thought of apart from concrete realities, specific objects, or actual instances
conforming to set rules, standards, or traditions; conventional:
(of a word, statement, or argument) charged with emotional or associative significance that hinders rational or unprejudiced consideration of the terms involved in a discourse.
open to or having several possible meanings or interpretations; equivocal:
characterized by or expressing spontaneous, direct feeling:
cutting; sarcastic: a biting remark.
of the nature of or characterized by melody; tuneful.
high-sounding; high-flown; inflated; pretentious.
having only one syllable, as the word no.
abrupt in manner; blunt; rough:
a wistful desire to return in thought or in fact to a former time in one's life, to one's home or homeland, or to one's family and friends; a sentimental yearning for the happiness of a former place or time:
having a harsh or discordant sound. Origin:
offensive to morality or decency; indecent; depraved: obscene language.
seeming or tending to be indifferent to what is happening; apathetic; unconcerned:
(of meaning) not clear or plain; ambiguous, vague, or uncertain
severely critical or sarcastic:
causing resentful displeasure; highly irritating, angering, or annoying
constituting an actual thing or instance; real:
of no special quality or interest; commonplace; unexceptional
characteristic of or appropriate to ordinary or familiar conversation rather than formal speech or writing; informal.
embellished with rhetoric; florid or high-flown:
presenting or suggesting vivid or striking scenes:
expressing, showing, or marked by intense or strong feeling; emotional:
widespread; general; ordinary:
expressing or inspired by patriotism:
the associated or secondary meaning of a word or expression in addition to its explicit or primary meaning:
overly concerned with minute details or formalisms, esp. in teaching., Adjective that describes the word, phrases, or general tone that is overly scholarly, academic, or bookish