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(n.) the expression of approval or favorable opinion, praise, official approval

approbation (synonyms and antonyms)

commendation, sanction;
disapproval, condemnation, censure


(v.) to make easier or milder, relieve; to quiet, calm; to put an end to, appease, satisfy, quench

assuage (synonyms and antonyms)

mitigate, alleviate, slake, allay;
intensify, aggravate, exacerbate


(n.) a combination, union, or merger for some specific purpose

coalition (synonyms and antonyms)

alliance, league, federation, combine;
splinter group


(n.) decline, decay, or deterioration; a condition or period of decline or decay; excessive self-indulgence

decadence (synonyms and antonyms)

degeneration, corruption;
rise, growth, development, maturation


(v.) to draw forth, bring out from some source

elicit (synonyms and antonyms)

call forth, evoke, extract, educe;
repress, quash, squelch, stifle


(v.) to attempt to dissuade someone from some course or decision by earnest reasoning

expostulate (synonyms)

protest, remonstrate, complain


(adj.) used so often as to lack freshness or originality

hackneyed (synonyms and antonyms)

banal, trite, commonplace, corny;
new, fresh, novel, original


(n.) a gap, opening, break

hiatus (synonyms and antonyms)

pause, lacuna;
continuity, continuation


(n.) a hint, indirect suggestion, or reference

innuendo (synonyms and antonyms)

insinuation, intimation;
direct statement


(v.) to plead on behalf of someone else; to serve as a third party or go-between in a disagreement

intercede (synonyms)

intervene, mediate


(adj.) wearied, worn-out, dulled

jaded (synonyms and antonyms)

sated, surfeited, cloyed;
unspoiled, uncloyed


(adj.) causing shock, horror, or revulsion; sensational; pale or sallow in color; terrible or passionate in intensity or lack of restraint

lurid (synonyms and antonyms)

gruesome, gory, grisly, baleful, ghastly;
pleasant, attractive, appealing, wholesome


(adj.) worthy, deserving recognition and praise

meritorious (synonyms and antonyms)

praiseworthy, laudable, commendable;
blameworthy, reprehensible, discreditable


(adj.) peevish, annoyed by trifles, easily irritated and upset

petulant (synonyms and antonyms)

irritable, testy, waspish;
even-tempered, placid, serene, amiable


(n.) a special right or privilege; a special quality showing excellence

prerogative (synonyms)

perquisite, perk


(adj.) pertaining to an outlying area; local; narrow in mind or outlook, countrified in the sense of being limited and backward; of a simple, plain design that originated in the countryside; (n.) a person with a narrow point of view; a person from an outlying area; a soldier from a province or colony

provincial (synonyms and antonyms)

(adj.) narrow-minded, parochial, insular, naive;
(adj.) cosmopolitan, catholic, broad-minded


(v.) to make a pretense of, imitate; to show the outer signs of

simulate (synonyms)

feign, pretend, affect


(v.) to rise above or beyond, exceed

transcend (synonyms)

surpass, outstrip


(n.) shade cast by trees; foliage giving shade; an overshadowing influence or power; offense, resentment; a vague suspician

umbrage (synonyms and antonyms)

irritation, pique, annoyance;
pleasure, delight, satisfaction


(adj.) excessively smooth or smug; trying too hard to give an impression of earnestness, sincerity, or piety; fatty, oily; pliable

unctuous (synonyms and antonyms)

mealymouthed, servile, fawning, greasy;
gruff, blunt

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