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Monday, October 19, 2020

synonym for preference

druthers

noun [ druhth-erz ]

druthers is another word for preference

The informal noun druthers means “one’s own way, choice, or preference,” and it is overwhelmingly used in the conditional, like this: “If I had my druthers, I’d read Synonym of the Day all day long! But alas, I must get back to work.” Fun fact: druthers is the plural of druther, which is an alteration of the phrase would rather.

Commonly found as

have one's druthers
If she had had her druthers, she would have chosen to defend her dissertation earlier.
given one's druthers
Given their druthers, they would have funded the event through donations, but unfortunately, they had to dip into their savings.

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Sunday, October 18, 2020

synonym for obscure

arcane

adjective [ ahr-keyn ]

arcane is another word for obscure

Obscure is used to describe things not widely known or understood, such as an obscure literary reference (a reference that does not land well because nobody gets it). Arcane is used to describe things that are known by very few, perhaps intentionally, such as secret or guarded knowledge. You might hear arcane used to describe knowledge of the metaphysical or occult, or to describe rules or information that is so highly technical, most people don’t bother to learn it.

Commonly found as

arcane rule
During game night, the longtime players were taken aback when the newcomer cited an arcane rule that sealed his victory.
seem + arcane
Although the science behind the project seemed a bit arcane, the manual explained it in detail.

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Saturday, October 17, 2020

synonym for influence

clout

noun [ klout ]

clout is another word for influence

If you have clout, you have strong influence or sway over something. This noun has a long history of being used to describe political influence—and indeed, clout is still most frequently found in discussion of people or entities that are able to drive outcomes in governmental matters. But clout is also used to discuss economic power. You may even find clout used to refer to the influence of a person on social media with oodles of attentive followers.

Commonly found as

clout in
Over the last decade, the former superpower had lost clout in the region.
political clout
The high turnout rate of voters over 65 in the district gives them considerable political clout.

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Friday, October 16, 2020

synonym for meaning

connotation

noun [ kon-uh-tey-shuhn ]

connotation is another word for meaning

When it comes to meanings of words, there’s denotation, which is a word’s explicit or direct meaning, and there’s connotation, a word’s associated or implicit meaning. For example, the word frugal on its surface means (denotes) efficient money management (nothing wrong with that!). The connotation of this word, however, might be stinginess or even avariciousness. As any synonym seeker knows, the connotation of a word varies greatly depending on context!

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negative connotation
In considering names for their baby, the couple ruled out a few terms that in recent years had picked up negative connotations.
carry + connotation
The reporter deleted the word hysterical from her description of the day's events because it carried gendered connotations.

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Thursday, October 15, 2020

synonym for wise

judicious

adjective [ joo-dish-uhs ]

judicious is another word for wise

As you might guess from the look of it, judicious is all about sound judgment—but not necessarily in the courtroom. This adjective means “having, exercising, or characterized by good or discriminating judgment.” Someone who is judicious is sensible, levelheaded, and well advised in their decisions and actions. The adjective judicial (so close in spelling and very easy to confuse) is the better choice for describing matters pertaining to judgment in courts of justice.

Commonly found as

judicious use
The teacher argued for judicious use of digital tech in the classroom.
careful and judicious
At the conference about privacy, the panelist urged everyone to be careful and judicious about what they store on their phone.

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Wednesday, October 14, 2020

synonym for strength

fortitude

noun [ fawr-ti-tood, -tyood ]

fortitude is another word for strength

Strength takes many forms: there’s physical strength, as in muscular power, but there’s also mental and emotional strength. That’s where fortitude comes in. Fortitude refers to mental and emotional strength in facing difficulty, adversity, danger, or temptation courageously. Someone who displays great fortitude has tremendous resolve and is able to stay the course for what they think is right, no matter what challenges arise.

Commonly found as

admire + fortitude
She admired his fortitude in always standing up for what he believed was right, even though she disagreed with him on just about every point.
fortitude necessary
The medic somehow mustered the fortitude necessary to endure the long hours of difficult work.

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Tuesday, October 13, 2020

synonym for irritable

petulant

adjective [ pech-uh-luhnt ]

petulant is another word for irritable

Someone who is irritable is easily annoyed, angered, or provoked. Someone who is petulant is impatient, impulsive, and sulky if they don’t get their way. Sound a little childish? That would be a correct assessment of how this word is used! Petulant suggests immaturity and is often used to describe behavior that is unseemly or surprising considering age or stature.

Commonly found as

like a petulant child
The soccer player would stomp his feet like a petulant child whenever the referees' calls would not go his way.
sound petulant
Upon complaining to the manager about the lack of marshmallows in stock, he was told that he sounded petulant and entitled.

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