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Friday, November 13, 2020

synonym for unclear

ambiguous

adjective [ am-big-yoo-uhs ]

ambiguous is another word for unclear

Something that is unclear is not clear or definite. Another way to describe something unclear is to call it ambiguous; however, true to form, the meaning of ambiguous is not entirely straightforward! Ambiguous sometimes means obscure or indistinct, as in the case of a shape off in the distance, the outline of which is hard to discern. But when describing a statement, act, or attitude—or even a situation or relationship—ambiguous suggests a lack of clarity due to several meanings or possible interpretations.

Commonly found as

morally ambiguous
The movie was driven by morally ambiguous characters who never failed to surprise with the questionable decisions they made.
vague and ambiguous
The headline was vague and ambiguous, suggesting perhaps that something terrible was about to happen, depending how you read it.

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Thursday, November 12, 2020

synonym for overwhelm

inundate

verb [ in-uhn-deyt, -uhn-, in-uhn-deyt ]

inundate is another word for overwhelm

To be overwhelmed by something is to be overcome by it completely in mind or feeling. A person might be overwhelmed with emotion on a momentous day. The verb inundate, while defined as “to overwhelm,” is used slightly differently. The primary meaning of inundate is “to flood” or “to cover or overspread with water.” Even when inundate is used in a context firmly planted on dry ground, the suggestion of a deluge, at least a figurative one as represented by great numbers of something, remains. For instance, if a columnist is inundated with letters from angry readers, he or she is swimming in negative feedback.

Commonly found as

inundate with
After the reporter went on the radio to ask for tips for a story, he was inundated with calls.
constantly inundated
In the weeks leading up to the election, the voter felt like she was constantly inundated with political emails and advertisements.

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Wednesday, November 11, 2020

synonym for respect

esteem

noun [ ih-steem ]

esteem is another word for respect

Respect is a sense of the worth or excellence of a person or of a personal quality. Esteem refers to a favorable opinion or judgment, as of a person. Whereas respect can suggest courtesy out of a sense of duty or propriety, the slightly warmer esteem usually implies deference rooted in admiration or tinged with affection. While you’re likely to hear the noun respect used with the verb have, as in “I have great respect for him,” esteem is more likely to be held: “I hold her in high esteem.”

Commonly found as

hold in high esteem
After a successful negotiation, the diplomats held the new prime minister in high esteem.
gain the esteem
Acutely aware of her newcomer status, she did everything she could to gain the esteem of the locals.

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