1. serving an esthetic rather than a useful purpose

    Synonyms : cosmetic, decorative
  2. any plant grown for its beauty or ornamental value

    Type Of : flora, plant, plant life


  1. (military) an offensive against an enemy (using weapons)

    Synonyms : attack, onrush, onslaught
    Type Of : operation, military operation
  2. the beginning or early stages

    Synonyms : oncoming
    Type Of : start
    Examples :
    • the onset of pneumonia


  1. In a general sense, from, or out from; proceeding from; belonging to; relating to; concerning; -- used in a variety of applications.


  1. the process of becoming obsolete; falling into disuse or becoming out of date

    Type Of : degeneration, devolution
    Examples :
    • a policy of planned obsolescence


  1. an event that happens

    Synonyms : happening, natural event, occurrence
    Type Of : event
  2. presently occurring (either causally or incidentally)

    Examples :
    • technical terms are rarely occurrent in literature


  1. an event that occurs at a critical time

    Synonyms : juncture
    Type Of : happening, natural event, occurrent, occurrence
    Examples :
    • it was needed only on special occasions
  2. a vaguely specified social event

    Synonyms : affair, function, social function, social occasion
    Type Of : social event
    Examples :
    • an occasion arranged to honor the president
  3. an opportunity to do something

    Type Of : opportunity, chance
    Examples :
    • there was never an occasion for her to demonstrate her skill
  4. give occasion to

    Type Of : do, make, cause
  5. reason

    Type Of : reason, ground
    Examples :
    • there was no occasion for complaint
  6. the time of a particular event

    Type Of : time
    Examples :
    • on the occasion of his 60th birthday


  1. so strong as to be irresistible

    Synonyms : overwhelming
    Examples :
    • an overpowering need for solitude


  1. so strong as to be irresistible

    Synonyms : overwhelming
    Examples :
    • an overpowering need for solitude


  1. (of winds) coming from the sea toward the land

    Synonyms : inshore, shoreward
    Examples :
    • an onshore gale
  2. on the edge of the land

    Examples :
    • an onshore lighthouse
  3. on or toward the land

    Antonyms : offshore
    Examples :
    • they were living onshore


  1. a transgression that constitutes a violation of what is judged to be right

    Synonyms : offense
    Type Of : transgression, evildoing
  2. the team that has the ball (or puck) and is trying to score

    Synonyms : offense
    Antonyms : defence
    Type Of : squad, team
  3. a feeling of anger caused by being offended

    Synonyms : offense, umbrage
    Type Of : choler, anger, ire
    Examples :
    • he took offence at my question
  4. a lack of politeness; a failure to show regard for others; wounding the feelings or others

    Synonyms : discourtesy, offense, offensive activity
    Type Of : conduct, behaviour, behavior, doings
  5. the action of attacking an enemy

    Synonyms : offense, offensive
    Type Of : operation, military operation