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verb ( edifies, edifying, edified ) [ with obj. ]
instruct or improve (someone) morally or intellectually.
verb students who have no desire to be edified should leave my classroom and take up thumbtwiddling: educate, instruct, teach, school, tutor, train, guide; enlighten, inform, cultivate, develop, improve, better.
supercilious |ˌsoopər ͞ ˈsilēəs|
adjective behaving or looking as though one thinks one is superior to others: a supercilious lady's maid.
adjective a supercilious young clerk: arrogant, haughty, conceited, disdainful, overbearing, pompous, condescending, superior, patronizing, imperious, proud, snobbish, snobby, smug, scornful, sneering; informal hoity-toity, high and mighty, uppity, snooty,
stuck-up, snotty, snot-nosed, jumped up, too big for one's britches.
Having or showing arrogant superiority to and disdain of those one views as unworthy
• his mother eyed my clothes with a supercilious air
= disdainful, haughty, imperious, lordly, overbearing, prideful, sniffy, swaggering Expressive of contempt • curled his lip in a supercilious smile ≈ proud
= ≈ sneering, snide uncomplimentary
verb [ no obj. ] conceal one's true motives, feelings, or beliefs: an honest, sincere person with no need to dissemble.Vacuous
verb she's being honest and has no need to dissemble: dissimulate, pretend, feign, act, masquerade, sham, fake, bluff, posture, hide one's feelings, put on a false front.
Make believe with the intent to deceive = affect, feign, pretend, sham ~ belie, misrepresent ⇒ bull, fake, mouth, play possum, take a dive, talk through one's hat
Hide under a false appearance • He dissembled his disappointment = cloak, mask ~ disguise, mask
vacuous adjective that vacuous laugh of his drives me nuts: silly. mindless: a vacuous smile | vacuous slogans. spacious. capacious adjective a capacious hotel suite: roomy. idiotic. sizable. informal dumb. stupid Without value. empty-headed. brainless. big. fatuous. Showing a lack of intelligence or thought. unintelligent.adjective having or showing a lack of thought or intelligence. vacant. moronic. stupid and silly • It was in this last category that the vacuous comments began = asinine. inane. vapid. generous. ample. • archaic empty. stupid. mindless ≈ daft. significance or point • vacuous comments = empty. formal commodious. fatuous. fluffy. hollow ≈ meaningless. insipid. foolish. . large. nonmeaningful Devoid of matter • a vacuous space ≈ empty capacious |kəˈpāSHəs| adjective having a lot of space inside. witless. dumb. ANTONYMS intelligent. roomy: she rummaged in her capacious handbag. fluffball. inane. foolish. brain-dead.
• of or relating to the power of memory. overblown. turgid. bombastic. ideas. orotund. mellow. lofty. large mnemonic |nəˈmänik| noun a device such as a pattern of letters. small. pretentious. sonorous adjective 1 a sonorous voice: resonant. magniloquent. • capable of producing a deep or ringing sound: the alloy is sonorous and useful in making bells. booming. pompous. strong. grandiloquent. clear. or associations that assists in remembering something. fruity. • (of a speech or style) using imposing language: they had expected the lawyers to deliver sonorous lamentations. grandiose.ANTONYMS cramped. 2 sonorous words of condemnation: impressive. reverberant. rich. sonorous |ˈsänərəs| adjective (of a person's voice or other sound) imposingly deep and full. deep. orotund. adjective aiding or designed to aid the memory. Large in capacity • she carried a capacious bag ≈ big. imposing. full. resounding. . round. highflown.
unbroken. continual. commensurate adjective 1 they had privileges but commensurate duties : equivalent. sustained. corresponding to. informal highfalutin. eternal. interminable. constant. rhetorical. proportionate. based on. commensurate |kəˈmensərət. nonstop. dependent on. correspondent. corresponding. incessant |inˈsesənt| adjective (of something regarded as unpleasant) continuing without pause or interruption: the incessant beat of the music. in line with. in keeping with. endless. unrelenting. in proportion: salary will be commensurate with experience | such heavy responsibility must receive commensurate rewardIncessant. incessant adjective their dog's incessant barking: ceaseless. unabating. relative to. around/round-the-clock.oratorical. ANTONYMS . perpetual. unceasing. proportional. consistent with. 2 a salary commensurate with your qualifications: appropriate to. continuous. everlasting. uninterrupted. never-ending. unrelieved. equal. persistent. comparable. unending. according to. unremitting. relentless. -ˈmenSHə-| adjective corresponding in size or degree.
