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sycophant
Noun
a person who tries to please someone in order to gain a personal advantage
self-seeking flatterer
SYN: toady, lackey, crawler, groupie, fawn, minion, wheedle
ANT: leader, superior, aloof, proud, unfriendly, bold, disinterested, powerful
sycophants, sycophantic, sycophancy, sycophantically, sycophance, sycophantism
"He's such a sycophant!" Lily exclaimed after Bob gave her a necklace, then asked for ten dollars to go to the school dance.
dragoon
Noun, Verb
N: a member of a European military unit formerly composed of heavily armed cavalrymen
a soldier mounted on horseback
V: compel by coercion, threats, or crude means, subjugate by imposing troops, make subservient; force to submit or subdue
SYN: cavalryman, trooper, subject, subjugate, railroad, sandbag, compel, coerce, blackmail, dominate, threaten, oppress, sycophant, wheedle
ANT: block, check, delay, impede, obstruct, stop, deter, hinder
dragooning, dragooned
The dragoon road into battle.
acerbic
Adjective
sour or bitter in taste
harsh or corrosive in tone
SYN: acid, astringent, acerb, blistering, bitter, sulfurous, caustic
ANT: kind, nice, sugary, sweet, compliment, smooth, gracious
acerbically, acerbity, unacerbic
The lemon was very acerbic.
fawn
Noun, Verb
N: a color or pigment varying around a light grey-brown color
a young deer
any immature mammal
distinguished from Bovidae by the male's having solid deciduous antlers
V: show submission of fear
try to gain favor by cringing or flattering
have fawns
cause to be born
SYN: sycophant, cervid, deer, young mammal, birth, deliver, bear, dun, kotow, bootlick, toady, greyish brown, crawl, creep, cower, grovel, wheedle
ANT: aloof
fawningly, fawning, fawned, fawnlike, fawner
The fawn attempted to stand, but fell over because its legs were so week.
surmise
Noun, Verb
N: a message expressing an opinion based on incomplete evidence
V: infur from incomplete evidence
imagine to be the case or true or probable
reason by deduction; establish by deduction
SYN: assume, guess, hypothesis, conjecture, suspect, deduct, derive, inter, deduce
ANT:
surmising, surmised
I surmised that Joe stole my pencil, even though I had no proof.
malleable
Adjective
easily influenced
capable of being shaped or bent or drawn out
SYN: bendy, pilant, pliable, tensile, ductile, impressionable, moldable, flexible, pliable, wheedle
ANT: unmalleable, nonmalleable, refractory, intractable, stiff, firm, hard, constant, set
malleably, malleability, malleableness, nonmalleable, unmalleable
collusion
Noun
secret agreement
agreement on a secret plot
the thing arranged or agreed to
SYN: connivance, agreement, arrangement, deal, scheme
ANT: noncooperation, refusal, wile, innocence, ignorance, reliable
collude, collusive, collusively
defraud
Verb
deprive of by deceit
SYN: bunco, victimize, short-change, scram, gyp, con, swindle, hornswaggle, bamboozle, embezzle, wheedle
ANT: honesty, contribute, truth, give, helping, pay
defrauder, defrauded, defrauding
vivacious
Adjective
vigorous and animated
SYN: vibrant, active, animated, jazzy, pizzazzy, frisky, energetic, peppy, perky, jaunty, sparky, effervescent
ANT: dead, inactive, inanimate, vapid, lifeless, languishing, dull, unattractive, lazy, limp, sullen
vivacity, vivaciously, vivaciousness
ruse
Noun
a deceptive maneuver (especially to avoid capture)
SYN: artifice, trick, wile, mountebank, deceit, curveball, sham, collusion, trickery
ANT: obvious, honesty, openness, truthfulness, disorganization
ruses
expunge
Verb
remove by erasing or crossing out or as if by drawing a line
to strike or blow out; erase
SYN: excise, strike, scratch, abolish, eradicate, obliterate, extirpate, remove, obliterate, assassinate,
ANT: create, build, protect, put in, replace, plant, populate, reproduce, bare, preserve, conserve, save, restore
expunged, expunging
feral
Adjective
wild and menacing
causing death; fatal
SYN: ferine, savage, wild, unbroken, undomesticated, untamed, wilding, beast
ANT: broken, busted, domestic, tames
manifesto
Noun
a public declaration of intentions (as issued by a political party or government)
pronouncement or order
SYN: pronunciamento, broad, oration, declaration, policy, memo, note, remark, platform
ANT: concealment
manifestos, manifestoes
abet
Verb
assist or encourage, usually in some wrongdoing
act as an assistant in a subordinate or supportive function
to provide what is useful or necessary to reach your end
SYN: assist, sabotage, sycophant, instigate, pick, provoke, minion
ANT: hinder, abandon, regulate, restrain, sooth, subdue, quite, calm
abetted, abetting, abets
colloquial
Adjective
characteristic or informal spoken language or conversation
SYN: conversational, informal, unbookish, unliterary, vernacular, vulgar, ordinary, slang
ANT: bookish, formal, literary, learned, oration, lecture, stiff, rigid
colloquiality, colloquially, colloquialism
domestication
