1. a legislator who gives long speeches in an effort to delay or obstruct legislation that he (or she) opposes

    Synonyms : filibusterer
    Type Of : legislator, delayer
  2. (law) a tactic for delaying or obstructing legislation by making long speeches

    Type Of : delay, holdup
  3. obstruct deliberately by delaying

    Type Of : block, blockade, embarrass, hinder, obstruct, stymie, stymy


  1. cleverly amusing in tone

    Synonyms : bantering, tongue-in-cheek
    Examples :
    • facetious remarks


  1. wanting in moral strength, courage, or will; having the attributes of man as opposed to e.g. divine beings

    Synonyms : frail, imperfect, weak
    Examples :
    • I'm only a fallible human
  2. likely to fail or make errors

    Antonyms : infallible
    Examples :
    • everyone is fallible to some degree


  1. a showy misrepresentation intended to conceal something unpleasant

    Synonyms : window dressing
    Type Of : deceit, deception, misrepresentation
  2. the face or front of a building

    Synonyms : frontage, frontal
    Type Of : front


  1. rapid simultaneous discharge of firearms

    Synonyms : burst, salvo, volley
    Type Of : fire, firing
    Examples :
    • our fusillade from the left flank caught them by surprise
  2. attack with fusillade

    Type Of : discharge, fire


  1. a process in which an agent causes an organic substance to break down into simpler substances; especially, the anaerobic breakdown of sugar into alcohol

    Synonyms : fermentation, fermenting, zymolysis, zymosis
    Type Of : chemical process, chemical action, chemical change
  2. a state of agitation or turbulent change or development

    Synonyms : agitation, fermentation, tempestuousness, unrest
    Type Of : turbulence, upheaval, sturm und drang
    Examples :
    • the political ferment produced new leadership
  3. cause to undergo fermentation

    Synonyms : work
    Type Of : convert
    Examples :
    • We ferment the grapes for a very long time to achieve high alcohol content
  4. go sour or spoil

    Synonyms : sour, turn, work
    Type Of : change state, turn
  5. a substance capable of bringing about fermentation

    Type Of : substance
  6. be in an agitated or excited state

    Type Of : boil, seethe
    Examples :
    • The Middle East is fermenting
    • Her mind ferments
  7. work up into agitation or excitement

    Type Of : inflame, ignite, wake, fire up, heat, stir up
    Examples :
    • This religion is fermenting Africa


  1. expressing yourself readily, clearly, effectively

    Synonyms : eloquent, fluent, silver, silver-tongued, smooth-spoken
    Examples :
    • able to dazzle with his facile tongue
  2. superficially impressive, but lacking depth and attention to the true complexities of a subject

    Synonyms : neat, slick
    Examples :
    • too facile a solution for so complex a problem
  3. performing adroitly and without effort

    Examples :
    • a facile hand


  1. intensely fashionable for a short time

    Synonyms : faddy


  1. a behavioral attribute that is distinctive and peculiar to an individual

    Synonyms : idiosyncrasy, mannerism
    Type Of : specialty, speciality, distinctiveness, specialness, peculiarity
  2. the weaker part of a sword's blade from the forte to the tip

    Type Of : part, portion


  1. a color or pigment varying around a light grey-brown color

    Synonyms : dun, grayish brown, greyish brown
    Type Of : light brown
  2. show submission or fear

    Synonyms : cower, crawl, creep, cringe, grovel
    Type Of : flex, bend
  3. try to gain favor by cringing or flattering

    Synonyms : bootlick, kotow, kowtow, suck up, toady, truckle
    Type Of : flatter, blandish
  4. a young deer

    Type Of : deer, cervid, young mammal
  5. have fawns

    Type Of : have, bear, birth, deliver, give birth
    Examples :
    • deer fawn