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Monday, August 17, 2020

synonym for kind

amiable

adjective [ ey-mee-uh-buhl ]

amiable is another word for kind

The adjective kind implies a deep-seated benevolence and sympathetic nature. Amiable emphasizes congeniality. Someone who is amiable is friendly, agreeable, and pleasant to be around. Amiable also connotes affability, or an easy manner that invites approach and conversation (someone who is affable is easy to talk to). Amiable is close in spelling and meaning to another well-intended adjective, amicable. But context is key: amicable usually describes friendliness or goodwill where there could otherwise be hostility.

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amiable personality, amiable disposition
The neighbor had such an amiable personality that we couldn't help but like her.
easygoing and amiable
The scientist was much more easygoing and amiable than we expected, given the seriousness and intensity of her work.

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Sunday, August 16, 2020

synonym for say

assert

verb [ uh-surt ]

assert is another word for say

To say something is to express it verbally. To assert something is to state it with assurance, confidence, or force. Compared to say, which often indicates simply the act of speech, assert describes an insistent and sometimes even aggressive manner of expressing oneself; one who asserts something aims to persuade others to agree with or accept their position.

Commonly found as

confidently assert
The student confidently asserts that if he'd had more time to complete his report, he would have won the top grade in class.
assert that
Critics assert that the bill does not go far enough and will not help those most in need.

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Saturday, August 15, 2020

synonym for passion

ardor

noun [ ahr-der ]

ardor is another word for passion

Ardor is a fiery synonym for passion; it means “great warmth of feeling” or “zeal.” Ardor comes from the Latin verb ārdēre “to burn.” Like fire, which burns bright until extinguished, the word ardor has a temporariness to it, often implying intense but short-lived bursts of feeling, as in youthful ardor, or revolutionary ardor. When the fire of enthusiasm wanes, ardor may be said to have cooled or dampened.

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cool the ardor, dampen the ardor
The abrupt drop in sales shortly after launch cooled the team's ardor. 
ardor of youth
The group of friends embraced the new adventure with the ardor of youth.

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Friday, August 14, 2020

synonym for small

minuscule

adjective [ min-uh-skyool, mi-nuhs-kyool ]

minuscule is another word for small

To call something minuscule is to emphasize how tiny or unimportant that thing is. While small effectively lets a reader know that an item is of limited size, minuscule adds greater specificity. Now about the spelling: it would be perfectly logical to presume that the u in minuscule is an interloper, and that the term should be spelled miniscule from mini- “of a small size.” The fact is, minuscule comes from the Latin word minus meaning “less,” so minuscule is the standard spelling. Even so, miniscule occurs with such frequency that some consider it a variant spelling.

Commonly found as

minuscule compared to
The budget they were working with was minuscule compared to the astronomical budget of their main competitor.
minuscule amount
They expected a deluge of donations, but only a minuscule amount trickled in.

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Thursday, August 13, 2020

synonym for cause

precipitate

verb [ verb pri-sip-i-teyt ]

precipitate is another word for cause

To cause something is to bring it about. To precipitate something is to accelerate its occurrence, or to bring it about prematurely, hastily, or suddenly. As you might expect, this verb is usually used to talk about undesirable or even perilous outcomes: crises, collapses, disasters, and downfalls are all things that are precipitated. On occasion, you’ll hear it used to discuss swift change that is favorable, but more often than not precipitate connotes a steep downward trajectory.

Commonly found as

precipitate a crisis
If two countries are at odds, then even a minor indiscretion could precipitate a crisis.
precipitated by
The financial collapse was precipitated by unsustainable lending practices.

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Wednesday, August 12, 2020

synonym for furthermore

moreover

adverb [ mawr-oh-ver, mohr-, mawr-oh-ver, mohr- ]

moreover is another word for furthermore

The terms furthermore and moreover are both transition words, meaning they help connect one idea to another. What's more, they both indicate something additional to what has already been stated. Moreover adds emphasis to the idea that came before it, usually introducing something particular or important (not an afterthought). But neither of these terms is commonly used in speech where shorter, less formal options do the trick.

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Moreover,
The census helps ensure the government has an accurate picture of the population. Moreover, it impacts funding for public services.
; moreover,
I did not like the house; moreover, it was too high-priced.

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Tuesday, August 11, 2020

synonym for improve

revamp

verb [ verb ree-vamp ]

revamp is another word for improve

To improve something is to make it more desirable in some way. To revamp something is to renovate, redo, or revise it. Revamp comes from the verb vamp, which in its earliest uses meant “to repair (a shoe or boot) with a new vamp.” The noun vamp here refers to the portion of a shoe or boot upper that covers the instep and toes. Revamp entered English with its own footprint, but the idea of making something old new remains central to its meaning.

Commonly found as

revamp + system
To improve conditions in public schools, the senator wanted to revamp the state tax system.
completely revamp
The chemistry department completely revamped its curriculum to better serve students in pharmacology.

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