(adj.) Severe or stern in manner; without adornment or luxury, simple, plain; harsh or sour in favor.
Synonyms: forbidding, rigorous, puritanical, ascetic, unadorned, subdued.
When some people seem austere, they could actually be soft.
(adj.) Performing acts of kindness or charity; conferring benefits, doing good.
Synonyms: Humanitarian, magnanimous, charitable
One should be beneficent without being told.
(adj.) pale, gaunt, resembling a corpse
Synonyms: corpselike, wasted, haggard, emaciated, ghastly
If you do not take care of yourself, in the end you will look cadaverous.
(v.) to prepare by combining ingredients, make up (as a dish); to devise, invent, fabricate.
Synonyms: create, fashion, rustle up
Lady Macbeth concocted a plan to kill King Duncan
(v.) to lower in character, quality, or value; to degrade, adulterate; to cause to deteriorate.
Synonyms: cheapen, corrupt, demean, depreciate
If you wait to buy presents until after Christmas, the items will debase.
(v.) coarse, unfeeling; stupid
Synonyms: crude, vulgar, tasteless, oafish, obtuse
How could he be so crass to say that to her?
(v.) to commit sacrilege upon, treat irreverently; to contaminate, pollute
Synonyms: profane, defile, violate
Please do not desecrate the rivers.
(v.) to confuse, to disturb the composure of
Synonyms: upset, rattle, ruffle, faze, perturb
Your constant questioning is disconcerting me.
(adj.) grand in an impressive or stately way; marked by pompous affection or grandeur, absurdly exaggerated
Synonyms: majestic, bombastic, highfalutin
You have made a grandiose mistake
(adj.) trifling, unimportant
Synonyms: trivial, negligible, petty, paltry
Where I was is inconsequential.
(n.) a breaking of a law or obligation
Synonyms: violation, transgression, breach, offense
It seems she has an infraction.
(v.) to make milder or softer, to moderate in force or intensity
Synonyms: lessen, relieve, alleviate, diminish
To mitigate the tackles in football, the players wear padding.
(v.) to rob of goods by open force (as in war), plunder; (n.) the act of looting; booty
Synonyms: (v.) ravage, sack, loot; (n.) booty
Pirates pillaged towns and nearby ships.
(v.) to talk a great deal in a foolish or aimless fashion
Synonyms: chatter, prattle, blab, blabber, palaver
Rumors are spread by prating.
(adj.) very careful and exact, attentive to fine points of etiquette or propriety
Synonyms: precise, scrupulous, exacting, fussy, finicky
When map making, you must be punctilious
(adj.) inspiring fear or awe; illustrious, eminent
Synonyms: formidable, fearsome, awesome, august
The redoubtable acrobats had me in a trance.
(v.) to find fault with, scold, rebuke
Synonyms: chide, chastise, upbraid, reproach
Her parents reproved her because she missed her curfew.
(n.) the act of restoring someone or something to the rightful owner or to a former state or position; making good on a loss or damage
Synonyms: compensation, reimbursement, redress, restoration
(adj.) strong, sturdy; brave; resolute; (n.) a brave, strong person; a strong supporter; one who takes an uncompromising position
Synonyms: sturdy, stout, intrepid, valiant; (n.) mainstay
The skydiver is a stalwart.
(adj.) open to attack; capable of being wounded or damaged; unprotected
Synonyms: defenseless, exposed, unguarded
The soldier was in a vulnerable area.
(adj.) stinging, bitter in temper or tone
Synonyms: biting, caustic, rancorous, hostile, peevish
She acrimoniously yelled at me.
(adj.) resembling a cow or ox; sluggish, unresponsive
Synonyms: stolid, dull, slow, stupid
Our car was trapped by the bovine herd.
(n.) dismay, confusion
Synonyms: shock, amazement, bewilderment, dismay
After the math lesson, I sat in my desk in a state of consternation.
(adj.) fat; having a large, bulky body
Synonyms: overweight, heavy, obese, stout, portly
Most sumo wrestlers are corpulent.
(v.) to deny responsibility for or connection with
Synonyms: disown, disclaim, retract, abjure
She disavowed the accusations of cheating.
(adj.) impartial; calm, free from emotion
Synonyms: unbiased, disinterested, cool, detached
That tranquil weekend, Susie was dispassionate.
(n.) disagreement, sharp difference in opinion
Synonyms: strife, discord, contention
After lunch, we had a dissension about our plans for the weekend.
(v.) to cause to disappear; to scatter, dispel; to spend foolishly, squander; to be extravagant in pursuit of pleasure
Synonyms: disperse, strew, diffuse, waste
The magician dissipated the rabbit.
(v.) to remove objectionable passages or words from a written text; to cleanse, purify
Synonyms: purge, censor, bowdlerize
If the editor does not like what you wrote, he will expurgate it from your book.
(n.) an armored or protective glove; a challenge; two lines of men armed with weapons with which to beat a person forced to run between them; an ordeal
Synonyms: dare, provocation, trial, punishment
He declared a gauntlet.
