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{adj: Adonic} having a rhythm consisting of a dactyl followed by a spondee or a trochee
"the verse of the laments is Adonic"

{adj: Allied} of or relating to or denoting the Allies in World War I
"an allied offensive"
"the Allied powers"

{adj: Asian, oriental} denoting or characteristic of the biogeographic region including southern Asia and the Malay Archipelago as far as the Philippines and Borneo and Java
"Oriental politeness"
"for people of South and East Asian ancestry the term `Asian' is preferred to `Oriental'"
"Asian ancestry"

{adj: British} of or relating to or characteristic of Great Britain or its people or culture
"his wife is British"

{adj: Bulgarian} of or relating to or characteristic of Bulgaria or its people
"the Bulgarian capital is Sofia"

{adj: Caroline, Carolean} of or relating to the life and times of kings Charles I or Charles II of England

{adj: Elizabethan} of or relating to Elizabeth I of England or to the age in which she ruled as queen
"Elizabethan music"

{adj: Eurasian, Eurasiatic} relating to, or coming from, Europe and Asia
"His mother was Eurasian, and his father Chinese"
"the Eurasian landmass is the largest in the world"

{adj: Georgian} of or relating to or characteristic of the American state of Georgia or its inhabitants
"the Georgian state capital is Atlanta"
"Georgian peach farmers"

{adj: Georgian} of or relating to or characteristic of the Asian republic of Georgia or its people or language
"the Georgian capital is Tbilisi"
"Georgian farmers"
"Georgian vowels"

{adj: Gregorian} of or relating to Pope Gregory I or to the plainsong chants of the Roman Catholic Church

{adj: Hispanic, Latino} related to a Spanish-speaking people or culture
"the Hispanic population of California is growing rapidly"

{adj: Icelandic} of or relating to Iceland or its people or culture and language
"Icelandic ports"
"the Icelandic president is a woman"
"Icelandic sagas"

{adj: Ismaili} of or relating to a branch of Shiism that is noted for its esoteric philosophy

{adj: Jacobean} of or relating to James I or his reign or times
"Jacobean writers"

{adj: Jewish, Judaic} of or relating to Jews or their culture or religion
"He is Jewish"
"a Jewish wedding"

{adj: Mexican} of or relating to Mexico or its inhabitants
"Mexican food is hot"

{adj: Modern, New} used of a living language; being the current stage in its development
"Modern English"
"New Hebrew is Israeli Hebrew"

{adj: Nicaraguan} of or relating to Nicaragua or is people
"Nicaraguan earthquakes"

{adj: Old} of a very early stage in development
"Old English is also called Anglo Saxon"
"Old High German is High German from the middle of the 9th to the end of the 11th century"

{adj: Ptolemaic} of or relating to the geocentric Ptolemaic system
"in the Ptolemaic system of planetary motion the earth is fixed as the center of the universe with the sun and moon and planets revolving around it"

{adj: Scots, Scottish, Scotch} of or relating to or characteristic of Scotland or its people or culture or its English dialect or Gaelic language
"Scots Gaelic"
"the Scots community in New York"
"`Scottish' tends to be the more formal term as in `The Scottish Symphony' or `Scottish authors' or `Scottish mountains'"
"`Scotch' is in disfavor with Scottish people and is used primarily outside Scotland except in such frozen phrases as `Scotch broth' or `Scotch whiskey' or `Scotch plaid'"

{adj: Somalian, Somali} of or relating to the African republic of Somalia or its people or their language and culture
"Somali coffee is excellent"

{adj: Taiwanese, Chinese, Formosan} of or relating to or characteristic of the island republic on Taiwan or its residents or their language
"the Taiwanese capital is Taipeh"

{adj: abactinal} (of radiate animals) located on the surface or end opposite to that on which the mouth is situated
<-> actinal

{adj: abaxial, dorsal} facing away from the axis of an organ or organism
"the abaxial surface of a leaf is the underside or side facing away from the stem"
<-> adaxial

{adj: ablative} tending to ablate; i.e. to be removed or vaporized at very high temperature
"ablative material on a rocket cone"

{adj: able} having inherent physical or mental ability or capacity
"able to learn"
"human beings are able to walk on two feet"
"Superman is able to leap tall buildings"

{adj: absolved, clear, cleared, exculpated, exonerated, vindicated} freed from any question of guilt
"is absolved from all blame"
"was now clear of the charge of cowardice"
"his official honor is vindicated"

{adj: abstracted, removed} taken out of or separated from
"possibility is...achievability, abstracted from achievement"- A.N.Whitehead

{adj: absurd, cockeyed, derisory, idiotic, laughable, ludicrous, nonsensical, preposterous, ridiculous} incongruous;inviting ridicule
"the absurd excuse that the dog ate his homework"
"that's a cockeyed idea"
"ask a nonsensical question and get a nonsensical answer"
"a contribution so small as to be laughable"
"it is ludicrous to call a cottage a mansion"
"a preposterous attempt to turn back the pages of history"
"her conceited assumption of universal interest in her rather dull children was ridiculous"

{adj: absurd} inconsistent with reason or logic or common sense
"the absurd predicament of seeming to argue that virtue is highly desirable but intensely unpleasant"- Walter Lippman

{adj: accentual} (of verse) having a metric system based on stress rather than syllables or quantity
"accentual poetry is based on the number of stresses in a line"
"accentual rhythm"
<-> quantitative, syllabic

{adj: accidental, adventitious} associated by chance and not an integral part
"poetry is something to which words are the accidental, not by any means the essential form"- Frederick W. Robertson
"they had to decide whether his misconduct was adventitious or the result of a flaw in his character"

{adj: accomplished, effected, established} settled securely and unconditionally
"that smoking causes health problems is an accomplished fact"