tangential |tanˈjenCHəl| adjective of.intermittent. stooge. relating to. sycophant |ˈsikəfənt. suck-up. flatterer. brownnoser. irrelevant standard of life. lackey. occasional. or along a tangent: a tangential line. peripheral: the reforms were tangential to efforts to maintain a basic Of superficial relevance if any • a tangential remark = digressive ≈ beside the point. • diverging from a previous course or line. lickspittle. bootlicker. doormat. spaniel. -ˌfant| noun a person who acts obsequiously toward someone important in order to gain advantage. sycophant noun I thought you wanted a competent assistant. flunky. • hardly touching a matter. cringer. erratic: tangential thoughts. toady. suck. not a nodding sycophant: yes-man. Of or relating to or acting along or in the direction of a tangent • tangential tenable |ˈtenəbəl| adjective 1 able to be maintained or defended against attack .
sound. impalpable |imˈpalpəbəl| adjective unable to be felt by touch: an impalpable ghost. arguable. • not easily comprehended: something so impalpable as personhood. incorporeal. impalpable adjective his skin was sallow and his pulse impalpable | impalpable clouds: intangible. credible. believable. sustainable. indefinable. rational. insubstantial. 2 (of an office. subtle. immaterial. Incapable of being perceived by the senses especially the sense of touch • the impalpable constituent of energy = intangible ≈ abstract Imperceptible to the senses or the mind • an impalpable cloud • as impalpable as a dream • impalpable distinctions • impalpable shadows ≈ elusive. justifiable. sensible.) able to be held or used: the post is tenable for three years. unperceivable ◑palpable . reasonable. able to hold water. imperceptible. imperceptible. plausible. elusive. conceivable. ANTONYMS indefensible. tenable adjective O'Leary's confession has certainly made Cohn's alibi more tenable: defensible. scholarship. supportable. viable. position. indescribable. etc.or objection: such a simplistic approach is no longer tenable.
awful. distasteful. contemptible. beastly. rife. television became almost ubiquitous in the United States: omnipresent. loathsome. prevalent. monstrous. dreadful. appalling. reprehensible. frightful. repugnant. ubiquitous adjective after WWII. repellent. pleasant. deplorable. horrible. disagreeable. intolerable. terrible. nauseating. informal ghastly. unpalatable. unspeakable. repulsive. atrocious. everywhere. insufferable. ever-present. global. hateful. sickening. offensive. universal. abominable. odious adjective the odious procedures of the military government | the dumpsite was especially odious in summer: revolting. pervasive.odious |ˈōdēəs| adjective extremely unpleasant. objectionable. nasty. unpleasant. execrable. all over the place. horrid. gross. despicable. repulsive. vile. appearing. ubiquitous |yoo ͞ ˈbikwətəs| adjective present. noisome. abhorrent. worldwide. disgusting. godawful. or found everywhere: his ubiquitous influence was felt by all the family | cowboy hats are ubiquitous among the male singers. ANTONYMS delightful. unsavory. obnoxious. far- . detestable. foul.
reimbursement. ANTONYMS rare. inescapable. chew on. ] 1 think deeply about something: we sat ruminating on the nature of existence. peccadillo noun I'm sure we can overlook a few peccadilloes : . 2 (of a ruminant) chew the cud. formal cogitate about. reward. remuneration |riˌmyoonə ͞ ˈrāSHən| noun money paid for work or a service. meditate on. ruminate |ˈroomə ͞ ˌnāt| verb [ no obj. ponder on/over. puzzle over. pay. wages. peccadillo |ˌpekəˈdilō| noun ( pl. recompense. formal emolument(s). relatively unimportant offense or sin. contemplate. fee(s). salary. deliberate about/on. consider. ruminate verb we ruminated on the nature of existence: think about. remuneration noun you will receive adequate remuneration for the work you have done: payment. compensation. peccadilloes or peccadillos ) a small. earnings. mull over.reaching. muse on.
