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gall

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of gall

  1. 1 a deep-seated ill will <her kindly feelings turned to gall when she found out her nephew only wanted her money> Synonyms animosity, animus, antagonism, antipathy, bad blood, bitterness, enmity, grudge, hostility, jaundice, rancorRelated Words blood feud, feud, score, vendetta; hate, hatred, loathing; vindictiveness, virulence, vitriol; alienation, disaffection, estrangement; conflict, coolness, discord, friction, strain, tension; inhospitableness, unfriendliness; malice, malignancy, malignity, spite, spitefulness, venomNear Antonyms amiability, amicability, civility, cordiality, friendliness, hospitality, neighborliness; comity, empathy, friendship, goodwill, sympathy, understandingAntonyms amity

  2. 2 shameless boldness <I can't believe he had the gall to ask me how much I weigh> Synonyms audaciousness, audacity, brashness, brass, brassiness, brazenness, cheek, cheekiness, chutzpah (also chutzpa or hutzpah or hutzpa), crust, face, effrontery, nerve, nerviness, pertness, presumption, presumptuousness, sauce, sauciness, temerityRelated Words arrogance, assurance, cockiness, confidence, hardihood, overconfidence, sanguinity, self-assurance, self-confidence; discourteousness, disrespect, impertinence, impoliteness, impudence, incivility, inconsiderateness, inconsideration, insolence, rudeness, ungraciousness; back talk, sass; swagger, swashNear Antonyms bashfulness, diffidence, faintheartedness, hesitancy, modesty, shyness, timidity, timidness, timorousness; civility, courteousness, courtesy, gentility, graciousness, mannerliness, manners


gall

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of gall

  1. 1 to damage or diminish by continued friction <move that rope so the sharp edge of the hull doesn't gall it> Synonyms chafe, corrade, erode, fray, frazzle, fret, abrade, rasp, rub, wearRelated Words file, gnaw, grate, graze, grind, nibble, sandblast, sandpaper, scour, scrape, scuff, shave; erase, reduce, rub out, wear out, wipe (away); bite, break down, break up, chew, corrode, decompose, disintegrate, dissolve, eat; hone, sharpen, whet

  2. 2 to disturb the peace of mind of (someone) especially by repeated disagreeable acts <humming through your nose like that absolutely galls me> Synonyms aggravate, annoy, bother, bug, burn (up), chafe, eat, exasperate, frost, irritate, get, grate, gripe, hack (off), irk, itch, nark [British], nettle, peeve, persecute, pique, put out, rasp, rile, ruffle, spite, vexRelated Words hassle, heckle; nag; inflame (also enflame), provoke, rouse; badger, bait, bullyrag (also ballyrag), devil, hagride, harass, harry, pester, plague, tease; anger, antagonize, enrage, incense, infuriate, madden, rankle, roil; agitate, discomfort, discompose, disquiet, distress, exercise, freak (out), fret, perturb, undo, unhinge, unsettle, upset, worry; affront, insult, miff, offend, outrageNear Antonyms appease, conciliate, mollify, oblige, pacify, placate, propitiate; delight, gladden, gratify, please, satisfy; assure, cheer, comfort, console, content, quiet, reassure, solace, soothe

  3. 3 to make sore by continued rubbing <tie your shoes so they don't gall your heels sliding on and off like that> Synonyms abrade, excoriate, fret, chafe, irritateRelated Words graze, scrape, scratch; burn, inflame (also enflame); flay, peel, skin


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