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Vocab 4

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cachet
An official seal
A distinguishing mark or feature
A sign or expression of approval
Superior status; prestige
the wafer capsule for pills
caduceus
The staff carried by Mercury because he was the messenger god
The staff used as the emblem of the medical profession and as the insignia for the army corps
canard
A false or baseless usually derogatory story, report, or rumour
A duck intended for cooking
One of two small lifting wings on a plane
celerity
Swiftness; speed
chary
Cautious or careful; wary
Shy; timid
Fastidious; choosy
Charybdis
A whirlpool in the Straight of Messina
A daughter of Gaea and Poseidon
chattel
A movable article of personal property
Any article of tangible property other then land, buildings, or things tied to land
a slave
chiaroscuro
The distribution of light and shade in a picture
chthonic
Of or pertaining to the deities, spirits, and other beings dwelling under earth
cincture
A belt or girdle
Something that surrounds or encompasses as a girdle does
A fillet at either end of a shaft
To encircle, encompass
circadian
notice or pertaining to rhythmic biological cycles recurring at approximately 24-hour intervals
codicil
A supplement to a will containing an addition, explanation, modification, etc. of something in the will
Any supplement or appendix
coeval
Of the same age, date, or duration; equally old
Coincident
cognoscente
Persons who have superior knowledge and understand of a particular field especially in the fine arts, literature and the world of fashion
mea culpa
Through my fault; my fault
nolo contendere
A defendant's pleading that does not admit quilt but subjects him or her to punishment as though a quilty plea had been entered
non sequitur
An inference or a conclusion that does not follow from the premises
a statement containing an illogical conclusion
outre'
passing the bounds of what is usual or considered proper; unconventional; bizarre
quid pro quo
One thing in return for another
Something that is given or taken in return for something else; substitute
captious
Apt to notice and make much of trivial faults or defects; faultfinding; difficult to please
Proceeding from a faultfinding or caviling disposition