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COMPENDIUM
A comprehensive summary of a larger work.
ABBREVIATED
The encyclopedia is a COMPENDIUM of all human knowledge.
ABRIDGE
To shorten in period, to diminish, to lessen.
ABBREVIATED
He ABRIDGED his visit
CURSORY
Quick and brief.
ABBRIVIATED
A CURSORY glance at a newspaper article.
CURTAIL
To truncate.
ABBREVIATED
There efforts to CURTAIL spending was successful.
SYLLABUS
Summary.
ABBREVIATED
TERSE
Concise, brief.
ABBREVIATED
He gave a TERSE answer, a one word answer.
SYNOPSIS
Abstract, brief outline of something.
ABBREVIATED
APACE
quickly, with speed.
ACT QUICKLY
The construction of the new offices is proceeding APACE.
ABRUPT
Sudden, without notice to prepare the mind for the event.
ACT QUICKLY
The party came to an ABRUPT end when the parents of out host arrived.
HEADLONG
Rushing forward, rash.
ACT QUICKLY
A HEADLONG rush to sell.
IMPETUOUS
Charactarized by sudden and violent force.
ACT QUICKLY
IMPETUOUS heaving waves
PRECIPITATE
Characterized by unthinking boldness and haste.
Hasty, rash.
ACT QUICKLY
The bridge broke and precipitated the train into the river below.
ADVOCATE
One who argues in support of something. Supporter.
ASSIST
An ADVOCATE of civil rights.
PROPONENT
One who argues in support of something. Supporter.
ASSIST
He was a forthright PROPONENT of the Vietnam War.
ABET
To back, help, support.
ASSIST
He ABETTED the thief in robbing the bank.
CORROBORATE
To strengthen, support.
ASSIST
The evidence CORROBORATEs the defendent.
COUNTENANCE
Approving and encouraging look.
ASSIST
His countenance of sweetness
MAINSTAY
Basis, Foundation and support.
ASSIST
ESPOUSE
Advocate, back, promote.
Get married
The candidate espouses Republican ideas.
STALWART
One who is physically and morally strong.
Robust, strong.
ASSIST
BILIOUS
angry or bad-tempered.
BAD MOOD
She responded to the accusations with a BILIOUS attack on her opponent.
DUDGEON
A state of intense indignation.
BAD MOOD
This woman is forever in a state of spiritual high DUDGEON, and a list of her dislikes is as long as the Omaha phone book.
IRASCIBLE
Prone to anger.
BAD MOOD
His father was an irascible and boastful bully, a heavy drinker and a gambler.
PETTISH
Easily irritated or annoyed, angry.
BAD MOOD
PETULANT
having or showing a bad temper.
BAD MOOD
He scowled and looked annoyed, a little petulant even when defending why he took the country to war.
PIQUE
A sudden outburst of anger.
BAD MOOD
his temper sparked like damp firewood.
QUERULOUS
Habitually complaining.
BAD MOOD
A QUERULOUS wife.
UMBRAGE
Offense, resentment.
Shade.
BAD MOOD
Philander was too much relieved at the happy outcome to their adventure to take UMBRAGE at the professor's cruel fling.
WASPISH
Easily irritated or annoyed; irascible.
BAD MOOD
You are such a WASPISH.
DILETTANTE
an amateur who engages in an activity without serious intentions and who pretends to have knowledge.
AMATEUR
FLEDGLING
A young or inexperienced person.
AMATEUR
The FLEDGLING driver hit the telephone pole during his driving test.
NEOPHYTE
A beginner.
AMATEUR
a NEOPHYTE at politics.
NOVITIATE
The period of being a novice.
AMATEUR
Perhaps his mother had a reasonable distrust of the practice of Dr Todd, who must then have been in the NOVITIATE of his experimental acquirements.
TYRO
A beginner in learning something.
AMATEUR
BURGEONING
Grow and flourish.
YOUNG
The BURGEONING population.
CALLOW
Lacking experience of life.
YOUNG
A CALLOW youth of seventeen.
ENGENDER
To come into existence; originate.
YOUNG
Every cloud ENGENDERS not a storm.
INCIPIENT
Beginning to exist or appear.
YOUNG
detecting INCIPIENT tumors.
NASCENT
Coming into existence; emerging.
YOUNG
detecting NASCENT tumors.
ACERBIC
Sharp, biting, or acid in temper, expression, or tone.
