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(v) to grow or accumulate over time; to happen as a natural result. SYN: collect, accumulate, proceed from. ANT: dwindle, decrease, diminish, lessen


(n) a critical or explanatory note or comment, especially for a literary work


(n) a state or scene of uproar and confusion. SYN: commotion, pandemonium, chaos, anarchy. ANT: peace and quiet, order, tranquility


(adj) hidden, disguised, purposefully kept secret; sheltered, secluded; (n) a sheltered place, a hiding place. SYN: undercover, clandestine, sub-rosa. ANT: open, overt, undisguised


(adj) pleasant, courteous, lighthearted; smooth and polished in manner and appearance. SYN: carefree, jaunty, gracious, suave, urbane. ANT: distraught, agitated, boorish, churlish


(v) To demand insistently, especially in payment of a debt; (n) A creditor; (adj.) Dark, dull, drab, dingy. SYN: hound, pester, harass, nag


(adj) effective, producing results. SYN: effectual, efficient, potent, powerful. ANT: ineffective, worthless, useless


(n) calmness, composure, refusal to panic. SYN: tranquility, imperturbability. ANT: excitability, flappability, agitation


(adj) accidental, occurring by a happy chance. SYN: unintentional, unplanned, random, lucky. ANT: intentional, deliberate, premeditated


(n) the essential part, main point, or essence. SYN: substance, core, nucleus


(adj) freely given; not called for by circumstances, unwarranted. SYN: voluntary, unjustified, uncalled-for. ANT: justified, warranted


(adj) overbearing, arrogant; seeking to dominate; pressing, compelling. SYN: domineering, magisterial, urgent, imperative. ANT: fawning, obsequious, humble, unassuming


(n) a strong denunciation or condemnation; abusive language; (adj) abusive, vituperative. SYN: vituperation, abuse, diatribe, philippic. ANT: tribute, panegyric, encomium


(adj) showing great variety; composed of different elements or many colors; (n) a jester's costume; a jester. SYN: variegated, heterogeneous, diverse, fool. ANT: uniform, homogenous, monochromatic


(adj) extremely generous, lavish. SYN: bounteous, liberal. ANT: stingy, miserly, tightfisted, parsimonious


(v) to delay, put off until later. SYN: stall, temporize, dillydally


(adj) tending to produce a strong feeling or response; arousing desire or appetite; irritating, annoying. SYN: stimulating, arousing, vexing, galling. ANT: dull, insipid, bland, unstimulating


(adj) exceeding ordinary knowledge and understanding. SYN: esoteric, arcane, profound, abstruse. ANT: simple, uncomplicated


(n) a depraved, vicious, or unprincipled person, scoundrel; (adj) wicked, corrupt, or unprincipled; (v) to disapprove of, condemn. SYN: scoundrel, blackguard, immoral, corrupt. ANT: saint, upright, virtuous, moral


(adj) characterized by or calling for continued sitting; remaining in one place. SYN: seated, stationary, static. ANT: active, peripatetic, migratory


(adj) moderate, sparing; characterized by abstinence and self-discipline. SYN: temperate, sober, moderate. ANT: indulgent, immoderate, intemperate


(adj) deserving of blame or correction. SYN: blameworthy, discreditable, reprehensible. ANT: commendable, laudable, meritorious


(adj) likely but not certain to happen, possible; dependent on uncertain events or conditions; happening by chance; (n) a representative group forming part of a larger body. SYN: conditional, dependent, a detachment. ANT: independent of, unconnected with, certain


(v) to confirm, make more certain, bolster, substantiate, verify. ANT: refute, contradict, undermine, discredit


(n) an inhabitant, resident; one who frequents a place. SYN: resident, dweller, habitue. ANT: alien, outsider, stranger, foreigner


(adj) passing aimlessly from one place or subject to another, rambling, roving, nomadic. SYN: digressive, diffuse, wandering, episodic. ANT: short and to the point, succinct


(v) to scatter or spread widely. SYN: disperse, publicize, broadcast, circulate. ANT: bring together, concentrate, muster, conceal, hide


(adj) poorly dressed, shabby; lacking smartness and good taste. SYN: frumpy, tacky, frowsy, drab. ANT: chic, stylish, elegant, fashionable


(adj) highly colored, reddish; excessively ornate, overdecorated, showy. SYN: flushed, ruddy, flowery, frilly, flamboyant. ANT: pale, ashen, pallid, sallow, austere, stark


(v) to impose by fraud, to pass off as worth or genuine, to bring about by stealth, dishonesty, or coercion. SYN: pass off, palm off, fob off


