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Abet
assist, advocate, , back, condone, conspire, encourage, endorse, goad, help, incite, instigate, prod, promote, provoke, sanction, spur, support, urge

Antonyms:counter, denounce, deter, discourage, dissuade, frustrate, hinder, impede, obstruct, prevent, prohibit, thwart, undermine
encourage
Abnegation
Synonyms: abandonment, abstinence, continence, denial, eschewal, forbearance, giving up, refusal, rejection, relinquishment, renouncement, renunciation, sacrifice, self-denial, self-renunciation, stonewall*, surrender, temperance
Antonyms: acquiescence, admittance, concession, indulgence, surrender, yielding
denial
Abominable

Abominate =detest
abhor, despise, dislike, hate, loathe
Synonyms: abhorrent, atrocious, awful, base, beastly, contemptible, cursed, deplorable, despicable, detestable, disgusting, execrable, foul, grim, hairy*, hateful, heinous, hellish, horrible, loathsome, lousy, nasty, nauseating, obnoxious, odious, offensive, repellent, reprehensible, repugnant, repulsive, revolting, rotten, sleazeball, stinking, terrible, very bad, vile, wretched
Antonyms: admirable, alluring, appealing, commendable, delightful, desirable, enjoyable, laudable, likable, lovable, nice, pleasant, wonderful
awful
Abrasive
Synonyms: annoying, biting, caustic, cutting, galling, hateful, hurtful, nasty, rough, sharp, spiky*, unpleasant
Antonyms: conciliatory, gentle, healing, likable, mild, pleasant, pleasing, soothing

Synonyms: cutting, erosive, grinding, polishing, rough, scratching, scratchy, scuffing, sharpening, smoothing, wearing
Antonyms: smooth, softening
irritating
scraping
Abrogate
Synonyms: abate, abolish, ankle, annul, cancel, dissolve, end, finish off*, invalidate, knock out*, negate, nix, nullify, quash, reject, renege, repeal, retract, revoke, scrub*, torpedo*, undo, vacate, vitiate, void
Antonyms: approve, establish, fix, institute, legalize, ratify, sanction, support
abolish
Absolve
Synonyms: acquit, bleach, blink at, clear, clear excuse, discharge, exculpate, exempt, exonerate, forgive, free, launder*, let go, let off*, liberate, lifeboat*, loose, pardon, release, relieve, sanitize*, set free, spare, spring*, vindicate, whitewash, wink at*, write off*
Antonyms: accuse, bind, blame, charge, condemn, convict, hold, impeach, incriminate, obligate, punish, sentence
Notes: one is absolved of blame or responsibility but is acquitted of a charge, usually a crime
release
Abstemious
Synonyms: abstinent, ascetic, austere, continent, frugal, moderate, moderating, restraining, self-denying, self-restraining, sober, sparing, temperate
Antonyms: abandoned, gluttonous, greedy, hedonistic, hungry, immoderate, profligate, self-indulgent
restraining
Abstruse
Synonyms: abstract, complex, complicated, deep, enigmatic, esoteric, heavy*, hidden, incomprehensible, intricate, involved, obscure, perplexing, profound, puzzling, recondite, subtle, unfathomable, vague
Antonyms: child's play, clear, comprehensible, concrete, direct, easy, lucid, obvious, plain, simple
difficult
Accoutre
accommodate, accoutre, arm, fix, furnish, get, implement, kit out*, make, make up, man, outfit, prepare, provide, ready, rig*