SOUR
But more than that, he is a social critic, and an efficient one, acerbic and devastating.
ACIDULOUS
Somewhat sour in taste or in manner.
SOUR
ACIDULOUS humour.
ACRIMONIOUS
Bitter and sharp in language or tone.
SOUR
an ACRIMONIOUS debate between the two candidates.
ASPERITY
Roughness or harshness, as of surface, sound, or climate.
SOUR
the ASPERITY of northern winters.
CAUSTIC
Causing a burning or stinging sensation.
SOUR
Most of all, there is caustic shame for my own stupidity.
ANOMALY
Deviation or departure from the normal or common order.
ECCENTRIC
This, I confess, has been something of a surprise to me, and I have not yet made up my mind as to the fundamental cause of the ANOMALY.
ASSUAGE
To make (something burdensome or painful) less intense or severe.
PACIFY
Serena used aspirin to ASSUAGE her pounding headache.
ENIGMA
One that is puzzling, ambiguous, or inexplicable.
DIFFICULT TO UNDERSTAND
Speaking in riddles and dressed in old robes, the artist gained a reputation as something of an ENIGMA.
EQUIVOCAL
To use expressions of double meaning inorder to mislead.
AMBIGUOUS
ERUDITE
well-instructed, learned.
LEARNED
an erudite professor.
FERVID
Marked by great passion or zeal.
ZEAL
The fans of Maria Callas were unusually FERVID, doing anything to catch a glimpse of the great opera singer.
LUCID
Clear and easily understood.
The explanations were written in a simple and LUCID manner.
OPAQUE
Impossible to see through; preventing the passage of light.
The heavy buildup of dirt and grime on the windows almost made them opaque
PLACATE
To ease the anger or agitation of.
PACIFY
He brought with him several slices of meat in order to PLACATE the Housedog.
PRODIGAL
Rashly or wastefully extravagant.
LAVISH
distributed gifts with a PRODIGAL hand.
ZEAL
Marked by great passion.
The fans of Maria Callas were unusually ZEAL, doing anything to catch a glimpse of the great opera singer.
ABSTAIN
To choose not to do something.
REGRAIN
Forty senators voted in favor of the bill, 45 voted against it, and 15 ABSTAINED.
ADULTERATE
To make impure by adding extraneous.
IMPURE
The restaurateur made his ketchup last longer by ADULTERATING it with water.
APATHY
Lack of interest or concern.
The APATHY of voters is so great that less than half the people who are eligible to vote actually bother to do so.
AUDACIOUS
Fearless and daring.
BOLD
Her AUDACIOUS nature allowed her to fulfill her dream of skydiving.
COURAGEOUS
Having or characterized by courage.
BOLD
To succeed, the artist must possess the COURAGEOUS soul.
DAUNTLESS
invulnerable to fear or intimidation.
BOLD
Ferguson personally, and guaranteed the intrepidity of his DAUNTLESS friend.
BANAL
obvious and dull.
BORING
BANAL conversation.
FATUOUS
devoid of good sense or judgment.
BORING
A FATUOUS decision.
HACKNEYED
repeated too often; overfamiliar through overuse; trite.
BORING
repeating HACKNEYED jokes.
INSIPID
Lacking flavor or zest; not tasty.
BORING
INSIPID hospital food.
MUNDANE
found in the ordinary course of events.
BORING
it was a MUDANE day.
PEDESTRIAN
Ordinary, undistinguished.
BORING
A PEDESTRIAN journey.
PLATITUDE
A trite or banal remark or statement, especially one expressed as if it were original or significant; cliche.
BORING
How are you.
ABATE
To reduce in amount, degree, or severity.
ABBREVIATED
The storm ABATED.
ABSCOND
To leave quickly and secretly and hide oneself, often to avoid arrest or prosecution.
ACT QUICKLY
The patron ABSCONDED from the restaurant without paying the bill by sneaking out the back door.
ABYSS
An extremely deep hole.
The submarine dove into the ABYSS to chart the preciously unseen depths.
AESTHETIC
Concerning the appreciation of beauty.
Followers of the AESTHETIC movement regarded the pursuit of beauty as the only true purpose of art.
AGGRANDIZE
To increase in power, influence, and reputation
The supervisor sought to AGGRANDIZE himself by claiming the achievements of his staff were actually his own.
ALLEVIATE
To make more bearable. assuage.
Taking the aspirin helps to ALLEVIATE a headache.