{adj: accusatorial} specifically indicating a form of prosecution in which one is publicly accused of and tried for a crime and in which the judge is not also the prosecutor
<-> inquisitorial

{adj: accustomed} (often followed by `to') in the habit of or adapted to
"accustomed to doing her own work"
"I've grown accustomed to her face"
<-> unaccustomed

{adj: ace, A-one, crack, fantastic, first-rate, super, tiptop, topnotch, tops} of the highest quality
"an ace reporter"
"a crack shot"
"a first-rate golfer"
"a super party"
"played top-notch tennis"
"an athlete in tiptop condition"
"she is absolutely tops"

{adj: actinal} (of radiate organisms) located on the surface or end on which the mouth is situated
<-> abactinal

{adj: actinoid} having a radial form
"starfish are actinoid--that is, they are radially symmetrical"

{adj: actionable} affording grounds for legal action
"slander is an actionable offense"

{adj: active, combat-ready, fighting} engaged in or ready for military or naval operations
"on active duty"
"the platoon is combat-ready"
"review the fighting forces"

{adj: active} characterized by energetic activity
"an active toddler"
"active as a gazelle"
"an active man is a man of action"
<-> inactive

{adj: active} engaged in full-time work
"active duty"
"though past retirement age he is still active in his profession"
<-> inactive

{adj: actual} being or existing at the present moment
"the ship's actual position is 22 miles due south of Key West"

{adj: adamant, adamantine, inexorable, intransigent} impervious to pleas, persuasion, requests, reason
"he is adamant in his refusal to change his mind"
"Cynthia was inexorable; she would have none of him"- W.Churchill
"an intransigent conservative opposed to every liberal tendency"

{adj: adaxial, ventral} nearest to or facing toward the axis of an organ or organism
"the upper side of a leaf is known as the adaxial surface"
<-> abaxial

{adj: addicted} compulsively or physiologically dependent on something habit-forming
"she is addicted to chocolate"
"addicted to cocaine"
<-> unaddicted

{adj: addressed} (of mail) marked with a destination
"I throw away all mail addressed to `resident'"
<-> unaddressed

{adj: adequate to, capable, equal to, up to} having the requisite qualities for
"equal to the task"
"the work isn't up to the standard I require"

{adj: adjunct, assistant} of or relating to a person who is subordinate to another

{adj: adjusted} (especially of garments) having the fit or style adjusted
"for my wedding I had my mother's wedding dress altered to fit me"

{adj: adroit, clever, ingenious} skillful (or showing skill) in adapting means to ends
"cool prudence and sensitive selfishness along with quick perception of what is possible--these distinguish an adroit politician"
"came up with a clever story"
"an ingenious press agent"
"an ingenious scheme"

{adj: adscript, adscripted} (used of persons) bound to a tract of land; hence their service is transferable from owner to owner
"an adscript serf"

{adj: advanced, forward-looking, innovative, modern} ahead of the times
"the advanced teaching methods"
"had advanced views on the subject"
"a forward-looking corporation"
"is British industry innovative enough?"

{adj: advantaged, favored} blessed with advantages
"she is more advantaged than her cousin"
"born into the favored classes"

{adj: advisable} worthy of being recommended or suggested; prudent or wise
"such action is neither necessary nor advisable"
"extreme caution is advisable"
"it is advisable to telephone first"
<-> inadvisable

{adj: aerobic} based on or using the principles of aerobics; enhancing respiratory and circulatory efficiency
"aerobic dance"
"running is very aerobic"
<-> anaerobic

{adj: afoot, underway} currently in progress
"there is mischief afoot"
"plans are afoot"
"preparations for the trial are underway"

{adj: afoot} traveling by foot
"she was afoot when I saw her this morning"

{adj: afraid} feeling worry or concern or insecurity
"She was afraid that I might be embarrassed"
"terribly afraid of offending someone"
"I am afraid we have witnessed only the first phase of the conflict"

{adj: afraid} filled with regret or concern; used often to soften an unpleasant statement
"I'm afraid I won't be able to come"
"he was afraid he would have to let her go"
"I'm afraid you're wrong"

{adj: aged, cured} (used of tobacco) aging as a preservative process (`aged' is pronounced as one syllable)

{adj: aged, elderly, older, senior} advanced in years; (`aged' is pronounced as two syllables)
"aged members of the society"
"elderly residents could remember the construction of the first skyscraper"
"senior citizen"

{adj: aged, of age} having attained a specific age; (`aged' is pronounced as one syllable)
"aged ten"
"ten years of age"

{adj: aglitter, coruscant, fulgid, glinting, glistering, glittering, glittery, scintillant, scintillating, sparkly} having brief brilliant points or flashes of light
"bugle beads all aglitter"
"glinting eyes"
"glinting water"
"his glittering eyes were cold and malevolent"
"shop window full of glittering Christmas trees"
"glittery costume jewelry"
"scintillant mica"
"the scintillating stars"
"a dress with sparkly sequins"
"`glistering' is an archaic term"

{adj: ago, agone} gone by; or in the past
"two years ago"
"`agone' is an archaic word for `ago'"

{adj: agreeable} conforming to your own liking or feelings or nature
"Is the plan agreeable to you?"
"he's an agreeable fellow"
"My idea of an agreeable person...is a person who agrees with me"- Disraeli
"an agreeable manner"
<-> disagreeable

{adj: ahead, in the lead, leading} having the leading position or higher score in a contest
"he is ahead by a pawn"
"the leading team in the pennant race"

{adj: ailing, indisposed, peaked, poorly, sickly, unwell, under the weather, seedy} somewhat ill or prone to illness
"my poor ailing grandmother"
"feeling a bit indisposed today"
"you look a little peaked"
"feeling poorly"
"a sickly child"
"is unwell and can't come to work"

{adj: akin, kindred, related} similar or related in quality or character
"a feeling akin to terror"
"kindred souls"
"the amateur is closely related to the collector"

