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


  1. something intended to misrepresent the true nature of an activity

    Synonyms : blind
    Type Of : deceit, deception, misrepresentation
    Examples :
    • he wasn't sick--it was just a subterfuge


  1. make real or concrete; give reality or substance to

    Synonyms : actualise, actualize, realise, realize
    Type Of : make, create
    Examples :
    • our ideas must be substantiated into actions
  2. establish or strengthen as with new evidence or facts

    Synonyms : affirm, confirm, corroborate, support, sustain
  3. represent in bodily form

    Synonyms : body forth, embody, incarnate
    Type Of : be
    Examples :
    • The painting substantiates the feelings of the artist
  4. solidify, firm, or strengthen

    Type Of : strengthen, beef up, fortify
    Examples :
    • The president's trip will substantiate good relations with the former enemy country


  1. a writ issued by court authority to compel the attendance of a witness at a judicial proceeding; disobedience may be punishable as a contempt of court

    Synonyms : subpoena ad testificandum
    Type Of : writ, judicial writ
  2. serve or summon with a subpoena

    Type Of : process, serve, swear out
    Examples :
    • The witness and her records were subpoenaed


  1. so surprisingly impressive as to stun or overwhelm

    Synonyms : astonishing, astounding, staggering
    Examples :
    • the figure inside the boucle dress was stupefying
  2. making physically stupid or dull or insensible

    Examples :
    • a stupefying blow to the head
    • the stupefying effects of hemp
  3. shocking with surprise and consternation

    Examples :
    • the stupefying impact of the tragedy