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Saturday, May 08, 2021

synonym for admit

concede

verb [ kuhn-seed ]

concede is another word for admit

We admit: the English language is no picnic. In part because its words have so many meanings! For example, in the example we just gave, the verb admit means something close to “acknowledge” or even “confess.” But admit can also refer to allowing entry, as in the case of a college that admits a student, or to giving right of entrance, as in the case of a ticket that admits two people. The synonym concede is used more narrowly to talk about acknowledging claims or statements as true, just, or proper: He finally conceded that she was right. During an election, concede is used to talk about acknowledging an opponent’s victory before it is officially established or admitting defeat.

Commonly found as

concede the point
I didn't agree with much in the film review, but I will concede the point that the movie was far too long!
readily concede
He wanted to order everything on the menu, but readily conceded that his colleague was right: $200 was a lot of money to spend on lunch.

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Friday, May 07, 2021

synonym for real

authentic

adjective [ aw-then-tik ]

authentic is another word for real

What’s real? Well, this widely used adjective has many meanings, including “true” (the real reason for an act), “actual rather than imaginary” (a story taken from real life), and “sincere” (a real friend). Where it overlaps with the synonym authentic is in discussion of things that are genuine, as in not counterfeit, artificial, or imitation (a real diamond). The difference is that authentic carries the connotation of authoritative confirmation that things or people are what they are claimed or appear to be, as in the case of an authentic Rembrandt sketch or an authentic antique. It is also used, a little less formally, to talk about words or actions that represent one’s true nature, or that seem earnest and unaffected, as in the case of a speech that sounds authentic.

Commonly found as

authentic experience
The locals poked fun at the tourists who came seeking an authentic experience of island life.
feel authentic
After many different approaches, the actress realized that her best bet was to portray the character in a way that felt authentic to her.

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Thursday, May 06, 2021

synonym for trial

ordeal

noun [ awr-deel, -dee-uhl, awr-deel ]

ordeal is another word for trial

Most commonly, the word trial refers to a legal process wherein a person’s guilt or innocence is determined. But it’s also used more generally to talk about particularly trying or distressing experiences that test one’s patience and resolve—and that’s where the synonym ordeal comes into play. An ordeal is any extremely severe or trying test, experience, or trial—or, more generally an unpleasant experience that one is happy to put behind them! However, the origins of ordeal are closer to the legal sense of trial than you might think. When ordeal entered English, it referred to a primitive form of trial to determine guilt or innocence by subjecting the accused person to fire, poison, or other serious danger, the result being regarded as a divine or preternatural judgment. Though nowadays, ordeal is more likely to be used of a harrowing experience at the DMV.

Commonly found as

whole ordeal
After having spilled a tray of expensive desserts on a VIP customer, the server was dismayed to learn his coworker had caught the whole ordeal on camera.
survive the ordeal
It was astonishing that the hiker, who'd been trapped under an avalanche alone in the Alps, survived the ordeal.

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