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Synonyms

Synonyms Quizzes

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SOME IMPORTANT SYNONYMS

ability

capacity, faculty, talent, skill, competence, aptitude

abolish

exterminate, extinguish, extirpate, eradicate, obliterate

abstinence

self-denial, temperance, sobriety, continence

abstracted

absorbed, distraught, absent-minded

abuse

misuse, mistreat, ill-treat, maltreat

accidental

fortuitous, contingent, incidental, adventitious

accompany

conduct, escort, chaperone

acknowledge

admit, own, avow, confess, concede

active

energetic, dynamic, vigorous, lively

adapt

accommodate, adjust, conform, fit, reconcile

admonish

reprove, rebuke, reprimand, reproach

adulterate

debase, doctor, load, sophisticate

advance

forward, foster, further, promote [RETARD]

advantage

edge, handicap, odds

adventurous

adventuresome, audacious, daredevil, daring, venturesome

advice

counsel, recommendation

advise

counsel, recommend

affair

business, concern, lookout

affect

influence, impress, touch, move, strike

affectation

pose, air, mannerism

afflict

agonize, excruciate, rack, torment, torture

afraid

apprehensive, fearful [UNAFRAID]

ageless

eternal, timeless

agitate

churn, convulse, rock, shake

agree

conform, harmonize, accord, correspond, coincide [DISAGREE]

aim

direct, level, point, train

airy

diaphanous, ethereal, filmy, gauzy, gossamer, sheer, transparent, vaporous

alarm

alert, tocsin, warning

allocate

appropriate, designate, earmark

alone

lonely, lonesome, solitary

also

too, likewise, besides, moreover, furthermore

amateur

dabbler, dilettante, tyro [PROFESSIONAL]

ambiguous

equivocal, obscure, recondite, abstruse, vague, cryptic, enigmatic

ambush

ambuscade, bushwhack, waylay

amenity

comfort, convenience, facility

amiable

affable, good-natured, obliging, agreeable, pleasant

amiss

afield, astray, awry, wrong

amuse

entertain, divert, regale

analyze

anatomize, dissect, resolve

ancestor

forebear, forefather, progenitor [DESCENDANT]

anger

rage, fury, ire, wrath, resentment, indignation

angry

furious, indignant, irate, ireful, mad, wrathful

announce

advertise, broadcast, declar, proclaim, promulgate, publish

annoy

irritate, bother, irk, vex, provoke, aggravate, peeve, rile

answer

respond, reply, retort

anxiety

worry, care, concern, solicitude

apology

apologetic, apologia, defense, justification

apparent

clear, clear-cut, distinct, evident, manifest, obvious, patent, plain

appear

emerge, issue, loom, materialize, show

appendage

appurtenance, adjunct, accessory, attachment

applaud

cheer, root

 

appoint

designate, name, nominate, tap

appreciate

value, prize, esteem, treasure, cherish

apprehend

comprehend, understand, grasp

apprehension

foreboding, presentiment, misgiving

appropriate

arrogate, commandeer, confiscate, preempt, usurp

approve

endorse, sanction, certify, accredit, ratify

arbitrary

capricious, whimsical

area

region, belt, zone, district, locality

argue

quarrel, wrangle, squabble, bicker

argument

dispute, controversy

argumentative

combative, contentious, disputatious, quarrelsome, scrappy

arrange

marshal, order, organize, sort, systematize [DISARRANGE]

art

craft, expertise, knack, know-how, technique

artifice

trick, ruse, wile, feint, stratagem, maneuver, dodge

artificial

synthetic, ersatz, simulated

ask

question, inquire, query, interrogate, examine, quiz

assent

agree, accede, acquiesce, consent, concur, subscribe

assert

asseverate, declar, affirm, aver, avow

assign

allot, apportion, allocate

assistant

aide, coadjutant, helper, lieutenant, second

attack

bombard, assail, storm, assault, beset

attribute

ascribe, impute, credit, assign, refer

authentic

bona fide, genuine, real, true, undoubted, unquestionable

authorize

accredit, commission, empower, license

average

medium, mediocre, fair, middling, indifferent, tolerable

aware

cognizant, conscious, sensible, awake, alert, watchful, vigilant

awkward

clumsy, maladroit, inept, gauche, ungainly

bad

evil, wicked

balance

equilibrium, equipoise, poise

band

company, corps, party, troop, troupe

banish

exile, expatriate, deport, transport, extradite

banter

chaff, josh, kid, rag, razz, rib

bargain

compact, contract, covenant, deal

barrage

bombard, pepper, shower

base

basis, foundation, ground, groundwork

batter

maim, mangle, maul, mutilate

be

breathe, exist, live, subsist

bear

endure, stand, abide, suffer, tolerate

bearing

manner, demeanor, mien, presence

beautiful

lovely, pretty, handsome, comely, fair

beg

crave, beseech, implore, entreat, importune

begin

commence, start, initiate, inaugurate

beginning

birth, dawn, genesis, nascence, rise

behavior

conduct, deportment

belief

credence, credit, faith

belligerent

bellicose, pugnacious, contentious, quarrelsome

bend

crook, curve, round

beneficial

profitable, advantageous

benefit

capitalize, profit

benevolent

charitable, ellemosynary, philanthropic

besiege

beleaguer, blockade, invest, siege

 

bet

ante, pot, stake, wager

bias

color, jaundice, prejudice, warp

binge

fling, jag, orgy, spree

bite

champ, gnaw

bitter

acerbic, acrid

blackball

blacklist, boycott, ostracize [ADMIT]

