Characterized by, done in, or executed with secrecy or concealment, especially for purposes of subversion or deception; private or surreptitious
Obtained, done, made, etc., by stealth; secret or unauthorized
To overthrow (something established or existing)
Readily or plainly seen, heard, perceived, etc.; obvious; evident (a palpable lie)
If relating to emotions: capable of being touched or felt; tangible; emotions so strong it feels like it has a physical presence
Having possibilities of future development; seed
The branch of metaphysics that studies the nature of existence
To have a substantial effect; weigh heavily (his prison record militated against him)
Leaving no opportunity for denial or refusal; imperative; does not admit debate, question (a peremptory command)
Lasting for an indefinitely long time; enduring (her perennial beauty); lasting or continuing through out the entire year
A false and malicious statement designed to injure the reputation of someone or something; slander
A change or variation occurring in the course of something; interchange or alternation, as of states or things (their friendship lasted through the vicissitudes of 40 years)
Prominent or conspicuous
Favorable to or promoting health; healthful
Outrageously disgraceful or shameful (opprobrious conduct)
Naturally a part of; natural to or characteristic of a specific people or place; native; indigenous (Countries where high unemplyment is endemic)
Before or existing before the war (especially American Civil)
To free from blame; remove from guilt
To depart in a sudden and secret manner, especially to avoid capture and legal prosecution; go away in secret
Archaic form of 'worked'; shaped or worked
To gather or arrange in their proper sequence; to sort, join, or bring together
Increased of high payment/costs
A person who is skilled in relating stories and anecdotes interestingly
Sincere penitence or remorse
Suggestive of or tending to cause tears.
Without consolation or solace; hopelessly unhappy; inconsolable (the loss of her pet made her disconsolate)
Courteous, gracious, and having a sophisticated charm
Boldly rude or disrespectful; contemptuously impertinent; insulting (an insolent reply)
Pertaining to, of the nature of, or resembling tallow or fat; fatty; greasy; secreting a fatty substance.
Characterized by bitter or scornful derision; mocking; cynical; sneering (a sardonic grin)
False; fake; not genuine, true or from the claimed; pretended
Making a loud, harsh, irritating sound (a strident cricket)
To think or infer without certain or strong evidence; conjecture; guess.
The formation or expression of an opinion or theory without sufficient evidence for proof.
Any opinion, principle, doctrine, dogma, etc., especially one held as true by members of a profession, group, or movement.
Vile, shameful, or base character; depravity; evil [in character or an act]
Generous in forgiving an insult or injury; free from petty resentfulness or vindictiveness; noble in mind
Working or acting merely for money or other reward; venal.
Smallness of quantity; scarcity; scantiness (a country with a paucity of resources)
A commandment or direction given as a rule of action or conduct.
To abrogate; annul; revoke; repeal.
To be or become weak or feeble; droop; fade; to lose vigor and vitality; to be subject to delay
To make known by open declaration; publish; proclaim formally or put into operation
To hasten the occurrence of; bring about prematurely, hastily, or suddenly
To hurl/cast downward (especially violently or abruptly)
A self-seeking, servile flatterer; fawning parasite
ineffective; incompetent; futile (feckless attempts to repair the plumbing) having no sense of responsibility; indifferent; lazy
Something, as an action or speech, that tends to flatter, coax, entice, etc.: (our blandishments left him unmoved; We succumbed to the blandishments of tropical living).
A conference or discussion
Profuse and idle talk
Chatter persuasive talk; flattery; cajolery.
Neither perpendicular nor parallel to a given line or surface; slanting; sloping.
Diverging from a given straight line or course; not straight or direct, as a course
Indirectly stated or expressed; not straightforward (oblique remarks about the candidate's honesty)
Extended to great, unnecessary, or tedious length; long and wordy
Having the polish and suavity regarded as characteristic of sophisticated social life in major cities (an urbane manner)
Reflecting elegance, sophistication, etc., especially in expression (he maintained an urbane tone in his letters)
Lacking or having lost life, sharpness, or flavor; insipid; flat:
Without liveliness or spirit; dull or tedious (a vapid party; vapid conversation)
A learned person, expert, or authority; a person who makes comments or judgments, especially in an authoritative manner; critic or commentator.
An adherent or supporter of a person, group, party, or cause, especially a person who shows a biased, emotional allegiance
Overflowing with fervor, enthusiasm, or excitement; high-spirited: The award winner was in an ebullient mood at the dinner in her honor.
Without interest or significance; dull; insipid (a jejune novel)
Juvenile; immature; childish: jejune behavior
Lacking knowledge or experience; uninformed (jejune attempts to design a house)
Deficient or lacking in nutritive value: a jejune diet.
