The quality of having strong moral principles; honesty and decency, integrity.
1. Constituting or presenting a problem or difficulty; uncertain. 2. A thing that constitutes a problem or difficulty: "the problematics of artificial intelligence".
1. Spending money or resources freely and recklessly; wastefully extravagant. 2. A person who spends money in a recklessly extravagant way.
1. Remarkably or impressively great in extent, size, or degree; enormous. 2. Unnatural or abnormal; marvelous.
1. A person, esp. a young one, endowed with exceptional abilities. 2. An impressive or outstanding example of a particular quality.
1. Recklessly extravagant or wasteful in the use of resources; prodigal. 2. A licentious, dissolute person.
1. (of a state, quality, or emotion) Very great or intense. 2. The vast depth of the ocean or of the mind.
An overabundance or large quantity of something.
1. (of a plant, animal, or person) Producing much fruit or foliage or many offspring. 2. (of an artist, author, or composer) Producing many works.
An inclination or natural tendency to behave in a particular way.
Being in due proportion; commensurate: "proportionate representation of a minority group".
1. The state or quality of conforming to conventionally accepted standards of behavior or morals. 2. The details or rules of behavior considered correct; decorum: "she's a great one for the proprieties".
1. Having the style or diction of prose; lacking poetic beauty. 2. Commonplace, flat; unromantic, uninspired.
1. Forbid, prohibit, esp. by law. 2. Denounce or condemn.
1. A thing that protrudes from something else. 2. The fact or state of protruding.
An expert in a particular subject or field who is frequently called on to give opinions about it to the public; a politcally astute person.
1. Having a sharply strong taste or smell. 2. (of comment, criticism, or humor) Having a sharp and caustic quality.
1. An uneasy feeling of doubt, worry, or fear; a misgiving. 2. A momentary faint or sick feeling.
1. Reject as invalid, esp. by legal procedure: "his conviction was quashed on appeal". 2. Put an end to; suppress: "a hospital executive quashed rumors that nursing staff will lose jobs".
Complaining in a petulant or whining manner: "she became querulous and demanding".
Exceedingly idealistic; unrealistic and impractical: "a vast and quixotic project".
A person who tells anecdotes in a skillful and amusing way; story teller.
1. Having an obstinately uncooperative attitude toward authority. 2. A person with such an attitude; stubborn.
Say that one no longer holds an opinion or belief, esp. one considered heretical; retract: "heretics were burned if they would not recant".
(of a person) Formidable, esp. as an opponent: "a redoubtable debater".
1. Stubborn or unmanageable; obstinate. 2. A substance that is resistant to heat.
Consign or dismiss to an inferior rank or position.
Go back on a promise, undertaking, or contract.
1. Formally declare one's abandonment of (a claim, right, or possession); disown. 2. Refuse to recognize or abide by any longer.
Deserving censure or condemnation; blameworthy.
1. Address (someone) in such a way as to express disapproval or disappointment; blame. 2. The expression of disapproval or disappointment.
1. An unprincipled person; miscreant (often used humorously or affectionately). 2. Unprincipled (often used as a humorous or affectionate reproach).
1. Refuse to accept or be associated with; disavow. 2. Deny the truth or validity of.
1. Made necessary by particular circumstances or regulations. 2. A thing that is necessary for the achievement of a specified end.
Revoke, cancel, or repeal (a law, order, or agreement).
Admirably purposeful, determined, and unwavering.
Not revealing one's thoughts or feelings readily; reserved.
Punishment that is considered to be morally right and fully deserved; reprisal.
Feeling or showing deep and solemn respect: "a reverent silence".
1. An effusively enthusiastic or ecstatic expression of feeling; ecstacy. 2. A free instrumental composition in one extended movement.
1. The art of effective or persuasive speaking or writing; grandiloquence, elocution. 2. Language designed to have a persuasive or impressive effect on its audience, but often regarded as lacking in sincerity or meaning.
(derogatory) Making a show of being morally superior to other people; self-righteous.
1. A threatened penalty for disobeying a law or rule. 2. Give official permission or approval for (an action).
Involving or causing much bloodshed; gory, murderous.
Satisfied to the fullest; satiated.
1. The use of humor, irony, exaggeration, or ridicule to expose and criticize people's stupidity or vices. 2. A play, novel, film, or other work that uses satire.
1. A split or division between strongly opposed sections or parties, caused by differences in opinion or belief; rift. 2. The formal separation of a church into two churches or the secession of a group owing to doctrinal and other differences.
1. Denoting attitudes, activities, or other things that have no religious or spiritual basis; worldy: "secular buildings". 2. A secular priest.
(of a person or action) Showing dedication and diligence: "he watched himself with the most sedulous care".
1. The action of ending a connection or relationship: "the severance and disestablishment of the Irish Church". 2. The state of being separated or cut off.
1. Not easily convinced; having doubts or reservations. 2. Relating to the theory that certain knowledge is impossible.
1. Characterized by or showing interest or concern; considerate: "a solicitous inquiry". 2. Eager or anxious to do something.
