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CABAL
a. group of conspirators; the acts of such a group; a clique;
CACHE
a. hiding place; the things hidden in a secret place;
CACOPHONY
harsh sounding mixture of words voices or sounds;
CADENCE
rhythm the rise and fall of sounds;
CAJOLE
to persuade someone to do something he or she doesn't want to do;
CALAMITY
a. disaster;
CALLOUS
insensitive; emotionally hardened;
CALLOW
immature;
CALUMNY
slander; a maliciously false statement;
CANDOR
truthfulness; sincere honesty;
CANON
a. rule of law especially a religious one; a body of rules of laws; an official set of holy books; an authoritative list; the set of works by an author that are accepted as authentic;
CANT
recant; insincere of hypocritical speech;
CANVASS
to seek votes or opinions; to conduct a survey;
CAPACIOUS
spacious; roomy; commodious;
CAPITAL
the town or city that is the seat of government; money equipment and property owned by a business; wealth used in creating more wealth;
CAPITALISM
free enterprise;
CAPITULATE
to surrender; to give up or give in;
CAPRICIOUS
unpredictable; like to change at any moment;
CAPTIVATE
to fascinate; to enchant; to enrapture;
CARCINOGENIC
causing cancer;
CARDINAL
most import; chief;
CAREEN
to swerve; to move rapidly without control; to lean to one side;
CARICATURE
a. portrait or description that is purposely distorted or exaggerated often to prove some point about its subject;
CARTOGRAPHY
the art of making maps and charts;
CASCADE
a. waterfall; anything resembling a waterfall;
CASTIGATE
to criticize severely; to chastise;
CATACLYSM
a. violent upheaval; an earthquake; a horrible flood;
CATALYST
in chemistry; anyone or anything that makes something happen without being directly involved in it;
CATEGORICAL
unconditional; absolute;
CATHARSIS
purification that brings emotional relief or renewal;
CATHOLIC
universal; embracing everything;
CAUCUS
a. meeting of the members of a political party of political faction; a political group whose members have common interests or goals;
CAUSTIC
like acid; corrosive;
CAVALIER
knight; arrogant; haughty; carefree; casual;
CAVIL
to quibble; to raise trivial objections;
CELIBACY
abstinence from sex;
CENSURE
to condemn severely for doing something bad;
CEREBRAL
brainy; intellectually refined;
CHAFF
worthless stuff;
CHAGRIN
humiliation; embarrassed disappointment;
CHAMELEON
a. highly changeable person;
CHAMPION
to defend; to support;
CHANNEL
to direct; to cause to follow a certain path;
CHARISMA
a. magical seeming ability to attract followers or inspire loyalty;
CHARLATAN
fraud; quack; con man;
CHASM
a. deep gaping hole; a gorge;
CHASTE
pure and unadorned; abstaining from sex;
CHASTISE
to inflict punishment on; to discipline;
CHERUB
a. super cute chubby cheeked child; a kind of angel;
CHICANERY
trickery; deceitfulness; artifice; especially legal or political;
CHIMERA
an illusion; a foolish fancy;
CHOLERIC
hot tempered; quick to anger;
CHORTLE
to chuckle with glee;
CHRONIC
constant; lasting a long time; inveterate;
CHRONICLE
a. record of events in order of time; a history;
CHURL
boor; a rude person; a boor;
CHUTZPAH
blatant; brazenness; audacity;
CIPHER
zero; a nobody; a code; the solution to a code;
CIRCUITOUS
roundabout; not following a direct path;
CIRCUMLOCUTION
an indirect expression; use of wordy or evasive language;
CIRCUMNAVIGATE
to sail or travel all the way around;
CIRCUMSCRIBE
to draw a line around; to set the limits; to define; to restrict;
CIRCUMSPECT
cautious;
CIRCUMVENT
to frustrate as though by surrounding;
CITADEL
a. fortress defending a city; a stronghold; a bulwark;
CIVIL
polite; civilized; courteous;
CLANDESTINE
arcane; concealed or secret usually for an evil or subversive purpose;
CLASSIC
topnotch; of t highest quality; serving as a standard or model;
CLEAVE
rent; to cling; to split;
CLEMENCY
mercy; forgiveness; mildness;
CLICHE
an overused saying or idea;
CLIMATIC
having to do with the climate;
CLIQUE
an exclusive group bound together by some shared quality or interest;
CLOISTER
a. covered walk with columns on one side that runs along the perimeter of a courtyard;
CLONE
an exact duplicate; an organism genetically identical to another;
CLOUT
a. blow; influence;
CLOY
to cause to feel too full especially when indulging in something overly sweet; to become wearisome through excess;
COALESCE
to come together as one; to fuse; to unite;
CODDLE
to baby;
COERCE
to force someone to do or not to do something;
COGENT
powerfully convincing;
COGITATE
ruminate deliberate to ponder; to meditate; to think carefully;
COGNITIVE
dealing with how we know the world around us through our senses; mental;
COGNIZANT
aware; conscious;
COHERENT
holding together; making sense;
COHORT
a. group;
COLLOQUIAL
conversational; informal in language;
COLLUSION
conspiracy; secret cooperation;
COMMEMORATE
to honor the memory of; to serve as a memorial to;
COMMENSURATE
equal; proportionate;
COMMISERATE
to express sorrow or sympathy for; to sympathize with; to pity;
COMMODIOUS
spacious; roomy; capacious;
COMPATIBLE
harmonious; capable of functioning working or living together in harmony; consistent;
COMPELLING
forceful; causing to yield;
COMPENDIUM
a. summary; an abridgment;
COMPETENT
capable; qualified;
COMPILE
