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Oxford Thesaurus - An A-Z Dictionary Of Synonyms

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will be appointed managing director. 2 See crazy, 1, above. 3 daft about. mad about, infatuated with, besotted by or with, sweet on, Colloq nuts about, crazy about: Those two are daft about each other.


n. knife, poniard, skean, short sword, stiletto, dirk, blade,

kris, bowie knife, bayonet: It was his dagger that was sticking

out of the man's back.


adj. 1 diurnal, circadian, everyday, quotidian: The daily

papers reported nothing about the fire. 2 ordinary, common, commonplace, everyday, routine, regular: Her trip to the market has become a daily occurrence.

--adv. 3 constantly, always, habitually, day after day, regularly, every day, continually, continuously: The trains run daily between here and London.

dainty adj. 1 delicate, graceful, fine, elegant, exquisite, neat: The value lies in this dainty border painted round the edge of the cup. 2 fastidious, sensitive, squeamish, finicky or finical, over-nice, overrefined, genteel, mincing: He seems somewhat dainty in his choice of words. 3 choice, delicious, delectable, tasty, appetizing, palatable, toothsome: They were given a few dainty morsels to nibble while waiting.

--n. 4 delicacy, sweetmeat, treat, comfit, titbit or US tidbit, morsel: A plate of dainties was placed beside the bed each night.

damage n. 1 harm, injury, hurt, impairment, mutilation, destruction, devastation: Fortunately, there was little damage from the storm. 2 expense, price, cost; bill, invoice, US check: At the restaurant, the damage came to œ50. 3 damages. compensation,

reparation, indemnity: We won the suit and were awarded damages of œ10,000 for defamation of character.

--v. 4 harm, hurt, injure; wound; mutilate, disfigure, mar, deface; wreck, ruin, spoil, impair: Although the car was badly

damaged, the passengers escaped unharmed. Will this news damage your chances of a promotion?


v. 1 condemn, criticize, find fault with, berate, castigate,

upbraid, attack, blast, reprimand, reprove, remonstrate,

denounce; blame: Some would damn him for saving the murderer from drowning, others would damn him if he didn't. 2 doom, condemn, sentence: Sisyphus was damned for all eternity to roll a heavy stone up a hill. 3 curse (at), swear (at), execrate: I damned the day I first set foot in that house.

--n. 4 jot or tittle, brass farthing, Slang hoot, two hoots (in hell), Slang tinker's damn or cuss: His opinion isn't worth a damn. 5 give a damn. care, mind, be concerned, worry, Slang give a hoot: Why should he give a damn if the critics panned his play?

damnable adj. awful, terrible, horrible, horrid, atrocious, abominable, dreadful, hideous, execrable, accursed, cursed, detestable, hateful, abhorrent, despicable, loathsome, wicked, sinful, offensive, heinous, pernicious, infernal, malicious, malevolent, outrageous, foul, rotten, base, vile, odious: He has been

telling the most damnable lies about her since they broke up.

damp adj. 1 clammy, moist, wettish; humid, dank, misty, dewy, steamy, muggy: Wipe off the table with a damp cloth. Nothing dries out in this damp weather.

--n. 2 moistness, moisture, dampness, clamminess, humidity: The mould on the walls is the result of the damp.

dampen v. 1 damp, moisten, sprinkle, bedew: Dampen the clothes before ironing them. 2 stifle, deaden, damp, check, chill, cool,

restrain, retard, lessen, diminish, reduce, suppress, abate, moderate, allay, subdue, temper, dull, discourage: His constant chattering on about himself dampened her ardour.

dance v. 1 cavort, gambol, caper, skip, leap, romp, trip the light fantastic (toe), US cut a rug, sashay, Colloq bop, hoof it: We danced for joy when we heard the news. Would you care to dance?

--n. 2 ball, social, dancing party, th‚ dansant, US tea dance, promenade, Colloq shindig or shindy, hop, bop, US and Canadian prom: I have invited her to the dance on Saturday evening.

dandy n. 1 fop, coxcomb, (gay) blade, beau, gallant, lady-killer, ladies' or lady's man, rake, Colloq swell, clothes-horse, Brit

toff, blood, US dude: He was a great dandy, and spent hours dressing every day.

