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insincere speech or expression of piety; jargon of thieves; special words used by a particular group of people
determine or seek opinions, votes, etc.; go through (a region) to solicit votes or orders; conduct a survey; N.
mental or physical ability; role; position or duty; ability to accommodate; Ex. in my capacity as president
having a very fine bore; resembling a hair; fine and slender; Ex. capillary attraction; N: very fine hairlike tube; CF. capillarity
chief; most important; N: priest; cardinal number: number that shows quantity rather thatn order
happening by chance; irregular; occasional; informal; showing or feeling little interest; Ex. casual reader/labor/remark
agent which brings about a chemical change while it remains unaffected and unchanged; CF. catalysis
book for religious instruction in question-and-answer form; religious instruction by question and answer; V. catechize
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
(of likings and interests) universal; general; broad; including many different parts; wide-ranging liberal; Ex. catholic opinions/tastes
private meeting of a group of people in a political party to select officers or determine policy; CF. the Caucus club of Boston
burning; corrosive; able to burn by chemical action; sarcastically biting; (of remarks) intended to hurt; bitter; harmful; OP. harmless
burn (a wound or snakebite, etc.) with hot iron or caustic substance to stop bleeding and prevent infection
(in ancient Rome) overseer of morals (also taking the census); person who eliminates inappropriate matter; V.
marked by formality; extremely formal and polite; CF. ceremony: conventional social courtesy
worthless products of an endeavor; husk(outer seed cover) separated from grain; Ex. separate the wheat from the chaff
support militantly; fight for; N: person who fights for or supports strongly (a principle, movement, person, etc.)
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
make or become black by burning; reduce or be reduced to carbon or charcoal(black substance made by burning wood) by incomplete combustion
quality of pleasing; amulet; action or formula thought to have magical power; spell; V: attract; cast a spell on; bewitch
morally pure; virginal; abstaining from illicit sexual acts; modest; simple (of a style of writing); not highly decorated; austere
blindly devoted patriot; zealous adherent of a group, cause, or sex; ADJ. chauvinistic; CF. chauvinism; Nicolas Chauvin
marked by great changes in fortune; with many changes of fortuene; CF. checked: having a pattern of squares
fantastically improbable; highly unrealistic; N. chimera: unreal fancy; fire-breathing female creature
lose a small piece from the surface or edge; N: small piece broken off something; CF. French fry; Potato chip/crisp
small ring; band of gold, silver, jewel, etc. (worn on the head, arms, or neck as decoration)
closed circular line around an area; circumference; regularly repeated journey from place to place
indirect or roundabout expression (by using an uncecessarily large number of words esp. when trying to avoid answering a difficult question directly)
having to do with citizens; not military or religious; courteous and polite; Ex. married in a civil ceremony; Ex. civil strife/disorder/law; N. civility; CF. civic
loud continous noise; continuous demand or complaint made by a large number of people; V: make a clamor; express (a demand) continually and loudly; ADJ. clamorous
strike the palms of the hands together with a sudden explosive sound; come together suddenly with a sharp sound; put or send promptly; Ex. clap the thief in jail; N: clapping; loud or explosive sound; CF. applause
disposition to be lenient in deciding punishments; mildness as of the weather; ADJ. clement
cut off with shears; fasten; N: something clipped off (as a short extract from film); clasp or fastener
distasteful (because excessive); excessively sweet or sentimental; V. cloy: become unpleasant through too much sweetness or excess
treat gently; indulge excessively; pamper; mollycoddle; baby; cook in water just below boiling point; Ex. coddled eggs
arrange (laws or rules) as a code; classify; N. code: system of words used instead of ordinary writing; collection of laws, rules, established social customs
living at the same time as; existing during the same period of time; contemporary; of the same age
having a common origin; related linguistically; allied by blood; similar or akin in nature; Ex. cognate languages; N.
