1. be deliberately ambiguous or unclear in order to mislead or withhold information

    Synonyms : beat around the bush, equivocate, palter, tergiversate
    Type Of : misinform, mislead


  1. hypothetical remedy for all ills or diseases; once sought by the alchemists

    Synonyms : catholicon, cure-all, nostrum
    Type Of : curative, cure, remedy, therapeutic
  2. (Greek mythology) the goddess of healing; daughter of Aesculapius and sister of Hygeia


  1. intended to attract notice and impress others

    Synonyms : ostentatious
  2. (of a display) tawdry or vulgar

    Synonyms : ostentatious
  3. making claim to or creating an appearance of (often undeserved) importance or distinction

    Antonyms : unpretentious
    Examples :
    • a pretentious country house
    • a pretentious fraud
    • a pretentious scholarly edition


  1. clearly revealed to the mind or the senses or judgment

    Synonyms : apparent, evident, manifest, patent, plain, unmistakable
    Examples :
    • a palpable lie
  2. capable of being perceived; especially capable of being handled or touched or felt

    Synonyms : tangible
    Antonyms : impalpable
    Examples :
    • a barely palpable dust
    • felt sudden anger in a palpable wave
    • the air was warm and close--palpable as cotton
    • a palpable lie
  3. (medicine) can be felt by palpation

    Examples :
    • a palpable tumor
  4. so intense as to be almost touched or felt

    Examples :
    • there was a palpable sense of joy in the air


  1. excessively forward

    Synonyms : assuming, assumptive
    Examples :
    • the duchess would not put up with presumptuous servants


  1. abnormally deficient in color as suggesting physical or emotional distress

    Synonyms : pale, wan
    Examples :
    • the pallid face of the invalid
  2. (of light) lacking in intensity or brightness; dim or feeble

    Synonyms : pale, sick, wan
    Examples :
    • a pallid sky
  3. lacking in vitality or interest or effectiveness

    Synonyms : pale
    Examples :
    • a pallid performance


  1. a feeling of evil to come

    Synonyms : boding, foreboding, premonition
    Type Of : apprehension, apprehensiveness, dread
    Examples :
    • the lawyer had a presentiment that the judge would dismiss the case


  1. remedy that alleviates pain without curing

    Synonyms : alleviant, alleviator
    Type Of : curative, cure, remedy, therapeutic
  2. moderating pain or sorrow by making it easier to bear

    Synonyms : alleviative, alleviatory, lenitive, mitigative, mitigatory


  1. perceiving the significance of events before they occur

    Examples :
    • extraordinarily prescient memoranda on the probable course of postwar relations


  1. surround with a wall in order to fortify

    Synonyms : fence, fence in, surround, wall
    Type Of : protect
  2. fortification consisting of a strong fence made of stakes driven into the ground

    Type Of : fortification, munition