{adj: alert, alive, awake} (usually followed by `to') showing acute awareness; mentally perceptive
"alert to the problems"
"alive to what is going on"
"awake to the dangers of her situation"
"was now awake to the reality of his predicament"

{adj: alert, awake} not unconscious; especially having become conscious
"the patient is now awake and alert"

{adj: alert} very attentive or observant
"an alert and responsive baby is a joy"
"caught by a couple of alert cops"
"alert enough to spot the opportunity when it came"
"constantly alert and vigilant, like a sentinel on duty"
<-> unalert

{adj: algid} chilly
"a person who is algid is marked by prostration and has cold clammy skin and low blood pressure"

{adj: alien, foreign} not contained in or deriving from the essential nature of something
"an economic theory alien to the spirit of capitalism"
"the mysticism so foreign to the French mind and temper"
"jealousy is foreign to her nature"

{adj: alive, live} capable of erupting
"a live volcano"
"the volcano is very much alive"

{adj: alive, live} possessing life
"the happiest person alive"
"the nerve is alive"
"doctors are working hard to keep him alive"
"burned alive"
"a live canary"
<-> dead

{adj: alive} (followed by `to' or `of') aware of
"is alive to the moods of others"

{adj: all in, beat, bushed, dead} very tired
"was all in at the end of the day"
"so beat I could flop down and go to sleep anywhere"
"bushed after all that exercise"
"I'm dead after that long trip"

{adj: all right, fine, o.k., ok, okay, hunky-dory} being satisfactory or in satisfactory condition
"an all-right movie"
"the passengers were shaken up but are all right"
"is everything all right?"
"everything's fine"
"things are okay"
"dinner and the movies had been fine"
"another minute I'd have been fine"

{adj: all-fired} extreme; used as an intensifier
"why is he in such an all-fired hurry?"

{adj: all-mains} used of a radio receiver that is adaptable to all voltages
"an all-mains set"

{adj: allegiant} steadfast in devotion (especially to your lawful monarch or government)
"it is impossible to be allegiant to two opposing forces"

{adj: allusive} characterized by indirect references
"allusive speech is characterized by allusions"

{adj: alone, lone, lonely, solitary} lacking companions or companionship
"he was alone when we met him"
"she is alone much of the time"
"the lone skier on the mountain"
"a lonely fisherman stood on a tuft of gravel"
"a lonely soul"
"a solitary traveler"

{adj: alone, only} exclusive of anyone or anything else
"she alone believed him"
"cannot live by bread alone"
"I'll have this car and this car only"

{adj: alone, unique, unequaled, unequalled, unparalleled} radically distinctive and without equal
"he is alone in the field of microbiology"
"this theory is altogether alone in its penetration of the problem"
"Bach was unique in his handling of counterpoint"
"craftsmen whose skill is unequaled"
"unparalleled athletic ability"
"a breakdown of law unparalleled in our history"

{adj: alone} isolated from others
"could be alone in a crowded room"
"was alone with her thoughts"
"I want to be alone"

{adj: alpha} first in order of importance
"the alpha male in the group of chimpanzees"
"the alpha star in a constellation is the brightest or main star"

{adj: amateur, recreational, unpaid} engaged in as a pastime
"an amateur painter"
"gained valuable experience in amateur theatricals"
"recreational golfers"
"reading matter that is both recreational and mentally stimulating"
"unpaid extras in the documentary"

{adj: amazed, astonied, astonished, astounded, stunned} filled with the emotional impact of overwhelming surprise or shock
"an amazed audience gave the magician a standing ovation"
"I stood enthralled, astonished by the vastness and majesty of the cathedral"
"astounded viewers wept at the pictures from the Oklahoma City bombing"
"stood in stunned silence"
"stunned scientists found not one but at least three viruses"

{adj: amazing, awe-inspiring, awesome, awful, awing} inspiring awe or admiration or wonder
"New York is an amazing city"
"the Grand Canyon is an awe-inspiring sight"
"the awesome complexity of the universe"
"this sea, whose gently awful stirrings seem to speak of some hidden soul beneath"- Melville
"Westminster Hall's awing majesty, so vast, so high, so silent"

{adj: ambulant, ambulatory} able to walk about
"the patient is ambulatory"

{adj: amenable} liable to answer to a higher authority
" the president is amenable to the constitutional court"

{adj: amiss, awry, haywire, wrong} not functioning properly
"something is amiss"
"has gone completely haywire"
"something is wrong with the engine"

{adj: ample, copious, plenteous, plentiful, rich} affording an abundant supply
"had ample food for the party"
"copious provisions"
"food is plentiful"
"a plenteous grape harvest"
"a rich supply"

{adj: anal, anal retentive} a stage in psychosexual development when the child's interest is concentrated on the anal region; fixation at this stage is said to result in orderliness, meanness, stubbornness, compulsiveness, etc.
<-> oral

{adj: analogous, correspondent} similar or equivalent in some respects though otherwise dissimilar
"brains and computers are often considered analogous"
"salmon roe is marketed as analogous to caviar"

{adj: analogue, analog, linear} of a circuit or device having an output that is proportional to the input
"analogue device"
"linear amplifier"
<-> digital

{adj: analphabetic} not alphabetic
"an analphabetic arrangement of letters"
"Jesperson's system of phonetic transcription is analphabetic"
<-> alphabetic

{adj: analphabetic} relating to or expressed by a writing system that is not alphabetic
<-> alphabetic

{adj: analytic, analytical} of a proposition that is necessarily true independent of fact or experience
"`all spinsters are unmarried' is an analytic proposition"
<-> synthetic

{adj: analytic, analytical} using or skilled in using analysis (i.e., separating a whole--intellectual or substantial--into its elemental parts or basic principles)
"an analytic experiment"
"an analytic approach"
"a keenly analytic man"
"analytical reasoning"
"an analytical mind"
<-> synthetic

