Vocabulary (C)

Serial Word Meaning
1 cabal n. A number of persons secretly united for effecting by intrigue some private purpose
2 cabalism n. Superstitious devotion to one’s religion
3 cabinet n. The body of men constituting the official advisors of the executive head of a nation
4 cacophony n. A disagreeable, harsh, or discordant sound or combination of sounds or tones
5 cadaverous adj. Resembling a corpse
6 cadence n. Rhythmical or measured flow or movement, as in poetry or the time and pace of marching troops
7 cadenza n. An embellishment or flourish, prepared or improvised, for a solo voice or instrument
8 caitiff adj. Cowardly
9 cajole v. To impose on or dupe by flattering speech
10 cajolery n. Delusive speech
11 calculable adj. That may be estimated by reckoning
12 calculus n. A concretion formed in various parts of the body resembling a pebble in hardness
13 callosity n. The state of being hard and insensible
14 callow adj. Without experience of the world
15 calorie n. Amount of heat needed to raise the temperature of 1 kilogram of water 1 degree centigrade
16 calumny n. Slander
17 Calvary n. The place where Christ was crucified
18 Calvinism n. The system of doctrine taught by John Calvin
19 Calvinize v. To teach or imbue with the doctrines of Calvinism
20 came n. A leaden sash-bar or grooved strip for fastening panes in stained-glass windows
21 cameo n. Any small engraved or carved work in relief
22 campaign n. A complete series of connected military operations
23 Canaanite n. A member of one of the three tribes that dwelt in the land of Canaan, or western Palestine
24 canary adj. Of a bright but delicate yellow
25 candid adj. Straightforward
26 candor n. The quality of frankness or outspokenness
27 canine adj. Characteristic of a dog
28 canon n. Any rule or law
29 cant v. To talk in a singsong, preaching tone with affected solemnity
30 cantata n. A choral composition
31 canto n. One of the divisions of an extended poem
32 cantonment n. The part of the town or district in which the troops are quartered
33 capacious adj. Roomy
34 capillary n. A minute vessel having walls composed of a single layer of cells
35 capitulate v. To surrender or stipulate terms
36 caprice n. A whim
37 caption n. A heading, as of a chapter, section, document, etc
38 captious adj. Hypercritical
39 captivate v. To fascinate, as by excellence eloquence, or beauty
40 carcass n. The dead body of an animal
41 cardiac adj. Pertaining to the heart
42 cardinal adj. Of prime or special importance
43 caret n. A sign (A) placed below a line, indicating where omitted words, etc , should be inserted
44 caricature n. a picture or description in which natural characteristics are exaggerated or distorted
45 carnage n. Massacre
46 carnal adj. Sensual
47 carnivorous adj. Eating or living on flesh
48 carouse v. To drink deeply and in boisterous or jovial manner
49 carrion n. Dead and putrefying flesh
50 cartilage n. An elastic animal tissue of firm consistence
51 cartridge n. A charge for a firearm, or for blasting
52 caste n. The division of society on artificial grounds
53 castigate v. To punish
54 casual adj. Accidental, by chance
55 casualty n. A fatal or serious accident or disaster
56 cataclysm n. Any overwhelming flood of water
57 cataract n. Opacity of the lens of the eye resulting in complete or partial blindness
58 catastrophe n. Any great and sudden misfortune or calamity
59 cathode n. The negative pole or electrode of a galvanic battery
60 Catholicism n. The system, doctrine, and practice of the Roman Catholic Church
61 catholicity n. Universal prevalence or acceptance
62 cat-o-nine-tails n. An instrument consisting of nine pieces of cord, formerly used for flogging in the army and navy
63 caucus n. A private meeting of members of a political party to select candidates
64 causal adj. Indicating or expressing a cause
65 caustic adj. Sarcastic and severe
66 cauterize v. To burn or sear as with a heated iron
67 cede v. To pass title to
68 censor n. An official examiner of manuscripts empowered to prohibit their publication
69 censorious adj. Judging severely or harshly
70 census n. An official numbering of the people of a country or district
