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Friday, July 03, 2020


bolster is a synonym of help

verb [ bohl-ster ]

bolster is another word for help

Help comes in many different forms. To bolster something is "to add to, support, or uphold" that thing. The verb comes from the noun bolster, a cushion or pillow. The idea of cushioning, propping up, or giving a boost is central to the verb. However, while this noun bolster is most likely to prop up a person, the verb bolster is more commonly found in discussion of concepts and ideas. For example, you might bolster a case or an argument, or bolster a friend's confidence. Similarly, internet companies will seek to bolster their traffic, and government agencies strive to bolster the economy.

Commonly found as

bolster the case
The prosecutor sought to bolster the case by bringing in DNA evidence that clearly linked the defendant to the scene of the crime.
seek to bolster, aim to bolster
The military general aimed to bolster the ranks by enlisting soldiers who were older than had been allowed before.

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Thursday, July 02, 2020


bitter is a synonym of sad

adjective [ bit-er ]

bitter is another word for sad

The most general feeling of sorrow or unhappiness can be captured with the adjective sad. The word bitter, on the other hand, describes a more pointed feeling, often one of disappointment, sharpened by resentment, hostility, or cynicism. A bitter sorrow is one that is deeply grievous or hard to bear. A bitter lesson is one that is hard to accept. And bitter rivals are competitors whose relationship is marked by intense antagonism or hostility. In all of these, you can find traces of bitter's earliest sense in English: "having a harsh or disagreeable taste."

Commonly found as

bitter and angry
The flight attendant became increasingly bitter and angry each time he learned he had been passed over for a promotion.
bitter rivals, bitter pill, bitter truth
After a long divorce trial, the couple finally accepted the bitter truth that they were not meant for each other.

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Wednesday, July 01, 2020


jubilant is a synonym of happy

adjective [ joo-buh-luhnt ]

jubilant is another word for happy

To be jubilant is to show great joy or triumph. Contrasted with the word happy, which conveys delight but not necessarily to a high (or noisy) degree, jubilant shouts its elation from the rooftops. It comes from the Latin verb jūbilāre meaning "to shout, whoop," and fittingly, you're most likely to find it describing the mood or manner of people gathered in celebration, or with something to "whoop" about, as a success or victory.

Commonly found as

jubilant crowd, jubilant supporters, jubilant mood
At the end of the graduation ceremony, the jubilant crowd of family members were on their feet, congratulating the recent graduates and hugging each other enthusiastically.
excited and jubilant, loud and jubilant
After the leader finished her speech, the supporters gave a loud and jubilant cheer.

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