1. easily irritated or annoyed

    Synonyms : cranky, fractious, irritable, nettlesome, peckish, peevish, pettish, scratchy, techy, testy, tetchy


  1. change into stone

    Synonyms : lapidify
    Type Of : fossilise, fossilize
  2. make rigid and set into a conventional pattern

    Synonyms : ossify, rigidify
    Type Of : stiffen
    Examples :
    • slogans petrify our thinking
  3. cause to become stonelike or stiff or dazed and stunned from fright

    Type Of : blunt, deaden


  1. spreading or spread throughout

    Synonyms : permeant, permeating, permeative
    Examples :
    • the pervasive odor of garlic
    • an error is pervasive if it is material to more than one conclusion


  1. being of striking appropriateness and pertinence

    Synonyms : apposite, apt
  2. having precise or logical relevance to the matter at hand

    Examples :
    • a list of articles pertinent to the discussion


  1. the capacity to assess situations or circumstances shrewdly and to draw sound conclusions

    Synonyms : judgement, judgment, sound judgement, sound judgment
    Type Of : trait
  2. intelligence manifested by being astute (as in business dealings)

    Synonyms : astuteness, perspicaciousness, shrewdness
    Type Of : intelligence


  1. mentally acute or penetratingly discerning

    Synonyms : clear-eyed, clear-sighted
    Examples :
    • much too perspicacious to be taken in by so spurious an argument
  2. acutely insightful and wise

    Synonyms : sagacious, sapient
    Examples :
    • much too perspicacious to be taken in by such a spurious argument


  1. (of persons) pleasant in appearance and personality


  1. the property of being perpetual (seemingly ceaseless)

    Synonyms : sempiternity
    Type Of : permanence, permanency


  1. characterized by excessive precision and attention to trivial details

    Synonyms : pernickety
    Examples :
    • a persnickety job
    • a persnickety school teacher
  2. (used colloquially) overly conceited or arrogant

    Synonyms : bigheaded, snooty, snot-nosed, snotty, stuck-up, too big for one's breeches, uppish
    Examples :
    • they're snobs--stuck-up and uppity and persnickety


  1. working or spreading in a hidden and usually injurious way

    Synonyms : insidious, subtle
  2. exceedingly harmful

    Synonyms : baneful, deadly, pestilent