Def: 1. The action of taking something for one's own use, typically without permission. 2. A sum of money or total of assets devoted to a special purpose. Syn: Confiscation, sequestration, seizure, requisition, allection, alloment, allowance. Ant: Bestowal
Def: 1. Courtesy and considerate behavior toward others. 2. An association of nations for their mutual benefit or the mutual recognition by nations of laws and customs of others. Syn: Civility, respectfulness, courteousness, alliance, coalition, union, confederation. Ant: rudeness, disrespectfulness.
Def: Honored as holy: greatly revered or respected. Syn: Sacred, consecrated, blessed, honored, sacrosanct. Ant: Unholy, abhorrent.
Def: 1. Strange or odd; unusual. 2. Belonging exclusively to, particular to; referring to something distinctive to or characteristic of a particular place or people. Syn: Bizarre, weird, characteristic of, typical of, indicative of, distinctive, special Ant: ordinary
Def: Lasting or existing for a long or apparently infinite time; enduring or continually recurring. Syn: abiding, persisting, unfailing, overloading, perpetual, eternal. Ant: Fleeting, short-lived, ephemeral.
(to) Subvert (verb)
Def: To undermine the power and authority of an established system or institution. Syn: Destabilize, sabotage, damage. Ant: Strengthen, fortify.
Def: Refusing to be persuaded to or change one's mind. Syn: Unwavering, uncompromising, resolute, resolved, unrelenting. Ant: flexible, variable.
(to) Secede (verb)
Def: To withdraw formally from membership in a federal union, an alliance, or a political or religious organization. Syn: Withdraw, split, disaffiliate. Ant: Join, affiliate.
(to) Subjugate (verb)
Def: To bring under domination or control, especially by conquest; to make someone or something subordinate. Syn: Conquer, crush, enslave. Ant: Liberate.
(to) Indoctrinate (verb)
Def: To teach a person or group to accept a set of beliefs uncritically; to brainwash. Syn: Brainwash, propagandize. Ant: N/A
(to) Quell (verb)
Def: To stop; to put an end to something; to subdue or silence; to suppress. Syn: End, crush, squash, subdue, suppress, squelch. Ant: Begin, encourage.
(to) Consecrate (verb)
Def: To make or declare something sacred; dedicate formally to a religious or divine purpose. Syn: Sanctify, bless, reserve, anoint, ordain. Ant: Desecrate, denounce, condemn.
(to) Desecrate (verb)
Def: To treat a sacred place or thing with violent disrespect; violate. Syn: Debase, degrade, dishonor. Ant: Consercrate.
(to) Assuage (verb)
Def: 1. To make an unpleasant feeling less intense. 2. To satisfy an appetite or desire. Syn: Alleviate, relieve, case, soothe, satisfy, gratify. Ant: Aggravate, intensify.
(to) Alleviate (verb)
Def: To make suffering, deficiency, or a problem less severe. Syn: Assuage, reduce, ease, relieve, diminish, lessen. Ant: Aggravate.
Def: Contemptuous, disrespectful, or scornful ridicule or mockery. Syn: Ridicule, scorn, insult, disrespectful, unkindness. Ant: Flattery, praise, kindness, appreciation.
Def: Very strong disapproval, typically on moral grounds. Syn: Condemnation, denunciation, disapproval. Ant: Approval, support.
(to) Attribute (verb)
Def: 1. To regard something as being caused by something or someone. 2. To ascribe a work or remark to a particular author, artist, or speaker. Syn: Ascribe, accredit, credit, cite. Ant: Discredit, disregard.
(to) Vex (verb)
Def: 1. To make someone feel frustrated or annoyed. 2. To cause distress or to cause worry. Syn: Irritate, provoke, infuriate, exasperate. Ant: Delight, please.
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