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expatiate
amplify
Definition: increase

Synonyms:
add, augment, elaborate, expatiate, extend, magnify, pad, pyramid, swell,

Antonyms:
abridge, compress, condense, contract, decrease, diminish, lessen, reduce, shorten,
foil
circumvent

Synonyms:
baffle, balk, beat, bilk, bollix*, check, checkmate, counter, cramp, crimp, curb, dash, defeat, disappoint, disconcert, ditch, dodge, duck, elude, faze, frustrate, hinder, juke, nullify, outwit, prevent, rattle, restrain, stymie, thwart

Antonyms:
advance, further
garrulous
talkative

Synonyms:
effusive, glib, gushing, loquacious, prating, prolix, voluble,

Antonyms:
concise, taciturn
inveigh
blame

Synonyms:
admonish, berate, blister, blitz, castigate, censure, expostulate, lambaste, recriminate, remonstrate, reproach, vituperate

Antonyms:
support
maculate
violate

Synonyms:
besmirch, vitiate

Antonyms:
clean, cleanse, honor, purify, sanctify
mordant
acid

Definition: hateful

Synonyms:
acerbic, trenchant, vitriolic

Antonyms:
flattering, good-humored, kind, nice, sweet, warm
peroration
epilogue

Definition: afterword

Synonyms:
coda, postlude, postscript, sequel, summation,

Antonyms:
foreword, introduction, preface, prelude, prologue
physiognomy
countenance

Definition: appearance

Synonyms:
aspect, cast, expression, face, features, visage
piscatory
1. of or pertaining to fishermen or fishing: a piscatory treaty.
2. devoted to or dependent upon fishing: a piscatory people; piscatory birds.
proscenium
front

Definition: beginning

Synonyms:
anterior, fore, frontispiece, obverse, vanguard

Antonyms:
end
pusillanimous
cowardly

Definition: fearful

Synonyms:
caitiff, cowhearted, craven, dastardly, diffident, recreant, timorous,

Antonyms:
bold, brave, courageous, daring, dauntless, gutsy, unafraid
sere
dry, withered
stint
–verb (used without object)
1. to be frugal; get along on a scanty allowance: Don't stint on the food. They stinted for years in order to save money.
2. Archaic. to cease action; desist.

–verb (used with object)
3. to limit to a certain amount, number, share, or allowance, often unduly; set limits to; restrict.

4.Archaic. to bring to an end; check.

–noun
5. a period of time spent doing something: a two-year stint in the army.

6. an allotted amount or piece of work: to do one's daily stint.

7. limitation or restriction, esp. as to amount: to give without stint.

8. a limited, prescribed, or expected quantity, share, rate, etc.: to exceed one's stint.

9. Obsolete. a pause; halt.
surfeit
surfeit

Definition: excess

Synonyms:
plenitude, plethora, repletion, satiety, superfluity, surplus

Antonyms:
lack, necessity, need

Notes:
plethora is too many of a good or bad thing and surfeit is too much of a good thing
tremulous
fearful

Definition: alarmed

Synonyms:
aflutter, discomposed, disquieted, quivery,

Antonyms:
bold, brave, confident, courageous, unafraid
unbridle
to free from restraint
blandish
cajole

Definition: flatter

Synonyms:
inveigle, wheedle,

Antonyms:
belittle, bully, criticize, force, insult
arrant
barefaced

Definition: shameless

Synonyms:
blatant, flagrant, impudent, temerarious,

Antonyms:
polite, reserved, respectful, shamed
adumbrate
augur

Definition: predict

Synonyms:
bespeak, bode, harbinger, herald, portend, presage, prognosticate,

Notes:
an auger is a tool and to augur is to foretell or betoken
abscission
1. the act of cutting off; sudden termination.
2. Botany. the normal separation of flowers, fruit, and leaves from plants.
apotheosis
elevation

Definition: promotion

Synonyms:
prelation, sublimity,

Antonyms:
degradation, downgrading
blandish
cajole

Definition: flatter

Synonyms:
inveigle, jolly, wheedle,

Antonyms:
belittle, bully, criticize, force, insult
ameliorate
ameliorate

Definition: better

Synonyms:
alleviate, amend, help, improve, lighten, meliorate, mitigate, relieve, step up, upgrade

Antonyms:
aggravate, decline, deteriorate, exacerbate, weaken, worsen
abrade
annoy

