The New Word Project

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morose

Adjective

  1. showing a brooding ill humor; “a dark scowl”; “the proverbially dour New England Puritan”; “a glum, hopeless shrug”; “he sat in moody silence”; “a morose and unsociable manner”; “a saturnine, almost misanthropic young genius”- Bruce Bliven; “a sour temper”; “a sullen crowd”
    • Synonyms
      • dark
      • dour
      • glowering
      • glum
      • moody
      • saturnine
      • sour
      • sullen
    • Similar to
      • ill-natured
    • Related
      • sulkiness
      • sullenness
      • moroseness
      • sourness
      • sulkiness
      • sullenness
      • moroseness
      • sourness
      • moroseness
      • glumness
      • sullenness
      • sulkiness
      • sullenness
      • moroseness
      • sourness
      • moodiness
      • moroseness
      • glumness
      • sullenness

See dictionary entry for morose

impetus

Noun

  1. a force that moves something along
    • Synonyms
      • drift
      • impulsion
    • Less specific
      • force
    • Related
      • impel
      • force
      • drift
      • float
      • drift
      • be adrift
      • blow
  2. the act of applying force suddenly; “the impulse knocked him over”
    • Synonyms
      • impulse
      • impulsion
    • Less specific
      • drive
      • thrust
      • driving force
    • Related
      • propel
      • impel

See dictionary entry for impetus

malady

Noun

  1. any unwholesome or desperate condition; “what maladies afflict our nation?”
    • Less specific
      • condition
      • status
  2. impairment of normal physiological function affecting part or all of an organism
    • Synonyms
      • illness
      • unwellness
      • sickness
    • Antonyms
      • health
      • wellness
      • health
      • wellness
    • Less specific
      • ill health
      • unhealthiness
      • health problem
    • More specific
      • condition
      • ague
      • amyloidosis
      • anuresis
      • anuria
      • catastrophic illness
      • collapse
      • prostration
      • decompression sickness
      • aeroembolism
      • air embolism
      • gas embolism
      • caisson disease
      • bends
      • food poisoning
      • gastrointestinal disorder
      • lead poisoning
      • plumbism
      • saturnism
      • disease
      • hypermotility
      • indisposition
      • ozone sickness
      • toxemia of pregnancy
      • toxaemia of pregnancy
      • toxemia
      • toxaemia
      • growth
    • Related
      • ill
      • sick
      • ailing
      • indisposed
      • peaked
      • poorly
      • sickly
      • unwell
      • under the weather
      • seedy
      • ill
      • sick

See dictionary entry for malady

equipoise

Noun

  1. equality of distribution
    • Synonyms
      • balance
      • equilibrium
      • counterbalance
    • Less specific
      • structure
      • construction
    • More specific
      • conformation
      • symmetry
      • proportion
    • Related
      • balance
      • equilibrate
      • equilibrize
      • equilibrise
      • equilibrate
      • balance
      • equilibrate
      • equilibrize
      • equilibrise

See dictionary entry for equipoise

sero-

combining form

prefix: sero-

  1. relating to serum.
    • “serotype”
    • involving a serous membrane.
    • “serositis”
  2. Origin
    • representing serum.

See dictionary entry for sero-

serodiscordant

Adjective

  1. serodiscordant (not comparable): Of a couple with one partner HIV positive and the other HIV negative.

    • Usage notes
      • In the field of public health and NGO work in AIDS, this term is usually shortened to discordant, with the meaning clear from context.
    • Antonyms
      • seroconcordant

See dictionary entry for serodiscordant

avant-garde

Noun

  1. any creative group active in the innovation and application of new concepts and techniques in a given field (especially in the arts)
    • Synonyms
      • vanguard
      • van
      • new wave
    • Less specific
      • artistic movement
      • art movement

Adjective

  1. radically new or original; “an avant-garde theater piece”
    • Synonyms
      • daring
    • Similar to
      • original

See dictionary entry for avant-garde

ebullient

Adjective

  1. joyously unrestrained
    • Synonyms
      • exuberant
      • high-spirited
    • Similar to
      • spirited
    • Related
      • high-spiritedness
      • exuberate
      • exult
      • rejoice
      • triumph
      • jubilate
      • exuberance
      • exuberance
      • enthusiasm
      • ebullience

See dictionary entry for ebullient

bon vivant

Noun

  1. a person devoted to refined sensuous enjoyment (especially good food and drink)
    • Synonyms
      • epicure
      • gourmet
      • gastronome
      • epicurean
      • foodie
    • Less specific
      • sensualist
    • Related
      • hedonic
      • hedonistic
      • epicurean
      • hedonic
      • hedonistic
      • epicurean

See dictionary entry for bon vivant

epicurean

Noun

  1. a person devoted to refined sensuous enjoyment (especially good food and drink)
    • Synonyms
      • epicure
      • gourmet
      • gastronome
      • bon vivant
      • foodie
    • Less specific
      • sensualist
    • Related
      • hedonic
      • hedonistic
      • epicurean
      • hedonic
      • hedonistic
      • epicurean

Adjective

  1. of Epicurus or epicureanism; “Epicurean philosophy”
    • Pertains to
      • Epicurus
      • epicureanism
  2. devoted to pleasure; “a hedonic thrill”; “lives of unending hedonistic delight”; “epicurean pleasures”
    • Synonyms
      • hedonic
      • hedonistic
    • Similar to
      • indulgent
    • Related
      • epicure
      • gourmet
      • gastronome
      • bon vivant
      • epicurean
      • foodie
      • epicure
      • gourmet
      • gastronome
      • bon vivant
      • epicurean
      • foodie
      • hedonism
      • hedonism
      • hedonism
      • hedonism
  3. displaying luxury and furnishing gratification to the senses; “an epicurean banquet”; “enjoyed a luxurious suite with a crystal chandelier and thick oriental rugs”; “Lucullus spent the remainder of his days in voluptuous magnificence”; “a chinchilla robe of sybaritic lavishness”
    • Synonyms
      • luxurious
      • luxuriant
      • sybaritic
      • voluptuary
      • voluptuous
    • Similar to
      • indulgent
    • Related
      • luxuriance
      • lushness
      • voluptuousness
      • voluptuary
      • sybarite
      • voluptuary
      • sybarite
      • luxury
      • luxuriousness
      • opulence
      • sumptuousness

See dictionary entry for epicurean

gregarious

Adjective

  1. (of animals) tending to form a group with others of the same species; “gregarious bird species”
    • Antonyms
      • ungregarious
    • Similar to
      • social
    • See also
      • social
    • Attributes
      • gregariousness
    • Related
      • gregariousness
    • Topic Members
      • animal
      • animate being
      • beast
      • brute
      • creature
      • fauna
  2. instinctively or temperamentally seeking and enjoying the company of others; “he is a gregarious person who avoids solitude”
    • Similar to
      • social
    • Related
      • gregariousness
  3. (of plants) growing in groups that are close together
    • Antonyms
      • ungregarious
    • Similar to
      • clustered
    • Topic Members
      • plant
      • flora
      • plant life

See dictionary entry for gregarious

inclement

Adjective

  1. (of weather or climate) severe
    • Antonyms
      • clement
    • See also
      • intemperate
    • Related
      • bad weather
      • inclemency
      • inclementness
      • bad weather
      • inclemency
      • inclementness
  2. used of persons or behavior; showing no clemency or mercy; “the harsh sentence of an inclement judge”
    • Antonyms
      • clement
    • Similar to
      • unsparing
    • See also
      • merciless
      • unmerciful
    • Related
      • severity
      • severeness
      • harshness
      • rigor
      • rigour
      • rigorousness
      • rigourousness
      • inclemency
      • hardness
      • stiffness

See dictionary entry for inclement

soporific

Noun

  1. a drug that induces sleep
    • Synonyms
      • hypnotic
    • Less specific
      • drug
      • hypnagogue
    • More specific
      • narcoleptic
      • sleeping pill
      • sleeping tablet
      • sleeping capsule
      • sleeping draught
    • Related
      • narcotic
      • soporiferous
      • soporific
      • soporific
      • soporiferous
      • somniferous
      • somnific
      • hypnogogic
      • hypnagogic

Adjective

  1. sleep inducing
    • Synonyms
      • soporiferous
      • somniferous
      • somnific
      • hypnogogic
      • hypnagogic
    • Similar to
      • depressant
    • Related
      • soporific
      • hypnotic
  2. inducing mental lethargy; “a narcotic speech”
    • Synonyms
      • narcotic
      • soporiferous
    • Similar to
      • uninteresting
    • Related
      • soporific
      • hypnotic