Noun
adaptation to intimate association with human beings
the attribute of having been domesticated
accommodation to the domestic life
making or becoming suitable; adjusting to circumstances
the process of adapting to something (such as environmental conditions)
SYN: adjustment, fitting, tameness, adaption, adaptation, accommodation, education
ANT: feral,
domesticated, domestic, domesticating, domesticable, domesticate
hew
Verb
make or shape as with an axe
strike with an axe; cut down, strike
deliver a sharp blow, as with the hand, fist, or weapon
SYN: chop, cut, mow, strike, hew out, eradicate, carve, shape, sculpt
ANT: build, make, reproduce, reconstruct
hewed, hewn, hewing, hewer, hewable, unhewable, hews
reserved
Adjective, Verb
A: set aside for a particular person or party
marked by self restraint and reticence
reserved in advance
remote in manner
showing modest reserve
subject to being reserved or booked
tending to reserve or introspection
(used of temperament or behavior) marked by a retiring nature
not given to open expression of emotion
held back or restrained or prevented
under restraint
SYN: composed, constrained, taciturn, withdrawn, distant, cold, aloof, distant, bookable, engaged, booked, quiet
ANT: squander, blabby, chatty, communicative, fawn, unreserved, loquacious, colloquial
reservedly, unreserved, reservedness, over-reserved, over-reservedly, over-reservedness,
oration
Noun
an instance of oratory
(rhetoric) the concluding section of an oration
addressing the audience formally (usually a long and rhetorical address and often pompous)
a formal public declaration or speech
an academic exercise or contest in public speaking
SYN: oratory, peroration, discourse, declamation, address, speech, talk, manifesto, declaration
ANT: print, writing, colloquial, compel, silence, quiet, taciturn
oratory, peroration, orations, orator, oral, oratorical
wheedle
Verb
influence or urge by gentle urging, caressing, or flattering
SYN: sweet-talk, coax, inveigle, blarney, palaver, fawn, sycophant, malleable, dragoon, defraud
ANT: unwheedled, bug, harass, tease
wheedled, wheedled, wheedling, wheedler, wheedlingly, unwheedled
callow
Adjective
young and inexperienced
lacking experience of life
lacking adult sophistication
recently hatched worker ant
SYN: fledgling, unfledged, untried, green, raw, naive, jejune, puerile, immature, fawn, rookie
ANT: mature, adult, experienced, ripe, veteran, sage, wise, sophisticated, formal
callowness, callowly
forge
Noun, Verb
N: furnace consisting of a special hearth where metal is heated before shaping
a workplace where metal is worked by heating and hammering
an enclosed chamber in which heat is produced to heat buildings, destroy, refuse, smelt, or refine ores, etc.
V: create by hammering
make a copy of with the intent to deceive
come up with (an idea, plan, explanation, theory, or principle) after a mental effort
move ahead steadily
move or act with sudden increase in speed or energy
make something, usually for a specific function
make out of components (often in an improvising mannor)
move forward, also in the metaphorical sense
SYN: furnace, shape, work, hammer, smithy, counterfeit, fake, mould, invent, formulate, spurt, advance, progress, pass on, move on, malleable, hew
ANT: unshapable, stop, original, real, stay, stiff, rigid
forged, forging, forger, forgable
confide
Verb
reveal in private; tell confidentially
confer a trust upon
have confidence or faith in
make known to the public information that was previously known only to a few people or that was meant to be kept a secret
SYN: commit, intrust, trust, swear, break, reveal, unwrap, let in, discover, whisper
ANT: hold, keep, retain, hide, untrustworthy, secret
confided, confiding, confidingly
tractable
Adjective
easily managed (controlled or taught or moulded)
readily reacting to suggestions and influences
easily worked, shaped or otherwise handled
SYN: amenable, manipulable, biddable, compliant, docile, submissive, obedient, malleable, hew, forge, gullible, minion, nieve, sycophant
ANT: balky, contrary, defiant, rebel, rebellious, refractory, unruly, intractable, stubborn, disobedient, resistant
intractable, tractability, tractableness, tractably
fulminate
Noun, Verb
N: a salt or ester of fulminic acid
a compound formed by replacing hydrogen in an acid by a metal (or a radical that acts like metal)
V: criticize severely
come on suddenly and intensely
cause to explode violently and with loud noise
come into being or existence or apear on scene
cause to burst with a violent release of energy
to thunder and lightening
SYN: bluster, rant, huff, explode, salt, rail, appear, come along, blow up, detonate, acerbic, seethe, rage
ANT: nonfulminating, unfulminated, unfulminating, calm, stable, disappear, implode, flatter, compliment, defend
fulminating, fulminated, fulminator, fulminant, nonfulminating, unfulminated, unfulminating, fulmination, fulmine