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Sunday, January 17, 2021

synonym for aimless

haphazard

adjective [ hap-haz-erd ]

haphazard is another word for aimless

The adjective aimless is commonly used to talk about meandering movements, such as aimless wandering, or activities that lack purpose, such as aimless conversation. Haphazard goes a slapdash step beyond to emphasize disorder, unpredictability, and a lack of foresight or attention. This disheveled adjective is used of things that one might expect to be orderly, well planned out, or at least regular and predictable, but are instead muddled, seemingly random, and maybe even a little chaotic. A haphazard process, for instance, is one that was thrown together at the last minute or that is anything but systematic.

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haphazard manner
The information was intended to be helpful, but it was announced in such a haphazard manner that it did more to confuse than clarify.
random and haphazard
The process for getting new tablets into every classroom in the district seemed random and haphazard.

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Saturday, January 16, 2021

synonym for skillful

adroit

adjective [ uh-droit ]

adroit is another word for skillful

The adjective skillful is a general term for describing competence and expertness. Adroit is a strong synonym for skillful that also conveys facility and ease of performance, but this less common adjective emphasizes cleverness and resourcefulness. An adroit politician, for instance, may be particularly skilled at maneuvering various levers of power and persuasion to accomplish his or her goals. Dexterity and agility, both physical and mental, are key to the meaning and uses of this well-versed word.

Commonly found as

politically adroit
The public statement was a politically adroit overture to a key group of funders with very deep pockets.
adroit handling
The leader was praised for her adroit handling of the negotiations, which could have fallen apart in less competent hands.

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Friday, January 15, 2021

synonym for trickery

chicanery

noun [ shi-key-nuh-ree, chi- ]

chicanery is another word for trickery

The nouns trickery and chicanery both denote deception, but chicanery is usually used of questionable legal, financial, or political maneuvering that involves deliberately misleading language or subterfuge. Trickery is not always attached to mal intent—sometimes this word is used of crafty moves that misdirect or mislead in some ingenious way. Chicanery, however, almost always implies taking advantage of a situation for petty purposes.

Commonly found as

chicanery + fraud
One might think that the state’s office of professional licensure was squeaky clean, but unfortunately it had a history of chicanery and fraud.
engage in chicanery
Employees at the firm were alarmed and disappointed to discover that their new boss was so willing to engage in financial chicanery.

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Thursday, January 14, 2021

synonym for imitate

emulate

verb [ em-yuh-leyt ]

emulate is another word for imitate

To imitate someone or something is to follow that person or thing as a model or example. In some cases, imitate means simply “to mimic,” as mischievous schoolchildren might a teacher behind their back. The verb emulate suggests more purposeful action and striving: this verb means “to try to equal or excel” or sometimes “to rival with some degree of success.” If a child emulates their father as a concert violinist, it means they are imitating him with effort to equal or surpass his accomplishments or skill. The competitive spirit of emulate gives this verb a clear edge over imitate when ambition is at play.

Commonly found as

try to emulate
Early in the author's career, he tried to emulate his favorite writers.
emulate + success
The small company hoped to emulate the success of the leading manufacturer by recruiting the best employees and working more efficiently.

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Wednesday, January 13, 2021

synonym for break

hiatus

noun [ hahy-ey-tuhs ]

hiatus is another word for break

A hiatus is a break or interruption in the continuity of a work, series, or action. It’s not uncommon for a TV show to go on hiatus, as executives sort out programming priorities and tinker with casting; you might hear of a band taking a hiatus or pressing pause on their recording or touring in order to deal with other matters. This noun entered English referring to a material break or chasm in something (beware the gaping hiatus!). It is sometimes used to refer to a gap in written material or in a line of reasoning, like a missing link. Nowadays, though, you’re most likely to hear hiatus used to refer to a temporary cessation of activity for a specific purpose.

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long hiatus
She was pleased to return to business as usual after such a long hiatus.
take a hiatus
The band decided to take a hiatus from performing internationally until they had finished recording their new album. 

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Tuesday, January 12, 2021

synonym for biased

tendentious

adjective [ ten-den-shuhs ]

tendentious is another word for biased

Something that is biased has or shows bias, defined as a particular tendency, trend, inclination, feeling, or opinion. A bias may be favorable or unfavorable: bias in favor of or against an idea. The synonym tendentious is more blatant, describing things (often writing) that have or show a definite tendency, bias, or purpose: arguments, articles, and interpretations deemed tendentious tend to promote controversial points of view.

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tendentious argument
The writer’s tendentious argument turned on flawed and incomplete information.
tendentious and misleading
The news organization issued a retraction for the tendentious and misleading article.

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Monday, January 11, 2021

synonym for fit

dovetail

verb [ duhv-teyl ]

dovetail is another word for fit

When two things dovetail, they join or fit together compactly or harmoniously. This verb is often used to talk about ideas, plans, or pieces of information that are complementary or that seem to reinforce one another. This sense of the word comes from woodworking, where a dovetail is a type of joint formed of one or more tenons, or projections, fitting tightly within corresponding mortises, or notches. The joint is so named for its resemblance to (you guessed it!) a dove’s tail.

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dovetail nicely
The two pieces of legislation dovetailed nicely; together they formed a comprehensive plan for the town to reach its sustainability goals.
findings dovetail
The scientist's latest findings dovetailed with earlier research on the topic.

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