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Monday, October 05, 2020

synonym for disappointment

chagrin

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

synonym for changeable

mercurial

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

synonym for conclusion

denouement

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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Friday, October 02, 2020

synonym for harmless

innocuous

adjective [ ih-nok-yoo-uhs ]

innocuous is another word for harmless

The key idea behind the word innocuous is safety. An innocuous home remedy, for instance, is safe and poses no danger of exacerbating whatever needs remedying in the first place. Innocuous is also used to mean inoffensive, as in the case of a remark that will be universally well received. On the flip side, sometimes this word suggests a little too much safety and not enough zest: innocuous is sometimes used to describe things that are not interesting, stimulating, or significant.

Commonly found as

innocuous question
The celebrity posed what he thought was an innocuous question on social media, but his followers did not take it as such.
seemingly innocuous
The seemingly innocuous comment revealed much about her character.

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Thursday, October 01, 2020

synonym for silly

frivolous

adjective [ friv-uh-luhs ]

frivolous is another word for silly

Something that is silly is absurd, ridiculous, or irrational—but not always in a negative way. Sometimes the word silly suggests amusement or even endearment (you silly goose!). Frivolous, on the other hand, almost always suggests a lack of value, merit, or necessity. A frivolous person is someone who is self-indulgently carefree and does not engage seriously with matters. A frivolous lawsuit is one that lacks legal merit and is not to be taken seriously.

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frivolous spending
His frivolous spending on useless trinkets in the checkout aisle was quickly depleting his bank account.
frivolous and unnecessary
The host of the awards show commented that the annual ceremony was frivolous and unnecessary.

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Wednesday, September 30, 2020

synonym for quick

expeditious

adjective [ ek-spi-dish-uhs ]

expeditious is another word for quick

Time is of the essence when it comes to these two adjectives, so we'll get right to it: quick describes a speedy tempo; expeditious emphasizes promptness and efficiency, especially in the completion of a task. An expeditious answer to an inquiry is one that takes no time at all. Expeditious is easy to confuse with expedient, but the latter (expedient) is better used to describe things that are suitable or advantageous for a specific purpose, such as politically expedient statement.

Commonly found as

expeditious manner
The committee was determined to move the public hearings along in an expeditious manner.
fair and expeditious
All parties involved hoped for a fair and expeditious trial.

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Tuesday, September 29, 2020

synonym for contradict

belie

verb [ bih-lahy ]

belie is another word for contradict

To belie is to create an impression that is inconsistent with the facts or that contradicts evidence. For instance, if a friend is feeling very nervous and insecure about a presentation but somehow manages to give off an aura of nonchalant confidence while delivering it, you could say their casual, relaxed manner belies their insecurity. The core idea of belie is one of misrepresentation, though the term does not usually suggest an intent to deceive; rather it used to point out notable or striking variances or contradictions.

Commonly found as

belie the fact
His naive remarks belie the fact that he has more experience and knowledge on the topic than anyone in the room.
appearance + belie
The delicate appearance of the basket belies its sturdiness.

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