circumscribe

  1. restrict or confine within limits

    Synonyms : confine to, limit
    Type Of : lessen, decrease, minify
    Examples :
    • our actions are circumscribed by our biology, personality, and by the social and cultural context into which we are born
  2. draw a line around

    Type Of : delineate, line, trace, draw, describe
  3. to draw a geometric figure around another figure so that the two are in contact but do not intersect

    Type Of : line, draw, describe, delineate, trace

circumlocution

  1. a style that involves indirect ways of expressing things

    Synonyms : ambage, periphrasis
    Type Of : verboseness, verbosity
  2. an indirect way of expressing something

    Synonyms : indirect expression
    Type Of : equivocation, evasion

circuitous

  1. marked by obliqueness or indirection in speech or conduct

    Synonyms : roundabout
    Examples :
    • the explanation was circuitous and puzzling
  2. deviating from a straight course

    Synonyms : devious, roundabout
    Examples :
    • a long and circuitous journey by train and boat

chronicler

  1. someone who writes chronicles

    Type Of : historian, historiographer

choleric

  1. characterized by anger

    Synonyms : irascible
    Examples :
    • a choleric outburst
  2. quickly aroused to anger

    Synonyms : hot-tempered, hotheaded, irascible, quick-tempered, short-tempered
  3. easily moved to anger

    Examples :
    • men of the choleric type take to kicking and smashing

chimerical

  1. being or relating to or like a chimera

    Synonyms : chimeral, chimeric
  2. produced by a wildly fanciful imagination

    Examples :
    • his Utopia is not a chimerical commonwealth but a practical improvement on what already exists

chicanery

  1. the use of tricks to deceive someone (usually to extract money from them)

    Synonyms : chicane, guile, shenanigan, trickery, wile
    Type Of : deceit, deception, dissembling, dissimulation

chary

  1. characterized by great caution and wariness

    Synonyms : cagey, cagy
    Examples :
    • chary of the risks involved
    • a chary investor

charlatan

  1. a flamboyant deceiver; one who attracts customers with tricks or jokes

    Synonyms : mountebank
    Type Of : trickster, cheat, cheater, deceiver, slicker, beguiler

certitude

  1. total certainty or greater certainty than circumstances warrant

    Synonyms : cocksureness, overconfidence
    Type Of : certainty