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Cabal

a group of conspirators; the acts 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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Cacophany

harsh-sounding mixture of words, voices, or sounds

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Cadence

rhythm; the rise and fall of sound

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Cajole

to persuade someone to do something he or she doesn't want to do

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Calamity

a disaster

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Callous

insensitive; emotionally hardened

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Callow

immature

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Calumny

slander; a maliciously false statement

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Candor

truthfulness; sincere honesty

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Canon

rule or law, especially a religious one; a body of rules or laws; an official set of holy books; an authoritative list; the set of works by an author that are accepted as authentic

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Cant

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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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

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Capitalism

an economic system in which businesses are owned by private citizens (not by the government) and in which the resulting products and services are sold with relatively little government control

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Capitulate

to surrender; to give up or give in

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Capricious

unpredictable; likely to change at any moment

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Captivate

to fascinate; to enchant; to enrapture

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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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Caricature

a portrait or description that is purposely distorted or exaggerated, often to prove some point about its subject

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Cartography

the art of making maps and charts

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Cascade

a waterfall; anything resembling a waterfall

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Castigate

to criticize severely; to chastise

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Cataclysm

a violent upheaval; an earthquake; a horrible flood

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Catalyst

in chemistry, something that changes that rate of a chemical reaction without itself being changed; anyone or anything that makes something happen without being directly involved in it

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Categorical

unconditional; absolute

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Catharis

purification that brings emotional relief or renewal

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Catholic (small c)

universal; embracing everything

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Caucus

a meeting of the members of a political party or political faction; a political group whose members have common interests or goals

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Caustic

like acid; corrisive

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Cavalier

arrogant; haughty; carefree; casual

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Cavil

to quibble; to raise trivial objections

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Celibacy

abstinence from sex

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Censure

to condemn severely from doing something bad

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Cerebal

brainy; intellectually refined

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Chaff

worthless stuff

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Chagrin

humiliation; embarrassed disappointment

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Chameleon

a highly changeable person

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Champion

to defend; to support

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Channel

to direct; to cause to follow a certain path

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Charisma

a magical-seeming ability to attract followers or inspire loyalty

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Charlatan

fraud; quack; con man

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Chasm

a deep, gaping hole; a gorge

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Chaste

pure and unadorned; abstaining from sex

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Chastise

to inflict punishment on; to discipline

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Cherub

a cute chubby-cheeked child; a kind of angel

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Chicanery

trickery; deceitfulness; artifice; especially legal or political

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Chimera

an illusion; a foolish fancy

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Choleric

hot-tempered; quick to anger

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Chortle

to chuckle with glee

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Chronic

constant; lasting a long time; inveterate

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Chronicle

a record of events in order of time; a history

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Churl

a rude person; a boor

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Chutzpah

brazenness; audacity

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Cipher

zero; a nobody; a code; the solution to a code

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Circuitous

roundabout; not following a direct path

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Circumlocution

an indirect expression; use of wordy or evasive language

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Circumnavigate

to sail or travel all the way around

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Circumscribe

to draw a line around; to set the limits; to define; to restrict

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Circumspect

cautious

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Circumvent

to frustrate as though by surrounding

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Citadel

a fortress defending a city; a stronghold; a bulwark

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Civil

polite; civilized; courteous

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Clandestine

concealed or secret, usually for an evil or subversive purpose

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Classic

top-notch; of the highest quality; serving as a standard or model

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Cleave

to cling; to split

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Clemency

mercy; forgiveness; mildness

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Clich̩

an overused saying or idea

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Climatic

having to do with the climate

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Clique

an exclusive group bound together by some shared quality or interest

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Cloister

a covered walk, with columns on one side, that runs along the perimeter of a courtyard, especially in a convent or monastery; a convent or monastery; a tranquil, secluded place

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Clone

an exact duplicate; an organism genetically identical to anther

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Clout

a blow; influence

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Cloy

to cause to feel to full, especially when indulging in something overly sweet; to become wearisome through excess

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Coalesce

to come together a one; to fuse; to unite

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Coddle

to baby

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Coerce

to force someone to do or not to do something

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Cogenr

powerfully convincing

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Cogitate

to ponder; to meditate; to think carefully about

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Cognitive

dealing with how we know the world around us thorugh our senses; mental

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Cognizant

aware; conscious

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Coherent

holding together; making sense

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Aohort

a group

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Colloquial

conversational; informal in language

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Collusion

conspiracy; secret cooperation

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Commemorate

to honor the memory of; to serve as a memorial to

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Commensurate

equal; proportionate

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Commiserate

to express sorrow or sympathy for; to sympathize with; to pity

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Commodious

spacious; roomy; capacious

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Compatible

harmonious; capable of functioning, working, or living together in harmony; consistent

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Compelling

forceful; causing to yield

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Compendium

a summary; an abridgement

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Competent

capable; qualfied

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Compile

to gather together; to gather together into a book

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Complacent

self-satisfied; overly pleased with oneself; contented to a fault

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Complement

to complete or fill up; to be the perfect counterpart

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Complicity

participation in wrongdoing; the act of being an accomplice

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Comply

the act or be in accordance (with)