blackout

faint, swoon, syncope

blame

fault, guilt

blameworthy

blamable, blameful, censurable, culpable, guilty, reprehensible

blast

blight, dash, nip, wreck

blaze

flame, flare, flash, glare, incandescence, glow

blemish

imperfection, fault, defect, flaw

blink

nictitate, twinkle, wink

block

hide, obscure, obstruct, screen, shroud

bloody

gory, sanguinary, sanguineous

bloom

blossom, efflorescence, florescence, flower, flush, prime

blunder

bumble, flounder, lumber, lurch, stumble

boast

brag, crow, vaunt

bodily

corporal, corporeal, fleshly, physical, somatic

body

corpse, carcass, cadaver

boil

simmer, seethe, stew

bombast

rant, fustian, claptrap, rodomontade

bonus

bounty, subsidy, premium, prize, reward, gratuity

book

bespeak, engage, reserve

boor

barbarian, churl, lout, vulgarian, yahoo

border

margin, edge, verge, brink, rim, brim

boredom

ennui, tedium [AMUSEMENT]

boring

monotonous, tedious, irksome, tiresome, handrum

botch

blow, bungle, fumble, muff

boundary

border, frontier, limit

bouquet

nosegay, posy

branch

arm, fork, offshoot

brave

courageous, fearless, intrepid, bold, audacious, valient, valorous,

doughty, mettlesome, plucky, dauntless, undaunted

brawl

broil, donnybrook, fracas, fray, free-for-all, melee, row, ruction

breach

infraction, violation, transgression, trespass, infringement

break

crack, fracture, burst, split, splinter, shatter, shiver, smash

breeze

cinch, pushover, snap, walkaway, walkover

bright

brilliant, radiant, lustrous, lambent, lunimous, incandescent, effulgent

broach

introduce, moot, raise

broad-minded

broad, liberal, open-minded, tolerant

brood

dwell, fret, mope, stew, worry

brush

flick, glance, graze, shave, skim

brute

animal, brutish, brutal, beastly, bestial

building

structure, edifice, pile

bulge

balloon, belly, jut, overhang, project, protrude

bulwark

barricade, breastwork, earthwork, rampart, bation, parapet

burden

affliction, cross, trial, tribulation

burdensome

onerous, oppressive, arduous, demanding, rigorous, exacting

burn

scorch, singe, sear, char, parch

business

industry, commerce, trade, traffic

 

busy

industrious, diligent, assiduous, sedulous

cadge

beg, bum, mooch, panhandle

calculate

compute, reckon, cipher, figure

call

convene, convoke, muster, summon

calm

tranquil, placid, serene, halcyon, peaceful

campaign

crusade, drive, push

caprice

whim, whimsy, vagary, freak

care

charge, custody, keeping, supervision, trust

careful

heedful, mindful, observant, watchful

careless

heedless, thoughtless, inadvertent

caress

cuddle, fondle, pet

caricature

burlesque, parody, travesty, satire, lampoon

casuistry

fallacy, sophistry, spuriousness, speciousness, sophism

catalyst

ferment, leaven, leavening, yeast

catch

enmesh, ensnare, entangle, entrap, snare, tangle, trap

cause

reason, occasions, antecedent

celebrity

hero, luminary, name, notable, personage

center

focus, headquarters, heart, hub, seat

certain

inescapable, inevitable, sure, unavoidable

certainty

certitude, assurance, conviction

chafe

abrade, excoriate, fret, gall

chance

random, casual, haphazard, desultory

charge

freight, imbue, impregnate, permeate, pervade, saturate, suffuse

charm

beguile, bewitch, captivate, enchant, entrance, fascinate

choice

altenative, option, preference, selection, election

choose

select, elect, pick

chronic

confirmed, habitual, inveterate

circle

coterie, set, clique

circumference

circuit, compass, perimeter, periphery

citizen

national, subject

claim

pretense, pretension, title

clean

antiseptic, cleanly, immaculate, spotless

clear

limpid, lucid, pellucid, transparent

clever

ingenious, shrewd

cliche

bromide, commonplace, platitude, truism

close

immediate, near, nearby, nigh, proximate

clothe

cloak, drape, mantle, robe

coagulate

clot, congeal, curdle, jell, jelly, set

coarse

gross, indelicate, vulgar, obscene, ribald

cold

artic, chilly, cool, frigid, frosty, gelid, glacial, icy

collision

concussion, crash, impact, jar, jolt, shock

comfort

console, solace

comfortable

cozy, snug, restful

comment

observation, remark

commit

consign, entrust, confide, relegate

complex

complicated, intricate, involved, tangled, knotty

conceit

amour-propre, egoism, egotism, narcissism, vanity [HUMILITY]

condemn

damn, doom, sentence

confer

consult, parley, treat

confidence

assurance, aplomb, self-confidence, self-possession

confirm

corroborate, substantiate, authenticate, validate, verify

 

conflict

contest, combat, fight, affray

confuse

addle, befuddle, discombobulate, fuddle, muddle, throw

conjecture

surmise, guess, speculate, infer

consider

deem, regard, account, reckon

conspiracy

plot, machination, collusion, intrigue, cabal

contain

hold, accommodate

contaminate

befoul, foul, poison, pollute, taint

contemporary

contemporaneous, simultaneous, synchronous, concurrent,

coincident, concomitant

continual

continuous, constant, ceaseless, incessant, perpetual, eternal,

perennial, interminable

contract

condense, compress, constrict, shrink

contrary

balky, perverse, wayward, ornery

convert

metamorphose, transfigure, transform, transmogrify, transmute

cool

composed, collected, unruffled, nonchalant, impertubable, detached

correct

rectify, remedy, redress, reform, revise, amend

corrupt

debase, debauch, deprave, pervert, vitiate

count

import, matter, signify, weigh

couple

pair, brace, yoke

crisis

crossroad, exigency, head, juncture, pass

critical

captious, censorious, faultfinding [UNCRITICAL]