Definition: irritate

Synonyms:
badger, beleaguer,

Antonyms:
gratify, make happy, please, soothe
bristle
bristle

Definition: become upset

Synonyms:
boil, boil over, bridle, flare, ruffle,

Antonyms:
calm, simmer down, subside
bagatelle
knickknack

Definition: trinket

Synonyms:
bauble, bibelot, curio, embellishment, flummery, frill, furbelow,
acquiesce
acquiesce

Definition: agree

Synonyms:
accede, comply, reconcile,

Antonyms:
challenge, disagree, dissent, fight, make a stand, object, protest, rebuff, resist
iconoclast
1. a breaker or destroyer of images, esp. those set up for religious veneration.
2. a person who attacks cherished beliefs, traditional institutions, etc., as being based on error or superstition.
impetuous
impetuous

Definition: unthinking

Synonyms:
fervid, precipitant, precipitate, precipitous, subitaneous,

Antonyms:
cautious, considered
indolent
indolent

Definition: lazy

Synonyms:
fainéant, lackadaisical, languid, torpid

Antonyms:
energetic, industrious
ineluctable
destined

Definition: bound for

Synonyms:
foreordained, looming, meant, ordained, overhanging, predesigned, unavoidable

Antonyms:
avoidable, unscheduled
inextricable
fast

Definition: fixed

Synonyms:
tenacious, wedged

Antonyms:
flexible, insecure, loose, movable, unattached, unfixed
itinerant
itinerant

Definition: roaming

Synonyms:
ambulant, ambulatory, peripatetic,

Antonyms:
sedentary, settled
jaunty
jaunty

Definition: lively

Synonyms:
breezy, dapper, gamesome, impetuous, impish, impudent, jocose, provocative, vivacious

Antonyms:
depressed
jerkin
a close-fitting jacket or short coat, usually sleeveless, as one of leather worn in the 16th and 17th centuries.
jocose
facetious

Definition: kidding

Synonyms:
blithe, capering, droll, farcical, flippant, frivolous, indecorous, sprightly,

Antonyms:
formal, grave, lugubrious, serious, sober, somber
lasso
catch

Definition: ensnare

Synonyms:
claw, corral, glom, prehend,

Antonyms:
free, let go, let off, release
lasso
catch
Part of Speech: verb 1
Definition: ensnare
Synonyms: apprehend, arrest, bag, bust*, capture, clasp, claw, clench, clutch, collar, corral, entangle, entrap, glom, glove, grab, grasp, grip, hook, lasso, nab, nail, net, pick, pluck, pounce on, prehend, secure, seize, snag, snare, snatch, take, trap
Antonyms: free, let go, let off, release
legerdemain
deception

Definition: misleading

Synonyms:
bamboozlement, beguilement, circumvention, cozenage, dissimulation, imposition, mendacity, prevarication, sophism,

Antonyms:
candidness, honesty, integrity, openness
libertine
a person who is morally or sexually unrestrained, esp. a dissolute man; a profligate; rake.
2. a freethinker in religious matters.
3. a person freed from slavery in ancient Rome.
–adjective
4. free of moral, esp. sexual, restraint; dissolute; licentious.
5. freethinking in religious matters.
6. Archaic. unrestrained; uncontrolled.
limn
1. to represent in drawing or painting.
2. to portray in words; describe.
lugubrious
depressed

Definition: discouraged

Synonyms:
despondent, disconsolate,

Antonyms:
cheerful, elated, encouraged, euphoric, exhilarated, happy
supercilious
supercilious

Definition: arrogant

Synonyms:
cavalier, imperious, insolent,

Antonyms:
humble, modest
stentorian
loud

Definition: noisy

Synonyms:
cacophonous, clamorous, emphatic, fulminating, obstreperous, rambunctious, sonorous, tumultuous, uproarious, vehement, vociferous

Antonyms:
quiet, soft
splenetic
acrimonious

Definition: nastiness

Synonyms:
astringent, belligerent, censorious, churlish, irascible, ireful, mordant, peevish, petulant, rancorous, trenchant

