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flash

adjective

flash

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of flash

  1. 1 a sudden and usually temporary growth of activity <a flash of last-minute trips to the video store before the onset of the big snowstorm> Synonyms burst, flare, flare-up, outbreak, flicker, flurry, flutter, outburst, spurtRelated Words recrudescence, recurrence, renewal; binge, jag, spree; boost, increase, pickup, upswing, upturn; epidemic, eruption, explosion, paroxysm; deluge, flood, rush, spate, surge, volley; commotion, furor, uproarNear Antonyms calm, doldrums, slump

  2. 2 a sudden intense expression of strong feeling <a much-needed flash of humor during the otherwise boring lecture> Synonyms agony, blaze, burst, ebullition, eruption, explosion, fit, flare, flare-up, outburst, flush, gale, gush, gust, paroxysm, spasm, stormRelated Words blowup, grouch, rage, tantrum; ecstasy, rapture, transport; delirium, firestorm, frenzy, furor

  3. 3 a very small space of time <the shower will be over in a flash> Synonyms beat, eyeblink, instant, heartbeat, jiff, jiffy, minute, moment, nanosecond, New York minute, second, shake, split second, trice, twinkle, twinkling, winkRelated Words microsecond; snatch, spurtNear Antonyms aeon (or eon), age, eternity, forever; infinity, lifetime

  4. 4 something extraordinary or surprising <the new goalie for our hockey team was apparently quite a flash in his hometown> Synonyms caution, wonder, marvel, miracle, phenomenon, portent, prodigy, sensation, splendorRelated Words curiosity, sight, spectacle; beauty, corker, crackerjack (also crackajack), dandy, jim-dandy, knockout; apparition, appearance

  5. 5 excessive or unnecessary display <the expensive clothes, the luxury cars, and other apparent signs of success are all flash that belie the fact that the family is up to its ears in debt> Synonyms flamboyance, ostentation, flashiness, garishness, gaudiness, glitz, ostentatiousness, pretentiousness, showiness, swankRelated Words pretense (or pretence); éclat, extravaganza, mummery, pageant, parade, show; dazzle, fanfare, foofaraw, pageantry, pomp, razzle-dazzle, razzmatazz, spectacle; adornment, decoration, dressing, embellishment, garnishment, ornamentation, trimming; extravagance, fanciness, luxuriance, luxuriousness, magnificence, opulence, richness, sumptuousness; luridness; meretriciousness, tawdriness, vulgarityNear Antonyms conservativeness, moderation, modesty, restraint, simplicity, understatement; elegance, gracefulness, tastefulness; minimalismAntonyms austerity, plainness, severity


flash

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of flash

  1. 1 to shoot forth bursts of light <the actress's diamond necklace flashed as she hurried on stage to accept the award> Synonyms coruscate, flame, glance, gleam, glimmer, glint, glisten, glister, glitter, luster (or lustre), scintillate, shimmer, spangle, sparkle, twinkle, wink, winkle Related Words beam, radiate, shine; bedazzle, blind, daze, dazzle; blaze, burn, flare, glare, glow

  2. 2 to present so as to invite notice or attention <flashed a wad of cash as he paid for his coffee> Synonyms display, disport, exhibit, expose, show, flaunt, lay out, parade, produce, show off, sport, strut, unveilRelated Words brandish, flourish, wave; advertise, air, announce, blaze, broadcast, herald, placard, post, proclaim, publicize, sound, trumpet; divulge, talk (about), tell (of); bare, discover, reveal, uncloak, uncover, unmaskNear Antonyms camouflage, disguise, mask; conceal, cover, curtain, enshroud, hide, obscure, occlude, occult, shroud, veil

  3. 3 to shine with light at regular intervals <the disco lights flashed, and the revelers danced> Synonyms blink, twinkle, winkRelated Words coruscate, flare, flicker, glance, glimmer, glint, glisten, glister, glitter, scintillate, shimmer, spangle, spark, sparkle

  4. 4 to make known openly or publicly <flashed the news of the royal birth around the world> Synonyms advertise, annunciate, blare, blaze, blazon, broadcast, declare, enunciate, announce, give out, herald, placard, post, proclaim, promulgate, publicize, publish, release, sound, trumpetRelated Words bark, call (off or out), cry; bill, billboard, bulletin, gazette [chiefly British]; knell, ring, toll; blurb, feature, pitch, plug, promote, puff; disseminate, spread; disclose, divulge, introduce, kithe [chiefly Scottish], manifest, report, reveal, show; advise, apprise, hand down, inform, notify; communicate, impart, intimateNear Antonyms conceal, hush (up), silence, suppress, withhold; recall, recant, retract, revoke


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