (because of doubts, scruples); raise an objection (showing qualms); hesitate; Ex. demur at the idea of working on Sunday
demure
(of a woman or child) grave; quiet and serious; coy; pretending to be demure
d\'enouement
final outcome; final development of the plot of a play or other literary work; the end of a story when everything is explained
deplore
regret; express sorrow and severe disapproval for something bad; Ex. deplore their violent behavior; ADJ. deplorable: very bad; deserving severe disapproval; Ex. deplorable living condition
depose
dethrone; remove from office; give a deposition; testify
deposition
testimony under oath; deposing; dethroning
depravity
extreme corruption; wickedness; V. deprave
depredation
plundering; destruction
deranged
insane
derelict
negligent; (of someone) neglectful of duty; (of something) deserted by an owner; abandoned; N: abandoned property; homeless or vagrant person