--adj. 2 fine, splendid, first-rate, great, marvellous, neat, spectacular: Penny's father bought her a dandy new car.

danger n. 1 peril, risk, threat, hazard, jeopardy: The danger of an avalanche is too great to go skiing. 2 in danger of. likely (to be), liable (to be): If you drink and drive, you are in danger of causing a road accident.

dangerous adj. 1 risky, perilous, hazardous, unsafe, precarious, rickety, Colloq chancy, iffy: Rock-climbing is very dangerous. 2 threatening, menacing, harmful, treacherous: He is a dangerous criminal, wanted for murder.


adv. 1 perilously, hazardously, unsafely, precariously, recklessly: He's a mountain-climber who likes to live dangerously. 2 ominously, alarmingly: She is standing dangerously close to the edge.

dangle v. 1 hang (down), droop, depend, swing, sway: The rope dangled from the top of the flag-pole. 2 flaunt, brandish, wave,

flourish: Competitors often dangle big salary increases in front of those who agree to leave our company. 3 wait, Slang cool one's heels: They have kept me dangling for weeks for their decision.

dapper adj. neat, spruce, smart, trim, well-dressed, well turned out, stylish, fashionable, elegant, chic, dressy; Colloq got up or dressed to the nines, dressed to kill, swanky or swank, ritzy; Slang snazzy, nifty, spiffy, sharp, swell, classy: Tony looks very dapper in his new Savile Row suit.

dapple adj. 1 spotted, dotted, mottled, speckled, flecked, dappled; brindled; pied, piebald, skewbald, paint, flea-bitten, US pinto: Take the chestnut mare - I'll ride the dapple grey.

--v. 2 spot, dot, mottle, speckle, bespeckle, stipple: Dapple paint on the wall with a sponge to get a mottled effect.

dare v. 1 challenge, defy, provoke; throw down the gauntlet: She

dared me to jump, so I jumped. 2 risk, hazard, gamble, venture, face, make bold, be so bold as: I would never dare to talk to my father that way.

--n. 3 challenge, provocation, taunt; ultimatum: She took the dare and swam across the lake.

daredevil n. 1 exhibitionist, showman, stunt man, stunt woman; adventurer, soldier of fortune, Colloq show-off: William finally got a job as a daredevil in the circus.

--adj. 2 reckless, rash, death-defying, impulsive, daring, dashing, impetuous, incautious, imprudent, wild, foolhardy, madcap, devil-may-care; audacious, bold, brave, fearless, gallant, courageous, intrepid: Do you consider ski-jumping a sport or an example of daredevil madness?

daring n. 1 courage, boldness, bravery, valour, intrepidity, fearlessness, grit, pluck, spirit, mettle, adventurousness, derring-do, Colloq guts, spunk, nerve; Slang Brit bottle: Diving from a cliff into the sea takes a lot of daring.


--adj. 2 bold, audacious, courageous, brave, valorous,


intrepid, fearless, unafraid, plucky, mettlesome, adventurous,


venturesome, hardy; rash, reckless, Colloq gutsy, US nervy: In


the 19th century, a few daring explorers penetrated the jungles


of Africa.


adj. 1 unlit, unlighted, unilluminated, ill-lighted, ill-lit,


sunless; black, Stygian, pitch-dark, inky, jet-black: We


cowered in a recess in the dark cave. 2 dim, murky, tenebrous,


shady, shadowy: I could scarcely see ahead of me in the dark


forest. 3 gloomy, dismal, dreary, dull, drab, subfuscous,


subfusc, bleak, cheerless, mournful, dour, pessimistic, sombre,


doleful, joyless, grim, sad, melancholy, sorrowful: Why do you


always look at the dark side of things? 4 evil, wicked, vile,


base, foul, iniquitous, nefarious, black-hearted, villainous,


sinister, satanic, devilish, hellish: Nostradamus predicted


that dark forces would overrun the world. 5 murky, overcast,


cloudy, threatening, black, dusky, louring or lowering; foggy,


misty; US glowering: Another dark day on the moor and I thought


I'd go mad. 6 mysterious, deep, profound, incomprehensible,


enigmatic, puzzling, impenetrable, unfathomable, abstruse,

recondite, arcane, obscure: She took her dark secret to the grave. 7 hidden, concealed, secret, occult, mystic(al), cryptic: The true reason for his leaving was always kept dark in the family. 8 brunette; black, swarthy, brown; (sun)tanned, Old-fashioned swart: One is fair with dark hair, the other has dark skin. 9 ignorant, unenlightened, benighted: Our culture passed through a dark phase before the Renaissance.

