Barrons GRE Wordlist 4759 words C list

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cabal

small group of persons secretly united to promote their own interests

cache

hiding place; V.

cacophonous

discordant; inharmonious; N. cacophony: unpleasant mixture of loud sounds

cadaver

corpse; dead human body

cadaverous

like a corpse; pale

cadence

rhythmic rise and fall (of words or sounds); beat; regular beat of sound; rhythm

cadet

student at a military school

cajole

persuade by praise or false promise; coax; wheedle

calamity

disaster; misery

calculated

deliberately planned; likely

caldron(cauldron)

large kettle

caliber

ability; quality; diameter of the inside of a round cylinder; Ex. work of very high caliber

calligraphy

beautiful writing; excellent penmanship

callous

hardened; unfeeling; without sympathy for the sufferings of others; unkind

callow

youthful; immature; inexperienced

callus

area of thick hard skin

calorific

heat-producing; N. calorie

calumny

malicious misrepresentation; slander

camaraderie

good-fellowship; CF. comrade

cameo

shell or jewel carved in relief; star's special appearance in a minor role in a film

camp

group sharing a common cause or opinion

canard

unfounded false rumor; exaggerated false report

candor

frankness; open honesty; ADJ. candid

canine

related to dogs; doglike

canker

any ulcerous sore; ulcer; any evil; CF. cancer

canny

shrewd in money matters; thrifty

cant

insincere speech or expression of piety; jargon of thieves; special words used by a particular group of people

cantankerous

ill-humored; irritable

cantata

story set to music to be sung by a chorus (shorter than an oratorio)

canter

slow gallop; V. CF. trot

canto

division of a long poem

canvass

determine or seek opinions, votes, etc.; go through (a region) to solicit votes or orders; conduct a survey; N.

capacious

spacious

capacity

mental or physical ability; role; position or duty; ability to accommodate; Ex. in my capacity as president

capillary

having a very fine bore; resembling a hair; fine and slender; Ex. capillary attraction; N: very fine hairlike tube; CF. capillarity

capitulate

surrender; give up all resistance

caprice

whim; sudden change of mind without any real cause

capricious

unpredictable; fickle

capsize

(of a boat) turn over

caption

title; chapter heading; text under illustration

captious

faultfinding; too critical

carafe

glass water bottle; decanter

carapace

shell covering the back (of a turtle, tortoise, crab, etc.)

carat(karat)

unit of weight for precious stones; measure of the purity of gold

carcinogenic

causing cancer; N. carcinogen

cardinal

chief; most important; N: priest; cardinal number: number that shows quantity rather thatn order

cardiologist

doctor specializing in ailments of the heart

careen

lurch; sway from side to side; move with irregular swinging movement; stagger

career

rush wildly; go at full speed

carefree

free from worries; having no problems

caricature

distortion; burlesque

carillon

a set of bells (often in a tower) capable of being played

carnage

destruction of life; slaughter; killing of large numbers of people or animals

carnal

fleshly; sensual; concerning the desires of the body

carnivorous

meat-eating; N. carnivore; CF. herbivore

carousal

drunken revel; V. carouse

carping

petty criticism; fault-finding; fretful complaining; quibble

carrion

rotting flesh of a dead body; CF. vulture

cartographer

map-maker

cascade

small waterfall

caste

one of the hereditary classes in Hindu society; social stratification; prestige

castigation

punishment; severe criticism or disapproval

castrate

remove the sex organs (of a male animal or person)

casual

happening by chance; irregular; occasional; informal; showing or feeling little interest; Ex. casual reader/labor/remark

casualty

serious or fatal accident; person killed or wounded in an accident or battle

cataclysm

deluge; upheaval; earthquake; violent and sudden event or change

catalyst

agent which brings about a chemical change while it remains unaffected and unchanged; CF. catalysis

catapult

slingshot; hurling machine; V: fire from catapult

cataract

great waterfall; eye abnormality (causing a gradual loss of eyesight)

catastrophe

calamity ; disaster

catcall

shout of disapproval or displeasure (made at the theater or a sports match); boo; V.

catechism

book for religious instruction in question-and-answer form; religious instruction by question and answer; V. catechize

categorical

without exceptions; made without any doubt in mind; unqualified; absolute

cater

provide food and drink (for); cater to: try to satisfy (desires of a bad kind)

catharsis

purging or cleansing of any passage of the body; purging and weakening of strong emotions as a result of experiencing a dramatic work of art

cathartic

purgative; medicine that causes the bowels to empty; ADJ.

