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1

controvert

\ˈkän-trə-ˌvərt\

D. to contradict, to debate

E. ever since the poem was first published, critics and scholars have controverted over the meaning of its concluding lines

2

contumacious

\ˌkän-tü-ˈm(ā)-shəs\

D. insubordinate, disobedient

E. the judge threatened to charge the contumacious witness with contempt of court

3

contumely

\kän-ˈt(ü)-mə-lē\

D. humiliating rudeness

4

contusion

\kən-ˈt(ü)-zhen\

D. bruise

E. suffered multiple contusions as a result of a car accident

5

conundrum

\kə-ˈn(ə)n-drəm\

D. a puzzling question or problem

E. the conundrum of how an ancient people were able to build such massive structures without the benefit of today's knowledge and technology

6

convene

\kən-ˈvēn\

D. to assemble

E. the conventioneers convened in the auditorium to hear the guest speaker

7

conversant

\kən-ˈv(ə)r-sənt\

D. familiar (with)

E. a world traveler who is highly conversant with the customs of foreign cultures

8

conveyance

\kən-ˈv(ā)-əns\

D. a vehicle or other means of carrying

E. the covered wagon was the major conveyance that transported settlers and their belongings across the frontier

9

convivial

\kən-ˈv(i)-vē-əl\

D. lively, sociable, pertaining to festivity

E. a convivial gathering / the hiking club attracts a wide range of convivial people who share a love of the outdoors

10

convoke

\kən-ˈvōk\

D. to call together

E. convoked the leading experts on juvenile delinquency to study the situation

11

convolution

\ˌkän-və-ˈl(ü)-shən\

D. a twisting together, a twist or coil

E. the inevitable convolutions involved in setting up an international teleconference

12

copious

\ˈk(ō)-pē-əs\

D. plentiful

E. a copious rush of words just poured out of the two friends who hadn't seen each other in years / a copious harvest / copious weeping

13

corollary

\ˈk(ȯ)rə-ˌlerē\

D. a proposition that follows from another that has been proved

E. increased taxes—or expanding deficits—are the inevitable corollary to any new government spending program

14

corporeal

\kȯr-ˈp(ȯ)r-ē-əl\

D. bodily

E. corporeal cravings such as hunger and thirst

15

corpulent

\c(o)-pū-lənt\

D. very fat

E. a corpulent, elegantly dressed opera singer came out and sang

16

correlation

\ˌkȯr-ə-ˈl(ā)-shən\

D. a mutual relationship, a correspondence

E. Studies find a positive correlation between severity of illness and nutritional status of the patients.

17

corroborate

\kə-ˈr(ä)-bə-ˌrāt\

D. to confirm

E. the witnesses corroborated the policeman's testimony

18

corrosive

\kə-r(o)-sive\

D. capable of eating or wearing away, sarcastic, biting

E. a corrosive satire on the fashion industry and its movers and shakers

19

corsair

\ˈkȯr-ˌs(e)r\

D. a pirate or pirate ship

E. no one knows the fate of the corsair's treasure-filled ship

20

cortège

\kȯr-ˈt(e)zh\

D. a procession

E. the movie star's cortege included her hair stylist, makeup artist, personal assistant, and press agent / the funeral cortege of mourners stretched for three city blocks

21

coterie

\ˈk(ō)-tə-rē\

D. a clique, an intimate and exclusive group of persons with a common interest

E. a coterie of old friends who attend all of the home games of the high school basketball team

22

countermand

\ˈk(au̇)n-tər-ˌmand\

D. to revoke (an order) by a contrary order, to cancel (an order)

23

coup d'état

\ˌkü-dā-ˈt(ä)z\

D. an overthrow of an government

E. a bloody coup d'état

24

covenant

\ˈk(ä)-və-nənt\

D. an agreement

25

covetous

\ˈk(ä)-və-təs\

D. envious

E. a covetous child who must destroy what he cannot have

26

covert

\ˈk(ō)-vərt\

D. hidden

27

cower

/ˈkau̇-wər/

D. to shrink in fear

E. the abused dog always cowered in the presence of its master

28

coy

\ˈkȯi\

D. bashful, reserved, coquettish

E. coy response / use coy tricks to attract attention

29

cozen

\ˈk(ä)-zən\

D. to cheat or deceive

E. cozened several elderly ladies into believing that he was intending marriage

30

crabbed

\ˈkr(a)-bəd\

D. ill-tempered

E. a crabbed view of human nature / a crabbed handwriting

31

crass

\ˈkras\

D. grossly stupid or dull

E. crass concerns of daily life / a loudmouthed jerk given to rude jokes and crass comments

32

craven

\ˈkrā-vən\

D. cowardly

E. a craven refusal to deliver the unwelcome news personally

33

credence

\ˈkrē-dəns\

D. belief

E. I'm afraid I don't put much credence in common gossip. / The theory is gaining credence among scientists.

34

credulous

\ˈkr(e)-jə-ləs\

D. easily or too easily convinced

E. Few people are credulous enough to believe such nonsense.

35

creed

\ˈkrēd\

D. a statement or belief, religious or otherwise

E. central to the creed of this organization of medical volunteers is the belief that health care is a basic human right

36

crepitate

\ˈkre-pə-ˌtāt\

D. to crackle

37

criterion

\krī-ˈtir-ē-ən\

D. a standard for judging

E. What were the criteria used to choose the winner?

38

crone

\ˈkrōn\

D. a withered old woman

E. a run-down house that was inhabited by a cantankerous crone who kept to herself

39

crony

\ˈkrō-nē\

D. a close companion

E. The mayor rewarded his cronies with high-paying jobs after he was elected.

40

crux

ˈkräks\

D. a problem; the deciding point

E. the crux of the problem is that the school's current budget is totally inadequate

41

cryptic

\ˈkrip-tik\

D. hidden

E. cryptic messages / cryptic coloration in animals / a cryptic infection

42

cudgel

\ˈkä-jəl\

D. a stick or club

E. a farmer armed with a cudgel drove us off his land

43

culinary

\ˈkä-lə-ˌne-rē\

D. pertaining to the kitchen or cooking

E. They serve a variety of culinary delights.

44

cull

\ˈkau̇\

D. to pick or select; to reduce or control in size

E. culled the best passages from the poet's work / The town issued hunting licenses in order to cull the deer population.

45

culmination

\ˌkəl-mə-ˈnā-shən\

D. the highest point

E. This study is the culmination of years of research. / an acting performance that was seen as the culmination of a brilliant career on the stage

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culpable

\ˈkau̇-pə-bəl\

D. blameworthy