(adj.) powerless; lacking strength
Without the gun, he felt impotent.
syn: ineffective, helpless
ant: potent, powerful
(noun) a curse
Jennifer was so angry she pronounced an imprecation on him, his family, and all his friends.
(adj.) humorous, lighthearted
Dad was in such a good mood that we all enjoyed dinner because of his jocular manner.
syn: joking; witty, amusing
ant: solemn, morose
(verb) to place side by side for comparison
To reach a decision, list the good points that might result and then list the bad. Examine the juxtaposed lists and see if the positives outweigh the negatives.
(adj.) pertaining to motion
To demonstrate kinetic energy, he pushed a steel ball off the table.
(noun) destiny; fate; fortune (one's lot in life)
He said that it was a lucky accident that they had met; she said it was kismet.
(noun) a sound made by a bell rung slowly for a death or funeral
Standing at the side of the grave in the rain, they could faintly hear the knell of a church bell.
(noun) a complicated network of winding passages; a maze
The mice were made to run through a labyrinth in order to reach their food.
(adj.) tearful, weepy
It was time for the girl to get over her lachrymose behavior and start smiling again.
(adj.) using few words; short; concise
He was a laconic man who wasted few words.
syn: pithy, taciturn
ant: verbose, loquacious
(adj.) softly bright or radiant; running or moving lightly over a surface
Lambent flames gently licked the logs.
(adj.) sluggish; drooping from weakness
The hot summer day made everyone feel languid.
syn: listless, feeble, drooping
ant: robust, vigorous
(adj.) lustful or lewd; inciting sexual desire
He had a lascivious smile that disgusted the other people in the room.
syn: wanton, obscene
ant: wholesome, decent
(noun) sleight of hand; deception
The magician's act was an extraordinary feat of legerdemain.
(noun) one who leads an immoral life
During the day he pretended to be righteous, but at night he was a libertine.