1. mental deterioration of organic or functional origin

    Synonyms : dementedness
    Type Of : insanity


  1. the condition of prospering; having good fortune

    Synonyms : successfulness
    Type Of : luckiness, good fortune, good luck
  2. an economic state of growth with rising profits and full employment

    Type Of : economic condition


  1. good-natured tolerance of delay or incompetence

    Synonyms : forbearance, longanimity
    Antonyms : impatience
    Type Of : good nature
  2. a card game played by one person

    Synonyms : solitaire
    Type Of : cards, card game


  1. firm and dependable especially in loyalty

    Synonyms : staunch, unswerving
    Examples :
    • a steadfast ally
  2. marked by firm determination or resolution; not shakable

    Synonyms : firm, steady, stiff, unbendable, unfaltering, unshakable, unwavering
    Examples :
    • steadfast resolve


  1. a natural disposition to fight

    Synonyms : bellicoseness
    Type Of : aggressiveness, belligerence, pugnacity


  1. concealing something under the ground

    Synonyms : burying
    Type Of : hiding, concealment, concealing
  2. the ritual placing of a corpse in a grave

    Synonyms : entombment, inhumation, interment, sepulture
    Type Of : obsequy, funeral


  1. a person who contributes to the fulfillment of a need or furtherance of an effort or purpose

    Synonyms : assistant, helper, supporter
    Type Of : worker
    Examples :
    • they hired additional help to finish the work
  2. a means of serving

    Synonyms : avail, service
    Type Of : helpfulness
    Examples :
    • there's no help for it
  3. improve the condition of

    Synonyms : aid
    Type Of : amend, ameliorate, better, improve, meliorate
    Examples :
    • These pills will help the patient
  4. give help or assistance; be of service

    Synonyms : aid, assist
    Type Of : support, back up
    Examples :
    • Everyone helped out during the earthquake
    • Can you help me carry this table?
    • She never helps around the house
  5. a person or thing that is a resource that helps make something easier or possible to do

    Synonyms : aid, assistance
    Type Of : resource
  6. the activity of contributing to the fulfillment of a need or furtherance of an effort or purpose

    Synonyms : aid, assist, assistance
    Type Of : activity
    Examples :
    • offered his help in unloading
  7. abstain from doing; always used with a negative

    Synonyms : help oneself
    Type Of : refrain, forbear
    Examples :
    • I can't help myself--I have to smoke
    • She could not help watching the sad spectacle
  8. be of use

    Synonyms : facilitate
    Type Of : serve
    Examples :
    • This will help to prevent accidents
  9. help to some food; help with food or drink

    Synonyms : serve
    Type Of : provide, ply, cater, supply
    Examples :
    • I served him three times, and after that he helped himself
  10. take or use

    Synonyms : avail
    Type Of : exploit, work
    Examples :
    • She helped herself to some of the office supplies
  11. contribute to the furtherance of

    Type Of : boost, encourage, promote, advance, further
    Examples :
    • This money will help the development of literacy in developing countries
  12. improve; change for the better

    Type Of : improve, meliorate, ameliorate, amend, better
    Examples :
    • New slipcovers will help the old living room furniture


  1. someone new to a field or activity

    Synonyms : beginner, initiate, tiro, tyro
    Type Of : unskilled person
  2. someone who has entered a religious order but has not taken final vows

    Synonyms : novitiate
    Type Of : religious person


  1. the act of detecting something; catching sight of something

    Synonyms : catching, espial, spotting, spying
    Type Of : discovery, uncovering, find
  2. the perception that something has occurred or some state exists

    Synonyms : sensing
    Type Of : perception
    Examples :
    • early detection can often lead to a cure
  3. the detection that a signal is being received

    Synonyms : signal detection
    Type Of : reception
  4. a police investigation to determine the perpetrator

    Synonyms : detecting, detective work, sleuthing
    Type Of : police investigation, police work
    Examples :
    • detection is hard on the feet


  1. known widely and usually unfavorably

    Synonyms : ill-famed, infamous
    Examples :
    • a notorious gangster
    • the tenderloin district was notorious for vice