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GRE word list - C
cabal the artifices and intrigues of a group of persons secretly united to bring about an overturn or usurpation especially in public affairs
cache hiding place
cacophony harsh or discordant sound:DISSONANCE
cadet one in training for a military or naval commission; especially :a student in a service academy
cadge BEG, SPONGE
caisson a usually 2-wheeled vehicle for artillery ammunition attachable to a horse-drawn limber
cajole to persuade with flattery or gentle urging especially in the face of reluctance:COAX
calamity An event that brings terrible loss, lasting distress, or severe affliction; a disaster:
calcify to make inflexible or unchangeable
calibrate to determine, rectify, or mark the graduations of
calligrapher one who writes a beautiful
callous a:feeling no emotion b:feeling no sympathy for others
callow lacking adult sophistication:IMMATURE
callus a thickening of or a hard thickened area on skin or bark
calorie the amount of heat required at a pressure of one atmosphere to raise the temperature of one gram of water one degree Celsius that is equal to about 4.19 joules
calumniate to utter maliciously false statements, charges, or imputations about
camaraderie a spirit of friendly good-fellowship
cameo a:a small piece of sculpture on a stone or shell cut in relief in one layer with another contrasting layer serving as backgroundb:A brief but dramatic appearance of a prominent actor, as in a single scene of a motion picture.
camouflage behavior or artifice designed to deceive or hide
candidate one that aspires to or is nominated or qualified for an office, membership, or award
candor unreserved, honest, or sincere expression:FORTHRIGHTNESS
cane A stick used as an aid in walking or carried as an accessory
canon a regulation or dogma decreed by a church council
canonical appearing in a biblical canon ; of or relating to or required by canon law
canopy a cover (as of cloth) fixed or carried above a person of high rank or a sacred object:BALDACHIN
cantankerous difficult or irritating to deal with
canvas a piece of cloth backed or framed as a surface for a painting
canvass to seek orders or votes:SOLICIT
canyon a deep narrow valley with steep sides and often with a stream flowing through it
capitulate to cease resisting:ACQUIESCE
caprice a sudden, impulsive, and seemingly unmotivated notion or action
caption the part of a legal document that shows where, when, and by what authority it was taken, found, or executed
captivate to influence and dominate by some special charm, art, or trait and with an irresistible appeal
carefree Free of worries and responsibilities.
careworn showing the effect of grief or anxiety
caricature exaggeration by means of often ludicrous distortion of parts or characteristics
carnal fleshly
carouse to drink liquor deeply or freely
carp to find fault or complain querulously
cartographer one that makes maps
cast the set of actors in a dramatic production; to assign a certain role to (an actor)
castigate to subject to severe punishment, reproof, or criticism
castigation severe punishment
catalyze BRING ABOUT, INSPIRE supervisor:oversight,catalysis:initiate
cataract WATERFALL; especially:a large one over a precipice
catastrophe a momentous tragic event ranging from extreme misfortune to utter overthrow or ruin
categorical ABSOLUTE, UNQUALIFIED
cater to supply what is required or desired
catholic COMPREHENSIVE, UNIVERSAL; especially :broad in sympathies, tastes, or interests
caustic marked by incisive sarcasm
cavalier A gallant or chivalrous man, especially one serving as escort to a woman of high social position; a gentleman
caveat a warning enjoining one from certain acts or practices
cavern CAVE; especially:one of large or indefinite extent
cavil to raise trivial and frivolous objection
cavort to walk or move in a spirited manner:PRANCE
cede to yield or grant typically by treaty
celebrity the state of being celebrated
cement a binding element or agency:as a substance to make objects adhere to each other
censor to examine in order to suppress or delete anything considered objectionable
censorious marked by or given to censure
censure to find fault with and criticize as blameworthy
census a count of the population
centrifuge a machine using centrifugal force for separating substances of different densities, for removing moisture, or for simulating gravitational effects
ceramic of or relating to the manufacture of any product (as earthenware, porcelain, or brick) made essentially from a nonmetallic mineral (as clay) by firing at a high temperature
ceremony a formal act or series of acts prescribed by ritual, protocol, or convention
certitude the state of being or feeling certain
cessation a temporary or final ceasing (as of action):STOP
chaff the seed coverings and other debris separated from the seed in threshing grain
chagrin disquietude or distress of mind caused by humiliation, disappointment, or failure
