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Tuesday, January 05, 2021


antithetical is a synonym of opposite

adjective [ an-tuh-thet-i-kuhl ]

antithetical is another word for opposite

The adjective opposite is used to describe things that are opposed or are radically different from each other. Antithetical describes things that are diametrically opposed. The latter is a more pointed and precise adjective, and it is commonly used to highlight essential incompatibilities between ideas, behaviors, or values. For instance, if words or deeds are or are perceived as antithetical to democratic principles, then they go (or are perceived to go) against those principles starkly and irreconcilably.

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antithetical to
The new mayor’s proposals were antithetical to the values she had espoused on the campaign trail.
seem antithetical
The song, which celebrated conspicuous consumption and excess, seemed antithetical to the spirit of the holiday season.

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Monday, January 04, 2021


eclipse is a synonym of surpass

verb [ ih-klips ]

eclipse is another word for surpass

To surpass someone or something is to go beyond it in amount, extent, or degree. A new product can surpass expectations if it does more than previously thought. Surpass can also mean to excel or to be superior to, as in, a student who surpasses his classmates in vocabulary knowledge or in sports trivia. If surpassing others in some way makes them look less outstanding or important by comparison, then the verb eclipse covers it. You may know the verb eclipse more for its use in astronomy to denote the blocking out of the light of the moon or sun, but its figurative meaning is relevant closer to home. For example, a basketball player can eclipse her rivals in free throw accuracy, meaning she has overshadowed them with her superior abilities. 

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eclipse + previous
Recent snowfall amounts have eclipsed previous records set in the early 1800’s. 
only eclipsed by
Learning new words is his passion, only eclipsed by his love of ancient history. 

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Sunday, January 03, 2021


savory is a synonym of tasty

adjective [ sey-vuh-ree ]

savory is another word for tasty

There’s nothing like a tasty treat! When that treat is tasty not because it is sweet, but because it has a rich flavor such as that associated with meat or roasted vegetables, it may be called savory. Savory means “pleasant or agreeable in taste or smell,” but has come to represent a particular taste profile in the culinary world. Of the five basic taste sensations, savory best aligns with umami, a word adopted from Japanese in the early 1960’s that describes a meaty or mushroom-like flavor featured in Asian cuisine. Savory can also refer to a pleasing or attractive person or thing, like a savory architecture book full of vivid photographs. Its antonym, unsavory, gives off a malodor, describing someone or something that is not wholesome, as in, “Her job as an undercover investigator involved interacting with some unsavory characters.”

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savory dish
The chef prepared three wonderfully savory dishes, including a mushroom soup that was divine.
savory + sweet
When ordering crêpes, she never could decide if she wanted savory or sweet ones!

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