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Monday, June 14, 2021


allegiance is a synonym of loyalty

noun [ uh-lee-juhns ]

allegiance is another word for loyalty

Does it make any difference whether we pledge our allegiance or our loyalty to the flag? Loyalty and allegiance both imply a sense of duty or of devoted attachment to something or someone. Loyalty often has a more personal element to it. It connotes sentiment and the feeling of devotion that one holds for one's country, creed, family, or friends (her loyalty was rewarded). The word allegiance, originating in the feudal relationship between a liege and his lord, applies particularly to a citizen's duty to their country, or, by extension, one's obligation to support a party, cause, or leader (multinational corporations owing allegiance to no country). Whether used in the context of countries, multinational corporations, or football teams, allegiance usually implies a more official, contractual relationship than loyalty, with the suggestion of factions whose interests are at odds.

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pledge allegiance
The teacher asked the students what they thought it meant to pledge allegiance to the flag; a lively and amusing conversation ensued.
switch allegiance(s)
The footballer, who was the great hope of the Republic of Ireland’s national team, switched his allegiance to England.

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Sunday, June 13, 2021


perfunctory is a synonym of superficial

adjective [ per-fuhngk-tuh-ree ]

perfunctory is another word for superficial

The white glove test would reveal no difference between a superficial cleaning and a perfunctory one. Neither cleaning has been thorough, and both have dealt only with the surface—in these respects, the two adjectives overlap in meaning. Superficial can be a purely descriptive, neutral term (superficial wound), but when used of a person or a person’s actions, superficial often suggests fakeness or shallowness (superficial writer, superficial values). Perfunctory can also be used of people, but it is more often used of actions and behaviors that are done in haste, with the minimum of attention and enthusiasm, as if merely going through the motions (a perfunctory greeting, a perfunctory investigation)—the way you might do something when you have to do it rather than want to do it.

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perfunctory kiss
Based on the perfunctory kiss goodbye he gave her, I would guess those two are a married couple.
perfunctory manner
The doctor examined her hypochondriac patient in a perfunctory manner, suspecting that his latest symptoms were imaginary.

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Saturday, June 12, 2021


pardon is a synonym of excuse

verb [ pahr-dn ]

pardon is another word for excuse

To excuse something, such as slight offense or an error, is to regard or judge it with forgiveness or indulgence: please excuse Cookie Monster’s bad manners. More commonly, however, excuse is paired with me and used as a polite expression when addressing a stranger, interrupting or disagreeing with someone, or requesting repetition of what has just been said: Excuse me, did you say there are no cookies left? The synonym pardon overlaps with excuse in both of these senses, but with slight variations. Like excuse, pardon implies being lenient on a matter, though it usually applies to a specific act of lenience or mercy by an official or superior: the governor was asked to pardon the condemned. Informally, pardon is used to ask for courteous allowance for something: Pardon me, madam, I did not mean to make you drop your cookie!

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pardon me
Pardon me for being so forward, but I'd love to meet you for coffee sometime.
president + pardon
There was a great deal of speculation about who the president might pardon on his way out of office.

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