having to do with knowing or perceiving related to the mental processes; N. cognition: the mental process of knowing
group of people who share some common quality; armed band; a group of between 300 and 600 soldiers under one commander (in the ancient Rome)
make coins; invent or fabricate (a word or phrase); N. coinage: word or phrase recently invented
the chance occurrence, at the same time, of two or more seemingly connected events; V. coincide: happen at the same time; be in agreement; CF. coincident; CF. coincidental
examine and compare in order to verify authenticity; arrange in order (the sheets of a book before they are bound)
security given for loan; ADJ: secondary; descended from the same person but through different sons or daughters
pertaining to conversational or common speech; informal; N. colloquialism: colloquial expression
take (private property) for military use without needing permission or giving payment; draft for military purposes
honor the memory of; serve as a memorial to; Ex. commemorate the 100th anniversary/those who died in the war
small (often rural) community whose members share work and income; V: exchange thoughts or feelings; Ex. commune with nature
overpowering; irresistible in effect; holding one's attention; that compels one to do something; Ex. a compelling adventure story; V. compel
assemble; gather; accumulate; make (a report or a book) from facts and information found in various places; Ex. compile a dictionary
conformity in fulfilling requirements; readiness to yield; disposition to yield to others; V. comply
readily acting in accordance with a rule, order, or the wishes or others; yielding; comforming to requirements
combine; produce by combining; increase; make worse by adding to or increasing; exacerbate; Ex. compound an error; ADJ: consisting of two or more parts; N: combination of two or more parts; area enclosed by a wall containing a group of buildings; Ex. factory compound; CF. complex
force into less space; squeeze; contract; put into fewer words; N: thick mass of cloth pressed to part of the body to stop bleeding or swelling, reduce fever, etc.
adjust or settle by making mutual concessions; endanger the interests or reputation of; put into danger, disrepute, or a dishonorable position; Ex. compromise one's principle; N.
beginning; forming of an idea; fertilization; V. conceive: form an idea in the mind; devise; become pregnant; CF. inception
mutually agreed on; done together by agreement; Ex. concerted effort; CF. in concert: working together
an act of yielding; conceding; something conceded; point, right, etc. given unwillingly; privilege of maintaining a business in a certain place; Ex. oil concessions in the North sea; CF. concessionaire
reconciling; soothing; V. conciliate: reconcile; soothe; win the friendly feelings (by removing anger)
prepare by mixing or combining; make up in concert; devise (something false) so as to deceive; Ex. concoct an elaborate excuse for being late; N. concoction
that which accompanies; Ex. Deafnes is a frequent concommitant of old age; ADJ: existing or happening together with something else
(derog.) bestow courtesies with a superior air; descend to the level of one considered inferior
self-assurance; calm unworried feeling based on a strong belief in one's abilities; strong belief in the ability of a person or plan; trust or faith in a person or thing; something confided; secret; Ex. confidence in your ability; Ex. I'm telling you this in confidence; Ex. exchange confidences about their boyfriends; ADJ. confident
seize; take possession of (private property) by official order (usu. as a punishment); commandeer
harmony; agreement with established rules or customs; similarity; Ex. behave in conformity with; V. conform: be similar; act in agreement; comply; Ex. conform to the rule; CF. conformance
corporation made up of several different companies in diversified fields; mass of various material gathered together; rock consisting of small stones held together by clay; V.
pine tree (usu. evergreen); cone-bearing tree; ADJ. coniferous; CF. deciduous; CF. evergreen
cause to appear by magic; summon (a devil or a spirit) by magical power; practice magic (esp. by very quick movement of the hands); evoke; conjure up: bring into the mind; Ex. The magician conjured a rabbit out of his hat.
pretense of ignorance of something wrong; assistance; permission to offend; V. connive: feign ignorance (of a wrong); cooperate secretly in an illegal action; conspire
person competent to act as a judge of art, etc. (whose judgments are respected); a lover of an art
self-important; significant; consequent; following as a result; Ex. consequential air; CF. subsequent
school of the fine arts (especially music or drama); glass-enclosed area; CF. conservancy
send to a person or place for sale; deliver officially; entrust; put into the care of another; set apart (for a special purpose); N. consignment; CF. consignor, consignee
absence of contradictions; uniformity; degree of thickness or firmness; Ex. consistency of thick cream; CF. viscous
unification; process of becoming firmer or stronger; V. consolidate: merge; strengthen
take part in a conspiracy; (of events) work together; combine; Ex. Events conspired to produce great difficulties.