Synonyms: accoutre, array, clad, costume, deck, deck out*, dog out, doll up*, drape, dress, dud*, dude up*, equip, fit out, outfit, suit up, tog, turn out
Antonyms: bare, disrobe, strip, unclothe, undress
equip
clothe
Actuate
activate, animate, arouse, cause, drive, egg on*, energize, excite, fire up*, impel, incite, induce, influence, inspire, instigate, key up*, mobilize, motivate, move, prompt, propel, quicken, rouse, spur, stimulate, turn on*, work up*
Antonyms: deter, extinguish, impede, stop
Notes: 1. when something is activated, it is made active; when something is actuated, it is moved to take action (or produce a consequence)
2. to actuate is a general word meaning 'to set working' and has more to do with mechanical action - while activate is used mainly in scientific expressions
start
Addle
amaze, astound, befuddle, bewilder, buffalo*, confound, confuse, daze, disconcert, dumbfound, elude, embarrass, faze, floor*, get, mix up, mystify, nonplus, puzzle, rattle, stick*, stump*, stun, throw
Antonyms: clear up, enlighten, explain
perplex,muddle
Adjuration
1. an earnest request; entreaty.
2. a solemn or desperate urging or counseling: an adjuration for all citizens of the beleaguered city to take shelter.
Adjutant
Synonyms: aide, auxiliary, helper
assistant
Admonish
Synonyms: advise, berate, call down, caveat, censure, check, chide, commonition, counsel, ding*, enjoin, exhort, exhortation, forewarn, give comeuppance, glue*, growl*, hoist*, jack up*, monition, notice, rap*, rebuke, reprimand, reproof, reprove, scold, sit on, speak to, talk to, tell off*, upbraiding, warning
Antonyms: approve, commend, compliment, extol, flatter, laud, praise, reward
warn
Adulation
applause, blandishment, bootlicking*, commendation, fawning, flattery, sycophancy, worship
Antonyms: abuse, criticism
praise
adventitious
casual, chance, coincidental, contingent, fluky*, fortuitous, inadvertent, incidental, random, uncalculated, unexpected, unforeseen, unintended, unintentional, unplanned
Antonyms: designed, intended, intentional, planned, premeditated
Notes: accidental stresses chance; fortuitous so strongly suggests chance that it often connotes absence of cause
unexpected,accidental
Affected
afflicted, altered, changed, compassionate, concerned, damaged, distressed, excited, grieved, hurt, impaired, impressed, influenced, injured, overwhelmed, overwrought, sorry, stimulated, stirred, sympathetic, tender, touched, troubled, upset
Antonyms: calm, unaffected, unmoved, unswayed, untroubled

apish, artificial, artsy, artsy-craftsy, assumed, awkward, campy*, chichi*, conceited, contrived, counterfeit, counterfeited, faked, false, feigned, fraud*, ham*, hammy*, highfalutin, hollow, imitated, insincere, melodramatic, ostentatious, overdone, pedantic, phoney, phony, playacting, pompous, precious, pretended, pretentious, put-on*, schmaltzy*, self-conscious, shallow, sham*, shammed, simulated, spurious, stiff, stilted, studied, superficial, theatrical, unnatural
Antonyms: unchanged, untouched
moved
changed
Affliction
adversity, anguish, calamity, cross, crux, depression, difficulty, disease, disorder, distress, grief, hardship, illness, infirmity, misery, misfortune, ordeal, pain, plague, plight, scourge, sickness, sorrow, suffering, torment, trial, tribulation, trouble, woe
Antonyms: blessing, consolation, gift, godsend, solace
hurt
Affront
abuse, backhanded compliment*, brickbat*, dirty deed*, dump, indignity, injury, left-handed compliment*, offense, outrage, provocation, put-down*, slap*, slight, slur, vexation, wrong
Antonyms: appeasement, compliment, flattery, pleasantry
Notes: effrontery means shameless boldness or insulting presumptuousness while an affront is a deliberately offensive act or open insult
insult
Aghast

Anto: Agog
afraid, agape, agog, alarmed, amazed, anxious, appalled, astonished, astounded, awestruck, confounded, dismayed, dumbfounded, frightened, overwhelmed, shocked, startled, stunned, surprised, terrified, thunderstruck
Antonyms: undisturbed, unperturbed, unsurprised
horrified
Agog

Anto: Aghast
anxious, avid, breathless, eager, enthusiastic, excited, expectant, impatient, in suspense, on tenterhooks

