Glossary of C--D-2

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congenial adj
Having kindred character or tastes
congest v
To collect into a mass
congregate v
To bring together into a crowd
coniferous adj
Cone-bearing trees
conjecture n
A guess
conjoin v
To unite
conjugal adj
Pertaining to marriage, marital rights, or married persons
conjugate adj
Joined together in pairs
conjugation n
The state or condition of being joined together
conjunction n
The state of being joined together, or the things so joined
connive v
To be in collusion
connoisseur n
A critical judge of art, especially one with thorough knowledge and sound judgment of art
connote v
To mean; signify
connubial adj
Pertaining to marriage or matrimony
conquer v
To overcome by force
consanguineous adj
Descended from the same parent or ancestor
conscience n
The faculty in man by which he distinguishes between right and wrong in character and conduct
conscientious adj
Governed by moral standard
conscious adj
Aware that one lives, feels, and thinks
conscript v
To force into military service
consecrate v
To set apart as sacred
consecutive adj
Following in uninterrupted succession
consensus n
A collective unanimous opinion of a number of persons
conservatism n
Tendency to adhere to the existing order of things
conservative adj
Adhering to the existing order of things
conservatory n
An institution for instruction and training in music and declamation
consign v
To entrust
consignee n
A person to whom goods or other property has been entrusted
consignor n
One who entrusts
consistency n
A state of permanence
console v
To comfort
consolidate v
To combine into one body or system
consonance n
The state or quality of being in accord with
consonant adj
Being in agreement or harmony with
consort n
A companion or associate
conspicuous adj
Clearly visible
conspirator n
One who agrees with others to cooperate in accomplishing some unlawful purpose
conspire v
To plot
constable n
An officer whose duty is to maintain the peace
constellation n
An arbitrary assemblage or group of stars
consternation n
constituency n
The inhabitants or voters in a district represented in a legislative body
constituent n
One who has the right to vote at an election
constrict v
To bind
consul n
An officer appointed to reside in a foreign city, chiefly to represent his country
consulate n
The place in which a consul transacts official business
consummate v
To bring to completion
consumption n
Gradual destruction, as by burning, eating, etc
consumptive adj
Designed for gradual destruction
contagion n
The communication of disease from person to person
contagious adj
Transmitting disease
contaminate v
To pollute
contemplate v
To consider thoughtfully
contemporaneous adj
Living, occurring, or existing at the same time
contemporary adj
Living or existing at the same time
contemptible adj
Worthy of scorn or disdain
contemptuous adj
contender n
One who exerts oneself in opposition or rivalry
contiguity n
contiguous adj
Touching or joining at the edge or boundary
continence n
Self-restraint with respect to desires, appetites, and passion
contingency n
Possibility of happening
contingent adj
Not predictable
continuance n
continuation n
continuity n
Uninterrupted connection in space, time, operation, or development
continuous adj
Connected, extended, or prolonged without separation or interruption of sequence
contort v
To twist into a misshapen form
contraband n
Trade forbidden by law or treaty
contradiction n
The assertion of the opposite of that which has been said
contradictory adj
Inconsistent with itself
contraposition n
A placing opposite
contravene v
To prevent or obstruct the operation of
contribution n
The act of giving for a common purpose
contributor n
One who gives or furnishes, in common with others, for a common purpose
contrite adj
Broken in spirit because of a sense of sin
contrivance n
The act planning, devising, inventing, or adapting something to or for a special purpose
contrive v
To manage or carry through by some device or scheme
control v
To exercise a directing, restraining, or governing influence over
controller n
One who or that which regulates or directs
contumacious adj
contumacy n
Contemptuous disregard of the requirements of rightful authority
contuse v
To bruise by a blow, either with or without the breaking of the skin
contusion n
A bruise
convalesce v
To recover after a sickness
convalescence n
The state of progressive restoration to health and strength after the cessation of disease
convalescent adj
Recovering health after sickness
convene v
To summon or cause to assemble
convenience n
Fitness, as of time or place
converge v
To cause to incline and approach nearer together
convergent adj
Tending to one point
conversant adj
Thoroughly informed
conversion n
Change from one state or position to another, or from one form to another
convertible adj
convex adj
Curving like the segment of the globe or of the surface of a circle
conveyance n
That by which anything is transported
convivial adj
Devoted to feasting, or to good-fellowship in eating or drinking
convolution n
A winding motion
convolve v
To move with a circling or winding motion
convoy n
A protecting force accompanying property in course of transportation
convulse v
To cause spasms in
convulsion n
A violent and abnormal muscular contraction of the body
copious adj
coquette n
A flirt
cornice n
An ornamental molding running round the walls of a room close to the ceiling
cornucopia n
The horn of plenty, symbolizing peace and prosperity
corollary n
A proposition following so obviously from another that it requires little demonstration
coronation n
The act or ceremony of crowning a monarch
coronet n
Inferior crown denoting, according to its form, various degrees of noble rank less than sovereign
corporal adj
Belonging or relating to the body as opposed to the mind
corporate adj
Belonging to a corporation
corporeal adj
Of a material nature; physical
corps n
A number or body of persons in some way associated or acting together
corpse n
A dead body
corpulent adj
corpuscle n
A minute particle of matter
correlate v
To put in some relation of connection or correspondence
correlative adj
Mutually involving or implying one another
corrigible adj
Capable of reformation
corroborate v
To strengthen, as proof or conviction
corroboration n
corrode v
To ruin or destroy little by little
corrosion n
Gradual decay by crumbling or surface disintegration
corrosive n
That which causes gradual decay by crumbling or surface disintegration
corruptible adj