ANTONYMS prone. stale. overdone. passive. repeated words. petty offense. 2 failing to act or protest as a result of moral weakness or indolence: supine in the face of racial injustice. ANTONYMS strong. horizontal. supine |ˈsoo ͞ ˌpīn| adjective 1 (of a person) lying face upward. docile. common. stereotyped. conventional. ordinary. worn out. hackneyed. flat. facing upward. platitudinous. • technical having the front or ventral part upward. effete. misdeed. stretched out. banal |ˈbānl. spineless. overused. upright. vapid. submissive. banal adjective banal lyrics: trite. yielding.misdemeanor. stock. bəˈnal. recumbent. pliant. overworked. commonplace. inert. • (of the hand) with the palm upward. acquiescent. lapse. -ˈnäl| adjective so lacking in originality as to be obvious and boring: songs with banal. face upward. clichéd. . 2 the supine media: weak. spiritless. supine adjective 1 she lay supine on the sand: flat on one's back. indiscretion.
orotund. unimaginative. rare truistic. cornball. dissenting. style. flowery. overdone. heterodox |ˈhetərəˌdäks| adjective not conforming with accepted or orthodox standards or beliefs: heterodox views. corny. ANTONYMS original. rebellious. dull. ho-hum. highflown. bombastic. freethinking. grandiloquent adjective grandiloquent speeches: pompous. informal highfalutin. informal old hat. grandiloquent |granˈdiləkwənt| adjective pompous or extravagant in language. . ostentatious. florid. uninteresting. bromidic. skeptical. ANTONYMS orthodox. unconventional. unoriginal. spouting her liberal views: unorthodox. hoary. trivial. nonconformist. heretical. renegade. recusant. dissident. hack. blasphemous. esp. in a way that is intended to impress: a grandiloquent celebration of Spanish glory. played out. magniloquent. humdrum. overwrought. threadbare. dated dime-store. overblown. apostate.timeworn. or manner. pretentious. ANTONYMS understated. purple. tired. heterodox adjective their heterodox sister was home from college.
asseverate. feign (an) illness. pronounce ⇒ assure. protest. ] exaggerate or feign illness in order to escape duty or work.” he averred. a value approaching zero. verify ~ declare. attest. informal goof off. • [ with obj. tell . ] Law allege as a fact in support of a Report or maintain • He averred that he was the victim of a crime = allege. nounMathematics an indefinitely small quantity. hold. averring . malinger verb he was put on report for malingering: pretend to be ill.infinitesimal |ˌinfiniˈtes(ə)məl| adjective extremely small: an infinitesimal pause. aver |əˈvər| verb ( avers. shirk. avow. take. maintain ⇒ plead To declare or affirm solemnly and formally as true • Before God I aver I am innocent = affirm. swan. averred ) [ reporting verb ] formal state or assert to be the case: [ with clause ] : he averred that he was innocent of the allegations | [ with direct speech ] : “You're the most beautiful girl in the world. malinger |məˈliNGgər| verb [ no obj. assert. say ~ assert. fake (an) illness. claim. declare. swear.
discordance. dissonance. A loud harsh or strident noise = blare. discordant mixture of sounds: a cacophony of deafening alarm bells | figurative : a cacophony of architectural styles | songs of unrelieved cacophony. discord. usage noun . • habitual or customary practice. Rita slept on: din. cacophony noun despite the cacophony. or standard. clamour. obligation. noise. esp. cacophony |kəˈkäfənē| noun ( pl. as creating a right. cacophonies ) a harsh. uproar.plea. racket. blaring. din ~ noise Loud confusing disagreeable sounds usage |ˈyoosij. ͞ -zij| noun the action of using something or the fact of being used: a survey of water usage | the usage of equipment. • the way in which a word or phrase is normally and correctly used. clamor.
refractory adjective formal their refractory children: obstinate. • Medicine (of a person. habit. manipulation. perverse. consumption. 4 the usages of polite society: custom. contrary. wont. hard to melt or fuse. utilization. form. idiolect. mode of expression. parlance. 2 the usage of equipment: use. utilization. way. disobedient. informal balky. or diseased tissue) not yielding to treatment: healing of previously refractory ulcers. way of speaking/writing. willful. obstreperous. style. obdurate. 3 the intricacies of English usage: phraseology. headstrong. observance. operation. froward. • technical (of a substance) resistant to heat. idiom. rare (of a person or animal) resistant to infection. convention. ANTONYMS obedient. refractory |riˈfraktərē| adjective formal 1 stubborn or unmanageable: his refractory pony. (usages) mores. practice. 2 resistant to a process or stimulus: some granules are refractory to secretory stimuli. • Medicine. mulish. difficult. iconoclast |īˈkänəˌklast| noun .1 energy usage: use. running. wayward. formal praxis. illness. pigheaded. self-willed. rule. recalcitrant. tradition. archaic contumacious. stubborn. handling. procedure.
