Definitions: 1. A construction made of whatever materials are at hand; something created from a variety of available things. 2.(in literature) a piece created from diverse resources. 3. (in art) a piece of makeshift handiwork. 4. The use of multiple, diverse research methods.


Definitions: 1. Merchandise, possession. 2. A useful or valuable thing, such as water or time.

Synonyms: article, asset, belonging, chattel, goods, line, material, object, produce, product, property, speciality, stock, thing, vendible, ware.


Definitions: 1. Variance to something. 2. A combination of statements, ideas, or features of a situation that are opposed to one another - the proposed new system suffers from a set of internal contradictions.

Synonyms: bucking, conflict, confutation, contravention, defiance, denial, difference, disagreement, discrepancy, dispute, dissension, gainsaying, incongruity, inconsistency, negation, opposite, opposition, denial.


Definitions: 1. Uninhabitable area; barrenness. 2. A state of complete emptiness or destruction. 3. Anguished misery or loneliness.

Synonyms: bareness, bleakness, desert, devastation, dissolution, extinction, forlornness, isolation, loneliness, ruin, solitariness, solitude, waste, wildness, wreck.


Definition: Disappointed in someone or something that one discovers to be less good than one had believed.

Synonyms: blasé, broken, brought down to earth, debunked, disabused, disenchanted, dis enthralled, dis entranced, embittered, enlightened, freed, indifferent, knowing,let-down, mondaine, out of love, punctured, sadder and wiser, shattered, sophisticated, undeceived, worldly, worldly-wise.


Definition: Take to pieces.

Synonyms: annihilate, bankrupt, bare, break down, break up, decimate, demolish, denudate, denude, deprive, destroy, disassemble, dismember, dismount, disrobe, divest, fell, knock down, level, part out, pull down, raze, ruin, strike, subvert, take down, take to pieces, tear down, undo, unrig, wrack, wreck.


Definition: A society characterized by human misery, as squalor, oppression, disease, and overcrowding.


Definitions: 1. Comprehensive, general. 2. Deriving ideas, style, or taste from a broad and diverse range of sources - her musical tastes are eclectic.

Synonyms: all-embracing, assorted, broad, catholic, dilettantish, diverse, diversified, heterogeneous, inclusive, liberal, many-sided, mingled, mixed, multifarious, multiform, selective, universal, varied,wide-ranging.

Notes: eclectic means selecting what seems best of various styles, methods, or ideas while esoteric means intended for and understandable by only a small knowledgeable group.


Definitions: 1. Involve in a situation. 2. Cause to become entangled in something.

Synonyms: box in, catch, drag into, draw in, embroil, ensnare, entangle, entrap, hook, implicate, incriminate, lay a trap for, lay for, make party to, net, snare, snarl, tangle, trammel, trap.


Definition: Captivate, hypnotize.

Synonyms: anaesthetize, attract, bewitch, charm, delight, enchant, enrapture, enthral, fascinate, gladden, mesmerise, please, put in a trance, ravish, rejoice,spellbind, transport.


Definitions: 1. Serve as an example. 2. Make an attested copy of (a document) under an official seal.

Synonyms: body, cite, clarify, clear up, demonstrate, depict, display, elucidate, emblematize, embody, enlighten, epitomize, evidence, exhibit, illuminate, illustrate, instance, manifest, mirror, personify, quote, represent, show, spell out, symbolize, typify.


Definition: Commodify means to turn into commodity (something of use, advantage, or value.)

Hypercommodofied would mean to turn some to a very high commodity.


Definitions: 1. Manner of speaking, turn of phrase. 2. The dialect of a people or part of a country. 3. A characteristic mode of expression in music or art - they were both working in a neo-Impressionist idiom.

Synonyms: argot, colloquialism, dialect, expression, idiosyncrasy, jargon, language, lingo, localism, locution, parlance, patois, phrase, provincialism, set phrase, street talk, style, talk, tongue, usage, vernacular, vernacularism, word.


Definitions: 1. Directive, instruction. 2. A factor or influence making something necessary. 3. A thing felt as an obligation.

Synonyms: act, adjuration, ban, behest, bidding, call, canon, caveat, charge, citation, commandment, decree, demand, devoir, dictate, dictation, dictum, direction, duty, edict, enactment, exaction, fiat, imperative, imposition, injunction, interdiction, law, mandate, notification, order, ordinance, precept, prescript,proclamation, prohibition, proscription, regulation, request, requirement, requisition, responsibility, rule, subpoena, summons, ultimatum, warrant, will word, writ.


Definition: Poor, exhausted.

Synonyms: bankrupt, barren, beggared, broke, clean, depleted, destitute, distressed, drained, empty, flat broke, flat, have-not, hurting, impecunious, indigent, insolvent, necessitous, needy, penurious, played out, poverty-stricken, reduced, ruined, spent, sterile, strapped.


Definition: Depressed, sad.

