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Sunday, August 15, 2021


auspicious is a synonym of promising

adjective [ aw-spish-uhs ]

auspicious is another word for promising

Promising and auspicious are used to describe a thing or person with qualities that lead us to expect they will turn out favorably. A promising first draft possesses elements that, if developed, will constitute a good paper, and people have high hopes for a promising young man or woman. The optimal time to be promising is, of course, at the start (a vacation off to a promising start). Auspicious start is also common usage, and can be used synonymously. Strictly, however, auspicious means “boding well,” as if foretold by an omen. An auspicious sign bodes well for something or someone. Auspicious is frequently used to describe times: an auspicious occasion, day, or moment. Here it suggests that the outcome of something is lucky, well-timed, or favorable at that time. In usage, the meaning of auspicious varies between "promising" and “favorable for.”

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most auspicious
Traditionally, in China, the calendar can be used to calculate the most auspicious days that year for everything from buying gold to getting married.
auspicious beginning
The major company’s offer to partner with ours was an auspicious beginning for our fledgling enterprise.

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Saturday, August 14, 2021


bestow is a synonym of give

verb [ bih-stoh ]

bestow is another word for give

Give and bestow refer to presenting something voluntarily to someone, without expecting anything in return. This is the primary definition of give, which we use with “gift” and “present,” or the specific item given (I’m giving her a bike for her birthday). Bestow is very similar to give in the action it denotes, but it is generally used for intangible or unspecified treasures that can’t be bought, such as blessings, honor, grace, gifts, wealth, title, or authority, which are bestowed on or upon someone, often by someone in a high position–God is frequently the subject of bestow. Bestow is an elevated, formal term which can have a ceremonial feel of past eras, but you will encounter it adding nuance to more ordinary acts (bestowed a kiss on his cheek, bestowed a radiant smile upon her guests).

Commonly found as

bestow honor
I am proud to bestow this honor so richly deserved on Bowser, a military working dog who has been sniffing out explosives and saving lives for 10 years.
god + bestow
In Greek mythology, the god Apollo first bestowed the gift of prophecy on Cassandra, and then laid a curse on her–that she would never be believed.

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Friday, August 13, 2021


missive is a synonym of letter

noun [ mis-iv ]

missive is another word for letter

Letter and missive refer to a written communication addressed to one or more people normally sent by mail or email. Letter is the general term and is used particularly when the message bears the conventional format of a hand- or typewritten letter, rather than being an email or text. Missive is a rather formal, less familiar synonym for letter, often used for an official or public communication (the CEO’s missive to shareholders), but it can be used for any message or announcement that is directed towards an individual or group (the latest in a string of Twitter missives from the Governor). It’s not entirely clear why missives are more often said to be “fired off” than letters are, but its shared root with “missile” (miss- meaning “send”) may have something to do with that.

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send a missive
The president of the association sends a yearly missive to members, which looks back at the achievements of the past year and announces important initiatives in the coming year, but employees mostly read it in the hope of seeing their name mentioned.
latest missive
The commissioner’s latest missive to the newspaper condemns the push to move away from fossil fuels, and has unkind words for certain government leaders.

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