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  • cacophony (n.)—tremendous noise, disharmonious sound
  • cadence (n.)—a rhythm, progression of sound
  • cajole (v.)—to urge, coax
  • calamity (n.)—an event with disastrous consequences
  • calibrate (v.)—to set, standardize
  • callous (adj.)—harsh, cold, unfeeling
  • camaraderie (n.)—brotherhood, partnership, jovial unity
  • candor (n.)—honesty, frankness
  • canny (adj.)—shrewd, careful
  • canvas a. (n.)—a strong, coarse unbleached cloth; b. (v.)—to cover, inspect
  • capacious (adj.)—very spacious
  • capitulate (v.)—to surrender
  • capricious (adj.)—subject to whim, fickle
  • captivate (v.)—to get the attention of, hold
  • catalyze (v.)—to charge, inspire
  • caucus (n.)—a meeting usually held by people working toward the same goal
  • caustic (adj.)—bitter, biting, acidic
  • cavort (v.)—to leap about, behave boisterously
  • censure a. (n.)—harsh criticism; b. (v.)—to rebuke formally
  • cerebral (adj.)—related to the intellect
  • chaos (n.)—absolute disorder
  • chastise (v.)—to criticize severely
  • cherish (v.)—to feel or show deep affection toward something
  • chide (v.)—to voice disapproval
  • chronicle a. (n.)—a written history; b. (v.)—to write a detailed history
  • chronological (adj.)—arranged in order of time
  • circuitous (adj.)—roundabout
  • circumlocution (n.)—indirect and wordy language
  • circumspect (adj.)—cautious; aware of what’s around you
  • circumvent (v.)—to go around an established route or authority
  • clairvoyant (adj.)—able to perceive things that normal people cannot
  • clandestine (adj.)—secret
  • clemency (n.)—mercy
  • clergy (n.)—members of Christian holy orders
  • cloying (adj.)—sickeningly sweet
  • coagulate (v.)—to thicken, clot
  • coalesce (v.)—to fuse into a whole
  • coerce (v.)—to make somebody do something by force or threat
  • cogent (adj.)—intellectually convincing
  • cognizant (adj.)—aware, mindful
  • coherent (adj.)—logically consistent, intelligible
  • collateral a. (adj.)—secondary; b. (n.)—security for a debt
  • colloquial (adj.)—characteristic of informal conversation
  • collusion (n.)—secret agreement, conspiracy
  • colossus (n.)—a gigantic statue or thing
  • commendation (n.)—a notice of approval or recognition
  • commensurate (adj.)—corresponding in size or amount
  • commodious (adj.)—roomy
  • compelling (adj.)—forceful, demanding attention
  • compensate (v.)—to make an appropriate payment for something
  • complacency (n.)—self-satisfied ignorance of danger
  • complement (v.)—to complete, make perfect or whole
  • compliment (n.)—an expression of esteem or approval
  • compliant (adj.)—ready to adapt oneself to another’s wishes
  • complicit (adj.)—being an accomplice in a wrongful act
  • comprehensive (adj.)—including everything
  • compress (v.)—to apply pressure, squeeze together
  • compunction (n.)—distress caused by feeling guilty
  • concede (v.)—to accept as valid
  • conciliatory (adj.)—friendly, agreeable
  • concise (adj.)—brief and direct in expression
  • concoct (v.)—to fabricate, make up
  • concomitant (adj.)—accompanying in a subordinate fashion
  • concord (n.)—harmonious agreement
  • condolence (n.)—an expression of sympathy in sorrow
  • condone (v.)—to pardon, deliberately overlook
  • conformist (n.)—one who behaves the same as others
  • confound (v.)—to frustrate, confuse
  • congeal (v.)—to thicken into a solid
  • congenial (adj.)—pleasantly agreeable
  • Congenital—(of a disease or physical abnormality)—present from birth
  • congregation (n.)—a gathering of people, especially for religious services
  • congruity (n.)—the quality of being in agreement
  • connive (v.)—to plot, scheme
  • consecrate (v.)—to dedicate something to a holy purpose
  • consensus (n.)—an agreement of opinion
  • consign (v.)—to give something over to another’s care
  • consolation (n.)—an act of comforting
  • consonant (adj.)—in harmony
  • constituent (n.)—an essential part
  • constrain (v.)to forcibly restrict
  • construe (v.)—to interpret
  • consummate (v.)—to complete a deal or ceremony
  • contemporaneous (adj.)—existing during the same time
  • contentious (adj.)—having a tendency to quarrel or dispute
  • contravene (v.)—to contradict, oppose, violate
  • contrite (adj.)—penitent, eager to be forgiven
  • contusion (n.)—bruise, injury
  • conundrum (n.)—puzzle, problem
  • convene (v.)—to call together
  • convention a. (n.)—an assembly of people; b. (n.)—a rule, custom
  • convivial (adj.)—characterized by feasting, drinking, merriment
  • convoluted (adj.)—intricate, complicated
  • copious (adj.)—profuse, abundant
  • cordial (adj.)—warm, affectionate
  • coronation (n.)—the act of crowning
  • corpulence (adj.)—extreme fatness
  • corroborate (v.)—to support with evidence
  • corrosive (adj.)—having the tendency to erode or eat away
  • cosmopolitan (adj.)—sophisticated, worldly
  • counteract (v.)—to neutralize, make ineffective
  • coup a. (n.)—a brilliant, unexpected act; b. (n.)—the overthrow of a government and assumption of authority
  • coup de grâce—a final blow or shot given to kill a wounded person or animal
  • coup d’état—the overthrow of a government and assumption of authority
  • covert (adj.)—secretly engaged in
  • credulity (n.)—readiness to believe
  • crescendo (n.)—a steady increase in intensity or volume
  • culmination (n.)—the climax toward which something progresses
  • culpable (adj.)—deserving blame
  • cultivate (v.)—to nurture, improve, refine
  • cumulative (adj.)—increasing, building upon itself
  • cunning (adj.)—sly, clever at being deceitful
  • cupidity (n.)—greed, strong desire
  • cursory (adj.)—brief, to the point of being superficial and inadequate
  • curt (adj.)—abruptly and rudely short
  • curtail (v.)—to lessen, reduce





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