{adj: anarchic, anarchical, lawless} without law or control
"the system is economically inefficient and politically anarchic"

{adj: aneuploid} having a chromosome number that is not an exact multiple of the haploid number

{adj: animal, carnal, fleshly, sensual} marked by the appetites and passions of the body
"animal instincts"
"carnal knowledge"
"fleshly desire"
"a sensual delight in eating"
"music is the only sensual pleasure without vice"

{adj: animate} belonging to the class of nouns that denote living beings
"the word `dog' is animate"
<-> inanimate

{adj: annihilating, devastating, withering} making light of
"afire with annihilating invective"
"a devastating portrait of human folly"
"to compliments inflated I've a withering reply"- W.S.Gilbert

{adj: annoying, bothersome, galling, irritating, nettlesome, pesky, pestering, pestiferous, plaguy, plaguey, teasing, vexatious, vexing} causing irritation or annoyance
"tapping an annoying rhythm on his glass with his fork"
"aircraft noise is particularly bothersome near the airport"
"found it galling to have to ask permission"
"an irritating delay"
"nettlesome paperwork"
"a pesky mosquito"
"swarms of pestering gnats"
"a plaguey newfangled safety catch"
"a teasing and persistent thought annoyed him"
"a vexatious child"
"it is vexing to have to admit you are wrong"

{adj: antiseptic} thoroughly clean and free of or destructive to disease-causing organisms
"doctors in antiseptic green coats"
"the antiseptic effect of alcohol"
"it is said that marjoram has antiseptic qualities"
<-> septic

{adj: antisocial, asocial} hostile to or disruptive of normal standards of social behavior
"criminal behavior or conduct that violates the rights of other individuals is antisocial"
"crimes...and other asocial behavior"
"an antisocial deed"

{adj: antithetic, antithetical} sharply contrasted in character or purpose
"practices entirely antithetical to her professed beliefs"
"hope is antithetic to despair"

{adj: any, whatever, whatsoever} one or some or every or all without specification
"give me any peaches you don't want"
"not any milk is left"
"any child would know that"
"pick any card"
"any day now"
"cars can be rented at almost any airport"
"at twilight or any other time"
"beyond any doubt"
"need any help we can get"
"give me whatever peaches you don't want"
"no milk whatsoever is left"

{adj: apathetic, indifferent} marked by a lack of interest
"an apathetic audience"
"the universe is neither hostile nor friendly; it is simply indifferent"

{adj: apocrine} (of exocrine glands) producing a secretion in which part of the secreting cell is released with the secretion
"mother's milk is one apocrine secretion"
<-> eccrine

{adj: apogean} relating to or characteristic of an apogee
"apogean tides occur when the moon is at the apogee of its orbit"

{adj: apopemptic} addressed to one who is departing
"apopemptic hymns"

{adj: apophatic} of or relating to the belief that God can be known to humans only in terms of what He is not (such as `God is unknowable')

{adj: apparent, evident, manifest, patent, plain, unmistakable} clearly revealed to the mind or the senses or judgment
"the effects of the drought are apparent to anyone who sees the parched fields"
"evident hostility"
"manifest disapproval"
"patent advantages"
"made his meaning plain"
"it is plain that he is no reactionary"
"in plain view"

{adj: appealing} able to attract interest or draw favorable attention
"He added an appealing and memorable figure to popular American mythology"- Vincent Starrett
"an appealing sense of humor"
"the idea of having enough money to retire at fifty is very appealing"
<-> unappealing

{adj: appointed} provided with furnishing and accessories (especially of a tasteful kind)
"a house that is beautifully appointed"

{adj: apposite, appropriate, apt, pertinent} being of striking appropriateness and pertinence
"the successful copywriter is a master of apposite and evocative verbal images"
"an apt reply"

{adj: appreciated, apprehended, comprehended} fully understood or grasped
"dangers not yet appreciated"
"these apprehended truths"
"a thing comprehended is a thing known as fully as it can be known"

{adj: appropriate} suitable for a particular person or place or condition etc
"a book not appropriate for children"
"a funeral conducted the appropriate solemnity"
"it seems that an apology is appropriate"
<-> inappropriate

{adj: apt, clever} mentally quick and resourceful
"an apt pupil"
"you are a clever man...you reason well and your wit is bold"-Bram Stoker

{adj: apt, disposed, given, minded, tending} (usually followed by `to') naturally disposed toward
"he is apt to ignore matters he considers unimportant"
"I am not minded to answer any questions"

{adj: apt, liable} at risk of or subject to experiencing something usually unpleasant
"he is apt to lose"
"she is liable to forget"

{adj: archaic, primitive} little evolved from or characteristic of an earlier ancestral type
"archaic forms of life"
"primitive mammals"
"the okapi is a short-necked primitive cousin of the giraffe"

{adj: argentic} relating to compounds in which silver is bivalent

{adj: argentous} relating to compounds in which silver is univalent

{adj: arguable, debatable, disputable, moot} open to argument or debate
"that is a moot question"

{adj: arsenious} relating to compounds in which arsenic is trivalent

{adj: ascendant, ascendent, dominating} most powerful or important or influential
"the economically ascendant class"
"D-day is considered the dominating event of the war in Europe"

{adj: asleep, at peace, at rest, deceased, departed, gone} dead
"he is deceased"
"our dear departed friend"

{adj: asleep, benumbed, numb} lacking sensation
"my foot is asleep"
"numb with cold"

{adj: assertive} inclined to bold and confident assertion; aggressively self-assured
"an energetic assertive boy who was always ready to argue"
"pointing directly at a listener is an assertive act"
<-> unassertive