Antonyms: undisturbed, unperturbed, unsurprised,apathetic, dreading, indifferent, unwilling
enthralled
Alcove
anteroom, bay, bower, compartment, corner, cubbyhole, cubicle, niche, recess, seclusion, study
nook
Allay
abate, alleviate, assuage, calm, compose, cool, cool out*, decrease, ease, lessen, lighten, make nice*, mitigate, moderate, mollify, pacify, quiet, square
Antonyms: agitate, excite, heighten, intensify, magnify, provoke, stir, stir up
calm
Allegiance
adherence, ardor, constancy, dedication, deference, devotion, duty, faithfulness, fealty, fidelity, homage, honor, obedience, obligation, piety
Antonyms: betrayal, disloyalty, disobedience, enmity, sedition, treachery, treason
loyalty
Allude
bring up, imply, insinuate, intimate, point, refer, suggest
Antonyms: advertise, keep quiet, keep secret
Notes: 1. allude is 'mention indirectly, hint at' and refer is 'mention directly'
2. elude means to escape or evade from while allude means to make a more or less indirect reference to
hint
Allusion
casual remark, charge, citation, connotation, denotation, implication, imputation, incidental mention, indication, inference, innuendo, insinuation, intimation, mention, quotation, remark, statement, suggestion
Notes: allusion is an 'indirect mention,' illusion is 'false impression,' and delusion is 'deception' which is much stronger than illusion
hint
Aloft
atop, beyond, high, on high, over, overhead, raised, superior, upon
Antonyms: below, beneath, under, underneath
upward
Amble
ankle*, boogie*, dawdle, drift, gander*, gumshoe, hoof it*, loiter, meander, mope, mosey*, ooze, percolate*, ramble, sashay*, saunter, stroll, toddle*, wander
Antonyms: hurry, race, run, rush
walk
Ameliorate
alleviate, amend, help, improve, lighten, meliorate, mitigate, relieve, step up, upgrade
Antonyms: aggravate, decline, deteriorate, exacerbate, weaken, worsen
better, improve
adventitious
casual, chance, coincidental, contingent, fluky*, fortuitous, inadvertent, incidental, random, uncalculated, unexpected, unforeseen, unintended, unintentional, unplanned
Antonyms: designed, intended, intentional, planned, premeditated
Notes: accidental stresses chance; fortuitous so strongly suggests chance that it often connotes absence of cause
unexpected,accidental
Affected
afflicted, altered, changed, compassionate, concerned, damaged, distressed, excited, grieved, hurt, impaired, impressed, influenced, injured, overwhelmed, overwrought, sorry, stimulated, stirred, sympathetic, tender, touched, troubled, upset
Antonyms: calm, unaffected, unmoved, unswayed, untroubled

apish, artificial, artsy, artsy-craftsy, assumed, awkward, campy*, chichi*, conceited, contrived, counterfeit, counterfeited, faked, false, feigned, fraud*, ham*, hammy*, highfalutin, hollow, imitated, insincere, melodramatic, ostentatious, overdone, pedantic, phoney, phony, playacting, pompous, precious, pretended, pretentious, put-on*, schmaltzy*, self-conscious, shallow, sham*, shammed, simulated, spurious, stiff, stilted, studied, superficial, theatrical, unnatural
Antonyms: unchanged, untouched
moved
changed
Affliction
adversity, anguish, calamity, cross, crux, depression, difficulty, disease, disorder, distress, grief, hardship, illness, infirmity, misery, misfortune, ordeal, pain, plague, plight, scourge, sickness, sorrow, suffering, torment, trial, tribulation, trouble, woe
Antonyms: blessing, consolation, gift, godsend, solace
hurt
Affront
abuse, backhanded compliment*, brickbat*, dirty deed*, dump, indignity, injury, left-handed compliment*, offense, outrage, provocation, put-down*, slap*, slight, slur, vexation, wrong
Antonyms: appeasement, compliment, flattery, pleasantry
Notes: effrontery means shameless boldness or insulting presumptuousness while an affront is a deliberately offensive act or open insult
insult
Aghast

Anto: Agog
afraid, agape, agog, alarmed, amazed, anxious, appalled, astonished, astounded, awestruck, confounded, dismayed, dumbfounded, frightened, overwhelmed, shocked, startled, stunned, surprised, terrified, thunderstruck
Antonyms: undisturbed, unperturbed, unsurprised
horrified
Agog

