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Wednesday, April 14, 2021

synonym for noisy

cacophonous

adjective [ kuh-kof-uh-nuhs ]

cacophonous is another word for noisy

Appropriately enough, the adjective noisy makes a lot of noise in the English language. It is very common, having meanings that are applicable to people (the noisy children), places (a noisy assembly hall), and situations or events (a noisy celebration). This raucous descriptor usually suggests clamor and discordance, or persistence in making loud sounds that are disturbing and annoying. The synonym cacophonous is far less common. To understand its meaning, it’s useful first to know the meaning of the noun cacophony. A cacophony is a harsh discordance of sound, as a cacophony of hoots, cackles, and wails, or a discordant and meaningless mixture of sounds (the cacophony produced by city traffic at midday). It follows, then, that the adjective cacophonous describes things that are unharmonious, like an orchestra tuning up before a concert, or grating to the ear, like a school lunchroom at full capacity.

Commonly found as

cacophonous din
The jogger turned up the volume on his headphones so that he could hear the podcast over the cacophonous din of city traffic and construction work.
cacophonous chorus
She canceled her social media account to quiet the cacophonous chorus of opposing voices that had, in recent months, grown too loud.

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Tuesday, April 13, 2021

synonym for period

epoch

noun [ ep-uhk or, especially British, ee-pok ]

epoch is another word for period

Time is of the essence when it comes to today’s word pair. The more common word period refers to an interval of time that is meaningful because of its particular characteristics. This could be a period of great profitability for a company, for instance, or a period of adjustment, as for an individual when life circumstances change. The noun epoch emphasizes historical significance and is used of a particular period marked or defined by distinctive features or events. If a treaty ushers in an epoch of peace and goodwill, then it marks the beginning of a new period that, in its absence of war and hostility, is distinct from what preceded it. In geologic time, an epoch is a unit of time (shorter than a period) during which a rock series is formed.

Commonly found as

epoch + history
The Great Depression marked a new epoch in American history.
define + epoch
The history professor argued that the rapid acceleration of artificial intelligence would one day define our current epoch.

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Monday, April 12, 2021

synonym for remain

linger

verb [ ling-ger ]

linger is another word for remain

The verb remain is used a few different ways. If two countries remain at peace, they are continuing in a peaceful state. If a front wall is all that remains of a fort, that wall is all that is left after the removal, loss, or destruction of the rest of the fort. If you remain at home, you are staying at your abode. To linger is to remain or stay on in a place longer than is usual or expected. The use of this verb implies reluctance to leave. If a few friends linger after a party, it means they continue to hang around for a while after everyone else has left. Linger can also suggest a musing or contemplative quality. If you linger over the beauty of a painting, for instance, you are dwelling in contemplation, thought, or enjoyment.

Commonly found as

linger + long after
The host was surprised that so many party guests chose to linger at her apartment long after the food had run out and the music had stopped.
question(s) + linger
The case had been closed, but a number of questions lingered in the mind of the lead detective.

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