See dictionary entry for soporific

pedagogy

Noun

  1. the principles and methods of instruction
    • Synonyms
      • teaching method
      • pedagogics
    • Less specific
      • method
    • More specific
      • Socratic method
      • maieutic method
    • Related
      • pedagogical
      • pedagogic
      • pedagogical
      • pedagogic
  2. the profession of a teacher; “he prepared for teaching while still in college”; “pedagogy is recognized as an important profession”
    • Synonyms
      • teaching
      • instruction
    • Less specific
      • education
    • More specific
      • catechesis
      • catechetical instruction
      • language teaching
      • teaching reading
      • schooling
      • indoctrination
      • tutelage
      • tuition
      • tutorship
      • lesson
      • sleep-learning
      • hypnopedia
      • spoonfeeding
      • lecture
      • lecturing
    • Related
      • pedagogical
      • pedagogic
      • pedagogical
      • pedagogic
      • instructional
  3. the activities of educating or instructing; activities that impart knowledge or skill; “he received no formal education”; “our instruction was carefully programmed”; “good classroom teaching is seldom rewarded”
    • Synonyms
      • education
      • instruction
      • teaching
      • didactics
      • educational activity
    • Less specific
      • activity
    • More specific
      • coeducation
      • continuing education
      • course
      • course of study
      • course of instruction
      • class
      • elementary education
      • extension
      • extension service
      • university extension
      • extracurricular activity
      • higher education
      • secondary education
      • team teaching
      • work-study program
    • Parts
      • classroom project
      • classwork
      • homework
      • prep
      • preparation
      • lesson
    • Related
      • didactic
      • didactical
      • pedagogical
      • pedagogic
      • pedagogical
      • pedagogic
      • teach
      • learn
      • instruct
      • instructional
      • teach
      • learn
      • instruct
      • educational
      • educationist
      • educationalist
      • educationist
      • educationalist
      • educate
      • train
      • develop
      • prepare
      • educate
    • Member of topics
      • education
      • point system
      • education
      • academic program
      • Department of Education
      • Education Department
      • Education
      • tuition
      • tuition fee

See dictionary entry for pedagogy

commensurate

Adjective

  1. corresponding in size or degree or extent; “pay should be commensurate with the time worked”
    • Antonyms
      • incommensurate
    • Similar to
      • coextensive
      • coterminous
      • conterminous
      • commensurable
      • proportionate
    • See also
      • equal
    • Related
      • commensurateness
      • correspondence
      • proportionateness

See dictionary entry for commensurate

elucidation

Noun

  1. an act of explaining that serves to clear up and cast light on
    • Less specific
      • explanation
    • Related
      • clarify
      • clear up
      • elucidate
      • clear
      • clear up
      • shed light on
      • crystallize
      • crystallise
      • crystalize
      • crystalise
      • straighten out
      • sort out
      • enlighten
      • illuminate
      • elucidate
  2. an interpretation that removes obstacles to understanding; “the professor’s clarification helped her to understand the textbook”
    • Synonyms
      • clarification
      • illumination
    • Less specific
      • interpretation
    • More specific
      • disambiguation
    • Related
      • clear
      • clear up
      • shed light on
      • crystallize
      • crystallise
      • crystalize
      • crystalise
      • straighten out
      • sort out
      • enlighten
      • illuminate
      • elucidate
      • clarify
      • clear up
      • elucidate
      • clear
      • clear up
      • shed light on
      • crystallize
      • crystallise
      • crystalize
      • crystalise
      • straighten out
      • sort out
      • enlighten
      • illuminate
      • elucidate
      • clarify
      • clear up
      • elucidate

See dictionary entry for elucidation

ichthyosis

Noun

  1. any of several congenital diseases in which the skin is dry and scaly like a fish
    • Less specific
      • genetic disease
      • genetic disorder
      • genetic abnormality
      • genetic defect
      • congenital disease
      • inherited disease
      • inherited disorder
      • hereditary disease
      • hereditary condition
    • More specific
      • xeroderma
      • xerodermia

See dictionary entry for ichthyosis

salient

Noun

  1. (military) the part of the line of battle that projects closest to the enemy
    • Less specific
      • projection
    • Part of
      • line of battle
    • Topic Members
      • military
      • armed forces
      • armed services
      • military machine
      • war machine

Adjective

  1. having a quality that thrusts itself into attention; “an outstanding fact of our time is that nations poisoned by anti semitism proved less fortunate in regard to their own freedom”; “a new theory is the most prominent feature of the book”; “salient traits”; “a spectacular rise in prices”; “a striking thing about Picadilly Circus is the statue of Eros in the center”; “a striking resemblance between parent and child”
    • Synonyms
      • outstanding
      • prominent
      • spectacular
      • striking
    • Similar to
      • conspicuous
    • Related
      • salience
      • saliency
      • strikingness
      • spectacle
      • salience
      • saliency
      • strikingness
      • salience
      • saliency
      • strikingness
  2. (of angles) pointing outward at an angle of less than 180 degrees
    • Antonyms
      • re-entrant
      • reentrant
  3. represented as leaping (rampant but leaning forward)
    • Similar to
      • inclined
    • Topic Members
      • heraldry

See dictionary entry for salient

germane

Adjective

  1. relevant and appropriate; “he asks questions that are germane and central to the issue”
    • Similar to
      • relevant
    • Related
      • germaneness

See dictionary entry for germane

oligopoly

Noun

  1. (economics) a market in which control over the supply of a commodity is in the hands of a small number of producers and each one can influence prices and affect competitors
    • Less specific
      • market
      • marketplace
      • market place
    • Topic Members
      • economics
      • economic science
      • political economy

See dictionary entry for oligopoly

acquiescence

Noun

  1. acceptance without protest
    • Less specific
      • acceptance
    • Related
      • assent
      • accede
      • acquiesce
  2. agreement with a statement or proposal to do something; “he gave his assent eagerly”; “a murmur of acquiescence from the assembly”
    • Synonyms
      • assent
    • Less specific
      • agreement
    • More specific
      • acceptance
      • concession
      • conceding
      • yielding
    • Related
      • acquiescent
      • biddable
      • assent
      • accede
      • acquiesce
      • assent
      • accede
      • acquiesce

See dictionary entry for acquiescence

pedantic

Adjective

  1. marked by a narrow focus on or display of learning especially its trivial aspects
    • Synonyms
      • academic
      • donnish
    • Similar to
      • scholarly
    • Related
      • pedantry
      • pedant
      • bookworm
      • scholastic

See dictionary entry for pedantic

gentrification

Noun

  1. the restoration of run-down urban areas by the middle class (resulting in the displacement of low-income residents)
    • Less specific
      • restoration
    • Related
      • gentrify

See dictionary entry for gentrification

parallax

Noun

  1. the apparent displacement of an object as seen from two different points that are not on a line with the object
    • Less specific
      • optical phenomenon
    • More specific
      • heliocentric parallax
      • annual parallax
      • geocentric parallax
      • diurnal parallax

See dictionary entry for parallax

syntony

Noun

  1. the state of being normally responsive to and in harmony with the environment
  2. resonance 1b
    • Origin of SYNTONY
      • Greek syntonia agreement, from syntonos being in harmony (from syn- + tonos voice, pitch) + -ia -y — more at tone

See dictionary entry for syntony

clandestine

Adjective

  1. conducted with or marked by hidden aims or methods; “clandestine intelligence operations”; “cloak-and-dagger activities behind enemy lines”; “hole-and-corner intrigue”; “secret missions”; “a secret agent”; “secret sales of arms”; “surreptitious mobilization of troops”; “an undercover investigation”; “underground resistance”
    • Synonyms
      • cloak-and-dagger
      • hole-and-corner
      • hugger-mugger
      • hush-hush
      • secret
      • surreptitious
      • undercover
      • underground
    • Similar to
      • covert
    • Related
      • underground
      • resistance

See dictionary entry for clandestine

plenary

Adjective

  1. full in all respects; “a plenary session of the legislature”; “a diplomat with plenary powers”
    • Similar to
      • comprehensive
    • Related
      • plenum

See dictionary entry for plenary

befuddle

Verb

  1. be confusing or perplexing to; cause to be unable to think clearly; “These questions confuse even the experts”; “This question completely threw me”; “This question befuddled even the teacher”
    • Synonyms
      • confuse
      • throw
      • fox
      • fuddle
      • bedevil
      • confound
      • discombobulate
    • Less specific
      • be
    • More specific
      • demoralize
      • perplex
      • vex
      • stick
      • get
      • puzzle
      • mystify
      • baffle
      • beat
      • pose
      • bewilder
      • flummox
      • stupefy
      • nonplus
      • gravel
      • amaze
      • dumbfound
      • disorient
      • disorientate
    • Related
      • confusion
      • discombobulation
      • bewilderment
      • obfuscation
      • puzzlement
      • befuddlement
      • mystification
      • bafflement
      • bemusement
      • confusion
      • mental confusion
      • confusedness
      • muddiness
      • disarray
  2. make stupid with alcohol
    • Synonyms
      • fuddle
    • Less specific
      • intoxicate
      • soak
      • inebriate

See dictionary entry for befuddle

beleaguer

Verb

  1. annoy persistently; “The children teased the boy because of his stammer”
    • Synonyms
      • tease
      • badger
      • pester
      • bug
    • Less specific
      • torment
      • rag
      • bedevil
      • crucify
      • dun
      • frustrate
    • Related
      • pest
      • blighter
      • cuss
      • pesterer
      • gadfly
      • heckler
      • badgerer
      • tease
      • teasing
      • ribbing
      • tantalization
      • tease
      • teaser
      • annoyer
      • vexer
      • tease
      • teaser
      • annoyer
      • vexer
  2. surround so as to force to give up; “The Turks besieged Vienna”
    • Synonyms
      • besiege
      • surround
      • hem in
      • circumvent
    • Less specific
      • attack
      • assail
    • More specific
      • blockade
      • seal off
      • ebb
    • Related
      • besieger

