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Saturday, September 11, 2021

synonym for bold

brazen

adjective [ brey-zuhn ]

brazen is another word for bold

Bold is commonly used to mean courageous or daring (a bold warrior, a bold move). It can also denote another, less admired sort of fearlessness with respect to social rules of polite or appropriate behavior. Bold behavior is forward, presumptuous, or impudent. To soften an action or remark that may overstep proper boundaries, we say “May I be so bold as to…?” Brazen suggests bold to the extreme—that is, blatantly and shamelessly engaging in or attempting acts that are criminal, immoral, or embarrassing. Brazen hypocrisy makes no attempt to conceal itself, nor do brazen defiance, brazen disregard for others’ feelings, brazen attempts at looting, or other brazen violations of the law.

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brazen violation
I never thought I’d witness such a brazen violation of citizens’ constitutional right to vote.
brazen attempt
She made a brazen attempt to replace my mother as the heir to my father’s estate.

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Friday, September 10, 2021

synonym for trusting

credulous

adjective [ krej-uh-luhs ]

credulous is another word for trusting

Both adjectives describe someone who assumes others are honest and reliable or believes what they hear unquestioningly. Trusting connotes an innocent or naive belief that people, even strangers, have good motives and one’s best interests at heart. A trusting person is endearing, but someone who is too trusting or blindly trusting is foolish and vulnerable. Being credulous is less forgivable. It suggests an unthinking, foolish, or disingenuous tendency to believe things when there is no evidence at all that the things are true (credulous public, credulous readers, credulous supporters). When the media is said to be credulous, as it frequently is, it is being criticized for abdicating the professional responsibility to be objective and factual.

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too credulous
Having been too credulous of the salesperson’s claims, he found himself saddled with a useless vacuum cleaner and a big hole in his wallet.
credulous media
Stories reported by the credulous media in the competition for readership have contributed to the spread of misinformation.

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Thursday, September 09, 2021

synonym for tendency

predisposition

noun [ pree-dis-puh-zish-uhn ]

predisposition is another word for tendency

Both words refer to an inherent characteristic that makes a person likely to act in a certain way. When we say someone has a tendency, such as a tendency to overeat, or the media’s tendency to sensationalize, we mean that they have a distinct inclination to engage in or be drawn to these behaviors (which are usually weaknesses or flaws). Someone who has a predisposition has been rigged, so to speak, to develop a tendency or condition, which may or may not materialize. Typically a predisposition is characterized as innate, underlying, or, more concretely, genetic, hereditary, or biological (a genetic predisposition to diabetes). However, environmental and social factors could also make a person more likely to adopt certain behaviors (a psychological predisposition to violent behavior). When we have an ideological predisposition, ingrained ideas steer us toward certain opinions, beliefs, and values.

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genetic predisposition
This breed of dog is said to have a genetic predisposition towards aggression, but Wesley is always playful and affectionate in his interactions with people.
strong predisposition
Growing up in a large family gave him a strong predisposition to cooperation and collaboration.

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