Antonyms:
civil, kind, kindly, peaceable, sweet
sophistry, sophism
casuistry

Definition: lie

Synonyms: chicanery, equivocation, oversubtleness, speciousness, spuriousness,
solipsism
1. Philosophy. the theory that only the self exists, or can be proved to exist.
2. extreme preoccupation with and indulgence of one's feelings, desires, etc.; egoistic self-absorption.
simper
–verb (used without object)
1. to smile in a silly, self-conscious way.
–verb (used with object)
2. to say with a simper.
–noun
3. a silly, self-conscious smile.
shibboleth
1. a peculiarity of pronunciation, behavior, mode of dress, etc., that distinguishes a particular class or set of persons.
2. a slogan; catchword.
3. a common saying or belief with little current meaning or truth.
seine
to fish

Definition: bait

Synonyms:
extricate, trawl, troll
scurvy
cheap

Definition: vulgar

Synonyms:
abject, contemptible, despicable,

Antonyms:
admirable, noble, sophisticated
scurrilous
1. grossly or obscenely abusive: a scurrilous attack on the mayor.
2. characterized by or using low buffoonery; coarsely jocular or derisive: a scurrilous jest.
saturnine
1. sluggish in temperament; gloomy; taciturn.
sanguine
sanguine

Definition: happy

Synonyms:
assured,

Antonyms:
gloomy, pessimistic

Notes: sanguinary means accompanied by bloodshed or eagerness to resort to violence and bloodshed, while sanguine means confidently optimistic and cheerful or inclined to a healthy reddish color
sanctimonious
sanctimonious

Definition: self-righteous

Synonyms:
canting, pharisaical, pietistic, unctuous
salacious
bawdy

Definition: vulgar

Synonyms:
indecorous, lascivious, lecherous, libidinous, licentious, prurient, ribald,

Antonyms:
chaste, clean, proper
sagacious
sagacious

Definition: smart

Synonyms:
astucious, cagey, gnostic, perspicacious, sapient, sophic,

Antonyms:
foolish, stupid
repine
brood

Definition: agonize

Synonyms:
despond, languish, ruminate,

Antonyms:
comfort, console, reassure
remonstrate
remonstrate

Definition: criticize

Synonyms:
animadvert, deprecate, expostulate, inveigh, recriminate,

Antonyms:
accept
refulgent
ablaze

Definition: illuminated

Synonyms:
aflame, aglow, brilliant, flashing, gleaming, glowing, illuminated, luminous, radiant, refulgent, sparkling

Antonyms:
dark, dim
redound
1. to have a good or bad effect or result, as to the advantage or disadvantage of a person or thing.
2. to result or accrue, as to a person.
3. to come back or reflect upon a person as to honor or disgrace (usually followed by on or upon).
redoubtable
–adjective
1. that is to be feared; formidable.
2. commanding or evoking respect, reverence, or the like.
redolent
1. having a pleasant odor; fragrant.
2. odorous or smelling (usually fol. by of): redolent of garlic.
3. suggestive; reminiscent (usually fol. by of): verse redolent of Shakespeare.
reconnoiter
examine

Definition: analyze

Synonyms:
assay, scrutinate,
recondite
recondite

Definition: mysterious

Synonyms: abstruse, acroamatic, arcane, cabalistic, erudite, orphic, pedantic,

Antonyms:
familiar, simple, straightforward
recessive
retiring

Definition: shy

Synonyms:
bashful, coy, demure, diffident, reticent, timorous,

Antonyms:
bold, outgoing
ramify
1. To have complicating consequences or outgrowths: The problem merely ramified after the unsuccessful meeting.
2. To send out branches or subordinate branchlike parts.
raiment
apparel

Definition: clothing

Synonyms:
accoutrement, habiliment, vestment
cadge
–verb (used with object)
1. to obtain by imposing on another's generosity or friendship.
2. to borrow without intent to repay.
3. to beg or obtain by begging.
–verb (used without object)
4. to ask, expect, or encourage another person to pay for or provide one's drinks, meals, etc.
5. to beg.
canard
falsehood

Definition: lie

Synonyms:
dissimulation, equivocation, fallaciousness, mendacity, prevarication,

Antonyms:
fact, reality, true statement, truth
cant
cant

Definition: hypocrisy

Synonyms:
pecksniffery, pharisaicalness, sanctimony,
captious
captious

Definition: critical

Synonyms:
acrimonious, cantankerous, caviling, cavillous,

Antonyms:
commendatory, complimentary, encouraging, flattering, praising
carapace
shell

Definition: covering

Synonyms:
chassis, crust, integument, pericarp, plastron, pod, shard, shuck,
celerity
celerity

