Tuesday, March 22, 2011

English One-Word Vocabulary (C - D)

(C)
Cackle
Cackling of hen after laying.
Calf-love
Childish lover affairs
Callous
Insensitive and indifferent
Calumniate
To slander a person

Camouflage
Disguise of guns by splashes of various colours, smoke screen and branches.
Cannibal
A human being that cats human flesh, also any animal that devours its own kind.
Cantonment
Place where an army is housed in barracks.
Capitalist
A person who has, or controls, a large amount of wealth used in business.
Carnivorous
Preying or feeding on animals.
Catalogue
A list of names, books, manufactured goods etc.
Catharsis
Outlet to emotion afforded by drama.
Catholic
Broad-minded, liberal
Celibacy
State of being unmarried
Celibate
One who has vowed not to marry.
Cenotaph
Sepulchral monument
Censorious
Inclined to find fault
Centenarian
Person a hundred year old
Centenary
Celebration a hundredth year
Changeling
A child substituted for another by stealth.
Charwoman
A woman hired for the day for housework.
Chronism
A thing out of harmony (time) with present.
Circumlocution
Use of many words to express what might be expressed by few or one.
Charivoyance
The faculty of seeing mentally what exist or is happening out of sight.
Claustrophobia
Morbid dred of closed spaces.
Colleague
A person working with some one in the same office, profession.
Conjure
One who practices magical arts, also a juggler.
Connoisseur
A person having refined taste.
Conscription
Compulsory enlistment for military or navel service.
Conservative
Opposed to any change in existing institutions or views.
Convalescent
A person who is gradually recovering health.
Contagious
That which spreads through physical contact; spreading easily.
Contiguous
Adjacent and adjoining physically
Contemporary
Living, occurring or existing in the same period or time.
Coquette
A vain and flirtatious woman.
Corporal
Pertaining to body.
Cosmetic
The preparation designed to beautify hair, skin or complexion.
Cosmopolitan
Without local, national attachments or prejudice.
Cosy
Quilted covering to retain heat in the tea pot.
Credible
That which can be believed.
Credulous
Inclined to believe especially, on sight evidence
Cuckole
The husband of an unfaithful wife.
Culpable
Deserving censure or blame
Cynic
A sneering fault-finder to whom nothing appeals.
(D)
Daniel
A person of infalliable wisdom.
Defunct
One which does not function any more.
Delegate
A person acting as a deputy or representative of others.
Demagogue
A speaker who wants to gain political influence.
Demi-monde
The class of women on the outskirts of society, of doubtful reputation and standing.
Democracy
Government by the people
Demurrage
The charge on overdue railway truck or parcel.
Desecrate
To debase a sacred place etc.
Despot
A tyrant or an absolute ruler.
Dewlap
Fold of loose skin hanging from throat of cattle.
Digress
To turn aside from the main subject in writing or speaking.
Diplomacy
Artful management in getting advantages without arousing enmity.
Domestic
Tamed
Domicile
Place of residence
Dormant
In a state of inaction
Dotage
Excessive fondness, especially, in old age
Drawn
That which ends in the victory or defeat of no one.
Drought
Want of rain especially, for a long time.

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