1. the state or fact of existing

    Synonyms : being, beingness, face of the earth
    Antonyms : nonexistence
    Type Of : state
    Examples :
    • laws in existence for centuries
  2. everything that exists anywhere

    Synonyms : cosmos, creation, macrocosm, universe, world
    Type Of : natural object
    Examples :
    • the biggest tree in existence


  1. being in a tense state

    Synonyms : high-strung, highly strung, jittery, jumpy, nervy, overstrung, restive, uptight


  1. with success; in a successful manner

    Antonyms : unsuccessfully
    Examples :
    • she performed the surgery successfully


  1. an illusory feat; considered magical by naive observers

    Synonyms : conjuration, conjuring trick, deception, illusion, legerdemain, magic trick, thaumaturgy, trick
    Type Of : performance
  2. possessing or using or characteristic of or appropriate to supernatural powers

    Synonyms : charming, magical, sorcerous, witching, wizard, wizardly
    Examples :
    • magic signs that protect against adverse influence
    • a magical spell
  3. any art that invokes supernatural powers

    Synonyms : thaumaturgy
    Type Of : supernaturalism


  1. (usually followed by `to') strongly opposed

    Synonyms : antipathetic, antipathetical, indisposed, loath, loth
    Examples :
    • averse to taking risks

cutting edge

  1. the sharp cutting side of the blade of a knife

    Synonyms : knife edge
    Type Of : edge
  2. the position of greatest importance or advancement; the leading position in any movement or field

    Synonyms : forefront, vanguard
    Type Of : perspective, position, view


  1. the courage to carry on

    Synonyms : heart, nerve, spunk
    Type Of : braveness, bravery, courage, courageousness


  1. an animal or plant that bears a relationship to another (as related by common descent or by membership in the same genus)

    Synonyms : congenator, congener, congeneric
    Type Of : being, organism
  2. a person related by blood or marriage

    Synonyms : relation
    Type Of : soul, someone, mortal, somebody, person, individual
    Examples :
    • police are searching for relatives of the deceased
  3. properly related in size or degree or other measurable characteristics; usually followed by `to'

    Synonyms : proportional
    Examples :
    • earnings relative to production
  4. estimated by comparison; not absolute or complete

    Synonyms : comparative
    Antonyms : absolute
    Examples :
    • a relative stranger


  1. deadly or sinister

    Synonyms : baneful
    Examples :
    • the Florida eagles have a fierce baleful look
  2. threatening or foreshadowing evil or tragic developments

    Synonyms : forbidding, menacing, minacious, minatory, ominous, sinister, threatening
    Examples :
    • a baleful look


  1. a disposition not to be liberal (generous) with money

    Antonyms : liberality
    Type Of : stinginess