asperity

  1. harshness of manner

    Synonyms : sharpness
    Type Of : ill nature
  2. something hard to endure

    Synonyms : grimness, hardship, rigor, rigorousness, rigour, rigourousness, severeness, severity
    Type Of : difficultness, difficulty
    Examples :
    • the asperity of northern winters

abscission

  1. the act of cutting something off

    Synonyms : cutting off
    Type Of : remotion, removal
  2. shedding of flowers and leaves and fruit following formation of scar tissue in a plant

    Type Of : shedding, sloughing

atonement

  1. compensation for a wrong

    Synonyms : expiation, satisfaction
    Type Of : redress, restitution, damages, indemnification, indemnity, amends
  2. the act of atoning for sin or wrongdoing (especially appeasing a deity)

    Synonyms : expiation, propitiation
    Type Of : salvation, redemption

artless

  1. (of persons) lacking art or knowledge

    Synonyms : uncultivated, uncultured
  2. characterized by an inability to mask your feelings; not devious

    Synonyms : ingenuous
  3. showing lack of art

    Examples :
    • an artless translation
  4. simple and natural; without cunning or deceit

    Antonyms : artful
    Examples :
    • an artless manner
    • artless elegance

arboreal

  1. inhabiting or frequenting trees

    Synonyms : arboreous, tree-living
    Antonyms : nonarboreal
    Examples :
    • arboreal apes
  2. resembling a tree in form and branching structure

    Synonyms : arboreous, arborescent, arboresque, arboriform, dendriform, dendroid, dendroidal, tree-shaped, treelike
  3. of or relating to or formed by trees

    Synonyms : arborary, arborical, arborous

approbation

  1. official approval

    Type Of : approval
  2. official recognition or approval

    Antonyms : disapprobation
    Type Of : approval, commendation

abysmal

  1. resembling an abyss in depth; so deep as to be unmeasurable

    Synonyms : abyssal, unfathomable
  2. very great; limitless

    Examples :
    • abysmal misery
    • abysmal stupidity

avaricious

  1. immoderately desirous of acquiring e.g. wealth

    Synonyms : covetous, grabby, grasping, greedy, prehensile
    Examples :
    • they are avaricious and will do anything for money

amalgamate

  1. to bring or combine together or with something else

    Synonyms : commix, mingle, mix, unify
    Type Of : change, alter, modify
  2. joined together into a whole

    Synonyms : amalgamated, coalesced, consolidated, fused
    Examples :
    • the amalgamated colleges constituted a university

aphoristic

  1. containing aphorisms or maxims

    Synonyms : axiomatic
  2. terse and witty and like a maxim

    Synonyms : apothegmatic, epigrammatic