{adj: assorted, miscellaneous, mixed, motley, sundry} consisting of a haphazard assortment of different kinds (even to the point of incongruity)
"an arrangement of assorted spring flowers"
"assorted sizes"
"miscellaneous accessories"
"a mixed program of baroque and contemporary music"
"a motley crew"
"sundry sciences commonly known as social"- I.A.Richards

{adj: at hand, close at hand, imminent, impendent, impending} close in time; about to occur
"retribution is at hand"
"some people believe the day of judgment is close at hand"
"in imminent danger"
"his impending retirement"

{adj: at hand, close at hand} close in space; within reach
"the town is close at hand"

{adj: atrocious, flagitious, grievous, heinous, monstrous} shockingly brutal or cruel
"murder is an atrocious crime"
"a grievous offense against morality"
"a grievous crime"
"no excess was too monstrous for them to commit"

{adj: atrocious, frightful, horrifying, horrible, ugly} provoking horror
"an atrocious automobile accident"
"a frightful crime of decapitation"
"an alarming, even horrifying, picture"
"war is beyond all words horrible"- Winston Churchill
"an ugly wound"

{adj: attainable, come-at-able} capable of being attained or accomplished
"choose an attainable goal"
"art is not something that is come-at-able by dint of study"

{adj: attractive} having power to arouse interest
"an attractive opportunity"
"the job is attractive because of the pay"

{adj: attributive genitive} a word in the genitive case used as an attributive adjective
"an example of the attributive genitive is `John's' in `John's mother'"

{adj: attributive, prenominal} of adjectives; placed before the nouns they modify
"`red' is an attributive adjective in `a red apple'"
<-> predicative

{adj: atypical, untypical} not representative of a group, class, or type
"a group that is atypical of the target audience"
"a class of atypical mosses"
"atypical behavior is not the accepted type of response that we expect from children"
<-> typical

{adj: augmentative} increasing or having the power to increase especially in size or amount or degree
"`up' is an augmentative word in `hurry up'"

{adj: auricular} relating to or perceived by or shaped like the organ of hearing
"my apprehension of words is auricular; I must hear what I read"- George Santayana
"an auricular confession"
"an auricular appendage"

{adj: auroral} of or relating to the atmospheric phenomenon auroras
"a prominent green line in the spectrum of the auroras is called the `auroral line'"

{adj: autochthonal, autochthonic, autochthonous, endemic, indigenous} originating where it is found
"the autochthonal fauna of Australia includes the kangaroo"
"autochthonous rocks and people and folktales"
"endemic folkways"
"the Ainu are indigenous to the northernmost islands of Japan"

{adj: automatic, reflex, reflexive} without volition or conscious control
"the automatic shrinking of the pupils of the eye in strong light"
"a reflex knee jerk"
"sneezing is reflexive"

{adj: available, usable, useable} convenient for use or disposal
"the house is available after July 1"
"2000 square feet of usable office space"

{adj: available} obtainable or accessible and ready for use or service
"kept a fire extinguisher available"
"much information is available through computers"
"available in many colors"
"the list of available candidates is unusually long"
<-> unavailable

{adj: average, mean} approximating the statistical norm or average or expected value
"the average income in New England is below that of the nation"
"of average height for his age"
"the mean annual rainfall"

{adj: away, gone, departed} not present; having left
"he's away right now"
"you must not allow a stranger into the house when your mother is away"
"everyone is gone now"
"the departed guests"

{adj: aweary, weary} physically and mentally fatigued
"`aweary' is archaic"

{adj: awful, dire, direful, dread, dreaded, dreadful, fearful, fearsome, frightening, horrendous, horrific, terrible} causing fear or dread or terror
"the awful war"
"an awful risk"
"dire news"
"a career or vengeance so direful that London was shocked"
"the dread presence of the headmaster"
"polio is no longer the dreaded disease it once was"
"a dreadful storm"
"a fearful howling"
"horrendous explosions shook the city"
"a terrible curse"

{adj: awkward, clumsy, cumbersome, inapt, inept, ill-chosen} not elegant or graceful in expression
"an awkward prose style"
"a clumsy apology"
"his cumbersome writing style"
"if the rumor is true, can anything be more inept than to repeat it now?"

{adj: awned, awny} having awns i.e. bristlelike or hairlike appendages on the flowering parts of some cereals and grasses
"awned wheatgrass"
<-> awnless

{adj: backed} used of film that is coated on the side opposite the emulsion with a substance to absorb light

{adj: backless} lacking a back
"a stool is a backless and armless seat"
<-> backed

{adj: bad, tough} feeling physical discomfort or pain (`tough' is occasionally used colloquially for `bad')
"my throat feels bad"
"she felt bad all over"
"he was feeling tough after a restless night"

{adj: bad} capable of harming
"bad habits"
"bad air"
"smoking is bad for you"

{adj: bad} having undesirable or negative qualities
"a bad report card"
"his sloppy appearance made a bad impression"
"a bad little boy"
"clothes in bad shape"
"a bad cut"
"bad luck"
"the news was very bad"
"the reviews were bad"
"the pay is bad"
"it was a bad light for reading"
"the movie was a bad choice"
<-> good

{adj: baffling, knotty, problematic, problematical, tough} making great mental demands; hard to comprehend or solve or believe
"a baffling problem"
"I faced the knotty problem of what to have for breakfast"
"a problematic situation at home"

{adj: baggy, loose-fitting, sloppy} not fitting closely; hanging loosely
"baggy trousers"
"a loose-fitting blouse is comfortable in hot weather"

{adj: barbarian, barbaric, savage, uncivilized, uncivilised, wild} without civilizing influences
"barbarian invaders"
"barbaric practices"
"a savage people"
"fighting is crude and uncivilized especially if the weapons are efficient"-Margaret Meade
"wild tribes"

{adj: basaltic} of or relating to or containing basalt
"basaltic magma is fluid"

