1. a ritual recitation of words or sounds believed to have a magical effect

    Synonyms : conjuration
    Type Of : charm, magic spell, magical spell, spell


  1. happening by chance or unexpectedly or unintentionally

    Synonyms : accidental
    Examples :
    • with an inadvertent gesture she swept the vase off the table


  1. with little or no preparation or forethought

    Synonyms : ad-lib, extemporaneous, extemporary, extempore, off-the-cuff, offhand, offhanded, unrehearsed
    Examples :
    • an impromptu speech
  2. without advance preparation

    Synonyms : ad lib, ad libitum, spontaneously
  3. an extemporaneous speech or remark

    Type Of : address, speech
    Examples :
    • a witty impromptu must not sound premeditated
  4. a short musical passage that seems to have been made spontaneously without advance preparation

    Type Of : musical passage, passage


  1. poor enough to need help from others

    Synonyms : destitute, indigent, necessitous, needy, poverty-stricken
  2. destroyed financially

    Synonyms : broken, wiped out


  1. lacking due respect or dutifulness

    Synonyms : undutiful
    Examples :
    • impious toward one's parents
  2. lacking piety or reverence for a god

    Antonyms : pious


  1. not having enough money to pay for necessities

    Synonyms : hard up, in straitened circumstances, penniless, penurious, pinched


  1. free from undue bias or preconceived opinions

    Synonyms : unprejudiced
    Examples :
    • the impartial eye of a scientist
  2. showing lack of favoritism

    Antonyms : partial
    Examples :
    • the cold neutrality of an impartial judge


  1. not subject or susceptible to change or variation in form or quality or nature

    Synonyms : changeless
    Antonyms : mutable
    Examples :
    • the view of that time was that all species were immutable, created by God
  2. constant and unchanging

    Examples :
    • the immutable laws of nature


  1. beyond reasonable limits

    Antonyms : moderate
    Examples :
    • immoderate laughter
    • immoderate spending


  1. based on or having the nature of an illusion

    Synonyms : illusive
    Examples :
    • Secret activities offer presidents the alluring but often illusory promise that they can achieve foreign policy goals without the bothersome debate and open decision that are staples of democracy