rationalize, v. 1. intellectualize, paralogize, explain away, talk away; invent, make excuses for, construe; justify, vindicate, account for, make acceptable, make allowance for; attribute, ascribe, misapply.
2. reason, deliberate, contemplate, reflect, cerebrate, think, speculate, ratiocinate, cogitate, excogitate; philosophize, logicize, syllogize.
3. clarify, clear up, make clear, explain, explicate, account for; elucidate, spell out, throw light on, shed light on; enlighten, illuminate, illustrate, expound, allegorize, demythologize; show, show how, tell how, demonstrate.
rattle, v. 1. clatter, Dial, clutter, racket, din; jangle, clang, clank, clangor, bang; clink, jingle, tinkle; rap, knock, ping.
2. jiggle, jounce, shake, rap.
3. hurtle, bounce, bump, clash, crash, collide.
4. chatter, jabber, cackle, clack, cluck, clatter, gibber, gabble; prate, blab, babble, prattle, Inf. spout forth, SI. run off at the mouth, talk a blue streak, SI. yackety-yak.
5. disconcert, faze, confuse, perplex, bewilder; muddle, addle, fluster, put in a dither; disturb, perturb, upset, put off the track, discompose.
-n. 6. clatter, clutter, rattling, racket, rapping, ticktack, knocking, tapping; banging, thumping, crashing, clanking, clank, clanging, clangor, din.
7. noisemaker, clapper, clack, castanets,
rattlebrained, adj. rattlepated, addlepated, scatterbrained, giddy, Inf. slaphappy, unstable, unsteady, volatile, SI. flaky, fickle; foolish, silly, inane, eccentric, SI. balmy, Brit. SI. barmy; frivolous, flighty, birdbrained; fuzzy, vague, out in left field, out of it, with one's head in the clouds, preoccupied, SI. goofy, SI. wacky; muzzy, confused, flustered, muddled, addled, bewildered, at sea.
rattletrap, n. jalopy, wreck, SI. heap, Inf. pile of junk, Inf. junk, Inf. crate, Inf. clunker, Facetious. flivver, SI. tin lizzie, Inf. lemon, SI. bomb, SI. buggy, SI. bucket of bolts, Inf. survivor of the demolition derby; car, used car, automobile, auto, vehicle,
raucous, adj. strident, shrill, screeching, piercing, ear-piercing; harsh, sharp, grating, rasping, scratching, dissonant, discordant, jarring, twanging; cacophonous, noisy, loud, earsplitting, clamorous, clangorous.
ravage, n. 1. devastation, waste, desolation, destruction, ruin, havoc, damage, wreckage; burning, razing, leveling, demolishing; desecration, defilement, outrage, violation, vandalism; injury, harm, hurt, impairment, loss, scathe; collapse, breakdown.
2. pillage, plunder, plundering, plunderage, rapine, depredation, spoliation, despoliation, despoilment, Obs. direption, raven; pillaging, harrying, marauding, sacking, Rare, sackage; raid, razzia, foray, inroad; foraging, looting, ravishment, seizure, grab, rape.
3. brigandage, piracy, buccaneering, freebooting, banditry, highway robbery, Obs. latrociny; robbery, theft, thievery, stealing.
-v. 4. devastate, lay waste, desolate, ruin, lay in ruins; destroy, level, raze, burn, demolish, shatter, wreck.
5. pillage, plunder, rob, despoil, Archaic, spoil, spoliate, Chiefly Scot. reive; harry, maraud, rape, ravish; ransack, sack, loot, gut, fleece, strip, rifle, steal.
6. desecrate, defile, outrage, violate; harm, injure, mar, spoil; weaken, enervate, debilitate.