2 a destroyer of images used in religious worship. adjective |ˈenərvit| literary lacking in energy or vitality: the enervate slightness of his frail form. weary. devitalize. shatter. enervate verb the hot weather enervated her: exhaust. dissenter. levity |ˈlevətē| . informal knock out. infidel.and 9th-century movement in the Byzantine Church that sought to abolish the veneration of icons and other religious images. enfeeble. unbeliever. incapacitate. ] cause (someone) to feel drained of energy or vitality. rebel. dissident. prostrate. heretic. sap. ANTONYMS invigorate. debilitate. fatigue. she is an iconoclast: critic. wear out.1 a person who attacks cherished beliefs or institutions. renegade. iconoclast noun in terms of the money culture in Washington. tire. drain. weaken. weaken. do in. skeptic. mutineer. enervate verb |ˈenərˌvāt| [ with obj. in particular: • historical a supporter of the 8th.
imperturbability. selfpossession. phlegm. frivolity. 2 a sternly critical or censorious remark or . and evenness of temper. vivacity. jocularity. tranquility. gaiety. presence of mind. levity noun without some occasional levity. the working environment is no better than a sweatshop: lightheartedness. esp. equanimity noun she confronted the daily crises with equanimity : composure. cheeriness. laughter. poise. esp. in a difficult situation: she accepted both the good and the bad with equanimity . hilarity. composure. ANTONYMS seriousness. humor. cheerfulness. jollity. 1 a restriction on a person or activity: religious strictures on everyday life. joviality. ˌekwə-| noun mental calmness. nerve. equanimity |ˌēkwəˈnimitē. aplomb. the words were a disastrous flop. high spirits.noun humor or frivolity. calm. self-confidence. coolheadedness. equilibrium. mirth. level-headedness. liveliness. ANTONYMS anxiety. fun. amusement. merriment. wit. glee. assurance. comedy. the treatment of a serious matter with humor or in a manner lacking due respect: as an attempt to introduce a note of levity. serenity. informal cool. wittiness. sangfroid.
palatial. ANTONYMS praise. (living) on easy . well off. of means. stark. admonishment. swanky. limitation. ascetic. in clover. • wealthy: his more opulent tenants opulent adjective 1 his opulent home: luxurious. made of money. lavish. well-to-do. barrier. curb. ANTONYMS freedom. fancy. rolling in it. sumptuous. affluent. classy. informal well-heeled. stinking/filthy rich. loaded. reproach. rich. 2 the strictures on Victorian women: constraint. rolling in money/dough. informal plush. moneyed. swank. censure. restriction. 3 an intestinal stricture: narrowing. condemnation. reproof. constriction. grand. splendid. 3 Medicine abnormal narrowing of a canal or duct in the body: a colonic stricture | jaundice caused by bile duct stricture stricture noun 1 the constant strictures of the nuns: criticism. 2 an opulent family: wealthy. opulent |ˈäpyələnt| adjective ostentatiously rich and luxurious or lavish: the opulent comfort of a limousine. obstacle. ANTONYMS spartan.instruction: his strictures on their lack of civic virtue. grandiose. animadversion. restraint. magnificent. rich. of substance. prosperous. impediment. lavishly appointed. posh. ritzy.
ANTONYMS penniless. thin. formal calumniate.street. ANTONYMS praise. poor. slur. sneer at. undervalue. criticize. cast aspersions on. ANTONYMS sparse. vilify. underrate. denigrate. 2 of or relating to discourse or modes of discourse: the attempt to transform utterances from one . disparage |diˈsparij| verb [ with obj. whereas the novel is discursive. trivialize. ] regard or represent as being of little worth: he never missed an opportunity to disparage his competitors. informal pick holes in. mock. play down. defame. impugn. run down. badmouth. discredit. abundant. luxuriant. • (of a style of speech or writing) fluent and expansive rather than formulaic or abbreviated: the short story is concentrated. derogate. plentiful. dated in the chips. deprecate. traduce. slam. ridicule. 3 her opulent red hair: copious. overrate. profuse. impoverished. discursive prose. literary plenteous. discursive |disˈkərsiv| adjective 1 digressing from subject to subject: students often write dull. prolific. pan. pooh-pooh. deride. scoff at. disparage verb they disparage Lawrence and his achievements: belittle. scorn. secondhand. dis. knock. speak badly of. make light of.