Severe in manner or appearance; uncompromising; strict; forbidding (an austere teacher)
Rigorously self-disciplined and severely moral; ascetic; abstinent (the austere quality of life in the convent)
Grave; sober; solemn; serious (an austere manner)
Without excess, luxury, or ease; simple; limited; severe (an austere life)
Severely simple; without ornament: austere writing.
A confused hand-to-hand fight or struggle among several people
Confusion; turmoil; jumble (the melee of Christmas shopping)
A curtain hung in a doorway, either to replace the door or for decoration
A picture, as of a scene
A picturesque grouping of persons or objects; a striking scene
Having the same measure; of equal extent or duration
Corresponding in amount, magnitude, or degree (your paycheck should be commensurate with the amount of time worked)
Official approval or sanction
Belief as to the truth of something (to give credence to a claim)
Something giving a claim to belief or confidence ( letter of credence)
Quality of being frank, open, and sincere in speech (the candor of the speech impressed the audience)
Inspiring reverence or admiration; of supreme dignity or grandeur; majestic (an august performance of a religious drama)
Characterized by a ready and continuous flow of words; fluent; glib; talkative (a voluble spokesman for the cause)
Going rapidly over something, without noticing details; hasty; superficial (a cursory glance at a newspaper article)
Beginning to exist or develop
Not to be appeased, mollified, or pacified; inexorable (an implacable enemy)
A very minor or slight sin or offense; a trifling fault.
In disorderly, headlong haste; in a recklessly hurried manner
Of no real value; trifling; worthless; of no force or effect; ineffective; futile; vain; not valid.
An artificial substance or article used to replace something natural or genuine; a substitute (An ersatz coffee made from grain)
To compensate for damage or loss sustained, expense incurred, etc.
to speak damagingly of; criticize in a derogatory manner; sully; defame (to denigrate someone's character)
Pertaining to or caused by a flood or deluge.
A command or directive; an earnest or strongly worded request.
Causing irritation, vexation, or annoyance (to cope with a nettlesome situation)
Utterly and shamelessly immoral or dissipated; thoroughly dissolute; recklessly prodigal or extravagant
Sexually unrestrained; lascivious; libertine; lewd; unrestrained by law or general morality; lawless; immoral.
Easily provoked to anger; very irritable (an irascible old man)
Apt to notice and make much of trivial faults or defects; faultfinding; difficult to please
Apt or designed to ensnare or perplex, especially in argument (captious questions)
Indifferent to moral restraints; given to immoral or improper conduct; licentious; dissipated
Civil Law: any prohibitory act or decree of a court or an administrative officer (alas, in a fast-globalising world, it is already impossible for governments to interdict the flow of nuclear goods and expertise)
Having an offensive odor; stinking.
To give a false or misleading appearance to; conceal the truth or real nature of: to dissemble one's incompetence in business.
A nickname (old-timers call them plant lice, an appropriate sobriquet)
Music: a shifting of the normal accent, usually by stressing the normally unaccented beats
To contrive or plot, especially artfully or with evil purpose (to machinate the overthrow of the government)
To make plain or clear; explain; interpret
To develop (a principle, theory, etc.).
Golf: (on a putting green) an instance of a ball's lying on a direct line between the cup and the ball of an opponent about to putt
Situation or problem presenting such difficulties as to discourage or defeat any attempt to deal with or resolve it (suspicions in both countries have stymied any peace talks)
To regard or treat as of little value or account
To vilify; depreciate.
In headlong and disorderly haste; chaotic
Free from concern, worry, or anxiety; carefree; nonchalant.
Something highly caustic or severe in effect, as criticism
Extravagantly chivalrous or romantic; visionary, impractical, or impracticable; impulsive and often rashly unpredictable.
To treat with disdain, scorn, or contempt; scoff at; mock (to flout the rules of propriety)
To make known by open declaration; publish; proclaim formally or put into operation (a law, decree of a court, etc.)
To set forth or teach publicly
Of or pertaining to a state governor or the office of state governor
Holding an indicated position, role, office, etc., currently: the incumbent officers of the club
Obligatory (often followed by on or upon ): a duty incumbent upon me
Archaic . resting, lying, leaning, or pressing on something: incumbent upon the cool grass.
