1. lessen or to try to lessen the seriousness or extent of

    Synonyms : extenuate, palliate
    Type Of : rationalise, rationalize, excuse, apologize, apologise
  2. make less severe or harsh

    Type Of : lessen, decrease, minify


  1. a misleading falsehood

    Synonyms : deceit, deception
    Type Of : untruth, falsehood, falsity
  2. a willful perversion of facts

    Synonyms : falsification
    Type Of : wrongful conduct, misconduct, wrongdoing, actus reus


  1. a misanthrope who dislikes women in particular

    Synonyms : woman hater
    Type Of : misanthrope, misanthropist


  1. an incorrect or unsuitable name

    Type Of : name


  1. someone who dislikes people in general

    Synonyms : misanthropist
    Type Of : churl, crank, crosspatch, grouch, grump


  1. a soft wet area of low-lying land that sinks underfoot

    Synonyms : morass, quag, quagmire, slack
    Type Of : peat bog, bog
  2. be unable to move further

    Synonyms : bog down, get stuck, grind to a halt
    Type Of : stand still
  3. soil with mud, muck, or mire

    Synonyms : muck, muck up, mud
    Type Of : colly, dirty, begrime, soil, grime, bemire
  4. entrap

    Synonyms : entangle
    Type Of : involve
    Examples :
    • Our people should not be mired in the past
  5. deep soft mud in water or slush

    Synonyms : slop
    Type Of : clay, mud
  6. cause to get stuck as if in a mire

    Synonyms : bog down
    Examples :
    • The mud mired our cart
  7. a difficulty or embarrassment that is hard to extricate yourself from

    Type Of : difficulty
    Examples :
    • the country is still trying to climb out of the mire left by its previous president
    • caught in the mire of poverty


  1. the environmental condition

    Synonyms : surroundings
    Type Of : environment


  1. the courage to carry on

    Synonyms : heart, nerve, spunk
    Type Of : braveness, bravery, courage, courageousness


  1. marked by precise accordance with details

    Synonyms : punctilious
    Examples :
    • meticulous research
  2. marked by extreme care in treatment of details

    Examples :
    • a meticulous craftsman
    • almost worryingly meticulous in his business formalities


  1. in a metaphorical manner

    Examples :
    • she expressed herself metaphorically