1. the main land mass of a country or continent; as distinguished from an island or peninsula

    Type Of : ground, dry land, earth, terra firma, land, solid ground


  1. in a clearly noticeable manner

    Examples :
    • sales of luxury cars dropped markedly


  1. cause to seem less serious; play down

    Synonyms : belittle, denigrate, derogate
    Type Of : pick at, belittle, disparage
  2. represent as less significant or important

    Synonyms : downplay, minimise, understate
    Type Of : inform
  3. make small or insignificant

    Synonyms : minimise
    Antonyms : maximize
    Type Of : lessen, decrease, minify
    Examples :
    • Let's minimize the risk


  1. all of the living human inhabitants of the earth

    Synonyms : human beings, human race, humanity, humankind, humans, man, world
    Type Of : group, grouping, homo, human, human being, man
    Examples :
    • she always used `humankind' because `mankind' seemed to slight the women


  1. the common people generally

    Synonyms : hoi polloi, mass, masses, people, the great unwashed
    Type Of : group, grouping
  2. a large gathering of people

    Synonyms : concourse, throng
    Type Of : gathering, assemblage
  3. a large indefinite number

    Synonyms : battalion, large number, pack, plurality
    Type Of : large indefinite quantity, large indefinite amount
    Examples :
    • a multitude of TV antennas


  1. a law officer having duties similar to those of a sheriff in carrying out the judgments of a court of law

    Synonyms : marshal
    Type Of : law officer, peace officer, lawman
  2. United States actor (1914-1998)

    Synonyms : e. g. marshall
  3. United States jurist; as chief justice of the Supreme Court he established the principles of United States constitutional law (1755-1835)

    Synonyms : john marshall
  4. United States general and statesman who as Secretary of State organized the European Recovery Program (1880-1959)

    Synonyms : george catlett marshall, george marshall
  5. (in some countries) a military officer of highest rank

    Synonyms : marshal
    Type Of : commissioned military officer


  1. identify incorrectly

    Synonyms : mistake
    Type Of : identify


  1. showing or giving mercy

    Antonyms : merciless
    Examples :
    • sought merciful treatment for the captives
    • a merciful god
  2. (used conventionally of royalty and high nobility) gracious

    Examples :
    • our merciful king


  1. in a meticulous manner

    Examples :
    • the set was meticulously authentic


  1. an odorous glandular secretion from the male musk deer; used as a perfume fixative

    Type Of : secretion
  2. the scent of a greasy glandular secretion from the male musk deer

    Type Of : scent