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Friday, July 02, 2021


contort is a synonym of twist

verb [ kuhn-tawrt ]

contort is another word for twist

To twist is to turn, wind, coil, or bend into a spiral shape: She twisted her hair into a bun; he twisted around in his chair to see who was behind him. To contort is to bend or twist into an unnatural, distorted, or grotesque position or shape: He had to contort his hands to play certain chords. Contort is most commonly used of the body, and particularly the face (a face hideously contorted by rage). It suggests an involuntary action caused by force, pain, or overpowering emotion (Pain contorted his features; her limbs had been horribly contorted in order to fit her body into the small space). Contort is also used figuratively, as when a person contorts or uncomfortably rearranges herself to fit into a social role or group.

Commonly found as

grotesquely contorted
The tree's limbs had been grotesquely contorted by their attempt to reach sunlight.
contorted by rage
With their faces contorted by rage, the mob rushed the royal carriage and, to our horror, extracted the king by smashing a window and yanking his frail body through the jagged opening.

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Thursday, July 01, 2021


gracious is a synonym of kind

adjective [ grey-shuhs ]

gracious is another word for kind

The adjectives kind and gracious both imply a sympathetic attitude toward others, and a willingness to do good or give pleasure. Kind suggests a deep-seated characteristic shown either habitually or on occasion by considerate behavior: a kind father, a kind gesture. Gracious suggests a more formal kindness and generosity that stems from impeccable courtesy, as much as from a good heart (a gracious host, gracious hospitality). In some contexts, gracious refers to kindness from a superior to a subordinate—God save our gracious queen!—and may imply condescension. Another way of looking at it is that gracious suggests kindness that is not necessarily merited, so that being kind itself becomes an act of notable generosity. A gracious loser of an election might be praised for giving a gracious concession speech, congratulating the winner.

Commonly found as

gracious host/hostess
He was a gracious host, who made every guest feel welcome and comfortable in his home.
gracious in defeat
Despite what must have been a deep and bitter disappointment, she was gracious in defeat.

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Wednesday, June 30, 2021


meddle is a synonym of interfere

verb [ med-l ]

meddle is another word for interfere

To meddle is to involve oneself inappropriately, and often aggressively, in someone else’s business: She'd had about enough of her in-laws meddling in her personal life. If someone interferes in your personal life, they are meddling. However, interfere has several other dictionary definitions which are not synonymous with meddle. These meanings all involve interrupting, delaying, or hindering some action, as when loud music interferes with your studying, or an electrical current interferes with radio reception. Note that with these senses of interfere, a thing can interfere with another thing, whereas meddling almost always implies human agency and intention. Of course, larger entities like governments are also described as meddling—in the affairs of another country, for example.

Commonly found as

meddle in one’s affairs
She’s a well-meaning friend, but she’s forever meddling in my affairs and she makes situations ten times more complicated than they need to be.
(should, do) not meddle
The employees were surprised to hear their CEO, who had lunched at the White House on several occasions, say that private companies should not meddle in politics.

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