1. completely and without qualification; used informally as intensifiers

    Synonyms : absolutely, dead, perfectly
    Examples :
    • utterly miserable


  1. unclean and constituting a likely cause of disease

    Examples :
    • pathetic dogs kept in small unhygienic cages


  1. an implement for practical use (especially in a household)

    Type Of : implement



  1. (linguistics) a grammatical rule (or other linguistic feature) that is found in all languages

    Synonyms : linguistic universal
    Type Of : rule, linguistic rule
  2. (logic) a proposition that asserts something of all members of a class

    Synonyms : universal proposition
    Antonyms : particular
    Type Of : proposition
  3. coupling that connects two rotating shafts allowing freedom of movement in all directions

    Synonyms : universal joint
    Type Of : coupling, coupler
    Examples :
    • in motor vehicles a universal joint allows the driveshaft to move up and down as the vehicle passes over bumps
  4. of worldwide scope or applicability

    Synonyms : cosmopolitan, ecumenical, general, oecumenical, world-wide, worldwide
    Examples :
    • universal experience
  5. a behavioral convention or pattern characteristic of all members of a particular culture or of all human beings

    Type Of : normal, convention, rule, pattern, formula
    Examples :
    • some form of religion seems to be a human universal
  6. adapted to various purposes, sizes, forms, operations

    Examples :
    • universal wrench
    • universal chuck
    • universal screwdriver
  7. applicable to or common to all members of a group or set

    Examples :
    • the play opened to universal acclaim
    • rap enjoys universal appeal among teenage boys


  1. not conforming to approved standards of social or professional behavior

    Antonyms : ethical
    Examples :
    • unethical business practices


  1. the act of sustaining life by food or providing a means of subsistence

    Synonyms : maintenance, sustainment, sustenance, sustentation
    Type Of : support
  2. activity involved in maintaining something in good working order

    Synonyms : care, maintenance
    Type Of : fixing, fixture, repair, reparation, fix, mend, mending


  1. healing process involving the growing together of the edges of a wound or the growing together of broken bones

    Synonyms : conglutination
    Type Of : healing
  2. being of or having to do with the northern United States and those loyal to the Union during the American Civil War

    Synonyms : federal
  3. the act of pairing a male and female for reproductive purposes

    Synonyms : conjugation, coupling, mating, pairing, sexual union
    Type Of : sexual activity, sex, sex activity, sexual practice
  4. a set containing all and only the members of two or more given sets

    Synonyms : join, sum
    Type Of : set
    Examples :
    • let C be the union of the sets A and B
  5. an organization of employees formed to bargain with the employer

    Synonyms : brotherhood, labor union, trade union, trades union
    Type Of : organisation, organization
    Examples :
    • you have to join the union in order to get a job
  6. the state of being a married couple voluntarily joined for life (or until divorce)

    Synonyms : marriage, matrimony, spousal relationship, wedlock
    Type Of : marital status
    Examples :
    • God bless this union
  7. the United States (especially the northern states during the American Civil War)

    Synonyms : north
  8. the state of being joined or united or linked

    Synonyms : unification
    Antonyms : separation
    Type Of : state
    Examples :
    • there is strength in union
  9. the act of making or becoming a single unit

    Synonyms : conjugation, jointure, unification, uniting
    Antonyms : disunion
    Type Of : combination, combining, compounding
    Examples :
    • the union of opposing factions
  10. a device on a national flag emblematic of the union of two or more sovereignties (typically in the upper inner corner)

    Type Of : device
  11. a political unit formed from previously independent people or organizations

    Type Of : political entity, political unit
  12. of trade unions

    Antonyms : nonunion
    Examples :
    • the union movement
    • union negotiations
    • a union-shop clause in the contract
  13. the occurrence of a uniting of separate parts

    Type Of : occurrence, occurrent, happening, natural event
    Examples :
    • lightning produced an unusual union of the metals


  1. not perceived or discerned

    Antonyms : detected
    Examples :
    • they feared some undetected trace of poison
    • she looked around to be sure her faux pas was undetected


  1. a collarless men's undergarment for the upper part of the body

    Synonyms : singlet, vest
    Type Of : undergarment, unmentionable