1. to caution, advise, or counsel against something. 2. to reprove or scold, especially in a mild and good-willed manner
1. cheerful readiness, promptness, or willingness: We accepted the invitation with alacrity. 2. liveliness; briskness.
1. a strong feeling of dislike, opposition, repugnance, or antipathy (usually followed by to): a strong aversion to snakes and spiders. 2. a cause or object of dislike; person or thing that causes antipathy:
a person who confers a benefit; kindly helper. 2. a person who makes a bequest or endowment, as to an institution.
joyous, merry, or gay in disposition; glad; cheerful: Everyone loved her for her blithe spirit. 2. without thought or regard; carefree; heedless:
to laugh at in scorn or contempt; scoff or jeer at; mock.
1. lacking in consistency, constancy, or visible order, disconnected; fitful: desultory conversation. 2. digressing from or unconnected with the main subject; random:
lacking confidence in one's own ability, worth, or fitness; timid; shy. 2. restrained or reserved in manner, conduct, etc. 3. Archaic. distrustful.
lacking in frankness, candor, or sincerity; falsely or hypocritically ingenuous; insincere:
to speak of or treat slightingly; depreciate; belittle: Do not disparage good manners. 2. to bring reproach or discredit upon; lower the estimation of:
doubtful; marked by or occasioning doubt: a dubious reply. 2. of doubtful quality or propriety; questionable: a dubious compliment; a dubious transaction. 3. of uncertain outcome:
lacking in wholesome vigor; degenerate; decadent: an effete, overrefined society. 2. exhausted of vigor or energy; worn out:
extraordinary in some bad way; glaring; flagrant: an egregious mistake; an egregious liar. Synonyms: gross, outrageous, notorious, shocking. Antonyms: tolerable, moderate, minor, unnoticeable. 2. Archaic. distinguished or eminent.
1. to impede or hinder; hamper; retard: Red tape encumbers all our attempts at action. 2. to block up or fill with what is obstructive or superfluous:
without vigor, force, or strength; languid.
light, airy, or tenuous: an ethereal world created through the poetic imagination. 2. extremely delicate or refined: ethereal beauty. 3. heavenly or celestial:
(of persons) liable to err, especially in being deceived or mistaken. 2. liable to be erroneous or false; not accurate:
(of land) plowed and left unseeded for a season or more; uncultivated. 2. not in use; inactive: My creative energies have lain fallow this year.
1. excessively particular, critical, or demanding; hard to please: a fastidious eater. 2. requiring or characterized by excessive care or delicacy; painstaking.
excessively talkative in a rambling, roundabout manner, especially about trivial matters. 2. wordy or diffuse:
to make known; tell; relate; disclose: to impart a secret. 2. to give; bestow; communicate: to impart knowledge. 3. to grant a part or share of.
1. not permitting penetration or passage; impenetrable: The coat is impervious to rain. 2. incapable of being injured or impaired: impervious to wear and tear. 3. incapable of being influenced, persuaded, or affected:
of, relating to, or characterized by sudden or rash action, emotion, etc.; impulsive: an impetuous decision; an impetuous person. 2. having great impetus; moving with great force; violent:
continuing without interruption; ceaseless; unending:
not effectual; without satisfactory or decisive effect: an ineffectual remedy. 2. unavailing; futile: His efforts to sell the house were ineffectual. 3. powerless; impotent.
existing in someone or something as a permanent and inseparable element, quality, or attribute; inhering : an inherent distrust of strangers.
of or relating to conflict or struggle within a group: an internecine feud among proxy holders. 2. mutually destructive. 3. characterized by great slaughter; deadly.
generous in forgiving an insult or injury; free from petty resentfulness or vindictiveness: to be magnanimous toward one's enemies. 2. high-minded; noble:
of many kinds; numerous and varied: manifold duties. 2. having numerous different parts, elements, features, forms, etc.:
the state of being penitent; regret for one's wrongdoing or sinning; contrition; repentance.
lasting for an indefinitely long time; enduring: her perennial beauty. 2. (of plants) having a life cycle lasting more than two years.
succeeding or future generations collectively: Judgment of this age must be left to posterity. 2. all descendants of one person:
Also, Spartanic [spahr-tan-ik] (Show IPA). of or relating to Sparta or its people. 2. suggestive of the ancient Spartans; sternly disciplined and rigorously simple, frugal, or austere. 3. brave; undaunted.
elevated or lofty in thought, language, etc.: Paradise Lost is sublime poetry. 2. impressing the mind with a sense of grandeur or power; inspiring awe, veneration, etc.: Switzerland has sublime scenery. 3. supreme or outstanding: a sublime dinner. 4. complete; absolute; utter: sublime stupidity.
being more than is sufficient or required; excessive. 2. unnecessary or needless. 3. Obsolete. possessing or spending more than enough or necessary; extravagant.
characterized by or subject to tempests : the tempestuous ocean. 2. of the nature of or resembling a tempest (a violent windstorm, especially one with rain, hail, or snow. 2. a violent commotion, disturbance, or tumult. verb (used with object) 3. to affect by or as by a tempest; disturb violently.)
of or relating to time. 2. pertaining to or concerned with the present life or this world; worldly: temporal joys. 3. enduring for a time only; temporary; transitory
full of tumult or riotousness; marked by disturbance and uproar: a tumultuous celebration. 2. raising a great clatter and commotion; disorderly or noisy: a tumultuous crowd of students. 3. highly agitated, as the mind or emotions; distraught; turbulent.