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Friday, July 03, 2020

synonym for help

bolster

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

synonym for sad

bitter

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

synonym for happy

jubilant

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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Tuesday, June 30, 2020

synonym for different

disparate

adjective [ dis-per-it, dih-spar- ]

disparate is another word for different

Usually when we use the word different, we are describing something that is unlike something else. The word disparate conveys that, too, but the distinction is more pronounced. Items, attitudes, or systems that are disparate are so dissimilar or incongruous that they are difficult to compare, and may indeed seem incompatible. Despite this word's prickly disposition, disparate is often found in discussions of efforts to bring things together or find common ground.

Commonly found as

disparate groups, disparate elements
The initiative found support among wildly disparate groups of people.
bring disparate, unite disparate
The mayor hoped to unite all the disparate views of the community members into a coherent plan for the town.

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Monday, June 29, 2020

synonym for amazing

prodigious

adjective [ pruh-dij-uhs ]

prodigious is another word for amazing

Isn't it amazing how easy it is to overuse the word amazing? Prodigious is a more specific descriptor. Like amazing, prodigious conveys a sense of wonder, but it is used to comment on the size, amount, extent, or degree of what is being described. Items described as prodigious are extraordinary by one of these measures, as a musician with prodigious talent, a research grant of a prodigious amount, or a career notable for its prodigious output.

Commonly found as

prodigious talent, prodigious amount
The violinist's prodigious talent was on full display at the summer concert.
produce a prodigious, produce prodigious
The experiment produced a prodigious amount of data.

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Sunday, June 28, 2020

synonym for beautiful

exquisite

adjective [ ik-skwiz-it, ek-skwi-zit ]

exquisite is another word for beautiful

The adjective beautiful means "having beauty; delighting the senses," but on its own, it doesn't specify much beyond that. To call something exquisite, on the other hand, is to highlight a degree of rarity, and to suggest delicate or intricate qualities. The word exquisite comes from the Latin adjective exquīsītus meaning "meticulous, chosen with care." Indeed, items that are likely to be called exquisite, such as a fine wine, an impressive painting, a quality piece of furniture, or a piece of fine jewelry, are meticulously crafted.

Commonly found as

exquisite detail
The art dealer showed some still-life paintings that had been composed with exquisite detail.
most exquisite
At the local French restaurant known for its fine cuisine, we tried the most exquisite red wine.

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Saturday, June 27, 2020

synonym for bad

atrocious

adjective [ uh-troh-shuhs ]

atrocious is another word for bad

When something is so bad you're shocked by it, atrocious may be the only adjective that fits the bill. In an exaggerated sense, atrocious can refer to something tasteless or unbearably bad. For example, "She was wearing an atrocious hat," or "His spelling was atrocious." In these examples, the offense is relatively minor. But atrocious can also be used to describe something of much greater offense marked by extreme cruelty.

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absolutely atrocious
Even though the student worked hard on it every day, the teacher kept telling her that her spelling was hard to read and absolutely atrocious.
atrocious crime, atrocious behavior
The dictator had committed atrocious crimes such as mass incarceration and torture throughout his time in power.

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