1. cause to grow thin or weak

    Synonyms : emaciate, waste
    Type Of : debilitate, drain, enfeeble
  2. become soft or separate and disintegrate as a result of excessive soaking

    Type Of : soften
    Examples :
    • the tissue macerated in the water
  3. separate into constituents by soaking

    Type Of : separate
  4. soften, usually by steeping in liquid, and cause to disintegrate as a result

    Type Of : soften
    Examples :
    • macerate peaches
    • the gizzards macerates the food in the digestive system


  1. speak unfavorably about

    Synonyms : badmouth, drag through the mud, traduce
    Type Of : slander, smear, smirch, sully, calumniate, besmirch, defame, asperse, denigrate
  2. having or exerting a malignant influence

    Synonyms : evil, malefic, malevolent
  3. evil or harmful in nature or influence

    Antonyms : benign
    Examples :
    • prompted by malign motives
    • believed in witches and malign spirits
    • gave him a malign look
    • a malign lesion


  1. reflect deeply on a subject

    Synonyms : chew over, contemplate, excogitate, meditate, mull, mull over, ponder, reflect, ruminate, speculate, think over
    Type Of : cerebrate, think, cogitate
  2. in ancient Greek mythology any of 9 daughters of Zeus and Mnemosyne; protector of an art or science

    Type Of : greek deity
  3. the source of an artist's inspiration

    Type Of : source, seed, germ
    Examples :
    • Euterpe was his muse


  1. a partial excuse to mitigate censure; an attempt to represent an offense as less serious than it appears by showing mitigating circumstances

    Synonyms : extenuation
    Type Of : excuse, self-justification, exculpation, alibi
  2. the action of lessening in severity or intensity

    Synonyms : moderation
    Type Of : step-down, decrease, diminution, reduction
  3. to act in such a way as to cause an offense to seem less serious

    Synonyms : extenuation, palliation
    Type Of : reduction, decrease, step-down, diminution


  1. imposing in size or bulk or solidity

    Synonyms : massive, monumental
    Examples :
    • the monolithic proportions of Stalinist architecture
  2. characterized by massiveness and rigidity and total uniformity

    Examples :
    • a monolithic society
    • a monolithic worldwide movement


  1. make less severe or harsh

    Synonyms : moderate, soften
    Type Of : change, alter, modify
  2. cut into small pieces

    Type Of : chop up, chop
    Examples :
    • mince the garlic
  3. food chopped into small bits

    Type Of : nourishment, nutriment, nutrition, sustenance, victuals, aliment, alimentation
    Examples :
    • a mince of mushrooms
  4. walk daintily

    Type Of : walk
    Examples :
    • She minced down the street


  1. interpret in the wrong way

    Synonyms : be amiss, misapprehend, misconceive, misinterpret, misunderstand
    Type Of : construe, interpret, see
    Examples :
    • She misconstrued my remarks


  1. not large but sufficient in size or amount

    Synonyms : small
    Examples :
    • a modest salary
    • modest inflation
  2. relatively moderate, limited, or small

    Synonyms : minor, pocket-size, pocket-sized, small, small-scale
    Examples :
    • a newspaper with a modest circulation
  3. low or inferior in station or quality

    Synonyms : humble, low, lowly, small
    Examples :
    • a modest man of the people
  4. humble in spirit or manner; suggesting retiring mildness or even cowed submissiveness

    Synonyms : meek, mild
  5. free from pomp or affectation

    Examples :
    • comfortable but modest cottages
  6. marked by simplicity; having a humble opinion of yourself

    Antonyms : immodest
    Examples :
    • a modest apartment
    • too modest to wear his medals
  7. not offensive to sexual mores in conduct or appearance

    Antonyms : immodest
    Examples :
    • a modest neckline in her dress covered her up to her collarbone


  1. a servile or fawning dependant

    Type Of : dependant, dependent


  1. having unnatural mannerisms

    Examples :
    • brief, mannered and unlifelike idiom