chameleon any of a family (Chamaeleontidae) of chiefly arboreal Old World lizards with prehensile tail, independently movable eyeballs, and unusual ability to change the color of the skin
champion to act as militant supporter of:UPHOLD, ADVOCATE
chaotic a:a state of utter confusion b:a confused mass or mixture
charade a word represented in riddling verse or by picture, tableau, or dramatic action
charlatan one making usually showy pretenses to knowledge or ability:FRAUD, FAKER
chary discreetly cautious:as a:hesitant and vigilant about dangers and risks b:slow to grant, accept, or expend
chasm a deep cleft in the surface of a planet (as the earth):GORGE
check to block the progress of
chef a skilled cook who manages the kitchen (as of a restaurant)
cherubic innocent-looking usually chubby and rosy
chevron a sleeve badge that usually consists of one or more chevron-shaped stripes that indicates the wearer's rank and service (as in the armed forces)
chiaroscuro the interplay or contrast of dissimilar qualities, pictorial representation in terms of light and shade without regard to color
chic smart elegance and sophistication especially of dress or manner:STYLE
chicanery deception by artful subterfuge or sophistry:TRICKERY
chide to voice disapproval to:reproach in a usually mild and constructive manner:SCOLD
chip a small usually thin and flat piece (as of wood or stone) cut, struck, or flaked off
choke to check normal breathing of by compressing or obstructing the trachea or by poisoning or adulterating available air
choleric easily moved to often unreasonable or excessive anger:hot-tempered
chord three or more musical tones sounded simultaneously
choreography the composition and arrangement of dances especially for ballet
chorus a body of singers who perform choral compositions
chronic always present or encountered; especially :constantly vexing, weakening, or troubling
chronicle a usually continuous historical account of events arranged in order of time without analysis or interpretation
chronological of, relating to, or arranged in or according to the order of time
churlish marked by a lack of civility or graciousness:SURLY
cinder small piece of partly burnt coal, wood, etc that is no longer burning but may still be hot
cineast a film or movie enthusiast
cipher a method of transforming a text in order to conceal its meaning
circuitous not being forthright or direct in language or action
circumference the perimeter of a circle
circumlocutory the use of an unnecessarily large number of words to express an idea
circumscribe to construct or be constructed around (a geometrical figure) so as to touch as many points as possible
circumspect careful to consider all circumstances and possible consequences:PRUDENT
circumvent to manage to get around especially by ingenuity or stratagem
cistern an artificial reservoir (as an underground tank) for storing liquids and especially water (as rainwater)
citation an official summons to appear (as before a court)
civility COURTESY, POLITENESS
clairvoyant unusually perceptive:DISCERNING
clamp device for holding things tightly together, usu by means of a screw
clandestine marked by, held in, or conducted with secrecy:SURREPTITIOUS
clarion loud and clear
clarity the quality or state of being clear:LUCIDITY
clasp a device (as a hook) for holding objects or parts together
claustrophobia abnormal dread of being in closed or narrow spaces
cleft a usually V-shaped indented formation:a hollow between ridges or protuberances
clement inclined to be merciful:LENIENT
cliche a trite phrase or expression
clique a narrow exclusive circle or group of persons; especially one held together by common interests, views, or purposes
clog something that shackles or impedes:ENCUMBRANCE
closed-minded not easily subdued, remedied, or removed
closet a cabinet or recess for especially china, household utensils, or clothing
clot a coagulated mass produced by clotting of blood
cloture closing, device (in Parliament) to end a debate by voting
cloudburst a sudden copious rainfall
clout PULL, INFLUENCE
cloying excessively sweet or sentimental
clumsy lacking dexterity, nimbleness, or grace
coagulant something that produces coagulation
coalesce to unite into a whole:FUSE
coarse not precise or detailed with respect to adjustment or discrimination
coax to manipulate with great perseverance and usually with considerable effort toward a desired state or activity
coda a concluding musical section that is formally distinct from the main structure
coerce to bring about by force or threat
coeval of the same or equal age, antiquity, or duration
cogent appealing forcibly to the mind or reason:CONVINCING
cognizant knowledgeable of something especially through personal experience
colander a perforated utensil for washing or draining food
collapse to fall or shrink together abruptly and completely
collude CONSPIRE, PLOT
