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an act.committed or omitted in violation of a law.forbidding it or commanding it and for which punishment is imposed upon conviction, such as this would be; activity.toward a person that is seriously hurtful in some way; a serious offense, such as one in violation of morality; an unjust, senseless or disgraceful act or condition (it's a crime to squander our country's natural resources and give no dividends back to the people owing the resources in common)
crime against humanity.noun,.plural.crimes against humanity
a satanic crime, as genocide, directed against a people or group solely because they are spiritually grounded in good beliefs, their existence as a race, their national origin, sexual preferences, etc., one example being...
of, involving or having the nature of crime; characteristic of a criminal
criminal.noun, plural.criminals
one that has committed, been convicted of a crime or evidentially should be if they have transgressed any trust people have put in them for maintaining or advancing the good of society
the state, quality or fact of being criminal; a criminal practice or act
criminalize, criminalized, criminalizing, criminalizes.transitive verbs
to impose a criminal penalty on or for; outlaw; to treat as a criminal

of.relating.to.or.involving a swindle or a fraud-(a con artist, a con job; the covid con)
con artist.noun,.plural.con artists
a con artist is someone who tricks other people into giving them their money or property
a swindle
con, conned, conning, cons.transitive verbs
to swindle a victim by first winning his or her confidence; to dupe; to trick; to follow the devil's attitude by being deceitful:.Revelation 12:9
con man.noun,.plural.con men
a confidence man; a con man is a man who persuades people to give him their money or property by lying to them, example; a man or woman who cheats others using confidence tricks, by first gaining the confidence of their victim; an embezzler; a filcher

in opposition or disagreement; against (debated the issue pro and con)
an argument or opinion against something; one that holds an opposing opinion or view

con, conned, conning, cons.transitive verbs
to study, peruse or examine carefully; to learn or commit to memory
conner.noun, plural.conners

conning tower.noun,.plural.conning towers
a raised, enclosed observation post in a submarine, often used as a means of entrance and exit

con, conned, conning, cons.transitive verbs
in nautical.terms, to direct the steering or course of a vessel
the station or post of the person who steers a vessel; the act or process of steering a vessel

slang a convict

an ancient city and state of northern Africa on the Bay of Tunis northeast of modern Tunis. It was founded by the Phoenicians in B.C.E. the ninth century and became the center of Carthaginian power in the Mediterranean after B.C.E. the sixth century. The city was destroyed by the Romans at the end of the Third Punic War (B.C.E. 146) but was rebuilt by Julius Caesar and later (439-533 A.D.) served as capital of the Vandals before its virtual.annihilation by the Arabs (698 A.D.)

favoring traditional views and values; tending to oppose change; traditional or restrained in style (a conservative dark suit); moderate; cautious (a conservative estimate); one favoring traditional views and value; of or relating to the political philosophy of conservatism
caution or moderation, as in behavior or outlook; the inclination, especially in politics, to maintain the existing or traditional order; a political philosophy or attitude used by those in control to educate with emphasis toward respect for traditional institutions and to educate opposition to sudden change in the established order, thus, maintaining the status quo that has brought the world to the state it's presently in; the principles and policies of the Conservative Party in the United Kingdom or of the Progressive Conservative Party in Canada. . .no better than liberalism as it's been seen that institutions behind all major political parties surreptitiously.pull the strings
conservativeness.noun.(words ending in 'ess' are usually used without pluralization - adding an 'es' making '...esses'; it's clumsy)

not openly practiced, avowed, engaged in, accumulated or shown (covert military operations; covert funding for the rebels); secret; covered or covered over; sheltered; compare clandestine
covertness.noun.(words ending in 'ess' are usually used without pluralization - adding an 'es' making '...esses'; it's clumsy)
a covering or cover; a covered place or shelter; hiding place; thick underbrush or woodland affording cover for game

the act of assembling; a body of assembled people or things; a gathering; a group of people gathered for worship

