almost, nearly, well-nigh, short of, not quite, all but; near upon, close upon; peu s’en faut [Fr.], near the mark; within an ace of, within an inch of; on the brink of; scarcely, hardly, barely, only just, no more than. about [in an uncertain degree], thereabouts, somewhere about, nearly, say; be the same, be little more or less. no ways [in no degree], no way, no wise; not at all, not in the least, not a bit, not a bit of it, not a whit, not a jot, not a shadow; in no wise, in no respect; by no means, by no manner of means; on no account, at no hand. Phr.
Dare pondus idonea fumo [Lat.] [Persius]; magno conatu magnas nugas [Lat.] [Terence]; small sands the mountain, moments make the year [Young]. 2 QUANTITY BY COMPARISON WITH A SIMILAR OBJECT 33. [Supremacy.] Superiority — N.
Superiority, majority; greatness &c 31; advantage; pull; preponderance, preponderation; vantage ground, prevalence, partiality; personal superiority; nobility &c (rank) 875; Triton among the minnows, primus inter pares [Lat.], nulli secundus [Lat.], captain; crackajack [U.S.]. supremacy, preeminence; lead; maximum; record; trikumia [Gr.], climax; culmination &c (summit) 210; transcendence; ne plus ultra [Lat.]; lion’s share, Benjamin’s mess; excess, surplus &c (remainder) 40; (redundancy) 641. V.
Be superior &c adj.; exceed, excel, transcend; outdo, outbalance†, outweigh, outrank, outrival, out-Herod; pass, surpass, get ahead of; over-top, override, overpass, overbalance, overweigh, overmatch; top, o’ertop, cap, beat, cut out; beat hollow; outstrip &c 303; eclipse, throw into the shade, take the shine out of, outshine, put one’s nose out of joint; have the upper hand, have the whip hand of, have the advantage; turn the scale, kick the beam; play first fiddle &c (importance) 642; preponderate, predominate, prevail; precede, take precedence, come first; come to a head, culminate; beat all others, &c bear the palm; break the record; take the cake [U.S.]. become larger, render larger &c (increase) 35, (expand) 194. Adj.
Superior, greater, major, higher; exceeding &c v.; great &c 31; distinguished, ultra [Lat.]; vaulting; more than a match for. supreme, greatest, utmost, paramount, preeminent, foremost, crowning; first-rate &c (important) 642, (excellent) 648; unrivaled peerless, matchless; none such, second to none, sans pareil [Fr.]; unparagoned†, unparalleled, unequalled, unapproached†, unsurpassed; superlative, inimitable facile princeps [Lat.], incomparable, sovereign, without parallel, nulli secundus [Lat.], ne plus ultra [Lat.]; beyond compare, beyond comparison; culminating &c (topmost) 210; transcendent, transcendental; plus royaliste que le Roi [Fr.], more catholic than the Pope increased &c (added to) 35; enlarged &c (expanded) 194. Adv.
Beyond, more, over; over the mark, above the mark; above par; upwards of, in advance of; over and above; at the top of the scale, at its height. [in a superior or supreme degree] eminently, egregiously, preeminently, surpassing, prominently, superlatively, supremely, above all, of all things, the most, to crown all, kat exochin [Gr.], par excellence, principally, especially, particularly, peculiarly, a fortiori, even, yea, still more. Phr.
I shall not look upon his like again [Hamlet]; deos fortioribus addesse [Lat.] [Tacitus]. 34.
Inferiority — N.
Inferiority, minority, subordinacy; shortcoming, deficiency; minimum; smallness &c 32; imperfection; lower quality, lower worth. [personal inferiority] commonalty &c 876. V.
Be inferior &c adj.; fall short of, come short of; not pass, not come up to; want. become smaller, render smaller &c (decrease) 36, (contract) 195; hide its diminished head, retire into the shade, yield the palm, play second fiddle, be upstaged, take a back seat. Adj.
Inferior, smaller; small &c 32; minor, less, lesser, deficient, minus, lower, subordinate, secondary; secondrate &c (imperfect) 651; sub, subaltern; thrown into the shade; weighed in the balance and found wanting; not fit to hold a candle to, can’t hold a candle to. least, smallest &c (little) (small) &c 193; lowest. diminished &c (decreased) 36; reduced &c (contracted) 195; unimportant &c 643. Adv.
Less; under the mark, below the mark, below par; at the bottom of the scale, at a low ebb, at a disadvantage; short of, under. 3 CHANGES IN QUANTITY — Adj.
Cautious, wary, guarded; on one’s guard &c (watchful) 459; cavendo tutus [Lat.]; in medio tutissimus [Lat.]; vigilant. careful, heedful; cautelous†, stealthy, chary, shy of, circumspect, prudent, discreet, politic; sure-footed &c (skillful) 698. unenterprising, unadventurous, cool, steady, self-possessed; overcautious. Adv.
Cautiously &c adj.. Int.
Have a care!, Phr.
Timeo Danaos [Lat.] [Vergil]; festina lente [Lat.]. ante victoriam ne canas triumphum [Lat.], don’t sing out victory before the triumph; give, every man thine ear but few thy voice [Hamlet]; he who laughs last laughs best, il rit bien qui rit le dernier [Fr.]; ni firmes carta que no leas ni bebas agua que no veas [Sp.]; nescit vox missa reverti [Lat.] [Horace]; love all, trust a few [All’s Well]; noli irritare leones [Lat.]; safe bind safe find; if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it [Bert Lance]. 865.
Desire — N.
