nonentity; worthless person or thing; nothing
She claimed her ex-husband was a total cipher and wondered why she had ever married him.
Lacking his code book, the spy was unable to decode the message sent to him in cipher.
Because of the traffic congestion on the main highways, she took a circuitous route.
indirect or roundabout expression
He was afraid to call spade a spade and resorted to circumlocutions to avoid direct reference to his subject.
limit; confine Although I do not wish to circumscribe your activities, I must insist that you complete this assignment
before you start anything else.
prudent; cautious; careful
Investigating before acting, she tried always to be circumspect.
outwit; baffle; hoodwink; beguile; delude; hoax
In order to circumvent the enemy, we will make two preliminary attacks in other sections before starting
our major campaign.
1. polite 2. (thuộc dân; (luật) thuộc dân sự)
Although internal Revenue Service agents are civil servants, they are not always civil to suspected tax
having foresight; fortuneteller
Cassandra's clairvoyant warning was not heeded by the Trojans.
The clamor of the children at play outside made it impossible for her to take a nap.
loud, resounding noise; clamor
The blacksmith was accustomed to the clangor of hammers on steel.
striker (tongue) of a bell (quả lắc)
Wishing to be undisturbed by the bell, Dale wound his scarf around the clapper to muffle its striking.
shrill, trumpetlike sound (tiếng vang lanh lảnh)
We woke to the clarion to muffle its striking.
fear of being locked in
His fellow classmates laughed at his claustrophobia and often threatened to lock him in his room.
Even though he wore shoulder pads, the football player broke his clavicle during a practice scrimmage.
disposition ot be lenient; mildness, as of the weather (n nhân dung; khoan từ) (adj clement)
The lawyer was pleased when the case was sent to Judge Smith's chambers because Smith was noted for her clemency toward first offenders.
phrase culled in meaning by repetition
High school compositions are often marred by such cliches as "strong as an ox."
relating to the highest point
When he reached the climactic portions of the book, he could not stop reading.
small, exclusive group; cabal; faction
She charged that a clique had assumed control of school affairs.
great influence (especially political or social)
Gatsby wondered whether he had enough clout to be admitted to the exclusive club.
distasteful (because excessive); excessively sweet or sentimental
Disliking the cloying sweetness of standard wedding cakes, Jody and Tom chose a homemade carrot cake
for their reception.
thicken; congeal; clot
Even after you remove the pudding from the burner, it will continue to coagulate as it stands.
concluding section of a musical or literary composition
The piece concluded with a distinctive coda that strikingly brought together various motifs.
supplement to the body of a will
This codicil was drawn up five years after the writing of the original will.
arrange (laws, rules) as a code; classify We need to take the varying rules and regulations of the different health agencies and codify them into a
national health code.
living at the same time as; contemporary
coeval with the dinosaur, the pterodactyl flourished during the Mesozoic era.
tooth projecting from a wheel
A bicycle chain moves through a series of cogs in order to propel the bike.
related linguistically; allied by blood; similar or akin in nature
The English word "mother" cognate to the Latin word "mater," whose influence is visible in the words
"maternal" and "maternity."
having to do with knowing or perceiving related to the mental precesses
Though Jack was emotionally immature, his cognitive development was admirable; he was very advanced
During the election campaign, the two candidates were kept in full cognizance of the international
tendency to keep together
A firm believer in the maxim "Divide and conquer," the emperor, by lies and trickery, sought to disrupt the
cohesion ofthe free nations.
You can make a statement with your choice of coiffure: in the 60's many African-Americans affirmed their
racial heritage by wearing their hair in Afros.
occurring at the same time
Some people find the coincident events in Hardy's novels annoyingly improbable.
utensil with perforated bottom used for straining
Before serving the spaghetti, place it in a colander to drain it.
work of art put together from fragments
Scraps of cloth, paper doilies, and old photographs all went into her collage.
examine in order to verify authenticity; arrange in order
They collated the newly found manuscripts to determine their age.
security given for loan
The sum you wish to borrow is so large that it must be secured by collateral.
pertaining to conversational or common speech
Your use of colloquial expressions in a formal essay such as the one you have presented spoils the effect
you hope to achieve.
I enjoy our colloquies but I sometimes wish that they could be made more formal and more searching.