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

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


  1. a movement in Europe from about 1650 until 1800 that advocated the use of reason and individualism instead of tradition and established doctrine

    Synonyms : age of reason
    Type Of : reform movement
  2. (Hinduism and Buddhism) the beatitude that transcends the cycle of reincarnation; characterized by the extinction of desire and suffering and individual consciousness

    Synonyms : nirvana
    Type Of : beatification, beatitude, blessedness
  3. education that results in understanding and the spread of knowledge

    Antonyms : unenlightenment
    Type Of : education


  1. a book of the New Testament written in the form of a letter from an Apostle

    Type Of : book
  2. a specially long, formal letter

    Type Of : missive, letter


  1. a person devoted to refined sensuous enjoyment (especially good food and drink)

    Synonyms : bon vivant, epicurean, foodie, gastronome, gourmet
    Type Of : sensualist


  1. lasting a very short time

    Synonyms : fugacious, passing, short-lived, transient, transitory
    Examples :
    • the ephemeral joys of childhood
  2. anything short-lived, as an insect that lives only for a day in its winged form

    Synonyms : ephemeron
    Type Of : insect


  1. cause to be bitter or resentful

    Synonyms : acerbate, embitter
  2. add poison to

    Synonyms : poison
    Type Of : alter, change, modify


  1. the articulation of speech regarded from the point of view of its intelligibility to the audience

    Synonyms : diction
    Type Of : articulation


  1. cover as if with a shroud

    Synonyms : cover, hide, shroud
    Type Of : enclose, enfold, envelop, enwrap, wrap


  1. profound scholarly knowledge

    Synonyms : encyclopaedism, encyclopedism, eruditeness, learnedness, learning, scholarship
    Type Of : education


  1. fix firmly

    Synonyms : settle
    Type Of : lay, place, pose, position, put, set
    Examples :
    • He ensconced himself in the chair