criticize

blame, reprehend, censure, condemn, denounce

crowd

crush, flock, horde, mob, press, throng

crude

native, raw

cruel

fierce, ferocious, barbarous, inhuman, savage, vicious

crush

mash, pulp, smash, squash

cry

weep, wail, keen, whimper, sob, blubber

cure

heal, remedy

curious

inquisitive, snoopy, nosy

dark

dim, murky, dusky, obscure, opaque, shady, shadowy

daze

bemuse, benumb, stun, stupefy

dead

deceased, departed, extinct, lifeless, inanimate

decay

rot, putrefy, spoil, crumble, molder, disintegrate, decompose

deceive

betray, mislead, beguile, delude, dupe, hoodwink, bamboozle, double-cross

decide

determine, settle, rule, conclude, resolve

decision

conclusion, determination

decisive

conclusive, crucial, definitive, determinative

decrease

lessen, reduce, dwindle, abate, diminish, subside

decry

disparage, depreciate, derogate, belittle, minimize, downgrade

deep

abysmal, profound [SHALLOW]

defeat

conquer, vanquish, beat, rout, subdue, subjugate, overcome

defend

protect, guard, preserve, shield, safeguard

defer

postpone, shelve, stay, suspend

defy

beard, brave, challenge, dare, face, front

degrade

abase, debase, demean, humble, humiliate

delay

slow, retard, detain

delicate

choice, dainty, elegant, exquisite, fine

delicious

ambrosial, delectable, luscious, scrumptious, toothsome, yummy

demand

claim, exact, require

demote

break, bust, degrade, downgrade, reduce

deny

contradict, contravene, disaffirm, gainsay, negate, negative, traverse

 

dependent

conditional, contingent, relative, subject

deplete

drain, exhaust, impoverish, enervate

depressed

blue, dejected, dispirited, downcast, downhearted

describe

narrate, recite, recount, rehearse, relate, report

desire

covet, crave, want, wish

despair

hopelessness, desperation, despondency, discouragement

despise

contemn, disdain, scorn, scout

despondent

despairing, forlorn, hopeless [HOPEFUL]

detailed

circumstantial, minute, particular

development

evolution, progress

deviation

aberration, divergence

devote

dedicate, consecrate, pledge

dexterous

deft, adroit, handy, nimble

dialect

vernacular, jargon, cant, argot, lingo, patois

dictate

decree, impose, ordain, prescribe

dictatorial

authoritarian, dogmatic, doctrinaire, imperious, overbearing

diction

wording, vocabulary, phraseology, phrasing

differ

disagree, vary

difference

dissimilarity, unlikeness, divergence, variation, distinction, discrepancy

difficulty

hardship, rigor, vicissitude

dip

douse, duck, drunk, imerse, souse, submerge

dirty

filthy, foul, nasty, squalid, grimy

disadvantage

detriment, drawback, handicap [ADVANTAGE]

disappear

evanesce, evaporate, fade, vanish

disaster

calamity, catastrophe, cataclysm

discord

strife, contention, dissention, conflict, clash, variance

discourage

dishearten, dispirit [ENCOURAGE]

discover

ascertain, determine, learn

discuss

argue, debate, dispute, contend

disgrace

dishonor, shame, infamy, ignomity, odium, obloquy, opprobrium,

disrepute, discredit

disguise

camouflage, cloak, dissemble, dissimulate, mask

disgust

nauseate, repel, revolt, sicken

dishonest

lying, untruthful, deceitful, mendacious

dismay

appall, daunt, horrify, shake

dismiss

boot, bounce, can, cashier, discharge, drop, fire, sack

display

array, panoply, parade, pomp

disposition

temperament, character, personality, nature

dissuade

deter, discourage [PERSUADE]

distant

far, far-off, faraway, remote, removed

distinct

discrete, separate, several

distort

twist, deform, contort, warp

distribute

divide, dispense, dole, deal, ration

doctrine

dogma, tenet

dominant

predominant, preponderant, paramount, preeminent

doubtful

dubious, questionable

dramatic

histrionic, melodramatic, stagy, theatrical

dry

dehydrate, desiccate, parch [MOISTEN]

dull

colorless, drab, humdrum, lackluster, pedestrian, stodgy, uninspired

dumb

inarticulate, mute, speechless

eager

avid, keen, agog

 

earn

deserve, merit, rate, win

easy

simple, facile, effortless, smooth, light

eat

consume, devour, ingest

eccentricity

idiosyncracy, quirk

echo

reecho, reflect, resound, reverberate

ecstasy

rapture, transport, exaltation

effect

consequence, result, outcome, upshot, sequel

effective

effectual, efficacious, efficient

effort

exertion, endeavor, application, pains, trouble

eject

expel, evict, dismiss, oust

elaborate

complicated, intricate [SIMPLE]

elderly

old, aged, venerable, superannuated

elegance

grace, polish, urbanity

element

component, constituent, factor, ingredient

elevation

altitude, height

eliminate

eradicate, liquidate, purge

embarrass

abash, chagrin, discomfit, disconcert, faze, rattle

emphasis

accent, stress

empty

vacant, blank, void, vacuous, bare, barren

enclose

cape, coop, fence, hem, pen, wall

encomium

eulogy, panegyric, tribute, citation

encourage

animate, cheer, embolden, hearten, inspirit

endanger

hazard, imperil, jeopardize, risk

enforce

implement, invoke

engagement

appointment, assignation, date, rendezvous, tryst

enmity

hostility, antagonism, animosity, rancor, antipathy, animus

enormous

immense, huge, gigantic, colossal, mammoth, tremendous,

stupendous, gargantuan, vast

enrapture

entrance, ravish, thrill, transport

envy

begrudge, covet

equanimity

composure, sang-froid, serenity

equipment

apparatus, gear, materiel, outfit, paraphernalia, rig, tackle

erase

expunge, efface, delete, cancel

error

mistake, oversight

escape

avoid, shun, eschew, evade, elude

estimate

appraise, assess, assay, evaluate, rate

estrange

alienate, disaffect

etiquette

propriety, protocol, decomrum

evoke

educe, elicit

exaggerate

inflate, magnify, overstate

example

instance, case, illustration, sample, specimen

excel

surpass, exceed, transcend, outdo, outstrip

excessive

exorbitant, extravagant, immoderate, inordinate, extreme, unreasonable

existence

actuality, being [NONEXISTENCE]

