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Saturday, February 13, 2021

synonym for friendly


adjective [ af-uh-buhl ]

affable is another word for friendly

The adjective friendly gets a lot of use in English; it can describe individuals or groups that are helpful or welcoming (a friendly staff), or surroundings that are pleasant or conducive to a certain task (a friendly environment). Affable is more specific. This delightful descriptor is usually used of individuals who are easy to approach and talk to. A person with an affable demeanor puts others at ease or draws them in with their warmly polite and agreeable manner.

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affable demeanor
Despite her unfortunate name, Dr. Payne was good at getting her patients to feel comfortable because she had such an affable demeanor.
easygoing + affable
The yoga instructor was easygoing and affable, which seemed to help his students relax as they moved through rather difficult poses.

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Friday, February 12, 2021

synonym for honest


adjective [ fawrth-rahyt, fohrth- ]

forthright is another word for honest

When we describe someone as honest, we usually mean they have no intent to deceive and can be trusted. When we call someone forthright, we usually mean they are direct and candid in their communication. The adjective forthright is defined as “going straight to the point” or “frank.” Someone who is forthright does not beat around the bush or withhold information; they get to the heart of matters without hesitation. Forthright is similar to the adjective forthcoming, which is defined as “frank and cooperative,” but which implies slightly more agreeability or the divulgence of a larger amount of information. The common link, the directional adverb forth, means “onward” or “forward.”

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forthright manner
The publicist advised the CEO to address the controversy in a very forthright manner, urging her to address any pertinent and potentially damaging information head on.
refreshingly forthright
The celebrity was refreshingly forthright about the mistakes he'd made in the past.

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Thursday, February 11, 2021

synonym for climb


verb [ uh-send ]

ascend is another word for climb

The verbs climb and ascend both imply moving upward. Climb is more likely to be used of a person using their feet to move up (climb stairs), or their hands and feet (climb up a ladder). This verb suggests effort, even when used figuratively to talk about gaining prominence or fortune (to climb to the highest office in the land). The verb ascend usually suggests a gradual or stately movement, with or without effort. This lofty verb really stands apart in discussion of rising to a higher point, rank, or degree, or proceeding from an inferior to a superior degree or level, as in the case of a person who ascends to power.

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ascend + throne
The emperor ascended the throne when he was very young, but earned the people's respect quickly with his benevolence.
ascend + descend
He had watched her ascend to great heights early in her career, and then descend to new depths when the industry collapsed.

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