paucity

  1. an insufficient quantity or number

    Synonyms : dearth
    Type Of : scarceness, scarcity

protagonist

  1. a person who backs a politician or a team etc.

    Synonyms : admirer, booster, champion, friend, supporter
    Type Of : proponent, advocator, advocate, exponent
  2. the principal character in a work of fiction

    Synonyms : agonist
    Type Of : fictional character, fictitious character, character

patronize

  1. be a regular customer or client of

    Synonyms : keep going, patronage, patronise, support
    Type Of : nurture, foster
    Examples :
    • We patronize this store
  2. assume sponsorship of

    Synonyms : patronise, sponsor
    Type Of : support
  3. do one's shopping at; do business with; be a customer or client of

    Synonyms : buy at, frequent, patronise, shop, shop at, sponsor
    Antonyms : boycott
    Type Of : back up, support
  4. treat condescendingly

    Synonyms : condescend, patronise
    Type Of : interact

prostration

  1. an abrupt failure of function or complete physical exhaustion

    Synonyms : collapse
    Type Of : illness, malady, unwellness, sickness
    Examples :
    • the commander's prostration demoralized his men
  2. abject submission; the emotional equivalent of prostrating your body

    Type Of : submission, compliance
  3. the act of assuming a prostrate position

    Type Of : motility, move, motion, movement

patron

  1. a regular customer

    Synonyms : frequenter
    Type Of : client, customer
  2. someone who supports or champions something

    Synonyms : sponsor, supporter
    Type Of : helper, benefactor
  3. the proprietor of an inn

    Type Of : proprietor, owner

prosody

  1. (prosody) a system of versification

    Synonyms : poetic rhythm, rhythmic pattern
    Type Of : versification
  2. the study of poetic meter and the art of versification

    Synonyms : metrics
    Type Of : poetics
  3. the patterns of stress and intonation in a language

    Synonyms : inflection
    Type Of : manner of speaking, delivery, speech

pathos

  1. a feeling of sympathy and sorrow for the misfortunes of others

    Synonyms : commiseration, pity, ruth
    Type Of : fellow feeling, sympathy
  2. a quality that arouses emotions (especially pity or sorrow)

    Synonyms : poignancy
    Type Of : quality
    Examples :
    • the film captured all the pathos of their situation
  3. a style that has the power to evoke feelings

    Type Of : expressive style, style

proscribe

  1. command against

    Synonyms : disallow, forbid, interdict, nix, prohibit, veto
    Type Of : command, require

partisan

  1. an ardent and enthusiastic supporter of some person or activity

    Synonyms : enthusiast, partizan
    Type Of : supporter, champion, protagonist, booster, friend, admirer
  2. a pike with a long tapering double-edged blade with lateral projections; 16th and 17th centuries

    Synonyms : partizan
    Type Of : pike
  3. a fervent and even militant proponent of something

    Synonyms : drumbeater, zealot
    Antonyms : nonpartisan
    Type Of : proponent, advocator, advocate, exponent
  4. devoted to a cause or party

    Synonyms : partizan
    Antonyms : nonpartisan

prosaic

  1. lacking wit or imagination

    Synonyms : earthbound, pedestrian, prosy
  2. not challenging; dull and lacking excitement

    Synonyms : commonplace, humdrum, unglamorous, unglamourous
  3. not fanciful or imaginative

    Synonyms : matter-of-fact
    Examples :
    • a prosaic and unimaginative essay