1. harshness of manner

    Synonyms : sharpness
    Type Of : ill nature
  2. something hard to endure

    Synonyms : grimness, hardship, rigor, rigorousness, rigour, rigourousness, severeness, severity
    Type Of : difficultness, difficulty
    Examples :
    • the asperity of northern winters


  1. end, especially to reach a final or climactic stage

    Synonyms : climax
    Type Of : finish, cease, stop, terminate, end
    Examples :
    • The meeting culminated in a tearful embrace
  2. bring to a head or to the highest point

    Type Of : terminate, end
    Examples :
    • Seurat culminated pointillism
  3. reach the highest altitude or the meridian, of a celestial body

    Type Of : reach, attain, gain, hit, make, arrive at
  4. reach the highest or most decisive point

    Type Of : accomplish, achieve, attain, reach
  5. rise to, or form, a summit

    Type Of : form
    Examples :
    • The helmet culminated in a crest


  1. kill by squeezing the throat of so as to cut off the air

    Synonyms : strangle, strangulate
    Type Of : kill
  2. a pedal that controls the throttle valve

    Synonyms : accelerator, accelerator pedal, gas, gas pedal, gun
    Type Of : treadle, foot lever, foot pedal, pedal
  3. place limits on (extent or amount or access)

    Synonyms : bound, confine, limit, restrict, trammel
  4. reduce the air supply

    Synonyms : choke
    Type Of : enrich
  5. a valve that regulates the supply of fuel to the engine

    Synonyms : accelerator, throttle valve
    Type Of : valve


  1. someone who takes more time than necessary; someone who lags behind

    Synonyms : dawdler, laggard, lagger, poke, trailer
    Type Of : bum, idler, do-nothing, layabout, loafer
  2. a pipe of the bagpipe that is tuned to produce a single continuous tone

    Synonyms : bourdon, drone pipe
    Type Of : pipe
  3. talk in a monotonous voice

    Synonyms : drone on
    Type Of : speak, mouth, utter, verbalise, verbalize, talk
  4. an aircraft without a pilot that is operated by remote control

    Synonyms : pilotless aircraft, radio-controlled aircraft
    Type Of : heavier-than-air craft
  5. an unchanging intonation

    Synonyms : droning, monotone
    Type Of : intonation, pitch contour, modulation
  6. make a monotonous low dull sound

    Type Of : sound, go
  7. stingless male bee in a colony of social bees (especially honeybees) whose sole function is to mate with the queen

    Type Of : bee


  1. treat with contemptuous disregard

    Synonyms : scoff
    Type Of : brush aside, brush off, push aside, discount, dismiss, disregard, ignore
    Examples :
    • flout the rules
  2. laugh at with contempt and derision

    Synonyms : barrack, gibe, jeer, scoff
    Type Of : twit, razz, ride, tantalise, tantalize, taunt, tease, bait, cod, rag, rally


  1. corresponding exactly

    Type Of : agreement, accord
    Examples :
    • marching in unison
  2. (music) two or more sounds or tones at the same pitch or in octaves

    Type Of : sound
    Examples :
    • singing in unison
  3. occurring together or simultaneously

    Type Of : concurrence, conjunction, coincidence, co-occurrence
    Examples :
    • the two spoke in unison


  1. instinctively or temperamentally seeking and enjoying the company of others

    Examples :
    • he is a gregarious person who avoids solitude
  2. (of animals) tending to form a group with others of the same species

    Antonyms : ungregarious
    Examples :
    • gregarious bird species
  3. (of plants) growing in groups that are close together

    Antonyms : ungregarious


  1. showing a sense of guilt

    Synonyms : hangdog, shamed, shamefaced
    Examples :
    • a guilty look
  2. responsible for or chargeable with a reprehensible act

    Antonyms : innocent
    Examples :
    • guilty of murder
    • the guilty person
    • secret guilty deeds


  1. excessively or hypocritically pious

    Synonyms : holier-than-thou, pharisaic, pharisaical, pietistic, pietistical, self-righteous
    Examples :
    • a sickening sanctimonious smile


  1. marked by firm determination or resolution; not shakable

    Synonyms : firm, steadfast, steady, stiff, unbendable, unfaltering, unshakable
    Examples :
    • unwavering loyalty
  2. not showing abrupt variations

    Synonyms : level