expect

anticipate, hope, await

experience

suffer, sustain, taste, undergo

explain

elucidate, expound, explicate, interpret, construe

explicit

categorical, definite, express, specific

expressive

eloquent, meaningful, significant

extemporaneous

extemporary, extempore, impromptu, offhand, unrehearsed,

unpremeditated, ad-lib

 

extricate

disengage, disentangle, untangle

extrinsic

extraneous, foreign, alien

face

countenance, kisser, mug, pan, physiognomy, puss, visage

fair

just, equitable, impartial, unprejudiced, unbiased, objective, dispassionate

faithful

loyal, true, constant, fast, steadfast, staunch

faithless

unfaithful, false, disloyal, traitorous, treacherous, perfidious, recreant

familiar

close, intimate, confidential, chummy

fanatic

zealot, enthusiast

fantastic

bizarre, grotesque, fanciful, exotic

fashion

style, mode, vogue

fashionable

chic, dashing, in, modish, posh, sharp, smart, stylish, swank, trendy

fast

rapid, swift, fleet, speedy, quick, hasty, expeditious

fasten

anchor, fix, moor, secure [UNFASTEN]

fat

obese, corpulent, fleshy, portly, stout, pudgy, rotund, plump, chubby

fatal

deadly, mortal, lethal

fate

destiny, kismet, lot, portion

fault

failing, weakness, frailty, foible, vice

favorable

propitious, auspicious, benign, conducive

fawn

apple-polish, bootlick, kowtow, slaver, toady, truckle

fear

fright, dread, terror, horror, panic, alarm, dismay, consternation, trepidation

feat

achievement, exploit, masterstroke

feeling

emotion, passion, sentiment

feminine

female, womanly, womanish, effeminate, ladylike

fertile

fecund, fruitful, productive, prolific [INFERTILE]

fidelity

allegiance, fealty, loyalty

field

bailiwick, domain, province, realm, sphere, territory

figure

design, device, motif, pattern

financial

pecuniary, fiscal, monetary

firm

hard, solid

fit

suitable, meet, proper, appropriate, apt, fitting, happy, felicitous

flagrant

glaring, gross, egregious, rank

flash

gleam, glance, glint, sparkle, glitter, glisten, shimmer, glimmer,

twinkle, scintillate

flexible

elastic, resilient, springy, supple

flirt

dally, play, toy, trifle

flock

flight, herd, drove, pack, gang, gaggle, bevy, brood

flourish

brandish, wave

flow

current, flood, flux, rush, stream, tide

flutter

flicker, flit, flitter, hover

follow

succeed, ensue, result, supervene

foolish

silly, fatuous, absurd, preposterous, ridiculous, ludicrous

forbid

ban, enjoin, interdict, prohibit, proscribe

force

compel, coerce, constrain, oblige, obligate

foreign

alien, exotic, strange

foretell

augur, divine, prophesy, vaticinate

forgetful

unmindful, oblivious

forgive

pardon, excuse, condone

form

figure, shape, configuration, contour, profile

forte

metier, specialty, thing

found

create, establish, institute, organize

fragile

breakable, frangible, delicate, brittle

 

fragrance

aroma, bouquet, perfume, redolence, scent

frank

candid, outspoken, straightforward, open

freedom

liberty, license

frighten

scare, alarm, terrify, terrorize, startle, panic

frown

glower, lower, scowl

frustrate

thwart, foil, balk

full

complete, plenary, replete

function

duty, office, role

furnish

equip, outfit, appoint, accouter

futile

barren, bootless, fruitless, unavailing, useless, vain

gather

collect, assemble, congregate, accumulate, amass

gaudy

flashy, garish, loud, meretricious, tawdry

gaze

stare, gape, glare, peer, ogle

general

common, generic, universal [PARTICULAR]

gesture

gesticulation, sign, signal

ghastly

grim, gruesome, grisly, macabre, lurid

giddy

dizzy, vertiginous

glad

happy, cheerful, lighthearted, joyful, joyous

glib

slick, smooth-tongued

glum

gloomy, morose, crabbed, dour, saturnine, sullen, surly, sulky

gossip

blab, tattle

gracious

cordial, genial, sociable [UNGRACIOUS]

grand

magnificient, imposing, stately, majestic, august, grandiose

grant

vouchsafe, concede, accord, award

graphic

lifelike, realistic, vivid

grieve

lament, mourn, sorrow

gruff

brusque, blunt, bluff, curt, crusty

guide

lead, pilot, sheperd, steer, usher

habit

practice, custom, usage, use, wont, habitude

haggard

wasted, worn, careworn

hamper

fetter, handcuff, hobble, hog-tie, manacle, shackle, trammel

handle

manipulate, wield, ply

happen

befall, betide, chance, occur

happy

fortunate, lucky, providential

harass

harry, hound, badger, pester, plague, bait

hard

difficult, arduous

harden

acclimate, acclimatize, season, toughen

haste

celerity, dispatch, expedition, hurry, speed [DELIBERATION]

hateful

detestable, odious, obnoxious, offensive, repellent

healthy

sound, wholesome, hale, robust, well, hardy, vigorous

heap

bank, mound, pile, stack

heavy

weighty, hefty, massive, ponderous, cumbersome

help

aid, assist, succor

heritage

inheritance, legacy, tradition

hesitate

vacillate, waver, falter

hide

conceal, secrete, cache, screen, bury, cloak

high

tall, lofty, towering, elevated

hinder

hamper, impede, obstruct, block, dam, bar

hole

hollow, cavity, pocket

honesty

honor, integrity, probity, rectitude

honor

homage, reverence, veneration, deference

 

