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ambiguous(adj.)
unclear in meaning
vague, obscure
obscure
deliberaterly ambiguous or misleading
evasive, indirect
equivocal
deliberately ambiguous or misleading
evasive, indirect
convoluted
intricate and hard to follow
cryptic, obscure, incomprehensible
cryptic
enigmatic; mysterious
cryptic, obscure, incomprehensible
unfathomable
impossible to comprehend
baffling, impenentrable, inscrutable
nebulous
vague; indefinite
hazy, unclear
enigma
a mystery or riddle
conundrum, riddle
esoteric
difficult to understand
ramble
to wander aimlessly, either verbally, either verbally or physically
stray, babble
desultory
aimless; prone to ramdom digressions
digress
to go off topic
diverge, deviate, ramble
profound
deep; insightful
philosophical, sagacious
candor
honesty; straightforwardness
forthrightness, frankness
affect
to put on airs; to behave unnaturally
feign, impersonate
veracity
truthfulness
sincerity, candor
debunk
to expose something as faudulent
uncover, reveal
apocryphal
of doubtful authenticity
counterfeit, forged
forthright
honest; straightforward
candid, frank
disingenuous
insincere; crafty
deceitful, treacherous
candid
straightforward; honest
frank,forthright
dubious
doubtful
suspect, questionable
prevaricate
to lie
equivocate, fabricate
verisimilitude
the quality of appearing to be true
outspoken
candid and unsparing in speech
forthright, frank
fraudulent
deceitful
duplicitous; crooked
facade
outward appearance; a false front
superficiality, frontispiece
mirth
merriment; laughter
jollity, levity, gaiety
aesthetic
relating to beauty or a theory of beauty
satire
a mocking literary or dramatic work
burlesque, parody, lampoon, travesty, spoof
curator
the individual in charge of a museum
witticism
a clever of funny remark
epigram, bon mot, quip, badinage
jocular
done in a joking way
facetious, waggish, salty
malapropism
the outrageous misuse of a word
misusage, solecism, catachresis
levity
a lack of seriousness
frivolity, flippancy
bard
a skilled poet
sonneteer, versifier
parody
a spoof
burlesque, lampoon, travesty, satire
epic
a lengthy poem that celebrates the life of a hero
aesthete
a person interested in the pursuit of beauty
dilettante
one who dabbles in an art
amateur
lampoon
to make fun of
satirize, mock, parody
chastise
to punish or criticize
condemn, rebuke
reprove
to scold
rebuke, berate, reprimand
reprehensible
worthy of blame or censure
culpable, disgraceful, censurable
culpable
deserving blame
guilty, blameworthy
indict
to accuse of an offense
accuse, impeach
reproach
to blame; to express disapproval
censure, condemn, rebuke
rebuke
to scold
reprove, reproach, reprehend, reprimand, chide
castigate
to punish severely
reprimand, berate, chastise
impeach
to accuse of wrongdoing
indict, charge
irreproachable
beyond blame
innocent, impeccable
berate
to punish severely
reprimand, castigate, chastise
culprit
one guilty of a crime
offender, criminal
acquit
to clear of a charge
vindicate, exonerate
reprimand
to scold
reprove, castigate, censure
diligence
hard work and dedication
assiduousness, industry, perceverence
scrupulous
careful, ethical
conscientious, honorable, meticulous
meticulous
attentive to detail
thorough, painstaking
indefatigable
untiring
tireless, unremitting, dogged
spartan
full of self-discipline
ascetic, rigorous
painstaking
meticulous; paying great attention to detail
thorough, meticulous
assiduous
hard working
diligent, industrious
prolific
extremely productive
productive,abundant
integrity
honesty and virtue
purity
enterprising
full of initiative and imagination
entrepreneur
a self-made businessman
magnate, industrialist
industrious
hard-working; diligent
assiduous
resolute
determined; willing to push on
dogged, steadfast, tenacious
conform
to do what one is expected to do
comply, obey
orthodoxy
strict adherence to tradition
conventionality, traditionalism
iconoclast
one who challenges tradition
heretic, apostate, rebel, nonconformist, infidel
heresy
opinion or action that violates traditional belief
iconoclasm, apostasy
insurgent
rebellious
insubordinate, mutinous
convention
a practice that comports with the norms of a society
protocol, practice
insubordination
refusal to submit to authority
agitaion, subversion, rebellion
insubordination
refusal to submit to authority
agitaion, subversion, rebellion
renegade
an outlaw
defector, traitor
insurrection
an uprising
coup, mutiny, rebellion
dissident
one who strongly opposes accepted opinion
rebel
mutiny
a rebellion
revolt, riot, uprising
servile
overly submissive
obsequious
heretic
one who dissents
rebel, iconoclast
apostasy
abandonment of a belief
heresy
insolent
rudely disrespectful
impudent, impertinent
affront
an insult
slur, barb, aspersion, obloquy
haughty
overly proud
conceited, supercilious, cavelier, arrogant
crass
unrefined
boorish, oafish, philistine
impudent
rudely bold
insolent, impertinent, audacious
boorish
crude, barbaric
crass, oafish,barbaric, philistine
irreverence
disrespect
impertinence, flippancy
flippant
disrespectfully jocular; using humor inappropriately
irreverent, impertinent
brazen
bold and insolent
impudent
truculent
cruel and aggressive
obstreperous, bellicose
effrontery
boldness, brashness
insolence, impudence
impertinent
inappropriately bold
impudent, brazen