long. ANTONYMS terse. informal waffly. noun your best hope of redress: compensation. circuitous. prolix. wordy. ] remedy or set right (an undesirable or unfair situation): the power to redress the grievances of our citizens. circumlocutory. remedy. meandering. ˈrēˌdres| verb [ with obj. diffuse. ANTONYMS concise. make good. flowing. discursive prose: rambling. discursive adjective 1 dull. 2 an elegant discursive style: fluent. amend. .discursive context to another. • archaic set upright again: some ambitious architect being called to redress a leaning wall. compensate for. roundabout. put to rights. settle. redress |riˈdres. maundering. redress verb 1 we redressed the problem: rectify. resolve. eloquent. 2 we aim to redress the balance: even up. lengthy. digressive. 3 Philosophy. archaic proceeding by argument or reasoning rather than by intuition. right. expansive. equalize. long-winded. regulate. noun remedy or compensation for a wrong or grievance: those seeking redress for an infringement of public law rights. fluid. verbose. correct. wandering.
peculiar. irregular. exceptional. obsequious |əbˈsēkwēəs| adjective obedient or attentive to an excessive or servile degree: they were served by obsequious waiters. oily. bootlicking. or expected: an anomalous situation | sentences that are grammatically anomalous anomalous adjective it's an anomalous birthmark: abnormal. Anomalous |əˈnämələs| adjective deviating from what is standard. freakish. informal brownnosing. mutant. retribution. aberrant. atypical. groveling. formal heteroclite. sycophantic. fawning. slavish. odd. smarmy. restitution. deviant. freak. obsequious adjective an elderly gentlemen surrounded by obsequious heirs: servile. vulgar slang ass-kissing. repayment. justice. normal. ingratiating. typical. unusual. ANTONYMS domineering. unctuous. submissive. ANTONYMS normal. subservient. oleaginous. satisfaction. out of the ordinary. bizarre. recompense. indemnity. indemnification. cringing. didactic |dīˈdaktik| .reparation.
truncate verb the program may need to be truncated: shorten. pedagogic. • in the manner of a teacher. abstemious |abˈstēmēəs| . educative. abbreviate. truncate |ˈtrəNGˌkāt| verb [ with obj. reduce.adjective intended to teach. improving. cut short. ANTONYMS lengthen. ] (often as adj. didactic adjective the reforming. bring to an untimely end. particularly in having moral instruction as an ulterior motive: a didactic novel that set out to expose social injustice. cut. didactic function of art: instructive. educational. particularly so as to treat someone in a patronizing way: slow-paced. curtail. instructional. didactic lecturing. typically so as to make equal angles with the adjacent faces. condense. informative. preceptive. prune. moralistic. extend. informational. edifying. truncated) shorten (something) by cutting off the top or the end: a truncated cone shape | discussion was truncated by the arrival of tea. • Crystallography replace (an edge or an angle) by a plane.
ethereal |iˈTHi(ə)rēəl| adjective 1 extremely delicate and light in a way that seems too perfect for this world: her ethereal beauty | a singer who has a weirdly ethereal voice. austere. . abstemious adjective the monks here have willingly chosen this abstemious life: self-denying. ethereal adjective melodic phrases of ethereal beauty: delicate.adjective not self-indulgent. self-disciplined. • heavenly or spiritual: ethereal. fragile.: from Latin abstemius (from ab. otherworldly visions. graceful. ANTONYMS self-indulgent.‘from’ + a word related to temetum ‘strong drink’) + -ous.” “Very abstemious of you. moderate. unearthly. fine. ANTONYMS substantial. earthly. sober. 2 Chemistry (of a solution) having diethyl ether as a solvent. hair-shirt. dainty. esp. when eating and drinking: “We only had a bottle. abstinent.” DERIVATIVES abstemiously adverb. airy. temperate. puritanical. spartan. exquisite. self-restrained. ascetic. abstemiousness noun ORIGIN early 17th cent. elegant. subtle. restrained.
. inflated: bombastic rhetoric | bombastic music that drowned out what anyone was saying. grandiloquent. verbose. puffed up. turgid. high-sounding. rare fustian. pretentious. ostentatious. overwrought. blustering. bombastic adjective his bombastic speeches could send thousands into the streets: pompous. orotund. informal highfalutin. high-flown.bombastic |bämˈbastik| adjective high-sounding but with little meaning.
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