--n. 10 night, night-time, nightfall: We waited till dark to make good our escape. 11 darkness, blackness, gloom, gloominess, murk, murkiness: At fifty, isn't he a bit old to be afraid of the dark? 12 obscurity, ignorance: She was always kept in the dark about his true identity.

darling n. 1 sweetheart, beloved, love, dear, dearest, true-love: She insists on buying all her darling's clothes. 2 pet, favourite, apple of one's eye, Brit blue-eyed boy; US fair-haired boy: Frank might have been the black sheep of the family, but he was always his mother's darling.


--adj. 3 beloved, loved, cherished, adored, dear, precious,


treasured: He travelled everywhere with his darling niece. 4


pleasing, fetching, attractive, adorable, enchanting, lovely,


alluring, engaging, bewitching, charming: Josephine was wearing


a darling frock she'd just bought at the Corner Boutique.


v. 1 crash, smash, shatter, break, shiver, fragment, split;


destroy, ruin, spoil, frustrate, obliterate: The mirror was


dashed to smithereens when it fell. The ship didn't see our


raft, and our hopes of rescue were dashed. 2 hurl, toss, throw,


fling, cast, pitch, Colloq chuck: We drank a toast, then dashed


our glasses into the fireplace. 3 rush, run, dart, spring,


bolt, bound, race, sprint; hasten, fly, hurry, speed: I'll have


to dash to catch my train. 4 dash off. scribble: I've just


dashed off a note to mother.


--n. 5 dart, bolt, rush, run, spurt, spring, bound, sprint: He


made a dash for the door but it was too late. 6 flourish, ‚lan,


flair, liveliness, style, panache, spirit, brio, verve, zest,


spice; ardour, fervour, vigour, energy: She is known for her


beauty as well as her dash and courage. 7 bit, pinch, soup‡on,


hint, suggestion, touch, trace, tinge, taste, drop, piece,


Colloq smidgen or smidgin, US tad: Add a dash of nutmeg at the


dashing adj. 1 spirited, lively, impetuous, energetic, vigorous, dynamic, animated, Colloq peppy: She is now going out with a dashing young fellow from the City. 2 fashionable, stylish, chic, … la mode, modish, smart, elegant, dapper, Colloq Brit swish: That's a dashing coat, Felicia. 3 flamboyant, showy,


ostentatious, pretentious: George Hutton was a bit too dashing


for her taste.


n. facts, information, statistics, figures, details, matter,


observations, material(s); text; evidence: We shall process the


data on the computer and print out the results.


n. 1 time, year, season, period, day; age, era, epoch, stage,


phase: These artefacts are from an earlier date than was first


supposed. 2 appointment, meeting, engagement, rendezvous,


assignation, tryst; fixture: She already has a date for


Saturday night. 3 escort, companion, friend, boyfriend,


girlfriend, girl, woman, boy, man, swain, beau, lover, Colloq


steady: Bob is Sally's date for the dance. 4 out of date.


old-fashioned, old, ancient, archaic, antiquated, dated, pass‚,


outmoded, obsolete, obsolescent, Colloq old hat: This timetable


is out of date. Why do you wear those out of date clothes? 5 up


to date. modern, latest, current, contemporary, … la mode,


fashionable, Colloq trendy: Her taste in music is quite up to


date. Use this up-to-date edition of the encyclopedia.


--v. 6 show one's age, make obsolete or obsolescent or


old-fashioned: That pompadour hair-do really dates her. 7


entertain, escort, go out (with), go steady (with): Does


Michael still date Patsy? Those two are still dating.

daunt v. intimidate, cow, discourage, dishearten, dispirit, unnerve, shake, upset, disconcert, discomfit, put off, awe, overawe, appal, alarm, threaten, frighten, terrify, scare, terrorize: He was daunted by the prospect of facing the entire council.

dauntless adj. fearless, undaunted, unafraid, unflinching, stalwart, brave, courageous, bold, audacious, intrepid, valorous, daring, gallant, heroic, venturesome, plucky, stout-hearted, valiant: Dauntless, the knight rode into the thick of the fray.

dawdle v. linger, loiter, straggle, delay, procrastinate, dally,


lounge, laze, idle, lag, lie about, waste time, Colloq


dilly-dally, shilly-shally: We have to catch the next train, so


stop dawdling.


n. 1 daybreak, sunrise, break of day, crack of dawn, first


light, dawning, cock crow, Literary aurora, day-spring, US


sun-up: We shall attack the castle at dawn. 2 dawning,


beginning, commencement, start, birth, awakening, inception,


genesis, outset, onset, origin, appearance, arrival, advent,


emergence, inauguration, rise, first occurrence: The dawn of


western civilization has been placed in Anatolia.