Anto: Aghast
anxious, avid, breathless, eager, enthusiastic, excited, expectant, impatient, in suspense, on tenterhooks

Antonyms: undisturbed, unperturbed, unsurprised,apathetic, dreading, indifferent, unwilling
enthralled
Alcove
anteroom, bay, bower, compartment, corner, cubbyhole, cubicle, niche, recess, seclusion, study
nook
Allay
abate, alleviate, assuage, calm, compose, cool, cool out*, decrease, ease, lessen, lighten, make nice*, mitigate, moderate, mollify, pacify, quiet, square
Antonyms: agitate, excite, heighten, intensify, magnify, provoke, stir, stir up
calm
Allegiance
adherence, ardor, constancy, dedication, deference, devotion, duty, faithfulness, fealty, fidelity, homage, honor, obedience, obligation, piety
Antonyms: betrayal, disloyalty, disobedience, enmity, sedition, treachery, treason
loyalty
Allude
bring up, imply, insinuate, intimate, point, refer, suggest
Antonyms: advertise, keep quiet, keep secret
Notes: 1. allude is 'mention indirectly, hint at' and refer is 'mention directly'
2. elude means to escape or evade from while allude means to make a more or less indirect reference to
hint
Allusion
casual remark, charge, citation, connotation, denotation, implication, imputation, incidental mention, indication, inference, innuendo, insinuation, intimation, mention, quotation, remark, statement, suggestion
Notes: allusion is an 'indirect mention,' illusion is 'false impression,' and delusion is 'deception' which is much stronger than illusion
hint
Aloft
atop, beyond, high, on high, over, overhead, raised, superior, upon
Antonyms: below, beneath, under, underneath
upward
Amble
ankle*, boogie*, dawdle, drift, gander*, gumshoe, hoof it*, loiter, meander, mope, mosey*, ooze, percolate*, ramble, sashay*, saunter, stroll, toddle*, wander
Antonyms: hurry, race, run, rush
walk
Ameliorate
alleviate, amend, help, improve, lighten, meliorate, mitigate, relieve, step up, upgrade
Antonyms: aggravate, decline, deteriorate, exacerbate, weaken, worsen
better, improve
Amiss
awry, bad, confused, crooked, defective, erring, erroneous, fallacious, false, faulty, flawed, foul, glitched up*, haywire, imperfect, improper, inaccurate, inappropriate, incorrect, mistaken, sick, unfair, unlawful, unsuitable, untoward
Antonyms: correct, good, okay, right, suitable
wrong
Amok (Amuck)
In a frenzy to do violence or kill: rioters running amuck in the streets.
In or into a jumbled or confused state: The plans went amuck.
In or into an uncontrolled state or a state of extreme activity: "This jam-packed area of Honolulu has come to stand for tourist development run amok"
ion a state of rage
Amulet
fetish, lucky piece, ornament, talisman

Antonyms: aversion, dislike, distaste, repugnance, repulsion
charm
Anathema
abomination, bane, bugbear, detestation, enemy, hate, pariah
Antonyms: beloved, love, the blessed

