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Saturday, August 15, 2020


ardor is a synonym of passion

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


minuscule is a synonym of small

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.

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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


precipitate is a synonym of cause

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.

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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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