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

assuage

  1. satisfy (thirst)

    Synonyms : allay, quench, slake
    Type Of : satisfy, fulfil, meet, fit, fill, conform to, fulfill
  2. provide physical relief, as from pain

    Synonyms : alleviate, palliate, relieve
    Type Of : improve, amend, better, ameliorate, meliorate
  3. cause to be more favorably inclined; gain the good will of

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

assiduous

  1. marked by care and persistent effort

    Synonyms : sedulous
    Examples :
    • her assiduous attempts to learn French
    • assiduous research

ascetic

  1. pertaining to or characteristic of an ascetic or the practice of rigorous self-discipline

    Synonyms : ascetical
    Examples :
    • ascetic practices
  2. practicing great self-denial

    Synonyms : ascetical, austere, spartan
    Examples :
    • Be systematically ascetic...do...something for no other reason than that you would rather not do it
  3. someone who practices self denial as a spiritual discipline

    Synonyms : abstainer
    Type Of : religious person