cabal N. /内阁/ small group of persons secretly united to promote their own interests. The cabal was defeated when their scheme was discovered.
cache N./藏身之处/ hiding place. The detectives followed the suspect until he led them to the cache where he had stored his loot. He had cached the cash in a bag for trash: it was a hefty sum.
cacophonous ADJ. /不和谐/ discordant; inharmonious. Do the students in the orchestra enjoy the cacophonous sounds they make when they're tuning up? I don't know how they can stand the racket. cacophony, N.
cadaver N. /尸体/ corpse. In some states, it is illegal to dissect cadavers.
cadaverous ADJ. /尸体似的，苍白的/ like a corpse; pale. By his cadaverous appearance, we could see how the disease had ravaged him.
cadence N. /平仄，重音/ rhythmic rise and fall (of words or sounds);beat. Marching down the road, the troops sang out, following the cadence set by the sergeant.
cajole V. /哄骗，勾引/ coax; wheedle. Diane tried to cajole her father into letting her drive the family car.cajolery, N.
calamity N. /灾难，不幸/ disaster; misery. As news of the calamity spread, offers of relief poured in to the stricken community.
calculated ADJ. /预先计划好的，算好的;合适的/ deliberately planned; likely. Lexy's choice of clothes to wear to the debate tournament was carefully calculated. Her conventional suit was one calculated to appeal to the conservative judges.
caldron N. /大锅/ large kettle. "Why, Mr. Crusoe," said the savage heating the giant caldron, "we'd love to have you for dinner!"
caliber N. /能力;品质/ ability; quality. Einstein's cleaning the blackboards again? Albert, quit it! A man of your caliber shouldn't have to do such menial tasks.
calligraphy N. /漂亮的书法/ beautiful writing; excellent penmanship. As we examine ancient manuscripts, we become impressed with the calligraphy of the scribes.
callous ADJ. /硬心肠的，无情的/ hardened; unfeeling. He had worked in the hospital for so many years that he was callous to the suffering in the wards. callus, N.
callow ADJ. /年幼，稚嫩;无经验/ youthful; immature; inexperienced. As a freshman, Jack was sure he was a man of the world; as a sophomore, he made fun of freshmen as callow youths. In both cases, his judgment showed just how callow he was.
calorific ADJ. /产热的/ heat-producing. Coal is much more calorific than green wood.
calumny N. /诽谤;中伤/ malicious misrepresentation; slander. He could endure his financial failure, but he could not bear the calumny that his foes heaped upon him.
camaraderie N. /友情/ good-fellowship. What he loved best about his job was the sense of camaraderie he and his coworkers shared.
cameo N. /贝壳上的浮雕;特写(演员)/ shell or jewel carved in relief; star's special appearance in a minor role in a film. Don't bother buying cameos from the street peddlers in Rome: the carvings they sell are clumsy jobs. Did you enjoy Bill Murray's cameo in Little Shop of Horrors? He was onscreen for only a minute, but he cracked me up.
camouflage V. /伪装/ disguise; conceal. In order to rescue Han Solo, Princess Leia camouflaged herself in the helmet and cloak of a space bandit.
canvass V. /调查;投票/ determine votes, etc. After canvassing the sentiments of his constituents, the congressman was confident that he represented the majority opinion of his district. also N.
capacious ADJ. /宽敞的/ spacious. In the capacious rotunda of the railroad terminal, thousands of travelers lingered while waiting for their train.
Capacity N. /能力;角色/ mental or physical ability; role; ability to accommodate. Mike had the capacity to handle several jobs at once. In his capacity as president of SelecTronics he marketed an electronic dictionary with a capacity of 200,000 words.
capitulate V. /投降/ surrender. The enemy was warned to capitulate or face annihilation.
caprice N. /反复无常;一时幻想;奇怪的想法/ sudden, unexpected fancy; whim. On a caprice, Jack tried drag-racing, but paid the price-his father took his Chevy Caprice away from him.
capricious ADJ. /反复无常的/ unpredictable; fickle. The storm was capricious: it changed course constantly.Jill was capricious, too: she changed boyfriends almost as often as she changed clothes.
caption N. /标题/ title; chapter heading; text under illustration. The captions that accompany The Far Side cartoons are almost as funny as the pictures. also V.
captivate V. /迷住;迷惑/ charm or enthrall. Bart and Lisa were captivated by their new nanny's winning manner.
candor N. /开诚布公;坦率/ frankness; open honesty. Jack can carry can dor too far: when he told Jill his honest opinion of her, she nearly slapped his face. candid, ADJ.
canine ADJ. /狗的/ related to dogs; dog-like. Some days the canine population of Berkeley seems almost to outnumber the human population,
canny ADJ. /谨慎的;节约的/ shrewd; thrifty. The canny Scotsman was more than a match for the swindlers.
cant N. /伪善;黑话/ insincere expressions of piety; jargon of thieves. Shocked by news of the minister's extramarital love affairs, the worshippers dismissed his talk about the sacredness of marriage as mere cant. Cant is a form of hypocrisy: those who can, pray; those who cant, pretend.
cantankerous ADJ. /脾气坏;易发怒/ ill humored; irritable. Constantly complaining about his treatment and refusing to cooperate with the hospital staff, he was a cantankerous patient.
cantata N. /大合唱;康塔塔/ story set to music, to be sung by a chorus. The choral society sang the new cantata composed by its leader.
canter N. /慢跑/ slow gallop. Because the racehorse had outdistanced its competition so easily, the reporter wrote that the race was won in a canter. also V.