71 centenary adj. Pertaining to a hundred years or a period of a hundred years
72 centiliter n. A hundredth of a liter
73 centimeter n. A length of one hundredth of a meter
74 centurion n. A captain of a company of one hundred infantry in the ancient Roman army
75 cereal adj. Pertaining to edible grain or farinaceous seeds
76 ceremonial adj. Characterized by outward form or ceremony
77 ceremonious adj. Observant of ritual
78 cessation n. Discontinuance, as of action or motion
79 cession n. Surrender, as of possessions or rights
80 chagrin n. Keen vexation, annoyance, or mortification, as at one’s failures or errors
81 chameleon adj. Changeable in appearance
82 chancery n. A court of equity, as distinguished from a common-law court
83 chaos n. Any condition of which the elements or parts are in utter disorder and confusion
84 characteristic n. A distinctive feature
85 characterize v. To describe by distinctive marks or peculiarities
86 charlatan n. A quack
87 chasm n. A yawning hollow, as in the earth’s surface
88 chasten v. To purify by affliction
89 chastise v. To subject to punitive measures
90 chastity n. Sexual or moral purity
91 chateau n. A castle or manor-house
92 chattel n. Any article of personal property
93 check v. To hold back
94 chiffon n. A very thin gauze used for trimmings, evening dress, etc
95 chivalry n. The knightly system of feudal times with its code, usages and practices
96 cholera n. An acute epidemic disease
97 choleric adj. Easily provoked to anger
98 choral adj. Pertaining to, intended for, or performed by a chorus or choir
99 Christ n. A title of Jesus
100 christen v. To name in baptism
101 Christendom n. That part of the world where Christianity is generally professed
102 chromatic adj. Belonging, relating to, or abounding in color
103 chronology n. The science that treats of computation of time or of investigation and arrangement of events
104 chronometer n. A portable timekeeper of the highest attainable precision
105 cipher v. To calculate arithmetically (also a noun meaning zero or nothing)
106 circulate v. To disseminate
107 circumference n. The boundary-line of a circle
108 circumlocution n. Indirect or roundabout expression
109 circumnavigate v. To sail quite around
110 circumscribe v. To confine within bounds
111 circumspect adj. Showing watchfulness, caution, or careful consideration
112 citadel n. Any strong fortress
113 cite v. To refer to specifically
114 claimant n. One who makes a claim or demand, as of right
115 clairvoyance n. Intuitive sagacity or perception
116 clamorous adj. Urgent in complaint or demand
117 clan n. A tribe
118 clandestine adj. Surreptitious
119 clangor n. Clanking or a ringing, as of arms, chains, or bells; clamor
120 clarify v. To render intelligible
121 clarion n. A small shrill trumpet or bugle
122 classify v. To arrange in a class or classes on the basis of observed resemblance; and differences
123 clearance n. A certificate from the proper authorities that a vessel has complied with the law and may sail
124 clemency n. Mercy
125 clement adj. Compassionate
126 close-hauled adj. Having the sails set for sailing as close to the wind as possible
127 clothier n. One who makes or sells cloth or clothing
128 clumsy adj. Awkward of movement
129 coagulate v. To change into a clot or a jelly, as by heat, by chemical action, or by a ferment
130 coagulant adj. Producing coagulation
131 coalescence n. The act or process of coming together so as to form one body, combination, or product
132 coalition n. Combination in a body or mass
133 coddle v. To treat as a baby or an invalid
134 codicil n. A supplement adding to, revoking, or explaining in the body of a will
135 coerce v. To force
136 coercion n. Forcible constraint or restraint, moral or physical
137 coercive adj. Serving or tending to force
138 cogent adj. Appealing strongly to the reason or conscience
139 cognate adj. Akin
140 cognizant adj. Taking notice
141 cohere v. To stick together
142 cohesion n. Consistency
143 cohesive adj. Having the property of consistency
144 coincide v. To correspond
145 coincidence n. A circumstance so agreeing with another: often implying accident
146 coincident adj. Taking place at the same time