congregate, congregated, congregating, congregates.transitive and intransitive verbs
to bring or come together in a group, crowd or assembly; gather
gathered; assembled; involving a group (congregate living facilities for senior citizens)

cultivated plants or agricultural produce, such as grain, vegetables or fruit (we get two good crops of vegetables from our garden every year); the total yield of such produce in a particular season or place; a group, quantity or supply appearing at one time (a crop of new ideas); a short haircut
crop, cropped, cropping, crops.verbs
transitive verb use.to cut or bite off the tops or ends of (crop a hedge; sheep cropping grass); to cut hair, for example, very short; to clip an animal's ears, for example; to trim (a photograph or picture, for example); to harvest (crop salmon)
intransitive verb use.to feed on growing grasses and herbage; to plant, grow or yield a crop
cropping up, crop up.phrasal verbs
to appear unexpectedly or occasionally (I appreciated the beautiful scenery which kept cropping up as we traveled the road)

a large collection of writings of a specific kind or on a specific.subject; the principal or capital, as distinguished from the interest or income, as of a fund or estate; in anatomy, the main part of a bodily structure or organ; a distinct bodily mass or organ having a specific function; in music, the overall length of a violin

morally pure in thought or conduct; decent and modest; not having experienced sexual intercourse; virginal; pure or simple in design or style; austere
chasteness.noun.(words ending in 'ess' are usually used without pluralization - adding an 'es' making '...esses'; it's clumsy)

the condition or quality of being pure or chaste; virginity; virtuous character; celibacy

warm and sincere; friendly (a cordial greeting, cordial relations); gracious
cordiality or cordialness.noun,.plural.cordialities or cordialness.(words ending in 'ess' are usually used without pluralization - adding an 'es' making '...esses'; it's clumsy)
a stimulant; a tonic; a liqueur

planned or accomplished together; combined (we made a concerted effort to solve the problem)
agreement in purpose, feeling or action; unity achieved by mutual communication of views, ideas and opinions (acted in concert on the issue); concerted action; a musical performance given by one or more singers or instrumentalists or both
concert, concerted, concerting, concerts.verbs
transitive verb use.to plan or arrange by mutual agreement; to adjust; settle
intransitive verb use.to act together in harmony

a musical composition for an orchestra and one or more solo instruments, typically in three movements; a piece of classical music, usually for one instrument and an orchestra; date 1700-1800 A.D., Italian 'concerto' meanin 'concert'

relating to or exhibiting approximately 24 hour periodicity
circadian rhythm.noun,.plural.circadian rhythms
a daily rhythmic activity cycle, based on 24-hour intervals, that is exhibited by many organisms; the inherent cycle of approximately 24 hours in length that appears to control or initiatevarious biological.processes, including sleep, wakefulness and digestive and hormonal activity; the natural signal for the circadian pattern is the change from darkness to light; the controlling mechanism for these cyclic processes within the body is thought to be the hypothalamus and any change in the circadian cycle, such as jet lag and other conditions associated with travel, requires a certain period for readjustment

confer, conferred, conferring, confers.verbs
transitive verb use.to bestow.(an honor, for example; conferred a medal on the hero; conferred an honorary degree on her); to confer something such as power or an honour on someone means to give it to them (a true constitution created by people who agree to be affected by it, provides for strict observance of how its articles and amendments are to be administered by those conferred through the process known as representation; never imagine that rank confers genuine authority); to invest with a characteristic (a carefully worded statement that conferred an aura of credibility onto the administration's actions)
intransitive verb use.to meet in order to deliberate together or compare views; when you confer with someone, you discuss something with them in order to make a decision; you can also say that two people confer (conferring over the purchase; his doctors conferred by telephone and agreed that he must take more time off of work)

a meeting for consultation or discussion; an exchange of views; in sports, an association of teams; the act of conferring, as of an academic degree

