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confidence is a synonym of trust

noun [ kon-fi-duhns ]

confidence is another word for trust

Trust is the best word when you have complete belief in someone or something, especially because of a pre-existing relationship (I trusted that he would always help me).

Confidence is the best word when you believe in someone or something based on evidence or experience (I had confidence in her ability to fix the car).

Confidence suggests that you have evidence for reliance on someone or something, whereas trust can be more general or can imply an unquestioning belief (He trusted her to take care of everything; She had confidence in him because of their long friendship).

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attain is a synonym of earn

verb [ uh-teyn ]

attain is another word for earn

Earn refers to gaining a reward of some kind in return for hard work (He had really earned a vacation).

Attain refers to accomplishing a goal (She attained the rank of officer).

✅ Although very similar, attain emphasizes reaching the goal, whereas earn emphasizes the work that went into reaching the goal or getting the reward (earned a promotion; attained first place in the competition).

Attain can often imply a large-scale goal, whereas earn can be used regardless of the size of goal (attain fame and stardom; earn points on a credit card).

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scrutiny is a synonym of examination

noun [ skroot-n-ee ]

scrutiny is another word for examination

Examination is the best word to refer to a detailed and ordered investigation that seeks to discover any flaws or noteworthy things (After a careful examination of the radiator, she decided to buy the truck).

Scrutiny is the best word for an especially detailed and close investigation (The forgery stood up to scrutiny).

Scrutiny is a bit more intense, and often more critical than examination (The examination of the basement showed that someone had bricked up a window; The records were subject to intense scrutiny).

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