1. terminate or abbreviate before its intended or proper end or its full extent

    Synonyms : clip, cut short
    Type Of : shorten
    Examples :
    • Personal freedom is curtailed in many countries
  2. place restrictions on

    Synonyms : curb, cut back, restrict
    Type Of : limit, confine to, circumscribe
    Examples :
    • curtail drinking in school


  1. of an obscure nature

    Synonyms : cryptical, deep, inscrutable, mysterious, mystifying
    Examples :
    • the new insurance policy is written without cryptic or mysterious terms
  2. having a secret or hidden meaning

    Synonyms : cabalistic, cryptical, kabbalistic, qabalistic, sibylline
    Examples :
    • cryptic writings
  3. having a puzzling terseness

    Examples :
    • a cryptic note


  1. show submission or fear

    Synonyms : cower, crawl, creep, fawn, grovel
    Type Of : bend, flex
  2. draw back, as with fear or pain

    Synonyms : flinch, funk, quail, recoil, shrink, squinch, wince
    Type Of : move


  1. like twilight; dim

    Examples :
    • the evening's crepuscular charm


  1. disposed to believe on little evidence

    Antonyms : incredulous
    Examples :
    • the gimmick would convince none but the most credulous
  2. showing a lack of judgment or experience

    Examples :
    • so credulous he believes everything he reads


  1. worthy of often limited commendation

    Examples :
    • the student's effort on the essay--though not outstanding--was creditable


  1. capable of being believed

    Synonyms : believable
    Antonyms : incredible
    Examples :
    • completely credible testimony
    • credible information
  2. (a common but incorrect usage where `credulous' would be appropriate) credulous

    Examples :
    • she was not the...credible fool he expected
  3. appearing to merit belief or acceptance

    Examples :
    • a credible witness


  1. show submission or fear

    Synonyms : crawl, creep, cringe, fawn, grovel
    Type Of : bend, flex
  2. crouch or curl up

    Synonyms : huddle
    Type Of : bend, bow, crouch, stoop


  1. a covering that serves to conceal or shelter something

    Synonyms : concealment, cover, screen
    Type Of : covering
    Examples :
    • the brush provided a covert for game
  2. a flock of coots

    Type Of : flock
  3. (of a wife) being under the protection of her husband

    Examples :
    • a woman covert
  4. secret or hidden; not openly practiced or engaged in or shown or avowed

    Antonyms : overt
    Examples :
    • covert actions by the CIA
    • covert funding for the rebels


  1. make a copy of with the intent to deceive

    Synonyms : fake, forge
    Type Of : re-create
    Examples :
    • they counterfeited dollar bills
  2. not genuine; imitating something superior

    Synonyms : imitative
    Antonyms : genuine
    Examples :
    • counterfeit emotion
    • counterfeit money
    • counterfeit works of art
    • a counterfeit prince
  3. a copy that is represented as the original

    Synonyms : forgery
    Type Of : imitation