opulence

31 10 2007

Nouns
1. (n.) luxuriousness, luxury, opulence, sumptuousness;
  – wealth as evidenced by sumptuous living;

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usurp

31 10 2007

Verbs
1. (verb) arrogate, assume, seize, take over, usurp;
  – seize and take control without authority and possibly with force; take as one’s right or possession;
  – “He assumed to himself the right to fill all positions in the town”; “he usurped my rights”; “She seized control of the throne after her husband died”;

2. (verb) usurp;
  – take the place of;
  – “gloom had usurped mirth at the party after the news of the terrorist act broke”;

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forthright

31 10 2007

Adjectives
1. (adj.) blunt, candid, forthright, frank, free-spoken, outspoken, plainspoken, point-blank, straight-from-the-shoulder;
  – characterized by directness in manner or speech; without subtlety or evasion;
  – “blunt talking and straight shooting”; “a blunt New England farmer”; “I gave them my candid opinion”; “forthright criticism”; “a forthright approach to the problem”; “tell me what you think–and you may just as well be frank”; “it is possible to be outspoken without being rude”; “plainspoken and to the point”; “a point-blank accusation”;

Adverbs
1. (adv.) forthright, forthrightly, squarely;
  – directly and without evasion; not roundabout;
  – “to face a problem squarely”; “the responsibility lies squarely with them”; “spoke forthright (or forthrightly) and to the point”;

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feral

31 10 2007

Adjectives
1. (adj.) feral, ferine, savage;
  – wild and menacing;
  – “a pack of feral dogs”;

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embellish

30 10 2007

Verbs
1. (verb) aggrandise, aggrandize, blow up, dramatise, dramatize, embellish, embroider, lard, pad;
  – add details to;

2. (verb) adorn, beautify, deck, decorate, embellish, grace;
  – be beautiful to look at;
  – “Flowers adorned the tables everywhere”;

3. (verb) adorn, beautify, decorate, embellish, grace, ornament;
  – make more attractive by adding ornament, colour, etc.;
  – “Decorate the room for the party”; “beautify yourself for the special day”;

4. (verb) beautify, embellish, fancify, prettify;
  – make more beautiful;

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