colonnade a series of columns set at regular intervals and usually supporting the base of a roof structure
colossal of a bulk, extent, power, or effect approaching or suggesting the stupendous or incredible
coma a state of profound unconsciousness caused by disease, injury, or poison
combustible capable of combustion
comely having a pleasing appearance:not homely or plain
comity friendly social atmosphere:social harmony
commencement 1. the ceremonies or the day for conferring degrees or diplomas 2. an act, instance, or time of beginning
commend to mention with approbation:PRAISE
commensurate equal in measure or extent:COEXTENSIVE
commercial an advertisement broadcast on radio or television
commingle mingle together
commitment an engagement to assume a financial obligation at a future date
committed OBLIGATE, BIND
commodious comfortably or conveniently spacious:ROOMY
commonsense sound and prudent but often unsophisticated judgment
commotion an agitated disturbance:TO-DO
compendium a brief summary of a larger work or of a field of knowledge:ABSTRACT
compensate to offset an error, defect, or undesired effect
complacency COMPLACENCE; especially :self-satisfaction accompanied by unawareness of actual dangers or deficiencies
complaisance disposition to please or comply:AFFABILITY
compliant ready or disposed to comply:SUBMISSIVE
compliment expressing or containing a compliment
comply to conform or adapt one's actions to another's wishes, to a rule, or to necessity
composed free from agitation:CALM; especially :SELF-POSSESSED
compress to reduce in size or volume as if by squeezing
compromise 1. to come to agreement by mutual concession 2. to cause the impairment of
compunction anxiety arising from awareness of guilt
concatenate to link together in a series or chain
concede to grant as a right or privilege
concentrate to bring or direct toward a common center or objective:FOCUS
concerted mutually contrived or agreed on
concerto a piece for one or more soloists and orchestra with three contrasting movements
concession an act of yielding
conciliate APPEASE:to cause to subside:ALLAY especially :to buy off (an aggressor) by concessions usually at the sacrifice of principles
concise marked by brevity of expression or statement:free from all elaboration and superfluous detail
conciseness Expressing much in few words
concomitant that which accompanies
concord a state of agreement:HARMONY
concur to act together to a common end or single effect
condemn to declare to be reprehensible, wrong, or evil usually after weighing evidence and without reservation
condescending showing or characterized by condescension:PATRONIZING
condign deserved, appropriate
condole to express sympathetic sorrow
condone to pardon or overlook voluntarily; especially :to treat as if trivial, harmless, or of no importance
conducive tending to promote or assist
confess to disclose one's faults; specifically :to unburden one's sins or the state of one's conscience to God or to a priest
confidant one to whom secrets are entrusted
confident characterized by assurance; especially :SELF-RELIANT
confine something that restrains
confluence a coming or flowing together, meeting, or gathering at one point
conform to be similar or identical; also :to be in agreement or harmony
confront to face especially in challenge:OPPOSE
congeal to make viscid or curdled:COAGULATE
congenial OCIABLE, GENIAL congenial:bonhomie ???:?? 9????:
congruent superposable so as to be coincident throughout
conjecture inference from defective or presumptive evidence
connive to cooperate secretly or have a secret understanding
connoisseur EXPERT; especially :one who understands the details, technique, or principles of an art and is competent to act as a critical judge
conquest the act or process of conquering
conscientious Thorough and assiduous
consensus group solidarity in sentiment and belief
conservative tending or disposed to maintain existing views, conditions, or institutions:TRADITIONAL
conservatory a school specializing in one of the fine arts
conserve to keep in a safe or sound state
considerable worth consideration:SIGNIFICANT
consign to give, transfer, or deliver into the hands or control of another; also :to commit especially to a final destination or fate
console to alleviate the grief, sense of loss, or trouble of:COMFORT
consolidate to join together into one whole:UNITE
consonance harmony or agreement among components
conspicuous obvious to the eye or mind
conspiracy An agreement to perform together an illegal, wrongful, or subversive act.
constellation the configuration of stars.
constitute to appoint to an office, function, or dignity
constrained to appoint to an office, function, or dignity
constringe to cause to contract; constrict.
consult COUNCIL, CONFERENCE; specifically :a deliberation between physicians on a case or its treatment
consummate Complete in every detail; of the highest degree; extremely skilled and accomplished.
