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Saturday, September 04, 2021


connubial is a synonym of matrimonial

adjective [ kuh-noo-bee-uhl, -nyoo- ]

connubial is another word for matrimonial

These two adjectives are used of things related to marriage. Matrimonial is derived from the noun “matrimony,” which appears in the Christian phrasing used by ministers to formally unite two people “in holy matrimony.” Thus, matrimonial can evoke the solemnity of the religious sacrament of marriage, but also the duties and obligations of marriage as a legal contract. It is most commonly used in a legal context, as in matrimonial law or property, although you will occasionally see matrimonial bliss. Connubial is an elevated word, and less familiar, but at heart also less starchy. Its most frequent use by far is in the phrase connubial bliss, and it is used to describe the human experience of actual married life, with its potential for connubial affection, fervor, and joy.

Commonly found as

connubial bliss
He can never tell if his aunt is teasing him when she asks, “Have you two attained the state of connubial bliss yet?”
connubial life
Their transition to connubial life was less than smooth because neither of them had ever had to share space with someone else before.

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Friday, September 03, 2021


gratify is a synonym of satisfy

verb [ grat-uh-fahy ]

gratify is another word for satisfy

Both words refer to fulfilling a person’s needs, wants, demands, or desires. Satisfy, which comes from a Latin word meaning “to do enough,” means to do or provide enough to fulfill a desire or meet a need or requirement (satisfied his wish for amusement, satisfies the math requirements). Someone who has been satisfied is content, no longer feeling a lack. Someone who is gratified experiences pleasure along with satisfaction. Gratify can imply pleasing someone by satisfying their explicit wish or desire, but you can also gratify vanity, pride or other selfish or base desires—perhaps by providing admiration or recognition. Depending on the context, gratify can have a negative connotation of indulgence or a neutral or positive connotation (gratified to hear of her friend’s recovery).

Commonly found as

to be gratified to see/know
I am gratified to see that the negotiations are proceeding splendidly.
deeply + gratify
Her parents were touched and deeply gratified by her friends’ kindness, letting them stay the night at their home to wait out the storm.

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Thursday, September 02, 2021


delude is a synonym of mislead

verb [ dih-lood ]

delude is another word for mislead

Mislead and delude both refer to bringing about errors of thought, judgment, or conduct. Mislead suggests leading someone into thinking untrue things or doing the wrong thing, with or without an intent to deceive (misled by the decades-old profile photo, ads that mislead consumers). It stops short of outright deception or lies, but is still usually negative. Delude always implies deception. It refers to inducing beliefs in what is imaginary or unreal. Its most frequent use is self-reflexive: people deluding themselves, out of ignorance, egotism, or wishful thinking (deluding herself into believing she could sing). Typical external agents of delusion are rhetoric, images, and leaders, whose target is often the public. The deluded are often characterized as pitiable or pathetic victims of their own minds.

Commonly found as

delude into
Advertising deluded the public into believing the herbal concoction would prolong life indefinitely.
delude oneself
She deludes herself that her son is an angel, when everyone else in the family knows he is a troublemaker.

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