147 collaborate v. To labor or cooperate with another or others, especially in literary or scientific pursuits
148 collapse v. To cause to shrink, fall in, or fail
149 collapsible adj. That may or can collapse
150 colleague n. An associate in professional employment
151 collective adj. Consisting of a number of persons or objects considered as gathered into a mass, or sum
152 collector n. One who makes a collection, as of objects of art, books, or the like
153 collegian n. A college student
154 collide v. To meet and strike violently
155 collier n. One who works in a coal-mine
156 collision n. Violent contact
157 colloquial adj. Pertaining or peculiar to common speech as distinguished from literary
158 colloquialism n. Form of speech used only or chiefly in conversation
159 colloquy n. Conversation
160 collusion n. A secret agreement for a wrongful purpose
161 colossus n. Any strikingly great person or object
162 comely adj. Handsome
163 comestible adj. Fit to be eaten
164 comical adj. Funny
165 commemorate v. To serve as a remembrance of
166 commentary n. A series of illustrative or explanatory notes on any important work
167 commingle v. To blend
168 commissariat n. The department of an army charged with the provision of its food and water and daily needs
169 commission v. To empower
170 commitment n. The act or process of entrusting or consigning for safe-keeping
171 committal n. The act, fact, or result of committing, or the state of being
172 commodity n. Something that is bought and sold
173 commotion n. A disturbance or violent agitation
174 commute v. To put something, especially something less severe, in place of
175 comparable adj. Fit to be compared
176 comparative adj. Relative
177 comparison n. Examination of two or more objects with reference to their likeness or unlikeness
178 compensate v. To remunerate
179 competence n. Adequate qualification or capacity
180 competent adj. Qualified
181 competitive adj. characterized by rivalry
182 competitor n. A rival
183 complacence n. Satisfaction with one’s acts or surroundings
184 complacent adj. Pleased or satisfied with oneself
185 complaisance n. Politeness
186 complaisant adj. Agreeable
187 complement v. To make complete
188 complex adj. Complicated
189 compliant adj. Yielding
190 complicate v. To make complex, difficult, or hard to deal with
191 complication n. An intermingling or combination of things or parts, especially in a perplexing manner
192 complicity n. Participation or partnership, as in wrong-doing or with a wrong-doer
193 compliment v. To address or gratify with expressions of delicate praise
194 component n. A constituent element or part
195 comport v. To conduct or behave (oneself)
196 composure n. Calmness
197 comprehensible adj. Intelligible
198 comprehension n. Ability to know
199 comprehensive adj. Large in scope or content
200 compress v. To press together or into smaller space
201 compressible adj. Capable of being pressed into smaller compass
202 compression n. Constraint, as by force or authority
203 comprise v. To consist of
204 compulsion n. Coercion
205 compulsory adj. Forced
206 compunction n. Remorseful feeling
207 compute v. To ascertain by mathematical calculation
208 concede v. To surrender
209 conceit n. Self-flattering opinion
210 conceive v. To form an idea, mental image or thought of
211 concerto n. A musical composition
212 concession n. Anything granted or yielded, or admitted in response to a demand, petition, or claim
213 conciliate v. To obtain the friendship of
214 conciliatory adj. Tending to reconcile
215 conclusive adj. Sufficient to convince or decide
216 concord n. Harmony
217 concordance n. Harmony
218 concur v. To agree
219 concurrence n. Agreement
220 concurrent adj. Occurring or acting together
221 concussion n. A violent shock to some organ by a fall or a sudden blow
222 condensation n. The act or process of making dense or denser
223 condense v. To abridge
224 condescend v. To come down voluntarily to equal terms with inferiors
225 condolence n. Expression of sympathy with a person in pain, sorrow, or misfortune
226 conduce v. To bring about
227 conducive adj. Contributing to an end
228 conductible adj. Capable of being conducted or transmitted