Careless, untidy, or slovenly (slipshod work)
Known or understood by very few; mysterious; secret; obscure; esoteric (she knew a lot about Sanskrit grammar and other arcane matters)
Rude, unfriendly, bad-tempered
Vulgar or indecent in speech, language, etc; coarsely mocking, abusive, or irreverent; scurrilous
Grossly or obscenely abusive (a scurrilous attack on the mayor)
Deficient in veneration or respect
Of or pertaining to the most perfect embodiment of something: (the quintessential performance of the Brandenburg Concertos)
Amounting to very little; trifling; negligible (a piddling sum of money)
Having little or no money; penniless; poor.
A strong inclination, taste, or liking for something (a penchant for outdoor sports)
Shining forth brilliantly; radiant.
Offensive to good taste, especially as being excessive; overdone or gross (fulsome praise that embarrassed her deeply; fulsome décor)
Disgusting; sickening; repulsive: a table heaped with fulsome mounds of greasy foods
Encompassing all aspects; comprehensive (a fulsome survey of the political situation in Central America)
Abundant or copious.
Characterized by excessive piousness or moralistic fervor, especially in an affected manner; excessively smooth, suave, or smug
Unduly demonstrative; lacking reserve (effusive greetings; an effusive person)
Pouring out; overflowing.
Characterized by or given to open exhibition or expression of one's emotions, attitudes, etc, especially of love or affection (she wished her fiancé were more demonstrative)
Mental or emotional stability or composure, especially under tension or strain; calmness; equilibrium.
Aspecious argument for displaying ingenuity in reasoning or for deceiving someone
Any false argument; fallacy
A clever trick or stratagem; a cunning, crafty device or expedient; wile; a plot
To make one's own; adopt or embrace, as a cause; to marry
To disclaim knowledge of, connection with, or responsibility for; disown; repudiate (he disavowed the remark that had been attributed to him)
The function or work of a teacher; teaching; art of teaching
Of settled or sedate character; not flighty or capricious; fixed, settled, or permanent.
Weariness of body or mind from strain, oppressive climate, etc.; lack of energy; listlessness; languor
A condition of indolent indifference (the pleasant lassitude of the warm summer afternoon)
To grow or produce often rapidly/excessively
Crying out noisily; clamorous
To protest strongly or attack vehemently with words; rail (usually followed by against ie: 'to inveigh against isolationism')
To make objection, especially on the grounds of scruples; take exception; object (they wanted to make him the treasurer, but he demurred)
Characterized by shyness and modesty; reserved.
At the age of 70; between 70 and 80 years old
Gray or white with age (an old dog with a hoary muzzle)
Ancient or venerable (hoary myths)
Tedious from familiarity; stale (please don't tell that hoary joke at dinner again tonight)
Extremely attentive to punctilios; strict or exact in the observance of the formalities or amenities of conduct or actions.
A fine point, particular, or detail, as of conduct, ceremony, or procedure
Strictness or exactness in the observance of formalities or amenities
Disturbing to one's composure or self-possession; upsetting
Confusing; perplexing, esp. when unexpected
Readily open to notice or observation; evident; obvious (a patent breach of good manners)
So small, trifling, or unimportant that it may safely be neglected or disregarded (the extra expenses were negligible)
To reject with disdain; scorn
To treat with contempt; despise
To kick or trample with the foot
To go at a slow, easy pace; stroll; saunter (he ambled around the town)
Lacking food, clothing, and other necessities of life because of poverty; needy; poor; impoverished
To say or plead in protest, objection, or disapproval.
Incapable of being evaded; inescapable (an ineluctable destiny)
Disproportionate; inadequate (our income is incommensurate to our wants)
Act of something diminishing
Not quick, alert, or sharp in perception, feeling, or intellect; not sensitive or observant; dull.
Authoritive permission; To authorize, approve, allow
To destroy a great number or proportion of: (the population was decimated by a plague)
To oppose successfully; prevent from accomplishing a purpose
A tendency to think favorably of something in particular; partiality; preference (a predilection for Bach)
A feeling or condition of hostility; hatred; ill will; animosity; antagonism.
Allowing the maximum passage of light, as glass; translucent
Clear or limpid (pellucid waters)
Pleasantly easy to approach and to talk to; friendly; cordial; warmly polite
Vigorously active and aggressive, especially in support of a cause: militant reformers
Engaged in warfare; fighting.
