1. a speech of violent denunciation

    Synonyms : broadside, philippic
    Type Of : declamation, denouncement, denunciation


  1. timid by nature or revealing timidity

    Synonyms : fearful, trepid
    Examples :
    • timorous little mouse
    • in a timorous tone


  1. a crosspiece spreading the gunnels of a boat; used as a seat in a rowboat

    Synonyms : cross thwart
    Type Of : crosspiece
  2. hinder or prevent (the efforts, plans, or desires) of

    Synonyms : baffle, bilk, cross, foil, frustrate, queer, scotch, spoil
    Type Of : foreclose, forbid, forestall, preclude, prevent


  1. relating to or involved in therapy

    Synonyms : therapeutical
    Examples :
    • therapeutic approach to criminality
  2. a medicine or therapy that cures disease or relieve pain

    Synonyms : curative, cure, remedy
    Type Of : medicine, medicament, medication, medicinal drug
  3. tending to cure or restore to health

    Synonyms : alterative, curative, healing, remedial, sanative
    Examples :
    • a therapeutic agent
    • therapeutic diets


  1. brief and to the point; effectively cut short

    Synonyms : crisp, curt, laconic
    Examples :
    • short and terse and easy to understand


  1. lacking substance or significance

    Synonyms : flimsy, fragile, slight, thin
    Examples :
    • a tenuous argument
  2. having thin consistency

    Examples :
    • a tenuous fluid
  3. very thin in gauge or diameter

    Examples :
    • a tenuous thread


  1. unsettled in mind or opinion

    Synonyms : doubtful
    Examples :
    • drew a few tentative conclusions
  2. under terms not final or fully worked out or agreed upon

    Synonyms : probationary, provisional, provisionary
    Examples :
    • just a tentative schedule


  1. sticking together

    Synonyms : coherent
    Examples :
    • tenacious burrs
  2. good at remembering

    Synonyms : long, recollective, retentive
    Examples :
    • tenacious memory
  3. stubbornly unyielding

    Synonyms : dogged, dour, persistent, pertinacious, unyielding
    Examples :
    • a mind not gifted to discover truth but tenacious to hold it
    • men tenacious of opinion


  1. a sudden outburst of anger

    Synonyms : irritation, pique
    Type Of : vexation, chafe, annoyance
    Examples :
    • his temper sparked like damp firewood
  2. make more temperate, acceptable, or suitable by adding something else

    Synonyms : moderate, mollify, season
    Type Of : weaken
    Examples :
    • she tempered her criticism
  3. the elasticity and hardness of a metal object; its ability to absorb considerable energy before cracking

    Synonyms : toughness
    Type Of : snap, elasticity
  4. harden by reheating and cooling in oil

    Synonyms : harden
    Type Of : modify
    Examples :
    • temper steel
  5. change by restraining or moderating

    Synonyms : chasten
    Type Of : modify, alter, change
  6. a disposition to exhibit uncontrolled anger

    Synonyms : biliousness, irritability, peevishness, pettishness, snappishness, surliness
    Type Of : ill nature
    Examples :
    • his temper was well known to all his employees
  7. a characteristic (habitual or relatively temporary) state of feeling

    Synonyms : humor, humour, mood
    Type Of : feeling
    Examples :
    • whether he praised or cursed me depended on his temper at the time
  8. bring to a desired consistency, texture, or hardness by a process of gradually heating and cooling

    Synonyms : anneal, normalize
    Type Of : harden, indurate
    Examples :
    • temper glass
  9. adjust the pitch (of pianos)

    Type Of : correct, set, adjust


  1. the feeling of being bored by something tedious

    Synonyms : boredom, ennui
    Type Of : dissatisfaction
  2. dullness owing to length or slowness

    Synonyms : tediousness, tiresomeness
    Type Of : dullness