Definition: swiftness

Synonyms:
alacrity, dispatch, expedition, expeditiousness, fleetness, gait, legerity,

Antonyms:
leisureliness, slowness, sluggishness
chestnut
anecdote

Definition: story

Synonyms:
incident, narration, narrative, recital,
chicanery
1. trickery or deception by quibbling or sophistry: He resorted to the worst flattery and chicanery to win the job.
2. a quibble or subterfuge used to trick, deceive, or evade.
complaisant
complaisant

Definition: agreeable

Synonyms:
amiable, compliant, indulgent,

Antonyms:
antagonistic, contrary, difficult, disagreeable, discontented

Notes: complacent means 'pleased or satisfied with how things are, with how they affect one's self,' 'self-satisfied, smug'; complaisant means 'attempting or eager to please or satisfy,' 'obliging, affable' - complacent thus refers to a state of mind and complaisant to a disposition to behave or conduct oneself in a way that pleases or satisfies others
concomitant
–adjective
1. existing or occurring with something else, often in a lesser way; accompanying; concurrent: an event and its concomitant circumstances.
–noun
2. a concomitant quality, circumstance, or thing.
contemn
censure

Definition: condemn

Synonyms:
animadvert, asperse, cavil, exprobate, impugn,

Antonyms:
allow, approve, bless, commend, compliment, endorse, laud, permit, praise, sanction
contusion
contusion

Definition: bruise
cortege
1. a procession, esp. a ceremonial one: a funeral cortege.
2. a line or train of attendants; retinue.
cozen
burn

Definition: cheat

Synonyms:
deceive, defraud, gyp, ream, swindle,

Antonyms:
give, help, repay
cupidity
cupidity

Definition: desire

Synonyms: acquisitiveness, avarice, avariciousness, avidity, covetousness, craving, rapaciousness, rapacity, voracity,

Antonyms:
aversion, dislike, distaste
declaim
declaim
Part of Speech: verb
Definition: proclaim

Synonyms:
attack, bloviate, harangue, inveigh, orate, perorate, proclaim, rail, rant, spiel*,
denouement
catastrophe

Part of Speech: noun

Definition: calamity

Synonyms: affliction, alluvion, contretemps, infliction,

Antonyms:
blessing, good fortune, good luck, miracle, wonder
depredate
deflower

Part of Speech: verb

Definition: rape

Synonyms: deflorate, depredate, desecrate,
desuetude
discontinuance

Part of Speech: noun

Definition: suspension

Synonyms: cessation, desistance, desuetude,

Antonyms: continuance, continuation
detraction
detraction

Part of Speech: noun

Definition: belittlement

Synonyms: aspersion, belittlement, calumny, obloquy, scurrility, traducement, vituperation,

Antonyms: admiration, adulation, approval, commendation, flattery, praise
privation
1. lack of the usual comforts or necessaries of life: His life of privation began to affect his health.
2. an instance of this.
3. the act of depriving.
4. the state of being deprived.
drub
baste

Definition: thrash

Synonyms:
batter, beat, berate, blister, clobber, club, drub, lambaste, lash, pelt, revile, scold, trounce, wallop, whip

Antonyms:
aid, help, protect
dulcet
harmonious

Definition: friendly

Synonyms:
concordant, congenial, congruous, consonant, euphonious, mellifluous, melodic, simpatico, sonorous, symphonic, symphonious,

Antonyms:
discordant, hostile
efface
annul

Definition: void

Synonyms:
expunge, rescind,

Antonyms:
ratify, validate
effrontery
effrontery

Part of Speech: noun

Definition: nerve

Synonyms:
arrogance, audacity, guff, hardihood, impertinence, impudence, incivility, insolence, temerity

Antonyms: courtesy, deference, respect, timidity

Notes: effrontery means shameless boldness or insulting presumptuousness while an affront is a deliberately offensive act or open insult
excoriate
excoriate

Part of Speech: verb 2

Definition: criticize

Synonyms:
castigate, chastise, denounce, flay, lambaste, reprove, upbraid,

Antonyms:
compliment, congratulate, laud, praise
expatiate
amplify

Part of Speech: verb

Definition: increase

Synonyms:
augment, exaggerate, inflate,

Antonyms: abridge, compress, condense, contract, decrease, diminish, lessen, reduce, shorten, turn down
expiate
to atone for; make amends or reparation for: to expiate one's crimes.
factitious
fictitious
facile
easy
fecund
1. producing or capable of producing offspring, fruit, vegetation, etc., in abundance; prolific; fruitful: fecund parents; fecund farmland.
2. very productive or creative intellectually: the fecund years of the Italian Renaissance.
feint
feint