Clearly expressed or presented; lucid
Of, pertaining to, or befitting a master; authoritative; weighty; of importance or consequence (a magisterial pronouncement by the director of the board)
Imperious; domineering: a magisterial tone of command
Foolish, unintelligent, or silly; stupid (It is surprising that supposedly intelligent people can make such asinine statements)
Of or like an ass (asinine features)
excessive pride or self-confidence; arrogance
Uncertainty or doubtfulness
Instability or insecurity (the incertitude of his position in life caused him to postpone marriage)
Full of menacing or malign influences; pernicious
Causing insidious harm or ruin; ruinous; injurious; hurtful (pernicious teachings; a pernicious lie)
Deadly; fatal (a pernicious disease)
Equality, as in amount, status, or character
Equivalence; correspondence; similarity; analogy
The condition or fact of having given birth
The number of children to which a woman has given birth
Patronage bestowed or favoritism shown on the basis of family relationship, as in business and politics (she was accused of nepotism when she made her nephew an officer of the firm)
Producing or capable of producing offspring, fruit, vegetation, etc., in abundance; prolific (fruitful: fecund parents; fecund farmland)
Of or pertaining to shepherds; pastoral
Of, pertaining to, or suggesting an idyllic rural life.
A name or title
A terse saying embodying a general truth, or astute observation, as “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely”
Act of reclaiming; the reclaiming of desert, marshy, or submerged areas or other wasteland for cultivation or other use
Pertaining to rudiments or first principles; elementary (a rudimentary knowledge of geometry)
Requiring immediate action or aid; urgent; pressing
Pertaining to conversion into heat
To deprive of force or strength; destroy the vigor of; weaken
To give or lead to feel a false sense of safety; cause to be less alert, aware, or watchful
To caution, advise, or counsel against something
To reprove or scold, especially in a mild and good-willed manner (the teacher admonished him about excessive noise)
To urge to a duty; remind: to admonish them about their obligations
Biting or given to biting
Sharp or caustic in style, tone, etc.
A scolding or a long or intense verbal attack; diatribe
A long, passionate, and vehement speech, especially one delivered before a public gathering
Any long, pompous speech or writing of a tediously hortatory or didactic nature; sermonizing lecture or discourse.
To cut short; cut off a part of; abridge; reduce; diminish
Dealing with very profound, difficult, or abstruse subject matter: a recondite treatise
Beyond ordinary knowledge or understanding; esoteric: recondite principles
Little known; obscure: a recondite fact.
Mournful, dismal, or gloomy, especially in an affected, exaggerated, or unrelieved manner (lugubrious songs of lost love)
Caustic, stinging, or bitter in nature, speech, behavior, etc (an acrimonious answer; an acrimonious dispute)
Mild or merciful in disposition or character; lenient; compassionate (a clement judge reduced his sentence)
Given to seizing for plunder or the satisfaction of greed
Inordinately greedy; predatory; extortionate: a rapacious disposition
Giving out or capable of giving out a sound, especially a deep, resonant sound, as a thing or place (a sonorous cavern)
Given to, characterized by, intended for, or suited to joking or jesting; waggish; facetious (jocular remarks about opera stars)
Made commonplace or trite; stale; banal (the hackneyed images of his poetry)
Incisive or keen, as language or a person; caustic; cutting: trenchant wit
Vigorous; effective; energetic: a trenchant policy of political reform
Clearly or sharply defined; clear-cut; distinct
Having keen mental perception and understanding; discerning: (to exhibit perspicacious judgment)
Excessively talkative in a rambling, roundabout manner, especially about trivial matters
Wordy or diffuse (a garrulous and boring speech)
Amusing in an odd way; whimsically humorous; waggish
Injurious to health; harmful
Passing aimlessly from one subject to another; digressive; rambling
Proceeding by reasoning or argument rather than intuition
Having many curves, bends, or turns; winding: (a sinuous path)
Indirect; devious (sinuous questions)
Expressed in few words; concise; terse
Characterized by conciseness or verbal brevity
Compressed into a small area, scope, or compass
Boorish, rude, mean, peasantlike, surly
Full of fear; timid
To deprive and make desolate, especially by death (usually followed by of - 'Illness bereaved them of their mother')
To deprive ruthlessly or by force (the war bereaved them of their home)
To take away by violence
An exact copy of
Roundabout; not direct
Abounding in pithy aphorisms or maxims (a sententious book)
Given to excessive moralizing; self-righteous
Brief, forceful, and meaningful in expression; full of vigor, substance, or meaning; terse; forcible (a pithy observation)
An expression of a general truth or principle, especially an aphoristic or sententious one
A presentiment or foreboding
Something that portends or foreshadows a future event; an omen, prognostic, or warning indication.
A trembling; vibration
A state of flustered excitement or fear
Full of sexual lust
Sharp; caustic (his acidulous criticism of the book)
Moderately acid or tart; subacid.
Full of complaints
To see (something unclear or distant) by looking carefully; discern; espy (the lookout descried land)
To discover; perceive; detect
A traditional saying expressing a common experience or observation; proverb
Any award, honor, or laudatory notice (the play received accolades from the press)