counteract, counteracted, counteracting, counteracts.transitive verbs
to oppose and mitigate the effects of by contrary action; check; neutralize

counter to producing something; tending to hinder.rather than serve one's purpose

countermand, countermanded, countermanding, countermands.transitive verbs
to cancel or reverse something.previously.issued instruction; to recall by a contrary instruction (countermanded the builders plans)
an instruction reversing another one; cancelation of an order or command

contrary; retort with an alternative; opposing (moves and counter moves on the checkerboard)
one that is an opposite
Nautical:.the portion of a ship's stern extending from the water line to the extreme outward swell
Printing:.the depression between the raised lines of a typeface counter, countered, countering, counters.verbs
transitive verb use.to meet or return; to move or act alternatively to; to offer in response (countered that she was too busy to be thorough)
intransitive verb use.to move, act or respond so as to be in an alternative or opposite position)
in a different direction; to or toward an opposite or dissimilar course or outcome
a flat surface on which money is counted, business is transacted, or food is prepared or served; something used for keeping a count
something/someone that counts, especially an electronic or mechanical device that automatically counts occurrences

confine, confined, confining, confines.verbs
transitive verb use.to keep within bounds (held back by the confines of something that imprisons); restrict (please confine your remarks to the issues at hand); limit; to keep within borders; to shut or keep in, especially to imprison; to restrict in movement (the sick child was confined to bed)
intransitive verb use.restraining elements (wanted to escape the confines of corporate politics and bureaucracy); purview; scope (children who learned to work within the confines of the curriculum)
confinable or confineable.adjective
the limits of a space or an area; the borders (within the confines of any one county are beautiful vistas); restraining elements (wanted to escape the confines of corporate politics, bureaucracy and the concrete and glass jungle); purview; scope (children learned to work within the confines of the curriculum; a theory that has transcended the confines of science)
the act of confining or the state of being confined

chlorofluorocarbon (CFC).noun,.plural.chlorofluorocarbons
any of various halocarbon compounds consisting of carbon, hydrogen, chlorine and fluorine, once used widely as aerosol propellants and refrigerants; chlorofluorocarbons are believed to cause depletion of the atmospheric ozone layer

if you describe someone or their ideas as crackpot, you laughingly disapprove of them because you think that their ideas are unsubstantial, strange and crazy; unsane; bizarre ideas that 'don't hold water' held by eccentric individuals

crack, cracked, cracking, cracks.verbs
intransitive verb use.to break or snap apart; to make a sharp, snapping sound; to break without complete separation of parts; fissure (the mirror cracked); to change sharply in pitch or timbre, as from hoarseness or emotion or from puberty (while he was talking his voice cracked for the first time indicating he was into puberty)
transitive verb use.to cause to make a sharp, snapping sound; to cause to break without complete separation of parts (cracked the glass); to break with a sharp, snapping sound; to crush grains into small pieces (cracked grain breads); to strike with a sudden, sharp sound; to break open or into (crack a safe); to open up for use or consumption (crack a book; cracked a beer); to break through an obstacle in order to win acceptance or acknowledgement (finally cracked the 'men-only' rule at the club); to discover the solution to, especially after considerable effort (crack a code); to cause the voice to crack; to tell a joke, especially on impulse or in an effective manner (cracked a good joke); to reduce petroleum to simpler compounds by cracking crack.noun,.plural.cracks
a sharp, snapping sound, such as the report of a firearm having been fired: a partial split or break; a fissure; a slight, narrow space (the window was open a crack); a sharp, resounding.blow; a breaking, harshly.dissonant vocal tone or sound, as in hoarseness; an attempt or try (I gave him a crack at the job; took a crack at photography); a witty or sarcastic.remark; a moment; an instant (see you at the crack of dawn)
excelling in skill or achievement; first-rate (a crack shot; a crack tennis player)