glacial
having a cold personality
frigid
rebuff
to refuse in an abrupt or rude manner
refject, snub
arid
extremely dry
barren, parched
astral
relating to the stars
celestial, cosmic
nautical
peratining to sailing
marine, maritime
lunar
relating to the moon
fecund
fertil;fruitful
prolific, abundant
fallow
unused; plowed but not cultivated
dormant, inactive, unculitvated
cosmic
relating to the universe
astral, celestial, uncultivated
celestial
relating to the sky
heavenly, astral
arable
able to be cultivated
fertile, fruitful
desiccated
completely dried out
aric, parched
quagmire
swampy land; difficult situation
marsh, swamp, bog
aquatic
living in water
marine
cultivate
to nurture; to grow crops
farm, till, sow
paucity
lack; scarcity
dearth, scantiness
surfeit
an excessive amount
glut, plethora, overabundance
surfeit
an excessive amount
ample, bountiful
copious
abundant
ample, bountiful
barren
infertile
sterile, desolate
capacious
having lots of room
spacious, voluminous
scanty
meager; barely enough
inadequate, meager, deficient
replete
completely filled
crammed, stuffed
dearth
a lack; scarcity
paucity, scantiness
voluminous
having great size
caverous, capacious, plentiful
desolate
deserted
uninhabited, barren
diminutive
tiny
undersized, miniature
meager
inadequate
measly, paltry
rarefy
to make less dense or less plentiful
rife
plentiful
abundant, rampant, widespread
eulogy
an honorific speech at a funeral
panegyric, encomium, testimonial
despondent
lacking hope
dejected, depressed, disheartened, desperate
doleful
filled with grief
crestfallen, depressed, woeful
anemic
feeble; characterized by oxygen deficiency in the blood
pallid, weak, feeble
malady
a diease
affliction, ailment, disorder
anguish
extreme suffering
agony, grief, misery
dirge
a funeral song
requiem, elegy
blight
a diseased condition
curse, affliction
affliction
a disorder causing suffering
adversity, hardship
elegy
a poem or song relating to death
dirge, requiem
epitaph
an inscription found on a gravestone
doldrums
the blues; persistent unhappiness
depression, melancholy
adversity
hardship
affliction
etymology
the study of the origin of words
archaeology
the study of past cultures
anthropology
the study of human cultures
ethics
the study of and philosophy of moral choice
semantics
the study of the meanings of words and symbols
theology
the study of religion
pathology
the study of disease
sociology
the study of human social behavior and social institutions
entomology
the study of insects
genealogy
the study of ancestry
demographics
the study of statistics relating to human populations
oncology
the study of tumors
paleontology
the study of fossils and ancient life
neurology
the study of the human brain and nervous system
hermit
one who prefers to live alone
recluse, loner, eremite
ostracize
to exclude from a group
exile, banish
exile
a banishment
banishment, ostracism, deportation, expulsion
expel
to force to leave
discharge, evict
recluse
one who likes to live alone
hermit, loner
isolate
to place something apart from everyting else
detach, segregate
solitude
isolation; the quality of being alone
seclusion, solitariness, detachment
banish
to force to leave an area
exile, ostracize, evict
outcast
an individual wo has been excluded from a group
castaway, pariah
seclusion
privacy
isolation, solitude
pariah
an individual who has been excluded from a group
outcast, exile
relegate
to banish, to demote in rank
ostracize, exile
quarantine
a period of isolation for someone infected with a contagion
disseminate
to spread information
circulate, publicize, distribute
diverge
to go apart
divide, branch
proliferate
to grow rapidly; to produce offsring at a rapid pace
expand, multiply
amass
to accumulate; to gather together
collect, gather, hoard
distend
to swell; to increase in size
expand, dilate
propagate
to cause to multiply; to publicize; to travel through a medium
procreate, breed
inundate
to flood
engulf, overwhelm, swamp, deluge
diffuse
to spread out, as a gas
circulate, disseminate
germinate
to sprout; to grow
bud, burgeon, develop
disperse
to spread apart
diffuse, disseminate
germinate
to sprout; to grow
bud, burgeon, develop
disperse
to spread apart
diffuse, disseminate
germinate
to sprout; to grow
bud, burgeon, develop
disperse
to spread apart
diffuse, disseminate
rampant
growing out of control
rife, predominant, prevalent
dissipate
to scatter
dispel, disperse
saturate
to fill completely, as with a liquid or solute
soak, imbue
annex
to attach; to acquire land to expand an existing country
acquire, appropriate, append
addendum
something added; a supplement to a book
appendix, supplement
postscript
a message added after the completion of a letter(PS)
epilogue
an extra chapter added onto the end of the novel
afterword, postlude
append
to affix something; to add on
annex
adjunct
added in a subordinate capacity
subordinate, subsidiary
augment
to add onto; to make greater
enlarge, enhane, amplify, boost, strengthen
cession
the act of surrendering or yielding
capitulation, relinquishment
affix
to attach
annex, append
appropriate
to take antoher's work or possessions as one's own
encore
an extra performance at the end of a show
curtain call
appendix
supplementary material at the end of a text
addendum
supplement
to add something to complete or strengthe a whole