pariah

  1. a person who is rejected (from society or home)

    Synonyms : castaway, ishmael, outcast
    Type Of : unfortunate person, unfortunate

profane

  1. corrupt morally or by intemperance or sensuality

    Synonyms : corrupt, debase, debauch, demoralise, demoralize, deprave, misdirect, pervert, subvert, vitiate
    Type Of : change, alter, modify
  2. grossly irreverent toward what is held to be sacred

    Synonyms : blasphemous, sacrilegious
    Examples :
    • profane utterances against the Church
  3. violate the sacred character of a place or language

    Synonyms : desecrate, outrage, violate
    Type Of : set on, attack, assault, assail
    Examples :
    • profane the name of God
  4. not holy because unconsecrated or impure or defiled

    Synonyms : unconsecrated, unsanctified
  5. not concerned with or devoted to religion

    Synonyms : secular
    Antonyms : sacred
    Examples :
    • sacred and profane music
    • children being brought up in an entirely profane environment
  6. characterized by profanity or cursing

    Synonyms : blasphemous, blue
    Examples :
    • profane words

parched

  1. dried out by heat or excessive exposure to sunlight

    Synonyms : adust, baked, scorched, sunbaked
    Examples :
    • parched soil
  2. toasted or roasted slightly

    Examples :
    • parched corn was a staple of the Indian diet

prodigious

  1. far beyond what is usual in magnitude or degree

    Synonyms : exceeding, exceptional, olympian, surpassing
    Examples :
    • the young Mozart's prodigious talents
  2. so great in size or force or extent as to elicit awe

    Synonyms : colossal, stupendous
    Examples :
    • a prodigious storm
  3. of momentous or ominous significance

    Synonyms : portentous
    Examples :
    • a prodigious vision

parasite

  1. a follower who hangs around a host (without benefit to the host) in hope of gain or advantage

    Synonyms : leech, sponge, sponger
    Type Of : follower
  2. an animal or plant that lives in or on a host (another animal or plant); it obtains nourishment from the host without benefiting or killing the host

    Antonyms : host
    Type Of : being, organism

prodigal

  1. a recklessly extravagant consumer

    Synonyms : profligate, squanderer
    Type Of : consumer
  2. recklessly wasteful

    Synonyms : extravagant, profligate, spendthrift
    Examples :
    • prodigal in their expenditures

paramount

  1. having superior power and influence

    Synonyms : overriding, predominant, predominate, preponderant, preponderating

procrastinate

  1. postpone doing what one should be doing

    Synonyms : dilly-dally, dillydally, drag one's feet, drag one's heels, shillyshally, stall
    Type Of : delay
    Examples :
    • He did not want to write the letter and procrastinated for days
  2. postpone or delay needlessly

    Type Of : dillydally, drag one's feet, drag one's heels, shillyshally, delay, stall, dilly-dally
    Examples :
    • He procrastinated the matter until it was almost too late

paragon

  1. an ideal instance; a perfect embodiment of a concept

    Synonyms : beau ideal, idol, perfection
    Type Of : ideal
  2. model of excellence or perfection of a kind; one having no equal

    Synonyms : apotheosis, ideal, nonesuch, nonpareil, nonsuch, saint
    Type Of : role model, model

proclivity

  1. a natural inclination

    Synonyms : leaning, propensity
    Type Of : disposition, inclination, tendency
    Examples :
    • he has a proclivity for exaggeration