“C” – Vocab-ability – A More Powerful Vocabulary (This post includes all entries beginning with the letter “C”) (Revised and Updated)

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This revised and updated post comprises all the “C” entries of the Vocab-ability series. It includes many English words whose etymology can be traced to Greek and Latin roots.   

If you learn these roots, you can learn, understand, and use each and every English word derived from them. Vocab-ability is an easy-to-use resource guide to help you understand those roots.    

In total, this Vocab-ability post features 29 entries that begins with the letter “C."

(This is an Updated and Revised post, featuring coloured text boxes and additional features.)

Free Use: 

Please feel free to download the following material, copy it, print it out, and distribute it for any and all educational purposes. If it helps you or your students increase your English vocabulary, it will have served its purpose. And I will know that my efforts have proven beneficial. (Please see my additional comments and notes below the entries.)

 Vocab-ability–24 (cad,cas = fall)

 Vocab-ability–25 (cap = head)

 Vocab-ability–26 (cap, cep, cip, ceiv = take, contain)

 Vocab-ability–27 (carn = meat)

 Vocab-ability–28 (ced, ces = go, move)

 Vocab-ability–29 (celer = speed)

 Vocab-ability–30 (cend, cand = fire, shine)

 Vocab-ability–31 (centr, centri = middle, center)

 Vocab-ability–32 (cern, cri = separate)

 Vocab-ability–33 (chrom = color)

 Vocab-ability–34 (chron = time)

 Vocab-ability–35 (cid, cis = cut, kill)

 Vocab-ability–36 (circum = around)

 Vocab-ability–37 (cit, citat = call)

 Vocab-ability–38 (civi = citizen)

 Vocab-ability–39 (clam, claim = cry out)

 Vocab-ability–40 (clar = clear)

 Vocab-ability–41 (clud, clus = close, shut)

 Vocab-ability–42 (clin = bend, lean)

 Vocab-ability–43 (cogni = know, learn)

 Vocab-ability–44 (cord, cor, cour = heart, mind)

 Vocab-ability–45 (corp, corpor, corpus = body)

 Vocab-ability–46 (cosm = universe, world)

Vocab-ability–47 (cresc, cre = grow)

 Vocab-ability–48 (cred = believe, trust)

 Vocab-ability–49 (crypt = secret)

 Vocab-ability–50 (culp = blame)

 Vocab-ability–51 (cur = attention, care)

 Vocab-ability–52 (cur, curs, cours = flow, run)

Note re Copyright / Free Use: 

I hold the copyright to the original Vocab-ability guide, which was published in 2002. I hereby grant free use to all the material contained in this post and all other Vocab-ability posts on Steemit.    

Note re Copying each Screenshot: 

Each separate entry (including those in this and other Vocab-ability posts) consists of one screenshot (since making screenshots was the only way I could properly format the individual entries for uploading to Steemit). To use these entries for your personal study or in any classroom, you can download any or all screenshots by clicking and dragging the screenshots that you want to use, and then print them out.   

Note re Passing on the Vocab-ability Links:  

Alternatively, you can simply pass on one or more of the following links to the Vocab-ability posts:

Vocab-ability – Introduction to Vocab-ability.

Vocab-ability – Guide to Entries.

Vocab-ability – All “A” Entries.

Vocab-ability – All “B” Entries.

Vocab-ability – All “C” Entries.

Vocab-ability – All “D” Entries.

Vocab-ability – All “E” Entries.

Vocab-ability – All “F” Entries.

Vocab-ability – All “G” Entries.

Vocab-ability – All “H” Entries.

Vocab-ability – The Single “I” Entry.

Vocab-ability – All “J” Entries.

Vocab-ability – All “L” Entries.

Vocab-ability – All “M” Entries.

Vocab-ability – All “N” Entries.

Vocab-ability – All “O” Entries.

Vocab-ability – All “P” Entries.

Vocab-ability – The Single “Q” Entry.

Vocab-ability – All “R” Entries.

Vocab-ability – All “S” Entries.

Vocab-ability – All “T” Entries.

