1. a common venereal disease caused by the treponema pallidum spirochete; symptoms change through progressive stages; can be congenital (transmitted through the placenta)

    Synonyms : lues, lues venerea, syph, syphilis
    Type Of : social disease, venus's curse, venereal infection, venereal disease, vd, cupid's disease, cupid's itch, dose, sexually transmitted disease, std
  2. a contagious disease characterized by purulent skin eruptions that may leave pock marks

    Type Of : contagion, contagious disease


  1. weed out unwanted or unnecessary things

    Synonyms : cut, rationalise, rationalize
    Type Of : eliminate, extinguish, get rid of, do away with
  2. cultivate, tend, and cut back the growth of

    Synonyms : clip, crop, cut back, dress, lop, snip, trim
    Type Of : thin out
  3. dried plum

    Type Of : dried fruit


  1. any of several trees producing edible oval fruit having a smooth skin and a single hard stone

    Synonyms : plum tree
    Type Of : fruit tree
  2. exactly

    Synonyms : plumb
    Examples :
    • fell plumb in the middle of the puddle
  3. completely; used as intensifiers

    Synonyms : clean, plumb
    Examples :
    • I'm plumb (or plum) tuckered out
  4. a highly desirable position or assignment

    Type Of : situation, billet, office, post, place, position, berth, spot
    Examples :
    • a political plum
  5. any of numerous varieties of small to medium-sized round or oval fruit having a smooth skin and a single pit

    Type Of : drupe, stone fruit, edible fruit


  1. intentionally arousing sexual desire

    Examples :
    • her gestures and postures became more wanton and provocative
  2. serving or tending to provoke, excite, or stimulate; stimulating discussion or exciting controversy

    Antonyms : unprovocative
    Examples :
    • a provocative remark
    • a provocative smile
    • provocative Irish tunes which...compel the hearers to dance


  1. in a provocative manner

    Synonyms : provocatively


  1. in a provocative manner

    Synonyms : provokingly
    Examples :
    • `Try it,' he said provocatively


  1. excrete perspiration through the pores in the skin

    Synonyms : sudate, sweat
    Type Of : egest, eliminate, excrete, pass


  1. a humanist specializing in classical scholarship

    Synonyms : philologue
    Type Of : humanist


  1. one who believes in a plurality of gods

    Type Of : theist


  1. someone who is married to two or more people at the same time

    Type Of : partner, married person, mate, better half, spouse