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Saturday, January 16, 2021


adroit is a synonym of skillful

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


chicanery is a synonym of trickery

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


emulate is a synonym of imitate

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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