1. eating to excess (personified as one of the deadly sins)

    Synonyms : gula, overeating
    Type Of : deadly sin, mortal sin
  2. habitual eating to excess

    Type Of : intemperance


  1. extremely harmful; bringing physical or financial ruin

    Synonyms : ruinous
    Examples :
    • a catastrophic depression
    • catastrophic illness


  1. draw from specific cases for more general cases

    Synonyms : generalise, generalize, infer
    Type Of : conclude, reason, reason out
  2. estimate the value of

    Synonyms : interpolate
    Type Of : work out, figure, reckon, cipher, calculate, compute, cypher
  3. gain knowledge of (an area not known or experienced) by extrapolating

    Type Of : infer, derive, deduct, deduce


  1. a strain of pest accidentally imported into Florida from the Middle East then spread to California where it is a very serious pest feeding on almost all vegetable crops and poinsettias

    Synonyms : bemisia tabaci, poinsettia strain
    Type Of : sweet-potato whitefly
  2. a strain of bacteria that is resistant to all antibiotics

    Type Of : bacteria, bacterium


  1. the act of deceiving

    Synonyms : deceit, deception, dissembling
    Type Of : misrepresentation, falsification


  1. not forming an essential part of a thing or arising or originating from the outside

    Antonyms : intrinsic
    Examples :
    • extrinsic evidence
    • an extrinsic feature of the new building
    • that style is something extrinsic to the subject
    • looking for extrinsic aid


  1. put down by force or intimidation

    Synonyms : keep down, reduce, repress, subdue, subjugate
    Type Of : suppress, oppress, crush
    Examples :
    • The government quashes any attempt of an uprising
  2. declare invalid

    Synonyms : annul, avoid, invalidate, nullify, void
    Type Of : strike down, cancel


  1. the quality of being slow to understand

    Synonyms : obtuseness
    Type Of : stupidity
  2. without sharpness or clearness of edge or point

    Synonyms : bluntness
    Antonyms : sharpness
    Type Of : form, shape, contour, configuration, conformation
    Examples :
    • the dullness of the pencil made his writing illegible
  3. a lack of visual brightness

    Antonyms : brightness
    Type Of : visual property
    Examples :
    • the brightness of the orange sky was reflected in the dullness of the orange sea
  4. lack of sensibility

    Type Of : callousness, callosity, unfeelingness, hardness, insensibility
    Examples :
    • there was a dullness in his heart
    • without him the dullness of her life crept into her work no matter how she tried to compartmentalize it.
  5. the quality of lacking interestingness

    Type Of : uninterestingness
    Examples :
    • the stories were of a dullness to bring a buffalo to its knees


  1. of or pertaining to atmospheric phenomena, especially weather and weather conditions

    Synonyms : meteorologic, meteorological
    Examples :
    • meteoric (or meteorological) phenomena
  2. like a meteor in speed or brilliance or transience

    Examples :
    • a meteoric rise to fame
  3. pertaining to or consisting of meteors or meteoroids

    Examples :
    • meteoric shower
    • meteoric impacts


  1. (used of texts) shortened by condensing or rewriting

    Antonyms : unabridged
    Examples :
    • an abridged version