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canto
n. division of a long poem
canvass
v. determine votes, etc.
capacious
adj. spacious
capacity
n. mental or physical ability; role; ability to accommodate
capitulate
v. surrender
capricious
adj. unpredictable; fickle; fanciful
caption
n. title; chapter heading; text under illustration
captivate
v. charm or enthrall
cardinal
adj. chief
careen
v. lurch; sway from side to side
caricature
n. exaggerated picture or description; distortion
carnage
n. destruction of life
carnal
adj. fleshly
carnivorous
adj. meat-eating
carping
adj. finding fault
castigate
v. criticize severely; punish
casualty
n. serious or fatal accident
cataclysm
n. violent upheaval; deluge
catalyst
n. agent which brings about a chemical change while it remains unaffected and unchanged
catapult
n. slingshot; a hurling machine
cataract
n. great waterfall; eye abnormality
catastrophe
n. calamity; disaster
catechism
n. book for religious instruction; instruction by question and answer
categorical
adj. without exceptions; unqualified; absolute
cater to
v. supply something desired (whether good or bad)
catharsis
n. purging or cleansing of any passage of the body
catholic
adj. broadly sympathetic; liberal
caucus
n. private meeting of members of a party to select officers or determine policy
caulk
v. make watertight by filling in the cracks
causal
adj. implying a cause-and-effect relationship
caustic
adj. burning; sarcastically biting
cavalcade
n. procession; parade
cavalier
adj. offhand or casual; haughty
cavil
v. make frivolous objections
cede
v. yield (title, territory) to; surrender formally
celebrated
adj. famous; well-known
celerity
n. speed; rapidity
celestial
adj. heavenly; relating to the sky
celibate
adj. unmarried; abstaining from sexual intercourse
censor
n. overseer of morals; person who reads to eliminate inappropriate remarks
censorious
adj. critical
censure
v. blame; criticize
centrifugal
adj. radiating; departing from the center
centripetal
adj. tending toward the center
cerebral
adj. pertaining to brain or intellect
cerebration
n. thought
ceremonious
adj. marked by formality
certitude
n. certainty
cessation
n. stoppage
cession
n. yielding to another; ceding
chafe
v. warm by rubbing; make sore (by rubbing)
chaff
n. worthless products of an endeavor
chaffing
adj. bantering; joking
chagrin
n. vexation (caused by humiliation or injured pride); disappointment
chameleon
n. lizard that changes color in different situations