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counterpart (n.)

a thing that completes another; things very much alike

Night and day are counterparts, complementing one another.


coup (n.)

highly successful action or sudden attack

As the news of his coup spread throughout Wall Street, his fellow brokers dropped by to congratulate him.


couple (v.)

to join; to unite

The Flying Karamazovs couple expert juggling and amateur joking in their nightclub act.


courier (n.)


The publisher sent a special courier to pick p the manuscript.


covenant (n.)


We must comply with the terms of the covenant.


covert (adj.)

secret; hidden; implied

Investigations of the Central Intelligence Agency and other secret service networks reveal that such covert operations can get out of control.


covetous (adj.)

avaricious (=having or showing an extreme greed for wealth or material gain); eagerly desirous of

The child was covetous by nature and wanted to take the toys belonging to his classmates.


cow (v.)

to terrorize; to intimidate

The little boy was so cowed by the hulking bully that he gave up his lunch money without a word of protest.


cower (v.)

to shirk quivering, as from fear

The frightened child cowered in the corner of the room.


coy (adj.)

shy; modest; coquettish

Reluctant to commit herself so early in the game, Kay was coy in her answers to Ken's offer.


cozen (v.)

to cheat; to hoodwink; to swindle

He was the kind of individual who would cozen his friends in a cheap card game but remain eminently ethical in all business dealings.


crabbed (adj.)

sour; peevish

The crabbed old man was avoided by the children because he scolded them when they made noise.


craftiness (n.)

slyness; trickiness

In many Native America legends, the coyote is the clever trickster, the embodiment of craftiness.


crass (adj.)

very unrefined; grossly insensible

The film critic deplored the crass commercialism of movie-makers who abandon artistic standards in order to make a quick buck.


craven (adj.)


Lillian's craven refusal to join the protest was criticized by her comrades, who had expected her to be brave enough to stand up for her beliefs.


credence (n.)


Do not place any credence in his promises.


credibility (n.)


Because the candidate had made some pretty unbelievable promises, we began to question the credibility of everything she said.


credo (n.)

creed (a set of beliefs or aims that guide someone's actions)

I believe we many best describe his credo by saying that it approximates the Golden Rule.


crescendo (n.)

increase in the volume or intensity, as in a musical passage; climax

The music suddenly shifted its mood, dramatically switching from a muted, contemplative passage to a crescendo with blaring trumpets and clashing cymbals.


crest (n.)

highest point of a hill; foamy top of a wave

Fleeing the tidal wave, the islanders scrambled to reach the crest of Mount Lucinda.
With relief, they watched the crest of the wave break well below their vantage point.


crestfallen (adj.)

dejected; dispirited

We were surprised at his reaction to the failure of his project; instead of being crestfallen, he was busily engaged in planning new activities.


cringe (v.)

to shrink back, as if in fear

The dog cringed, expecting a blow.


criterion (n.)

standard used in judging

What criterion did you use when you selected this essay as the prizewinner?


crop (v.)

to cut off unwanted parts of a photograph; graze

With care, David cropped the picture until its edges neatly framed the flock of sheep cropping the grass.


crotchety (adj.)

eccentric; whimsical

Although he was reputed to be a crotchety old gentleman, I found his ideas substantially sound and sensible.


crux (n.)

crucial point

This is the crux of the entire problem: everything centers on its being resolved.


crypt (n.)

secret recess or vault, usually used for burial

Until recently, only bodies of rulers and leading statesmen were interred in this crypt.


cryptic (adj.)

mysterious; hidden; secret

Thoroughly baffled by Holmes's cryptic remarks, Watson wondered whether Holmes was intentionally concealing his thoughts about the crime.


cubicle (n.)

small compartment partitioned off; small bedchamber

Hoping to personalize their workspace, the staff members decorated their tiny identical cubicles in markedly individual ways.


cuisine (n.)

style of cooking

French cuisine is noted for its use of sauces and wines.


culinary (adj.)

relating to cooking

Many chefs attribute their culinary skill to the wise use of spices.


cull (v.)

to pick out; to reject

Every month the farmer culls the nonlaying hens from his flock and sells them to the local butcher.


culminate (v.)

to attain the highest point; to climax

George Bush's years of service to the Republican Party culminated in his being chosen as the Republican candidate for the presidency.
His subsequent inauguration as President of the United States marked the culmination of his political career.


culpable (adj.)

deserving blame

Corrupt politicians who condone the activities of the gamblers are equally culpable.


cumbersome (adj.)

heavy; hard to manage

He was burdened down with cumbersome parcels.


cumulative (adj.)

growing by addition

Vocabulary building is a cumulative process: as you go through your flash cards, you will add new words to your vocabulary, one by one.


cupidity (n.)


The defeated people could not satisfy the cupidity of the conquerors, who demanded excessive tribute.


curator (n.)

superintendent; manager

The members of the board of trustees of the museum expected the new curator to plan events and exhibitions that would make the museum more popular.


curmudgeon (n.)

churlish (=rude in a mean-spirited and surly way), miserly individual

Although he was regarded by many as a curmudgeon, a few of us were aware of the many kindnesses and act of charity that he secretly performed.


cursive (adj.)

flowing, running

In normal writing we run our letters together in cursive form; in printing, we separate the letters.


cursory (adj.)

casual; hastily done

Because a cursory examination of the ruins indicated the possibility of arson, we believe the insurance agency should undertake a more extensive investigation of the fire's cause.


curtail (v.)

to shorten; to reduce

When Herb asked Diane for a date, she said she was really sorry she couldn't go out with him, but her dad had ordered her to curtail her social life.


cynical (adj.)

skeptical or distrustful of human motives

Cynical from birth, Sidney was suspicious whenever anyone gave him a gift "with no strings attached."


cynosure (n.)

the object of general attention

As soon as the movie star entered the room, she became the cynosure of all eyes.