Forms: lament; plural laments
Definition: a passionate expression of grief or sorrow; to mourn; an expression of regret or disappointment
Sentence: His mother's night-long laments for his father continued for months.
synonyms: wail, wailing, moan, moaning, weeping, crying, sob, sobbing, keening; jeremiad; complaint
Forms: lament; laments; lamented; lamented; lamenting
Definition: To mourn (a person's loss or death).
Sentence: He was lamenting the death of his infant daughter.
synonyms: mourn, grieve, sorrow, wail, weep, cry, sob, keen, beat one's breast
Antonyms: celebrate, rejoice
Forms: nonchalant (adjective)
Definition: (of a person or manner) feeling or appearing casually calm and relaxed; not displaying anxiety, interest, or enthusiasm.
Sentence: She gave a nonchalant shrug because she did not care if she was not in charge.
synonyms: calm, composed, unconcerned, cool, indifferent, blasé, dispassionate, apathetic, casual, insouciant;
non- : not
Forms: mesmerizes; mesmerized; mesmerizing
Definition: hold the attention of (someone) to the exclusion of all else or to transfix them.
Sentence: She was mesmerized by the blue eyes that stared so intently into her own.
Synonyms: enthrall, hold spellbound, entrance, dazzle, bedazzle, bewitch, charm, captivate, enchant, fascinate, transfix, grip, hypnotize
Antonym: bore, tire, disenchant
Forms: ponderously -adv;
Definition: slow and clumsy because of great weight; dull, laborious, or excessively solemn.
Sentence: Her footsteps were heavy and ponderous.
synonyms: heavy, awkward, lumbering, cumbersome, ungainly, graceless , uncoordinated, blundering;
awkward, forced, stilted, unnatural, artificial; stodgy, lifeless, plodding, tedious, monotonous
antonyms: lively; light
Forms : ponder
Definition : to reflect or consider thoroughly; to think with care
Sentence: She pondered the consequences before making her decision.
Synonyms: meditate, mull, mull over, muse, chew over, think over, excogitate, reflect, ruminate, speculate, contemplate
Antonyms: discard, ignore, forget
having the quality of
pond- : weight
Forms: reproach, reproaching, reproaches
Definition: address (someone) in such a way as to express disapproval or disappointment/ accuse someone
Sentence: Critics of the administration reproached the president for his failure to tackle the problem.
Synonyms: disgrace, admonishment, blame, condemn, discredit, rebuke
Antonyms: approval, compliment, regard, endorse
Forms: (adv) zealously
Definition: having or showing passion; devoted
Sentence: The council was extremely zealous in the application of the regulations.
Synonyms: fervent, fervid, fanatical, passionate, impassioned, devout, committed, dedicated, hard-core, enthusiastic, eager, keen, avid, card-carrying, vigorous, energetic, intense, fierce;
Antonym: apathetic, indifferent
Definition: incapable of producing any useful result; pointless.
Sentence: There was a futile attempt to keep fans from mounting the stage to celebrate the fantastic performance.
Synonyms: fruitless, vain, useless, ineffectual, ineffective, inefficacious, to no effect, of no use, in vain, to no avail, unavailing; unsuccessful, failed, thwarted; unproductive, barren
Forms: adverb: exuberantly; Noun: exuberance, exuberantness
Definitions: filled with or characterized by a lively energy and excitement.
Sentence: The concert was filled with a giddiy and exuberant crowd.
Synonyms: ebullient, buoyant, cheerful, jaunty, lighthearted, high-spirited, exhilarated, excited, elated, exultant, euphoric, joyful, cheery, merry, jubilant, vivacious, enthusiastic, irrepressible, energetic, animated, full of life, lively, vigorous, adrenalized;
Antonyms: gloomy; meager
Definition: having or displaying a passionate intensity
Sentence: The Republican Party is a fervent disciple of tax reform in our country.
Synonyms: Impassioned, passionate, intense, vehement, ardent, sincere, fervid, heartfelt; enthusiastic, zealous, fanatical, hardcore, wholehearted, avid, eager, keen, committed, dedicated, devout;
Antonyms: apathetic; dispassionate, unconcerned
Forms: (verb) impend
Definition: about to happen
Sentence: I was at the airport waiting on my impending departure.