AMALGAMATE
To combine; to mix together.
Giant industries AMALGAMATE with Mega Products to form Giant-Mega Products Incorporated.
AMELIORATE
To make better; to improve.
The doctor was able to AMELIORATE the patient's suffering using painkillers.
ANACHRONISM
Something out of place in time.
The aged hippie used ANACHRONISM phrases like groovy and far out that hadn't been popular for years.
ANTAGONIZE
To annoy or provoke to anger.
The child discovered that he could ANTAGONIZE the cat by pulling its tail.
ANTIPATHY
Extreme dislike.
The ANTIPATHY between the French and the English regulary erupted into an open warfare.
ARBITRATE
To judge a dispute between two opposing parties.
Since the couple couldn't come to agreement, a judge was forced to ARBITRATE their divorce proceedings.
ARCHAIC
Antient, old fashioned.
Her ARCHAIC Commodore computer couldn't run the latest version.
ARDOR
Intense and passionate feeling.
Bishop's ARDOR for landscape was evident when he passionately described the beauty of the scenic Hudson Valley.
ARTICULATE
Able to speak clearly and expressively.
a plan to ARTICULATE nursing programs throughout the state.
AUSTERE
Severe or stern in disposition or appearance. Undecorated.
The lack of decoration makes Zen temples seem AUSTERE to the untrained eye.
BOLSTER
To support, to prop up.
ASSIST
The presence of giant footprints BOLSTERED the argument that Sasquatch was in the area.
BOMBASTIC
Pompus in speech and manner.
The dictator's speeches were mostly BOMBASTIC; his boasting and outrageous claims had no basis in fact.
CACOPHONY
The use of harsh or discordant sounds.
heard a CACOPHONY of horns during the traffic jam.
CANDID
Impartial and honest in speech.
In private, I gave them my CANDID opinion.
CAPRICIOUS
Changing one's mind quickly and often.
Queen Elizabith I was quite CAPRICIOUS.
CASTIGATE
To punish or criticize harshly.
It was not good enough to castigate him for his sins.
CATALYST
Something that brings about a change in something else.
the imposition of harsh taxes was the CATALYST that finally brought on the revolution.
CHAOS
A condition or place of great disorder or confusion.
In most religious traditions, God created an ordered universe from chaos.
CHAUVINIST
Prejudiced belief in the superiority of one's own gender, group, or kind.
The attitude that men are inherently superior to women and therefore must be obeyed is common among male CHAUVINIST
CHICANERY
Deception by trickery or sophistry.
Dishonest used car salesman often use CHICANERY to sell their beat-up old cars.
COGENT
Convincing and well reasoned.
a COGENT argument.
CONDONE
To overlook, forgive, or disregard (an offense) without protest or censure.
FORGIVE
A woman of Spanish blood does not CONDONE such an injury so lightly.
CONVOLUTED
Intricate; complicated.
Although manu people bought A Brief History of Time, few could follow its CONVOLUTED ideas an theories.
CREDULOUS
Too trusting; gullible.
Although some four-year-olds believe in the Easter Bunny, only the most CREDULOUS nine-year-olds also believe in him.
CRESCENDO
A gradual increase, especially in the volume or intensity of sound in a passage.
The CRESCENDO of tension became unbearable as Evel Knievel prepared to jump his motorcycle over the school buses.
DECORUM
Appropriateness of behavior or conduct; propriety.
the formalities and DECORUMs of a military funeral
DEFERENCE
Courteous respect.
his DEFERENCE to her wishes was very flattering
DERIDE
treat or speak of with contempt.
He DERIDED his student's attempt to solve the biggest problem in mathematics.
DESICCATE
To dry out thoroughly.
After few weeks of lying on the desert's baking sands, the cow's carcass became completely DESICCATED.
DESULTORY
Moving or jumping from one thing to another; disconnected.
Diane had a DESULTORY academic record; she had changed majors 12 times in three years.
DIATRIBE
A bitter, abusive speech.
The trucker bellowed a DIATRIBE at the driver who had cut him off.
DIFFIDENT
Lacking or marked by a lack of self-confidence; shy and timid.
Steve's DIFFIDENT manner during the interview stemmed from his nervous nature and lack of experience in the field.
DILATE
To become wider or larger; expand.
When you enter a darkened room, the pupils of your eyes DILATE to let in more light.
DILATORY
Intended to delay. Slow.
DILATORY in his work habits.