(adj) awkward, lacking in social graces, tactless, clumsy. SYN: inept, uncouth, maladroit. ANT: adroit, tactful, diplomatic, politic


(n) an opinion different from accepted belief, the denial of an idea that is generally held sacred. SYN: unorthodox belief, heterodoxy. ANT: orthodoxy


(v) to impress on the mind by repetition, teach persistently and earnestly. SYN: instill, implant, infuse, ingrain, imbue. ANT: efface, extirpate, root out


(adj) capable of being touched or felt, easily seen, heard, or recognized. SYN: tangible, plain, obvious, manifest. ANT: intangible, insubstantial, incorporeal


(adj) having sympathetic insight or understanding, capable of keen appreciation. SYN: insightful, discerning, observant. ANT: dense, thick, obtuse, dim-witted


(adj) extremely harmful, deadly, fatal. SYN: injurious, deleterious, baleful, noxious. ANT: harmless, innocuous, salutary, salubrious


(adj) leaping, jumping, springing forth, prominent, standing out, conspicuous; (n) a land form that projects upwards or outwards. SYN: striking, notable, protrusive, obvious. ANT: inconspicuous, recessive


(v) to satisfy completely, fill to excess; (adj) full or satisfied. SYN: gratify, cloy, surfeit, gorge. ANT: starve, deprive entirely of


(v) to make or become dry or withered, to char or scorch the surface of, to harden or make unfeeling


(adj) deceptive, apparently good or valid but lacking real merit. SYN: deceptively, plausible, sophistic, casuistic. ANT: valid, sound, solid, genuine


(v) to clear from blame, responsibility, guilt. SYN: acquit, exonerate, vindicate, excuse, pardon. ANT: condemn, convict, incriminate, inculpate


(n) a representation in which the subject's characteristic features are deliberately exaggerated; (V) to present someone of something in a deliberately distorted way. SYN: cartoon, burlesque, parody, lampoon


(n) a loud ringing sound; (v) to make a loud, ringing noise. SYN: din, clamor, uproar. ANT: silence, stillness, peace and quiet


(adj) side by side, touching, near, adjacent in time. SYN: adjoining, abutting, next door to. ANT: detached, apart, distant, remote


(n) an eager desire for something, greed. SYN: avarice, rapacity, craving, lust. ANT: helpful, beneficial, harmless, innocuous


(adj) harmful, injurious. SYN: detrimental, destructive, pernicious, damaging. ANT: helpful, beneficial, harmless, innocuous


(v) to raise to a higher degrees, to increase the value or desirability of. SYN: fascinate, enchant, attract, bewitch. ANT: bore to tears, repel, put someone off


(v) to enslave, imprison, captivate, charm, hold spellbound. SYN: fascinate, enchant, attract, bewitch. ANT: bore to tears, repel, put someone off


(v) to lessen the seriousness or magnitude of an offense by making partial excuses. SYN: moderate, mitigate, diminish, downplay. ANT: intensify, aggravate, worsen, exacerbate


(adj) implied, understood though unexpressed, without doubts or reservations, potentially contained in. SYN: inferred, tacit, unspoken, unconditional. ANT: explicit, expressed, stated, revealed


(adj) sharp, keen, penetrating. SYN: acute, cutting, perceptive, trenchant


(adj) marked by conspicuous or pretentious display. SYN: flashy, overdone, affected, flamboyant. ANT: modest, plain, simple, demure, retiring


(n) a model of excellence or perfection. SYN: exemplar, ideal, paradigm, model, good example


(v) to restate in other words; (n) a statement that presents a given idea in a new language. SYN: reword, rephrase, a rendition, version. ANT: repeat verbatim, duplicate, quote


(adj) prudent, shrewdly conceived and developed, artful, expedient. SYN: tactful, diplomatic, judicious, circumspect. ANT: unwise, injudicious, imprudent, rash


(adj) dull, ordinary, lacking in distinction or originality. SYN: commonplace, humdrum, literal, pedestrian. ANT: remarkable, distinctive, poetic, inspired


(adj) extra, excess, more than is needed, wordy or repetitive, profuse, lush. SYN:unnecessary, superfluous, verbose, prolix. ANT: succinct, terse, laconic, scarce, inadequate


(adj) making a show of virtue or righteousness, hypocritically moralistic or pious. ANT: heartfelt, sincere, humble


(adj) sparkling, twinkling, exceptionally brilliant. SYN: stimulating, lively, glittering, flashing. ANT: dull, boring, insipid, flat, tame, vapid


(adj) charming, attractive, pleasing in a way suggesting childlike charm or innocence. SYN: winning, engaging, delightful, prepossessing. ANT: unattractive, unappealing, repulsive

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