catholic

(of likings and interests) universal; general; broad; including many different parts; wide-ranging liberal; Ex. catholic opinions/tastes

caucus

private meeting of a group of people in a political party to select officers or determine policy; CF. the Caucus club of Boston

caulk(calk)

make watertight (by blocking up cracks as in a ship)

causal

implying a cause-and-effect relationship; N. causality

caustic

burning; corrosive; able to burn by chemical action; sarcastically biting; (of remarks) intended to hurt; bitter; harmful; OP. harmless

cauterize

burn (a wound or snakebite, etc.) with hot iron or caustic substance to stop bleeding and prevent infection

cavalcade

procession of riders or horse-drawn carriages; parade; CF. cavalry

cavalier

casual and offhand; arrogant; N: knight

cavil

quibble; make frivolous objections; find fault unnecessarily

cede

yield (title or territory) to (esp. after losing a war); surrender formally; N. cession

celerity

speed; rapidity

celestial

heavenly

celibate

abstaining from sexual intercourse; unmarried; N. celibacy

cemetery

place for burying the dead

censor

(in ancient Rome) overseer of morals (also taking the census); person who eliminates inappropriate matter; V.

censorious

severely critical

censure

blame; criticize; express strong disapproval; N: severe criticism; strong disapproval

centaur

mythical figure, half man and half horse

centigrade

denoting a widely used temperature scale (basically same as Celsius)

centrifugal

radiating; departing from the center

centrifuge

machine that separates substances by whirling them

centripetal

tending toward the center

centurion

Roman army officer (commanding a company of about 100 soldiers)

cerebral

pertaining to the brain or intellect; intellectual rather than emotional; CF. cerebrum

cerebration

thought; working of the brain

ceremonious

marked by formality; extremely formal and polite; CF. ceremony: conventional social courtesy

certitude

certainty

cessation

stoppage

cession

yielding to another; ceding

chafe

warm by rubbing; make sore by rubbing; N.

chaff

worthless products of an endeavor; husk(outer seed cover) separated from grain; Ex. separate the wheat from the chaff

chaffing

bantering; joking

chagrin

annoyance and disappointment; vexation (caused by humiliation or injured pride)

chalice

goblet; consecrated cup

chameleon

lizard that changes color in different situations

champion

support militantly; fight for; N: person who fights for or supports strongly (a principle, movement, person, etc.)

championship

position of champion; defense or support; competition held to determine a champion

chancellor

legal official of high rank; CF. chancellery(chancellory): position of a chancellor

chant

tune(melody) in which a number of words are sung on the same note; V: sing (a chant); utter (a slogan) in the manner of a chant

chaotic

in utter disorder

chapel

small church (in a prison, college, or hospital)

chaperon

older person who accompanies and supervises a young unmarried woman

chaplain

clergyman attached to a chapel

char

make or become black by burning; reduce or be reduced to carbon or charcoal(black substance made by burning wood) by incomplete combustion

charisma

divine gift; great popular charm or appeal; magnetism

charlatan

quack; pretender to knowledge (esp. in medicine)

charm

quality of pleasing; amulet; action or formula thought to have magical power; spell; V: attract; cast a spell on; bewitch

chary

cautious; unwilling to take risks; sparing or restrained about giving; OP. bold

chase

ornament a metal surface by indenting; follow rapidly to catch

chasm

abyss; very deep crack

chassis

framework and working parts of an automobile; framework to which components are attached

chaste

morally pure; virginal; abstaining from illicit sexual acts; modest; simple (of a style of writing); not highly decorated; austere

chasten

discipline; punish in order to correct; CF. castigate

chastise

punish as by beating; criticize severely

chauvinist

blindly devoted patriot; zealous adherent of a group, cause, or sex; ADJ. chauvinistic; CF. chauvinism; Nicolas Chauvin

check

stop motion; curb or restrain

checkered(chequered)

marked by great changes in fortune; with many changes of fortuene; CF. checked: having a pattern of squares

cherubic

angelic; innocent-looking; N. cherub; CF. seraph: winged angel of the highest order

chicanery

trickery; deception

chide

scold; rebuke (someone who has done wrong)

chimerical

fantastically improbable; highly unrealistic; N. chimera: unreal fancy; fire-breathing female creature

chip

lose a small piece from the surface or edge; N: small piece broken off something; CF. French fry; Potato chip/crisp

chisel

swindle or cheat; N: wedgelike tool for cutting

chivalrous

courteous; faithful; brave; N. chivalry

choice

delicate; of very fine quality

choir

group of people who sing together (esp. during religious services); place for choir

choleric

hot-tempered; bad-tempered; irritable; easily angered; CF. cholera

chore

daily domestic task (such as cleaning, cooking, and shopping); unpleasant task

choreography

art of representing dances in written symbols; arrangement of dances

chortle

chuckle with delight; N.

chorus

phrase repeated throughout a song or poem

chronic

long established as a disease

chronicle

report; record (in chronological order)

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