Examples of setoff in a Sentence
the architect used stone carvings as setoffs for the building's marble facing
First Known Use of setoff
Synonymsadornment, beautifier, caparison, doodad, embellisher, embellishment, frill, garnish, garnishment, garniture, ornament, ornamentation, decoration, trim
Related Wordsapparel, bells and whistles, blazonry, bric-a-brac, chichi, emblazonry, filigree, finery, foofaraw, frippery, frosting, froufrou; fal-lal, flounce, flourish, furbelow, ruffle; enhancement, enrichment, improvement; appliqué, embossment, embroidery, fancywork; bedizenment, gilt, glitter; design, figure, pattern; furnishings, regalia, trappings
Near Antonymsblemish, defacement, disfigurement, scar; blot, spot, stain
Definition of set off
- the respective totals shall be set off against one another
- —O. R. Hobson
- set off for home
Recent Examples of set off from the Web
The disgraced American soccer executive whose admissions of corruption set off a global scandal that ultimately toppled FIFA President Sepp Blatter.
Trump's announcement has set off weeks of clashes between Palestinian protesters and Israeli security forces that have left 12 Palestinians dead.
The idea of an African-American breaking the Babe’s record set off some racists.
Any such move could set off a public uproar and might even trigger an antitrust investigation.
Reid declined, then set off to get the same shoulder treated in five other countries, documenting the experience in his book, The Healing of America.
In the 1990s, a collapse in food supplies set off a famine that may have killed millions but failed to spur a rebellion.
Banished from his home for his lofty ambitions, Despereaux sets off on a noble quest to rescue an endangered princess and save an entire kingdom from darkness.
This sets off a process a bit like the mantle plumes seen on Earth, where hot upwellings drive material upward, displacing cooler material that sinks toward the core.
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First Known Use of set off
set off Synonyms
Synonymsactuate, crank (up), drive, move, run, activate, spark, start, touch off, trigger, turn on
Antonymscut, cut out, deactivate, kill, shut off, turn off
Related Wordskick over, turn over; charge, electrify, energize, fire, fuel, generate, power, push; discharge, launch, release, switch, trip; reactivate, recharge; arouse, excite, jump-start, kick-start, stimulate, vitalize; ignite, incite, instigate, provoke, quicken, stir up; accelerate, catalyze, speed (up), step up
Near Antonymsarrest, brake, check, cut off, draw up, halt, jam, stall, stick, stop; decelerate, repress, slow, stunt, suppress
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