1. make dirty or spotty, as by exposure to air; also used metaphorically

    Synonyms : defile, maculate, stain, sully
    Type Of : fleck, spot, blob, blot
    Examples :
    • The silver was tarnished by the long exposure to the air
  2. discoloration of metal surface caused by oxidation

    Type Of : stain, discoloration, discolouration


  1. consideration in dealing with others and avoiding giving offense

    Synonyms : tactfulness
    Type Of : consideration, considerateness, thoughtfulness


  1. lasting a very short time

    Synonyms : ephemeral, fugacious, passing, short-lived, transient
    Examples :
    • love is transitory but it is eternal


  1. powerfully persuasive

    Synonyms : cogent, weighty
    Examples :
    • a telling presentation
  2. an act of narration

    Synonyms : recounting, relation
    Type Of : yarn, narration, recital
  3. disclosing information or giving evidence about another

    Synonyms : singing, tattle
    Type Of : revealing, disclosure, revelation
  4. disclosing unintentionally something concealed

    Synonyms : revealing, telltale
    Examples :
    • a telling smile
  5. producing a strong effect

    Synonyms : impressive
    Examples :
    • a telling gesture
  6. informing by words

    Synonyms : apprisal, notification
    Type Of : making known, informing


  1. without qualification; used informally as (often pejorative) intensifiers

    Synonyms : arrant, complete, consummate, double-dyed, everlasting, gross, perfect, pure, sodding, staring, stark, thorough, unadulterated, utter
    Examples :
    • a thoroughgoing villain
  2. performed comprehensively and completely; not superficial or partial

    Synonyms : exhaustive, thorough
    Examples :
    • thoroughgoing research


  1. mindful of the future in spending money

    Synonyms : careful
  2. careful and diligent in the use of resources

    Antonyms : wasteful


  1. someone who gossips indiscreetly

    Synonyms : blabbermouth, talebearer, taleteller, tattler, tattletale
    Type Of : gossipmonger, newsmonger, gossip, rumourmonger, rumormonger, gossiper
  2. disclosing unintentionally something concealed

    Synonyms : revealing, telling
    Examples :
    • a telltale panel of lights
    • a telltale patch of oil on the water marked where the boat went down


  1. made hard or flexible or resilient especially by heat treatment

    Synonyms : hardened, toughened, treated
    Antonyms : untempered
    Examples :
    • a sword of tempered steel
    • tempered glass
  2. adjusted or attuned by adding a counterbalancing element

    Antonyms : untempered
    Examples :
    • criticism tempered with kindly sympathy


  1. the trait of avoiding excesses

    Synonyms : moderation
    Antonyms : intemperance
    Type Of : restraint, control, natural virtue
  2. abstaining from excess

    Synonyms : sobriety
    Type Of : abstinence
  3. the act of tempering

    Type Of : combination, combining, compounding


  1. being essentially equal to something

    Synonyms : equivalent
    Examples :
    • his statement was tantamount to an admission of guilt