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Chasten

To chastise or correct; subdue

The "time out" seems to have become a common parental means of chastening younger children, somewhat similar to being forced to sit in the corner wearing a dunce cap, but without the element of public humiliation

Chastened as an adjective means corrected, punished, or humbled

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Chauvinist

One blindly devoted to a group of which one is a member

She was such a party chauvinist; her blind devotion made her refuse to acknowledge the changes underway that would lead to the party's downfall

A male chauvinist believes in the inferiority of women to men. This term is often followed by the word pig

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Chic

Stylish and fashionable; sophistication in dress

As a true native New Yorker, Kenya remained a chic dresser long after she moved to Kansas; it's too bad there was no one there to appreciate her sense of style

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Chicanery

Trickery or subterfuge

Bernard's reputation for legal chicanery made judges and prosecutors distrust him, but his clients had a hard time seeing past his successes

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Chimera

An illusion

Walter Mitty's life was a series of chimeras; the fantastic daydreams in which he starred were completely real to him

Chimerical means illusory or improbable

The fantastic successes of some internet start-ups trine out to be chimerical once the tech boom ended

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Choleric

Tending toward anger

Choleric by nature, the boxer had no problems mentally preparing to face his opponents

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Churlish

Boorish, vulgar, loutish; difficult and intractable

Underneath Mr. Oleander's churlish exterior, there's a nice guy hiding somewhere; it's just hard to tell because he is so rude most of the time

A churl is someone who is churlish

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Circumscribe

Enclose within bounds; limit or confine, especially narrowly

The legislative and judicial branches of government serve to circumscribe the power of the president

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Clangorous

Making a loud, resonant sound

She thought that living in the country would be peaceful, and was therefore surprised by constant noise stemming from the clangorous cowbells tied around the cow's necks

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Coalesce

To come together; to fuse or unite

It took a major internal crisis for the rival factions to coalesce around a single goal

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Coda

Concluding section to a musical or literary piece, something that concludes or competes

The presentation of the lifetime achievement award was a fitting coda both to the evening and to his years of work with the organization

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Cogent

Appealing forcibly to the mind or reason; convincing

I'll only let you borrow the Ferrari if you can give me a cogent reason for why you need it

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Chary

Wary; cautious; sparing

Claudette was chary with her praise lest it go to Frederick's head