abate

  1. become less in amount or intensity

    Synonyms : die away, let up, slack, slack off
    Type Of : fall, diminish, decrease, lessen
    Examples :
    • The storm abated
  2. make less active or intense

    Synonyms : slack, slake
    Type Of : decrease, minify, lessen

aversion

  1. a feeling of intense dislike

    Synonyms : antipathy, distaste
    Type Of : dislike
  2. the act of turning yourself (or your gaze) away

    Synonyms : averting
    Type Of : avoidance, dodging, shunning, turning away

austere

  1. of a stern or strict bearing or demeanor; forbidding in aspect

    Synonyms : stern
    Examples :
    • an austere expression
  2. severely simple

    Synonyms : severe, stark, stern
  3. practicing great self-denial

    Synonyms : ascetic, ascetical, spartan
    Examples :
    • a desert nomad's austere life

auspicious

  1. auguring favorable circumstances and good luck

    Antonyms : inauspicious
    Examples :
    • an auspicious beginning for the campaign

augment

  1. enlarge or increase

    Type Of : increase
    Examples :
    • The recent speech of the president augmented tensions in the Near East
  2. grow or intensify

    Type Of : grow
    Examples :
    • The pressure augmented

attenuate

  1. weaken the consistency of (a chemical substance)

    Synonyms : rarefy
    Type Of : weaken
  2. reduced in strength

    Synonyms : attenuated, faded, weakened
  3. become weaker, in strength, value, or magnitude

    Type Of : weaken

atrophy

  1. a decrease in size of an organ caused by disease or disuse

    Synonyms : wasting, wasting away
    Type Of : symptom
  2. any weakening or degeneration (especially through lack of use)

    Synonyms : withering
    Type Of : weakening
  3. undergo atrophy

    Type Of : shrink, shrivel, shrivel up, wither
    Examples :
    • Muscles that are not used will atrophy

atheist

  1. related to or characterized by or given to atheism

    Synonyms : atheistic, atheistical
    Examples :
    • atheist leanings
  2. someone who does not believe in the existence of a god

    Type Of : nonbeliever

asylum

  1. a shelter from danger or hardship

    Synonyms : refuge, sanctuary
    Type Of : shelter
  2. a hospital for mentally incompetent or unbalanced person

    Synonyms : insane asylum, institution, mental home, mental hospital, mental institution, psychiatric hospital
    Type Of : infirmary, hospital

astute

  1. marked by practical hardheaded intelligence

    Synonyms : sharp, shrewd
    Examples :
    • an astute tenant always reads the small print in a lease