{adj: base, baseborn, humble, lowly} of low birth or station (`base' is archaic in this sense)
"baseborn wretches with dirty faces"
"of humble (or lowly) birth"

{adj: base, dishonorable, dishonourable, immoral, unethical} not adhering to ethical or moral principles
"base and unpatriotic motives"
"a base, degrading way of life"
"cheating is dishonorable"
"they considered colonialism immoral"
"unethical practices in handling public funds"

{adj: bashful, blate} disposed to avoid notice
"they considered themselves a tough outfit and weren't bashful about letting anybody know it"; (`blate' is a Scottish term for bashful)

{adj: bashful} self-consciously timid
"I never laughed, being bashful; lowering my head, I looked at the wall"- Ezra Pound

{adj: bass, deep} having or denoting a low vocal or instrumental range
"a deep voice"
"a bass voice is lower than a baritone voice"
"a bass clarinet"

{adj: bastardly, mean} of no value or worth
"I was caught in the bastardly traffic"

{adj: becoming, comely, comme il faut, decent, decorous, seemly} according with custom or propriety
"her becoming modesty"
"comely behavior"
"it is not comme il faut for a gentleman to be constantly asking for money"
"a decent burial"
"seemly behavior"

{adj: beefy, burly, husky, strapping, buirdly} muscular and heavily built
"a beefy wrestler"
"had a tall burly frame"
"clothing sizes for husky boys"
"a strapping boy of eighteen"
"`buirdly' is a Scottish term"

{adj: belated, late, tardy} after the expected or usual time; delayed
"a belated birthday card"
"I'm late for the plane"
"the train is late"
"tardy children are sent to the principal"
"always tardy in making dental appointments"

{adj: best-known} most familiar or renowned
"Stevenson's best-known work is probably `Treasure Island'"

{adj: better off} in a more fortunate or prosperous condition
"she would have been better off if she had stuck with teaching"
"is better off than his classmate"

{adj: better} (comparative of `good') changed for the better in health or fitness
"her health is better now"
"I feel better"
<-> worse

{adj: better} (comparative of `good') superior to another (of the same class or set or kind) in excellence or quality or desirability or suitability; more highly skilled than another
"You're a better man than I am, Gunga Din"
"a better coat"
"a better type of car"
"a suit with a better fit"
"a better chance of success"
"produced a better mousetrap"
"she's better in math than in history"
<-> worse

{adj: biface, bifacial} having two faces or fronts
"the Roman Janus is bifacial"

{adj: big, bighearted, bounteous, bountiful, freehanded, handsome, giving, liberal, openhanded} given or giving freely
"was a big tipper"
"the bounteous goodness of God"
"bountiful compliments"
"a freehanded host"
"a handsome allowance"
"Saturday's child is loving and giving"
"a liberal backer of the arts"
"a munificent gift"
"her fond and openhanded grandfather"

{adj: big-boned} having a bone structure that is massive in contrast with the surrounding flesh

{adj: bilabial} of or relating to or being a speech sound that is articulated using both lips
"bilabial fricatives"

{adj: bilabiate, two-lipped} having two lips
"the corolla of a snapdragon is bilabiate"

{adj: binary} consisting of two (units or components or elements or terms) or based on two
"a binary star is a system in which two stars revolve around each other"
"a binary compound"
"the binary number system has two as its base"

{adj: biogenic} produced by living organisms or biological processes
"fermentation is a biogenic process"

{adj: bittersweet, semisweet} having a taste that is a mixture of bitterness and sweetness

{adj: black, calamitous, disastrous, fatal, fateful} (of events) having extremely unfortunate or dire consequences; bringing ruin
"the stock market crashed on Black Friday"
"a calamitous defeat"
"the battle was a disastrous end to a disastrous campaign"
"such doctrines, if true, would be absolutely fatal to my theory"- Charles Darwin
"it is fatal to enter any war without the will to win it"- Douglas MacArthur
"a fateful error"

{adj: black-and-white} of a situation that is sharply divided into mutually exclusive categories
"he rejected a black-and-white world"
"there are no black-and-white certainties"
"there were no grey areas, you were either for him or against him, he was all black-and-white"

{adj: blackish} of something that is somewhat black
"blackish clouds"

{adj: blasphemous, profane, sacrilegious} grossly irreverent toward what is held to be sacred
"blasphemous rites of a witches' Sabbath"
"profane utterances against the Church"
"it is sacrilegious to enter with shoes on"

{adj: blasted, blame, blamed, blessed, damn, damned, darned, deuced, goddam, goddamn, goddamned, infernal} expletives used informally as intensifiers
"he's a blasted idiot"
"it's a blamed shame"
"a blame cold winter"
"not a blessed dime"
"I'll be damned (or blessed or darned or goddamned) if I'll do any such thing"
"he's a damn (or goddam or goddamned) fool"
"a deuced idiot"
"an infernal nuisance"

{adj: blind, unsighted} unable to see
"a person is blind to the extent that he must devise alternative techniques to do efficiently those things he would do with sight if he had normal vision"--Kenneth Jernigan
<-> sighted

{adj: bloody} having or covered with or accompanied by blood
"a bloody nose"
"your scarf is all bloody"
"the effects will be violent and probably bloody"
"a bloody fight"
<-> bloodless

{adj: blue-chip} extremely valuable
"Rembrandt is considered a blue-chip artist"

{adj: blunt, candid, forthright, frank, free-spoken, outspoken, plainspoken, point-blank, straight-from-the-shoulder} characterized by directness in manner or speech; without subtlety or evasion
"blunt talking and straight shooting"
"a blunt New England farmer"
"I gave them my candid opinion"
"forthright criticism"
"a forthright approach to the problem"
"tell me what you think--and you may just as well be frank"
"it is possible to be outspoken without being rude"
"plainspoken and to the point"
"a point-blank accusation"