voters represented by an elected official; district so represented; group of supporters (or constituents)
constituting; system of laws; composition of something; physical makeup or structure of a person; Ex. men with strong constitutions
restraint; compulsion; repression of feelings; reticence; V. constrain: hold back; restrain; compel; oblige; confine forcibly; imprison
infection (by contact); ADJ. contagious; CF. infectious: that can be passed by infection in the air
dispute; argue about the rightness of; compete for; try to win; Ex. contest the election results; Ex. contest a seat in Parliament; N.
self-restraint; sexual chastity; sexual abstinence; voluntary control over bladder and bowel functions; ADJ. continent
dependent on something uncertain or in the future; conditional; happening by chance; accidental; N: a group of soldiers, ships to a larger force; CF. contingency: future event that may or may not occur; possibility; Ex. prepare for every contingency
invent or fabricate in a clever way (by improvisation); manage; Ex. contrive to attract his attention
stubborn and disobedient; resisting authority (esp. disobedient to an order made by a court)
one who has adopted a different religion or opinion; V: change into another form; (persuade to) adopt a particular religion or belief
coiled around; twisted; involved; complicated; intricate; complex; N. convolution: twist; one of the convex folds of the surface of the brain
violent uncontrollable shaking movement (caused by illness); V. convulse; ADJ. convulsive
flirt; flirtatious woman; woman who tries to attract the admiration of men without sincere feelings; V.
extended line of men or fortifications to prevent access or egress; (Ã‚Â¾ÃƒÂ®Ã‚Â±ÃƒÂºÃ‚Â¿Ã‚Â¡Ã‚Â¼Ã‚Â Ã‚Â°ÃƒÅ"Ã‚ÂµÃƒÂ¥Ã‚Â¶ÃƒÂ» Ã‚Â¹ÃƒËœÃƒâ‚¬Ã‚Â¸Ã‚Â·ÃƒÅ½ Ã‚Â°Ãƒâ€°Ãƒâ€žÃ‚Â¡Ã‚Â´Ãƒâ€š) Ãƒâ‚¬ÃƒÂ¥Ã‚Â½Ãƒâ€ž Ã‚Â¸Ã‚Â®Ã‚ÂºÃ‚Â»; V.
projecting molding on building (usually above columns or pillars); ÃƒÆ'Ã‚Â³Ã‚Â¸Ã‚Â¶ Ãƒâ‚¬ÃƒÂ¥Ã‚Â½Ãƒâ€ž
horn (or horn-shaped container) overflowing with fruit and grain; symbol of abundance; horn of plenty
thing that completes another; things very much alike; thing that has the same purpose in a different system
highly successful action or sudden attack; coup(s) d'\'etat; CF. coup de gr\^ace: deathblow or shot which kills
attempt to gain; seek; woo; risk; behave so as to invite; attempt to gain the favor of by attention; Ex. court disaster
avaricious; desirous of (someone else's possessions); V. covet: desire eagerly (someone else's possessions)
shy (flirtatiously); showing a (pretended) lack of self-confidence; modest; coquettish; CF. job offerÃ‚Â¸Ã‚Â¦ Ã‚Â¹ÃƒÅ¾Ã‚Â¾Ãƒ'Ãƒâ‚¬Ã‚Â» Ã‚Â¶Ã‚Â§
skill (esp. with one's hands); skill in deceiving people; guile; ADJ. crafty: cleverly deceitful; cunning
evidence concerning one's authority; written proof of a person's position; Ex. The new ambassador presented his credentials to the court.
(of someone old) eccentric; odd; whimsical; bad-tempered; N. crotchet: odd or whimsical notion
word or signal (as in a play to prompt another actor's speech or entrance); reminder or hint; V: give a cue to
highest point; climax; V. culminate in: reach the highest point in; end in; Ex. a series of minor clashes culminating in war
regulation requiring all people to leave the streets at stated times; signal (as a bell) announcing the hour of a curfew
skeptical or distrustful of human motives; N. cynicism; CF. cynic: person who believes all people are motivated by selfishness
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