1. extreme stinginess

    Synonyms : closeness, meanness, minginess, niggardliness, niggardness, parsimoniousness, tightfistedness, tightness
    Type Of : stinginess
  2. extreme care in spending money; reluctance to spend money unnecessarily

    Synonyms : parsimoniousness, penny-pinching, thrift
    Type Of : frugalness, frugality


  1. excessively unwilling to spend

    Synonyms : penurious
    Examples :
    • parsimonious thrift relieved by few generous impulses


  1. bearing in abundance especially offspring

    Synonyms : fertile
    Examples :
    • flying foxes are extremely prolific
    • a prolific pear tree
  2. intellectually productive

    Synonyms : fecund, fertile
    Examples :
    • a prolific writer


  1. avoid or try to avoid fulfilling, answering, or performing (duties, questions, or issues)

    Synonyms : circumvent, dodge, duck, elude, evade, fudge, hedge, put off, sidestep, skirt
    Type Of : avoid
  2. a return punch (especially by a boxer)

    Synonyms : counter, counterpunch
    Type Of : biff, clout, lick, poke, punch, slug
  3. impede the movement of (an opponent or a ball)

    Synonyms : block, deflect
    Type Of : fence
  4. (fencing) blocking a lunge or deflecting it with a circular motion of the sword

    Type Of : blocking, block


  1. a member of the working class (not necessarily employed)

    Synonyms : prole, worker
    Type Of : common man, common person, commoner
  2. belonging to or characteristic of the proletariat


  1. make a parody of

    Synonyms : burlesque, spoof
    Type Of : mock
  2. humorous or satirical mimicry

    Synonyms : mockery, takeoff
    Type Of : mimicry, apery
  3. a composition that imitates or misrepresents somebody's style, usually in a humorous way

    Synonyms : burlesque, lampoon, mockery, pasquinade, put-on, send-up, sendup, spoof, takeoff, travesty
    Type Of : caricature, imitation, impersonation
  4. make a spoof of or make fun of

    Type Of : play, represent, act


  1. intellectual depth; penetrating knowledge; keen insight; etc

    Synonyms : profoundness
    Antonyms : superficiality
    Type Of : depth
  2. the quality of being physically deep

    Synonyms : deepness, profoundness
    Type Of : deepness, depth
    Examples :
    • the profundity of the mine was almost a mile
  3. wisdom that is recondite and abstruse and profound

    Synonyms : abstruseness, abstrusity, profoundness, reconditeness
    Type Of : wisdom
  4. the intellectual ability to penetrate deeply into ideas

    Synonyms : astuteness, deepness, depth, profoundness
    Type Of : sapience, wisdom


  1. narrowly restricted in outlook or scope

    Synonyms : insular
    Examples :
    • little sympathy with parochial mentality
  2. relating to or supported by or located in a parish

    Examples :
    • parochial schools


  1. far-reaching and thoroughgoing in effect especially on the nature of something

    Synonyms : fundamental
    Examples :
    • profound social changes
  2. situated at or extending to great depth; too deep to have been sounded or plumbed

    Synonyms : unfathomed, unplumbed, unsounded
    Examples :
    • the profound depths of the sea
  3. (of sleep) deep and complete

    Synonyms : heavy, sound, wakeless
    Examples :
    • fell into a profound sleep
  4. coming from deep within one

    Examples :
    • a profound sigh
  5. of the greatest intensity; complete

    Examples :
    • a profound silence
    • a state of profound shock
  6. showing intellectual penetration or emotional depth

    Antonyms : superficial
    Examples :
    • the differences are profound
    • a profound insight
    • a profound book
    • a profound mind
    • profound contempt
    • profound regret


  1. (computer science) a bit that is used in an error detection procedure in which a 0 or 1 is added to each group of bits so that it will have either an odd number of 1's or an even number of 1's; e.g., if the parity is odd then any group of bits that arrives with an even number of 1's must contain an error

    Synonyms : check bit, parity bit
    Type Of : bit
  2. (obstetrics) the number of liveborn children a woman has delivered

    Synonyms : para
    Type Of : maternity, pregnancy, gestation
    Examples :
    • the parity of the mother must be considered
  3. (physics) parity is conserved in a universe in which the laws of physics are the same in a right-handed system of coordinates as in a left-handed system

    Synonyms : conservation of parity, mirror symmetry, space-reflection symmetry
    Type Of : conservation
  4. functional equality

    Type Of : equivalence
  5. (mathematics) a relation between a pair of integers: if both integers are odd or both are even they have the same parity; if one is odd and the other is even they have different parity

    Type Of : mathematical relation
    Examples :
    • parity is often used to check the integrity of transmitted data