crack down.phrasal verb
to act more forcefully to regulate, repress and restrain (the police cracked down on speeding)
crack up.phrasal verb
to praise highly (he was not the company head he was cracked up to be); to damage or wreck a vehicle or vessel (crack up a plane; crack up a boat); to experience or cause to experience a great deal of amusement (she really cracked up when she heard that joke)
get cracking.phrasal verb
start being active; get going (time to get cracking on that assignment)

calibrate, calibrated, calibrating, calibrates.transitive verbs
to check, adjust or determine by comparison with a standard (the graduations of a quantitative measuring instrument (calibrate a speedometer); adjust (calibrated the polling procedures to ensure objectivity)

the act or process of calibrating or the state of being calibrated; a set of gradations that show positions or values (the calibrations on a pressure gauge)

degree of worth; quality (a school of high caliber; an official of low caliber); the diameter of the inside of a round cylinder, such as a tube; the diameter of the bore of a firearm, usually shown in hundredths or thousandths of an inch and expressed in writing or print in terms of a decimal fraction (.45 caliber); the diameter of a large projectile, such as an artillery shell, measured in millimeters or in inches

a practice or procedure widely practiced, valid or invalid; based on or in accordance with general agreement by those who laying down rules, many of which make no sense at all in use or practice and often produce inferior.quality in order to reap the highest profits at the lowest cost (the risks and drawbacks of large corporate.conventional food production methods); customary.(conventional symbols; a conventional form of address; customary English rules of grammar); conforming to established practice or accepted standards; traditional.(a conventional church wedding)
the state, quality or character of being conventional; a conventional way of doing something; (he didn't follow the usual premises of logic in arriving at conclusions, instead following his gut feeling); the courtesies of kind.behavior
conventionalize, conventionalized, conventionalizing, conventionalizes.transitive verbs
to make conventional
a formal meeting of members, representatives,or delegates, as of a political.party, fraternal.society, profession or industry; the body of persons attending such an assembly (called the convention to order to begin the proceedings); an agreement between states, sides or military forces, especially an international agreement dealing with a specific subject, such as the treatment of prisoners of war (the Geneva Convention); general.agreement on or acceptance of certain practices or attitudes (by convention, north is at the top of most maps; a practice or procedure widely observed in a group; a custom (the convention of shaking hands or bowing)

cliché.noun.(pronounced 'klee shay')
a trite or overused expression or idea 

a explanatory written note intended as an explanation; spoken words conveying understanding to those hearing; an annotation; a series of annotations or explanations; a statement of fact or opinion, especially a remark that expresses a personal reaction or attitude
comment, commented, commenting, comments.verbs
intransitive verb use.to make a comment; remark
commentary.noun, plural.commentaries
a series of explanations or interpretations; an expository.treatise or series of annotations; an exegesis; an.apt.explanation or illustration
commentator.noun, plural.commentators
one who writes or delivers a commentary or commentaries (a broadcaster on television or radio or a writer who analyzes.events in the news and reports on them); someone who knows a lot about a particular.subject and who writes about it or discusses it on television, radio or the newspaper (sports commentators)

compare, compared, comparing, compares.verbs
transitive verb use.to consider or describe as similar, equal or analogous; to examine in order to note the similarities or differences of
Grammar:.to form the positive, comparative or superlative.degree.of an adjective or adverb
intransitive verb use.to be worthy of comparison; bear comparison (two concert halls that just do not compare); to draw comparisons
as compared with.adverb
a comparison
compare notes.idiom
to exchange ideas, views or opinions
comparer.noun, plural.comparers
relating to, based on or involving.comparison; estimated by comparison; relative (a comparative newcomer)
Grammar:.of, relating.to.or.being the intermediate.degree of comparison
an adjective or adverb expressing the comparative degree such as 'more softly', adverb or more wonderful, adjective

the act of comparing or the process of being compared

admitting of comparison with another or others

producing or tending to produce crime or criminality