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.
canto N. /(长诗的)分篇/division of a long poem. Dante's poetic masterpiece The Divine Comedy is divided into cantos. 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. alsoV.
captivate V. /迷住;迷惑/charm or enthrall. Bart and Lisa were captivated by their new nanny's winning manner. carat N. /克拉;开;K/unit of weight for precious stones; measure of fineness of gold. He gave her a three-carat diamond
mounted in an eighteen-carat gold band.
cardinal ADJ. /主要的/chief. If you want to increase your word power, the cardinal rule of vocabulary-building is to read. cardiologist N. /心脏病专家/doctor specializing in the heart. When the pediatrician noticed Philip had a slight heart
murmur, she referred him to a cardiologist for further tests.
careen V. /倾斜/lurch; sway from side to side. The taxicab careened wildly as it rounded the corner.
caricature N. /歪曲;漫画;讽刺画/distortion; burlesque. The caricatures he drew always emphasized a personal
weakness of the people he burlesqued. alsoV.
carnage N. /残杀;大屠杀/destruction of life. The film The Killing Fields vividly depicts the carnage wreaked by Pol Pot's
followers in Cambodia.
carnal ADJ. /肉体的;欲望的/fleshly. Is the public more interested in carnal pleasures than in spiritual matters? Compare
the number of people who read Playboy daily to the number of those who read the Bible or Koran every day.
carnivorous ADJ. /食肉的/meat-eating. The lion's a carnivorous beast. A hunk of meat makes up his feast. A cow is
not a carnivore. She likes the taste of grain, not gore.
*carping ADJ. /挑剔的，吹毛求疵/finding fault. A carping critic is a nit-picker: he loves to point out flaws. If you don't like this definition, feel free to carp.