1. perception of that which is obscure

    Synonyms : perceptiveness
    Type Of : perception
  2. the trait of judging wisely and objectively

    Synonyms : discretion
    Type Of : wisdom, wiseness
    Examples :
    • a man of discernment
  3. delicate discrimination (especially of aesthetic values)

    Synonyms : appreciation, perceptiveness, taste
    Type Of : discrimination, secernment
  4. the mental ability to understand and discriminate between relations

    Synonyms : judgement, judgment, sagaciousness, sagacity
    Type Of : sapience, wisdom
  5. the cognitive condition of someone who understands

    Synonyms : apprehension, savvy, understanding
    Type Of : knowing


  1. lessen in force or effect

    Synonyms : break, dampen, soften, weaken
    Type Of : blunt, deaden
  2. a slight wetness

    Synonyms : dampness, moistness
    Type Of : wetness
  3. deaden (a sound or noise), especially by wrapping

    Synonyms : dampen, dull, muffle, mute, tone down
    Type Of : soften
  4. slightly wet

    Synonyms : dampish, moist
    Examples :
    • clothes damp with perspiration
  5. make vague or obscure or make (an image) less visible

    Synonyms : dampen, deaden
    Type Of : dampen, weaken, break, soften
  6. restrain or discourage

    Type Of : check, hold, hold in, moderate, contain, curb, control
    Examples :
    • the sudden bad news damped the joyous atmosphere


  1. so thin as to transmit light

    Synonyms : cobwebby, filmy, gauze-like, gauzy, gossamer, see-through, sheer, transparent, vaporous, vapourous
    Examples :
    • a hat with a diaphanous veil


  1. characterized by action or forcefulness or force of personality

    Synonyms : dynamical
    Antonyms : undynamic
    Examples :
    • a dynamic market
    • a dynamic speaker
    • the dynamic president of the firm
  2. (used of verbs (e.g. `to run') and participial adjectives (e.g. `running' in `running water')) expressing action rather than a state of being

    Synonyms : active
  3. an efficient incentive

    Synonyms : moral force
    Type Of : incentive, inducement, motivator
    Examples :
    • they hoped it would act as a spiritual dynamic on all churches
  4. of or relating to dynamics


  1. fool or hoax

    Synonyms : befool, cod, fool, gull, put on, put one across, put one over, slang, take in
    Type Of : betray, deceive, lead astray
    Examples :
    • The immigrant was duped because he trusted everyone
  2. a person who is tricked or swindled

    Synonyms : victim
    Type Of : mortal, somebody, someone, soul, person, individual


  1. open to doubt or suspicion

    Synonyms : doubtful, dubitable, in question
    Examples :
    • he has a dubious record indeed
    • what one found uncertain the other found dubious or downright false
  2. fraught with uncertainty or doubt

    Synonyms : doubtful
    Examples :
    • dubious about agreeing to go
  3. not convinced

    Examples :
    • they admitted the force of my argument but remained dubious


  1. someone who takes more time than necessary; someone who lags behind

    Synonyms : dawdler, laggard, lagger, poke, trailer
    Type Of : bum, idler, do-nothing, layabout, loafer
  2. a pipe of the bagpipe that is tuned to produce a single continuous tone

    Synonyms : bourdon, drone pipe
    Type Of : pipe
  3. talk in a monotonous voice

    Synonyms : drone on
    Type Of : speak, mouth, utter, verbalise, verbalize, talk
  4. an aircraft without a pilot that is operated by remote control

    Synonyms : pilotless aircraft, radio-controlled aircraft
    Type Of : heavier-than-air craft
  5. an unchanging intonation

    Synonyms : droning, monotone
    Type Of : intonation, pitch contour, modulation
  6. make a monotonous low dull sound

    Type Of : sound, go
  7. stingless male bee in a colony of social bees (especially honeybees) whose sole function is to mate with the queen

    Type Of : bee


  1. comical in an odd or whimsical manner

    Examples :
    • a droll little man with a quiet tongue-in-cheek kind of humor


  1. saliva spilling from the mouth

    Synonyms : dribble, drool, slobber
    Type Of : spittle, spit, saliva
  2. a worthless message

    Synonyms : garbage
    Type Of : content, message, substance, subject matter
  3. let saliva drivel from the mouth

    Synonyms : dribble, drool, slabber, slaver, slobber
    Type Of : salivate


  1. a slow speech pattern with prolonged vowels

    Type Of : accent, speech pattern
  2. lengthen and slow down or draw out

    Type Of : articulate, enounce, enunciate, pronounce, say, sound out
    Examples :
    • drawl one's vowels