inane, unintelligent, insipid, foolish, stupid, fatuous, idiotic, brainless, witless, vapid, vacant pompous, blustering, turgid, verbose, orotund, high-flown, high-sounding, overwrought, pretentious, ostentatious, grandiloquent turn, swerve, curve, swing, sheer, career, weave, wheel; change direction, change course, go off course, deviate. unwanted help, self-important, bumptious, self-assertive, overbearing, overzealous, domineering, opinionated, interfering, intrusive, meddlesome 1 attenuated fingers: thin, slender, narrow, slim, skinny, spindly, bony; rare attenuate
2 the patient's muscle activity was much attenuated: weakened, reduced, lessened, decreased, diminished, impaired
lightheartedness, high spirits, vivacity, liveliness, cheerfulness, cheeriness, humor, gaiety, fun, jocularity, hilarity, frivolity 1 troops quelled the unrest: put an end to, put a stop to, end, crush, put down, check, crack down on, curb, nip in the bud, squash, quash, subdue, suppress, overcome; informal squelch.
2 he quelled his misgivings: calm, soothe, pacify, settle, quiet, silence, allay, assuage, mitigate, moderate; literary stay.
1 the floodwaters receded: retreat, go back, go down, move back, move away, withdraw, ebb, subside, abate. ANTONYMS advance, approach.
2 the lights receded into the distance: disappear from view, fade, be lost to view, pass from sight.
3 fears of violence have receded: diminish, lessen, decrease, dwindle, fade, abate, subside, ebb, wane. ANTONYMS intensify, grow.
1 dull, discursive prose: rambling, digressive, meandering, wandering, maundering, diffuse, long, lengthy, wordy, verbose, long-winded, prolix; circuitous, roundabout, circumlocutory; informal waffly.
2 an elegant discursive style: fluent, flowing, fluid, eloquent, expansive.
1 the events coincided: occur simultaneously, happen together, be concurrent, concur, coexist.
2 their interests do not always coincide: correspond, tally, agree, accord, concur, match, fit, be consistent, equate, harmonize, be compatible
an eclectic mix of party music: wide-ranging, broad-based, extensive, comprehensive, encyclopedic; varied, diverse, catholic, all-embracing, multifaceted, multifarious, heterogeneous, miscellaneous, assorted. 1 the threshold of the church: doorstep, doorway, entrance, entry, door, gate, gateway, portal, doorsill.
2 the threshold of a new era: start, beginning, commencement, brink, verge, cusp, dawn, inception, day one, opening, debut; informal kickoff.
3 the human threshold of pain: lower limit, minimum.
1 Phil tried to solicit his help: ask for, request, seek, apply for, put in for, call for, press for, beg, plead for.
2 they are solicited for their opinions: ask, petition, importune, implore, plead with, entreat, appeal to, lobby, beg, supplicate, call on, press; literary beseech.
a tropical vine with conspicuous blossoms: easily seen, clear, visible, noticeable, discernible, perceptible, detectable; obvious, manifest, evident, apparent, marked 1 a cumbersome diving suit: unwieldy, unmanageable, awkward, clumsy, inconvenient, incommodious; bulky, large, heavy, hefty, weighty, burdensome; informal hulking, clunky.
2 cumbersome procedures: complicated, complex, involved, inefficient, unwieldy, slow.
1 orthodox views: conventional, mainstream, conformist, established, well-established, traditional, traditionalist, prevalent, popular, conservative, unoriginal.
2 an orthodox Hindu: conservative, traditional, observant, devout, strict.
a treatise on the principles of democracy: disquisition, essay, paper, work, exposition, discourse, dissertation, thesis, monograph, opus, oeuvre, study, critique; tract, pamphlet, account. 1 a malleable substance: pliable, ductile, plastic, pliant, soft, workable. ANTONYMS hard.
2 a malleable young woman: easily influenced, suggestible, susceptible, impressionable, pliable, amenable, compliant, tractable; biddable, complaisant, manipulable, persuadable, like putty in someone's hands.
approaching the project with ardor: passion, fervor, zeal, vehemence, intensity, verve, fire, emotion; enthusiasm, eagerness, avidity, gusto, keenness, dedication. malleable, manageable, amenable, pliable, governable, yielding, complaisant, compliant, game, persuadable, accommodating, docile 1 art patronage: sponsorship, backing, funding, financing, promotion, assistance, support.
2 political patronage: power of appointment, favoritism, nepotism, preferential treatment, cronyism, pork-barreling.
3 thank you for your patronage: custom, trade, business.
astuteness, shrewdness, acuity, sharpness, sharp-wittedness, cleverness, smartness, brains; judgment, understanding, awareness, sense, common sense, canniness 1 street merchants were touting their wares: peddle, sell, hawk, offer for sale, promote.
2 cab drivers were touting for business: solicit, seek, drum up; ask for, petition for, appeal for.
3 she's being touted as the next party leader: recommend, speak of, extol, advocate, talk of; predict.
asteless, flavorless, bland, weak, wishy-washy; unappetizing, unpalatable. ANTONYMS tasty.
2 insipid pictures: unimaginative, uninspired, uninspiring, characterless, flat, uninteresting, lackluster, dull, drab, boring, dry, humdrum, ho-hum, monochrome, tedious, uneventful, run-of
1 soporific drugs: sleep-inducing, sedative, somnolent, calmative, tranquilizing, narcotic, opiate; drowsy, sleepy, somniferous; Medicine hypnotic. ANTONYMS invigorating.
2 a soporific TV drama: boring, tedious, tired, dreary, turgid, dry
1 by my reckoning, this comes to $2 million: calculation, estimation, count, computation, working out, summation, addition.
2 by her reckoning, the train was late: opinion, view, judgment, evaluation, estimate, estimation.
3 the terrible reckoning that he deserved: retribution, fate, doom, nemesis, punishment.
day of reckoning I promise you, the enemy w
severity, strictness, seriousness, solemnity, gravity; frugality, thrift, economy, asceticism; self-discipline, abstinence, sobriety, restraint, chastity; starkness. 1 a florid complexion: ruddy, red, red-faced, rosy, rosy-cheeked, pink; flushed, blushing, high-colored; archaic sanguine. ANTONYMS pale.
2 florid plasterwork: ornate, fancy, elaborate, embellished, curlicued, extravagant, flamboyant, baroque, rococo, fussy, busy. ANTONYMS plain.
3 florid prose: flowery, flamboyant, high-flown, high-sounding, grandiloquent, ornate, fancy, bombastic, elaborate, turgid, pleonastic; informal highfalutin; rare fustian. ANTONYMS plain.