(adj.) based on an assumption or guess; used as a provisional or tentative idea to guide or direct investigation
Synonyms: assumed, supposed, conjectural, conditional
The question was hypothetical, but not to be taken seriously.
(adj.) mean, low, base
Synonyms: inferior, unworthy, dishonorable, sordid
Taylor Swift writes about a ignoble person in her song "Mean".
(v.) to call into question; to attack as false
Synonyms: challenge, deny, dispute, query, question
She impugned me when I answered a question.
(adj.) immoderate, lacking in self-control; inclement
Synonyms: excessive, extreme, unrestrained, inordinate
My friend has ADHD, and she is intemperate if she doesn't take her medicine.
(n.) hatred, contempt; disgrace or infamy resulting from hateful conduct
Synonyms: excessive, extreme, unrestrained, inordinate
He has odium for people who bully.
(n.) faithlessness, treachery
Synonyms: betrayal, disloyalty, treason, duplicity
The King was so shocked by Anne Boleyn's perfidy, that he had her beheaded.
(v.) to place in a lower position; to assign, turnover; to banish
Synonyms: transfer, consign, demote, exile
Romeo was relegated from Verona, after killing Tybalt.
(adj.) inclined to nausea; easily shocked or upset; excessively fastidious or refined
Synonyms: nauseated, queasy, delicate, oversensitive, priggish
After watching the the massacre in the scary movie, I was squeamish.
(adj.) subordinate in capacity or role; submissively obedient; serving to promote some end
Synonyms: secondary, servile, obsequious, useful
Her willingness to be subservient to her kids made her isolated.
(adj.) open to; easily influenced; lacking in resistance
Synonyms: vulnerable, receptive, impressionable
The Native Americans were susceptible to European diseases.
(v.) to make less in amount, degree, etc.; to subside, become less; to nullify; to deduct, omit
Synonyms: diminish, decrease, subside, let up
When my bank account was mysteriously abating, I had a sense there was something wrong.
(n.) praise or flattery that is excessive
Synonyms: adoration, idolization, hero-worship
She received intense adulation after the performance.
(n.) an object of intense dislike; a curse or strong denunciation (often used adjectivally without the article)
Synonyms: malediction, imprecation, abomination
President Bush was seen as an anathema for a while.
(adj.) shrewd, crafty, showing practical wisdom
Synonyms: shrewd, acute, sagacious, judicious, wily
Professors at Ivy League colleges are considered astute.
(n.) a greedy desire, particularly for wealth
Synonyms: cupidity, rapacity, acquisitiveness
Macbeth and Lady Macbeth had an avarice for power.
(adj.) deserving blame, worthy of condemnation
Synonyms: guilty, delinquent, peccant, blameworthy
The culpable murderer was voted guilty.
(adj.) tending to delay or procrastinate, not prompt; intended to delay or postpone
Synonyms: stalling, slow, tardy, laggard
I was dilatory yesterday because I watched movies instead of doing homework.
(adj.) conspicuous, standing out from the mass (used in an unfavorable sense)
Synonyms: glaring, flagrant, blatant
The entertainer told an egregious lie about his friend.
(v.) to peak or act in a way that allows for more than one interpretation; to be deliberately vague or ambiguous
Synonyms: to talk out of both sides of one's mouth, palter, hedge
Please don't equivocate, be straight forward.
(adj.) vanishing, soon passing away; light and airy
Synonyms: ephemeral, transient, transitory
The evanescent clouds added to the beautiful day.
(adj.) unable to make up one's mind, hesitating
Synonyms: indecisive, vacillating, wavering
I was irresolute while trying to sign up for electives.
(adj.) cloudlike, resembling a cloud; cloudy in color, not transparent; vague, confused, indistinct
Synonyms: hazy, fuzzy, cloudy, vague, murky, opaque, indeterminate
My first memory is nebulous.
(n.) One who is just a beginner at some activity requiring skill and experience
Synonyms: neophyte, tryo, trainee, apprentice
She is a novice at accounting.
(n.) extreme poverty; barrenness, insufficiency
Synonyms: destitution, want, indigence
There are countries that are in penury.
(adj.) done for show, striving to make a big impression; claiming merit or position unjustifiably; making demands on one's skill or abilities, ambitious
Synonyms: inflated, ostentatious, affected
The new kid was pretentious the first week, then after he got comfortable and became himself again.
(v.) to review a series of facts; to sum up
Synonyms: review, summarize, sum up, go over
In a literary analysis, it is never good to recapitulate the story.
(v.) to revive, bring back to consciousness or existence
Synonyms: revitalize, reanimate, restore, reactivate
He was resuscitated after the accident.
(adj.) untidy, dirty, careless
Synonyms: unkempt, slatternly, slipshod, lax
My room is currently slovenly.
(n.) something that is assumed or taken for granted without conclusive evidence
Synonyms: assumption presumption, hypothesis
I shouldn't have made a supposition about her.
(adj.) inactive, sluggish, dull
Synonyms: sluggish, lethargic, otiose, languid
On rainy days I feel torpid, but in a good way.