Synonyms: Imminent, near, nearing, approaching, coming, forthcoming, upcoming, to come, on the way, about to happen, in store, on the horizon, in the air/wind, brewing, looming, menacing;
Antonyms: past, later, distant
Forms: plural: implications; verb: imply, implies, implied, implying, implicate, implicates, implicated, implicating
Definition: to suggest or express indirectly
Sentence: The implication is that no one person at the bank is responsible for the theft.
Synonyms: suggestion, insinuation, innuendo, hint, intimation,
Antonyms: proof, truth
Definition: of crucial importance in relation to the development or success of something else.
Sentence: The alliance between the Indians and the colonists played a pivotal role in the revolution.
Synonyms: central, crucial, vital, critical, focal, essential, key, decisive
Antonyms: minor, secondary, trivial, unimportant
Forms: deviates, deviated, deviating; Noun: deviant; deviants
Definition: to stray from; to turn away from; to depart from an established course.
Sentence: You must not deviate from the agreed route, or we may get separated from the group.
Synonyms: digress, detour, diverge, swerve
Antonym: straight, stay
de-: from, down, away, to do the opposite
-ate: to act upon
Forms: plural - novices
Definition: a person new to or inexperienced in a field or situation, beginner
Sentence: He is a novice at tennis, but he showing great potential.
Synonyms: beginner, learner, newcomer, initiate, fledgling; apprentice, trainee, probationer, student, pupil, tenderfoot; rookie, newbie, greenhorn
Antonyms: expert, veteran
Forms: adverb: illustriously
Definition: famous; celebrated; well-known, respected, and admired for past achievements.
Sentence: He had an illustrious military career and retired a five star general.
Synonyms: esteemed, honored, respected, distinguished, acclaimed, notable, prominent, renowned, famous, famed, well-known, celebrated, legendary; brilliant, glorious, stellar
Antonyms: average, unimportant, minor, obscure, uncelebrated il-: not
-ous: adj/having the
Forms: adverb - arrogantly
noun - arrogance
Definition: having or revealing an exaggerated sense of one's own importance or abilities.
Sentence: He is arrogant and opinionated when it comes to his ability to play football.
Synonyms: haughty, conceited, self-important, egotistic, superior; overbearing, pompous, presumptuous, imperious, proud, immodest
Antonyms: humble, modest, shy, timid, unsure, meek
Forms: adverb - eloquently noun - eloquence
Definition: fluent or persuasive in speaking or writing; very expressive; graceful, persuasive speech
Sentence: The student running for class president made an eloquent speech.
Synonyms: fluent, articulate, expressive, silver-tongued; persuasive, strong, forceful, powerful, potent, well-expressed, effective, lucid, vivid, graphic
Antonyms: dispassionate, dull, ineffective, inarticulate
Forms: perils; adjective - perilous; adverb - perilously
Definition: serious and immediate danger
Sentence: His family was in peril as the tornado passed over his house.
Synonyms: danger, jeopardy, risk, hazard, insecurity, uncertainty, menace, threat, pitfall, problem
Antonyms: safety, secure
Forms: provokes; provoked; provoking
Definition: stimulate or give rise to (a reaction or emotion, typically a strong or unwelcome one) in someone.
Sentence: The decision provoked a storm of protest from civil rights organizations.
Synonyms: arouse, produce, evoke, cause, give rise to, occasion, call forth, elicit, induce, excite, spark off, touch off, kindle, generate, engender, instigate, result in, lead to, bring on, precipitate, prompt, trigger;
Antonyms: deter; pacify; appease
Forms: adverb - prudently;
Definition: acting with or showing care and thought for the future.
Sentence: No prudent money manager would authorize a loan without first knowing its purpose.
Synonyms: wise, well judged, sensible, politic, judicious, sagacious, sage, shrewd, advisable, well-advised, cautious, careful, provident, farsighted, judicious, shrewd, circumspect; thrifty, economical
Antonyms: unwise, reckless, careless
Forms: reconciles; reconciled; reconciling
Definition: restore friendly relations between.
Sentence: She wanted to be reconciled with her father.
Synonyms: settle one's differences, make (one's) peace, make up, bury the hatchet, declare a truce, make compatible, harmonize, square, make congruent, balance; reunite; appease, placate, resolve
Antonyms: quarrel, estrange, alienate