1. an entertainment that provokes pleased interest and distracts you from worries and vexations

    Synonyms : beguilement
    Type Of : entertainment, amusement
  2. the act of distracting; drawing someone's attention away from something

    Synonyms : misdirection
    Type Of : revision, alteration
  3. an obstacle to attention

    Type Of : inattention
  4. mental turmoil

    Type Of : disarray, muddiness, mental confusion, confusedness, confusion
    Examples :
    • he drives me to distraction


  1. a statistic characterizing human populations (or segments of human populations broken down by age or sex or income etc.)

    Type Of : statistic
  2. of or relating to demography

    Examples :
    • demographic surveys


  1. frequent and watery bowel movements; can be a symptom of infection or food poisoning or colitis or a gastrointestinal tumor

    Synonyms : diarrhea, looseness, looseness of the bowels
    Type Of : symptom


  1. deeply religious

    Synonyms : god-fearing
  2. sincerely earnest

    Synonyms : dear, earnest, heartfelt
    Examples :
    • devout wishes for their success


  1. grow worse

    Synonyms : deteriorate, devolve, drop
    Type Of : decline, worsen
    Examples :
    • Conditions in the slums degenerated
  2. a person whose behavior deviates from what is acceptable especially in sexual behavior

    Synonyms : deviant, deviate, pervert
    Type Of : miscreant, reprobate
  3. unrestrained by convention or morality

    Synonyms : debauched, degraded, dissipated, dissolute, fast, libertine, profligate, riotous


  1. kill in large numbers

    Synonyms : annihilate, carry off, eliminate, eradicate, extinguish, wipe out
    Type Of : kill
  2. kill one in every ten, as of mutineers in Roman armies

    Type Of : kill


  1. a laborer who is obliged to do menial work

    Synonyms : galley slave, navvy, peon
    Type Of : laborer, labourer, manual laborer, jack
  2. work hard

    Synonyms : dig, fag, grind, labor, labour, moil, toil, travail
    Type Of : do work, work
    Examples :
    • Lexicographers drudge all day long
  3. one who works hard at boring tasks

    Synonyms : hack, hacker
    Type Of : unskilled person


  1. disagreement among those expected to cooperate

    Synonyms : discord
    Type Of : disagreement
  2. a conflict of people's opinions or actions or characters

    Synonyms : disagreement, dissonance
    Type Of : conflict


  1. having or using the ability to act or decide according to your own discretion or judgment

    Synonyms : discretional
    Examples :
    • The commission has discretionary power to award extra funds
  2. (especially of funds) not earmarked; available for use as needed

    Examples :
    • discretionary funds
    • discretionary income


  1. the cognitive process whereby two or more stimuli are distinguished

    Synonyms : secernment
    Type Of : basic cognitive process
  2. unfair treatment of a person or group on the basis of prejudice

    Synonyms : favoritism, favouritism
    Type Of : social control