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chiche
(klee SHAY)
n.
an overused expression that has lost its original impact
* after a crushing 72-0 defeat at the hands of the paramus pythons, the football coach told his team, "it is not whether you win or lose, it is how you play the game." The players did not find much comfort in that chiche.
compile
(kum PYLE)
v.
to put together into one set
* the library managed to compile a complete collection of first-edition Ernest Hemingway novels.
complacent
(kum PLAY sunt)
adj.
overly pleased with oneself
* Ted Kennedy has been a senator for so long that he seems complacent even druing election years.
compliance
(kum PLY uns)
n.
acting accroding to a rule, order or demand
* Compliance with a strict moral code is required of all students at Birgham Young University.
comprehend
(com pree HEND)
v.
to understand
* Most Americans have read our country's constitution, but many do not truly comprehend it.
comrade
(KOM rad)
n.
a friend who shares your activities
* Dad went all out and bought imported beer and cashew nuts because his old army comrades were coming over.
conceit
(kun SEET)
n.
conceited (adj.)
vanity, an exaggerated sense of your own worth, importance, or abilities.
* our bad leader's conceit knows no limits. He criticizes us all the time, but he can not even play one instrument.
conciliatory
(kun SIL ee uh tor ee)
adj.
tending to smooth over differences and calm hostilities
* the little league coach used his most conciliatory tone fo voice to stop the fight between the pitcher and the catcher.
condense
(kun DENS)
v.
to shorten (usually refering to a book or story) or to make smaller or more concentrated
* The author had to condense her short story so it could be published in the magazine.
conspicuous
(kun SPIK yoo us)
adj.
easily noticed, obvious
* The undercover cop was a bit conspicuous because everyone could see he had a gun stuffed down his pants.
conspiracy
(kun SPIR uh see)
n.
a secret plan or the act of creating a secret plan to do somethign illegal.
* Many people believe that Lee Harvey Oswald, the man accused of killing President John F. Kennedy, was part of a huge communist conspiracy.
contaminate
(kun TAM uh nayt)
v.
to pullute or make unclean
* The Mississippi River has been contaminated for years by industries that dump waste into its waters.
comtempt
(kun TEMPT)
n.
scorn; a feeling you have for anything that is worthless, disgraceful, low
* After she discovered that her boyfriend had lied to her about owning a Corvette, she felt nothing but contempt for him
convalesce
(kahn vuh LES)
v.
to et well after an illness
* After a dangerous case of pneumonia last winter, she went to a warm beach resort to convalesce.
convenient
(kun VEEN yunt)
adj.
*
easy to use, close by well suited to a particular purpose
* Babs never used to eat ice cream, but since Milky Miracles opened a store right next to her office, it is just too convenient to pass up.
counterfeit
(KOWN tur fit)
adj. v. n.
fake, made to look real in order to fool people
to fake
a fake
*Paula was arrested for giving a counterfeit twenty dolloar bill to teh cashier
covet
(KUV it)
v.
to crave, often to crave something someone else has
* The Academy Award is an honor coveted by most Hollywood actors.
crisis
(KRYE sis)
n.
a dangerous or difficult event or situation, a truning point.
* Americans felt a crisis of faith in their government during the Watergate scandal, in which President Nixon was accused of ordering a burglary.
culprit
(KUL prit)
n.
a person guilty of a crime or fault
* The FBI said it was close to nabbing the main culprit in the counterfeiting ring that had made over two million dollars in fake bills.
cult
(KULT)
n.
a system of religion; a religious group that has an unusual lifestyle and set of beliefs, usually led by one person or a small group of people who demand the complete obedience of the followers, a strong devotion to something.
cumbersome
(KUM bur sum)
adj.
hard to carry, bear, or manage
* the luggage is too cumbersome for you to handle alone.
cursory
(KUR suh ree)
adj.
quick and not thorough
* The teacher go so behind in his grading, he only had time to give each paper a cursory reading.
cynic
(SIN ik)
n.
Cynical (SIN i kul) adj.
(distrustful)
a person who believes that most people are selfish and no good.
* Harvey showed what a cynic he was when he commented that profits from the church bake sale would probably be used to pay for the minister's vacation in the Bahama.