1. the quality of being valid and rigorous

    Synonyms : cogency, rigour, validity
    Type Of : believability, credibleness, credibility
  2. excessive sternness

    Synonyms : hardness, harshness, inclemency, rigorousness, rigour, rigourousness, severeness, severity, stiffness
    Type Of : sternness, strictness
    Examples :
    • the rigors of boot camp
  3. something hard to endure

    Synonyms : asperity, grimness, hardship, rigorousness, rigour, rigourousness, severeness, severity
    Type Of : difficulty, difficultness


  1. most frequent or common

    Synonyms : dominant, predominant, prevailing, prevalent
  2. excessively abundant

    Synonyms : overabundant, plethoric


  1. (often followed by `with') damaged throughout by numerous perforations or holes

    Examples :
    • a sweater riddled with moth holes
    • cliffs riddled with caves
    • the bullet-riddled target
  2. spread throughout

    Examples :
    • cities riddled with corruption


  1. regard with feelings of respect and reverence; consider hallowed or exalted or be in awe of

    Synonyms : fear, reverence, venerate
    Type Of : esteem, prise, prize, respect, value
  2. American silversmith remembered for his midnight ride (celebrated in a poem by Longfellow) to warn the colonists in Lexington and Concord that British troops were coming (1735-1818)

    Synonyms : paul revere
  3. love unquestioningly and uncritically or to excess; venerate as an idol

    Synonyms : hero-worship, idolise, idolize, worship
    Type Of : adore
  4. a lapel on a woman's garment; turned back to show the reverse side

    Synonyms : revers
    Type Of : lapel


  1. a disavowal or taking back of a previous assertion

    Synonyms : abjuration, recantation
    Type Of : disavowal, disclaimer
  2. the act of pulling or holding or drawing a part back

    Type Of : motion, move, movement, motility
    Examples :
    • the retraction of the landing gear
    • retraction of the foreskin


  1. temperamentally disinclined to talk

    Synonyms : untalkative
  2. cool and formal in manner

    Synonyms : restrained, unemotional
  3. reluctant to draw attention to yourself

    Synonyms : retiring, self-effacing


  1. the power of retaining and recalling past experience

    Synonyms : memory, retentiveness, retentivity
    Type Of : faculty, module, mental faculty
  2. the power of retaining liquid

    Synonyms : retentiveness, retentivity
    Type Of : impermeableness, impermeability
  3. the act of retaining something

    Synonyms : holding, keeping
    Type Of : ownership, possession


  1. a medicine that strengthens and invigorates

    Synonyms : tonic
    Type Of : medication, medicinal drug, medicine, medicament
  2. a device for treating injury or disease

    Synonyms : corrective
    Type Of : device
  3. tending to impart new life and vigor to

    Synonyms : renewing, revitalising, revitalizing, reviving
  4. promoting recuperation

    Synonyms : recuperative
    Examples :
    • restorative effects of exercise


  1. having great beauty and splendor

    Synonyms : glorious, splendid, splendiferous


  1. an interruption in the intensity or amount of something

    Synonyms : abatement, hiatus, reprieve, suspension
    Type Of : interruption, break
  2. a pause from doing something (as work)

    Synonyms : break, recess, time out
    Type Of : pause
  3. postpone the punishment of a convicted criminal, such as an execution

    Synonyms : reprieve
    Type Of : set back, prorogue, put off, put over, remit, shelve, table, defer, hold over, postpone
  4. a pause for relaxation

    Synonyms : relief, rest, rest period
    Type Of : pause, break, intermission, interruption, suspension
  5. the act of reprieving; postponing or remitting punishment

    Synonyms : reprieve
    Type Of : mercifulness, clemency, mercy
  6. a (temporary) relief from harm or discomfort

    Synonyms : reprieve
    Type Of : ease, relief