See dictionary entry for beleaguer

deus ex machina

Noun

  1. any active agent who appears unexpectedly to solve an insoluble difficulty
    • Less specific
      • causal agent
      • cause
      • causal agency

See dictionary entry for deus ex machina

zygote

Noun

  1. (genetics) the diploid cell resulting from the union of a haploid spermatozoon and ovum (including the organism that develops from that cell)
    • Synonyms
      • fertilized ovum
    • Less specific
      • cell
    • More specific
      • heterozygote
      • homozygote
    • Related
      • zygotic
    • Topic Members
      • organism
      • being
      • genetics
      • genetic science

See dictionary entry for zygote

concomitant

Noun

  1. an event or situation that happens at the same time as or in connection with another
    • Synonyms
      • accompaniment
      • attendant
      • co-occurrence
    • Less specific
      • happening
      • occurrence
      • occurrent
      • natural event
    • More specific
      • associate
      • background
    • Related
      • coincident
      • coincidental
      • coinciding
      • concurrent
      • co-occurrent
      • cooccurring
      • simultaneous
      • coincide
      • co-occur
      • cooccur
      • attendant
      • consequent
      • accompanying
      • concomitant
      • incidental
      • ensuant
      • resultant
      • sequent
      • collateral
      • attach to
      • accompany
      • come with
      • go with

Adjective

  1. occurring with or following as a consequence; “an excessive growth of bureaucracy, with attendant problems”; “snags incidental to the changeover in management”; “attendant circumstances”; “the period of tension and consequent need for military preparedness”; “the ensuant response to his appeal”; “the resultant savings were considerable”; “collateral target damage from a bombing run”
    • Synonyms
      • attendant
      • consequent
      • accompanying
      • incidental
      • ensuant
      • resultant
      • sequent
      • collateral
    • Similar to
      • subsequent
    • Related
      • resultant
      • end point
      • result
      • resultant
      • final result
      • outcome
      • termination
      • vector sum
      • resultant
      • leave
      • result
      • lead
      • result
      • ensue
      • concomitance
      • consequence
      • effect
      • outcome
      • result
      • event
      • issue
      • upshot
      • accompaniment
      • concomitant
      • attendant
      • co-occurrence
      • attend

See dictionary entry for concomitant

heterogeneous

Adjective

  1. consisting of elements that are not of the same kind or nature; “the population of the United States is vast and heterogeneous”
    • Synonyms
      • heterogenous
    • Antonyms
      • homogeneous
      • homogenous
    • Similar to
      • assorted
      • miscellaneous
      • mixed
      • motley
      • sundry
      • disparate
      • inhomogeneous
      • nonuniform
    • See also
      • different
      • diversified
      • varied
    • Related
      • heterogeneity
      • heterogeneousness
      • heterogeneity
      • heterogeneousness
  2. originating outside the body
    • Synonyms
      • heterogenous
    • Antonyms
      • autogenous
      • autogenic

See dictionary entry for heterogeneous

parochial

Adjective

  1. relating to or supported by or located in a parish; “parochial schools”
    • Pertains to
      • parish
    • Related
      • parish
      • parish
  2. narrowly restricted in outlook or scope; “little sympathy with parochial mentality”; “insular attitudes toward foreigners”
    • Synonyms
      • insular
    • Similar to
      • provincial

See dictionary entry for parochial

obfuscate

Verb

  1. make obscure or unclear
    • Antonyms
      • clarify
      • clear up
      • elucidate
    • Less specific
      • change
      • alter
      • modify
    • Related
      • bewilderment
      • obfuscation
      • puzzlement
      • befuddlement
      • mystification
      • bafflement
      • bemusement
      • obfuscation
      • mystification
      • obfuscation

See dictionary entry for obfuscate

compendium

Noun

  1. a publication containing a variety of works
    • Synonyms
      • collection
    • Less specific
      • publication
    • More specific
      • anthology
      • archives
      • compilation
      • digest
  2. a concise but comprehensive summary of a larger work
    • Less specific
      • summary
      • sum-up
    • Related
      • compendious
      • compact
      • succinct
      • summary

See dictionary entry for compendium

compensatory time

Noun

  1. time off that is granted to a worker as compensation for working overtime
    • Less specific
      • time off

See dictionary entry for compensatory time

exegesis

Noun

  1. an explanation or critical interpretation (especially of the Bible)
    • Less specific
      • interpretation
    • Related
      • exegetic
      • exegetical
      • exegetic
      • exegetical
    • Topic Members
      • Bible
      • Christian Bible
      • Book
      • Good Book
      • Holy Scripture
      • Holy Writ
      • Scripture
      • Word of God
      • Word

See dictionary entry for exegesis

lubricious

Adjective

  1. having a smooth or slippery quality; “the skin of cephalopods is thin and lubricious”
    • Similar to
      • slippery
      • slippy
  2. characterized by lust; “eluding lubricious embraces”; “prurient literature”; “prurient thoughts”
    • Synonyms
      • lustful
      • prurient
      • salacious
    • Similar to
      • sexy
    • Related
      • obscenity
      • lewdness
      • bawdiness
      • salaciousness
      • salacity
      • obscenity
      • lewdness
      • bawdiness
      • salaciousness
      • salacity
      • prurience
      • pruriency
      • lasciviousness
      • carnality
      • lubricity
      • prurience
      • pruriency
      • lasciviousness
      • carnality
      • lubricity
      • lecherousness
      • lust
      • lustfulness

See dictionary entry for lubricious

gerontological

Adjective

  1. of or relating to or practicing geriatrics; “geriatric hospital”
    • Synonyms
      • geriatric
    • Pertains to
      • geriatrics
      • gerontology
      • geriatrics
      • gerontology
    • Related
      • geriatrics
      • gerontology
      • geriatrics
      • gerontology

See dictionary entry for gerontological

precipitous

Adjective

  1. done with very great haste and without due deliberation; “hasty marriage seldom proveth well”- Shakespeare; “hasty makeshifts take the place of planning”- Arthur Geddes; “rejected what was regarded as an overhasty plan for reconversion”; “wondered whether they had been rather precipitate in deposing the king”
    • Synonyms
      • hasty
      • overhasty
      • precipitate
      • precipitant
    • Similar to
      • hurried
    • Related
      • abruptness
      • precipitateness
      • precipitousness
      • precipitance
      • precipitancy
      • suddenness
      • abruptness
      • precipitateness
      • precipitousness
      • precipitance
      • precipitancy
      • suddenness
      • abruptness
      • precipitateness
      • precipitousness
      • precipitance
      • precipitancy
      • suddenness
      • precipitate
      • abruptness
      • precipitateness
      • precipitousness
      • precipitance
      • precipitancy
      • suddenness
      • haste
      • hastiness
      • hurry
      • hurriedness
      • precipitation
      • haste
      • hastiness
      • hurry
      • hurriedness
      • precipitation
  2. extremely steep; “an abrupt canyon”; “the precipitous rapids of the upper river”; “the precipitous hills of Chinese paintings”; “a sharp drop”
    • Synonyms
      • abrupt
      • sharp
    • Similar to
      • steep
    • Related
      • abruptness
      • precipitousness
      • steepness
      • precipice
      • abruptness
      • precipitousness
      • steepness

See dictionary entry for precipitous

apraxia

Noun

  1. inability to make purposeful movements
    • Less specific
      • brain disorder
      • encephalopathy
      • brain disease
    • Related
      • apractic
      • apraxic
      • apractic
      • apraxic

See dictionary entry for apraxia

proprioception

Noun

  1. the ability to sense the position and location and orientation and movement of the body and its parts
    • Less specific
      • interoception
    • More specific
      • kinesthesis
      • kinaesthesis
      • kinesthesia
      • kinaesthesia
      • kinesthetics
      • muscle sense
      • sense of movement
      • kinanesthesia
      • equilibrium
      • labyrinthine sense
      • vestibular sense
      • sense of balance
      • sense of equilibrium
    • Part of
      • somesthesia
      • somesthesis
      • somaesthesia
      • somaesthesis
      • somatesthesia
      • somataesthesis
      • somatosensory system
      • somatic sensory system
      • somatic sense

See dictionary entry for proprioception

vestibular

Adjective

  1. relating to the sense of equilibrium
    • Pertains to
      • equilibrium
      • labyrinthine sense
      • vestibular sense
      • sense of balance
      • sense of equilibrium
    • Related
      • vestibule

See dictionary entry for vestibular

bombastic

Adjective

  1. ostentatiously lofty in style; “a man given to large talk”; “tumid political prose”
    • Synonyms
      • declamatory
      • large
      • orotund
      • tumid
      • turgid
    • Similar to
      • rhetorical
    • Related
      • turgidity
      • turgidness
      • flatulence
      • turgidity
      • turgidness
      • flatulence
      • pretentiousness
      • pretension
      • largeness
      • bombast
      • fustian
      • rant
      • claptrap
      • blah

