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Monday, October 05, 2020


chagrin is a synonym of disappointment

noun [ shuh-grin ]

chagrin is another word for disappointment

The word disappointment refers to a feeling of being let down, or to something that produces that feeling by failing to fulfill expectations or wishes. The noun chagrin is more pointed: this word refers to a feeling of vexation or irritation marked by disappointment or humiliation—or both!

Commonly found as

much to my chagrin
The comedian locked eyes with me early in the night and proceeded to heckle me for the remainder of her set, much to my chagrin.
surprise and chagrin
He felt sure he had wowed the hiring committee during his interview. Imagine his surprise and chagrin when he didn't get a call back!

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Sunday, October 04, 2020


mercurial is a synonym of changeable

adjective [ mer-kyoor-ee-uhl ]

mercurial is another word for changeable

The word changeable can mean simply capable of being changed or, more often, liable or likely to change. Mercurial is closer to the latter; it emphasizes volatility, fickleness, and unpredictability, and is commonly used to describe person’s temperament. But even the meaning of mercurial shifts from time to time; this hard-to-pin-down adjective can also take a more positive turn to mean animated, lively, or quick-witted.

Commonly found as

mercurial temperament
The supervisor was known for his mercurial temperament; his colleagues never knew what to expect.
impulsive and mercurial
The author was a brilliantly talented prose stylist, but he was impulsive and mercurial and did not work well on deadlines.

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Saturday, October 03, 2020


denouement is a synonym of conclusion

noun [ dey-noo-mahn ]

denouement is another word for conclusion

A conclusion is a final part or summing up of something. A denouement is a final resolution or tidying up of the intricacies of a plot, as in a drama or novel, often a tragedy. The literary application of denouement sets it apart from the much more general term conclusion. However, denouement is also used to refer to outcomes or resolutions of a series of occurrences that may read like a novel or drama, but take place—however regrettably—in real life.

Commonly found as

reach + denouement
The film reached its denouement in a spectacular and unexpected manner—everyone in the audience was surprised by the final twist.
tragic denouement
Despite his best efforts, he felt his weekend baking experiment was well on its way to a tragic denouement.

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