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Thursday, September 23, 2021


ceremonious is a synonym of formal

adjective [ ser-uh-moh-nee-uhs ]

ceremonious is another word for formal

Formal and ceremonious, when used to describe people rather than events, refer to conduct that observes the manners and conventions of behavior expected in certain settings or at serious or important events. Someone whose manner is formal is polite and dignified. When the situation doesn’t call for this, formal can connote stiffness or detachment: Why was she so formal with us? Ceremonious suggests someone who takes great care to observe the manners appropriate to solemn or important occasions: ceremonious manner; a ceremonious bow. As with formal, it can carry a negative connotation of excessive or exaggerated formality when the occasion doesn’t call for it. In novels from the past, many a farewell was taken with a slightly overdone ceremonious bow.

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ceremonious manner
The ceremonious manner in which the couple was escorted to their table signaled to the other diners that these were very important people.
ceremonious + bow
Bowing may seem ceremonious to foreigners, but it is merely polite in this culture.

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Wednesday, September 22, 2021


spartan is a synonym of plain

adjective [ spahr-tn ]

spartan is another word for plain

Plain and spartan both refer to the quality of something that is simple or spare and without any enhancements that provide pleasure, comfort, or ease. Plain suggests something basic, simple, and consisting only of what’s necessary, without pretention or embellishment (a plain room; a plain diet; plain packaging). Spartan suggests a stark simplicity of lifestyle, frugal and minimal to the point of harshness (a spartan diet; spartan conditions). The militarist society of Sparta in ancient Greece, whence we get this adjective, was renowned for its rigorous discipline in every aspect of life. Spartan is often used to describe rooms and furnishings (a spartan room; spartan accommodations).

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spartan + accommodations
The accommodations I was offered were rather spartan, but I was grateful not to have to spend the night sleeping in my car.
spartan existence
The artists led a spartan existence, painting religiously for hours a day in an old, drafty warehouse with no hot water or electricity.

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Tuesday, September 21, 2021


vestige is a synonym of trace

noun [ ves-tij ]

vestige is another word for trace

The more common word trace suggests a mark, sign, or other evidence of the former presence or action of something (trace of blood; traces of a fire). A vestige is such a trace remaining of something that existed in the past, often the very distant past (vestiges of a past era; the only remaining vestige). Trace has a broad range of use, but is most frequently used of a very small amount of substance scientifically detected and analyzed. Vestige is a more evocative word; it can suggest the remainder of something that we can’t otherwise experience or that will never exist again—except in this last vestige.

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the only remaining vestige
This fragment of pottery may be the only remaining vestige of the ancient island culture storied in the literature of subsequent ages.
vestige + past
Ronald couldn’t bear to take his shirt to the cleaners because it bore what he called “vestiges of the past,” which looked suspiciously like ketchup stains.

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