See dictionary entry for bombastic

prodigious

Adjective

  1. so great in size or force or extent as to elicit awe; “colossal crumbling ruins of an ancient temple”; “has a colossal nerve”; “a prodigious storm”; “a stupendous field of grass”; “stupendous demand”
    • Synonyms
      • colossal
      • stupendous
    • Similar to
      • large
      • big
    • Related
      • prodigy
      • giant
      • goliath
      • behemoth
      • monster
      • colossus
  2. of momentous or ominous significance; “such a portentous…monster raised all my curiosity”- Herman Melville; “a prodigious vision”
    • Synonyms
      • portentous
    • Similar to
      • significant
      • important
    • Related
      • omen
      • portent
      • presage
      • prognostic
      • prognostication
      • prodigy
      • omen
      • portent
      • presage
      • prognostic
      • prognostication
      • prodigy
  3. far beyond what is usual in magnitude or degree; “a night of exceeding darkness”; “an exceptional memory”; “olympian efforts to save the city from bankruptcy”; “the young Mozart’s prodigious talents”
    • Synonyms
      • exceeding
      • exceptional
      • olympian
      • surpassing
    • Similar to
      • extraordinary
    • Related
      • exception

See dictionary entry for prodigious

capricious

Adjective

  1. changeable; “a capricious summer breeze”; “freakish weather”
    • Synonyms
      • freakish
    • Similar to
      • unpredictable
    • Related
      • abnormality
      • freakishness
      • capriciousness
      • unpredictability
  2. determined by chance or impulse or whim rather than by necessity or reason; “a capricious refusal”; “authoritarian rulers are frequently capricious”; “the victim of whimsical persecutions”
    • Synonyms
      • impulsive
      • whimsical
    • Similar to
      • arbitrary
    • Related
      • notion
      • whim
      • whimsy
      • whimsey
      • flightiness
      • arbitrariness
      • whimsicality
      • whimsy
      • whimsey
      • capriciousness
      • flightiness
      • arbitrariness
      • whimsicality
      • whimsy
      • whimsey
      • capriciousness
      • impulsiveness
      • caprice
      • impulse
      • whim
      • flightiness
      • arbitrariness
      • whimsicality
      • whimsy
      • whimsey
      • capriciousness

See dictionary entry for capricious

pernicious

Adjective

  1. exceedingly harmful
    • Synonyms
      • baneful
      • deadly
      • pestilent
    • Similar to
      • noxious
    • Related
      • pestilence
      • canker
      • perniciousness
      • toxicity
      • deadliness
      • lethality
  2. working or spreading in a hidden and usually injurious way; “glaucoma is an insidious disease”; “a subtle poison”
    • Synonyms
      • insidious
      • subtle
    • Similar to
      • harmful
    • Related
      • perniciousness
      • toxicity
      • insidiousness

See dictionary entry for pernicious

elephantine

Adjective

  1. of great mass; huge and bulky; “a jumbo jet”; “jumbo shrimp”
    • Synonyms
      • gargantuan
      • giant
      • jumbo
    • Similar to
      • large
      • big
    • Related
      • giant
      • hulk
      • heavyweight
      • whale
      • giant
      • giant
      • goliath
      • behemoth
      • monster
      • colossus
      • giant
      • Gargantua

See dictionary entry for elephantine

genuflect

Verb

  1. bend the knees and bow in church or before a religious superior or image
    • Less specific
      • bow
    • Related
      • genuflection
      • genuflexion
      • genuflection
      • genuflexion
  2. bend the knees and bow in a servile manner
    • Synonyms
      • scrape
      • kowtow
    • Less specific
      • bow
    • Related
      • genuflection
      • genuflexion
      • genuflection
      • genuflexion
      • kowtow
      • kotow
      • scrape
      • scraping
      • scrape
      • scraping

See dictionary entry for genuflect

scrivener

Noun

  1. someone employed to make written copies of documents and manuscripts
    • Synonyms
      • copyist
      • scribe
    • Less specific
      • employee
    • Examples
      • Ezra
    • Related
      • transcript
      • copy
      • copy
      • copy
      • re-create

See dictionary entry for scrivener

chagrin

Noun

  1. strong feelings of embarrassment
    • Synonyms
      • humiliation
      • mortification
    • Less specific
      • embarrassment
    • Related
      • humiliate
      • mortify
      • chagrin
      • humble
      • abase
      • humiliate
      • mortify
      • chagrin
      • humble
      • abase
      • humiliate
      • mortify
      • chagrin
      • humble
      • abase

Verb

  1. cause to feel shame; hurt the pride of; “He humiliated his colleague by criticising him in front of the boss”
    • Synonyms
      • humiliate
      • mortify
      • humble
      • abase
    • Less specific
      • hurt
      • wound
      • injure
      • bruise
      • offend
      • spite
    • More specific
      • crush
      • smash
      • take down
      • degrade
      • disgrace
      • demean
      • put down
    • Related
      • humiliation
      • abasement
      • chagrin
      • humiliation
      • mortification
      • chagrin
      • humiliation
      • mortification
      • humiliation
      • mortification
      • humiliation
      • chagrin
      • humiliation
      • mortification
      • humiliation
      • mortification
      • humiliation
      • abasement

See dictionary entry for chagrin

haberdasher

Noun

  1. a merchant who sells men’s clothing
    • Synonyms
      • clothier
    • Less specific
      • merchant
      • merchandiser

See dictionary entry for haberdasher

fennel

Noun

  1. any of several aromatic herbs having edible seeds and leaves and stems
    • Less specific
      • herb
      • herbaceous plant
    • More specific
      • common fennel
      • Foeniculum vulgare
      • Florence fennel
      • Foeniculum dulce
      • Foeniculum vulgare dulce
    • Member of
      • Foeniculum
      • genus Foeniculum
  2. aromatic bulbous stem base eaten cooked or raw in salads
    • Synonyms
      • Florence fennel
      • finocchio
    • Less specific
      • vegetable
      • veggie
      • veg
    • Part of
      • Florence fennel
      • Foeniculum dulce
      • Foeniculum vulgare dulce
  3. leaves used for seasoning
    • Synonyms
      • common fennel
    • Less specific
      • herb
    • Part of
      • common fennel
      • Foeniculum vulgare
  4. fennel seeds are ground and used as a spice or as an ingredient of a spice mixture
    • Less specific
      • spice

See dictionary entry for fennel

cacophony

Noun

  1. a loud harsh or strident noise
    • Synonyms
      • blare
      • blaring
      • clamor
      • din
    • Less specific
      • noise
    • Related
      • boom
      • din
      • blatant
      • clamant
      • clamorous
      • strident
      • vociferous
      • cacophonous
      • cacophonic
      • cacophonous
      • cacophonic
      • blast
      • blare
  2. loud confusing disagreeable sounds
    • Less specific
      • dissonance
    • Related
      • cacophonous
      • cacophonic
      • cacophonous
      • cacophonic

See dictionary entry for cacophony

kotow

Noun

  1. a former Chinese custom of touching the ground with the forehead as a sign of respect or submission
    • Synonyms
      • kowtow
    • Less specific
      • bow
      • bowing
      • obeisance
    • Related
      • fawn
      • toady
      • truckle
      • bootlick
      • kowtow
      • kotow
      • suck up
      • fawn
      • toady
      • truckle
      • bootlick
      • kowtow
      • kotow
      • suck up
      • scrape
      • kowtow
      • genuflect

Verb

  1. try to gain favor by cringing or flattering; “He is always kowtowing to his boss”
    • Synonyms
      • fawn
      • toady
      • truckle
      • bootlick
      • kowtow
      • suck up
    • Less specific
      • flatter
      • blandish
    • More specific
      • curry favor
      • curry favour
      • court favor
      • court favour
    • Related
      • kowtow
      • kotow
      • kowtow
      • kotow
      • apple polisher
      • bootlicker
      • fawner
      • groveller
      • groveler
      • truckler
      • apple polisher
      • bootlicker
      • fawner
      • groveller
      • groveler
      • truckler
      • truckling
      • sycophant
      • toady
      • crawler
      • lackey
      • ass-kisser
      • apple polisher
      • bootlicker
      • fawner
      • groveller
      • groveler
      • truckler

See dictionary entry for kotow

laudable

Adjective

  1. worthy of high praise; “applaudable efforts to save the environment”; “a commendable sense of purpose”; “laudable motives of improving housing conditions”; “a significant and praiseworthy increase in computer intelligence”
    • Synonyms
      • applaudable
      • commendable
      • praiseworthy
    • Similar to
      • worthy
    • Related
      • praiseworthiness
      • laudability
      • laudableness
      • laud
      • extol
      • exalt
      • glorify
      • proclaim
      • applaud

See dictionary entry for laudable

prolific

Adjective

  1. intellectually productive; “a prolific writer”; “a fecund imagination”
    • Synonyms
      • fecund
      • fertile
    • Similar to
      • productive
    • Related
      • fecundity
      • fruitfulness
  2. bearing in abundance especially offspring; “flying foxes are extremely prolific”; “a prolific pear tree”
    • Synonyms
      • fertile
    • Similar to
      • fruitful
    • Related
      • fertility
      • fecundity

See dictionary entry for prolific

anapaest

Noun

  1. a metrical unit with unstressed-unstressed-stressed syllables
    • Synonyms
      • anapest
    • Less specific
      • metrical foot
      • foot
      • metrical unit

See dictionary entry for anapaest

anathema

Noun

  1. a detested person; “he is an anathema to me”
    • Synonyms
      • bete noire
    • Less specific
      • unpleasant person
      • disagreeable person
  2. a formal ecclesiastical curse accompanied by excommunication
    • Less specific
      • execration
      • condemnation
      • curse
    • Related
      • accurse
      • execrate
      • anathemize
      • comminate
      • anathemise
      • anathematize
      • anathematise

See dictionary entry for anathema

equivoque

Noun

  1. an expression capable of having more than one meaning; a pun. the fact of having more than one meaning or possible interpretation; ambiguity.
    • Origin
      • late Middle English (as an adjective in the sense ‘equivocal’): from Old French equivoque or late Latin aequivocus (see equivocal).