Synonyms: blue, dejected, despondent, destroyed, disconsolate, dismal, dispirited, doleful, dolorous, down and out, down in the dumps, down in the mouth, down, downbeat, downcast, downhearted, dragged, droopy, funereal, gloomy, glum, grim, heavyhearted, in blue funk, joyless, lachrymose, low, low-spirited, lugubrious, mirthless, miserable, moody, moony, mournful, pensive, saddened, saddening, somber, sorrowful, sorry, torn up, trite, unhappy, wet blanket, wistful, woebegone, woeful.


Definitions: massive. 1. Formed of a single large block of stone - (of a building) Very large and characterless. 2. (of an organization or system) Large, powerful, and intractably indivisible and uniform - rejecting any move toward a monolithic European superstate. 3. (of a solid-state circuit) Composed of active and passive components formed in a single chip.

Synonyms: big, bulky, colossal, consistent, elephantine, enormous, gargantuan, giant, gigantic, grand, great, huge, hulking, immense, immovable, imposing, mammoth, permanent, solid, titanic, towering, uniform, vast, whopping.


Definitions: 1. Allowing or characterized by great or excessive freedom of behavior. 2. Allowed but not obligatory; optional. 3. Allowing a biological or biochemical process to occur. 4. Allowing the infection and replication of viruses.


Definitions: 1. A large number of people or things - a plurality of critical approaches. 2. The fact or state of being plural - some languages add an extra syllable to mark plurality. 3. The number of votes cast for a candidate who receives more than any other but does not receive an absolute majority - his winning plurality came from creating a reform coalition.

Synonyms: advantage, bulk, greater part, lead, majority, mass, most, multiplicity, nearly all, numerousness, preponderance, profusion, variety.

Notes: a majority is more than half the votes, while a plurality is simply getting more votes than the other person(s).


Definition: Advertise, make known.

Synonyms: affirm, announce, annunciate, blast, blaze, blazon, broadcast, call, circulate, declare, demonstrate, disseminate, enunciate, evidence, evince, exhibit, expound, get on a soapbox, give out, herald, illustrate, indicate, manifest, mark, ostend, pass the word, profess, promulgate, publish, shoot off mouth, shout out, show, sound off, spiel, spout, spread it around, stump, trumpet, utter, vent, ventilate, voice.


Definitions: 1. Absorption. 2. A subject or matter that engrosses someone
Synonyms: amusement, captivation, daydreaming, distraction, engrossment, preoccupancy.


Definition: Intellectual, thoughtful.

Synonyms: Orphic, abstruse acroamatic, deep, difficult, discerning, enlightened, erudite, esoteric, heavy, hermetic, informed, intellectual, intelligent, knowing, knowledgeable, learned, mysterious, occult, penetrating, philosophical, recondite, reflective, sagacious, sage, scholarly, secret, serious, shrewd, skilled, subtle, thorough, weighty, wise.


Definition: An action or speech that makes someone annoyed or angry, esp. deliberately.

Synonyms: affront, annoyance, bothering, brickbat, casus belli, cause, challenge, dare, defy, grabber, grievience, grounds, harassment, incentive, indignity, inducement, injury, instigation, insult, irking, justification, motivation, offence, provoking, reason, taunt, vexation,vexing.


Definition: From yesteryear. Imitative of a style, fashion, or design from the recent past - retro 60s fashions

Synonyms: dated, evocative, in period style, nostalgic, old world, old-fashioned, out-of-date, passe, period.


Definitions: 1. Fun; caper. 2. Proceed without effort to achieve something.

Synonyms: antic, cakewalk, cavort, dance, escapade, frisk, frolic, gambol, hop, lark, leap, play rollick, rout, skip, sport.


Definitions: 1. Disastrous, devastating. 2. Destructive - a ruinous effect on the environment. 3. Costing far more than can be afforded - the cost of their ransom might be ruinous etc.

Synonyms: Annihilative, baleful, baneful, calamitous, cataclysmic, catastrophic, crippling, damaging, deadly, deleterious, depleting, dire, draining, exhausting, extravagant, fatal fateful, harmful, hurtful, immoderate, impoverishing, injurious, murderous, noxious, pernicious, shattering, suicidal, unfortunate, wasteful, withering, wrackful.


Definitions: 1. Bacteriology. a culture derived in this manner.
2. Sociology: a.the cultural values and behavioral patterns distinctive of a particular group in a society. b.a group having social, economic, ethnic, or other traits distinctive enough to distinguish it from others within the same culture or society.


Definitions: 1. Ruin. 2. Subversion refers to an attempt to overthrow the established order of a society, its structures of power, authority, exploitation, servitude, and hierarchy; examples of such structures include the state.

Synonyms: defeat, destruction, overthrow, revolution.


Definition: Unfit to live in.

Synonyms: dilapidated, run-down, unlivable, unoccupied.


Definition: Imaginary, ideal, perfect.

Synonyms: abstract, airy, ambitious, arcadian, chimerical, dream, fanciful, fantasy, grandiose, hopeful, idealist, idealistic, illusory, impossible, impractical, lofty, otherworldly, perfect, pie-in-the-sky, pretentious, quixotic, romantic, transcendental, unfeasible, visionary.