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1.a class of persons holding exceptional rank and privileges, esp. the hereditary nobility.
2. a government or state ruled by an aristocracy, elite, or privileged upper class.

Synonyms:elite, gentility, gentry, government, haute monde, high society, nobility, noblesse, patricians, patriciate, peerage, society, upper class, upper crust*

Antonyms: commoners, people, plebeians, rabble, riffraff
1.a spiritual power or personal quality that gives an individual influence or authority over large numbers of people.
2. the special virtue of an office, function, position, etc., that confers or is thought to confer on the person holding it an unusual ability for leadership, worthiness of veneration, or the like.

Synonyms: attraction, charisma, charm, come-hither look*, come-on*, enchantment, enticement, glamour, inveiglement, lure, magnetism, seductiveness, temptation, witchery

coup or coup d'atat
1.a highly successful, unexpected stroke, act, or move; a clever action or accomplishment.
2. (among the Plains Indians of North America) a brave or reckless deed performed in battle by a single warrior, as touching or striking an enemy warrior without sustaining injury oneself.

Synonyms: accomplishment, action, coup d'etat, deed, exploit, feat, maneuver, mastery, overthrow, plot, revolution, stratagem, stroke, stunt, successful stroke, upset

Antonyms:failure, defeat, debacle, flop
1.(often used with a plural verb) the choice or best of anything considered collectively, as of a group or class of persons.
2. (used with a plural verb) persons of the highest class: Only the elite were there.

Synonyms: aristocratic, best, choice, cool*, crack*, elect, exclusive, first chop, gilt-edged, greatest, noble, pick, selected, smart money, super, tip-top*, top drawer*, top-notch, topflight, tops, upper-class, world class

Antonyms:common, low-class, lower-class, poor
1.a person who is head of a group, company, etc., in title but actually has no real authority or responsibility: Most modern kings and queens are figureheads.
2. Nautical. a carved full-length figure or bust built into the bow of a sailing ship.

Synonyms: cat's-paw, cipher, dummy, front*, front man, mouthpiece*, name, nominal head, nonentity, nothing, puppet*, stooge, straw boss*, straw man, titular head, token

Antonym: Follower
1. The act of inflating or the state of being inflated.
2. A persistent increase in the level of consumer prices or a persistent decline in the purchasing power of money, caused by an increase in available currency and credit beyond the proportion of available goods and services.

Synonyms:aggrandizement, blowing up, boom, boost, build-up, distension, enhancement, enlargement, escalation, expansion, extension, hike, intensification, prosperity, puffiness, rise, spread, swelling, tumefaction, up, upping

1. the basic, underlying framework or features of a system or organization.
2.the fundamental facilities and systems serving a country, city, or area, as transportation and communication systems, power plants, and schools.

Synonyms:basement, basis, bed, bedrock, bottom, foot, footing, ground, groundwork, infrastructure, lowest point, pedestal, rest, root, seat, seating, stand, substratum, substructure, support, underpinning

Antonyms:apex, summit, top
1.violent in action or spirit; raging; furious: a rampant leopard.
2.growing luxuriantly, as weeds. full sway; prevailing or unchecked: a rampant rumor.

Synonyms:aggressive, blustering, boisterous, clamorous, dominant, epidemic, exceeding bounds, excessive, extravagant, exuberant, fanatical, flagrant, furious, growing, impetuous, impulsive, luxuriant, outrageous, pandemic, predominant, prevalent, profuse, raging, rampaging, rank, rife, riotous, spreading, tumultuous, turbulent, unbridled, unchecked, uncontrollable, ungovernable

Antonyms:controlled, under control
1. a mode or system of rule or government: a dictatorial regime.
2.a ruling or prevailing system.
3.a government in power.

Synonyms: administration, dynasty, establishment, government, incumbency, management, pecking order*, reign, rule, system, tenure
1. to regard with respect, tinged with awe; venerate: The child revered her mother.

Synonyms: admire, adore, apotheosize, appreciate, cherish, defer to, deify, enjoy, esteem, exalt, honor, love, magnify, pay homage, prize, regard, respect, reverence, treasure, value, venerate, worship

Antonyms: despise