See dictionary entry for equivoque

amalgam

Noun

  1. an alloy of mercury with another metal (usually silver) used by dentists to fill cavities in teeth; except for iron and platinum all metals dissolve in mercury and chemists refer to the resulting mercury mixtures as amalgams
    • Synonyms
      • dental amalgam
    • Less specific
      • alloy
      • metal
  2. a combination or blend of diverse things; “his theory is an amalgam of earlier ideas”
    • Less specific
      • combination
    • Related
      • mix
      • mingle
      • commix
      • unify
      • amalgamate

See dictionary entry for amalgam

filial

Adjective

  1. designating the generation or the sequence of generations following the parental generation
    • Antonyms
      • parental
    • Pertains to
      • offspring
      • progeny
      • issue
    • Topic Members
      • genetics
      • genetic science
  2. relating to or characteristic of or befitting an offspring; “filial respect”
    • Antonyms
      • parental
      • maternal
      • paternal
    • Similar to
      • daughterly

See dictionary entry for filial

blustery

Adjective

  1. blowing in violent and abrupt bursts; “blustering (or blusterous) winds of Patagonia”; “a cold blustery day”; “a gusty storm with strong sudden rushes of wind”
    • Synonyms
      • blustering
      • blusterous
    • Similar to
      • stormy
    • Related
      • bluster
      • bluster
  2. noisily domineering; tending to browbeat others
    • Synonyms
      • bullying
    • Similar to
      • domineering

See dictionary entry for blustery

agglutination

Noun

  1. a clumping of bacteria or red cells when held together by antibodies (agglutinins)
    • Less specific
      • organic process
      • biological process
    • More specific
      • hemagglutination
      • haemagglutination
      • isoagglutination
    • Related
      • agglutinate
  2. the building of words from component morphemes that retain their form and meaning in the process of combining
    • Less specific
      • linguistic process
    • Related
      • agglutinate
  3. the coalescing of small particles that are suspended in solution; these larger masses are then (usually) precipitated
    • Synonyms
      • agglutinating activity
    • Less specific
      • chemical process
      • chemical change
      • chemical action

See dictionary entry for agglutination

denizen

Noun

  1. a person who inhabits a particular place
    • Synonyms
      • inhabitant
      • habitant
      • dweller
      • indweller
    • Less specific
      • person
      • individual
      • someone
      • somebody
      • mortal
      • soul
    • More specific
      • Asian
      • Asiatic
      • European
      • Australian
      • Aussie
      • Austronesian
      • New Zealander
      • Kiwi
      • American
      • American
      • Alsatian
      • borderer
      • cottager
      • cottage dweller
      • easterner
      • Galilean
      • Galilaean
      • Hittite
      • islander
      • island-dweller
      • landlubber
      • landsman
      • landman
      • Latin
      • liver
      • marcher
      • Nazarene
      • Northerner
      • Numidian
      • Occidental
      • Philistine
      • Phrygian
      • plainsman
      • resident
      • occupant
      • occupier
      • tellurian
      • earthling
      • earthman
      • worldling
      • Trinidadian
      • villager
      • westerner
    • Related
      • populate
      • dwell
      • live
      • inhabit
      • populate
      • dwell
      • live
      • inhabit
  2. a plant or animal naturalized in a region; “denizens of field and forest”; “denizens of the deep”
    • Less specific
      • organism
      • being

See dictionary entry for denizen

elucidate

Verb

  1. make clear and (more) comprehensible; “clarify the mystery surrounding her death”
    • Synonyms
      • clarify
      • clear up
    • Antonyms
      • obfuscate
    • Less specific
      • explain
      • explicate
    • More specific
      • demystify
      • clear
      • clear up
      • shed light on
      • crystallize
      • crystallise
      • crystalize
      • crystalise
      • straighten out
      • sort out
      • enlighten
      • illuminate
      • elucidate
      • elaborate
      • lucubrate
      • expatiate
      • exposit
      • enlarge
      • flesh out
      • expand
      • expound
      • dilate
      • disambiguate
    • Related
      • clarifying
      • elucidative
      • clarity
      • lucidity
      • lucidness
      • pellucidity
      • clearness
      • limpidity
      • elucidation
      • clarification
      • elucidation
      • illumination
      • clarification
      • elucidation
      • illumination
  2. make free from confusion or ambiguity; make clear; “Could you clarify these remarks?”; “Clear up the question of who is at fault”
    • Synonyms
      • clear
      • clear up
      • shed light on
      • crystallize
      • crystallise
      • crystalize
      • crystalise
      • straighten out
      • sort out
      • enlighten
      • illuminate
    • Less specific
      • clarify
      • clear up
      • elucidate
    • Related
      • clarifying
      • elucidative
      • lucidity
      • clarity
      • lucidity
      • lucidness
      • pellucidity
      • clearness
      • limpidity
      • elucidation
      • clarification
      • elucidation
      • illumination
      • clarification
      • elucidation
      • illumination

See dictionary entry for elucidate

amorphous

Adjective

  1. having no definite form or distinct shape; “amorphous clouds of insects”; “an aggregate of formless particles”; “a shapeless mass of protoplasm”
    • Synonyms
      • formless
      • shapeless
    • Similar to
      • unformed
    • Related
      • shapelessness
  2. lacking the system or structure characteristic of living bodies
    • Synonyms
      • unstructured
    • Similar to
      • inorganic
  3. (of a group of people or an organization) unorganized or unfocused; “A mob is an amorphous crowd of people without ideals, a sum of individuals in which each lives for himself”
    • Similar to
      • unstructured
  4. unclear because vague or badly organized; “Her vague, amorphous statement of her predicament was part of what made it so hard for her to solve it”
    • Similar to
      • unclear
  5. without real or apparent crystalline form; “an amorphous mineral”; “amorphous structure”
    • Synonyms
      • uncrystallized
      • uncrystallised
    • Similar to
      • noncrystalline

See dictionary entry for amorphous

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generative

Adjective

  1. having the ability to produce or originate; “generative power”; “generative forces”
    • Synonyms
      • productive
    • Antonyms
      • consumptive
    • Related
      • productiveness
      • productivity
      • generate
      • generate
      • bring forth
  2. producing new life or offspring; “the reproductive potential of a species is its relative capacity to reproduce itself under optimal conditions”; “the reproductive or generative organs”
    • Synonyms
      • procreative
      • reproductive
    • Similar to
      • fruitful
    • Related
      • reproduce
      • procreate
      • multiply
      • reproduce
      • procreate
      • multiply
      • beget
      • get
      • engender
      • father
      • mother
      • sire
      • generate
      • bring forth

See dictionary entry for generative

idiosyncratic

Adjective

  1. peculiar to the individual; “we all have our own idiosyncratic gestures”; “Michelangelo’s highly idiosyncratic style of painting”
    • Similar to
      • individual
      • single
    • Related
      • idiosyncrasy
      • foible
      • mannerism

See dictionary entry for idiosyncratic

perseverate

Verb

  1. psychology: repeat a response after the cessation of the original stimulus; “The subjects in this study perseverated”
    • Less specific
      • repeat
      • reiterate
      • ingeminate
      • iterate
      • restate
      • retell
    • Related
      • perseverance
      • persistence
      • perseveration

See dictionary entry for perseverate

rogue

Noun

  1. a deceitful and unreliable scoundrel
    • Synonyms
      • knave
      • rascal
      • rapscallion
      • scalawag
      • scallywag
      • varlet
    • Less specific
      • villain
      • scoundrel
    • Related
      • rascally
      • roguish
      • scoundrelly
      • blackguardly

See dictionary entry for rogue

proxemics

Noun

  1. the study of spatial distances between individuals in different cultures and situations
    • Less specific
      • social science

See dictionary entry for proxemics

progenitor

Noun

  1. an ancestor in the direct line
    • Synonyms
      • primogenitor
    • Less specific
      • ancestor
      • ascendant
      • ascendent
      • antecedent
      • root
    • More specific
      • genitor

See dictionary entry for progenitor

mongoloid

Noun

  1. a member of the Mongoloid family
    • Less specific
      • Asian
      • Asiatic
  2. a person suffering from Down syndrome (no longer used technically in this sense, now considered offensive)
    • Less specific
      • idiot
      • imbecile
      • cretin
      • moron
      • changeling
      • half-wit
      • retard