humane

compassionate, humanitarian, merciful [INHUMANE]

idea

thought, notion, concept, conception

ideal

model, example, exemplar, standard, pattern

ignorant

uneducated, untaught, unlearned, untutored, unlettered, illiterate

imagination

fancy, fantasy

imitate

copy, mimic, ape, parody, simulate

immaterial

incorporeal, insubstantial, metaphysical, spiritual [MATERIAL]

impact

repercussion

impetuous

heedless, hasty, headlong, precipitate, sudden

importance

consequence, moment, significance, import, weight

impostor

quack, faker, humbug, mountebank, charlatan

impression

impress, imprint, print, stamp

improper

unbecoming, unseemly, indelicate, indecent, indecorous

improve

better, help, ameliorate

inactive

idle, inert, passive, dormant, torpid, supine

incalculable

countless, immeasurable, incomputable, infinite, innumerable, measureless

incisive

trenchant, biting, cutting, crisp, clear-cut

incite

instigate, foment, abet

incline

bias, dispose, predispose [DISINCLINE]

include

comprise, comprehend, embrace, involve

inconsistent

incongruous, incompatible, discordant, uncongenial, discrepant

increase

expand, enlarge, extend, augment, multiply

indicate

argue, attest, bespeak, betoken, testify, witness

indifferent

unconcerned, incurious, detached, uninterested

indirect

circuitous, roundabout

indispensable

essential, necessary, needful, requisite

infinite

boundless, eternal, illimitable, sempiternal [FINITE]

inflexible

inexorable, adamant, obdurate

injure

harm, hurt, damage, impair, mar, spoil

injustice

injury, wrong, grievance

innate

inborn, inbred, congenital, hereditary

inquiry

inquest, inquisition, investigation, probe, research

insanity

lunacy, madness, mania, dementia

instinctive

instinctual, intuitive, visceral

insubordinate

rebellious, mutinous, factious, seditious

intelligent

bright, brilliant, knowing, quick-witted, smart, intellectual

intense

fierce, vehement, violent

intention

intent, purpose, goal, end, aim, object, objective

interfere

meddle, tamper

intimidate

browbeat, bulldoze, cow, bully, bludgeon

introduce

insert, interject, interlard, interpolate, interpose

intrude

obtrude

irrelevant

extraneous, immaterial, impertinent [RELEVANT]

isolate

insulate, seclude, segregate, sequester

item

detail, particular

jealous

covetous, envious

jerk

snap, twitch, wrench, yank

join

combine, unite, link, connect, relate, associate

joke

jest, witticism, quip, sally, crack, wisecrack, gag

jolly

jovial, merry, blithe, jocund

judge

arbitrator, arbiter, referee, umpire

 

justify

warrant

keep

retain, withhold, reserve

kind

kindly, kindhearted, benign, benevolent

knowledge

information, learning, erudition, lore, scholarship

lack

want, need

large

big, great [SMALL]

last

final, terminal, eventual, ultimate

latent

dormant, quiescent

lawyer

attorney, counselor, counsel, barrister, solicitor

lazy

faineant, idle, indolent, slothful

lean

spare, skinny, scrawny, lank, lanky, rawboned, gaunt

learned

erudite, scholarly

lethargy

lassitude, torpor, torpidity, stupor, languor

letter

epistle, missive, note

level

flat, even, plane, smooth, flush

liberal

bounteous, bountiful, freehanded, generous, handsome,

munificent, openhanded [STINGY]

lie

equivocate, fib, palter, prevaricate

lift

raise, rear, elevate, hoist, heave, boost

like

love, enjoy, relish, fancy, dote

likeness

similarity, similitude, resemblance, analogy, affinity

limit

restrict, confine, circumscribe

limp

flabby, flaccid, floppy [FIRM]

livelihood

living, subsistence, sustenance, maintenance, support, keep

living

alive, live, animate, animated, vital

logical

analytic, ratiocinative, rational

loose

lax, slack [TIGHT]

loud

earsplitting, stentorian, strident [SOFT]

love

affection, devotion, fondness, infatuation

lure

entice, inveigle, decoy, tempt, seduce

lurk

skulk, slink, sneak

luxury

extravagance, frill [NECESSITY]

makeshift

expedient, resort, stopgap

male

masculine, manlike, manly, manful, virile, mannish

malign

defame, traduce, vilify, asperse, slander, calumniate, libel

malleable

ductile, plastic, pliable, pliant

manipulate

exploit, maneuver

mark

brand, label, tag, ticket

mature

age, develope, ripen

meager

spare, sparse, skimpy, scanty, scant

mean

denote, import, signify

mean

low, base, abject, ignoble, sordid

meaning

acceptation, import, sense, significance, signification

meaningless

senseless, mindless, irrational, pointless, purposeless

melt

fuse, liquefy, thaw, deliquesce

memory

remembrance, recollection, reminiscence

mercy

leniency, lenity, clemency, charity

method

system, routine, manner, mode, fashion, way

meticulous

careful, painstaking, scrupulous, fastidious, punctilious

mind

intellect, intelligence, brain, wit, reason

mirth

merriment, jollity, hilarity, glee

 

miscellaneous

heterogeneous, motley, mixed, varied, assorted

misfortune

adversity, mishap, mischance

misleading

deceptive, delusive, delusory

mix

blend, mingle, coalesce, merge, amalgamate, fuse

mixture

blend, admixture, compund, composite, amalgam

moderate

qualify, temper [INTENSIFY]

