tr.v. baf·fled, baf·fling, baf·fles
tr.v. baf·fled, baf·fling, baf·fles
–verb (used with object), -aged, -ag·ing.
2. to bring reproach or discredit upon; lower the estimation of
Ex: Your embarrassing behavior will disparage the whole family.
Ex.: But she had not risen at all to the law fellow’s blandishments, his attempts to interest her in his ideas and persuade her to set forth her own.
: Under the hypnosis of war hysteria, with a pusillanimous Congress rubber-stamping every whim of the White House, we passed the withholding tax
contrary to what is usual, traditional, or accepted; not orthodox : he frequently upset other scholars with his unorthodox views.
SYNONYMS: unconventional, unusual, radical, nonconformist, avant-garde
a false, absurd, or distorted represented of something : the absurdly lenient sentence is a travesty of injustice.
represent in such a way : Michael has betrayed the family by travestying them in his plays.
a travesty of justice: perversion of, distortion of, corruption of, misrepresentation of, poor imitation of
1. subject to chance : the contingent nature of the job.
2. (contingent on/upon) occurring or existing only if (certain other circumstances) are the case; dependent on : resolution of the conflict was contingent on the signing of a cease-fire agreement.
a group of people united by some common feature, forming part of a larger group : a contingent of Japanese business attending a conference
the merger is contingent on government approval: dependent on, conditional on, subject to, determined by
contingent events: chance, accidental, fortuitous, possible, unforeseeable
a contingent of Japanese businessmen: group, party body, band, company
a contingent of soldiers: detachment, unit, group
a situation in which no progress is possible, esp. because of disagreement; a deadlock : the current political impasse.
SYNONYMS: deadlock, dead end, stalemate, standoff
1. the restoration of something lost or stolen to its proper owner : seeking the restitution of land taken from blacks under apartheid.
2. recompense for injury or loss : he was ordered to pay $6000 in restitution.
3. the restoration of something to its original state : restitution of the damaged mucosa
restitution of the land seized: return, restoration, handing back, surrender
restitution for the damage caused: compensation, recompense, reparation, damages
clear or obvious to the eye or mind : the systems’s manifest failings.
display or show (a quality or feeling) by one’s acts or appearance; demonstrate : Ray manifested signs of severe depression.
SYNONYMS: (verb) display, show, exhibit, demonstrate; (adjective) obvious, clear, plain
obtain something from (a specified source) : They derived great comfort from this assurance.
SYNONYMS: obtain, get, take gain; originate in, stem from, descend from
deriving ideas, style, or taste from a broad and diverse range of sources: Her music tastes are eclectic.
SYNONYMS: wide-ranging, broad-based, extensive, comprehensive
a trace of something that is disappearing or no longer exists: The last vestiges of colonialism.
SYNONYMS: remnant, fragment, relic, echo, indication, sign, trace, residue
1. Poke (someone) with a finger, foot, or pointed object: He prodded her in the ribs to stop her snoring.
2. Stimulate or persuade (someone who is reluctant or slow) to do something : He has been trying to prod the White House into launching an antipoverty program.
SYNONYMS: poke, jab dig, elbow, butt, stab; spur, stimulate, stir, rouse, prompt
make (something) greater by adding to it; increase
Ex) He augmented his summer income by painting houses.
1. Of the nature of, or involving, objection.
2. Open to objection, objectionable.
SYNONYMS: deplorable, disagreeable, unacceptable
the art of effective or persuasive speaking or writing, esp. the use of figures of speech and other compositional techniques
Ex) All we have from the opposition is empty rhetoric.