1. talk to oneself

    Synonyms : monologuise, monologuize, soliloquise
    Type Of : speak, talk


  1. a disassembled barrel; the parts packed for storage or shipment

    Type Of : barrel, cask


  1. a person who pays more attention to formal rules and book learning than they merit

    Synonyms : bookworm, pedant
    Type Of : bookman, scholar, scholarly person, student
  2. a Scholastic philosopher or theologian

    Type Of : philosopher
  3. of or relating to schools

    Examples :
    • scholastic year
  4. of or relating to the philosophical doctrine of scholasticism

    Examples :
    • scholastic philosophy


  1. adopted in order to deceive

    Synonyms : assumed, false, fictitious, fictive, pretended, put on
    Examples :
    • sham modesty
  2. make a pretence of

    Synonyms : assume, feign, simulate
    Type Of : pretend, act, dissemble
  3. something that is a counterfeit; not what it seems to be

    Synonyms : fake, postiche
    Type Of : imitation
  4. a person who makes deceitful pretenses

    Synonyms : fake, faker, fraud, imposter, impostor, pretender, pseud, pseudo, role player, shammer
    Type Of : cheater, deceiver, beguiler, cheat, slicker, trickster
  5. make believe with the intent to deceive

    Synonyms : affect, dissemble, feign, pretend
    Type Of : belie, misrepresent
    Examples :
    • He shammed a headache


  1. mentally or physically infirm with age

    Synonyms : doddering, doddery, gaga


  1. of a mental act performed entirely within the mind

    Synonyms : immanent
  2. taking place within the mind and modified by individual bias

    Antonyms : objective
    Examples :
    • a subjective judgment


  1. official permission or approval

    Synonyms : authorisation, authority, authorization
    Type Of : permission
  2. give sanction to

    Synonyms : approve, o.k., okay
    Type Of : authorize, clear, pass, authorise
  3. formal and explicit approval

    Synonyms : countenance, endorsement, imprimatur, indorsement, warrant
    Type Of : commendation, approval
  4. a mechanism of social control for enforcing a society's standards

    Type Of : social control
  5. give authority or permission to

    Type Of : authorise, authorize, empower
  6. give religious sanction to, such as through on oath

    Type Of : approve, o.k., okay
  7. the act of final authorization

    Type Of : empowerment, authorization, authorisation
    Examples :
    • it had the sanction of the church


  1. stemming from evil characteristics or forces; wicked or dishonorable

    Synonyms : black, dark
    Examples :
    • the scheme of some sinister intelligence bent on punishing him
  2. threatening or foreshadowing evil or tragic developments

    Synonyms : baleful, forbidding, menacing, minacious, minatory, ominous, threatening
    Examples :
    • sinister storm clouds
    • a sinister smile
  3. on or starting from the wearer's left

    Examples :
    • bar sinister


  1. growing old

    Synonyms : ageing, aging


  1. an investment that is very risky but could yield great profits

    Synonyms : venture
    Type Of : investment funds, investment
    Examples :
    • he knew the stock was a speculation when he bought it
  2. a message expressing an opinion based on incomplete evidence

    Synonyms : conjecture, guess, hypothesis, supposition, surmisal, surmise
    Type Of : view, opinion
  3. a hypothesis that has been formed by speculating or conjecturing (usually with little hard evidence)

    Synonyms : conjecture
    Type Of : hypothesis, theory, possibility
    Examples :
    • speculations about the outcome of the election
  4. continuous and profound contemplation or musing on a subject or series of subjects of a deep or abstruse nature

    Synonyms : meditation
    Type Of : rumination, musing, thoughtfulness, contemplation, reflection, reflexion