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bacchanalian
badinage
bailiff
bang
bantering
barterer
bate
batter
bead
beamline
beatific
beatitude
becalm
beckon
becloud
bedeck
bedizen
bedraggle
beforehand
befuddle
behemoth
beleaguer
bellicose
bemoan
bemused
besiege
bestial
betoken
betroth
bevy
bewilder
bicameral
biennial
billowing
bitumen
bivouac
blandishment
blare
bleak
blench
blighted
blindside
bludgeon
bolster
bombardment
bombastic
boost
booth
boson
botnet
bounty
bovine
bowdlerize
brandish
brindled
bristling
bristly
broil
brood
brush
buccaneer
bucolic
buffoonery
bumptious
bungle
burgeon
burnish
bursar
bursary
buttress
cabal
cacophonous
cactus
cadaverous
cadence
cajole
caldron
callow
calorific
canister
cannibalize
canny
cantankerous
cantata
canto
caper
capitalize
capitulate
capsize
captious
captivate
cardiovascular
careen
careworn
caribou
carnage
carping
cartel
cartographer
castigate
cataclysm
catapult
cataract
catcall
catechism
categorical
cater
caulk
causal
cavil
cede
censorious
centigrade
centrifugal
centripetal
centurion
cerebral
cerebration
ceremonious
certitude
chaffing
chalice
chary
chasten
cherubic
chicanery
choleric
chortle
christening
chug
churlish
circa
circumlocution
circumscribe
citadel
clamber
clan
clangor
climactic
clime
cloying
coagulate
coalesce
codify
cogency
cogent
cogitate
cognate
cognizance
cohere

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bacchanalian
Pronounce   a. drunken; relating to reveling and drunkenness
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badinage
Pronounce   n. teasing conversation; good-humored, playful conversation
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bailiff
Pronounce   n. legal officer to whom some degree of authority
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bang
Pronounce   n. sudden loud noise, as of an explosion; sudden loud blow or bump; sudden burst of action
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bantering
Pronounce   a. good-natured ridiculing; cleverly amusing in tone
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barterer
Pronounce   n. trader; one who trades goods for other goods without involving money
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bate
Pronounce   v. let down; restrain; lessen force or intensity of; moderate
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batter
Pronounce   v. hit heavily and repeatedly with violent blows
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bead
Pronounce   n. small, often round piece of material, such as glass, plastic, or wood, that is pierced for stringing or threading
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beamline
Pronounce   n. line traveled by a particle beam in an accelerator
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beatific
Pronounce   a. completely happy and contented; showing or producing exalted joy
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beatitude
Pronounce   n. blessedness; state of extreme happiness
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becalm
Pronounce   v. keep from motion, or stop progress of; make calm or still
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beckon
Pronounce   v. signal or summon, as by nodding or waving; attract because of inviting or enticing appearance
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becloud
Pronounce   v. make less visible; obscure or blur; darken with or as if with clouds
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bedeck
Pronounce   v. adorn or ornament in a showy fashion
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bedizen
Pronounce   v. ornament something in showy, tasteless, or gaudy finery
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bedraggle
Pronounce   v. wet thoroughly; stain with mud; soil or wet by dragging in dirt, mud, moist places
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beforehand
Pronounce   ad. in advance; early; at an earlier or preceding time
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befuddle
Pronounce   v. confuse thoroughly; becloud and confuse, as with liquor; make stupid with alcohol
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behemoth
Pronounce   n. something enormous in size or power
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beleaguer
Pronounce   v. besiege or attack; harass; surround with troops
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bellicose
Pronounce   a. warlike or hostile in manner or temperament; showing or having impulse to be combative
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bemoan
Pronounce   v. regret strongly; express disapproval of
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bemused
Pronounce   a. confused; lost in thought; preoccupied
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besiege
Pronounce   v. surround with hostile forces; crowd around; cause to feel distressed or worried
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bestial
Pronounce   a. beastlike; brutal; lacking in intelligence or reason
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betoken
Pronounce   v. signify; indicate; be a visible sign of; give evidence of
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betroth
Pronounce   v. become engaged to marry; promise to marry
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bevy
Pronounce   n. large group; a group of animals or birds, especially larks or quail
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bewilder
Pronounce   v. lead into perplexity or confusion; perplex with mazes
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bicameral
Pronounce   a. composed of or based on two legislative chambers or branches
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biennial
Pronounce   a. every two years; lasting or living for two years
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billowing
Pronounce   a. swelling out in waves; surging; stormy; affected by storms
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bitumen
Pronounce   n. any of various naturally occurring impure mixtures of hydrocarbons
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bivouac
Pronounce   n. temporary encampment; a site where people on holiday can pitch tent
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blandishment
Pronounce   n. flattery; speech or action expressive of affection or kindness, and tending to win the heart
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blare
Pronounce   n. loud, harsh roar or screech; dazzling blaze of light
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bleak
Pronounce   a. depressing, sombre, cold
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blench
Pronounce   v. draw back, from lack of courage or resolution; turn pale, as if in fear
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blighted
Pronounce   a. suffering from a disease; destroyed, ruined, or spoiled
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blindside
Pronounce   v. to take by surprise
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bludgeon
Pronounce   n. short heavy club, usually of wood; heavy-headed weapon
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bolster
Pronounce   v. support or prop up with or as if with a long narrow pillow or cushion
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bombardment
Pronounce   n. attack with missiles; continuous attack with shot and shell upon a town, fort, or other position
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bombastic
Pronounce   a. pompous; using inflated language; high-sounding but with little meaning
