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cadaverous
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/kə'dævərəs/ a. Syn. pale
like corpse; pale; Having appearance or color of dead human body
By his cadaverous appearance, we could see how the disease had ravaged him.
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callous
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/'kæləs/ a.
emotionally hardened; unfeeling; toughened
He had worked in the hospital for so many years that he was callous to the suffering in the wards.
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candid
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/'kændɪd/ a. Syn. straightforward; frank
straightforward; frank; free from prejudice; impartial
In private, I gave them my candid opinion.
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candor
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/kændə(r)/ n. Syn. frankness
frankness; quality of being honest and straightforward in attitude and speech
Jack can carry candor too far: when he told Jill his honest opinion of her, she nearly slapped his face.
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cantankerous
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/kæn'tæŋkərəs/ a. Syn. irritable
ill humored; irritable; marked by ill-tempered contradiction or opposition; ugly; malicious
Constantly complaining about his treatment and refusing to cooperate with the hospital staff, he was a cantankerous patient.
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capricious
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/kə'prɪʃəs/ a. Syn. unpredictable; fickle; arbitrary
fickle; impulsive and unpredictable; apt to change opinions suddenly
The storm was capricious: it changed course constantly.
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captious
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/'kæpʃəs/ a.
intended to confuse in an argument
I resent the way he asked that was captious question.
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caricature
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/kærɪkə'tjʊə(r)/ n. Syn. distortion; burlesque
representation that is deliberately exaggerated to produce a comic effect
The caricature he drew yesterday emphasized a personal weakness of the people he burlesqued.
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castigate
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/'kæstɪgeɪt/ v. Syn. punish
criticize severely; punish; revise or make corrections to publication
When the teacher threatened that she would castigate the mischievous boys if they didn't behave, they shaped up in a hurry.
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celestial
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/sɪ'lɛstɪəl/;/sə'lZstʃl/ a. Syn. heavenly
relating to the sky or the heavens; supremely good; god or angel
She spoke of the celestial joys that awaited virtuous souls in the hereafter.
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chauvinist
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/'ʃoʊvɪnɪst/ n.
person with prejudiced belief in superiority of own kind
A chauvinist cannot recognize any faults in his country, no matter how flagrant they may be.
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chicanery
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/ʃɪ'keɪnərɪ/ n. Syn. trickery; deception
mean or unfair artifice to obscure truth; deception by trickery or sophistry
Those sneaky lawyers misrepresented what occurred, made up all sorts of implausible alternative scenarios to confuse the jurors, and in general depended on chicanery to win the case.
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chronic
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/'krɒnɪk/ a.
lasting for long period; marked by frequent recurrence, as certain diseases
The doctors were finally able to attribute his chronic headaches to traces of formaldehyde gas in his apartment.
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circumspect
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/'sɜrkəmspɛkt/ a. Syn. prudent; cautious
carefully aware of all circumstances; cautious
Investigating before acting, she tried always to be circumspect.
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circumvent
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/sɜrkəm'vɛnt/ v. Syn. outwit
surround an enemy; enclose or entrap; beat by cleverness and wit
In order to circumvent the enemy, we will make two preliminary attacks in other sections before starting our major campaign.
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civil
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/'sɪv(ə)l/ a. Syn. civic
having to do with citizens or the state; courteous and polite
Although Internal Revenue Service agents are civil servants, they are not always courteous to suspected tax cheats.
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clamorous
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/'klæmərəs/ a.
speaking and repeating loud words; full of clamor; calling or demanding loudly or urgently; vociferous; noisy; bawling; loud
He sprung his secret, but the surprise it occasioned was largely counterfeit and not as clamorous and effusive as it might have been under happier circumstances.
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clandestine
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/klæn'dɛstɪn/ a. Syn. secret
secret; conducted with or marked by hidden aims or methods
After avoiding their chaperon, the lovers had a clandestine meeting.
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coalesce
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/koʊə'lɛs/ v. Syn. combine; fuse; mix
combine; fuse; grow together; come together so as to form one whole; unite
Through it all, he tries to cling to a trembling grip on reality, as love and pain coalesce into a shocking.
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coalition
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/koʊə'lɪʃ(ə)n/ n. Syn. partnership; league; union
partnership; league; state of being combined into one body
The Rainbow coalition united people of all races in a common cause.
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