moment

instant, minute, second, jiffy, flash

monopolize

absorb, consume, engross, preoccupy

mood

humor, temper

moral

ethical, virtuous, righteous

morale

esprit, esprit de corps

moving

stirring, poignant, touching, pathetic, affecting

multitude

host, legion, army

muscular

athletic, brawny, burly, sinewy

mysterious

esoteric, arcane, occult, inscrutable

naive

simple, ingenuous, unsophisticated, natural, unaffected, guileless, artless

name

designation, denomination, title, appellation, cognomen

native

indigenous, endemic, autochthonous, aboriginal

nautical

marine, maritime, naval

neat

tidy, trim, shipshape, spick-and-span, spruce, trig

need

necessity, exigency, requisite

negligent

derelict, lax, neglectful, remiss, slack

neutralize

negate, nullify, counteract

new

fresh, novel, newfangled, original

news

advice, intelligence, tidings, word

nimble

agile, quick, brisk, facile, spry

noise

din, racket, uproar, pandemonium, hullabaloo, hubbub, clamor, babel

normal

regular, natural, typical

noted

celebrated, eminent, famed, famous, illustrious, notable, preeminent, renowned

noticeable

observable, marked, conspicuous, prominent, outstanding,

salient, remarkable, signal, arresting, striking

nuance

gradation, shade

nurture

cultivate, foster, nurse

obedient

biddable, compliant, acquiescent, submissive, docile, amenable, tractable

object

protest, kick, demur, remonstrate, expostulate

obligation

responsibility, duty

oblige

accommodate, favor [DISOBLIGE]

observe

keep, celebrate, commemorate, solemnize

obstacle

obstruction, bar, barrier, block, hindrance, impediment, snag

obstinate

stubborn, headstrong, stiff-necked, bullheaded, pigheaded,

mulish, dogged, pertinacious

occurrence

happening, event, incident, episode, circumstance

offend

insult, affront, outrage

offense

crime, sin, error

offensive

disgusting, loathsome, nasty, repellent, repulsive, revolting, vile

offer

proffer, tender, present

old

ancient, archaic, antediluvian, obsolete, antique, antiquated

opinion

view, sentiment, feeling, belief, conviction, persuasion

opponent

adversary, antagonist

opportune

seasonable, timely, well-timed [INOPPORTUNE]

opportunity

occasion, opening, chance, break

 

oppose

fight, combat, resist, withstand, contest

opposite

contrary, antithetical, contradictory

orderly

methodical, systematic

origin

inception, source, root

ornate

florid, flamboyant, baroque, rococo

outline

contour, profile, silhouette

outlive

outlast, survive

outrageous

flagrant, atrocious, monstrous

overthrow

overturn, subvert, topple, upset

pacify

mollify, conciliate, appease, placate

pain

ache, pang, smart, stitch, throe, twinge

palliate

extenuate, gloss, gloze, whitewash

pamper

indulge, humor, spoil, coddle, mellycoddle, babe

paragon

nonsuch, nonpareil

partner

colleague, ally, confederate

passion

fervor, fire, zeal, ardor

pathetic

pitiful, pitiable, piteous, lamentable

patience

long-suffering, resignation, forbearance

pause

intermission, recess, respite, suspension

pedantic

academic, bookish, donnish, scholastic

penitence

compunction, contrition, remorse, repentance

pensive

contemplative, reflective, meditative, thoughtful

perceptible

palpable, appreciable, noticeable, discernible

perfect

consummate, faultless, flawless, impeccable [IMPERFECT]

perform

execute, accomplish, achieve, effect, fulfill, discharge

period

epoch, era, age, term

periodic

sporadic, intermittent, occasional, fitful

permission

authorization, consent, leave, license [PROHIBITION]

perseverance

persistence, tenacity, pertinacity

persuade

induce, prevail, convince

phase

aspect, facet, angle, side

physique

build, constitution

pity

compassion, commiseration, sympathy, condolence, empathy

plain

modest, simple, unostentatious, unpretentious [ORNATE]

plan

blueprint, design, project, scheme, strategy

plausible

believable, colorable, credible

playful

mischievous, impish, waggish, frolicsome

please

delight, gladden, gratify, tickle [DISPLEASE]

pleasure

enjoyment, delight, delectation, joy

plentiful

abundant, ample, copious, plenteous [SCANT]

poet

bard, versifier, rhymer, rhymester, poetaster

poisonous

mephitic, pestilent, pestilential, toxic, venomous, virulent

polite

mannerly, civil, courteous, genteel

ponder

meditate, deliberate, ruminate, mull, muse

poor

indigent, needy, impecunious, penniless, impoverished, poverty-stricken, destitute

possible

workable, practicable, feasible, viable

posture

attitude, carriage, pose, stance

practice

drill, exercise, rehearse

praise

acclaim, commend, extol, laud

predicament

plight, quandary, jam, fix, pickle

predict

call, forecast, foretell, prognosticate

 

predilection

bias, leaning, partiality, penchant, prejudice, proclivity, propensity

preliminary

introductory, prefatory, preparatory

presume

presuppose, postulate, posit, assume

pretend

assume, affect, simulate, feign, fake, counterfeit

prevailing

prevalent, current, rife

prevent

preclude, avert, obviate, forestall

price

charge, cost, expense

produce

bear, yield

profane

blasphemous, sacrilegious

proficient

adept, skilled, skillful, expert

profuse

exuberant, lavish, lush, luxuriant, prodigal, riotous [SPARE]

promise

covenant, engage, pledge, plight, swear, vow

prone

supine, prostrate, recumbent

proportion

harmony, symmetry, balance

propose

pose, propound, submit

proud

arrogant, haughty, disdainful, supercilious

provoke

incite, excite, stimulate, arouse, rouse, stir

prudence

discretion, foresight, forethought, circumspection

pull

drag, draw, haul, tow, tug [PUSH]

