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Friday, May 07, 2021


authentic is a synonym of real

adjective [ aw-then-tik ]

authentic is another word for real

What’s real? Well, this widely used adjective has many meanings, including “true” (the real reason for an act), “actual rather than imaginary” (a story taken from real life), and “sincere” (a real friend). Where it overlaps with the synonym authentic is in discussion of things that are genuine, as in not counterfeit, artificial, or imitation (a real diamond). The difference is that authentic carries the connotation of authoritative confirmation that things or people are what they are claimed or appear to be, as in the case of an authentic Rembrandt sketch or an authentic antique. It is also used, a little less formally, to talk about words or actions that represent one’s true nature, or that seem earnest and unaffected, as in the case of a speech that sounds authentic.

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authentic experience
The locals poked fun at the tourists who came seeking an authentic experience of island life.
feel authentic
After many different approaches, the actress realized that her best bet was to portray the character in a way that felt authentic to her.

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Thursday, May 06, 2021


ordeal is a synonym of trial

noun [ awr-deel, -dee-uhl, awr-deel ]

ordeal is another word for trial

Most commonly, the word trial refers to a legal process wherein a person’s guilt or innocence is determined. But it’s also used more generally to talk about particularly trying or distressing experiences that test one’s patience and resolve—and that’s where the synonym ordeal comes into play. An ordeal is any extremely severe or trying test, experience, or trial—or, more generally an unpleasant experience that one is happy to put behind them! However, the origins of ordeal are closer to the legal sense of trial than you might think. When ordeal entered English, it referred to a primitive form of trial to determine guilt or innocence by subjecting the accused person to fire, poison, or other serious danger, the result being regarded as a divine or preternatural judgment. Though nowadays, ordeal is more likely to be used of a harrowing experience at the DMV.

Commonly found as

whole ordeal
After having spilled a tray of expensive desserts on a VIP customer, the server was dismayed to learn his coworker had caught the whole ordeal on camera.
survive the ordeal
It was astonishing that the hiker, who'd been trapped under an avalanche alone in the Alps, survived the ordeal.

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Wednesday, May 05, 2021


compassionate is a synonym of gentle

adjective [ kuhm-pash-uh-nit ]

compassionate is another word for gentle

Someone who is gentle is kindly or good-natured. When we describe someone as a gentle soul, for instance, we usually mean they display tenderness and temperance in dealings with others. The synonym compassionate is a little more hands-on, or at least it has a powerful urge to be. This adjective describes someone that shows deep sympathy and sorrow for another who is stricken by misfortune, accompanied by a strong desire to alleviate the suffering. The sensitivity and humaneness implied by this adjective put it in sharp contrast with words such as indifferent, apathetic, and uncaring, all of which, when describing people, suggest a coldness or a lack of concern for the well-being of others.

Commonly found as

caring and compassionate
He remembered his grandfather as a caring and compassionate man who would give the shirt off his back in an instant. 
compassionate person
After having gone through some tough times herself, she became a more compassionate person, willing to listen to her friends' worries without judgment.

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