1. (ethics) a doctrine holding that moral statements prescribe appropriate attitudes and behavior

    Type Of : doctrine, ism, philosophical system, philosophy, school of thought
  2. (linguistics) a doctrine supporting or promoting prescriptive linguistics

    Type Of : philosophy, philosophical system, school of thought, ism, doctrine


  1. a journey to a sacred place

    Synonyms : pilgrim's journey
    Type Of : journey, journeying


  1. a communication that indicates lack of respect by patronizing the recipient

    Synonyms : condescension, disdain
    Type Of : derogation, depreciation, disparagement
  2. be a regular customer or client of

    Synonyms : keep going, patronise, patronize, support
    Type Of : foster, nurture
  3. the act of providing approval and support

    Synonyms : backing, backup, championship
    Type Of : approval, blessing, approving
  4. the business given to a commercial establishment by its customers

    Synonyms : trade
    Type Of : business
    Examples :
    • even before noon there was a considerable patronage
  5. customers collectively

    Synonyms : business, clientele
    Type Of : people
  6. (politics) granting favors or giving contracts or making appointments to office in return for political support

    Type Of : social control
  7. support by being a patron of

    Type Of : sustain, keep, maintain


  1. a correctional institution where persons are confined while on trial or for punishment

    Synonyms : prison house
    Type Of : correctional institution
  2. a prisonlike situation; a place of seeming confinement

    Synonyms : prison house
    Type Of : situation, state of affairs


  1. a pair of loose trousers tied by a drawstring around the waist; worn by men and women in some Asian countries

    Synonyms : pyjama
    Type Of : pant, trousers, pair of trousers
  2. (usually plural) loose-fitting nightclothes worn for sleeping or lounging; have a jacket top and trousers

    Synonyms : jammies, pj's, pyjama
    Type Of : nightwear, sleepwear, nightclothes


  1. a biologist specializing in physiology

    Type Of : biologist, life scientist


  1. contemptibly small in amount

    Synonyms : measly, miserable
    Examples :
    • a paltry wage
  2. not worth considering

    Synonyms : negligible, trifling
    Examples :
    • he considered the prize too paltry for the lives it must cost


  1. a holder attached to the gunwale of a boat that holds the oar in place and acts as a fulcrum for rowing

    Synonyms : oarlock, pin, rowlock, thole, tholepin
    Type Of : holder
  2. small markers inserted into a surface to mark scores or define locations etc.

    Synonyms : pin
    Type Of : mark, marking, marker
  3. a prosthesis that replaces a missing leg

    Synonyms : leg, pegleg, wooden leg
    Type Of : prosthesis, prosthetic device
  4. a wooden pin pushed or driven into a surface

    Synonyms : nog
    Type Of : pin
  5. succeed in obtaining a position

    Synonyms : nail, nail down
    Type Of : deliver the goods, bring home the bacon, come through, succeed, win
  6. informal terms for the leg

    Synonyms : pin, stick
    Type Of : leg
  7. fasten or secure with a wooden pin

    Synonyms : peg down
    Type Of : attach
    Examples :
    • peg a tent
  8. pierce with a wooden pin or knock or thrust a wooden pin into

    Type Of : thrust, pierce
  9. regulator that can be turned to regulate the pitch of the strings of a stringed instrument

    Type Of : regulator
  10. stabilize (the price of a commodity or an exchange rate) by legislation or market operations

    Type Of : stabilise, stabilize
    Examples :
    • The weak currency was pegged to the US Dollar


  1. related as members of a substitution class

    Antonyms : syntagmatic
    Examples :
    • paradigmatic word associations
  2. of or relating to a grammatical paradigm

    Examples :
    • paradigmatic inflection
  3. of or relating to a typical example

    Examples :
    • paradigmatic learning


  1. social relations involving intrigue to gain authority or power

    Synonyms : political relation
    Type Of : social relation
    Examples :
    • office politics is often counterproductive
  2. the opinion you hold with respect to political questions

    Synonyms : political sympathies
    Type Of : view, thought, sentiment, persuasion, opinion
  3. the study of government of states and other political units

    Synonyms : government, political science
    Type Of : social science
  4. the activities and affairs involved in managing a state or a government

    Type Of : activity, affairs
    Examples :
    • unemployment dominated the politics of the inter-war years
    • government agencies multiplied beyond the control of representative politics
  5. the profession devoted to governing and to political affairs

    Type Of : profession