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Barron's GRE with sentences -Wordlist C 3/5

A complete list of Barron's GRE Wordlist, with meanings and sentences. The series has the entire wordlist split by alphabets, and also a mega complete wordlist, of all 3757 words. This is Wordlist C.
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cipher
nonentity; worthless person or thing; nothing
She claimed her ex-husband was a total cipher and wondered why she had ever married him.
cipher
secret code
Lacking his code book, the spy was unable to decode the message sent to him in cipher.
circlet
small ring; band
This tiny circlet is very costly because it is set with precious stones.
circuitous
roundabout; circular
Because of the traffic congestion on the main highways, she took a circuitous route.
circumlocution
indirect or roundabout expression
He was afraid to call spade a spade and resorted to circumlocutions to avoid direct reference to his subject.
circumscribe
limit; confine Although I do not wish to circumscribe your activities, I must insist that you complete this assignment
before you start anything else.
circumspect
prudent; cautious; careful
Investigating before acting, she tried always to be circumspect.
circumvent
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.
citadel
fortress (thành lũy; pháo đài)
The citadel overlooked the city like a protecting angel.
cite
quote; commend
She could cite passages in the Bible from memory.
civil
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
evaders.
clairvoyant
having foresight; fortuneteller
Cassandra's clairvoyant warning was not heeded by the Trojans.
clamber
crawl (bò trườn)
She clambered over the wall.
clamor
noise; clangor
The clamor of the children at play outside made it impossible for her to take a nap.
clandestine
secret
After avoiding their chaperon, the lovers had a clandestine meeting.
clangor
loud, resounding noise; clamor
The blacksmith was accustomed to the clangor of hammers on steel.
clapper
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.
clarion
shrill, trumpetlike sound (tiếng vang lanh lảnh)
We woke to the clarion to muffle its striking.
claustrophobia
fear of being locked in
His fellow classmates laughed at his claustrophobia and often threatened to lock him in his room.
clavicle
collarbone
Even though he wore shoulder pads, the football player broke his clavicle during a practice scrimmage.
cleave
split asunder (asunder adv separately)
The lightening cleaves the tree in two.
cleft
(n; V2 cleave) split
Erosion caused a cleft in the huge boulder.
clemency
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.
cliche
phrase culled in meaning by repetition
High school compositions are often marred by such cliches as "strong as an ox."
clientele
body of customers
The rock club attracted a young, stylish clientele.
climactic
relating to the highest point
When he reached the climactic portions of the book, he could not stop reading.
clime
region
His doctors advised him to move to a milder clime.
clique
small, exclusive group; cabal; faction
She charged that a clique had assumed control of school affairs.
cloister
monastery or convent (tu viện; nhà tu)
The nuns lived in the cloister.
clout
great influence (especially political or social)
Gatsby wondered whether he had enough clout to be admitted to the exclusive club.
cloying
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.
coagulate
thicken; congeal; clot
Even after you remove the pudding from the burner, it will continue to coagulate as it stands.
coalesce
combine; fuse
The brooks coalesce into one large river.
coda
concluding section of a musical or literary composition
The piece concluded with a distinctive coda that strikingly brought together various motifs.
coddle
treat gently; pamper
Don't coddle the children to much; they need a taste of discipline.
codicil
supplement to the body of a will
This codicil was drawn up five years after the writing of the original will.
codify
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.
coercion
use of force
They forced him to obey, but only by great coercion.
coeval
living at the same time as; contemporary
coeval with the dinosaur, the pterodactyl flourished during the Mesozoic era.
cog
tooth projecting from a wheel
A bicycle chain moves through a series of cogs in order to propel the bike.
cogent
convincing
She presented cogent arguments to the jury.
cogitate
think over
cogitate on this problem; the solution will come.
cognate
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."
cognitive
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
intellectually.
cognizance
knowledge
During the election campaign, the two candidates were kept in full cognizance of the international
situation.
cohere
stick together
Solids have a greater tendency to cohere than liquids.
cohesion
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.
cohorts
armed band
Caesar and his Roman cohorts conquered almost all of the known world.
coiffure
hairstyle
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.
coincident
occurring at the same time
Some people find the coincident events in Hardy's novels annoyingly improbable.
colander
utensil with perforated bottom used for straining
Before serving the spaghetti, place it in a colander to drain it.
collaborate
work together
Two writers collaborated in preparing this book.
collage
work of art put together from fragments
Scraps of cloth, paper doilies, and old photographs all went into her collage.
collate
examine in order to verify authenticity; arrange in order
They collated the newly found manuscripts to determine their age.
collateral
security given for loan
The sum you wish to borrow is so large that it must be secured by collateral.
collation
a light meal
Tea sandwiches and cookies were offered at the collation.
colloquial
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.
colloquy
informal discussion
I enjoy our colloquies but I sometimes wish that they could be made more formal and more searching.
collusion
conspiring in a fraudulent scheme
The swindlers were found guilty of collusion.
colossal
huge
Radio City Music Hall has a colossal stage.