V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary


noun, adjective

Definition: (n.) a substance that destroys bacteria or disease; (adj.) 1. completely clean and free of disease or corruption; 2. very cold and impersonal; 3. totally neat and orderly; 4. unexciting and unimaginative

Synonyms: (n.) disinfectant, (adj.) hygienic, sanitary, sterile, pristine, impersonal, dull

Antonyms: (adj.) infected, contaminated

Tips: Antiseptic is derived from the Greek anti, "against," and septikos, "putrefying." Antiseptic is most commonly used in medicine, but it can also be used to describe anything that seems very clean, sterile, and impersonal, such as an "antiseptic room."

Usage Examples:

Leave the bandage on for three days so the antiseptic in it can begin to heal the wound. (disinfectant) noun

The antiseptic atmosphere of Grandmother's house was no fun for a lively seven-year-old. (sterile, pristine) adjective

Minor cuts should be washed with antiseptic soap and covered with bandages. (disinfectant) adjective

The dentist's lounge had an antiseptic appearance--clean, but uninteresting. (sterile, impersonal) adjective

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