1. someone from whom you are descended (but usually more remote than a grandparent)

    Synonyms : ancestor, antecedent, ascendent, root
    Type Of : relation, relative
  2. position or state of being dominant or in control

    Synonyms : ascendent
    Type Of : ascendency, control, dominance, ascendence, ascendance, ascendancy
    Examples :
    • that idea was in the ascendant
  3. most powerful or important or influential

    Synonyms : ascendent, dominating
    Examples :
    • the economically ascendant class
  4. tending or directed upward

    Synonyms : ascendent, ascensive
    Examples :
    • rooted and ascendant strength like that of foliage


  1. having or showing a forgetful or inattentive disposition.

    Synonyms : forgetful, distracted, preoccupied, inattentive, vague, absorbed, abstracted, unheeding, oblivious, distrait
    Antonyms : alert, observant
    Examples :
    • an absent-minded smile


  1. the quality of being shockingly cruel and inhumane

    Synonyms : atrociousness, barbarity, barbarousness, heinousness
    Type Of : inhumaneness, inhumanity
  2. an act of atrocious cruelty

    Synonyms : inhumanity
    Type Of : cruelty, inhuman treatment


  1. appropriate conduct; doing the right thing

    Synonyms : rightness
    Antonyms : inappropriateness
    Type Of : properness, propriety, correctitude
  2. the quality of being specially suitable

    Antonyms : inappropriateness
    Type Of : suitableness, suitability


  1. the last book of the New Testament; contains visionary descriptions of heaven and of conflicts between good and evil and of the end of the world; attributed to Saint John the Apostle

    Synonyms : book of revelation, revelation, revelation of saint john the divine
  2. a cosmic cataclysm in which God destroys the ruling powers of evil

    Type Of : tragedy, calamity, cataclysm, catastrophe, disaster


  1. a large mountain system in south-central Europe; scenic beauty and winter sports make them a popular tourist attraction

    Synonyms : the alps


  1. the atmosphere of an environment

    Synonyms : ambiance
    Type Of : environs, surround, surroundings, environment
  2. a particular environment or surrounding influence

    Synonyms : ambiance, atmosphere
    Type Of : status, condition


  1. make a more or less disguised reference to

    Synonyms : advert, touch
    Type Of : suggest, hint
    Examples :
    • He alluded to the problem but did not mention it


  1. quickly and without warning

    Synonyms : dead, short, suddenly


  1. unmistakably (`plain' is often used informally for `plainly')

    Synonyms : evidently, manifestly, obviously, patently, plain, plainly
    Examples :
    • she has apparently been living here for some time
    • I thought he owned the property, but apparently not
  2. from appearances alone

    Synonyms : on the face of it, ostensibly, seemingly
    Examples :
    • irrigation often produces bumper crops from apparently desert land