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calumny

A statement about someone that is not true and is intended to damage the reputation of that person

capacious

Having a lot of space and able to contain a lot

a capacious pocket/handbag

caper

To run and jump about in an energetic, happy way

capitulate

To accept military defeat

Their forces capitulated five hours after the bombardment of the city began.

caprice

A sudden and usually silly wish to have or do something, or a sudden and silly change of mind or behaviour

cardinal

A priest of very high rank in the Roman Catholic Church

Cardinals elect and advise the Pope.

cataclysm

An event that causes a lot of destruction, or a sudden, violent change

cataract

A disease in which an area of someone's eye becomes less clear so that they cannot see clearly, or the area affected in this way

cavil

To make unreasonable complaints, especially about things that are not important

cede

To allow someone else to have or own something, especially unwillingly or because you are forced to do so

celerity

Speed

censure

strong criticism or disapproval

His dishonest behaviour came under severe censure.

charlatan

A person who pretends to have skills or knowledge that they do not have, especially in medicine

cherubic

Having a round, attractive face like that of a child

a blonde-haired girl with a cherubic face

chicanery

Dishonest but attractive talk or behavior that is used to deceive people

choleric

Very angry or easily annoyed

churlish

Rude, unfriendly, and unpleasant

They invited me to dinner and I thought it would be churlish to refuse.

circumspect

Careful not to take risks

cleft

An opening or crack, especially in a rock or the ground

Eagles often nest in a cleft in the rocks

clemency

Kindness when giving a punishment

The jury passed a verdict of guilty, with an appeal to the judge for clemency.

coalesce

To combine into a single group or thing

The theory is that galaxies coalesced from smaller groupings of stars.

cogent

Persuasive and well expressed

He makes a cogent argument for improving early childhood education.

cogent

Persuasive and well expressed

He makes a cogent argument for improving early childhood education.

cogitate

To spend time thinking very carefully about a subject

commandeer

To take possession of or control private property by force or for military use

commiserate

To express sympathy to someone about some bad luck

I began by commiserating with her over the defeat.

comport

To behave in a particular way

She comported herself with great dignity at her husband's funeral.

conducive

Providing the right conditions for something good to happen or exist

A quiet room is a more conducive atmosphere for studying.

confound

To confuse and very much surprise someone, so that they are unable to explain or deal with a situation

conjecture

A guess about something based on how it seems and not on proof

There's been a lot of conjecture in the media recently about the marriage.

contentious

Causing or likely to cause disagreement:

She has some very contentious views on education.

contravene

To do something that a law or rule does not allow, or to break a law or rule

The company knew its actions contravened international law.

contrite

Feeling very sorry and guilty for something bad that you have done

a contrite apology/expression

contrition

Feeling very sorry and guilty for something bad that you have done

a contrite apology/expression

copious

In large amounts, or more than enough

They drank copious amounts of wine.

corpulent

Fat

a corpulent gentleman

corroborate

To add proof to an account, statement, idea, etc. with new information

Recent research seems to corroborate his theory.

counterpart

A person or thing that has the same purpose as another one in a different place or organization

craven

extremely cowardly

a craven act of terrorism

credence

The belief that something is true

I'm not prepared to give credence to anonymous complaints.

cryptic

Mysterious and difficult to understand

I got a cryptic text message from Sam.

culpable

Deserving to be blamed or considered responsible for something bad

He was held culpable for all that had happened.

cursory

Quick and probably not detailed

a cursory examination

cynical

Believing that people are only interested in themselves and are not sincere

She has a pretty cynical view of men.

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