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quandary
n. a state of uncertainty or indecision as to what to do in a particular situation
- Synonyms
Dilemma
Predicament
Fix
Jam
Difficulty
Sticky Situation
ameliorate
v. to improve something or make it better
- Synonyms
Improve
Restructure
Revolutionize
Remodel
Reorganize
Modernize
Rearrange
Upgrade
Amend
Restore
exacerbate
v. to make an already bad or problematic situation worse
- Synonyms
Make worse
Worsen
Aggravate
Intensify
- Antonyms
Improve
querulous
adj. 1. Inclined to complain or find fault; 2. Whining or complaining in tone
- Synonyms
Argumentative
Cantankerous
Difficult
Irritable
Petulant
Confrontational
Grouchy
Hot-tempered
- Antonyms
Amiable
elucidate
v. to explain or clarify something
- Synonyms
Make clear
Clarify
Explain
Explicate
Expound
Illuminate
Reveal
Expose
incipient
adj. beginning to appear or develop
- Synonyms
Just beginning
Initial
Embryonic
Budding
Early
Developing
astute
adj. shrewd and discerning, especially where personal benefit is to be derived
- Synonyms
Shrewd
Smart
Of good judgment
Perceptive
Judicious
Incisive
Wise
Intelligent
Sharp
Clever
Perspicacious
vicariously
adv. 1. Experienced through another person rather than at first hand, by using sympathy or the power of the imagination; 2. Done or endured by somebody as a substitute for somebody else; 3. Delegate to somebody else or performing a function that has been delegated; 4. Occurring in or performed by an unexpected part of the body, for example, menstrual bleeding in the breasts, nose, or sweat glands
- Synonyms
Explicit
Shocking
Sensational
Vivid
Juicy
rectitude
: n. 1. Strong moral integrity in character or actions; 2. Correctness in judgment; 3. Straightness in form or shape
- Synonyms
Righteousness
Morality
Goodness
Correctness
Decency
Integrity
- Antonyms
Immorality
decorum
: n 1. Dignity or correctness that is socially expected; 2. The compatibility of an element in a literary or artistic work, for example, character, form style, or plot, with the work as a whole
- Synonyms
Good manners
Good behavior
Modesty
Respectability
Correctness
Demureness
Etiquette
Politesse
Restraint
- Antonym
Abandon
inexorable
adj. 1. Impossible to stop; 2. Not moved by anyone’s attempts to plead or persuade
- Synonyms
Unalterable
Unstoppable
Unchangeable
Inevitable
Inescapable
Relentless
Unavoidable
disseminate
v. to distribute or spread something, especially information, or become widespread
- Synonyms
Distribute
Broadcast
Circulate
Spread
Publicize
Publish
Propagate
ubiquitous
: adj. present everywhere at once, or seeming to be
- Synonyms
Ever-present
Everywhere
Omnipresent
exhort
: v. 1. To urge somebody strongly and earnestly to do something; 2. To give somebody urgent or earnest advice
- Synonyms
Urge
Press
Push
Encourage
Insist
Pressure
travail
n. 1. Work, especially work that involved hard physical effort over a long period; 2 labor pains/ v. to work long and hard to be in labor
ineffable
: adj. Incapable of being expressed in words
- Synonyms:
Indescribable
Inexpressible
Beyond words
Overwhelming
Deep
Indefinable
Unutterable
Unspeakable
quell
v. 1. To bring something to an end, usually by means of force; 2. To suppress or allay a feeling
- Synonyms
Suppress
Put down
Subdue
Crush
Quash
Repress
Control
Overwhelm
Defeat
Conquer
- Antonym
Incite
tenuous
adj. 1. Not based on anything significant or substantial, and so liable to break down easily when challenged; 2. Thin and fine and so easily broken; 3. Thin or diluted in consistency
- Synonyms
Weak
Shaky
Tenancy
Unsubstantiated
Fragile
Questionable
Feeble
Vague
Unconvincing
Halfhearted
- Antonym
Strong
amenable
adj. 1. Responsive to suggestion and likely to cooperate; 2. Required to account for you behavior to an authority; 3. Likely or available to be tested or judged
- Synonyms
Agreeable
Open to
Acquiescent
- Antonym
Unwilling
atrophy
: n. 1. The shrinking in size of some part or organ of the body, usually caused by injury, disease, or lack of use; 2. Weakening or lessening of some ability v. to weaken r wast away through disuse or the effects of disease
- Synonyms
Waste away
Waste
Wither
Weaken
Shrivel
Degenerate
Deteriorate
implacable
adj. impossible to pacify or reduce in strength or force
- Synonyms
Pitiless
Merciless
Relentless
Ruthless
Cruel
Hardhearted
Cold-hearted
Callous
Rigid
Unbending
Unyielding
Obdurate
disingenuous
adj. 1. Withholding or not taking account of known information; 2. Giving a false impression of sincerity or simplicity
- Synonyms
Insincere
Untruthful
Hypocritical
Deceitful
Devious
Dishonest
- Antonym
Straightforward
succint
adj. 1. Showing or expressed with brevity and clarity, with no wasted words; 2. Confined tightly by something such as a belt or girdle
- Synonyms
Concise
To the point
Short and snappy
Brief
Pithy
- Antonym
Long-winded
obsequious
adj. Excessively eager to please or to obey all instructions
- Synonyms
Flattering
Toadying
Submissive
Sycophantic
Fawning
- Antonym
Assertive