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1. To withdraw one's support or help from, especially in spite of duty, allegiance, or responsibility; desert: abandon a friend in trouble.

2. To give up by leaving or ceasing to operate or inhabit, especially as a result of danger or other impending threat: abandoned the ship.

3. To surrender one's claim to, right to, or interest in; give up entirely. See Synonyms at relinquish.

4. To cease trying to continue; desist from: abandoned the search for the missing hiker.

5. To yield (oneself) completely, as to emotion.
accusation (accuse)

1. An act of accusing or the state of being accused.

2. A charge of wrongdoing that is made against a person or other party.
ambiguity (ambiguous)

1. Doubtfulness or uncertainty as regards interpretation: “leading a life of alleged moral ambiguity” (Anatole Broyard).

2. Something of doubtful meaning: a poem full of ambiguities.
analyze (analyst)

1. To examine methodically by separating into parts and studying their interrelations.

2. Chemistry. To make a chemical analysis of.

3. Mathematics. To make a mathematical analysis of.

4. To psychoanalyze.
antagonize (-ism, -istic, -ist)

1. To incur the dislike of; provoke hostility or enmity in: antagonized her officemates with her rude behavior.

2. To counteract.
apology (apologize, apologetic)

1. An acknowledgment expressing regret or asking pardon for a fault or offense.

a. A formal justification or defense.
b. An explanation or excuse: “The consequence of those measures will be the best apology for my conduct” (Daniel Defoe).

3. An inferior substitute: The sagging cot was a poor apology for a bed.
architect (architecture)

1. One who designs and supervises the construction of buildings or other large structures.

2. One that plans or devises: a country considered to be the chief architect of war in the Middle East.

1. Having or showing shrewdness and discernment, especially with respect to one's own concerns. See Synonyms at shrewd.

1. A contact print of a drawing or other image rendered as white lines on a blue background, especially such a print of an architectural plan or technical drawing. Also called cyanotype.

2. A mechanical drawing produced by any of various similar photographic processes, such as one that creates blue or black lines on a white background.

3. A detailed plan of action. See Synonyms at plan.

4. A model or prototype.

1. Something that indicates a border or limit.

2. The border or limit so indicated.

1. A heavy, coarse, closely woven fabric of cotton, hemp, or flax, used for tents and sails.

a. A piece of such fabric on which a painting, especially an oil painting, is executed.
b. A painting executed on such fabric.

3. A fabric of coarse open weave, used as a foundation for needlework.

4. The background against which events unfold, as in a historical narrative: a grim portrait of despair against the bright canvas of the postwar economy.

5. Nautical. A sail or set of sails.

a. A tent or group of tents.
b. A circus tent.

7. Sports. The floor of a ring in which boxing or wrestling takes place.
comic (comedy, comedian)

1. Characteristic of or having to do with comedy.

2. Of or relating to comic strips.

3. Amusing; humorous: a comic situation involving the family's pets.
compassion (-ate)

1. Deep awareness of the suffering of another coupled with the wish to relieve it. See Synonyms at pity.
compete (competition, competitive)

1. To strive against another or others to attain a goal, such as an advantage or a victory. See Synonyms at rival.
complex (complexity)

a. Consisting of interconnected or interwoven parts; composite.
b. Composed of two or more units: a complex carbohydrate.

2. Involved or intricate, as in structure; complicated.

3. Grammar.
a. Consisting of at least one bound form. Used of a word.
b. Consisting of an independent clause and at least one other independent or dependent clause. Used of a sentence.


1. A whole composed of interconnected or interwoven parts: a complex of cities and suburbs; the military-industrial complex.

2. In psychology, a group of related, often repressed ideas and impulses that compel characteristic or habitual patterns of thought, feelings, and behavior. No longer in scientific use.

3. An exaggerated or obsessive concern or fear.

4. Medicine. The combination of factors, symptoms, or signs of a disease or disorder that forms a syndrome.

1.So large in scope or content as to include much: a comprehensive history of the revolution.

2. Marked by or showing extensive understanding: comprehensive knowledge.

a. A settlement of differences in which each side makes concessions.
b. The result of such a settlement.

2. Something that combines qualities or elements of different things: The incongruous design is a compromise between high tech and early American.

3. A concession to something detrimental or pejorative: a compromise of morality.


1. To settle by concessions.

2. To expose or make liable to danger, suspicion, or disrepute: an embassy that was compromised by hidden listening devices.

3. Obsolete. To pledge mutually.
condemn (condemnation)

1. To express strong disapproval of: condemned the needless waste of food.

2. To pronounce judgment against; sentence: condemned the felons to prison.

3. To judge or declare to be unfit for use or consumption, usually by official order: condemn an old building.

4. To lend credence to or provide evidence for an adverse judgment against: were condemned by their actions.

5. Law. To appropriate (property) for public use.

1. A state of open, often prolonged fighting; a battle or war.

2. A state of disharmony between incompatible or antithetical persons, ideas, or interests; a clash.

3. Psychology. A psychic struggle, often unconscious, resulting from the opposition or simultaneous functioning of mutually exclusive impulses, desires, or tendencies.

4. Opposition between characters or forces in a work of drama or fiction, especially opposition that motivates or shapes the action of the plot.


1. To be in or come into opposition; differ.

2. Archaic. To engage in warfare.
confusion (confused)

a. The act of confusing or the state of being confused: Backstage confusion made the rehearsal difficult.
b. An instance of being confused: “After his awakening to Chicano identity, he briefly mastered his inner confusions and found an articulate voice” (David C. Unger).

2. Psychology. Impaired orientation with respect to time, place, or person; a disturbed mental state.

1. An opinion or position reached by a group as a whole: “Among political women... there is a clear consensus about the problems women candidates have traditionally faced” (Wendy Kaminer). See Usage Note at redundancy.

2. General agreement or accord: government by consensus.

1. Belonging to the same period of time: a fact documented by two contemporary sources.

2. Of about the same age.

3. Current; modern: contemporary trends in design.
contempt (contemptuous)

1. The feeling or attitude of regarding someone or something as inferior, base, or worthless; scorn.

2. The state of being despised or dishonored; disgrace.

3. Open disrespect or willful disobedience of the authority of a court of law or legislative body.
convention (conventional)

a. A formal meeting of members, representatives, or delegates, as of a political party, fraternal society, profession, or industry.
b. The body of persons attending such an assembly: called the convention to order.

2. An agreement between states, sides, or military forces, especially an international agreement dealing with a specific subject, such as the treatment of prisoners of war.

3. General agreement on or acceptance of certain practices or attitudes: By convention, north is at the top of most maps.

4. A practice or procedure widely observed in a group, especially to facilitate social interaction; a custom: the convention of shaking hands.

5. A widely used and accepted device or technique, as in drama, literature, or painting: the theatrical convention of the aside.

a. The spoken exchange of thoughts, opinions, and feelings; talk.
b. An instance of this: held a long conversation on the subject.

2. An informal discussion of a matter by representatives of governments, institutions, or organizations.