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Tuesday, September 29, 2020

synonym for contradict

belie

verb [ bih-lahy ]

belie is another word for contradict

To belie is to create an impression that is inconsistent with the facts or that contradicts evidence. For instance, if a friend is feeling very nervous and insecure about a presentation but somehow manages to give off an aura of nonchalant confidence while delivering it, you could say their casual, relaxed manner belies their insecurity. The core idea of belie is one of misrepresentation, though the term does not usually suggest an intent to deceive; rather it used to point out notable or striking variances or contradictions.

Commonly found as

belie the fact
His naive remarks belie the fact that he has more experience and knowledge on the topic than anyone in the room.
appearance + belie
The delicate appearance of the basket belies its sturdiness.

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Monday, September 28, 2020

synonym for open

candid

adjective [ kan-did ]

candid is another word for open

If a person is open about their feelings on a topic, they speak freely and hold nothing back. When someone is described as candid, it usually means they are frank, outspoken, and sincere—sometimes unpleasantly so. A candid remark is one free from reservation or disguise. Candid is also used to refer to things that are unposed and informal, such as a candid photo.

Commonly found as

candid conversation
The partners had a very candid conversation about their future together, and it was long overdue.
refreshingly candid
The celebrity was refreshingly candid about her childhood and rise to stardom.

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Sunday, September 27, 2020

synonym for like

appreciate

verb [ uh-pree-shee-eyt ]

appreciate is another word for like

To like something is to regard it with favor or to find it agreeable. To appreciate something is to value it highly or to be grateful for it. This verb suggests wise judgment, delicate perception, and keen insight in realizing the worth of something. You might appreciate (or be grateful) for a friend’s thoughtfulness or appreciate (regard highly) the nuanced flavors of a fine wine. Appreciate is also used to talk about grasping something mentally or being aware of it, as in the case of someone who appreciates (but is not grateful for!) the dangers of a situation.

Commonly found as

appreciate + help
The all-volunteer staff at the local animal shelter greatly appreciates the extra help they get around the holidays.
respect and appreciate
The negative feedback was not easy to hear, but she respected and appreciated the honest communication.

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Saturday, September 26, 2020

synonym for indifferent

aloof

adjective [ uh-loof ]

aloof is another word for indifferent

Someone who is aloof, or is perceived as such, is disinterested or reticent and reserved. Aloof suggests a cool, detached, and distant air, which makes sense considering this term sailed into English on cool winds. Aloof is formed from a- (here meaning “into” or “toward”) and luff, a nautical term referring to the forward edge of a fore-and-aft sail; its earliest sense in English was as an adverb meaning “to the side from which the wind blows.”

Commonly found as

remain aloof
Despite the good news, he remained aloof and showed little to no reaction.
distant and aloof
He was effusive and affectionate when he picked her up from the airport, but she did not return the warmth; she was distant and aloof the whole ride home.

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Friday, September 25, 2020

synonym for full

teeming

adjective [ tee-ming ]

teeming is another word for full

A full train station is filled to capacity. A teeming train station is beyond full—it’s abounding or swarming with people. Teeming comes from the verb teem meaning “to abound or swarm,” or “to be prolific or fertile.” The earliest sense of the verb was “to produce offspring.” Given the fertile history of this word, it is not surprising that teem often appears in close proximity to the word life, as in the case of a tide pool that is teeming with life.

Commonly found as

teeming masses
The park rangers had reservations about opening up that section of pristine wilderness to the teeming masses.
teeming streets
On her first visit to the great metropolis, the tourist was overwhelmed by the sights and smells of the teeming streets.

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Thursday, September 24, 2020

synonym for relationship

rapport

noun [ ra-pawr, -pohr, ruh- ]

rapport is another word for relationship

Relationship is a general term that can be applied to a wide range of connections, involvements, or associations—each of us has a particular relationship with technology, for instance (some better than others!). The noun rapport is more specific: this term is used of relations between people and suggests a harmonious and sympathetic type of connection. For example, a teacher might try to establish a close rapport with students—a connection marked by mutual understanding and good communication.

Commonly found as

establish rapport
It was important for the diplomat to establish good rapport with other public officials in her assigned region.
instant rapport
He felt an instant rapport with the new employee; within seconds of meeting, their conversation flowed and it felt as though they had known each other for years.

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Wednesday, September 23, 2020

synonym for lucky

fortuitous

adjective [ fawr-too-i-tuhs, -tyoo- ]

fortuitous is another word for lucky

Something that is fortuitous happens by chance or without known cause. In modern standard use, the term almost always carries the senses both of accident or chance and luck or fortune, as in the case of a fortuitous encounter with a former acquaintance that leads to a promising new career opportunity (a happy accident!). Beware that some stylists and editors may object to the use of fortuitous to mean anything more than "accidental." In formal writing, when your intended meaning is less about a happy accident and more about fortune's favor, the adjective fortunate may be a better option.
 

Commonly found as

timing + fortuitous
The young journalist moved to the small town on a whim last fall, but her timing was fortuitous as a big story was just about to break.
prove fortuitous
The road closure proved fortuitous for the runner who, forced into a new route, found a $50 bill on the sidewalk.

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