Part of Speech: noun

Definition: pretense

Synonyms:
artifice, bait, blind, expedient, imposture, juke, mock attack, ploy, subterfuge,
fractious
1. refractory or unruly: a fractious animal that would not submit to the harness.
2. readily angered; peevish; irritable; quarrelsome: an incorrigibly fractious young man.
froward
contrary

Part of Speech: adjective

Definition: antagonistic

Synonyms:
antipathetic, antipodal, antipodean, antithetical, balky, contumacious, converse, counter, diametric, dissentient, dissident, nonconformist, obstinate, recalcitrant, recusant, refractory, restive,

Antonyms:
accommodating, agreeable, complaisant, concordant, harmonious
fulsome
1. offensive to good taste, esp. as being excessive; overdone or gross: fulsome praise that embarrassed her deeply; fulsome décor.
2. disgusting; sickening; repulsive: a table heaped with fulsome mounds of greasy foods.
3. excessively or insincerely lavish: fulsome admiration.
4. encompassing all aspects; comprehensive: a fulsome survey of the political situation in Central America.
5. abundant or copious.
gainsay
to deny or dispute
gambol
–verb (used without object)
1. to skip about, as in dancing or playing; frolic.
–noun
2. a skipping or frisking about; frolic.
gauche
lacking social grace, sensitivity, or acuteness; awkward; crude; tactless: Their exquisite manners always make me feel gauche.
gossamer
1. a fine, filmy cobweb seen on grass or bushes or floating in the air in calm weather, esp. in autumn.
2. a thread or a web of this substance.
3. an extremely delicate variety of gauze, used esp. for veils.
4. any thin, light fabric.
5. something extremely light, flimsy, or delicate.
6. a thin, waterproof outer garment, esp. for women.
grouse
complaint
martinet
1. a strict disciplinarian, esp. a military one.
2. someone who stubbornly adheres to methods or rules.
maudlin
1. tearfully or weakly emotional; foolishly sentimental: a maudlin story of a little orphan and her lost dog.
2. foolishly or mawkishly sentimental because of drunkenness.
meretricious
meretricious

Part of Speech: adjective

Definition: flashy

Synonyms:
chintzy, garish, gaudy, glaring, tawdry, tinsel, trashy

Notes: meretricious means of or pertaining to prostitutes - alluring by vulgar or flashy display - based on pretense or insincerity; meritorious means deserving reward or praise
minatory
menacing

Part of Speech: adjective

Definition: ominous

Synonyms: imminent, impending, intimidating, intimidatory, looming, louring, minacious, threatening

Antonyms: auspicious, friendly
moribund
decadent

Part of Speech: adjective

Definition: self-indulgent

Synonyms:
debauched, decaying, declining, degenerate, degraded, depraved, dissolute, wanton, wicked

Antonyms: benevolent, good, humble, kind, moral
neurasthenic
palsied

Part of Speech: adjective

Definition: crippled

Synonyms: arthritic, atonic, debilitated, disabled, sclerotic, tremorous,
nostrum
cure

Part of Speech: noun

Definition: solution

Synonyms:
alleviation, catholicon, medicament, medicant, panacea, pharmacon, redress, reparation, restorative,
obloquy
aspersion

Part of Speech: noun

Definition: criticism

Synonyms:
animadversion, calumny, vituperation

Antonyms:
applause, compliment, extolling, kindness, laudation, praise

Notes:
baptism by sprinkling is aspersion, by dipping is immersion, by pouring water is affusion
tamp
verb (used with object)

1. to force in or down by repeated, rather light, strokes: He tamped the tobacco in his pipe.

2. (in blasting) to fill (a drilled hole) with earth or the like after the charge has been inserted
tautology
noun, plural -gies.

1. needless repetition of an idea, esp. in words other than those of the immediate context, without imparting additional force or clearness, as in “widow woman.”

2.an instance of such repetition.

