1. an inoffensive or indirect expression that is substituted for one that is considered offensive or too harsh

    Antonyms : dysphemism
    Type Of : expression, locution, saying


  1. to a degree exceeding normal or proper limits

    Synonyms : overly, to a fault, too


  1. a formal expression of praise for someone who has died recently

    Synonyms : eulogium
    Type Of : kudos, extolment, congratulations, praise
  2. a formal expression of praise

    Synonyms : encomium, paean, panegyric, pean
    Type Of : congratulations, kudos, extolment, praise


  1. a history of a word

    Type Of : history, chronicle, account, story
  2. the study of the sources and development of words

    Type Of : linguistics


  1. choose and follow; as of theories, ideas, policies, strategies or plans

    Synonyms : adopt, follow
    Type Of : select, pick out, choose, take
    Examples :
    • The candidate espouses Republican ideals
  2. take in marriage

    Synonyms : conjoin, get hitched with, get married, hook up with, marry, wed
    Type Of : unify, unite
  3. take up the cause, ideology, practice, method, of someone and use it as one's own

    Synonyms : adopt, embrace, sweep up
    Type Of : accept


  1. confined to and understandable by only an enlightened inner circle

    Antonyms : exoteric
    Examples :
    • a compilation of esoteric philosophical theories


  1. liable to sudden unpredictable change

    Synonyms : fickle, mercurial, quicksilver
    Examples :
    • erratic behavior
  2. having no fixed course

    Synonyms : planetary, wandering
    Examples :
    • an erratic comet
  3. likely to perform unpredictably

    Synonyms : temperamental
    Examples :
    • erratic winds are the bane of a sailor


  1. wander from a direct course or at random

    Synonyms : drift, stray
    Type Of : move, travel, locomote, go
  2. to make a mistake or be incorrect

    Synonyms : mistake, slip


  1. be deliberately ambiguous or unclear in order to mislead or withhold information

    Synonyms : beat around the bush, palter, prevaricate, tergiversate
    Type Of : misinform, mislead


  1. written in the form of or carried on by letters or correspondence

    Synonyms : epistolatory
    Examples :
    • an endless sequence of epistolary love affairs