1. not liable to failure

    Synonyms : unfailing
    Examples :
    • a foolproof identification system
  2. proof against human misuse or error

    Synonyms : goof-proof, goofproof
    Type Of : proof
    Examples :
    • foolproof this appliance


  1. formed or conceived by the imagination

    Synonyms : fabricated, fictional, fictitious
    Examples :
    • a fancied wrong


  1. (of an idea or story) so exaggerated or ludicrous as to be improbable

    Synonyms : far-fetched
  2. (of a theory or explanation) highly imaginative but unlikely and unconvincing

    Synonyms : far-fetched
    Examples :
    • a farfetched excuse


  1. excessively agitated; distraught with fear or other violent emotion

    Synonyms : frantic, frenzied, phrenetic
    Examples :
    • frenetic screams followed the accident


  1. concerned with or characterized by rigorous adherence to recognized forms (especially in religion or art)

    Synonyms : formalised, formalistic
    Examples :
    • highly formalized plays like `Waiting for Godot'
  2. given formal standing or endorsement; made official or legitimate by the observance of proper procedures

    Synonyms : formalised


  1. ripen and generate pus

    Synonyms : maturate, suppurate
    Type Of : discharge, eject, exhaust, expel, release
    Examples :
    • her wounds are festering
  2. a sore that has become inflamed and formed pus

    Synonyms : suppurating sore
    Type Of : sore


  1. a lavish dance requiring formal attire

    Synonyms : ball
    Type Of : dance
  2. represented in simplified or symbolic form

    Synonyms : conventional, schematic
  3. a gown for evening wear

    Synonyms : dinner dress, dinner gown, evening gown
    Type Of : gown, formalwear, evening clothes, evening dress, eveningwear
  4. refined or imposing in manner or appearance; befitting a royal court

    Synonyms : courtly, stately
  5. being in accord with established forms and conventions and requirements (as e.g. of formal dress)

    Antonyms : informal
    Examples :
    • pay one's formal respects
    • formal dress
    • a formal ball
    • the requirement was only formal and often ignored
    • a formal education
  6. characteristic of or befitting a person in authority

    Examples :
    • formal duties
  7. logically deductive

    Examples :
    • formal proof
  8. (of spoken and written language) adhering to traditional standards of correctness and without casual, contracted, and colloquial forms

    Antonyms : informal
    Examples :
    • the paper was written in formal English


  1. a rate of charging by the linear foot of work done

    Type Of : charge per unit, rate
  2. film that has been shot

    Type Of : film, photographic film
    Examples :
    • they had stock footage of lightning, tornados, and hurricanes
    • he edited the news footage


  1. secured with bastions or fortifications

    Synonyms : bastioned
  2. having something added to increase the strength

    Examples :
    • fortified wine


  1. with passionate fervor

    Synonyms : fervidly, fierily
    Examples :
    • both those for and against are fervently convinced they speak for the great majority of the people