3. Logic.
a. a compound propositional form all of whose instances are true, as “A or not A.”

b. an instance of such a form, as “This candidate will win or will not win.”
temerity
Part of Speech: noun

Definition: nerve

Synonyms:
audacity, boldness, brass*, carelessness, daring, effrontery, foolhardiness, forwardness, gall, hardihood, hastiness, heedlessness, impertinence, impetuosity, imprudence, impudence, impulsiveness, indiscretion, intrepidity, intrusiveness, overconfidence, pluck, precipitancy, precipitateness, precipitation, presumption, rashness, recklessness, rudeness, thoughtlessness, venturesomeness

Antonyms:
care, caution, cowardice
Notes: temerity is daring or recklessness; timidity is fearfulness or hesitancy
tendentious
colored

Part of Speech: adjective 2

Definition: distorted

Synonyms:
biased, jaundiced, prepossessed,

Antonyms:
genuine, honest, objective, real, truthful, unbiased
termagant
disorderly

Part of Speech: adjective 2

Definition: unlawful

Synonyms: fractious, indisciplined, intemperate, obstreperous, raucous, refractory, termagant, tumultuous, turbulent,
wayward

Antonyms:
behaved, conforming, orderly, peaceful, well-behaved
timorous
1. full of fear; fearful: The noise made them timorous.

2. subject to fear; timid.

3. characterized by or indicating fear: a timorous whisper.
trenchant
1. incisive or keen, as language or a person; caustic; cutting: trenchant wit.
2. vigorous; effective; energetic: a trenchant policy of political reform.
3. clearly or sharply defined; clear-cut; distinct.
tumid
1. swollen, or affected with swelling, as a part of the body.
2. pompous or inflated, as language; turgid; bombastic.
3. seeming to swell; bulging.
turgid
1. swollen; distended; tumid.
2. inflated, overblown, or pompous; bombastic: turgid language.
turpitude
corruption

Part of Speech: noun 2

Definition: baseness

Synonyms:
degeneration, degradation, depravity, iniquity, lubricity, profligacy,

Antonyms:
morality, virtue
variegated
assorted

Part of Speech: adjective

Definition: various

Synonyms: heterogeneous, motley, variegated

Antonyms:
homogeneous, identical, matching, same, uniform
vaunt
verb (used with object)
1. to speak vaingloriously of; boast of: to vaunt one's achievements.
–verb (used without object)
2. to speak boastfully; brag.
–noun
3. a boastful action or utterance.
venial
venial sin

Part of Speech: noun

Definition: slight transgression

Synonyms:
impropriety, indiscretion, lapse, minor wrong, misstep, peccadillo, slight, slip, vice
verisimiltude
–noun
1. the appearance or semblance of truth; likelihood; probability: The play lacked verisimilitude.
2. something, as an assertion, having merely the appearance of truth.
vicissitude
1. a change or variation occurring in the course of something.
2. interchange or alternation, as of states or things.
3. vicissitudes, successive, alternating, or changing phases or conditions, as of life or fortune; ups and downs: They remained friends through the vicissitudes of 40 years.
4. regular change or succession of one state or thing to another.
5. change; mutation; mutability.
vituperate
vituperate

Part of Speech: verb

Definition: criticize

Synonyms:
asperse, calumniate, traduce,

Antonyms:
compliment, praise
pall
pall

Part of Speech: noun

Definition: gloom

Synonyms:
cloak, cloth, cloud, covering, damp, damper, dismay, mantle, melancholy, shadow, shroud, veil
palliate
verb (used with object), -at·ed, -at·ing.
1. to relieve or lessen without curing; mitigate; alleviate.
2. to try to mitigate or conceal the gravity of (an offense) by excuses, apologies, etc.; extenuate.
panegyric
1. a lofty oration or writing in praise of a person or thing; eulogy.
2. formal or elaborate praise.
paroxysm
paroxysm

Part of Speech: noun

Definition: seizure

Synonyms:
agitation, convulsion, eruption, excitement, explosion, fit, hysterics, spasm, violence
parry
–verb (used with object)
1. to ward off (a thrust, stroke, weapon, etc.), as in fencing; avert.
2. to turn aside; evade or dodge: to parry an embarrassing question.
–verb (used without object)
3. to parry a thrust, blow, etc.
–noun
4. an act or instance of parrying, as in fencing.
5. a defensive movement in fencing.
peccadillo
frailty

Part of Speech: noun

Definition: weakness

Synonyms:
blemish, daintiness, debility, decrepitude, defect, deficiency, delicacy, error, failing, fallibility, solecism,

