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Contraband (n)

illegal trade; smuggling; smuggled goods
The coast guard tries to prevent contraband in U.S. waters

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Contrite (adj)

penitent
Her contrite tears did not influence the judge when he imposed sentence (contrition n)

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Controvert (v)

oppose with arguments; attempt to refute
It was wiser to make no attempt to controvert what she said

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Contumacious (adj)

disobedient; resisting authority
The contumacious mob shouted defiantly at the police (contumacy n)

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Convivial (adj)

festive; gay; characterised by joviality
The convivial celebrators of the victory sang their college songs

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Convoke (v)

call together

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Copious (adj)

plentiful
Unlike Sharon, who took copious notes during her lectures, David did not take notes at all

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Corporeal (adj)

bodily; material
The doctor had no patience with spiritual matters: his job was to attend to his patients' corporeal problems

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Countenance (v/n)

approve; tolerate/ face

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Covetous (adj)

avaricious; eagerly desirous of
The poor man wants many things; the covetous man, all.

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Crass (adj)

very unrefined; grossly insensible
The film critic deplored the crass commercialism of movie-makers who abandon artistic standards in order to make quick buck

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Craven (adj)

cowardly
Lilian's craven refusal to join the protest was criticised by her comrades, who had expected her to be brave enough to stand up for her rights

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Credence (n)

belief
Such a story might gain credence among her blind supporters

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Credo (n)

creed
The writer Jack London proclaimed his credo before his death

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Credulity (n)

belief on slight evidence; gullibility; naivete
Con artists take advantage of their credulity of inexperienced investors to swindle them out of their savings (credulous adj)

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Crescendo (n)

increase in the volume or intensity; as in a musical passage; climax
The overture suddenly changed from a quiet pastoral theme to a crescendo featuring trumpets and clashing cymbals

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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

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Cull (v)

pick out; reject

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Culpable (adj)

deserving blame
Corrupt politicians who condone the activities of the gamblers are equally culpable