1. having a drab or dowdy quality; lacking stylishness or elegance

    Synonyms : dowdiness, homeliness
    Type Of : inelegance


  1. the auditory experience of sound that lacks musical quality; sound that is a disagreeable auditory experience

    Synonyms : noise, racket
    Type Of : sound, auditory sensation
  2. a conflict of people's opinions or actions or characters

    Synonyms : disagreement, dissension
    Type Of : conflict
  3. disagreeable sounds

    Antonyms : harmony
    Type Of : sound property


  1. quiet and inactive restfulness

    Synonyms : quiescence, quiescency, sleeping
    Type Of : rest, ease, relaxation, repose
  2. a state of quiet (but possibly temporary) inaction

    Synonyms : quiescence, quiescency
    Type Of : inactiveness, inactivity, inaction
    Examples :
    • the volcano erupted after centuries of dormancy


  1. thunderous verbal attack

    Synonyms : fulmination
    Type Of : denouncement, denunciation


  1. be foolish or senile due to old age

    Type Of : age, get on, maturate, mature, senesce
  2. shower with love; show excessive affection for

    Type Of : love
    Examples :
    • Grandmother dotes on the twins


  1. behave unnaturally or affectedly

    Synonyms : act, pretend
  2. hide under a false appearance

    Synonyms : cloak, mask
    Type Of : mask, disguise
  3. make believe with the intent to deceive

    Synonyms : affect, feign, pretend, sham
    Type Of : belie, misrepresent


  1. talk or behave amorously, without serious intentions

    Synonyms : butterfly, chat up, coquet, coquette, flirt, mash, philander, romance
    Type Of : speak, talk
  2. consider not very seriously

    Synonyms : play, trifle
    Type Of : look at, deal, consider, take
  3. waste time

    Synonyms : dawdle
    Type Of : act, do, behave
    Examples :
    • Get busy--don't dally!
  4. behave carelessly or indifferently

    Synonyms : flirt, play, toy
    Type Of : act, move


  1. constituting a separate entity or part

    Synonyms : distinct
    Examples :
    • a government with three discrete divisions


  1. marked by lack of definite plan or regularity or purpose; jumping from one thing to another

    Examples :
    • desultory thoughts
    • the desultory conversation characteristic of cocktail parties


  1. take away the weapons from; render harmless

    Synonyms : unarm
    Type Of : deprive, divest, strip
  2. remove offensive capability from

    Synonyms : demilitarise, demilitarize
    Antonyms : arm
  3. make less hostile; win over

    Type Of : convert, convince, win over
    Examples :
    • Her charm disarmed the prosecution lawyer completely