Adjective

  1. characteristic of or resembling a Mongol; “the mongoloid epicanthic fold”
    • Pertains to
      • Mongol
      • Mongolian
  2. of or pertaining to or characteristic of one of the traditional racial division of humankind including especially peoples of central and eastern Asia
    • Pertains to
      • Mongolia
    • Topic Members
      • anthropology
  3. (offensive) of or relating to or suffering from Down syndrome
    • Pertains to
      • mongolism
      • mongolianism
      • Down’s syndrome
      • Down syndrome
      • trisomy 21

See dictionary entry for mongoloid

spastic

Noun

  1. a person suffering from spastic paralysis
    • Less specific
      • paralytic

Adjective

  1. relating to or characterized by spasm; “a spastic colon”; “spastic paralysis is a spastic form of cerebral palsy”
    • Pertains to
      • spasm
      • cramp
      • muscle spasm
    • Related
      • cerebral palsy
      • spastic paralysis
      • spasticity
  2. suffering from spastic paralysis; “a spastic child”
    • Similar to
      • ill
      • sick
    • Related
      • cerebral palsy
      • spastic paralysis
      • spasticity
  3. affected by involuntary jerky muscular contractions; resembling a spasm; “convulsive motions”; “his body made a spasmodic jerk”; “spastic movements”
    • Synonyms
      • convulsive
      • spasmodic
    • Similar to
      • unsteady
    • Related
      • spasticity
      • convulse
      • convulse

See dictionary entry for spastic

pastiche

Noun

  1. a musical composition consisting of a series of songs or other musical pieces from various sources
    • Synonyms
      • medley
      • potpourri
    • Less specific
      • musical composition
      • opus
      • composition
      • piece
      • piece of music
  2. a work of art that imitates the style of some previous work
    • Less specific
      • work of art

See dictionary entry for pastiche

hagiography

Noun

  1. a biography that idealizes or idolizes the person (especially a person who is a saint)
    • Less specific
      • biography
      • life
      • life story
      • life history
    • Related
      • hagiographer
      • hagiographist
      • hagiologist

See dictionary entry for hagiography

locum tenens

Noun

  1. someone (physician or clergyman) who substitutes temporarily for another member of the same profession
    • Synonyms
      • locum
    • Less specific
      • stand-in
      • substitute
      • relief
      • reliever
      • backup
      • backup man
      • fill-in

See dictionary entry for locum tenens

sublimation

Noun

  1. (chemistry) a change directly from the solid to the gaseous state without becoming liquid
    • Less specific
      • transformation
      • transmutation
      • shift
    • Related
      • sublime
      • sublimate
    • Topic Members
      • chemistry
      • chemical science
  2. (psychology) modifying the natural expression of an impulse or instinct (especially a sexual one) to one that is socially acceptable
    • Less specific
      • change
      • alteration
      • modification
    • Related
      • sublimate
    • Topic Members
      • psychology
      • psychological science

See dictionary entry for sublimation

panacea

Noun

  1. (Greek mythology) the goddess of healing; daughter of Aesculapius and sister of Hygeia
    • Is a
      • Greek deity
  2. hypothetical remedy for all ills or diseases; once sought by the alchemists
    • Synonyms
      • nostrum
      • catholicon
      • cure-all
    • Less specific
      • remedy
      • curative
      • cure
      • therapeutic
    • More specific
      • elixir

See dictionary entry for panacea

anneal

Verb

  1. bring to a desired consistency, texture, or hardness by a process of gradually heating and cooling; “temper glass”
    • Synonyms
      • temper
      • normalize
    • Less specific
      • harden
      • indurate
    • Related
      • temper
      • toughness
      • annealing
      • tempering
      • temperance

See dictionary entry for anneal

flummox

Verb

  1. be a mystery or bewildering to; “This beats me!”; “Got me–I don’t know the answer!”; “a vexing problem”; “This question really stuck me”
    • Synonyms
      • perplex
      • vex
      • stick
      • get
      • puzzle
      • mystify
      • baffle
      • beat
      • pose
      • bewilder
      • stupefy
      • nonplus
      • gravel
      • amaze
      • dumbfound
    • Less specific
      • confuse
      • throw
      • fox
      • befuddle
      • fuddle
      • bedevil
      • confound
      • discombobulate
    • More specific
      • stump
      • mix up
      • riddle
      • elude
      • escape
    • See also
      • puzzle over
      • solve
      • work out
      • figure out
      • puzzle out
      • lick
      • work
    • Related
      • stupefaction
      • bewilderment
      • obfuscation
      • puzzlement
      • befuddlement
      • mystification
      • bafflement
      • bemusement
      • poser
      • stumper
      • toughie
      • sticker
      • bewilderment
      • obfuscation
      • puzzlement
      • befuddlement
      • mystification
      • bafflement
      • bemusement
      • mystification
      • mystification
      • obfuscation
      • puzzle
      • puzzler
      • mystifier
      • teaser
      • mystery
      • enigma
      • secret
      • closed book
      • puzzle
      • puzzler
      • mystifier
      • teaser
      • bewilderment
      • obfuscation
      • puzzlement
      • befuddlement
      • mystification
      • bafflement
      • bemusement
      • puzzle
      • puzzler
      • mystifier
      • teaser

See dictionary entry for flummox

sacrosanct

Adjective

  1. must be kept sacred
    • Synonyms
      • inviolable
      • inviolate
    • Similar to
      • sacred

See dictionary entry for sacrosanct

tacit

Adjective

  1. implied by or inferred from actions or statements; “gave silent consent”; “a tacit agreement”; “the understood provisos of a custody agreement”
    • Synonyms
      • silent
      • understood
    • Similar to
      • implicit
      • inexplicit

See dictionary entry for tacit

paradigmatic

Adjective

  1. of or relating to a grammatical paradigm; “paradigmatic inflection”
    • Pertains to
      • paradigm
    • Related
      • paradigm
  2. of or relating to a typical example; “paradigmatic learning”
    • Pertains to
      • prototype
      • paradigm
      • epitome
      • image
    • Related
      • prototype
      • paradigm
      • epitome
      • image
  3. related as members of a substitution class; “paradigmatic word associations”
    • Antonyms
      • syntagmatic
    • Pertains to
      • substitution class
      • paradigm
    • Related
      • substitution class
      • paradigm

See dictionary entry for paradigmatic

gossamer

Noun

  1. a gauze fabric with an extremely fine texture
    • Less specific
      • gauze
      • netting
      • veiling
    • Related
      • ethereal
      • gossamer
  2. filaments from a web that was spun by a spider
    • Synonyms
      • cobweb
    • Less specific
      • fibril
      • filament
      • strand
    • Related
      • ethereal
      • gossamer

Adjective

  1. characterized by unusual lightness and delicacy; “this smallest and most ethereal of birds”; “gossamer shading through his playing”
    • Synonyms
      • ethereal
    • Similar to
      • delicate
    • Related
      • cobweb
      • gossamer
      • gossamer
  2. so thin as to transmit light; “a hat with a diaphanous veil”; “filmy wings of a moth”; “gauzy clouds of dandelion down”; “gossamer cobwebs”; “sheer silk stockings”; “transparent chiffon”; “vaporous silks”
    • Synonyms
      • diaphanous
      • filmy
      • gauzy
      • gauze-like
      • see-through
      • sheer
      • transparent
      • vaporous
      • vapourous
      • cobwebby
    • Similar to
      • thin
    • Related
      • cobweb
      • transparency
      • transparence
      • transparency
      • transparence
      • transparentness
      • gauze
      • netting
      • veiling
      • film
      • plastic film

See dictionary entry for gossamer

inflammable

Adjective

  1. easily ignited
    • Synonyms
      • flammable
    • Similar to
      • combustible
    • Related
      • flammability
      • inflammability
      • flammability
      • inflammability

See dictionary entry for inflammable

lacuna

Noun

  1. a blank gap or missing part
    • Synonyms
      • blank
    • Less specific
      • gap
      • crack

See dictionary entry for lacuna

sequela

Noun

  1. any abnormality following or resulting from a disease or injury or treatment; “paralysis is one of the sequelae of poliomyelitis”
    • Less specific
      • abnormality
      • abnormalcy

See dictionary entry for sequela

liaise

Verb

  1. act between parties with a view to reconciling differences; “He interceded in the family dispute”; “He mediated a settlement”
    • Synonyms
      • intercede
      • mediate
      • intermediate
      • arbitrate
    • Less specific
      • negociate
      • negotiate
      • talk terms
    • Related
      • arbitrative
      • arbitrable
      • arbitration
      • arbitrament
      • arbitrement
      • arbitration
      • arbitrament
      • arbitrement
      • arbiter
      • arbitrator
      • umpire
      • arbitration
      • arbitration
      • arbitrament
      • arbitrement
      • arbiter
      • arbitrator
      • umpire
      • mediation
      • intermediation
      • mediator
      • go-between
      • intermediator
      • intermediary
      • intercessor
      • mediation
      • mediation
      • intermediation
      • mediator
      • go-between
      • intermediator
      • intermediary
      • intercessor
      • intervention
      • intercession