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boost
Pronounce   v. raise or lift by pushing up from behind or below; increase; raise
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booth
Pronounce   n. small enclosed compartment with a window, used to separate the occupant from others; small stall for the display and sale of goods
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boson
Pronounce   n. any particle that obeys Bose-Einstein statistics but not the Pauli exclusion principle
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botnet
Pronounce   n. a collection of compromised computers that is slowly built up then unleashed as a DDOS attack or used to send very large quantities of spam
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bounty
Pronounce   n. liberality in giving; something that is given liberally; goodness, kindness
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bovine
Pronounce   a. dull, slow-moving, and stolid, like an ox; placid and dull
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bowdlerize
Pronounce   v. edit by omitting or modifying parts considered offensive, vulgar, or otherwise unseemly
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brandish
Pronounce   v. move or wave, as a weapon; raise and move in various directions
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brindled
Pronounce   a. of brownish, tawny colour, with streaks, spots, or patterns
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bristling
Pronounce   a. rising like bristles; showing irritation
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bristly
Pronounce   a. having or covered with protective barbs or others; very irritable
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broil
Pronounce   v. cook by direct exposure to heat over fire; subject to great heat; be subjected to the action of heat; be greatly heated
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brood
Pronounce   n. children in one family; young of certain animals
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brush
Pronounce   n. short and sometimes occasional encounter or experience
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buccaneer
Pronounce   n. pirate; robber upon the sea
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bucolic
Pronounce   a. rustic; pastoral; agricultural; relating to country affairs, or to shepherd's life and occupation
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buffoonery
Pronounce   n. clowning; arts and practices of buffoon, as low jests, ridiculous pranks, vulgar tricks and postures
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bumptious
Pronounce   a. offensively self-assertive; liable to give or take offense; forward; pushing
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bungle
Pronounce   v. mismanage; blunder; work or act in clumsy, awkward, or blundering manner
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burgeon
Pronounce   v. to develop or grow rapidly
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burnish
Pronounce   v. make shiny by rubbing; polish
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bursar
Pronounce   n. treasurer or keeper of funds; purser or treasurer of college or other community
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bursary
Pronounce   n. treasury, especially of a public institution or religious order; scholarship granted to a university student in need
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buttress
Pronounce   v. support physically; prop up; support something or someone by supplying evidence
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cabal
Pronounce   n. small group of persons secretly united to promote their own interests
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cacophonous
Pronounce   a. discordant; inharmonious; sounding harshly; ill-sounding
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cactus
Pronounce   n. any of various succulent, spiny, usually leafless plants native mostly to arid regions
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cadaverous
Pronounce   a. like corpse; pale; Having appearance or color of dead human body
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cadence
Pronounce   n. rhythmic rise and fall of words or sounds; beat
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cajole
Pronounce   v. influence or urge by gentle urging or flattering
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caldron
Pronounce   n. large kettle or boiler of copper, brass, or iron
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callow
Pronounce   a. youthful; immature; inexperienced; without feathers
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calorific
Pronounce   a. capable of producing heat; causing heat; heating
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canister
Pronounce   n. small box or case for tea, coffee, etc
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cannibalize
Pronounce   v. remove parts of machine for use in other similar machines; consume another of one's own type or kind
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canny
Pronounce   a. having pleasing or useful qualities; gentle; knowing; cautious; cunning; shrewd
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cantankerous
Pronounce   a. ill humored; irritable; marked by ill-tempered contradiction or opposition; ugly; malicious
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cantata
Pronounce   n. story or poem set to music that can be sung by chorus
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canto
Pronounce   n. part or division of poem of some length
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caper
Pronounce   n. crime, especially theft, or a narrative about such a crime
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capitalize
Pronounce   v. to use something to one's benefit for advantage
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capitulate
Pronounce   v. surrender; end all resistance; give up; go along with or comply
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capsize
Pronounce   v. to cause to overturn (usually a vessel)
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captious
Pronounce   a. intended to confuse in an argument
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captivate
Pronounce   v. charm; enthrall; seize by force, as an enemy in war, or anything belonging to enemy
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cardiovascular
Pronounce   a. of, relating to, or involving the heart and the blood vessels
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careen
Pronounce   v. lean to one side, as a ship under press of sail; sway from side to side
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careworn
Pronounce   a. worn or burdened with care; showing the signs of long-term stresses
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caribou
Pronounce   n. large reindeer native to northern North America
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carnage
Pronounce   n. massive slaughter, as in war; massacre; corpses, especially of those killed in battle
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carping
Pronounce   a. fault-finding; excessive complaining; of unreasonable criticism or censure
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cartel
Pronounce   n. a combination of independent business organizations formed to regulate production, pricing, and marketing of goods by the members