Open to bribery
corruption n
Loss of purity or integrity
cosmetic adj
Pertaining to the art of beautifying, especially the complexion
cosmic adj
Pertaining to the universe
cosmogony n
A doctrine of creation or of the origin of the universe
cosmography n
The science that describes the universe, including astronomy, geography, and geology
cosmology n
The general science of the universe
cosmopolitan adj
Common to all the world
cosmopolitanism n
A cosmopolitan character
cosmos n
The world or universe considered as a system, perfect in order and arrangement
counter-claim n
A cross-demand alleged by a defendant in his favor against the plaintiff
counteract v
To act in opposition to
counterbalance v
To oppose with an equal force
countercharge v
To accuse in return
counterfeit adj
Made to resemble something else
counterpart n
Something taken with another for the completion of either
countervail v
To offset
counting-house n
A house or office used for transacting business, bookkeeping, correspondence, etc
countryman n
A rustic
courageous adj
course n
Line of motion or direction
courser n
A fleet and spirited horse
courtesy n
Politeness originating in kindness and exercised habitually
covenant n
An agreement entered into by two or more persons or parties
covert adj
Concealed, especially for an evil purpose
covey n
A flock of quails or partridges
cower v
To crouch down tremblingly, as through fear or shame
coxswain n
One who steers a rowboat, or one who has charge of a ship's boat and its crew under an officer
crag n
A rugged, rocky projection on a cliff or ledge
cranium n
The skull of an animal, especially that part enclosing the brain
crass adj
Coarse or thick in nature or structure, as opposed to thin or fine
craving n
A vehement desire
creak n
A sharp, harsh, squeaking sound
creamery n
A butter-making establishment
creamy adj
Resembling or containing cream
credence n
credible adj
credulous adj
Easily deceived
creed n
A formal summary of fundamental points of religious belief
crematory adj
A place for cremating dead bodies
crevasse n
A deep crack or fissure in the ice of a glacier
crevice n
A small fissure, as between two contiguous surfaces
criterion n
A standard by which to determine the correctness of a judgment or conclusion
critique n
A criticism or critical review
crockery n
Earthenware made from baked clay
crucible n
A trying and purifying test or agency
crusade n
Any concerted movement, vigorously prosecuted, in behalf of an idea or principle
crustacean adj
Pertaining to a division of arthropods, containing lobsters, crabs, crawfish, etc
crustaceous adj
Having a crust-like shell
cryptogram n
Anything written in characters that are secret or so arranged as to have hidden meaning
crystallize v
To bring together or give fixed shape to
cudgel n
A short thick stick used as a club
culinary adj
Of or pertaining to cooking or the kitchen
cull v
To pick or sort out from the rest
culpable adj
culprit n
A guilty person
culvert n
Any artificial covered channel for the passage of water through a bank or under a road, canal
cupidity n
curable adj
Capable of being remedied or corrected
curator n
A person having charge as of a library or museum
curio n
A piece of bric-a-brac
cursive adj
Writing in which the letters are joined together
cursory adj
Rapid and superficial
curt adj
Concise, compressed, and abrupt in act or expression
curtail v
To cut off or cut short
curtsy n
A downward movement of the body by bending the knees
cycloid adj
Like a circle
cygnet n
A young swan
cynical adj
Exhibiting moral skepticism
cynicism n
Contempt for the opinions of others and of what others value
cynosure n
That to which general interest or attention is directed
daring adj
darkling adv
Darwinism n
The doctrine that natural selection has been the prime cause of evolution of higher forms
dastard n
A base coward
datum n
A premise, starting-point, or given fact
dauntless adj
day-man n
A day-laborer
dead-heat n
A race in which two or more competitors come out even, and there is no winner
dearth n
Scarcity, as of something customary, essential ,or desirable
death's-head n
A human skull as a symbol of death
debase v
To lower in character or virtue
debatable adj
Subject to contention or dispute
debonair adj
Having gentle or courteous bearing or manner
debut n
A first appearance in society or on the stage
decagon n
A figure with ten sides and ten angles
decagram n
A weight of 10 grams
decaliter n
A liquid and dry measure of 10 liters
decalogue n
The ten commandments
Decameron n
A volume consisting of ten parts or books
decameter n
A length of ten meters
decamp v
To leave suddenly or unexpectedly
decapitate v
To behead
decapod adj
Ten-footed or ten-armed
decasyllable n
A line of ten syllables
deceit n
deceitful adj
deceive v
To mislead by or as by falsehood
decency n
Moral fitness
decent adj
Characterized by propriety of conduct, speech, manners, or dress
deciduous adj
Falling off at maturity as petals after flowering, fruit when ripe, etc
decimal adj
Founded on the number 10
decimate v
To destroy a measurable or large proportion of
decipher v
To find out the true words or meaning of, as something hardly legible
decisive ad
declamation n
A speech recited or intended for recitation from memory in public
declamatory adj
A full and formal style of utterance
declarative adj
Containing a formal, positive, or explicit statement or affirmation
declension n
The change of endings in nouns and adj
decorate v
To embellish
decorous adj
Suitable for the occasion or circumstances
decoy n
Anything that allures, or is intended to allures into danger or temptation
decrepit adj
Enfeebled, as by old age or some chronic infirmity
dedication n
The voluntary consecration or relinquishment of something to an end or cause
deduce v
To derive or draw as a conclusion by reasoning from given premises or principles
deface v
To mar or disfigure the face or external surface of
defalcate v
To cut off or take away, as a part of something
defamation n
Malicious and groundless injury done to the reputation or good name of another
defame v
To slander
default n
The neglect or omission of a legal requirement
defendant n
A person against whom a suit is brought
defensible adj
Capable of being maintained or justified
defensive adj
Carried on in resistance to aggression
defer v
To delay or put off to some other time
deference n
Respectful submission or yielding, as to another's opinion, wishes, or judgment
defiant adj
Characterized by bold or insolent opposition

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