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CABAL

A small group of persons engaged in plotting – a cabal of prominent persons united to overthrow the government.

Synonyms: junto, faction

CACOPHONOUS

Unharmonious sounding – a cacophonous blare of trumpets, noisy and discordant.

Synonyms: dissonant, discordant, blatant, strident, raucous Antonyms: mellifluous, euphonious, dulcet

CADAVEROUS

Corpselike; hence, haggard, pale -His face appeared cadaverous from long imprisonment.

Synonyms: ghastly, gaunt, pallid (noun: pallor), wan, ashen

Antonyms: rubicund, florid

CALLOUS

Unfeeling or insensitive – made callous by long suffering.

Synonyms: insensible, obdurate

CALUMNIATE

To accuse falsely or maliciously in order to injure another’s reputation; slander – calumniated his political opponent by spreading false rumors.

Synonyms: asperse, vilify, defame, scandalize

CANDID

(noun: CANDOR): Frank, outspoken; impartial a candid reply that could hardly be more forthright.

Synonyms: artless, ingenuous, unbiased

Antonyms: guileful, evasive

CANTANKEROUS

Ill-natured; quarrelsome – showed a cantankerous and sullen disposition.

Synonyms:petulant, peevish, contentious, pugnacious, testy, choleric, fretful

Antonyms:amiable, affable, equable

CAPRICIOUS

Inclined, through some whim or fancy change the mind, purpose, or actions suddenly – a capricious person, undependable in mood or temper.

Synonyms:fickle, fitful, changeable, erratic, inconstant, crotchety, whimsical, mercurial

Antonyms:steadfast, constant, even-tempered

CAPTIOUS

Quick to find fault about trifles- a captious critic pouncing on slight laws.

Synonyms:hypercritical, carping, carviling, censorious

CARICATURE

A picture or other description of a person which exaggerates ludicrously one or more of his distinctive features – not a realistic portrait but a malicious caricature.

CASTIGATE

To punish or criticize severely – castigated for using improper language.

Synonyms:reprove, upbraid, reprehend, censure, reprimand, chasten

Antonyms:commend, eulogize, laud

CELESTIAL

Pertaining to the sky; heavenly-a celestial pageant of bright stars.

Synonyms:ethereal; (noun) firmament

CHAUVINIST

An extreme patriot-a chauvinist with most pride in his country.

Synonym:jingoist

CHICANERY

Trickery, deception,- practised chicanery all his shady dealings.

Synonyms:duplicity, craft, stratagem, wile, subterfuge

CHRONIC

Continuing a long time; habitual-a. chronic complaint, persisting for years.

Synonyms:persistent, unremitting, inveterate, incessant, constant

Antonyms:intermittent, sporadic, infrequent

CIRCUMSPECT

Cautious – looked about him circumspectly.

Synonyms:prudent, vigilant, discreet, wary

Antonyms:rash, indiscreet, reckless, precipitate, foothardy, temerarious, headstrong

CIRCUMVENT

To gain an advantage by the use of trick to evade by the use of deception; to go around – circumvented the law by evasive practices.

Synonyms:thwart, balk, outwit, delude

CIVIL

Of or having to do with citizens or the state – We I civil duties as well as civil liberties Polite, courteous – answered in a civil fashion.

Synonyms: respectful, gracious

CLAMOROUS

Loud and noisy – a clamorous outburst the crowd outside.

Synonyms: vociferous, obstreperous, blatant, raucous, strident

Antonyms: muted, quiet

CLANDESTINE

Secret; stealthy – a clandestine meeting known only to a few.

Synonyms: furtive, covert, surreptitious

Antonyms: overt, manifest, above-board

CLEMENT

Merciful; gentle – a clement judge who tempered justice with leniency.

Synonyms: compassionate, forbearing

Antonyms: relentless, ruthless

COALITION

(verb: COALESCE): Alliance; merging of various units into one unit – three parties forming a coalition to rule the country.

Synonyms: amalgamation, consolidation, fusion

COERCION

Compelling a person by physical force or other means to do something against his will – rendered his services without the slightest coercion.

Synonyms: constraint, restraint, impelling

COGENT

Having the force to compel, usually by appealing to reason – persuaded by cogent arguments.

Synonym: persuasive

COLLUSION

Working together secretly for an evil purpose – acted in collusion to overthrow the government.

Synonyms: collaboration, conspiracy, conniving, machination

COMMODIOUS

Roomy – a commodious apartment.

Synonyms: spacious, capacious, ample

COMPATIBLE

Harmonious; able, to get along together parted company because they were not compatible.

Synonyms: congruous, consistent

Antonyms: incongruous, discordant, incompatible

COMPENDIUM

(adj.: COMPENDIOUS): A brief summary of the main ideas of a larger work – a compendium of chemistry in a slim volume.

Synonyms: synopsis, digest, precis, abstract, epitome

COMPENSATION

Payment for services – just compensation for his labor.

Synonyms: stipend, remuneration, recompense, emolument

COMPLACENT

Self-satisfied – looked on his own performance with a complacent smile.

Synonym: smug

COMPUNCTION

Regret for wrongdoing – displayed slight compunction for his misdeed.

