1. a short pithy instructive saying

    Synonyms : apophthegm, apothegm
    Type Of : axiom, maxim


  1. attribute or credit to

    Synonyms : assign, attribute, impute
    Type Of : pass judgment, evaluate, judge


  1. establish something as being earlier relative to something else

    Synonyms : foredate, predate
    Type Of : chronologise, chronologize
  2. be earlier in time; go back further

    Synonyms : antecede, forego, forgo, precede, predate


  1. prevent the occurrence of; prevent from happening

    Synonyms : avoid, debar, deflect, fend off, forefend, forfend, head off, obviate, stave off, ward off
    Type Of : forbid, foreclose, forestall, preclude, prevent
    Examples :
    • avert a strike
  2. turn away or aside

    Synonyms : turn away
    Type Of : turn
    Examples :
    • They averted their eyes when the King entered


  1. attack in speech or writing

    Synonyms : assault, attack, lash out, round, snipe
    Type Of : criticise, knock, criticize, pick apart
  2. launch an attack or assault on; begin hostilities or start warfare with

    Synonyms : attack
    Type Of : struggle, contend, fight
    Examples :
    • Serbian forces assailed Bosnian towns all week
  3. attack someone physically or emotionally

    Synonyms : assault, attack, set on
    Examples :
    • Nightmares assailed him regularly


  1. the state that exists when one person or group has power over another

    Synonyms : ascendance, ascendence, ascendency, control, dominance
    Type Of : condition, status


  1. enough to be estimated or measured

    Examples :
    • appreciable amounts of noxious wastes are dumped into the harbor


  1. marked by active interest and enthusiasm

    Synonyms : zealous
    Examples :
    • an avid sports fan
  2. (often followed by `for') ardently or excessively desirous

    Synonyms : devouring, esurient, greedy
    Examples :
    • avid for adventure
    • an avid ambition to succeed
    • the esurient eyes of an avid curiosity


  1. wildly; without self-control

    Synonyms : amuck
  2. in a murderous frenzy

    Synonyms : amuck, murderously
  3. wildly frenzied and out of control

    Synonyms : amuck, berserk


  1. extreme greed for material wealth

    Synonyms : avariciousness, covetousness, cupidity
    Type Of : greed
  2. reprehensible acquisitiveness; insatiable desire for wealth (personified as one of the deadly sins)

    Synonyms : avaritia, covetousness, greed, rapacity
    Type Of : deadly sin, mortal sin