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Saturday, September 26, 2020

synonym for indifferent

aloof

adjective [ uh-loof ]

aloof is another word for indifferent

Someone who is aloof, or is perceived as such, is disinterested or reticent and reserved. Aloof suggests a cool, detached, and distant air, which makes sense considering this term sailed into English on cool winds. Aloof is formed from a- (here meaning “into” or “toward”) and luff, a nautical term referring to the forward edge of a fore-and-aft sail; its earliest sense in English was as an adverb meaning “to the side from which the wind blows.”

Commonly found as

remain aloof
Despite the good news, he remained aloof and showed little to no reaction.
distant and aloof
He was effusive and affectionate when he picked her up from the airport, but she did not return the warmth; she was distant and aloof the whole ride home.

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Friday, September 25, 2020

synonym for full

teeming

adjective [ tee-ming ]

teeming is another word for full

A full train station is filled to capacity. A teeming train station is beyond full—it’s abounding or swarming with people. Teeming comes from the verb teem meaning “to abound or swarm,” or “to be prolific or fertile.” The earliest sense of the verb was “to produce offspring.” Given the fertile history of this word, it is not surprising that teem often appears in close proximity to the word life, as in the case of a tide pool that is teeming with life.

Commonly found as

teeming masses
The park rangers had reservations about opening up that section of pristine wilderness to the teeming masses.
teeming streets
On her first visit to the great metropolis, the tourist was overwhelmed by the sights and smells of the teeming streets.

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Thursday, September 24, 2020

synonym for relationship

rapport

noun [ ra-pawr, -pohr, ruh- ]

rapport is another word for relationship

Relationship is a general term that can be applied to a wide range of connections, involvements, or associations—each of us has a particular relationship with technology, for instance (some better than others!). The noun rapport is more specific: this term is used of relations between people and suggests a harmonious and sympathetic type of connection. For example, a teacher might try to establish a close rapport with students—a connection marked by mutual understanding and good communication.

Commonly found as

establish rapport
It was important for the diplomat to establish good rapport with other public officials in her assigned region.
instant rapport
He felt an instant rapport with the new employee; within seconds of meeting, their conversation flowed and it felt as though they had known each other for years.

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Wednesday, September 23, 2020

synonym for lucky

fortuitous

adjective [ fawr-too-i-tuhs, -tyoo- ]

fortuitous is another word for lucky

Something that is fortuitous happens by chance or without known cause. In modern standard use, the term almost always carries the senses both of accident or chance and luck or fortune, as in the case of a fortuitous encounter with a former acquaintance that leads to a promising new career opportunity (a happy accident!). Beware that some stylists and editors may object to the use of fortuitous to mean anything more than "accidental." In formal writing, when your intended meaning is less about a happy accident and more about fortune's favor, the adjective fortunate may be a better option.
 

Commonly found as

timing + fortuitous
The young journalist moved to the small town on a whim last fall, but her timing was fortuitous as a big story was just about to break.
prove fortuitous
The road closure proved fortuitous for the runner who, forced into a new route, found a $50 bill on the sidewalk.

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Tuesday, September 22, 2020

synonym for bland

insipid

adjective [ in-sip-id ]

insipid is another word for bland

A bland sauce is mild and tasteless. A bland vocabulary lacks flavorful descriptors such as insipid! Insipid means without distinctive, interesting, or stimulating qualities, as in the case of remarks that are uninspired and flat, or song lyrics that are so clichéd they are utterly dull. Neither of these terms is used as a compliment, generally speaking, but insipid is the more pointed of the two, connoting at times a shallowness or lack of mental rigor.

Commonly found as

dull and insipid
We expected a poignant and heartfelt speech, but instead we were subjected to an hour of dull and insipid platitudes.
insipid song
The soundtrack launched into a version of the same insipid love song she’d heard a thousand times before.

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Monday, September 21, 2020

synonym for hint

allude

verb [ uh-lood ]

allude is another word for hint

To allude is to refer to something indirectly. It is a way of pointing toward something or calling it to mind without explicitly naming it. A pop singer might allude to events in their personal life through abstracted lyrics. Allusions, or references to earlier artistic works, are very common in literature, as in the case of a book title (Brave New World by Aldous Huxley) that borrows language from another work (The Tempest by William Shakespeare).

Commonly found as

allude to the fact
At the press briefing, he alluded to the fact that the agency had downsized considerably.
vaguely allude
The lyrics from her new song vaguely allude to the end of a marriage.

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Sunday, September 20, 2020

synonym for ridiculous

preposterous

adjective [ pri-pos-ter-uhs, -truhs ]

preposterous is another word for ridiculous

The adjectives ridiculous and preposterous both describe things that are inconsistent with reason or common sense. True to its root, however, ridiculous implies ridicule or contempt. Preposterous emphasizes foolishness and suggests a topsy-turvy, inverted, or disorderly quality. A preposterous notion or idea, for instance, is so jumbled in its reasoning or so contrary to expected order that it is downright disorienting.

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preposterous notion
He floated the preposterous notion that the dog ate not only his homework, but his entire desk.
utterly preposterous
The idea of vacationing on the moon struck her as utterly preposterous.

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