1. render holy by means of religious rites

    Synonyms : bless, consecrate, sanctify
    Type Of : declare


  1. cough spasmodically

    Synonyms : whoop
    Type Of : cough
    Examples :
    • The patient with emphysema is hacking all day
  2. an old or over-worked horse

    Synonyms : jade, nag, plug
    Type Of : horse, equus caballus
  3. a car driven by a person whose job is to take passengers where they want to go in exchange for money

    Synonyms : cab, taxi, taxicab
    Type Of : car, auto, automobile, machine, motorcar
  4. cut with a hacking tool

    Synonyms : chop
    Type Of : cut
  5. be able to manage or manage successfully

    Synonyms : cut
    Type Of : make do, grapple, cope, deal, manage, make out, contend, get by
    Examples :
    • I can't hack it anymore
  6. significantly cut up a manuscript

    Synonyms : cut up
    Type Of : redact, edit
  7. a mediocre and disdained writer

    Synonyms : hack writer, literary hack
    Type Of : author, writer
  8. fix a computer program piecemeal until it works

    Synonyms : hack on
    Type Of : program, programme
    Examples :
    • I'm not very good at hacking but I'll give it my best
  9. one who works hard at boring tasks

    Synonyms : drudge, hacker
    Type Of : unskilled person
  10. a politician who belongs to a small clique that controls a political party for private rather than public ends

    Synonyms : machine politician, political hack, ward-heeler
    Type Of : pol, political leader, politician, politico
  11. a horse kept for hire

    Type Of : equus caballus, horse
  12. a saddle horse used for transportation rather than sport etc.

    Type Of : mount, riding horse, saddle horse
  13. a tool (as a hoe or pick or mattock) used for breaking up the surface of the soil

    Type Of : tool
  14. cut away

    Type Of : cut
    Examples :
    • he hacked his way through the forest
  15. kick on the arms

    Type Of : foul
  16. kick on the shins

    Type Of : foul


  1. not challenging; dull and lacking excitement

    Synonyms : commonplace, prosaic, unglamorous, unglamourous
  2. tediously repetitious or lacking in variety

    Synonyms : monotonous
    Examples :
    • a humdrum existence; all work and no play
  3. the quality of wearisome constancy, routine, and lack of variety

    Synonyms : monotony, sameness
    Type Of : unvariedness
    Examples :
    • he was sick of the humdrum of his fellow prisoners


  1. deserving or inciting pity

    Synonyms : miserable, misfortunate, pathetic, piteous, pitiable, pitiful, poor, wretched
    Examples :
    • a hapless victim


  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