(noun) excessive or blind adoration; worship of an object
When the people began to worship the statue, the priest accused them of idolatry.
(adj.) dishonorable, shameful
Cheating on an exam is an ignoble way to get good grades.
syn: despicable, base
ant: noble, glorious
(adj.) likely to happen; threatening
Although danger was imminent, the crew seemed quite relaxed.
syn: impending, close at hand
ant: distant, delayed
(verb) to kill someone as a sacrificial victim, usually by fire.
Some Buddhist monks immolated themselves as their form of protest against the government's policies.
(adj.) unchangeable, fixed
The laws of nature are immutable.
ant: flexible, changeable
(verb) to weaken; to cause to become worse
Mothers used to say that reading in poor light could impair your vision.
syn: damage; deteriorate
(verb) to pierce with a sharp stake through the body
With a sharp stick, the natives were able to impale a fish in the stream.
(adj.) unable to be felt, intangible
The powder was so impalpable that no grit could be found.
(adj.) without money; penniless
Although impecunious, his pride kept him from asking for help.
syn: destitute, indigent
ant: affluent, prosperous
(noun) a barrier; obstruction
The supervisor wouldn't be an impediment to her advancement.
syn: obstacle, hindrance
(adj.) extremely necessary; vitally important
It is imperative that you leave immediately.
(adj.) domineering; haughty
The judge pronounced his findings in an imperious voice.
syn: overbearing; arrogant; masterful
ant: servile, submissive
(verb) to strike; to encroach
The new leash law was viewed by Mr. Jackson as impinging on his constitutional rights.
(adj.) disrespectful toward God
He considered laughing in church impious behavior.
syn: irreligious, profane
ant: devout, pious
(verb) to persistently ask; to beg
John importuned his father, but could not get the car keys.