1. not produced by natural forces

    Examples :
    • brokers created a factitious demand for stocks


  1. dissenting (especially dissenting with the majority opinion)

    Synonyms : dissentious, divisive


  1. characterized by directness in manner or speech; without subtlety or evasion

    Synonyms : blunt, candid, frank, free-spoken, outspoken, plainspoken, point-blank, straight-from-the-shoulder
    Examples :
    • forthright criticism
    • a forthright approach to the problem
  2. directly and without evasion; not roundabout

    Synonyms : forthrightly, squarely
    Examples :
    • spoke forthright (or forthrightly) and to the point


  1. achieve something by means of trickery or devious methods

    Synonyms : manage, wangle
    Type Of : accomplish, achieve, attain, reach


  1. walk with great difficulty

    Synonyms : stagger
    Type Of : walk
  2. any of various European and non-European marine flatfish

    Type Of : flatfish
  3. behave awkwardly; have difficulties

    Type Of : fight, struggle
    Examples :
    • She is floundering in college
  4. flesh of any of various American and European flatfish

    Type Of : flatfish


  1. an elaborate party (often outdoors)

    Synonyms : feast, fiesta
    Type Of : party
  2. an organized series of acts and performances (usually in one place)

    Synonyms : festival
    Type Of : celebration, festivity
  3. have a celebration

    Synonyms : celebrate
    Type Of : get together, meet


  1. (of a young bird) having acquired its flight feathers

    Synonyms : fledgeling
    Examples :
    • a fledgling robin
  2. young bird that has just fledged or become capable of flying

    Synonyms : fledgeling
    Type Of : young bird
  3. any new participant in some activity

    Synonyms : entrant, fledgeling, freshman, neophyte, newbie, newcomer, starter
    Type Of : beginner, initiate, novice, tiro, tyro
  4. young and inexperienced

    Synonyms : callow, unfledged
    Examples :
    • a fledgling enterprise
    • a fledgling skier


  1. turn red, as if in embarrassment or shame

    Synonyms : blush, crimson, redden
    Type Of : colour, discolour, discolor, color
  2. having an abundant supply of money or possessions of value

    Synonyms : affluent, loaded, moneyed, substantial, wealthy
    Examples :
    • a speculator flush with cash
  3. sudden brief sensation of heat (associated with menopause and some mental disorders)

    Synonyms : hot flash
    Type Of : symptom
  4. sudden reddening of the face (as from embarrassment or guilt or shame or modesty)

    Synonyms : blush
    Type Of : innate reflex, unconditioned reflex, reflex response, reflex action, reflex, physiological reaction, instinctive reflex, inborn reflex
  5. irrigate with water from a sluice

    Synonyms : sluice
    Type Of : dowse, souse, sop, soak, drench, douse
  6. a rosy color (especially in the cheeks) taken as a sign of good health

    Synonyms : bloom, blush, rosiness
    Type Of : healthiness, good health
  7. the period of greatest prosperity or productivity

    Synonyms : bloom, blossom, efflorescence, flower, heyday, peak, prime
    Type Of : period, time period, period of time
  8. a sudden rapid flow (as of water)

    Synonyms : gush, outpouring
    Type Of : flowing, flow
    Examples :
    • he heard the flush of a toilet
  9. rinse, clean, or empty with a liquid

    Synonyms : purge, scour
    Type Of : rinse off, rinse
    Examples :
    • flush the wound with antibiotics
  10. make level or straight

    Synonyms : even, even out, level
    Type Of : change surface
  11. the swift release of a store of affective force

    Synonyms : bang, boot, charge, kick, rush, thrill
    Type Of : exhilaration, excitement
  12. a poker hand with all 5 cards in the same suit

    Type Of : poker hand
  13. cause to flow or flood with or as if with water

    Type Of : water, irrigate
    Examples :
    • flush the meadows
  14. flow freely

    Type Of : feed, course, flow, run
    Examples :
    • The garbage flushed down the river
  15. glow or cause to glow with warm color or light

    Type Of : glow
    Examples :
    • the sky flushed with rosy splendor
  16. of a surface exactly even with an adjoining one, forming the same plane

    Examples :
    • a door flush with the wall
    • the bottom of the window is flush with the floor


  1. outer coat of especially sheep and yaks

    Synonyms : wool
    Type Of : pelage, coat
  2. shear the wool from

    Synonyms : shear
    Type Of : trim, shave
  3. tanned skin of a sheep with the fleece left on; used for clothing

    Synonyms : sheepskin
    Type Of : leather
  4. rip off; ask an unreasonable price

    Synonyms : gazump, hook, overcharge, pluck, plume, rob, soak, surcharge
    Type Of : rip off, cheat, chisel
  5. a soft bulky fabric with deep pile; used chiefly for clothing

    Type Of : fabric, cloth, textile, material
  6. the wool of a sheep or similar animal

    Type Of : wool


  1. search and discover through persistent investigation

    Synonyms : ferret out
    Type Of : find, discover
    Examples :
    • She ferreted out the truth
  2. musteline mammal of prairie regions of United States; nearly extinct

    Synonyms : black-footed ferret, mustela nigripes
    Type Of : musteline, mustelid, musteline mammal
  3. domesticated albino variety of the European polecat bred for hunting rats and rabbits

    Type Of : fitch, foulmart, foumart, mustela putorius, polecat
  4. hound or harry relentlessly

    Type Of : trace, hound, hunt
  5. hunt with ferrets

    Type Of : hunt, track down, run, hunt down