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canto
n. division of a long poem
canvass
v. determine or seek opinions, votes, etc.
capacious
adj. spacious
capacity
n. mental or physical ability
capillary
adj. having a very fine bore
capitulate
v. surrender
caprice
n. whim
capricious
adj. unpredictable; fickle
caption
n. title; chapter heading; text under illustration
captious
adj. faultfinding
carafe
n. glass water bottle; decanter
carapace
n. shell covering the back (of a turtle, crab, etc.).
carat
n. unit of weight for precious stones; measure of fineness of gold
carcinogenic
adj. causing cancer
cardinal
adj. chief
cardiologist
n. doctor specializing in ailments of the heart.
careen
v. lurch; sway from side to side.
caricature
n. distortion; burlesque.
carillon
n. a set of bells capable of being played
carnage
n. destruction of life
carnal
adj. fleshly
carinvorous
adj. meat-eating
carousal
n. drunken revel
carping
n. petty criticism
carrion
n. rotting flesh of a dead body
cartographer
n. map-maker
cascade
n. small waterfall
caste
n. one of the hereditary classes in Hindu society; social stratification; prestige
castigation
n. punishment; severe criticism.
casualty
n. serious or fatal accident
cataclysm
n. deluge; upheaval
catalyst
n. agent that influences the pace of a chemical reaction while it remains unaffected and unchanged; person or thing that causes action
catapult
n. slingshot; hurling machine
cataract
n. great waterful; eye abnormality
castastrophe
n. calamity; disaster
catcall
n. shout of disapproval; boo
catechism
n. book for religious instruction; instruction by question and answer
categorical
adj. without exceptions; unqualified; absolute.
catharsis
n. purging or cleansing of any passage of the body
cathartic
n. purgative
catholic
adj. universal; wide-ranging liberal
caucus
n. private meeting of members of a party to select officers or determine policy
caulk
v. to make watertight (by plugging seams).
causal
adj. implying a cause-and-effect relationship
caustic
adj. burning; sarcastically biting
cauterize
v. burn with hot iron or caustic.
cavalcade
n. procession; parade
cavalier
adj. casual and offhand; arrogant
cavil
v. make frivolous objections
cede
v. yield (title, territory) to; surrender formally
celerity
n. speed; rapidity
celestial
adj. heavenly
celibate
adj. abstaining from sexual intercourse; unmarried
censor
n. overseer of morals; person who eliminates inappropriate matter
censorious
adj. critical
censure
v. blame; criticize
centaur
n. mythical figure, half man and half horse
centigrade
adj. denoting a widely used temperature scale (basically same as Celsius).
centrifugal
adj. radiating; departing from the center
centrifuge
n. machine that separates substances by whirling them.
centripetal
adj. tending toward the center
centurion
n. Roman army officer
cerebral
adj. pertaining to the brain or intellect
cerebration
n. thought
ceremonious
adj. marked by formality
certitude
n. certainty
cessation
n. stoppage
cession
n. yielding (something) to another; ceding
chafe
v. warm by rubbing; make sore (by rubbing)
chaff
n. worthless products of an endeavor
chaffing
adj. bantering; joking
chagrin
n. vexation (caused by humiliation or injured pride); disappointment
chalice
n. goblet; consecrated cup
chameleon
n. lizard that changes color in different situations