229 conduit n. A means for conducting something, particularly a tube, pipe, or passageway for a fluid
230 confectionery n. The candy collectively that a confectioner makes or sells, as candy
231 confederacy n. A number of states or persons in compact or league with each other, as for mutual aid
232 confederate n. One who is united with others in a league, compact, or agreement
233 confer v. To bestow
234 conferee n. A person with whom another confers
235 confessor n. A spiritual advisor
236 confidant n. One to whom secrets are entrusted
237 confide v. To reveal in trust or confidence
238 confidence n. The state or feeling of trust in or reliance upon another
239 confident adj. Assured
240 confinement n. Restriction within limits or boundaries
241 confiscate v. To appropriate (private property) as forfeited to the public use or treasury
242 conflagration n. A great fire, as of many buildings, a forest, or the like
243 confluence n. The place where streams meet
244 confluent n. A stream that unites with another
245 conformance n. The act or state or conforming
246 conformable adj. Harmonious
247 conformation n. General structure, form, or outline
248 conformity n. Correspondence in form, manner, or use
249 confront v. To encounter, as difficulties or obstacles
250 congeal v. To coagulate
251 congenial adj. Having kindred character or tastes
252 congest v. To collect into a mass
253 congregate v. To bring together into a crowd
254 coniferous adj. Cone-bearing trees
255 conjecture n. A guess
256 conjoin v. To unite
257 conjugal adj. Pertaining to marriage, marital rights, or married persons
258 conjugate adj. Joined together in pairs
259 conjugation n. The state or condition of being joined together
260 conjunction n. The state of being joined together, or the things so joined
261 connive v. To be in collusion
262 connoisseur n. A critical judge of art, especially one with thorough knowledge and sound judgment of art
263 connote v. To mean; signify
264 connubial adj. Pertaining to marriage or matrimony
265 conquer v. To overcome by force
266 consanguineous adj. Descended from the same parent or ancestor
267 conscience n. The faculty in man by which he distinguishes between right and wrong in character and conduct
268 conscientious adj. Governed by moral standard
269 conscious adj. Aware that one lives, feels, and thinks
270 conscript v. To force into military service
271 consecrate v. To set apart as sacred
272 consecutive adj. Following in uninterrupted succession
273 consensus n. A collective unanimous opinion of a number of persons
274 conservatism n. Tendency to adhere to the existing order of things
275 conservative adj. Adhering to the existing order of things
276 conservatory n. An institution for instruction and training in music and declamation
277 consign v. To entrust
278 consignee n. A person to whom goods or other property has been entrusted
279 consignor n. One who entrusts
280 consistency n. A state of permanence
281 console v. To comfort
282 consolidate v. To combine into one body or system
283 consonance n. The state or quality of being in accord with
284 consonant adj. Being in agreement or harmony with
285 consort n. A companion or associate
286 conspicuous adj. Clearly visible
287 conspirator n. One who agrees with others to cooperate in accomplishing some unlawful purpose
288 conspire v. To plot
289 constable n. An officer whose duty is to maintain the peace
290 constellation n. An arbitrary assemblage or group of stars
291 consternation n. Panic
292 constituency n. The inhabitants or voters in a district represented in a legislative body
293 constituent n. One who has the right to vote at an election
294 constrict v. To bind
295 consul n. An officer appointed to reside in a foreign city, chiefly to represent his country
296 consulate n. The place in which a consul transacts official business
297 consummate v. To bring to completion
298 consumption n. Gradual destruction, as by burning, eating, etc , or by using up, wearing out, etc
299 consumptive adj. Designed for gradual destruction
300 contagion n. The communication of disease from person to person
301 contagious adj. Transmitting disease
302 contaminate v. To pollute
