1. a biography that idealizes or idolizes the person (especially a person who is a saint)

    Type Of : biography, life, life history, life story


  1. done with very great haste and without due deliberation

    Synonyms : overhasty, precipitant, precipitate, precipitous
    Examples :
    • hasty marriage seldom proveth well
    • hasty makeshifts take the place of planning
    • rejected what was regarded as an overhasty plan for reconversion
  2. excessively quick

    Synonyms : headlong
    Examples :
    • made a hasty exit


  1. containing or characterized by a great deal of water vapor

    Examples :
    • humid air
    • humid weather


  1. desire strongly or persistently

    Synonyms : long, yearn
    Type Of : desire, want


  1. intense aversion

    Synonyms : repugnance, repulsion, revulsion
    Type Of : disgust
  2. intense and profound fear

    Type Of : fear, fearfulness, fright
  3. something that inspires horror; something horrible

    Type Of : thing
    Examples :
    • the painting that others found so beautiful was a horror to him


  1. an interruption or temporary suspension of progress or movement

    Synonyms : freeze
    Type Of : pause
    Examples :
    • a halt in the arms race
  2. the state of inactivity following an interruption

    Synonyms : arrest, check, hitch, stay, stop, stoppage
    Type Of : inactivity, inaction, inactiveness
    Examples :
    • during the halt he got some lunch
  3. cause to stop

    Synonyms : arrest, hold
    Type Of : stop
    Examples :
    • halt the presses
  4. stop from happening or developing

    Synonyms : block, kibosh, stop
    Type Of : foreclose, forestall, prevent, preclude, forbid
  5. stop the flow of a liquid

    Synonyms : stanch, staunch, stem
    Type Of : check
  6. come to a halt, stop moving

    Synonyms : stop
  7. the event of something ending

    Synonyms : stop
    Type Of : conclusion, ending, finish
  8. disabled in the feet or legs

    Synonyms : crippled, game, gimpy, halting, lame


  1. something that precedes and indicates the approach of something or someone

    Synonyms : forerunner, harbinger, precursor, predecessor
    Type Of : indicant, indication
  2. praise vociferously

    Synonyms : acclaim, hail
    Type Of : applaud
  3. (formal) a person who announces important news

    Synonyms : trumpeter
    Type Of : courier, messenger
    Examples :
    • the chieftain had a herald who announced his arrival with a trumpet
  4. foreshadow or presage

    Synonyms : announce, annunciate, foretell, harbinger
    Type Of : tell
  5. greet enthusiastically or joyfully

    Synonyms : hail
    Type Of : greet, recognise, recognize


  1. a sacred place of pilgrimage

    Synonyms : holy place, sanctum
    Type Of : place, spot, topographic point
  2. belonging to or derived from or associated with a divine power

    Antonyms : unholy


  1. a person who is entitled by law or by the terms of a will to inherit the estate of another

    Synonyms : heritor, inheritor
    Type Of : receiver, recipient
  2. a person who inherits some title or office

    Synonyms : successor
    Type Of : issue, offspring, progeny


  1. of low birth or station (`base' is archaic in this sense)

    Synonyms : base, baseborn, lowly
    Examples :
    • of humble (or lowly) birth
  2. low or inferior in station or quality

    Synonyms : low, lowly, modest, small
    Examples :
    • a humble cottage
  3. used of unskilled work (especially domestic work)

    Synonyms : lowly, menial
  4. cause to feel shame; hurt the pride of

    Synonyms : abase, chagrin, humiliate, mortify
    Type Of : wound, bruise, hurt, injure, offend, spite
  5. cause to be unpretentious

    Type Of : change, alter, modify
    Examples :
    • This experience will humble him
  6. marked by meekness or modesty; not arrogant or prideful

    Antonyms : proud
    Examples :
    • a humble apology
    • essentially humble...and self-effacing, he achieved the highest formal honors and distinctions