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civil rights the rights guaranteed by a nation's government to all its citizens. [2 definitions]
Civil Rights Act in the U.S., any of several laws intended to protect civil rights, esp. the landmark law passed by Congress in 1964 that aimed to protect the constitutional right to vote and prevent discrimination in places of employment, public facilities and accommodations, and the like.
civil service any branch of government that is not part of the legislative, judicial, or military services. [3 definitions]
civil war a war within a nation between opposing political factions or regions. [2 definitions]
civvies (informal) civilian clothing, as opposed to military uniform.
Cl symbol of the chemical element chlorine.
clabber sour, thick, or curdled milk. [2 definitions]
clack to make a short, sharp sound or sounds such as are made by striking two hard objects together. [8 definitions]
clad1 a past tense and past participle of clothe.
clad2 to bond or attach a metal to (another metal) in order to strengthen or protect it.
cladding a metal bonded to another metal as a protective coating. [2 definitions]
claim to assert ownership; demand as one's right. [8 definitions]
claimable combined form of claim.
claimant one who makes a claim.
clairaudience the alleged ability to perceive sounds not within hearing distance or not in the physical realm.
clairvoyance the supposed supernatural ability to perceive events that have not yet occurred or things not directly available to the five senses. [2 definitions]
clairvoyant possessing the ability to see or know things that are beyond the five senses. [2 definitions]
clam any of various saltwater and freshwater mollusks, esp. those species that are edible. [5 definitions]
clambake a seaside picnic or party at which clams and various other foods are cooked, usu. by placing on heated rocks covered with a layer of seaweed. [2 definitions]
clamber to climb awkwardly or with difficulty, using both hands and feet. [2 definitions]
clammy damp, cool, and sticky. [2 definitions]