See dictionary entry for liaise

mezzanine

Noun

  1. first or lowest balcony
    • Synonyms
      • first balcony
    • Less specific
      • balcony
    • Parts
      • loge
  2. intermediate floor just above the ground floor
    • Synonyms
      • mezzanine floor
      • entresol
    • Less specific
      • floor
      • level
      • storey
      • story

See dictionary entry for mezzanine

armature

Noun

  1. coil in which voltage is induced by motion through a magnetic field
    • Less specific
      • coil
    • More specific
      • rotor
      • rotor coil
    • Part of
      • electromagnet
      • electric motor

See dictionary entry for armature

stanchion

Noun

  1. any vertical post or rod used as a support
    • Less specific
      • post

See dictionary entry for stanchion

inculcate

Verb

  1. teach and impress by frequent repetitions or admonitions; “inculcate values into the young generation”
    • Synonyms
      • instill
      • infuse
    • Less specific
      • drill
    • More specific
      • din
    • Related
      • inculcation
      • ingraining
      • instilling
      • inculcation
      • ingraining
      • instilling

See dictionary entry for inculcate

individuate

Verb

  1. give individual character to
    • Less specific
      • characterize
      • characterise
    • Related
      • individualization
      • individualisation
      • individuation
      • individuality
      • individualism
      • individuation
  2. give individual shape or form to; “Language that individuates his memories”
    • Less specific
      • shape
      • form
    • Related
      • individuality
      • individualism
      • individuation

See dictionary entry for Individuate

argumentation

Noun

  1. a discussion in which reasons are advanced for and against some proposition or proposal; “the argument over foreign aid goes on and on”
    • Synonyms
      • argument
      • debate
    • Less specific
      • discussion
      • give-and-take
      • word
    • More specific
      • logomachy
    • Related
      • argue
      • contend
      • debate
      • fence
      • debate
      • deliberate
      • debate
      • argue
      • reason
      • argue
      • indicate
      • argue
      • reason
  2. a course of reasoning aimed at demonstrating a truth or falsehood; the methodical process of logical reasoning; “I can’t follow your line of reasoning”
    • Synonyms
      • logical argument
      • argument
      • line of reasoning
      • line
    • Less specific
      • reasoning
      • logical thinking
      • abstract thought
    • More specific
      • line of inquiry
      • line of questioning
      • casuistry
      • policy
    • Related
      • argue
      • reason
      • argue
      • indicate

See dictionary entry for argumentation

positivism

Noun

  1. the form of empiricism that bases all knowledge on perceptual experience (not on intuition or revelation)
    • Synonyms
      • logical positivism
    • Less specific
      • empiricism
      • empiricist philosophy
      • sensationalism
    • More specific
      • Comtism
    • Related
      • logical positivist
      • positivist
      • positivistic
      • positive
      • positivist
      • rationalist
  2. a quality or state characterized by certainty or acceptance or affirmation and dogmatic assertiveness
    • Synonyms
      • positivity
      • positiveness
    • Antonyms
      • negativity
      • negativeness
      • negativism
      • negativity
      • negativeness
      • negativism
    • Less specific
      • quality
    • More specific
      • assertiveness
      • self-assertiveness
    • Related
      • cocksure
      • overconfident
      • positive
      • positivist
      • positivistic
      • positive
      • positive
      • positive

See dictionary entry for positivism

stymie

Noun

  1. a situation in golf where an opponent’s ball blocks the line between your ball and the hole
    • Synonyms
      • stymy
    • Less specific
      • situation
      • position
  2. a thwarting and distressing situation
    • Synonyms
      • stymy
    • Less specific
      • obstacle
      • obstruction
    • Related
      • obstruct
      • blockade
      • block
      • hinder
      • stymie
      • stymy
      • embarrass

Verb

  1. hinder or prevent the progress or accomplishment of; “His brother blocked him at every turn”
    • Synonyms
      • obstruct
      • blockade
      • block
      • hinder
      • stymy
      • embarrass
    • Less specific
      • prevent
      • forestall
      • foreclose
      • preclude
      • forbid
    • More specific
      • stonewall
      • filibuster
      • check
      • hang
      • bottleneck
    • Related
      • stymie
      • stymy
      • hindrance
      • hinderance
      • deterrent
      • impediment
      • balk
      • baulk
      • check
      • handicap
      • obstruction
      • blockage
      • blockage
      • closure
      • occlusion
      • obstruction
      • obstructionist
      • obstructor
      • obstructer
      • resister
      • thwarter
      • obstructionist
      • obstructor
      • obstructer
      • resister
      • thwarter

See dictionary entry for stymie

teleology

Noun

  1. (philosophy) a doctrine explaining phenomena by their ends or purposes
    • Less specific
      • philosophical doctrine
      • philosophical theory
    • Related
      • teleological
      • teleologist
    • Topic Members
      • philosophy

See dictionary entry for teleology

protean

Adjective

  1. taking on different forms; “eyes…of that baffling protean grey which is never twice the same”
    • Similar to
      • variable
    • Related
      • Proteus

See dictionary entry for protean

Axiology

Noun

  1. the study of values and value judgments
    • Less specific
      • philosophy
    • Related
      • axiological

See dictionary entry for axiology

epistemology

Noun

  1. the philosophical theory of knowledge
    • Less specific
      • philosophy
    • More specific
      • methodology
      • methodological analysis
    • Related
      • epistemic
      • epistemological
      • epistemologist

See dictionary entry for epistemology

ontology

Noun

  1. (computer science) a rigorous and exhaustive organization of some knowledge domain that is usually hierarchical and contains all the relevant entities and their relations
    • Less specific
      • arrangement
      • organization
      • organisation
      • system
    • Topic Members
      • computer science
      • computing
  2. the metaphysical study of the nature of being and existence
    • Less specific
      • metaphysics
    • Related
      • ontological

See dictionary entry for ontology

hackneyed

Adjective

  1. repeated too often; overfamiliar through overuse; “bromidic sermons”; “his remarks were trite and commonplace”; “hackneyed phrases”; “a stock answer”; “repeating threadbare jokes”; “parroting some timeworn axiom”; “the trite metaphor `hard as nails’”
    • Synonyms
      • banal
      • commonplace
      • old-hat
      • shopworn
      • stock
      • threadbare
      • timeworn
      • tired
      • trite
      • well-worn
    • Similar to
      • unoriginal
    • Related
      • triteness
      • staleness
      • platitude
      • cliche
      • banality
      • commonplace
      • bromide
      • platitude
      • cliche
      • banality
      • commonplace
      • bromide

See dictionary entry for hackneyed

Hermeneutics

Noun

  1. the branch of theology that deals with principles of exegesis
    • Less specific
      • theology
      • divinity

See dictionary entry for hermeneutics

in vitro

Adjective

  1. of a biological process occurring in an artificial environment outside the living organism; “in vitro fertilization”
    • Synonyms
      • ex vivo
    • Antonyms
      • in vivo

Adverb

  1. in an artificial environment outside the living organism; “an egg fertilized in vitro”
    • Synonyms
      • ex vivo
    • Pertains to
      • in vitro
      • ex vivo

See dictionary entry for in vitro

in vivo

Adjective

  1. of a biological process occurring within a living organism; “in vivo techniques”
    • Antonyms
      • in vitro
      • ex vivo
    • Topic Members
      • biology
      • biological science

Adverb

  1. in the living organism; “studies conducted in vivo”
    • Pertains to
      • in vivo

See dictionary entry for in vivo

conviviality

Noun

  1. a jovial nature
    • Synonyms
      • joviality
    • Less specific
      • sociability
      • sociableness
    • Related
      • gay
      • jocund
      • jolly
      • jovial
      • merry
      • mirthful
      • convivial
      • good-time
  2. a boisterous celebration; a merry festivity
    • Synonyms
      • merrymaking
      • jollification
    • Less specific
      • celebration
      • festivity
    • More specific
      • jinks
      • high jinks
      • hijinks
      • high jinx
      • revel
      • revelry
    • Related
      • revel
      • racket
      • make whoopie
      • make merry
      • make happy
      • whoop it up
      • jollify
      • wassail
      • revel
      • racket
      • make whoopie
      • make merry
      • make happy
      • whoop it up
      • jollify
      • wassail

See dictionary entry for conviviality

paroxysm

Noun

  1. a sudden uncontrollable attack; “a paroxysm of giggling”; “a fit of coughing”; “convulsions of laughter”
    • Synonyms
      • fit
      • convulsion
    • Less specific
      • attack
    • Related
      • paroxysmal

See dictionary entry for paroxysm

sordid

Adjective

  1. morally degraded; “a seedy district”; “the seamy side of life”; “sleazy characters hanging around casinos”; “sleazy storefronts with…dirt on the walls”- Seattle Weekly; “the sordid details of his orgies stank under his very nostrils”- James Joyce; “the squalid atmosphere of intrigue and betrayal”
    • Synonyms
      • seamy
      • seedy
      • sleazy
      • squalid
    • Similar to
      • disreputable
    • Related
      • sordidness
      • squalor
      • squalidness
      • baseness
      • sordidness
      • contemptibility
      • despicableness
      • despicability
      • sleaziness
  2. unethical or dishonest; “dirty police officers”; “a sordid political campaign”; “shoddy business practices”
    • Synonyms
      • dirty
      • shoddy
    • Similar to
      • corrupt
    • Related
      • baseness
      • sordidness
      • contemptibility
      • despicableness
      • despicability
  3. foul and run-down and repulsive; “a flyblown bar on the edge of town”; “a squalid overcrowded apartment in the poorest part of town”; “squalid living conditions”; “sordid shantytowns”
    • Synonyms
      • flyblown
      • squalid
    • Similar to
      • dirty
      • soiled
      • unclean
    • Related
      • sordidness
      • squalor
      • squalidness
      • sordidness
      • squalor
      • squalidness
  4. meanly avaricious and mercenary; “sordid avarice”; “sordid material interests”
    • Similar to
      • acquisitive
    • Related
      • baseness
      • sordidness
      • contemptibility
      • despicableness
      • despicability

