GRE common vocab c-d

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cabal
clique that seeks power through intrigue
calumny
false accusation of an offense
canard
deliberately misleading fabrication
candid
honest, openly straightforward, direct
capricious
determined by chance or impulse rather than necessity
cartography
making of charts and maps
castigate
inflict severe punishment
catholic
free from provincial prejudices or attachments
caustic
chemical action that eats away at or destroys
chauvinist
person w/ prejudiced belief in own superiority - Trump
chicanery
trickery
circumspect
heedful of potential consequences
cloying
overly sweet
coalesce
fuse together
coffer
chest for storing valuables
cogent
powerfully persuasive
collusion
secret agreement
contrite
feeling pain/sorrow for sins/offenses
contumacious
stubbornly disobedient
corroborate
give evidence for
cosset
to treat with excessive indulgence
coterie
exclusive circle of people with common purpose
craven
lacking all courage; fearful
credulous
lacks credibility; judgement; experience
crescendo
increases in loudness
cupidity
extreme greed
curmudgeon
irascible, cantankerous person full of stubborn ideas
cantankerous
bad tempered, argumentative, uncooperative
declivity
downward slope/bend
decorous
characterized by good taste, propriety, dignity
decorum
propriety in manners/conduct
deference
courteous regard for people's feelings
deleterious
harmful to living things
demagogue
leader who seeks support by appealing to popular ideas
demur
politely refuse or take exception to, reluctance
deride
treat or speak of with contempt
dessicate
lifeless
desultory
lack of a definite plan, regularity, purpose
diaphanous
so thin it transmits light
diatribe
thunderous verbal attack
dictum
authoritative declaration
diffident
showing modest reserve
dilatory
wasting time
dilettante
amateur engaging in activity w/o serious intention
dirge
song or hymn of mourning as memorial to a dead person
disabuse
free someone from erroneous belief
disparate
fundamentally different or distinct in quality or kind
dissemble
behave unnaturally or affectedly
dissonance
disagreeable sounds
distaff
the staff on which wool or flax is wound before spinning
distend
cause to expand via internal pressure
dither
undecided
diurnal
daily cycle
doctrinaire
stubborn person of arbitrary/arrogant opinions
dogma
doctrine/code of beliefs accepted as authoritative
droll
comical but odd
dyspeptic
suffering from indigestion

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