--v. 3 gleam, break, brighten, lighten: The day dawned on the


deserted beach. 4 begin, originate, commence, arise, appear,


emerge, start, arrive, develop, unfold: The day of the computer


had not yet dawned when I was a child. 5 dawn on or upon. occur


to, come to mind, become apparent or evident to: It slowly


dawned on me that he had been lying all along.


n. 1 daytime, daylight, broad daylight, light of day: Sunrise


quickly turned night into day. 2 time, hour, age, period, era,


epoch, date, prime, heyday; lifetime: Her day will come. In his


day, there was no telephone.

day-dream n. 1 reverie, wool-gathering, fantasy, fancy, dream, musing, castle in the air or in Spain, pipedream: The realities of life

have cured me of many day-dreams.

--v. 2 fantasize, imagine, fancy, envision, dream: She still day-dreams that a knight in shining armour will come and carry her away.

daylight n. 1 sunlight, sun, sunshine, light: Coming from the cave, we were blinded by the daylight. 2 open, broad daylight, light of day, full view, full knowledge, clarity: We must bring his treachery out into the daylight.


v. 1 stun, stupefy, blind, dazzle, bedazzle, shock, stagger,


startle, astonish, astound, amaze, surprise, overcome,


overpower, dumbfound, benumb, paralyse, Colloq bowl over, floor,


flabbergast; Slang blow one's mind: She was dazed to learn her


husband was still alive. 2 befuddle, confuse, bemuse, bewilder,

puzzle, mystify, baffle, perplex, nonplus, blind: He was dazed by the difficulty of the examination.

--n. 3 confusion, flurry, spin, whirl: The entire week was a continuous daze of cocktail parties and dinner parties. 4 in a daze. stupefied, in a trance, bewildered, confused, perplexed, disoriented, dizzy, dazzled, bedazzled, overcome, overpowered, nonplussed, befuddled, flustered; startled, surprised, shocked, stunned, astonished, astounded, amazed, staggered; bemused, baffled, puzzled, mystified, Colloq flabbergasted, bowled over, floored: Arthur was in a daze to find himself the centre of attention.

dazzle v. 1 impress, bewitch, enchant, charm, beguile, intrigue, captivate, fascinate, spellbind, entrance, hypnotize, mesmerize: Every man in the room was dazzled by Mrs d'Arcy's brilliant wit and good looks. 2 See daze, def. 1.

--n. 3 brilliance, splendour, magnificence, sparkle, glitter, Slang razzle-dazzle, razzmatazz: Many actors are lured to New York by the dazzle of Broadway.

dazzling adj. bright, brilliant, resplendent, blinding, bedazzling, radiant, splendid, magnificent, glorious, sparkling,

scintillating; stunning, overwhelming, overpowering, stupefying, dizzying; gorgeous; Colloq splendiferous, mind-boggling: In the chest was a dazzling collection of the finest jewels.

4.2 dead...



adj. 1 deceased, defunct, extinct, gone, departed, late,


lifeless, no more, Colloq done for, Slang Brit gone for a


burton: Both his parents are dead, and his only brother lives


in Australia. Lycidas is dead, dead ere his prime. 2 insensate,


insensible, numb, paralysed, benumbed, unfeeling: After the


accident, my left thumb was completely dead. 3 insensible,


unconscious, out, dead to the world, deathlike, deathly: At the


news of her son, she fell in a dead faint. 4 insensitive,


unemotional, unfeeling, emotionless, apathetic, lukewarm, cool,


cold, frigid, unresponsive, unsympathetic, indifferent,


unconcerned, uninterested; numb, wooden, callous, hardened,

impervious, inured, inert: He has always been dead to others' problems. 5 out, smothered, extinguished: The fire is dead. 6 inanimate, lifeless, inert, inorganic: Dead stones speak volumes to the geologist. 7 extinct, obsolete, perished, past, outmoded, disused, expired, pass‚: Latin is a dead language. 8 barren, unfruitful, infertile, unproductive: That area off the coast is dead as far as fishing goes. 9 tired (out), exhausted, worn out, fatigued, tired out, spent, collapsing, in a state of collapse, Slang bushed, beat, Brit knackered, US and Canadian pooped: We were completely dead after the hike into town. 10 dull, lustreless, flat, neutral, vapid, empty, bland,

