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Synonym of the day

Sunday, February 28, 2021

synonym for disaster

calamity

noun [ kuh-lam-i-tee ]

calamity is another word for disaster

The nouns disaster and calamity both refer to adverse happenings, especially ones that are sudden and unexpected. A disaster is an event that causes great loss of life, damage, or hardship, such as a flood, airplane crash, or business failure. A calamity is a great misfortune or disaster, but this term emphasizes the grief or sorrow caused by such an event. Calamity is also used to refer to misery itself, or a state of pain and distress, as in “a year of calamity.”

Commonly found as

calamity + befall
She began volunteering at the food bank after a series calamities befell her family and put the need for community-based support into sharp focus.
avert + calamity
The leader argued that international cooperation and collaboration was necessary to avert a dreadful calamity.

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Saturday, February 27, 2021

synonym for listen

eavesdrop

verb [ eevz-drop ]

eavesdrop is another word for listen

Lend us your ears, synonym sleuths, because today we expose the difference between the verbs listen and eavesdrop. To listen is to give attention with the ear, or to attend closely for the purpose of hearing. No surprises there. To eavesdrop is to listen secretly to a private conversation, a far stealthier proposition. But what on earth is an eave and why is it dropping? Eavesdrop is a back formation of the noun eavesdropper, a person who stands on the eavesdrop—the ground on which water from the eaves (the overhanging of a roof) falls—in order to listen to conversations inside the house.

Commonly found as

eavesdrop + conversation
The novelist liked to do her writing in a cafe, where she could eavesdrop on the conversations of other patrons.
illegally eavesdrop
The whistleblower leaked information that the agency had been illegally eavesdropping on leaders of other countries.

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Friday, February 26, 2021

synonym for emphasize

accentuate

verb [ ak-sen-choo-eyt ]

accentuate is another word for emphasize

To emphasize something is to give importance to it or to lay stress upon it. If you emphasize a particular point in an argument, then you devote extra time or attention to it—or maybe you reiterate it several times—so as to convey its value or significance. The verb accentuate is very close in meaning, at least in terms of its definition. But it is used slightly differently: to accentuate something is to make it more visible or to draw attention to it. If a news story, for instance, accentuates the differences between two candidates for office, it makes those points of divergence very apparent. The shorter verb accent is the preferred term for when you’re talking about pronunciation, e.g., accent the first syllable of "into," or accent the first word of “White House.”

Commonly found as

accentuate the positive
He asked his former boss to be a reference in the hopes that she would accentuate the positive.
tend to accentuate
News coverage on the topic tended to accentuate the differences between people, rather than highlight the areas where people saw eye to eye.

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