Desire, wish, fancy, fantasy; want, need, exigency. mind, inclination, leaning, bent, animus, partiality, penchant, predilection; propensity &c 820; willingness &c 602; liking, love, fondness, relish. longing, hankering, inkling; solicitude, anxiety; yearning, coveting; aspiration, ambition, vaulting ambition; eagerness, zeal, ardor, empressement [Fr.], breathless impatience, overanxiety; impetuosity, &c 825. appetite, appetition†, appetence†, appetency†; sharp appetite, keenness, hunger, stomach, twist; thirst, thirstiness; drouth, mouthwatering; itch, itching; prurience, cacoethes [Lat.], cupidity, lust, concupiscence. edge of appetite, edge of hunger; torment of Tantalus; sweet tooth, lickerish tooth†; itching palm; longing eye, wistful eye, sheep’s eye. [excessive desire for money] greed &c 817.1. voracity &c (gluttony) 957. passion, rage, furore†, mania, manie†; inextinguishable desire; dipsomania, kleptomania. [Person who desires] lover, amateur, votary, devotee, aspirant, solicitant, candidate, applicant, supplicant; cormorant &c 957. [Object of desire] desideratum; want &c (requirement) 630; a consummation devoutly to be wished; attraction, magnet, allurement, fancy, temptation, seduction, fascination, prestige, height of one’s ambition, idol; whim, whimsy, whimsey†; maggot; hobby, hobby-horse. Fortunatus’s cap; wishing cap, wishing stone, wishing well. V.
Desire; wish, wish for; be desirous &c adj..
Have a longing &c n.; hope &c 858. care for, affect, like, list; take to, cling to, take a fancy to; fancy; prefer &c (choose) 609. have an eye, have a mind to; find it in one’s heart &c (be willing) 602; have a fancy for, set one’s eyes upon; cast a sheep’s eye upon, look sweet upon; take into one’s head, have at heart, be bent upon; set one’s cap at, set one’s heart upon, set one’s mind upon; covet. want, miss, need, feel the want of, would fain have, would fain do; would be glad of. be hungry &c adj.; have a good appetite, play a good knife and fork; hunger after, thirst after, crave after, lust after, itch after, hanker after, run mad after; raven for, die for; burn to. desiderate†; sigh for, cry for, gape for, gasp for, pine for, pant for, languish for, yearn for, long, be on thorns for, hope for; aspire after; catch at, grasp at, jump at. woo, court, solicit; fish for, spell for, whistle for, put up for; ogle. cause desire, create desire, raise desire, excite desire, provoke desire; whet the appetite; appetize†, titillate, allure, attract, take one’s fancy, tempt; hold out temptation, hold out allurement; tantalize, make one’s mouth water, faire venir l’eau a la bouche [Fr.]. gratify desire &c (give pleasure) 829. Adj.
Desirous; desiring &c v.; inclined &c (willing) 602; partial to; fain, wishful, optative†; anxious, wistful, curious; at a loss for, sedulous, solicitous. craving, hungry, sharp-set, peckish†, ravening, with an empty stomach, esurient†, lickerish†, thirsty, athirst, parched with thirst, pinched with hunger, famished, dry, drouthy†; hungry as a hunter, hungry as a hawk, hungry as a horse, hungry as a church mouse, hungry as a bear. [excessively desirous] greedy &c 817.1. unsatisfied, unsated, unslaked; unsaturated. eager, avid, keen; burning, fervent, ardent; agog; all agog; breathless; impatient &c (impetuous) 825; bent on, intent on, set on, bent upon, intent upon, set upon; mad after, enrage, rabid, dying for, devoured by desire. aspiring, ambitious, vaulting, skyaspiring, high-reaching. desirable; desired &c v.; in demand; pleasing &c (giving pleasure) 829; appetizing, appetible†; tantalizing. Adv.
Wistfully &c adj.; fain. Int.
Would that, would that it were!, O for!, esto perpetual [Lat.] Phr.
The wish being father to the thought; sua cuique voluptas [Lat.]; hoc erat in votis [Lat.], the mouth watering, the fingers itching; aut Caesar aut nullus [Lat.]. Cassius has a lean and hungry look [Julius Caesar]; hungry as the grave [Thomson]; I was born to other things [Tennyson]; not what we wish but what we want [Merrick]; such joy ambition finds [Paradise Lost]; the sea hath bounds but deep desire hath none [Venus and Adonis]; ubi mel ibi apes [Lat.]. 866.
Indifference — N.
Indifference, neutrality; coldness &c adj.; anaphrodisia†; unconcern, insouciance, nonchalance; want of interest, want of earnestness; anorexy†, anorexia, inappetency†; apathy &c (insensibility) 823; supineness &c (inactivity) 683; disdain &c 930; recklessness &c 863; inattention &c 458. anaphrodisiac†, antaphrodisiac†; lust-quencher, passion-queller†. V.
Be indifferent &c adj.; stand neuter; take no interest in &c (insensibility) 823; have no desire for &c 865, have no taste for, have no relish for; not care for; care nothing for, care nothing about; not care a straw about, not care a fig for, not care a whit about &c (unimportance) 643; not mind. set at naught &c (make light of) 483; spurn &c (disdain) 930. Adj.
Indifferent, cold, frigid, lukewarm; cool, cool as a cucumber; unconcerned, insouciant, phlegmatic, pococurante†, easygoing, devil-may-care, careless, listless, lackadaisical; half-hearted; unambitious, unaspiring, undesirous†, unsolicitous†, unattracted. [indifferent toward people] aloof, unapproachable, remote; uncaring. unattractive, unalluring, undesired, undesirable, uncared for, unwished†, unvalued, all one to. insipid &c 391; vain. Adv.
For aught one cares.
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