{adj: bodied, corporal, corporate, embodied, incarnate} possessing or existing in bodily form
"what seemed corporal melted as breath into the wind"- Shakespeare
"an incarnate spirit"
"`corporate' is an archaic term"

{adj: boisterous, rambunctious, robustious, rumbustious, unruly} noisy and lacking in restraint or discipline
"a boisterous crowd"
"a social gathering that became rambunctious and out of hand"
"a robustious group of teenagers"
"beneath the rumbustious surface of his paintings is sympathy for the vulnerability of ordinary human beings"
"an unruly class"

{adj: boring, deadening, dull, ho-hum, irksome, slow, tedious, tiresome, wearisome} so lacking in interest as to cause mental weariness
"a boring evening with uninteresting people"
"the deadening effect of some routine tasks"
"a dull play"
"his competent but dull performance"
"a ho-hum speaker who couldn't capture their attention"
"what an irksome task the writing of long letters is"- Edmund Burke
"tedious days on the train"
"the tiresome chirping of a cricket"- Mark Twain
"other people's dreams are dreadfully wearisome"

{adj: bosky, brushy} covered with or consisting of bushes or thickets
"brushy undergrowth"
"`bosky' is a literary term"
"a bosky park leading to a modest yet majestic plaza"- Jack Beatty

{adj: bound up, wrapped up} deeply devoted to
"bound up in her teaching"
"is wrapped up in his family"

{adj: bound up} closely or inseparably connected or associated with
"his career is bound up with the fortunes of the enterprise"

{adj: bound, destined} (usually followed by `to') governed by fate
"bound to happen"
"an old house destined to be demolished"
"he is destined to be famous"

{adj: bound} confined in the bowels
"he is bound in the belly"

{adj: branded} (of goods and merchandise) marked or labeled by a distinctive word or symbol indicating exclusive rights
"branded merchandise is that bearing a standard brand name"

{adj: brave, braw, gay} brightly colored and showy
"girls decked out in brave new dresses"
"brave banners flying"
"`braw' is a Scottish word"
"a dress a bit too gay for her years"
"birds with gay plumage"

{adj: breakable} capable of being broken or damaged
"earthenware pottery is breakable"
"breakable articles should be packed carefully"
<-> unbreakable

{adj: breathless, dyspneic, dyspnoeic, dyspneal, dyspnoeal} not breathing or able to breathe except with difficulty
"breathless at thought of what I had done"
"breathless from running"
"followed the match with breathless interest"
<-> breathing

{adj: bright, shining, shiny, sunshiny, sunny} abounding with sunlight
"a bright sunny day"
"one shining morning"- John Muir
"when it is warm and shiny"

{adj: brimful, brimfull, brimming} filled to capacity
"a brimful cup"
"I am brimful of chowder"
"a child brimming over with curiosity"
"eyes brimming with tears"

{adj: brittle, brickle, brickly} having little elasticity; hence easily cracked or fractured or snapped
"brittle bones"
"glass is brittle"
"`brickle' and `brickly' are dialectal"

{adj: broad-minded} inclined to respect views and beliefs that differ from your own
"a judge who is broad-minded but even-handed"
<-> narrow-minded

{adj: broke, bust, skint, stone-broke, stony-broke} lacking funds
"`skint' is a British slang term"

{adj: broken, broken in} tamed or trained to obey
"a horse broken to the saddle"
"this old nag is well broken in"

{adj: broken, busted} out of working order (`busted' is an informal substitute for `broken')
"a broken washing machine"
"the coke machine is broken"
"the coke machine is busted"

{adj: broken} physically and forcibly separated into pieces or cracked or split
"a broken mirror"
"a broken tooth"
"a broken leg"
"his neck is broken"
<-> unbroken

{adj: brushed} touched lightly in passing; grazed against
"of all the people brushed against in a normal day on a city street I remember not a one"

{adj: bugged} having hidden electronic eavesdropping devices
"wired hotel rooms"
"even the car is bugged"

{adj: burdensome, onerous, taxing} not easily borne; wearing
"the burdensome task of preparing the income tax return"
"my duties weren't onerous; I only had to greet the guests"
"a taxing schedule"

{adj: burst, ruptured, busted} suddenly and violently broken open especially from internal pressure (`busted' is an informal term for `burst')
"a burst balloon"
"burst pipes"
"burst seams"
"a ruptured appendix"
"a busted balloon"

{adj: busy, engaged, in use} (of facilities such as telephones or lavatories) unavailable for use by anyone else or indicating unavailability; (`engaged' is a British term for a busy telephone line)
"her line is busy"
"receptionists' telephones are always engaged"
"the lavatory is in use"
"kept getting a busy signal"

{adj: busy} actively or fully engaged or occupied
"busy with her work"
"a busy man"
"too busy to eat lunch"
"the line is busy"
<-> idle

{adj: calefacient, warming} producing the sensation of heat when applied to the body
"a mustard plaster is calefacient"

{adj: calefactory, calefactive} serving to heat
"a heating pad is calefactory"

{adj: calendric, calendrical} relating to or characteristic of or used in a calendar or time measurement
"calendric systems"
"solstice is a time of calendric importance"

{adj: called, known as} known or spoken of as
"though she is named Katherine, she is called Kitty"

{adj: caller} providing coolness
"a cooling breeze"
"`caller' is a Scottish term as in `a caller breeze'"

{adj: cancerous} like a cancer; an evil that grows and spreads
"remorse was cancerous within him"
"pornography is cancerous to the moral development of our children"

{adj: capable, open, subject} possibly accepting or permitting
"a passage capable of misinterpretation"
"open to interpretation"
"an issue open to question"
"the time is fixed by the director and players and therefore subject to much variation"

{adj: capsular} resembling a capsule
"the capsular ligament is a sac surrounding the articular cavity of a freely movable joint and attached to the bones"