pulsate

pulse, beat, palpitate, throb

punish

correct, chastise, discipline, castigate, penalize

pure

absolute, sheer, simple, unadulterated

push

propel, shove, thrust [PULL]

puzzle

perplex, mystify, bewilder, confound

quality

property, attribute, character, trait

qualm

scruple, compunction, misgiving

quibble

carp, cavil, niggle, nitpick, pettifog

range

ambit, compass, orbit, purview, reach, scope, sweep

reach

achieve, attain, gain, compass

real

actual, true, existent

reap

garner, gather, gleam, harvest

reason

intuition, understanding, judgement

rebellion

revolution, revolt, mutiny, insurrection, uprising

recede

ebb, retract, retreat, retrograde [ADVANCE]

reciprocate

requite, return

reckless

rash, precipitate, foolhardy, temerarious

recoil

blench, quail, shrink, flinch

recover

regain, recoup, retrieve

refer

advert, mention

refrain

abstain, forbear

refuse

decline, reject, spurn, rebuff

regard

esteem, admiration, respect

regret

sorrow, grief, anguish, woe, heartache, heartbreak

relevant

pertinent, germane, material, apposite, apropos [IRRELEVANT]

reliable

dependable, responsible, trustworthy

relieve

allay, alleviate, assuage, lighten, mitigate, palliate

religious

devout, pious, sanctimonious

relinquish

yield, resign, abandon, surrender, cede, waive, renounce

rely

trust, depend, reckon

remainder

rest, balance, residue, residuum, remnant, leavings, remains

remember

bethink, recall, recollect [FORGET]

 

reparation

redress, amends, restitution, indemnity

repeat

iterate, reiterate, restate

replace

supplant, supersede

represent

delineate, depict, limn, picture, portray

resort

apply, go, refer, turn

responsible

answerable, liable, accountable, amenable

rest

relaxation, repose, leisure, ease, comfort

restrain

curb, check, bridle, inhibit

return

revert, recur, recrudesce

reveal

expose, disclose, divulge, betray

revere

worship, venerate, adore, idolize

reverse

invert, transpose

revive

restore, resuscitate, revivify

rhythm

meter, cadence

rich

affluent, flush, loaded, moneyed, wealthy [POOR]

ridicule

mock, taunt, twit, deride, gibe

right

privilege, prerogative, perquisite, birthright

rise

ascend, climb, soar, tower, mount, surge

rival

compete, vie, emulate

room

elbowroom, latitude, leeway, margin, play, scope

rough

harsh, jagged, rugged, scabrous, uneven

rude

crude, primitive, raw, rough

ruin

raze, demolish, destroy, wreck

rural

bucolic, rustic, pastoral

sad

melancholy, sorrowful, doleful, woebegone, desolate

same

identical, selfsame, very [DIFFERENT]

sarcastic

ironic, caustic, satirical, sardonic

satiate

sate, cloy, glut, gorge, surfeit

satisfy

answer, fill, fullfil, meet

save

rescue, reclaim, redeem, deliver

saying

maxim, adage, saw, motto, epigram, proverb, aphorism

scatter

disperse, dissipate, dispel

scold

upbraid, berate, revile, vituperate, rail

scream

shriek, screech

secret

stealthy, covert, clandestine, furtive, surreptitious, underhand

see

behold, note, notice, espy, descry, observe, contemplate, survey,

view, perceive, discern, remark

seek

hunt, quest, search

seem

appear, look

send

dispatch, forward, route, ship, transmit

sensuous

sensual, luxurious, voluptuous, sybaritic, epicurean

sentimental

bathetic, maudlin, mawkish, mushy, romantic, schmaltzy, slushy, soppy

separate

divide, part, sever, sunder, divorce

series

succession, progression, sequence, chain, train, string

serious

sober, grave, solemn, earnest, sedate, staid

servitude

bondage, slavery

severe

stern, austere, ascetic, strict

shade

penumbra, shadow, umbra, umbrage

shake

tremble, quake, quiver, shiver, shudder

shameless

brazen, barefaced, brash, impudent, unblushing

shapleless

amorphous, formless, unformed, unshaped [SHAPELY]

 

share

participate, partake

sharp

keen, acute

shelter

cover, retreat, refuge, asylum, sanctuary

shorten

abbreviate, abridge, curtail, truncate [LENGTHEN]

shout

bawl, bellow, holler, howl, roar, whoop, yell

show

display, expose, parade, exhibit, flaunt

showy

flamboyant, ostentatious, pretentious, splashy

shrewd

sagacious, astute, perspicacious

shy

bashful, diffident, modest, coy, demure

sign

badge, mark, token, symptom, note

silent

reticent, reserved, taciturn, secretive, uncommunicative, tightlipped

sincere

unaffected, unfeigned, wholehearted, hearty, heartfelt

single

sole, unique, solitary, lone, separate

sinister

baleful, malign

slant

incline, lean, slope, tilt, tip

sleek

glossy, satiny, silken, silky, slick

slide

slip, glide, coast, skid, slither

sloppy

slovenly, unkempt, slipshod

slow

dilatory, leisurely, laggard, deliberate

sly

cunning, tricky, crafty, wily, foxy, artful, guileful

small

diminutive, little, miniature, minuscule, minute, petite, tiny, wee [LARGE]

smell

aroma, odor, scent

smile

grin, simper, smirk

social

companionable, convivial, gregarious, sociable [ANTISOCIAL]

solitude

isolation, seclusion, retirement

solve

decipher, resolve, unravel

sour

acid, acidulous, dry, tart

spacious

ample, capacious, commodious, roomy

sparing

frugal, thrifty, economical

speak

talk, converse, discourse

speed

hurry, hasten, quicken, accelerate, precipitate

spend

disburse, expend [SAVE]

