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


  1. a difficult problem

    Synonyms : brain-teaser, conundrum, riddle
    Type Of : problem
  2. something that baffles understanding and cannot be explained

    Synonyms : closed book, mystery, secret
    Type Of : perplexity


  1. increase

    Synonyms : heighten, raise
    Type Of : heighten, compound, intensify, deepen
    Examples :
    • This will enhance your enjoyment
  2. make better or more attractive

    Type Of : ameliorate, amend, better, improve, meliorate
    Examples :
    • This sauce will enhance the flavor of the meat


  1. call forth

    Synonyms : breed, spawn
    Type Of : cause, do, make
  2. make (offspring) by reproduction

    Synonyms : beget, bring forth, father, generate, get, mother, sire
    Type Of : create, make


  1. grant freedom to; as from slavery or servitude

    Synonyms : affranchise
    Type Of : liberate, set free
    Examples :
    • Slaves were enfranchised in the mid-19th century
  2. grant voting rights

    Antonyms : disenfranchise
    Type Of : accord, allot, grant