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/kændə(r)/ n. Syn. frankness
frankness; quality of being honest and straightforward in attitude and speech
Jack can carry [___] too far: when he told Jill his honest opinion of her, she nearly slapped his face.


Spelling Word: candor
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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.


Spelling Word: capricious
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/'kæpʃəs/ a.
intended to confuse in an argument
I resent the way he asked that was [___] question.


Spelling Word: captious
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/kærɪkə'tjʊə(r)/ n. Syn. distortion; burlesque
representation that is deliberately exaggerated to produce a comic effect
The [___] he drew yesterday emphasized a personal weakness of the people he burlesqued.


Spelling Word: caricature
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/'kæstɪgeɪt/ v. Syn. punish
criticize severely; punish; revise or make corrections to publication
When the teacher threatened that she would [___] the mischievous boys if they didn't behave, they shaped up in a hurry.


Spelling Word: castigate
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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 [___] joys that awaited virtuous souls in the hereafter.


Spelling Word: celestial
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/sɜrkəm'vɛnt/ v. Syn. outwit
surround an enemy; enclose or entrap; beat by cleverness and wit
In order to [___] the enemy, we will make two preliminary attacks in other sections before starting our major campaign.


Spelling Word: circumvent
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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 [___] servants, they are not always courteous to suspected tax cheats.


Spelling Word: civil
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/koʊ'ɛrfɛn/ n.
use of force to get someone to obey
The inquisitors used both physical and psychological [___] to force Joan of Arc to deny that her visions were sent by God.


Spelling Word: coercion
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/'koʊdʒənt/ a. Syn. convincing
reasonable and convincing; based on evidence; forcefully persuasive
It was inevitable that David chose to go to Harvard: he had several [___] reasons for doing so, including a full-tuition scholarship.


Spelling Word: cogent