spontaneous

impulsive, instinctive, involuntary, automatic

stain

blot, brand, stigma, taint

stammer

stutter

standard

benchmark, criterion, gauge, measure, touchstone, yardstick

state

condition, situation, status

stay

remain, wait, abide, tarry, linger, sojourn

steady

even, equable, uniform, constant

steal

purloin, filch, snitch, pilfer, cop, hook, swipe, lift, pinch

steep

abrupt, precipitous, sheer

stem

arise, derive, emanate, flow, issue, originate

stench

fetor, malodor, reek, stink

sterile

infertile, barren, unfruitful, impotent

stiff

rigid, inflexible, inelastic, tense

still

quiet, silent, noiseless, soundless

stingy

close, close-fisted, niggardly, penny-pinching, miserly,

parsimonious, penurious, tight

stoop

condescend, deign

stop

cease, desist, discontinue, halt, quit [START]

strange

peculiar, odd, queer, quaint, outlandish, singular, eccentric, curious

 

streak

strain, vein

strength

power, might, energy, force

strip

divest, denude, bare

strong

stout, sturdy, tough, stalwart, tenacious

strut

swagger, swank

stupid

slow, dumb, dull, obtuse, dense

suave

smooth, urbane, diplomatic, politic

subject

matter, topic, theme

substance

burden, core, gist, pith, purport

sufficient

adequate, enough [INSUFFICIENT]

suggest

imply, hint, intimate, insinuate

summit

peak, pinnacle, acme, apex, zenith, climax

superficial

shallow, cursory

superfluous

excess, extra, spare, supernumerary, surplus, supererogatory

supervise

boos, overlook, oversee, superintend

support

uphold, back, advocate, champion

supposed

conjectural, hypothetical, putative, reputed, suppositious,

supposititious [CERTAIN]

suppress

stifle, repress

sure

certain, confident, positive

surprise

astonish, amaze, astound, dumbfound, flabbergast

surrender

submission, capitulation

surround

circle, compass, encircle, encompass, environ, gird, girdle, ring

swerve

depart, deviate, digress, diverge, stray, veer

swing

oscillate, sway, rock, vibrate, fluctuate, undulate, waver

symbol

attribute, emblem

tact

address, diplomacy, savoir-faire

talkative

loquacious, garrulous, voluble, verbose, glib

tardy

behindhand, late, overdue [PROMPT]

task

job, chore, stint, assignment

taste

flavor, relish, savor, smack, tang

teach

instruct, educate, train, school, discipline, drill

tear

rip, rend, split, cleave

teem

abound, bristle, crawl, overflow, swarm

temerity

audacity, effrontery, nerve, cheek, gall

tend

attend, mind, minister, watch

tendency

trend, current, drift, tenor, inclination

theoretical

abstract, academic, hypothetical, speculative

think

cerebrate, cogitate, reason, reflect, speculate

thoughtful

considerate, attentive, solicitous

threaten

menace, intimidate

throw

cast, hurl, fling, pitch, toss, sling

tight

taut, tense

timid

timorous

tire

weary, fatigue, exhaust, jade

tireless

indefatigable, unflagging, untiring, unwearied, weariless

tool

instrument, implement, utensil, appliance

touch

feel, finger, handle, palpate, paw

trace

vestige, track, trail

transient

transitory, ephemeral, fleeting, fugitive, momentary, evanescent

treat

deal, handle

 

trial

affliction, crucible, ordeal, tribulation, visitation

trite

hackneyed, shopworn, stereotyped, threadbare, stale, banal

trivial

trifling, paltry, petty, picayune

trouble

ail, distress, worry

trust

faith, confidence, reliance, dependence

truth

veracity, verity, verisimilitude

turn

rotate, revolve, gyrate, spin, whirl, circle, eddy, swirl

type

kind, sort, nature, character, ilk

ugly

hideous, ill-favored, unsightly

uncertainty

doubt, dubiety, skepticism, suspicion, mistrust

unctuous

fulsome, oily, oleaginous, smarmy

unfortunate

hapless, ill-fated, ill-started, luckless, unlucky [FORTUNATE]

unity

union, solidarity

unruly

ungovernable, intractable, refractory, recalcitrant, willful, headstrong, wayward

unspeakable

indefinable, indescribable, ineffable, inexpressible, unutterable

urge

press, exhort, prod, prick

urgent

pressing, imperative, exigent

use

employ, utilize

usual

habitual, customary, accustomed

vain

empty, hollow, idle, nugatory, otiose

valid

sound, cogent, convincing, telling

vent

express, utter, voice, air

versatile

all-around, many-sided, multifaceted, multifarious

vertical

upright, perpendicular, plumb

victory

conquest, triumph

vigor

dash, punch, verve, vim, vitality

vindictive

vengeful, revengeful

vociferous

blatant, boisterous, strident, clamorous

voluntary

intentional, deliberate, willful, willing

voracious

gluttonous, rapacious, ravenous

votary

devotee, habitué

wander

ramble, roam, rove, range, meander, stray, gallivant, gad

warn

caution, forewarn

waste

blow, consume, dissipate, fritter, squander [SAVE]

way

route, course, passage, pass, artery

weak

feeble, frail, fragile, infirm, decrepit, debilitated

weird

eerie, uncanny, unearthly

wet

damp, moist, dank, humid

whole

all, entire, gross, total [PARTIAL]

wise

sage, sapient, judicious, prudent, sensible, sane

wit

humor, repartee, sarcasm, irony

wonder

marvel, miracle, phenomenon, prodigy, sensation

wordy

diffuse, long-winded, prolix, verbose

work

labor, toil, drudgery, travail

writhe

agonize, squirm

yearn

long, pine, hanker, hunger, thirst

yield

relent, bow, defer, submit, capitulate, succumb

young

youthful, adolescent, immature, juvenile, puerile, green

zest

gusto, relish