ban, censure, commination, condemnation, curse, damnation, denunciation, excommunication, execration, imprecation, malediction, proscription, reprehension, reprobation, reproof, taboo
Antonyms: benediction, blessing
hate
denouncement
Ancestry
ancestor, antecedent, antecessor, blood, breed, breeding, derivation, descent, extraction, forebear, forefather, foregoer, forerunner, genealogy, heritage, house, kindred, line, lineage, origin, parentage, pedigree, precursor, primogenitor, progenitor, race, source, stock
Antonyms: descendants, posterity
history
Anguish
affliction, agony, distress, dole, grief, heartache, heartbreak, hurting, misery, pang, rue, sorrow, suffering, throe, torment, torture, woe, wretchedness
Antonyms: euphoria, happiness, joy, joyfulness, pleasure
pain
Animas
acrimony, antagonism, antipathy, bad blood, bitterness, displeasure, enmity, hate, hostility, ill will, malevolence, malice, malignity, rancor, resentment, virulence
Antonyms: affection, friendship, good will, love
hatred,Animosity
Animadversion
abuse,backbiting, backhanded compliment, black eye*, calumny, defamation, detraction, dirty dig*, dump, hit*, invective, knock*, libel, obloquy, put-down*, rap*, slam*, slander, smear*, vituperation
Antonyms: applause, compliment, extolling, kindness, laudation, praise
Notes: baptism by sprinkling is aspersion, by dipping is immersion, by pouring water is affusion
criticism
Anneal
amalgamate, anneal, bake, brace, buttress, cake, calcify, callous, cement, close, clot, coagulate, compact, congeal, consolidate, contract, crystallize, curdle, densify, dry, firm, fix, fortify, fossilize, freeze, gird, indurate, jell, nerve, ossify, petrify, precipitate, press, reinforce, set, settle, solidify, starch, steel, stiffen, strengthen, temper, thicken, toughen, vitrify
Antonyms: liquefy, soften
solidify
Anoint
bless, consecrate, daub, embrocate, grease, hallow, lube, rub, sanctify, slick, smear
Antonyms: condemn, curse, damn
bless
Antediluvian
Antiquated
age-old, ancient, antiquated, antique, archaic, hoary, obsolete, old, old-fashioned, passé, primeval, primitive, primordial, time-worn, venerable
Antonyms: late, modern, new, up-to-date, young
out-of-date
Anvil
a heavy iron block with a smooth face, frequently of steel, on which metals, usually heated until soft, are hammered into desired shapes.
2. anything having a similar form or use.
3. the fixed jaw in certain measuring instruments.
4. Also called anvil cloud, anvil top. Meteorology. incus (def. 2).
5. a musical percussion instrument having steel bars that are struck with a wooden or metal beater.
Apathy
aloofness, coldness, coolness, detachment, disinterest, dispassion, disregard, dullness, emotionlessness, halfheartedness, heedlessness, indifference, insensibility, insensitivity, insouciance, lassitude, lethargy, listlessness, passiveness, passivity, stoicism, unconcern, unresponsiveness
Antonyms: concern, enthusiasm, interest, involvement, passion
uncaring
Aphorism
adage, apothegm, axiom, daffodil, dictum, maxim, moral, precept, proverb, rule, saw, saying, truism

Antonyms: absurdity, foolishness, nonsense, paradox
saying
Aplomb
aggressiveness, aplomb, arrogance, assuredness, audacity, boldness, bravery, certainty, certitude, conviction, coolness, courage, effrontery, faith, firmness, impudence, nerve, poise, positiveness, presumption, security, self-confidence, self-reliance, sureness, surety, temerity, trust
Antonyms: doubt, insecurity, mistrust, uncertainty
confidence,assurance
Apocalyptic
1. of or like an apocalypse; affording a revelation or prophecy.
2. pertaining to the Apocalypse or biblical book of Revelation.
3. predicting or presaging imminent disaster and total or universal destruction: the apocalyptic vision of some contemporary writers.


appalling, awful, baleful, baneful, calamitous, dire, dreadful, fateful, fearful, ghastly, gloomy, horrid, ill-boding, inauspicious, ominous, shocking, terrible, terrific, unlucky, unpropitious
Antonyms: favorable, fortuitous, promising, wonderful
horrible
Apocryphal
counterfeit, doubtful, dubious, equivocal, fake, false, fictitious, inaccurate, mythical, spurious, unauthenticated, ungenuine, unsubstantiated, untrue, unverified, wrong
Antonyms: authentic, doubtless, real, substantiated, true
Doubtful
Apologist
pleader, polemicist, sophist
mediator
Apostate
backslider, defector, deserter, dissenter, heretic, nonconformist, rat*, recreant, renegade, turncoat
Antonyms: adherent, faithful, follower, loyalist
traitor
Apothecary
pharmacologist, posologist ,pharmacist

in the US, one says druggist, but chemist in the UK; pharmacist is a formal term in both countries and apothecary is the old-fashioned term
Druggist