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Friday, October 16, 2020

synonym for meaning

connotation

noun [ kon-uh-tey-shuhn ]

connotation is another word for meaning

When it comes to meanings of words, there’s denotation, which is a word’s explicit or direct meaning, and there’s connotation, a word’s associated or implicit meaning. For example, the word frugal on its surface means (denotes) efficient money management (nothing wrong with that!). The connotation of this word, however, might be stinginess or even avariciousness. As any synonym seeker knows, the connotation of a word varies greatly depending on context!

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negative connotation
In considering names for their baby, the couple ruled out a few terms that in recent years had picked up negative connotations.
carry + connotation
The reporter deleted the word hysterical from her description of the day's events because it carried gendered connotations.

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Thursday, October 15, 2020

synonym for wise

judicious

adjective [ joo-dish-uhs ]

judicious is another word for wise

As you might guess from the look of it, judicious is all about sound judgment—but not necessarily in the courtroom. This adjective means “having, exercising, or characterized by good or discriminating judgment.” Someone who is judicious is sensible, levelheaded, and well advised in their decisions and actions. The adjective judicial (so close in spelling and very easy to confuse) is the better choice for describing matters pertaining to judgment in courts of justice.

Commonly found as

judicious use
The teacher argued for judicious use of digital tech in the classroom.
careful and judicious
At the conference about privacy, the panelist urged everyone to be careful and judicious about what they store on their phone.

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Wednesday, October 14, 2020

synonym for strength

fortitude

noun [ fawr-ti-tood, -tyood ]

fortitude is another word for strength

Strength takes many forms: there’s physical strength, as in muscular power, but there’s also mental and emotional strength. That’s where fortitude comes in. Fortitude refers to mental and emotional strength in facing difficulty, adversity, danger, or temptation courageously. Someone who displays great fortitude has tremendous resolve and is able to stay the course for what they think is right, no matter what challenges arise.

Commonly found as

admire + fortitude
She admired his fortitude in always standing up for what he believed was right, even though she disagreed with him on just about every point.
fortitude necessary
The medic somehow mustered the fortitude necessary to endure the long hours of difficult work.

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