303 contemplate v. To consider thoughtfully
304 contemporaneous adj. Living, occurring, or existing at the same time
305 contemporary adj. Living or existing at the same time
306 contemptible adj. Worthy of scorn or disdain
307 contemptuous adj. Disdainful
308 contender n. One who exerts oneself in opposition or rivalry
309 contiguity n. Proximity
310 contiguous adj. Touching or joining at the edge or boundary
311 continence n. Self-restraint with respect to desires, appetites, and passion
312 contingency n. Possibility of happening
313 contingent adj. Not predictable
314 continuance n. Permanence
315 continuation n. Prolongation
316 continuity n. Uninterrupted connection in space, time, operation, or development
317 continuous adj. Connected, extended, or prolonged without separation or interruption of sequence
318 contort v. To twist into a misshapen form
319 contraband n. Trade forbidden by law or treaty
320 contradiction n. The assertion of the opposite of that which has been said
321 contradictory adj. Inconsistent with itself
322 contraposition n. A placing opposite
323 contravene v. To prevent or obstruct the operation of
324 contribution n. The act of giving for a common purpose
325 contributor n. One who gives or furnishes, in common with others, for a common purpose
326 contrite adj. Broken in spirit because of a sense of sin
327 contrivance n. The act planning, devising, inventing, or adapting something to or for a special purpose
328 contrive v. To manage or carry through by some device or scheme
329 control v. To exercise a directing, restraining, or governing influence over
330 controller n. One who or that which regulates or directs
331 contumacious adj. Rebellious
332 contumacy n. Contemptuous disregard of the requirements of rightful authority
333 contuse v. To bruise by a blow, either with or without the breaking of the skin
334 contusion n. A bruise
335 convalesce v. To recover after a sickness
336 convalescence n. The state of progressive restoration to health and strength after the cessation of disease
337 convalescent adj. Recovering health after sickness
338 convene v. To summon or cause to assemble
339 convenience n. Fitness, as of time or place
340 converge v. To cause to incline and approach nearer together
341 convergent adj. Tending to one point
342 conversant adj. Thoroughly informed
343 conversion n. Change from one state or position to another, or from one form to another
344 convertible adj. Interchangeable
345 convex adj. Curving like the segment of the globe or of the surface of a circle
346 conveyance n. That by which anything is transported
347 convivial adj. Devoted to feasting, or to good-fellowship in eating or drinking
348 convolution n. A winding motion
349 convolve v. To move with a circling or winding motion
350 convoy n. A protecting force accompanying property in course of transportation
351 convulse v. To cause spasms in
352 convulsion n. A violent and abnormal muscular contraction of the body
353 copious adj. Plenteous
354 coquette n. A flirt
355 cornice n. An ornamental molding running round the walls of a room close to the ceiling
356 cornucopia n. The horn of plenty, symbolizing peace and prosperity
357 corollary n. A proposition following so obviously from another that it requires little demonstration
358 coronation n. The act or ceremony of crowning a monarch
359 coronet n. Inferior crown denoting, according to its form, various degrees of noble rank less than sovereign
360 corporal adj. Belonging or relating to the body as opposed to the mind
361 corporate adj. Belonging to a corporation
362 corporeal adj. Of a material nature; physical
363 corps n. A number or body of persons in some way associated or acting together
364 corpse n. A dead body
365 corpulent adj. Obese
366 corpuscle n. A minute particle of matter
367 correlate v. To put in some relation of connection or correspondence
368 correlative adj. Mutually involving or implying one another
369 corrigible adj. Capable of reformation
370 corroborate v. To strengthen, as proof or conviction
371 corroboration n. Confirmation
372 corrode v. To ruin or destroy little by little
373 corrosion n. Gradual decay by crumbling or surface disintegration
