Difficult words starting with C-I

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  1. canto
    a major division of a long poem
  2. cauterize
    burn, sear, or freeze using a hot iron or electric current
  3. conglomerate
    collect or gather
  4. construe
    make sense of; assign a meaning to
  5. caucus
    meet to select a candidate or promote a policy
  6. canvass
    get opinions by asking specific questions
  7. concerted
    involving the joint activity of two or more
  8. condole
    express one's sympathy on the occasion of someone's death
  9. canny
    showing self-interest and shrewdness in dealing with others
  10. carnal
    of or relating to the body or flesh
  11. congenial
    suitable to your needs
  12. comport
    behave in a certain manner
  13. contumacious
    willfully obstinate; stubbornly disobedient
  14. convoluted
    highly complex or intricate
  15. clavicle
    bone linking the scapula and sternum
  16. cull
    remove something that has been rejected
  17. coax
    influence or urge by gentle urging, caressing, or flattering
  18. circuitous
    deviating from a straight course
  19. creep
    move slowly
  20. commensurate
    corresponding in size or degree or extent
  21. cardinal
    serving as an essential component
  22. concede
    give over
  23. char
    a human female employed to do housework
  24. colloquy
    formal conversation
  25. caricature
    a representation of a person exaggerated for comic effect
  26. centaur
    a mythical being that is half man and half horse
  27. clap
    put quickly or forcibly
  28. corpulent
    excessively fat
  29. certitude
    complete assurance or confidence
  30. cupidity
    extreme greed for material wealth
  31. coiffure
    the arrangement of the hair
  32. cower
    crouch or curl up
  33. complacency
    the feeling you have when you are satisfied with yourself
  34. citadel
    a stronghold for shelter during a battle
  35. condone
    excuse, overlook, or make allowances for
  36. contravene
    go against, as of rules and laws
  37. contrite
    feeling or expressing pain or sorrow for sins or offenses
  38. compendium
    a publication containing a variety of works
  39. collate
    to assemble in proper sequence
  40. chasten
    censure severely
  41. cauldron
    a very large pot that is used for boiling
  42. churlish
    having a bad disposition; surly
  43. carillon
    set of bells hung in a bell tower
  44. collusion
    secret agreement
  45. cessation
    a stopping
  46. choleric
    characterized by anger
  47. cistern
    a sac or cavity containing fluid
  48. chuckle
    a soft partly suppressed laugh
  49. collage
    a paste-up of pieces to form an artistic image
  50. consecrate
    give entirely to a specific person, activity, or cause
  51. consanguinity
    relation by blood
  52. confound
    be confusing or perplexing to
  53. covetous
    immoderately desirous of acquiring something
  54. coda
    the closing section of a musical composition
  55. coda
    the closing section of a musical composition
  56. circumlocution
    an indirect way of expressing something
  57. contrive
    make or work out a plan for; devise
  58. causal
    involving an entity that produces an effect
  59. culpable
    deserving blame or censure as being wrong or injurious
  60. canter
    a smooth three-beat gait
  61. cant
    a characteristic language of a particular group
  62. cavil
    raise trivial objections
  63. commemorative
    intended to honor the memory of someone or something
  64. conclave
    a confidential or secret meeting
  65. cache
    a hidden storage space
  66. comity
    a state or atmosphere of harmony or mutual civility
  67. commodious
    large and roomy
  68. credulity
    tendency to believe readily
  69. clapper
    metal striker that hangs inside a bell and makes a sound
  70. cumbersome
    difficult to handle or use because of size or weight
  71. crescendo
    a gradual increase in loudness
  72. callus
    a skin area that is thick or hard from continual pressure
  73. comestible
    suitable for use as food
  74. clamor
    utter or proclaim insistently and noisily
  75. contingent
    determined by conditions or circumstances that follow
  76. crafty
    marked by skill in deception
  77. calumny
    a false accusation of an offense
  78. carrion
    the dead and rotting body of an animal; unfit for human food
  79. cleft
    a long narrow opening
  80. colander
    bowl-shaped strainer used to wash or drain foods
  81. clandestine
    conducted with or marked by hidden aims or methods
  82. cynosure
    something that provides guidance
  83. culvert
    a transverse and enclosed drain under a road or railway
  84. conjugal
    relating to the relationship between a wife and husband
  85. cog
    a subordinate who performs an important but routine function
  86. clientele
    customers collectively
  87. codify
    organize into a system, such as a body of law
  88. charlatan
    a flamboyant deceiver
  89. chronicle
    a record or narrative description of past events
  90. connoisseur
    an expert able to appreciate a field
  91. contempt
    lack of respect accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike
  92. castigation
    verbal punishment
  93. cornice
    the topmost projecting part of an entablature
  94. crevice
    a long narrow opening
  95. conduit
    a passage through which water or electric wires can pass
  96. confidante
    a female confidant
  97. cadence
    a recurrent rhythmical series
  98. confluence
    a place where things merge or flow together
  99. candor
    the quality of being honest and straightforward
  100. capricious
    determined by chance or impulse rather than by necessity

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