{adj: carved, carven} made for or formed by carving (`carven' is archaic or literary)
"the carved fretwork"
"an intricately carved door"
"stood as if carven from stone"
<-> uncarved

{adj: catarrhal} of or relating to a catarrh
"catarrhal fever is any of several respiratory or oral diseases of livestock such as bluetongue in horses and sheep"

{adj: centigrade} of or relating to a temperature scale on which the freezing point of water is 0 degrees and the boiling point of water is 100 degrees

{adj: centrist, middle-of-the-road} supporting or pursuing a course of action that is neither liberal nor conservative

{adj: certain, sure} certain to occur; destined or inevitable
"he was certain to fail"
"his fate is certain"
"In this life nothing is certain but death and taxes"- Benjamin Franklin
"he faced certain death"
"sudden but sure regret"
"he is sure to win"
<-> uncertain

{adj: certain, sure} reliable in operation or effect
"a quick and certain remedy"
"a sure way to distinguish the two"
"wood dust is a sure sign of termites"

{adj: certain} established beyond doubt or question; definitely known
"what is certain is that every effect must have a cause"
"it is certain that they were on the bus"
"his fate is certain"
"the date for the invasion is certain"
<-> uncertain

{adj: changeable, changeful} such that alteration is possible; having a marked tendency to change
"changeable behavior"
"changeable moods"
"changeable prices"
<-> unchangeable

{adj: changeable, uncertain, unsettled} subject to change
"a changeable climate"
"the weather is uncertain"
"unsettled weather with rain and hail and sunshine coming one right after the other"

{adj: childless} without offspring
"in some societies a childless woman is rejected by her tribesmen"

{adj: chimeric, chimerical, chimeral} being or relating to or like a chimera
"his Utopia is not as chimeric commonwealth but a practical improvement on what already exists"- Douglas Bush

{adj: chimerical} produced by a wildly fanciful imagination
"his Utopia is not a chimerical commonwealth but a practical improvement on what already exists"- Douglas Bush

{adj: chipper, debonair, debonaire, jaunty} having a cheerful, lively, and self-confident air
"looking chipper, like a man...diverted by his own wit"- Frances G. Patton
"life that is gay, brisk, and debonair"- H.M.Reynolds
"walked with a jaunty step"
"a jaunty optimist"

{adj: chorionic} of or relating to a chorion
"a chorionic villus is a minute vascular projection on the fetal chorion"

{adj: chuffed} very pleased
"I'm chuffed to have won"

{adj: circumlocutious, circumlocutory, periphrastic, ambagious} roundabout and unnecessarily wordy
"had a preference for circumlocutious (or circumlocutory) rather than forthright expression"
"A periphrastic study in a worn-out poetical fashion,/ Leaving one still with the intolerable wrestle/ With words and meanings."-T.S.Eliot; (`ambagious' is archaic)

{adj: circumscribed, delimited} showing or determining a boundary
"it is impossible to specify a clearly circumscribed (or delimited) area for any particular science"

{adj: class-conscious, stratified} (used of society) socially hierarchical
"American society is becoming increasingly stratified"

{adj: clathrate} designating or relating to a compound in which one component is physically enclosed within the crystal structure of another

{adj: clean, uncontaminating} not spreading pollution or contamination; especially radioactive contamination
"a clean fuel"
"cleaner and more efficient engines"
"the tactical bomb is reasonably clean"
<-> dirty

{adj: clean-burning} leaving little contamination while consuming fuel
"natural gas is a clean-burning fuel"

{adj: clear, unmortgaged} (especially of a title) free from any encumbrance or limitation that presents a question of fact or law
"I have clear title to this property"

{adj: clear} free from cloudiness; allowing light to pass through
"clear water"
"clear plastic bags"
"clear glass"
"the air is clear and clean"
<-> opaque

{adj: clear} free from confusion or doubt
"a complex problem requiring a clear head"
"not clear about what is expected of us"

{adj: club-shaped} shaped in the form of a club that is larger at one end

{adj: clueless} totally uninformed about what is going on; not having even a clue from which to infer what is occurring

{adj: coaxing, ingratiatory} pleasingly persuasive or intended to persuade
"a coaxing and obsequious voice"
"her manner is quiet and ingratiatory and a little too agreeable"

{adj: coercive} serving or intended to coerce
"authority is directional instead of coercive"

{adj: cold-blooded} having cold blood (in animals whose body temperature is not internally regulated)
<-> warm-blooded

{adj: colonial, compound} composed of many distinct individuals united to form a whole or colony
"coral is a colonial organism"

{adj: colorfast} having color that is resistant to fading or running

{adj: comfortable, comfy} providing or experiencing physical well-being or relief (`comfy' is informal)
"comfortable clothes"
"comfortable suburban houses"
"made himself comfortable in an armchair"
"the antihistamine made her feel more comfortable"
"are you comfortable?"
"feeling comfy now?"
<-> uncomfortable

{adj: comfortable, easy, prosperous, well-fixed, well-heeled, well-off, well-situated, well-to-do} in fortunate circumstances financially; moderately rich
"they were comfortable or even wealthy by some standards"
"easy living"
"a prosperous family"
"his family is well-situated financially"
"well-to-do members of the community"

{adj: commodious, convenient} large and roomy (`convenient' is archaic in this sense)
"a commodious harbor"
"a commodious building suitable for conventions"
<-> incommodious

{adj: common or garden} the usual or familiar type
"it is a common or garden sparrow"

{adj: common} having no special distinction or quality; widely known or commonly encountered; average or ordinary or usual
"the common man"
"a common sailor"
"the common cold"
"a common nuisance"
"followed common procedure"
"it is common knowledge that she lives alone"
"the common housefly"
"a common brand of soap"
<-> uncommon

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