374 corrosive n. That which causes gradual decay by crumbling or surface disintegration
375 corruptible adj. Open to bribery
376 corruption n. Loss of purity or integrity
377 cosmetic adj. Pertaining to the art of beautifying, especially the complexion
378 cosmic adj. Pertaining to the universe
379 cosmogony n. A doctrine of creation or of the origin of the universe
380 cosmography n. The science that describes the universe, including astronomy, geography, and geology
381 cosmology n. The general science of the universe
382 cosmopolitan adj. Common to all the world
383 cosmopolitanism n. A cosmopolitan character
384 cosmos n. The world or universe considered as a system, perfect in order and arrangement
385 counter-claim n. A cross-demand alleged by a defendant in his favor against the plaintiff
386 counteract v. To act in opposition to
387 counterbalance v. To oppose with an equal force
388 countercharge v. To accuse in return
389 counterfeit adj. Made to resemble something else
390 counterpart n. Something taken with another for the completion of either
391 countervail v. To offset
392 counting-house n. A house or office used for transacting business, bookkeeping, correspondence, etc
393 countryman n. A rustic
394 courageous adj. Brave
395 course n. Line of motion or direction
396 courser n. A fleet and spirited horse
397 courtesy n. Politeness originating in kindness and exercised habitually
398 covenant n. An agreement entered into by two or more persons or parties
399 covert adj. Concealed, especially for an evil purpose
400 covey n. A flock of quails or partridges
401 cower v. To crouch down tremblingly, as through fear or shame
402 coxswain n. One who steers a rowboat, or one who has charge of a ship’s boat and its crew under an officer
403 crag n. A rugged, rocky projection on a cliff or ledge
404 cranium n. The skull of an animal, especially that part enclosing the brain
405 crass adj. Coarse or thick in nature or structure, as opposed to thin or fine
406 craving n. A vehement desire
407 creak n. A sharp, harsh, squeaking sound
408 creamery n. A butter-making establishment
409 creamy adj. Resembling or containing cream
410 credence n. Belief
411 credible adj. Believable
412 credulous adj. Easily deceived
413 creed n. A formal summary of fundamental points of religious belief
414 crematory adj. A place for cremating dead bodies
415 crevasse n. A deep crack or fissure in the ice of a glacier
416 crevice n. A small fissure, as between two contiguous surfaces
417 criterion n. A standard by which to determine the correctness of a judgment or conclusion
418 critique n. A criticism or critical review
419 crockery n. Earthenware made from baked clay
420 crucible n. A trying and purifying test or agency
421 crusade n. Any concerted movement, vigorously prosecuted, in behalf of an idea or principle
422 crustacean adj. Pertaining to a division of arthropods, containing lobsters, crabs, crawfish, etc
423 crustaceous adj. Having a crust-like shell
424 cryptogram n. Anything written in characters that are secret or so arranged as to have hidden meaning
425 crystallize v. To bring together or give fixed shape to
426 cudgel n. A short thick stick used as a club
427 culinary adj. Of or pertaining to cooking or the kitchen
428 cull v. To pick or sort out from the rest
429 culpable adj. Guilty
430 culprit n. A guilty person
431 culvert n. Any artificial covered channel for the passage of water through a bank or under a road, canal
432 cupidity n. Avarice
433 curable adj. Capable of being remedied or corrected
434 curator n. A person having charge as of a library or museum
435 curio n. A piece of bric-a-brac
436 cursive adj. Writing in which the letters are joined together
437 cursory adj. Rapid and superficial
438 curt adj. Concise, compressed, and abrupt in act or expression
439 curtail v. To cut off or cut short
440 curtsy n. A downward movement of the body by bending the knees
441 cycloid adj. Like a circle
442 cygnet n. A young swan
443 cynical adj. Exhibiting moral skepticism
444 cynicism n. Contempt for the opinions of others and of what others value
445 cynosure n. That to which general interest or attention is directed