archetype

  1. something that serves as a model or a basis for making copies

    Synonyms : original, pilot
    Type Of : example, model

arcane

  1. requiring secret or mysterious knowledge

    Examples :
    • the arcane science of dowsing

arbitrary

  1. based on or subject to individual discretion or preference or sometimes impulse or caprice

    Antonyms : nonarbitrary
    Examples :
    • an arbitrary decision
    • the arbitrary rule of a dictator
    • an arbitrary penalty
    • of arbitrary size and shape
    • an arbitrary choice
    • arbitrary division of the group into halves

arable

  1. (of farmland) capable of being farmed productively

    Synonyms : cultivable, cultivatable, tillable

apprehensive

  1. mentally upset over possible misfortune or danger etc

    Synonyms : worried
    Examples :
    • apprehensive about her job
    • felt apprehensive about the consequences
  2. quick to understand

    Synonyms : discerning
    Examples :
    • a kind and apprehensive friend
  3. in fear or dread of possible evil or harm

    Examples :
    • apprehensive for one's life
    • apprehensive of danger

appease

  1. make peace with

    Synonyms : propitiate
    Type Of : make up, patch up, settle, conciliate, reconcile
  2. overcome or allay

    Synonyms : quell, stay
    Type Of : fulfill, conform to, fill, meet, fit, satisfy, fulfil
  3. cause to be more favorably inclined; gain the good will of

    Synonyms : assuage, conciliate, gentle, gruntle, lenify, mollify, pacify, placate
    Type Of : calm, calm down, lull, quiet, quieten, still, tranquilize, tranquillise, tranquillize

apocryphal

  1. being of questionable authenticity

  2. of or belonging to the Apocrypha

apathy

  1. the trait of lacking enthusiasm for or interest in things generally

    Synonyms : indifference, numbness, spiritlessness
    Type Of : passiveness, passivity
  2. an absence of emotion or enthusiasm

    Type Of : feeling

apathetic

  1. marked by a lack of interest

    Synonyms : indifferent
    Examples :
    • an apathetic audience
  2. showing little or no emotion or animation

    Examples :
    • a woman who became active rather than apathetic as she grew older

antiquated

  1. so extremely old as seeming to belong to an earlier period

    Synonyms : antediluvian, archaic