Antonyms:
strength
pecuniary
1. of or pertaining to money: pecuniary difficulties.
2. consisting of or given or exacted in money or monetary payments: pecuniary tributes.
3. (of a crime, violation, etc.) involving a money penalty or fine.
pedagogue
1. a teacher; schoolteacher.
2. a person who is pedantic, dogmatic, and formal.
pediment
bottom

Part of Speech: noun 1

Definition: foundation

Synonyms:
base, groundwork, nadir, nether portion, pedestal, substratum, substructure, support, terra firma, underbelly, underneath, underside

Antonyms:
apex, peak, pinnacle, roof, summit, top
peregrination
1. travel from one place to another, esp. on foot.
2. a course of travel; journey.
peripatetic
peripatetic

Part of Speech: adjective

Definition: travelling

Synonyms:
ambulant, itinerant, itinerate, migrant, mobile, nomadic, perambulant, roaming, roving, vagabond, vagrant, wandering, wayfaring
pernicious
–adjective
1. causing insidious harm or ruin; ruinous; injurious; hurtful: pernicious teachings; a pernicious lie.
2. deadly; fatal: a pernicious disease.
3. Obsolete. evil; wicked.
perspicacious
1. having keen mental perception and understanding; discerning: to exhibit perspicacious judgment.
2. Archaic. having keen vision.
philistine
barbarian

Part of Speech: adjective

Definition: savage

Synonyms:
boorish, coarse, lowbrow, merciless, uncouth,

Antonyms: civilized, cultured, refined
phlegmatic
1. not easily excited to action or display of emotion; apathetic; sluggish.
2. self-possessed, calm, or composed.
3. of the nature of or abounding in the humor phlegm
picaresque
episodic
Part of Speech: adjective
Definition: intermittent
Synonyms: anecdotal, digressive, disconnected, discursive, disjointed, incidental, irregular, occasional, picaresque, rambling, roundabout, segmented, soap, soap opera*, sporadic, wandering
Antonyms: frequent, permanent, recurrent, regular
pillory
1. a wooden framework erected on a post, with holes for securing the head and hands, formerly used to expose an offender to public derision.
–verb (used with object)
2. to set in the pillory.
3. to expose to public derision, ridicule, or abuse: The candidate mercilessly pilloried his opponent.
piquant
piquant

Part of Speech: adjective

Definition: flavorful

Synonyms:
poignant, provocative, pungent, racy, savory, sharp, snappy, stinging, tangy, tart, well-flavored, zestful, zesty

Antonyms:
bland, dull, insipid
Notes: having a sharp taste is pungent and having a pleasingly sharp taste is piquant; pungent first meant 'keenly painful or distressing'
plangent
repetitious

Part of Speech: adjective

Definition: tedious

Synonyms:
alliterative, boring, dull, echoic, iterant, pleonastic, prolix, recapitulatory, redundant, reiterative, repeating,tautological, verbose,

Antonyms:
interesting, varied
polemic
1. a controversial argument, as one against some opinion, doctrine, etc.
2. a person who argues in opposition to another; controversialist.
prate
babble

Part of Speech: verb

Definition: chat

Synonyms: blab, blubber, blurt, bull, burble, cackle, chatter, gas, gibber, go on, gossip, gush, jabber, mumble, murmur, mutter, patter, prate, prattle, rant, rave, romance, run on, squeal*, talk foolishly, talk incoherently, talk nonsensically, tattle, trivialize, yackety-yak, yak*

Antonyms:
quietness, silence, stillness
presage
1. a presentiment or foreboding.
2. something that portends or foreshadows a future event; an omen, prognostic, or warning indication.
3. prophetic significance; augury.
4. foresight; prescience.
privation
deprivation

Part of Speech: noun

Definition: lack

Synonyms:
denial, deprival, destitution, detriment, disadvantage, dispossession, distress, divestiture, divestment, expropriation, hardship, loss, need, privation, removal, seizure, want, withdrawal, withholding

Antonyms:
abundance, excess, extra, plenty, surplus
proffer
1. to put before a person for acceptance; offer.
–noun
2. the act of proffering.
3. an offer or proposal.
profligate
profligate

Part of Speech: adjective 1

Definition: immoral

Synonyms:
debauched, degenerate, dissolute, iniquitous, lax, lewd, libertine, licentious, reprobate, vitiated,

Antonyms:
moral, upright