Synonyms: contrition, penitence, atonement, remorse, qualm

CONCEDE

To yield; to admit as true; to grant – conceded victory to a superior force.

Synonyms: acquiesce, capitulate

CONDIGN

Well-deserved (applied chiefly to punishment) – received condign punishment for his crime.

CONDOLE

(noun: CONDOLENCE): To express sympathy with another in sorrow, pain, or misfortune – condoled with each other in their grief.

Synonyms: commiserate, show compassion, solace

CONDONE

To forgive or overlook (an offense) – condoned the deed, in view of the offender’s age.

Synonyms: extenuate, palliate, mitigate, gloss

CONFEDERATE

(noun): A person allied with others for a special purpose (frequently a bad one) – joined his confederate in secret enterprise.

Synonyms: collaborator, accomplice

(adj.): United or allied in a conspiracy – two confederate groups hurrying to their rendezvous.

CONGENIAL

(1) Possessing similar interests and tastes; able to get on well with others – congenial people with similar backgrounds.

Synonym: compatible

(2) Agreeable – congenial to his taste.

CONJECTURE

To guess – Without facts, we can only conjecture about his guilt.

Synonyms: surmise, presume

CONSECRATE

(1) To set apart as sacred – consecrate the battlefield with a monument to the dead heroes. Synonyms: hallow, sanctify Antonym: desecrate

(2) To devote or dedicate to some aim – consecrated his life to teaching.

CONSENSUS

General agreement – The consensus of the committee was that no action should be taken.

Synonym: accord

CONSTERNATION

Amazement; lack of courage caused by fearful prospect – The threat struck deep consternation into John.

Synonyms: dismay, bewilderment

CONSTRUE

(noun: CONSTRUCTION): To interpret, explain the sense of, or analyze – construed the statement to his own advantage.

CONSUMMATE

(adj.): Perfect or highly accomplished – achieved with consummate skill.

Antonyms: botched. bungled, inept

(verb): To complete, bring to perfection – consummated the deal without delay.

CONTEMPTUOUS

Expressive of contempt (an emotion involving anger and disgust) – cast a contemptuous look at his subordinate.

Synonyms: supercilious, scornful, disdainful, contumelious

CONVIVIAL

Festive; gay – a convivial party.

Synonyms: jovial, jocund, mirthful

Antonyms: lugubrious, dolorous, mirthless

COPIOUS

Plentiful – shed copious tears at the bad news.

Synonyms. profuse, bountiful, abundant

Antonyms: meager, scant

CORPULENT

Fat – corpulent due to excessive eating.

Synonyms: obese, portly

Antonyms: gaunt, lank, emaciated, peaked

COSMOPOLITAN

(noun): One who is at home in all countries – A cosmopolitan can feel at ease anywhere in the world.

(adj.): Free from local prejudices – a world-wide traveler, cosmopolitan in tastes and attitudes.

Synonyms: Catholic

Antonyms: parochial, provincial

COTERIE

A group of people joined by common interests a coterie of select friend.

Synonym: clique

COUNTENANCE

(noun): A face – His countenance expressed his complete disgust.

Synonym: visage

(verb): To approve – refused to countenance disrespectful conduct.

Synonym: sanction

CRASS

Coarse and stupid – displayed crass ignorance.

Synonym: gross

CRAVEN

(noun): Coward – the deed of a craven, motivated by fear.

Synonym. Poltroon

(adj.): Cowardly – a craven act which shocked the world.

Synonyms: pusillanimous, dastardly.

Antonyms: stalwart, intrepid, valiant, stout-hearted

CREDENCE

Trust or belief – gave little credence to the rumor.

Synonym: conviction

Antonym: skepticism

CREDIBLE

Worthy of belief – a credible story, true to life.

Antonym: incredible

CREDITABLE

Deserving or reflecting Credit or honor – applauded for his creditable performance.

Synonyms: praiseworthy, meritorious, commendable

Antonyms: discreditable, infamous, opprobrious, ignominious

CREDULOUS

Inclined to believe anything; easily imposed upon – a credulous fool whom anyone can dupe.

Synonym: gullible

Antonyms: incredulous, skeptical

CRINGE

To shrink in fear – cringing before superior force.

Synonyms, cower, flinch, fawn, truckle, wince

CRUCIAL

Decisive or critical; difficult – the crucial event that decided the outcome.

CRYPTIC

Containing hidden meaning – a cryptic message, difficult to decipher.

Synonyms: occult, enigmatic

Antonyms: palpable, manifest

CULPABLE

Deserving blame or censure – removed from office for culpable negligence.

Synonyms: censurable, reprehensible

CUMBROUS

Burdensome and clumsy – a cumbrous knapsack, impeding his march.

Synonyms: cumbersome, unwieldy, bulk

CURB

To control, check, or restrain – forcibly curbed the people’s protest.

Synonyms: repress, subdue

CURSORY

Hurried; hence, superficial – Time permitted only a cursory examination.

Antonyms: painstaking, meticulous

CURT

Rudely abrupt -offended by the curt response.

Synonyms: blunt, brusque, bluff

Antonyms: affable, civil

CYNICAL

Sneeringly distrustful of the good motives or conduct of others – belittled the hero with a cynical remark.

Synonyms: sarcastic, surly

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