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bucolic

characteristic of the countryside; rustic; pastoral

cadge

to beg; sponge

callous

thick-skinned; insensitive

calumny

false and malicious accusation; slander

canard

false; deliberately misleading story

cant

insincere talk; language of a particular group

cantankerous

irritable; ill-humored

captious

faultfinding; intended to entrap, as in an argument

cardinal

of foremost importance

carnal

of the flesh or body; related to physical appetities

carping

to find fault; complain

cataclysm

a violent upheaval that causes great destruction and change

categorical

absolute; without exception

caucus

smaller group within an organization

causal

involving a cause

celestial

concerned with sky or heavens; sublime

centrifugal

moving away from a center

centripetal

moving or directed toward a center

champion

to defend or support

chasten

to correct by punishment or reproof; to restrain or subdue

chicanery

trickery; fraud

chivalry

the qualities idealized by knighthood such as bravery and gallantry toward women

churlish

rude; boorish

circuitous

roundabout

cloister

to confine; seclude

coagulate

thicken; congeal

coalesce

to cause to become one

codify

to systematize

cognizant

informed; conscious; aware

commensurate

proportional

compendium

brief, comprehensive summary

complacent

self-satisfied

complaisant

overly polite; willingness to comply with the wishes of others

complement

something that completes or makes up a whole

compunction

uneasiness caused by guilt

concave

curving inward

conciliatory

overcoming distrust or hostility

concoct

to invent

concomitant

existing concurrently

confound

to baffle; perplex; mix up

congenial

similar in tastes and habits; friendly; suited to

conjugal

pertaining to marriage agreement

connoisseur

expert in matters of taste; expert knowledge or training

conscript

a person compulsorily enrolled for military service

contend

to assert

contiguous

touching; neighboring; connecting without a break

continence

self-control; abstention from sexual activity

contumacious

disobedient; rebellious

conundrum

riddle; puzzle with no solution

convention

practice widely observed in a group; custom; accepted technique or device

converge

to approach; come together; tend to meet

convex

curved outward

convivial

sociable

copious

abundant; plentiful

coquette

woman who flirts

cornucopia

horn overflowing with fruit and grain; state of abundance

covert

hidden; secret

covetous

desiring something owned by another

cozen

to mislead by trick or fraud; deceive

craven

cowardly

credence

acceptance of something as true

daunt

to discourage; intimidate; dishearten

dearth

scarcity

debauchery

corruption

decorum

proper behavior

defame

to malign; harm someone's reputation

default

to fail to act

deference

respect; regard for another's wish

defunct

no longer existing

demotic

pertaining to people

demur

to express doubt; question or oppose

denizen

an inhabitant; a regular visitor

denouement

outcome; unraveling of the plot of a play or work of literature

clairvoyant

one who can predict the future; psychic

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