contagious communicable by contact:CATCHING
contaminate to soil, stain, corrupt, or infect by contact or association
contemplate to view or consider with continued attention:meditate on consider
contempt the act of despising:the state of mind of one who despises:DISDAIN
content feeling or manifesting satisfaction with one's possessions, status, or situation
contentious exhibiting an often perverse and wearisome tendency to quarrels and disputes
contingent likely but not certain to happen:POSSIBLE
contort to twist into or as if into a strained shape or expression
contortion contortingor being contorted (esp of the face or body)
contradictory involving, causing, or constituting a contradiction
contravene to oppose in argument:CONTRADICT
contrite grieving and penitent for sin or shortcoming
contrived ARTIFICIAL, LABORED
control an individual or group used as a standard of comparison in a control experiment
contumacious stubbornly disobedient:REBELLIOUS
conundrum a:a question or problem having only a conjectural answer b:an intricate and difficult problem
convalesce to recover health and strength gradually after sickness or weakness
convenience something (as an appliance, device, or service) conducive to comfort or ease
convention usage or custom especially in social matters
conventional lacking originality or individuality:TRITE
convergent tending to move toward one point or to approach each other:CONVERGING
conversant having frequent or familiar association
convert to bring over from one belief, view, or party to another
convex curved or rounded like the exterior of a sphere
convey to transfer or deliver to another
conviction 1. a strong persuasion or belief 2. the act or process of convicting of a crime especially in a court of law
convivial relating to, occupied with, or fond of feasting, drinking, and good company
convoke to call together to a meeting
convoluted INVOLVED, INTRICATE
convulsion an abnormal violent and involuntary contraction or series of contractions of the muscles
coop a cage or small enclosure (as for poultry)
copious present in large quantity:taking place on a large scale
coquette a woman who endeavors without sincere affection to gain the attention and admiration of men
cord a unit of wood cut for fuel equal to a stack 4 x 4 x 8 feet or 128 cubic feet
cordon a line of persons or objects around a person or place
cornucopia an inexhaustible store:ABUNDANCE
coronation the act or occasion of crowning; also :accession to the highest office
corporeal having, consisting of, or relating to a physical material body:as a:not spiritual b:not immaterial or intangible:SUBSTANTIAL
corral a pen or enclosure for confining or capturing livestock
corroborate to support with evidence or authority:make more certain
corrosive tending or having the power to corrode
cosmopolitan having worldwide rather than limited or provincial scope or bearing
cosset to treat as a pet:PAMPER
coterie an intimate and often exclusive group of persons with a unifying common interest or purpose
countenance to extend approval or toleration to:SANCTION
counterfeit made in imitation of something else with intent to deceive:FORGED
counterpart one of two corresponding copies of a legal instrument:DUPLICATE
court to seek the affections of; especially :to seek to win a pledge of marriage from
courtesy a courteous act or expression
coven an assembly or band of usually 13 witches
covetous marked by inordinate desire for wealth or possessions or for another's possessions
cow to destroy the resolve or courage of
cowardice lack of courage or resolution
cower to shrink away or crouch especially for shelter from something that menaces, domineers, or dismays
cozen cheat; hoodwink; swindle
craft skill in planning, making, or executing:DEXTERITY
cramp restricted; narrowed
crass having or indicating such grossness of mind as precludes delicacy and discrimination
craven lacking the least bit of courage:contemptibly fainthearted
craving an intense, urgent, or abnormal desire or longing
credence acceptance as true or valid; belief
credulous ready to believe especially on slight or uncertain evidence
creek a natural stream of water normally smaller than and often tributary to a river
creep to move slowly,quietly and carefully, esp so as not to attract attention
crescendo a gradual increase; specifically :a gradual increase in volume of a musical passage
crest the top of a wave
crestfallen feeling shame or humiliation:DEJECTED
criterion a standard on which a judgment or decision may be based
crockery EARTHENWARE
cronyism partiality to cronies especially as evidenced in the appointment of political hangers-on to office without regard to their qualifications
croon to sing or speak in a gentle murmuring manner; especially :to sing in a soft intimate manner adapted to amplifying systems
crouch to bend or bow servilely:CRINGE
crown to place a crown or wreath on the head of; specifically :to invest with regal dignity and power
crucial important or essential as resolving acrisis:DECISIVE
crude marked by the primitive, gross, or elemental or by uncultivated simplicity or vulgarity
crutch a support typically fitting under the armpit for use by the disabled in walking
crux an essential point requiring resolution or resolving an outcome
cryptic having or seeming to have a hidden or ambiguous meaning:MYSTERIOUS
cuisine manner of preparing food:style of cooking; also:the food prepared
culpable meriting condemnation or blame especially as wrong or harmful
cultivated REFINED, EDUCATED
cumbersome unwieldy because of heaviness and bulk
cunning characterized by wiliness and trickery
curator one that has the care and superintendence of something; especially:one in charge of a museum, zoo, or other place of exhibit
curmudgeon a crusty, ill-tempered, and usually old man
curriculum A group of related courses, often in a special field of study:
cursory rapidly and often superficially performed or produced:HASTY
curt sparing of words:TERSE
curtail to make less by or as if by cutting off or away some part
cyclone a storm or system of winds that rotates about a center of low atmospheric pressure, and often brings heavy rain
cynical having or showing the attitude or temper of a cynic; especially :contemptuously distrustful of human nature and motives
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