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cartographer
Pronounce   n. one who makes maps or charts
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castigate
Pronounce   v. criticize severely; punish; revise or make corrections to publication
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cataclysm
Pronounce   n. an event resulting in great loss and misfortune; deluge or overflowing of water
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catapult
Pronounce   v. increase the status of something rapidly; shoot forth or launch
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cataract
Pronounce   n. disease of the eye causing its opacity and, unless treated, leading to blindness
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catcall
Pronounce   n. shout of disapproval; shout or whistle expressing dislike, especially from crowd or audience
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catechism
Pronounce   n. book for religious instruction; instruction by question and answer
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categorical
Pronounce   a. absolute; having no exception; of using category or categories
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cater
Pronounce   v. supply what is needed or desired; provide food professionally for special occasion
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caulk
Pronounce   v. make watertight by filling in cracks
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causal
Pronounce   a. implying cause-and-effect relationship
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cavil
Pronounce   v. criticise for petty or frivolous reasons; raise trivial objections
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cede
Pronounce   v. yield or formally resign and surrender to another
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censorious
Pronounce   a. critical; addicted to censure; severe in making remarks on others, or on their writings or manners; implying or expressing censure
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centigrade
Pronounce   a. measure of temperature, used widely in Europe
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centrifugal
Pronounce   a. radiating; departing from the center
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centripetal
Pronounce   a. tending toward center; moving or directed toward center or axis
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centurion
Pronounce   n. officer of ancient Roman army, in command of a century of soldiers or minor division
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cerebral
Pronounce   a. intellectual rather than emotional
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cerebration
Pronounce   n. act of cerebrating; thinking, mental activity
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ceremonious
Pronounce   a. marked by formality; strictly observant of or devoted to ceremony or ritual
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certitude
Pronounce   n. state of being certain; complete assurance; confidence
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chaffing
Pronounce   a. joking; use of light, frivolous language by way of fun or ridicule
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chalice
Pronounce   n. goblet; bowl-shaped drinking vessel; large drinking cup, often having stem and base
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chary
Pronounce   a. cautious; sparing or restrained about giving
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chasten
Pronounce   v. rid of excess; refine or purify; correct by punishment or reproof
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cherubic
Pronounce   a. angelic; innocent-looking; like a baby; infantile
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chicanery
Pronounce   n. mean or unfair artifice to obscure truth; deception by trickery or sophistry
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choleric
Pronounce   a. hot-tempered; easily angered; bad-tempered; expressing anger
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chortle
Pronounce   v. chuckle with delight; joyful laugh or chuckle; laugh quietly or with restraint
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christening
Pronounce   n. a Christian ceremony involving baptizing and naming an infant
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chug
Pronounce   v. dull explosive sound, usually short and repeated, made by or as if by a laboring engine
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churlish
Pronounce   a. difficult to work with; rude; unyielding; unmanageable
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circa
Pronounce   ad. approximately, about; commonly abbreviated ca. -- used especially before dates and numerical measures.
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circumlocution
Pronounce   n. indirect or roundabout expression; evasion in speech or writing
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circumscribe
Pronounce   v. limit narrowly; confine; draw a line around; encircle
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citadel
Pronounce   n. fortress; fortified place which people could go for shelter during battle
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clamber
Pronounce   v. climb with difficulty, especially on all fours; climb by crawling
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clan
Pronounce   n. a large group of relatives, friends, or associates; a traditional social unit, consisting of a number of families claiming a common ancestor
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clangor
Pronounce   n. loud, resounding noise; sharp, metallic, ringing sound; resonant, clanging sound
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climactic
Pronounce   a. relating to the highest point; ascending or leading to climax
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clime
Pronounce   n. region; climate; particular region as defined by its weather or climate
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cloying
Pronounce   a. distasteful because excessive; excessively sweet or sentimental
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coagulate
Pronounce   v. cause transformation of liquid into or as if into soft, semisolid, or solid mass
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coalesce
Pronounce   v. combine; fuse; grow together; come together so as to form one whole; unite
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codify
Pronounce   v. arrange laws, rules as a code; classify; arrange or systematize
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cogency
Pronounce   n. power of proving or of producing belief; quality of being highly probable or convincing; force; credibility
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cogent
Pronounce   a. reasonable and convincing; based on evidence; forcefully persuasive
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cogitate
Pronounce   v. think earnestly or studiously; meditate; ponder; think deeply
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cognate
Pronounce   a. related by blood; having common ancestor; related or analogous in nature, character, or function
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cognizance
Pronounce   n. knowledge or recognition; awareness; range of what one can know or understand
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cohere
Pronounce   v. stick or hold together in a mass that resists separation
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