equal in extent; of the same size; Corresponding in size or degree; proportionate: a salary ~ with my performance. Measurable by a common standard; commensurable.; [Late Latin commēnsūrātus : Latin com-, com- + mēnsūrātus (from past participle of mēnsūrāre, to measure, from Latin mēnsūra, measure; see measure).]
like a spirit or fairy; unearthly light; heavenly; unusually refined; Ex. She has an ~ beauty; CF. ether: upper air
purest and highest embodiment; perfect example; apotheosis; most essential element; Ex. ~ of wit; ADJ. quintessential; CF. fifth essence [Latin quīnta, feminine of quīntus, fifth + Latin essentia, essence; see essence.]
crush or grind into very small particles; from Late Latin pulverizāre, from Latin pulvis, pulver-, dust
nervous or excited; extremely agitated; hysterical; wrought-up; CF. wrought: made or done
body of customers; The clients of a professional person or practice considered as a group.; A body of customers or patrons: a restaurant's clientele.
obvious; easily seen; open for the public to read; of or protected by a ~; Ex. ~ to everyone; N.[from Latin patēns, patent-, open, present participle of patēre, to be open.]
decrease in size or strength (after being full); grow gradually to an end; Ex. The moon waxes and ~ every month; N.
spiritual rebirth; Ex. ~ of the prisoners; V. regenerate: give or obtain new life; reform spiritually
narrow opening in a large mass; break in a friendly relation; Ex. through a rift in the clouds; OP. reconcilation
acquit; exculpate; free from blame or guilt; [from Latin exonerāre, exonerāt-, to free from a burden : ex-, ex- + onus, oner-, burden.]
blacken; defame; [Latin dēnigrāre, dēnigrāt-, to blacken, defame : dē-, de- + niger, nigr-, black.]
dictionary; A stock of terms used in a particular profession, subject, or style; a vocabulary: the ~ of surrealist art.
foreshadow; portend; # To be an ome# Archaic. To predict; foretell.n of: heavy seas that boded trouble for small craft.; # Archaic. To predict; foretell.; [Middle English boden, from Old English bodian, to announce.]
marked by formality; extremely formal and polite; CF. ceremony: conventional social courtesy
appease; conciliate; make peaceful; ADJ. -tory; Latin propitiāre, propitiāt-, from propitius, propitious.
inexperienced; N: young bird that has acquired wing feathers and is learning to fly; inexperienced person
spotless; flawless; absolutely clean; [from Latin immaculātus : in-, not; see in-1 + maculātus, past participle of maculāre, to blemish (from macula, spot).]
reverse the order or position of; # To reverse or transfer the order or place of; interchange. To put into a different place or order: transpose the words of a sentence. See synonyms at reverse.
sadly thoughtful (because of desires or memories); sadly pensive; vaguely longing; [From obsolete wistly, intently.]
in a spirited manner; with courage; Ex. fight ~ against a superior boxer; ADJ. game; In a plucky manner; spiritedly.
school of the fine arts (especially music or drama); glass-enclosed area; CF. conservancy
person dissatisfied with existing state of affairs; discontented person; ADJ: discontented
grouch; spoilsport; one who intentionally spoils the pleasure of others; One who spoils the enthusiasm or fun of others.
serious speech, writing, or conversation; formal discussion (either written or spoken); conversation; V.
divided into two branches; forked; from Latin bifurcus, two-pronged : bi-, two; see bi-1 + furca, fork.]
uneasy feelings; misgivings; uneasy fears especially about matters of conscience; Ex. I have no ~ about giving this assignment to Helen.
shrill, trumpetlike sound; kind of trumpet used in former times; Loud and clear: a ~ call to resistance.
pertaining to the art of removing metals from ores; N. -gy : science that deals with extracting metals from ores; [New Latin metallūrgia, from Greek metallourgos, miner, worker in metals : metallon, a mine, metal + -ourgos, -worker (from ergon, work).]
signs; indications; Ex. ~ of a student's potential; CF. index: something that reveals or indicates; sign; Ex. cost-of-living index
preventing infection; having a cleansing effect; Free of pathogenic microorganisms: aseptic surgical instruments. # Using methods to protect against infection by pathogenic microorganisms: aseptic surgical techniques.
story-teller; one who tells stories with wit and skill; One who tells stories and anecdotes with skill and wit.
diminish; bring to a weaker or more difficult condition; demote; lower in rank; separate into components by analysis; Ex. ~ed to the ranks; Ex. ~ the house to rubble; N. reduction
formation of infantry carrying overlapping shields and long spears; group of men packed together (for attack or defense)
railing in a courtroom; legal profession; vertical line dividing a staff into equal measures; Ex. prisoner at the ~; V: shut in or out with ~s; forbid; exclude; CF. barrister
features especially of the face; distinctive shape or contour of the face; CF. line; A distinctive shape, contour, or line, especially of the face.; A definitive or characteristic feature. Often used in the plural: "the gross and subtle folds of corruption on the average senatorial face are hardly the ~ s of virtue" (Norman Mailer).