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Sunday, August 16, 2020

assert

assert is a synonym of say

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

ardor

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.

Commonly found as

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

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.

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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