colourless, grey, beige, dun: The walls of the prison were painted a dead white. 11 stagnant, motionless, still, standing, static, inert, unmoving, inactive, quiet, calm: There were

small pools of dead water covered with a green slime. Without a breath of air stirring, the boat was dead in the water. 12

boring, dull, tedious, tiresome, monotonous, prosaic, uninteresting, run-of-the-mill, ordinary, commonplace, dry, insipid, bland, flat, two-dimensional, lifeless, stiff, rigid, stony: The play was bad, the performance dead. 13 dull,

muffled, deadened, anechoic, unresounding, non-resonant: One room in the laboratory was built to be dead to all sound. 14 complete, entire, total, absolute, downright, thorough, through and through, utter, all-out, out-and-out, unqualified,

unrelieved, unbroken, categorical, outright: My investment in the anti-gravity pill has so far been a dead loss. 15 profound, deep: I fell into a dead sleep. 16 sudden, abrupt, complete, full: The train came to a dead stop. 17 certain, sure, unerring, exact, precise, accurate, crack: According to the records, Calamity Jane was a dead shot.

--adv. 18 completely, entirely, absolutely, totally, utterly, categorically, thoroughly, unconditionally, unqualifiedly: You are dead right about Pontefract. 19 completely, entirely, absolutely, totally; abruptly, suddenly: He stopped dead in his tracks and stared at me. 20 directly, exactly, precisely: An enormous maelstrom lay dead ahead of the fragile craft.

--n. 21 depth(s), extreme, midst, middle: She used to visit his room in the dead of night.

deaden v. 1 numb, benumb, paralyse, anaesthetize, desensitize, dull; damp: This injection will deaden your hand and you'll feel no

pain. 2 weaken, moderate, soothe, mitigate, assuage, reduce, lessen, diminish, alleviate, cushion, soften, mollify, blunt, dull: He took to drink to deaden the shock of losing his only son.

deadlock n. 1 standstill, impasse, stalemate, stand-off, draw, stoppage, Colloq US Mexican stand-off: Union and management negotiators have reached a deadlock on the pension issue.

--v. 2 bring or come to a standstill or impasse, stall, stop, halt: The Congress is likely to deadlock on the question of expanding national health benefits.

deadly adj. 1 lethal, fatal; dangerous, pernicious, poisonous, noxious, toxic; baleful, harmful, nocuous: This drug is deadly


if taken in large doses. 2 mortal, implacable, ruthless,


savage: They were deadly enemies long after the war was over.


3 murderous, homicidal, bloodthirsty, brutal, vicious,


ferocious, barbarous, barbaric, savage, inhuman, cold-blooded,


heartless, ruthless, pitiless, merciless: Two deadly killers


have escaped from Dartmoor prison. 4 deathly, deathlike, pale,


pallid, ghostly, cadaverous, ghastly, wan, white, livid, ashen:


He turned a deadly hue, as if he had seen a ghost. 5 boring,


excruciating, dull, tiresome, tedious, dreary, humdrum,


lacklustre, wearying, wearisome: It was a deadly play put on by


deadly actors. 6 exact, precise, accurate, true, unerring,


unfailing: Each arrow hit the bull's-eye with deadly accuracy.


adj. 1 hard of hearing, stone-deaf: Sean is slightly deaf in


his left ear. 2 unhearing, unheedful, heedless, insensible,


insensitive, impervious, indifferent, oblivious, unresponsive,


unmoved, unconcerned, unyielding: The judge was deaf to all


appeals for clemency.


v. 1 distribute, dole out, give out, parcel out, mete out,


allot, apportion, administer, dispense: Deal thirteen cards to


each of the four players. She dealt out her own brand of justice


to criminals. 2 buy and sell, handle, stock, do business, trade,


traffic: This shop deals only in the most expensive linens. 3


behave, act, conduct oneself: Simon has never dealt openly, so


you mustn't trust him. 4 deal with. treat, handle, take care


of, have to do with, attend to, see to, reckon with, grapple


with, act on; practise, administer, engage in: I shall deal