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Tuesday, October 06, 2020

synonym for predict

augur

verb [ aw-ger ]

augur is another word for predict

To predict something is foretell it, often but not always with precision of calculation, knowledge, or shrewd inference from facts or experience. To augur something is to divine or predict it, as from omens. Augur also means to bode, as in the case of a consumer trend that augurs well for a company. Augur is easy enough to find in contemporary writing and speech, but it is rooted in ancient mysteries: the noun augur, which predates the verb in English, refers to one of a group of Roman officials charged with observing and interpreting omens for guidance in public affairs.

Commonly found as

augur well
The wave of closures in the tech sector did not augur well for the economy.
augur + future
Intentional or not, the series had an uncanny knack for auguring the future.

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Monday, October 05, 2020

synonym for disappointment

chagrin

noun [ shuh-grin ]

chagrin is another word for disappointment

The word disappointment refers to a feeling of being let down, or to something that produces that feeling by failing to fulfill expectations or wishes. The noun chagrin is more pointed: this word refers to a feeling of vexation or irritation marked by disappointment or humiliation—or both!

Commonly found as

much to my chagrin
The comedian locked eyes with me early in the night and proceeded to heckle me for the remainder of her set, much to my chagrin.
surprise and chagrin
He felt sure he had wowed the hiring committee during his interview. Imagine his surprise and chagrin when he didn't get a call back!

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Sunday, October 04, 2020

synonym for changeable

mercurial

adjective [ mer-kyoor-ee-uhl ]

mercurial is another word for changeable

The word changeable can mean simply capable of being changed or, more often, liable or likely to change. Mercurial is closer to the latter; it emphasizes volatility, fickleness, and unpredictability, and is commonly used to describe person’s temperament. But even the meaning of mercurial shifts from time to time; this hard-to-pin-down adjective can also take a more positive turn to mean animated, lively, or quick-witted.

Commonly found as

mercurial temperament
The supervisor was known for his mercurial temperament; his colleagues never knew what to expect.
impulsive and mercurial
The author was a brilliantly talented prose stylist, but he was impulsive and mercurial and did not work well on deadlines.

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