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Saturday, November 06, 2021

synonym for record


verb [ kron-i-kuhl ]

chronicle is another word for record

Both these verbs refer to the act of capturing information in writing or other media, with fidelity to objective fact, in order to preserve it. You might record your daily thoughts in a video journal or record lab results in a spreadsheet. Strictly speaking, to chronicle is to record events in chronological order. If you chronicle daily life in the town you live in, you would be recording what you experienced or witnessed daily in a form more like a list than a narrative. These days, the verb is more loosely used—it’s more likely a book or film that chronicles, not a person, and a book that chronicles a journey or history probably wasn’t written as the events occurred, although a blog may have been.

Commonly found as

chronicle + adventures
For ten years, she’s been using a blog to chronicle her adventures as an expatriate in Singapore.
book + chronicle
His book exhaustively chronicled the rise of baseball in Japan.

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Friday, November 05, 2021

synonym for failure


noun [ fee-as-koh ]

fiasco is another word for failure

Failure refers to something that is not successful: The party was a big failure; I was disappointed by the failure of my idea. A failure is hard to take, but there are worse things—like a fiasco, which refers to a usually public failure so complete that it is disgraceful, humiliating, and sometimes bordering on the ridiculous. A wedding reception at which the vegetarian option contains lamb, the air conditioning breaks down, and the newlyweds get into a screaming match and leave in separate cars would be a fiasco. Some of the most typical phrasing found with fiasco is also found with words like “scandal,” “controversy,” and “affair.” For example: this whole wiretapping fiasco could have been avoided; Remember last year’s state fair fiasco involving the goat milk judges?

Commonly found as

ended in a fiasco
The actor’s first attempt at directing a film ended in a box office fiasco.
fiasco surrounding
The fiasco surrounding their last product rollout hasn’t been forgotten, and jokes about exploding batteries still are circulating.

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Thursday, November 04, 2021

synonym for clique


noun [ koh-tuh-ree ]

coterie is another word for clique

Both nouns refer to a small, exclusive group of people. Clique suggests a fairly closed group of people, often forming within a larger group, whose members have similar interests or status. Clique has a negative connotation, and suggests an association based on a sense of superiority to everyone else (a clique of popular kids) or on a desire to hold all the power: the ruling clique. Coterie can have positive or negative connotations. It can suggest a close-knit circle of friends, artists, scholars, or scientists: a literary coterie. Coterie can also suggest an exclusive set of people who associate with a prominent person, whose coterie it is: surrounded by her coterie of advisors; his loyal coterie. Here there’s more potential for elitism. As with ruling cliques, powerful coteries in government are usually undesirable, unelected holders of power.

Commonly found as

coterie of friends
She would not travel anywhere without her coterie of friends.
small coterie
The prime minister’s small coterie of wealthy advisors has a disproportionate influence on policy.

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