1. (often followed by `of' or `to') yielding readily to or capable of

    Antonyms : unsusceptible
    Examples :
    • susceptible to colds
    • susceptible of proof
  2. easily impressed emotionally


  1. in a surreptitious manner

    Synonyms : sneakily
    Examples :
    • he was watching her surreptitiously as she waited in the hotel lobby


  1. conducted with or marked by hidden aims or methods

    Synonyms : clandestine, cloak-and-dagger, hole-and-corner, hugger-mugger, hush-hush, secret, undercover, underground
    Examples :
    • surreptitious mobilization of troops
  2. marked by quiet and caution and secrecy; taking pains to avoid being observed

    Synonyms : furtive, sneak, sneaky, stealthy
    Examples :
    • a surreptitious glance at his watch


  1. inclined to anger or bad feelings with overtones of menace

    Synonyms : ugly
    Examples :
    • a surly waiter


  1. the superlative form of an adjective or adverb

    Synonyms : superlative degree
    Type Of : adverb, adjective
    Examples :
    • `fastest' is the superlative of the adjective `fast'
    • `least famous' is the superlative degree of the adjective `famous'
    • `most surely' is the superlative of the adverb `surely'
  2. highest in quality

    Synonyms : greatest, sterling
  3. the highest level or degree attainable; the highest stage of development

    Synonyms : acme, elevation, height, meridian, peak, pinnacle, summit, tiptop, top
    Type Of : degree, stage, level, point
    Examples :
    • so many highest superlatives achieved by man
  4. an exaggerated expression (usually of praise)

    Type Of : praise, extolment, kudos, congratulations
    Examples :
    • the critics lavished superlatives on it


  1. expressive of contempt

    Synonyms : sneering, snide
    Examples :
    • curled his lip in a supercilious smile
  2. having or showing arrogant superiority to and disdain of those one views as unworthy

    Synonyms : disdainful, haughty, imperious, lordly, overbearing, prideful, sniffy, swaggering
    Examples :
    • his mother eyed my clothes with a supercilious air


  1. an advocate of the extension of voting rights (especially to women)

    Type Of : exponent, advocator, proponent, advocate


  1. briefly giving the gist of something

    Synonyms : compact, compendious, summary
    Examples :
    • succinct comparisons


  1. in opposition to a civil authority or government

    Synonyms : insurgent, seditious
  2. a radical supporter of political or social revolution

    Synonyms : revolutionary, revolutionist, subverter
    Type Of : radical


  1. difficult to detect or grasp by the mind or analyze

    Synonyms : elusive
    Examples :
    • his whole attitude had undergone a subtle change
    • a subtle difference
  2. working or spreading in a hidden and usually injurious way

    Synonyms : insidious, pernicious
    Examples :
    • a subtle poison
  3. able to make fine distinctions

    Examples :
    • a subtle mind