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Saturday, December 05, 2020

synonym for creation

brainchild

noun [ breyn-chahyld ]

brainchild is another word for creation

The noun brainchild is used to refer to a product of one’s creative work or thought (the child of one’s brain, of course!). This heady compound is used of events, campaigns, companies, or elaborate projects—or the animating idea behind them. Use of this term usually connotes a degree of admiration for something truly original, and is almost always used in the context of giving credit or attributing success to a certain creative individual. So where there is a brainchild, there is usually a "brain parent" mentioned nearby.

Commonly found as

brainchild of
The innovative app was the brainchild of a former mechanic.
project + brainchild
The project was the brainchild of a well-respected adjunct faculty member who saw the need for more dialogue on implicit bias in academia.

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Friday, December 04, 2020

synonym for nonstop

incessant

adjective [ in-ses-uhnt ]

incessant is another word for nonstop

Something that is incessant continues without interruption—and is more often than not a source of irritation! Incessant chatter near your workstation might disrupt your concentration; incessant whining in any circumstance might deplete your patience; and incessant demands, as from a boss or from any other source, might make you feel exhausted or taken for granted (or both!). When not used to describe undesirable situations such as these, you may find incessant used in a more neutral sense to describe continuous and unrelenting rainfall, or other weather events that carry on seemingly to no end.

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incessant demands
The coach's incessant demands were becoming too much for the star player to take.
loud and incessant
She knew she wasn't going to get any work done amid the loud and incessant barking from the dog next door.

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Thursday, December 03, 2020

synonym for stale

hackneyed

adjective [ hak-need ]

hackneyed is another word for stale

Something that is stale has lost freshness, such as a stale slice of bread, or has lost novelty or interest, such as a stale joke. That crusty old joke may also be described as hackneyed. Something that is hackneyed is commonplace or trite and worn out by overuse. This term is especially used of words, remarks, or styles of expression that are clichéd to the point of seeming lifeless and uninteresting. So synonym seekers beware: while it may be tempting to slather this adjective on a piece of stale bread, hackneyed simply doesn't make sense as a descriptor for brittle day-old baked goods!

Commonly found as

hackneyed phrase
In response to the reporter's earnest and important question, the lawyer muttered a hackneyed phrase: "It is what it is."
tired + hackneyed
Everyone saw her derogatory remarks about young people for what they were: tired and hackneyed stereotypes.

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Wednesday, December 02, 2020

synonym for soothe

allay

verb [ uh-ley ]

allay is another word for soothe

To allay something is to put it to rest or to quiet it. This sense of the word is mostly used to talk about laying to rest fear, doubt, suspicion, or anger, possibly by making the emotion seem unjustified. Allay is also used to talk about lessening or mitigating something, such as pain. Soothe is similar (an ointment can soothe sunburned skin, for instance). But a key difference is that soothe is sometimes used to talk about people (rather than their concerns or fears)—and in these cases, it may suggest tranquility and even comfort. A person might be soothed or comforted by a warm cup of tea, for instance, but not allayed.

Commonly found as

allay fears
The representative's grandiose speech did little to allay the fears of many constituents who were already facing financial ruin.
seek to allay
The CEO sought to allay concerns that he didn't take the matter of data security seriously.

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Tuesday, December 01, 2020

synonym for give

donate

verb [ doh-neyt, doh-neyt ]

donate is another word for give

The verb donate is more specific than give. You can give your payment info to a website or give advice to a friend, but the verb donate instantly suggests supporting a cause or offering help to those in need. To donate something is to present it as a gift, grant, or contribution. This generous verb can be used with or without an object (you can donate clothes or donate to the Red Cross), and is particular to American English.

Commonly found as

donate money
On Giving Tuesday, she donated a large sum of money to the local food bank.
donate or volunteer
The nonprofit put out a newsletter encouraging anyone interested in the cause to donate or volunteer, noting that both forms of help would go a long way.

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Monday, November 30, 2020

synonym for unparalleled

unprecedented

adjective [ uhn-pres-i-den-tid ]

unprecedented is another word for unparalleled

The adjective unparalleled describes things that stand alone in quality or degree, or, more literally, things that have no parallel. Unprecedented—a word we’ve heard a lot in 2020—describes things that have not happened before, or that have no precedent. A precedent is any act, decision, or case that serves as a guide or justification for subsequent situations. Unprecedented is often found near the words history, historic, and historically, which makes sense considering that when something unprecedented occurs, it is, by definition, a first, not yet recorded in the annals of history. Find out why this word was a top trend on Dictionary.com and Thesaurus.com in 2020.

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unprecedented scale
The crisis called for collective action on an unprecedented scale.
face unprecedented
The new economic task force faced unprecedented levels of unemployment.

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Sunday, November 29, 2020

synonym for instruction

tutelage

noun [ toot-l-ij, tyoot- ]

tutelage is another word for instruction

To be under the tutelage of another is to receive careful guidance and instruction from that person. A promising young violinist might be lucky enough to come under the tutelage of a world-renowned musician, receiving expert training and support in a manner that sets her up for future success. Tutelage comes from Latin tūtēla “guardianship,” and its earliest uses in English referred to the act of guarding or protecting, or to the office or function of a guardian. While the meaning of the term has broadened, it still suggests a degree of watchful protectiveness or personal interest on the part of the teacher or guide.

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under the tutelage
The young musician's talents were nurtured under the tutelage of the celebrated concert pianist.
expert tutelage
He was grateful to have spent the summer learning under the expert tutelage of his mentor.

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