1. Having assets in excess of liabilities; able to pay one's debts, financially sound. 2. The liquid in which a solute is dissolved to form a solution.
1. The use of fallacious arguments, esp. with the intention of deceiving. 2. A fallacious argument; specious reasoning.
1. Superficially plausible, but actually wrong: "a specious argument". 2. Misleading in appearance, esp. misleadingly attractive: "a specious appearance of novelty".
1. Not being what it purports to be; false or fake: "spurious claims". 2. (of a line of reasoning) Apparently, but not actually valid: "this spurious reasoning results in nonsense".
1. Waste (something, esp. money or time) in a reckless and foolish manner: "entrepreneurs squander their profits on expensive cars". 2. Allow (an opportunity) to pass or be lost.
1. (of a person) Calm, dependable, and showing little emotion or animation. 2. Impassive
1. Make (someone) unable to think or feel properly; dumfound. 2. Astonish and shock.
Prevent or hinder the progress of; thwart.
1. Bad-tempered and sulky; gloomy. 2. (esp. of water) Slow-moving: "rivers in sullen flood".
Behaving or looking as though one thinks one is superior to others; arrogant.
Unnecessary, esp. through being more than enough.
1. An excessive amount of something: "a surfeit of food and drink". 2. Cause (someone) to desire no more of something as a result of having consumed or done it to excess.
1. Combination or composition, in particular. 2. The combination of ideas to form a theory or system.
Understood or implied without being stated.
Excessive confidence or boldness; audacity: "no one had the temerity to question his conclusions".
1.Very weak or slight: "the tenuous link between interest rates and investment". 2.Very slender or fine; insubstantial: "a tenuous cloud".
Sparing in the use of words; abrupt, concise: "a terse statement".
1. Mentally or physically inactive; lethargic: "we sat around in a torpid state". 2. (of an animal) Dormant, esp. during hibernation.
1. (of a person or animal) Easy to control or influence. 2. (of a situation or problem) Easy to deal with.
1. Lasting only for a short time; impermanent, temporary. 2. A person who is staying or working in a place for only a short time.
Vigorous or incisive in expression or style; penetrating.
Eager or quick to argue or fight; aggressively defiant, savage.
Present, appearing, or found everywhere; pervasive, ominpresent: "his ubiquitous influence".
1. Existing beyond what is obvious or admitted; intentionally hidden, covert: "an ulterior motive behind his request". 2. Beyond what is immediate or present; coming in the future: "ulterior pay promised to the mariners".
1. (esp. of a position or view) Not able to be maintained or defended against attack or objection: "this argument is clearly untenable". 2. Cannot be achieved
Unexpected and inappropriate or inconvenient; perverse: "untoward jokes".
(of a person, esp. a man) Suave, courteous, and refined in manner.
Alternate or waver between different opinions or actions; be indecisive.
1. Accorded a great deal of respect, esp. because of age, wisdom, or character: "a venerable statesman". 2. (in the Roman Catholic Church) A title given to a deceased person who has attained a certain degree of sanctity.
1. Conformity to facts; accuracy: "the veracity of the story". 2. Habitual truthfulness: "his veracity and character".
Using or expressed in more words than are needed.
1. The language or dialect spoken by the ordinary people in a particular country or region; common speech. 2. (of language) Spoken as one's mother tongue; not learned or imposed as a second language.
1. Make (someone) feel annoyed, frustrated, or worried, esp. with trivial matters. 2. Cause distress to: "thou shalt not vex a stranger".
1. Capable of working successfully; feasible, can survive: "the proposed investment was economically viable". 2. (of a seed or spore) Able to germinate.
Speak or write about in an abusively disparaging manner; defame.
1. (of a disease or poison) Extremely severe or harmful in its effects; deadly, poisonous. 2. (of a pathogen, esp. a virus) Highly infective.
A harsh or corrosive in tone; scathing.
Bitter and abusive.
(esp. of a woman) Attractively lively and animated.
1. (of a substance) Easily evaporated at normal temperatures. 2. An unstable substance.
1. Occupying or containing much space; large in volume, in particular; bulky, extensive. 2. (of clothing or drapery) Loose and ample.
1. Wanting or devouring great quantities of food; hungry: "he had a voracious appetite". 2. Having a very eager approach to an activity.
1. A wasteful or good-for-nothing person; spendthrift. 2. A waif; a neglected child.
1. A low dam built across a river to raise the level of water upstream or regulate its flow. 2. An enclosure of stakes set in a stream as a trap for fish.
Intense or irrational dislike or fear of people from other countries.
1. Spun thread used for knitting, weaving, or sewing. 2. Tell a long or implausible story.
1. A person who is fanatical and uncompromising in pursuit of their religious, political, or other ideals. 2. A member of an ancient Jewish sect aiming at a world Jewish theocracy and resisting the Romans until ad 70.
1. A soft gentle breeze. 2. A fine cotton gingham.