caustic

  1. of a substance, especially a strong acid; capable of destroying or eating away by chemical action

    Synonyms : corrosive, erosive, mordant, vitriolic
  2. harsh or corrosive in tone

    Synonyms : acerb, acerbic, acid, acrid, bitter, blistering, sulfurous, sulphurous, virulent, vitriolic
    Examples :
    • caustic jokes about political assassination, talk-show hosts and medical ethics
  3. any chemical substance that burns or destroys living tissue

    Type Of : chemical compound, compound

caucus

  1. a closed political meeting

    Type Of : group meeting, meeting
  2. meet to select a candidate or promote a policy

    Type Of : assemble, foregather, forgather, gather, meet

catharsis

  1. purging the body by the use of a cathartic to stimulate evacuation of the bowels

    Synonyms : katharsis, purgation
    Type Of : purge, purging
  2. (psychoanalysis) purging of emotional tensions

    Synonyms : abreaction, katharsis
    Type Of : purging, purge

castigate

  1. censure severely

    Synonyms : chasten, chastise, correct, objurgate
    Type Of : trounce, berate, call down, call on the carpet, chew out, chew up, chide, dress down, reprimand, scold, take to task, bawl out, have words, jaw, lambast, lambaste, lecture, rag, rebuke, remonstrate
  2. inflict severe punishment on

    Type Of : penalize, punish, penalise

cartographer

  1. a person who makes maps

    Synonyms : map maker
    Type Of : geographer

carping

  1. persistent petty and unjustified criticism

    Synonyms : faultfinding
    Type Of : criticism, unfavorable judgment

capitulate

  1. surrender under agreed conditions

    Type Of : give up, surrender

capacious

  1. large in capacity

    Examples :
    • she carried a capacious bag

cantankerous

  1. stubbornly obstructive and unwilling to cooperate

    Synonyms : bloody-minded
  2. having a difficult and contrary disposition

    Synonyms : crotchety, ornery
    Examples :
    • a cantankerous and venomous-tongued old lady

candor

  1. ability to make judgments free from discrimination or dishonesty

    Synonyms : candour, fair-mindedness, fairness
    Type Of : impartiality, nonpartisanship
  2. the quality of being honest and straightforward in attitude and speech

    Synonyms : candidness, candour, directness, forthrightness, frankness
    Type Of : honestness, honesty