Mês: junho 2021

footling

Definition: (adjective) (Informal) Small and of little importance. Synonyms: fiddling, niggling, picayune, piddling, piffling, trivial, petty, lilliputian, little. Usage: His footling gestures were insufficient to win back my favor. Discuss

amalgamate

Definition: (verb) To combine into a unified or integrated whole; unite. Synonyms: commix, mingle, unify, mix. Usage: The three zones mingle and amalgamate along the edges, like the colors in the solar spectrum. Discuss

munificent

Definition: (adjective) Very liberal in giving; generous. Synonyms: lavish, unsparing, unstinting. Usage: In recognition of this munificent patronage of the State’s languishing industries, the Governor commissioned him a colonel. Discuss

abdication

Definition: (noun) A formal resignation and renunciation of powers. Synonyms: stepping down. Usage: Despite his reluctance to relinquish the throne, the besieged king managed his abdication with dignity. Discuss

effulgence

Definition: (noun) A brilliant radiance. Synonyms: refulgence, shine, radiance. Usage: It is another sun—an entirely different sun—that casts its eternal noonday effulgence upon the face of the inner world. Discuss

demagogue

Definition: (noun) A leader who obtains power by means of impassioned appeals to the emotions and prejudices of the populace. Synonyms: rabble-rouser. Usage: The seditious harangues of demagogues in Faneuil Hall have made rebels of a loyal people and deprived me of my country. Discuss

despotism

Definition: (noun) Rule by or as if by a despot; absolute power or authority. Synonyms: authoritarianism, Caesarism, dictatorship, monocracy, one-man rule, totalitarianism, tyranny, absolutism. Usage: The despotism of heaven is the one absolutely perfect government. Discuss

freebooter

Definition: (noun) Someone who takes spoils or plunder (as in war). Synonyms: looter, pillager, plunderer, raider. Usage: He was a genial freebooter, living off the enemy, without fear or shame. Discuss

mawkish

Definition: (adjective) Excessively and objectionably sentimental. Synonyms: bathetic, hokey, maudlin, schmaltzy, sentimental, mushy, drippy. Usage: His pathos is often exaggerated until it passes into mawkish sentimentality. Discuss