to gather together; to gather together into a book;
COMPLACENT
self satisfied; overly pleased with oneself; contented to a fault;
COMPLEMENT
to complete or fill up; to be the perfect counterpart;
COMPLICITY
participation in wrongdoing; the act of being an accomplice;
COMPLY
to act or be in accordance with;
COMPOSED
calm; tranquil;
COMPREHENSIVE
covering or including everything;
COMPRISE
to consist of; to be composed of cf constitute compose;
COMPROMISE
a. settlement of differences in which each side gives up something;
COMPUNCTION
remorse a feeling of uneasiness at doing something wrong;
CONCAVE
curved inward like the inside of a circle or a sphere;
CONCEDE
avow; to acknowledge as true or right; to grant or yield;
CONCENTRIC
having the same center;
CONCERT
combined action; agreement;
CONCILIATORY
making peace; attempting to resolve a dispute through goodwill;
CONCISE
brief and to the point; succinct;
CONCOCT
to create by mixing ingredients; to devise;
CONCOMITANT
following from; accompanying; going along with;
CONCORD
harmony; agreement;
CONCURRENT
happening at the same time; parallel;
CONDESCEND
to stoop to someone else's level usually in an offensive way; to patronize;
CONDONE
to overlook; to permit to happen;
CONDUCIVE
promoting;
CONFEDERATE
an ally; an accomplice;
CONFER
to exchange ideas; to consult with; to bestow;
CONFIDANT
a. person with whom secrets or private thoughts are shared;
CONFIGURATION
arrangement;
CONFLAGRATION
a. large fire;
CONFLUENCE
a. flowing together especially of rivers; place where they begin to flow together;
CONFOUND
to confuse; to bewilder; to amaze; to throw into;
CONGEAL
to solidify; to jell;
CONGENIAL
agreeably suitable; pleasant;
CONGENITAL
a. trait or condition acquired between conception and birth; innate;
CONJECTURE
to guess; to deduce or infer on slight evidence;
CONJUGAL
having to do with marriage;
CONJURE
to summon or bring into being as if by magic;
CONNIVE
to conspire; to aid or encourage a wrong;
CONNOISSEUR
an expert particularly in matter of art or taste;
CONSPICUOUS
easily seen; impossible to miss;
CONSECRATE
to make or declare sacred;
CONSENSUS
unanimity or general agreement;
CONSERVATORY
a. greenhouse usually one attached to another structure; a music or drama school;
CONSIGN
to hand over; to assign; to entrust; to banish;
CONSOLIDATE
to combine or bring together; to solidify; to strengthen;
CONSONANT
harmonious; in agreement;
CONSTERNATION
sudden confusion;
CONSTITUENCY
constitute the group of voters represented by a politician; a group of supporters for anything;
CONSTRUE
to interpret;
CONSUMMATE
perfect; complete; supremely skillful;
CONTEMPT
disdain; disgrace;
CONTENTIOUS
argumentative; quarrelsome;
CONTIGUOUS
side by side; adjoining;
CONTINGENT
dependent; possible;
CONTINUUM
a. continuous whole without clear division into parts;
CONTRABAND
smuggled goods;
CONTRETEMPS
contingent; an embracing occurrence; a mishap;
CONTRITE
admitting guilt; especially feeling remorseful;
CONTRIVED
artificial; labored;
CONTUMELY
rudeness; insolence; arrogance;
CONUNDRUM
a. puzzle or problem without a solution;
CONVENE
to gather together; to assemble; to meet;
CONVENTIONAL
common; customary; unexceptional;
CONVERSANT
familiar; experienced;
CONVERSE
the opposite;
CONVEY
to transport; to conduct; to communicate;
CONVICTION
strong belief; a determination of guilt;
CONVIVIAL
fond of partying; festive;
CONVOLUTION
a. twist or turn; the act of twisting or turning;
COPIOUS
abundant; plentiful;
CORDIAL
loyalty; gracious; warm; sincere;
COROLLARY
something that follows; a natural consequence;
CORPOREAL
substantive material; tangible; having substance like the body;
CORRELATION
a. mutual relation between two or more things;
CORROBORATE
to confirm; to back up with evidence;
CORROSIVE
eating away; destructive;
CORRUGATED
shaped with folds or waves;
COSMOPOLITAN
at home in many places or situations; internationally sophisticated;
COTERIE
a. group of close associates; a circle of friends or associates;
COUNTENANCE
face; facial expression especially an encouraging one;
COUP
a. brilliant victory or accomplishment; the violent overthrow of a government by a small internal group;
COVENANT
a. solemn agreement; a contract; a pledge;
COVERT
secret; hidden;
COVET
to wish for enviously;
COWER
to shrink away or huddle up in fear;
CRASS
dull; extremely unrefined; gross; stupid;
CRAVEN
cowardly;
CREDULOUS
eager to believe; gullible;
CRESCENDO
a. gradual increase in the volume of a sound; a gradual increase in the intensity of anything;
CRESTFALLEN
dejected; dispirited;
CREVICE
a. narrow split crack or fissure;
CRINGE
to shrink back with fear; to cower; to be servile or suck up in a horrible way;
CRITERION
standard;basis for judgment;
CRITIQUE
a. critical review;
CRUX
the central point; the essence;
CRYPTIC
mysterious; mysterious; mystifying;
CUISINE
culinary; a style of cooking;
CULINARY
relating to cooking or the kitchen;
CULL
to pick out from among many; to select; to collect;
CULMINATE
to climax; to reach full effect;
CULPABLE
deserving blame; guilty;
CURB
to restrain or control;
CURMUDGEON
a. difficult bad tempered person;
CURSORY
hasty; superficial;
CURTAIL
to shorten; to cut short;
CYNIC
one who deeply distrusts human nature; one who believes humans are motivated only by selfishness;