1. a person who professes beliefs and opinions that he or she does not hold in order to conceal his or her real feelings or motives

    Synonyms : dissimulator, hypocrite, phoney, phony, pretender
    Type Of : deceiver, slicker, cheat, trickster, cheater, beguiler


  1. the semantic role of the noun phrase that designates the time of the state or action denoted by the verb

    Synonyms : temporal role
    Type Of : semantic role, participant role
  2. characteristic of or devoted to the temporal world as opposed to the spiritual world

    Synonyms : secular, worldly
    Examples :
    • temporal possessions of the church
  3. not eternal

    Examples :
    • temporal matters of but fleeting moment
  4. of this earth or world

    Examples :
    • temporal joys
    • our temporal existence
  5. of or relating to or limited by time

    Examples :
    • temporal processing
    • temporal dimensions
    • temporal and spacial boundaries
    • music is a temporal art
  6. of or relating to the temples (the sides of the skull behind the orbit)

    Examples :
    • temporal bone


  1. a professional person authorized to practice law; conducts lawsuits or gives legal advice

    Synonyms : attorney
    Type Of : professional, professional person

magnum opus

  1. a great work of art or literature

    Type Of : work of art


  1. an authoritative declaration

    Synonyms : pronouncement, say-so
    Type Of : declaration
  2. an opinion voiced by a judge on a point of law not directly bearing on the case in question and therefore not binding

    Synonyms : obiter dictum
    Type Of : judgement, opinion, legal opinion, judgment


  1. lacking vitality or spirit; lifeless

    Synonyms : arid, desiccate
    Examples :
    • a prissy and emotionless creature...settles into a mold of desiccated snobbery
  2. thoroughly dried out

    Synonyms : dried-out
    Examples :
    • old boxes of desiccated Cuban cigars
  3. preserved by removing natural moisture

    Synonyms : dehydrated, dried
    Examples :
    • shredded and desiccated coconut meat


  1. a social club for female undergraduates

    Type Of : society, gild, guild, lodge, order, club, social club


  1. not worth considering

    Synonyms : paltry, trifling
  2. so small as to be meaningless; insignificant

    Examples :
    • the effect was negligible


  1. exchange thoughts; talk with

    Synonyms : talk
    Type Of : communicate, intercommunicate
  2. use language

    Synonyms : talk
    Type Of : communicate, intercommunicate
    Examples :
    • the prisoner won't speak
    • they speak a strange dialect
  3. give a speech to

    Synonyms : address
  4. express in speech

    Synonyms : mouth, talk, utter, verbalise, verbalize
    Type Of : intercommunicate, communicate
  5. make a characteristic or natural sound

    Type Of : sound


  1. a theme that is repeated or elaborated in a piece of music

    Synonyms : motive
    Type Of : musical theme, idea, theme, melodic theme
  2. a design or figure that consists of recurring shapes or colors, as in architecture or decoration

    Synonyms : motive
    Type Of : pattern, figure, design
  3. a unifying idea that is a recurrent element in literary or artistic work

    Synonyms : theme
    Type Of : idea, thought