See dictionary entry for sordid

nihilism

Noun

  1. a revolutionary doctrine that advocates destruction of the social system for its own sake
    • Less specific
      • doctrine
      • philosophy
      • philosophical system
      • school of thought
      • ism
    • Related
      • nihilistic
      • nihilist
      • anarchist
      • nihilist
      • syndicalist
  2. the delusion that things (or everything, including the self) do not exist; a sense that everything is unreal
    • Synonyms
      • nihilistic delusion
    • Less specific
      • delusion
      • psychotic belief
  3. complete denial of all established authority and institutions
    • Less specific
      • anarchy
      • lawlessness
    • Related
      • nihilistic
      • nihilist
      • anarchist
      • nihilist
      • syndicalist

See dictionary entry for nihilism

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dramaturgy

Noun

  1. the art of writing and producing plays
    • Synonyms
      • dramatic art
      • dramatics
      • theater
      • theatre
    • Less specific
      • communication
      • communicating
    • More specific
      • stage
    • Parts
      • dramatic composition
      • dramatic work
    • Related
      • theatrical
      • theatrical
      • dramaturgic
      • dramaturgical
      • dramaturgic
      • dramaturgical
    • Member of topics
      • upstage
      • downstage
      • amphitheater
      • amphitheatre
      • closed-circuit television
      • theater
      • theatre
      • house
      • dramatic irony
      • flies
      • seat
      • place
      • ticket agent
      • booking clerk
      • act
      • play
      • roleplay
      • playact
      • stooge
      • enter
      • support
      • star
      • appear
      • co-star
      • overact
      • ham it up
      • ham
      • overplay
      • underact
      • underplay

See dictionary entry for dramaturgy

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spindrift

Noun

  1. spray blown up from the surface of the sea
    • Synonyms
      • spoondrift
    • Less specific
      • spray

See dictionary entry for spindrift

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ab initio

Adverb

  1. at the beginning; “at first he didn’t notice anything strange”
    • Synonyms
      • initially
    • Pertains to
      • initial

See dictionary entry for ab initio

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idiographic

Adjective

  1. relating to or involving the study of individuals
    • Antonyms
      • nomothetic
    • Topic Members
      • psychology
      • psychological science

See dictionary entry for idiographic

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Interlocutor

Noun

  1. the performer in the middle of a minstrel line who engages the others in talk
    • Synonyms
      • middleman
    • Less specific
      • minstrel
    • Member of
      • minstrel show
  2. a person who takes part in a conversation
    • Synonyms
      • conversational partner
    • Less specific
      • conversationalist
      • conversationist
      • schmoozer

See dictionary entry for Interlocutor

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vermiform

Adjective

  1. resembling a worm; long and thin and cylindrical
    • Synonyms
      • worm-shaped
    • Similar to
      • formed

vermiform appendix

Noun

  1. a vestigial process that extends from the lower end of the cecum and that resembles a small pouch
    • Synonyms
      • appendix
      • vermiform process
      • cecal appendage
    • Less specific
      • process
      • outgrowth
      • appendage
    • Part of
      • cecum
      • caecum
      • blind gut

See dictionary entry for vermiform

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chauvinism

Noun

  1. fanatical patriotism
    • Synonyms
      • jingoism
      • superpatriotism
      • ultranationalism
    • Less specific
      • patriotism
      • nationalism
    • Related
      • chauvinistic
      • flag-waving
      • jingoistic
      • nationalistic
      • ultranationalistic
      • superpatriotic
      • chauvinistic
      • flag-waving
      • jingoistic
      • nationalistic
      • ultranationalistic
      • superpatriotic
      • chauvinist
      • jingoist
      • jingo
      • flag-waver
      • hundred-percenter
      • patrioteer
      • chauvinistic
      • flag-waving
      • jingoistic
      • nationalistic
      • ultranationalistic
      • superpatriotic
      • chauvinist
      • jingoist
      • jingo
      • flag-waver
      • hundred-percenter
      • patrioteer
  2. activity indicative of belief in the superiority of men over women
    • Synonyms
      • male chauvinism
      • antifeminism
    • Less specific
      • sexism
    • Related
      • antifeminist
      • chauvinist

See dictionary entry for chauvinism

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gestalt

Noun

  1. a configuration or pattern of elements so unified as a whole that it cannot be described merely as a sum of its parts
    • Less specific
      • form
      • shape
      • pattern

See dictionary entry for gestalt

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iconoclastic

Adjective

  1. characterized by attack on established beliefs or institutions
    • Similar to
      • unorthodox
    • Related
      • iconoclasm
  2. destructive of images used in religious worship; said of religions, such as Islam, in which the representation of living things is prohibited
    • Similar to
      • destructive
    • Related
      • iconoclasm

See dictionary entry for iconoclastic

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incredulity

Noun

  1. doubt about the truth of something
    • Synonyms
      • disbelief
      • skepticism
      • mental rejection
    • Less specific
      • doubt
      • uncertainty
      • incertitude
      • dubiety
      • doubtfulness
      • dubiousness
    • Related
      • disbelieving
      • skeptical
      • sceptical
      • unbelieving
      • doubting
      • questioning
      • skeptical
      • sceptical
      • incredulous

See dictionary entry for incredulity

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polemic

Noun

  1. a writer who argues in opposition to others (especially in theology)
    • Synonyms
      • polemicist
      • polemist
    • Less specific
      • writer
      • author
    • Related
      • polemic
      • polemical
  2. a controversy (especially over a belief or dogma)
    • Less specific
      • controversy
      • contention
      • contestation
      • disputation
      • disceptation
      • tilt
      • argument
      • arguing
    • Related
      • polemic
      • polemical
      • polemic
      • polemical
      • polemize
      • polemise
      • polemicize
      • polemicise
      • polemize
      • polemise
      • polemicize
      • polemicise
      • polemize
      • polemise
      • polemicize
      • polemicise

Adjective

  1. of or involving dispute or controversy
    • Synonyms
      • polemical
    • Similar to
      • controversial
    • Related
      • polemic
      • polemicist
      • polemist
      • polemic
      • polemic

See dictionary entry for polemic

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myopic

Adjective

  1. unable to see distant objects clearly
    • Synonyms
      • nearsighted
      • shortsighted
    • Antonyms
      • farsighted
      • presbyopic
    • Related
      • myopia
      • nearsightedness
      • shortsightedness
      • myopia
      • nearsightedness
      • shortsightedness
      • myopia
      • nearsightedness
      • shortsightedness
  2. lacking foresight or scope; “a short view of the problem”; “shortsighted policies”; “shortsighted critics derided the plan”; “myopic thinking”
    • Synonyms
      • short
      • shortsighted
      • unforesightful
    • Similar to
      • improvident
    • Related
      • improvidence
      • shortsightedness

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chattel

Noun

  1. personal as opposed to real property; any tangible movable property (furniture or domestic animals or a car etc)
    • Synonyms
      • personal chattel
      • movable
    • Less specific
      • personal property
      • personal estate
      • personalty
      • private property
    • Topic Members
      • furniture
      • piece of furniture
      • article of furniture
      • car
      • auto
      • automobile
      • machine
      • motorcar

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anthropocentric

Adjective

  1. human-centered; “our anthropocentric view of the world”
    • Pertains to
      • anthropocentrism
      • anthropocentricity
    • Related
      • anthropocentrism
      • anthropocentricity
      • anthropocentrism
      • anthropocentricity

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deleterious

Adjective

  1. harmful to living things; “deleterious chemical additives”
    • Synonyms
      • hurtful
      • injurious
    • Similar to
      • harmful
    • Related
      • injury
      • hurt
      • harm
      • trauma
      • harmfulness
      • injuriousness

See dictionary entry for deleterious

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envisage

Verb

  1. form a mental image of something that is not present or that is not the case; “Can you conceive of him as the president?”
    • Synonyms
      • imagine
      • conceive of
      • ideate
    • Less specific
      • create by mental act
      • create mentally
    • More specific
      • visualize
      • visualise
      • envision
      • project
      • fancy
      • see
      • figure
      • picture
      • image
      • visualize
      • visualise
      • envision
      • foresee
      • fantasize
      • fantasise
      • prefigure
      • think
      • fantasy
      • fantasize
      • fantasise
      • dream
      • daydream
      • woolgather
      • stargaze
    • Related
      • idea
      • thought
      • ideation
      • imaginative
      • inventive
      • imagination
      • imaging
      • imagery
      • mental imagery
      • imagination
      • imaginativeness
      • vision

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