1. characterized by departure from accepted beliefs or standards

    Synonyms : dissident, heretical


  1. marked by peace and prosperity

    Synonyms : golden, prosperous
    Examples :
    • the halcyon days of the clipper trade
  2. a large kingfisher widely distributed in warmer parts of the Old World

    Synonyms : genus halcyon
    Type Of : bird genus
  3. (Greek mythology) a woman who was turned into a kingfisher

    Synonyms : alcyone
  4. a mythical bird said to breed at the time of the winter solstice in a nest floating on the sea and to have the power of calming the winds and waves

    Type Of : mythical being
  5. idyllically calm and peaceful; suggesting happy tranquillity

    Examples :
    • a halcyon atmosphere


  1. giving strong encouragement

    Synonyms : exhortative, exhortatory, hortative


  1. worthy of religious veneration

    Synonyms : sacred
    Examples :
    • Jerusalem's hallowed soil


  1. repeated too often; overfamiliar through overuse

    Synonyms : banal, commonplace, old-hat, shopworn, stock, threadbare, timeworn, tired, trite, well-worn
    Examples :
    • hackneyed phrases


  1. professing feelings or virtues one does not have

    Examples :
    • hypocritical praise


  1. suffering from hypochondria

    Synonyms : hypochondriacal
  2. a patient with imaginary symptoms and ailments

    Type Of : patient


  1. extravagant exaggeration

    Synonyms : exaggeration
    Type Of : figure, figure of speech, image, trope


  1. make perfect or complete

    Synonyms : perfect
    Type Of : amend, better, ameliorate, improve, meliorate
  2. a whetstone made of fine gritstone; used for sharpening razors

    Type Of : whetstone
  3. sharpen with a hone

    Type Of : sharpen
    Examples :
    • hone a knife


  1. showing characteristics of age, especially having grey or white hair

    Synonyms : gray, gray-haired, gray-headed, grey, grey-haired, grey-headed, grizzly, hoar, white-haired
    Examples :
    • nodded his hoary head
  2. ancient

    Synonyms : rusty
    Examples :
    • hoary jokes
  3. covered with fine whitish hairs or down

    Synonyms : canescent