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Composed

calm; tranquil

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Comprehensive

covering or including everything

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Comprise

to consist of

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Compromise

a settlement of differences in which each side gives up something

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Compunction

remorse; a feeling or uneasiness at doing something wrong

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Concave

curved inward, like the inside of a circle or a sphere

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Concede

to acknowledge as true or right; to grant or yield

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Concentric

having the same center

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Concert

combined action; agreement

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Conciliatory

making peace; attempting to resolve a dispute through goodwill

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Concise

brief and to the point; succinct

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Concoct

to create by mixing ingredients; to devise

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Concomitant

following from; accompanying; going along with

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Concord

harmony; agreement

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Concurrent

happening at the same time; parallel

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Condescend

to stoop to someone else's level, usually in an offensive way; to patronize

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Condone

to overlook; to permit to happen

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Conductive

promoting

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Confederate

an ally; an accomplice

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Confer

to exchange ideas; to consult with; to bestow

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Confidant

a person with whom secrets or privet thoughts are shared

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Configuration

arrangement

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Conflagration

a large fire

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Confluence

a flowing together, especially or rivers; the place where they begin to flow together

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Confound

to bewilder; to amaze; to throw into confusion

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Congeal

to solidify; to jell

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Congenial

agreeably suitable; pleasant

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Congenital

describing a trait or condition acquired between conception and birth; innate

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Congregate

to come together

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Conjecture

to guess; to deduce or infer on slight evidence

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Conjugal

having to do with marriage

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Conjure

to summon or bring into being as if by magic

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Connive

to conspire; to aid or encourage a wrong by feigning ignorance of it

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Conservatory

a greenhouse, usually one attached to another structure; a music or drama school

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Connoisseur

an expert, particularly in matter of art or taste

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Consecrate

to make or declare sacred

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Consensus

unanimity or general agreement

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Consign

to hand over; to assign; to entrust; to banish

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Consolidate

to combine or bring together; to solidify; to strengthen

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Consonant

harmonious; in agreement

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Con spicuous

easily seen; impossible to miss

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Constituency

the group of voters represented by a politician; a group of supporters for anything

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Contempt

disdain; disgrace

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Construe

to interpret

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Consumate

perfect; complete; supremely skillful

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Contentious

argumentative; quarrelsome

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Contiguous

side by side; adjoining

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Contingent

dependent; possible

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Continuum

a continuous whole without clear division into parts

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Contraband

smuggled goods

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Contretemps

an embarrassing occurrence; a mishap

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Contumely

rudeness; insolence; arrogance

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Contrite

admitting guilt; especially feeling remorseful

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Contrived

artificial; labored

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Conundrum

a puzzle or problem without a solution

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Convene

to gather together; to assemble; to meet

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Conventional

common; customary; unexceptional

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Conversant

familiar; experienced

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Converse

the opposite

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Convey

to transport; to conduct; to communicate

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Conviction

strong belief; a determination of guilt

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Convivial

fond of partying; festive

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Convolution

a twist or turn; the act or twisting or turning

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Copious

abundant; plentiful

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Cordial

gracious; warm; sincere

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Corollary

something that follows; a natural consequence

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Corporeal

material; tangible; having substance, like the body

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Correlation

a mutual relation between two or more things

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Corroborate

to confirm; to back up with evidence

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Corrosive

eating away; destructive

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Corrugated

shaped with folds or waves

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Cosmopolitan

at home in many places or situations; internationally sophisticated

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Coterie

a group of close associates; a circle (of friends or associates)

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Countenance

face; facial expression, especially an encouraging one

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Coup

a brilliant victory or accomplishment; the violent overthrow of a government by a small internal group

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Covenant

a solemn agreement; a contract; a pledge

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Covert

secret; hidden

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Covet

to wish for enviously

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Cower

to shrink away or huddle in fear

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Crass

extremely unrefined; gross; stupid

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Craven

cowardly

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Credulous

eager to believe; gullible

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Crescendo

a gradual increase in the volume of a sound; a gradual increase in the intensity of anything

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Crestfallen

dejected; disappointed

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Crevice

a narrow split, crack, or fissure

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Cringe

to shrink back with fear; to cower; to be servile or stuck up in a horrible way

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Criterion

standard; basis for judgement

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Critique

a critical review

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Crux

the central point; the essence

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Cryptic

mysterious; mystifying

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Cuisine

a style of cooking

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Culinary

relating to cooking or the kitchen

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Cull

to pick out from among many; to select; to collect

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Culminate

to climax; to reach full effect

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Culpable

deserving blame; guilty

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Cub

to restrain or control

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Curmudgeon

a difficult, bad-tempered person

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Cursory

hasty; superficial

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Curtail

to shorten; to cut short

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Cynic

one who deeply distrusts human nature; one who believes humans are motivated only by selfishness