English Synonyms and Antonyms With Notes on the Correct Use by James C. Fernald

By James C. Fernald

English Synonyms and Antonyms

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Synonyms: ancient, superannuated antiquated old-fashioned,quaint, . [49] Antique is that which is either ancient in fact or ancient in style. The reference is to the style rather than to the age. We can speak of the antique architecture of a church just built. The difference between antiquated and antique is not in the age, for a Puritan style may be scorned as antiquated, while a Roman or Renaissance style may be prized as antique. The antiquated is not so much out of date as out of vogue. Old-fashioned may be used approvingly or contemptuously.

Aerial and airy both signify of or belonging to the air, but airy also describes that which seems as if made of air; we speak[28] of airy shapes, airy nothings, where we could not well say aerial; ethereal describes its object as belonging to the upper air, the pure ether, and so, often, heavenly. Sprightly, spiritlike, refers to light, free, cheerful activity of mind and body. That which is lively or animated may be agreeable or the reverse; as, an animated discussion; a lively company. Antonyms: clumsy,heavy,ponderous,sluggish,wooden.

The good general is ready for emergencies, alert to perceive opportunity or peril, prompt to seize occasion. The sense of brisk, nimble is the secondary and now less common signification of alert. Compare ACTIVE; ALIVE; NIMBLE; VIGILANT. 71H 72H 73H 74H Antonyms: drowsy,dull,heavy,inactive,slow,sluggish,stupid. ALIEN, a. Synonyms: conflicting, distant, inappropriate,strange, contradictory,foreign, irrelevant, unconnected, contrary, hostile, opposed, unlike. contrasted, impertinent,remote, Foreign refers to difference of birth, alien to difference of allegiance.

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