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cabal

a group of conspirators, the act of such a group, a clique

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cache

a hiding place, the things hidden in a secret place

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cadence

rhythm, the rise and fall of sounds

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calamity

a disaster

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callow

- immature
- to be youthfully naive, inexperienced, unsophisticated

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calumny

slander, a maliciously false statement

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canon

- a rule of law, esp. a religious one
- set of works by an author that are accepted as authentic

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cant

an insincere or hypocritical speech

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canvass

to seek votes or opinions, to conduct a survey

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capacious

spacious, roomy, commodious

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capitulate

to surrender, to give up or give in

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carcinogenic

causing cancer

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cardinal

most important, chief

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careen

to swerve, to move rapidly without control, to lean to one side

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cartography

the art of making maps and charts

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cataclysm

a violent upheaval, an earthquake, a horrible flood

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categorical

- unconditional, absolute
- explicit, direct, outright, conclusive

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catharsis

purification that brings emotional relief or renewal

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catholic

universal, embracing everything

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parochial

- narrow-minded
- opposite of catholic

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caucus

a political group whose members have common interests or goals

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caustic

- like acid, corrosive
- caustic comment is so nasty or insulting that it seems to sting or burn the person to whom it is directed

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cavalier

arrogant, haughty, carefree, casual

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cavil

to quibble, to raise trivial objections

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censure

to condemn severely for doing something bad