Vocab-ability – The single “U” Entry.

Vocab-ability – All “V” Entries.

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Interesting work, I gave it a push


Glad you like it. And thanks for the push.

I didn't know incense (I always thought it was that thing that makes nice smell in the temples), accretion, crypto-fascist (really?!?!?!) and cursory.
Thank you so much, duuuuuude. Currently in Kampot enjoying the river and the wind.


That aromatic material is IN-cense, a noun, with the emphasis on the First syllable. This one here is in-CENSE, a verb, with the emphasis on the second syllable.

And we rarely use it as a basic verb. We more often use the past participle, as an adjective. As in, "After she burned his books, stole his money, and left with Bob's best friend, Bob was INCENSED!!!

Currently in southern Thailand, enjoying the waves and the sea breeze. And a few beers ...

As for "crypto-fascist," yes, that's a not uncommon term. My friend used to tell me that he considered the US magazine TIME a crypto-fascist rag.

He may have been correct / accurate.

thank you for sharing this.
followed you hope i can learn more from you
i have saved all the images
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Great. I hope they prove informative and educational. I'll be uploading more as time goes by, and you can find links to all the earlier ones at the bottom of the post.

Wow ! That's an awesome information and educative post. Am happy to learn the meaning of the these words via your post : causality ,decapitate ,creed ,crypt ,cosmology. Thanks very much for rejuvenating my mind with fresh knowledge , I must appreciate you .


You're welcome, and I'm glad that it helps you and that you appreciate this.

Magnificent article. A lot of information I did not know before. Thank you for choosing to update the articles. In this way, I will be able to review them all.

Великолепная статья. Очень много информации, которой я раньше не знал. Спасибо, что решили обновить статьи. Таким способом я смогу пересмотреть их все.


I'm glad that you intend to review them all, and thrilled that you're finding these posts helpful.

As for reviewing them all ... after I post all these groups, I will start posting each individual entry, so that people can learn one item per day. Then, you'll have plenty to review!



This is an excellent idea. Steem needs educational content. Thanks you.

Это превосходная идея. Steem нуждается в образовательном контенте. Спасибо Вам.


I agree. When I discovered Steemit, I realized it would be a great way to distribute this type of material, and have it permanently stored on the blockchain.

I think this is a great opportunity, and I am thrilled to be a part of it. I'm going to continue this series for another 300-plus posts. After that, I'll probably devise some other type of English language educational materials.


Are you an English teacher because you are definitely good at it. Your post introduced new vocabulary to me today like connoisseur, some of those words are not just English, Latin and greek, there are also French words like this connoisseur


Yes, I was an English teacher for years, mostly in Japan. I've also worked as an editor and writer.

I collected this Vocab-ability material when I was teaching, and eventually published it. (It made me NO money.) But now I can put a revised and updated version on Steemit, for everybody and for posterity. And hopefully I can earn a bit for my efforts.

Re your statement that some of the words are French, that's because they came into the English language THROUGH French. When the French conquered Britain in 1066, the French language became the major language of the rulers (and the ruling elite). As a result, many words of Latin origin passed from French into English.

Thanks for reading thru my post so thoroughly. I truly hope all my posts help you learn a little more, and maybe even polish up your English vocab-ability. ☺


I believe you are going to make more than what you didn't made when your published it before. And yes hopefully I will English vocabulary 😂


Yes, I've already earned more on Steemit than the $0.00 that I profited from the hardcopy of Vocab-ability.

Good luck with learning it all!!!

Wow. This is such a load of knowledge. This is why I always love following your blog. There is also new things to learn everyday. Keep it up.


Glad you like it and glad you are following it. I truly hope that it helps you increase your vocabulary.

And don't worry, I have a few hundred more posts coming up! Enjoy.


I can't wait.

Wow I never know about this and how the roots of words have certain meaning traced back to Greek and Latin cultures. Amazing Content and very Educational! Thank you!

Its educative, thank you

Very useful vocabulary @majes.tytyty

thank you for sharing so much for others to continue like this and be the best

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