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Monday, November 16, 2020

synonym for problem

conundrum

noun [ kuh-nuhn-druhm ]

conundrum is another word for problem

A problem is a question or matter involving doubt, uncertainty, or difficulty. A conundrum is a particularly puzzling or complex question or problem. In some cases, conundrum refers to a riddle that involves a pun or play on words (what is black and white and red all over? A newspaper!). However, nowadays conundrum more commonly refers to a riddle of the less literal variety. If you find yourself stumped in a perplexing situation—look out, you may be in a conundrum!

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moral conundrum
The documentarians found themselves in a moral conundrum; they weren’t sure whether to simply capture the scene or get involved in the situation.
face a conundrum
The radio host faced a conundrum: if he made his show less provocative, he'd lose ratings but perhaps gain credibility.

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Sunday, November 15, 2020

synonym for pretend

feign

verb [ feyn ]

feign is another word for pretend

Pretend and feign both deal with attempting to create a false appearance. However, feign suggests a degree more sophistication in the art of deception. To feign interest in something is to represent your level of interest fictitiously. Unlike pretend, feign is not used to talk about playful make believe where all parties are privy to the pretense. On the contrary, feign is used in situations where one party aims to convince another of something untrue, as an emotional state or physical condition.

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feign ignorance
When asked if she had eaten the last cookie, she feigned ignorance and replied, “The cookies are gone?”
feign interest
He didn’t follow sports, but he feigned interest when coworkers talked to him about important or exciting games at the office.

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Saturday, November 14, 2020

synonym for thoughtful

pensive

adjective [ pen-siv ]

pensive is another word for thoughtful

The adjective pensive means “dreamily or wistfully thoughtful.” Someone who is in a pensive mood may be given to contemplation or reflection. While thoughtfulness is central to the meaning of pensive, the word itself suggests more feeling than the adjective thoughtful—and it is not used to convey consideration for others in the same way that thoughtful sometimes is. The attention of someone who is pensive is directed inward rather than outward.

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pensive mood
The difficult conversations he’d had earlier in the day put him in a pensive mood.
look pensive
She looked pensive as she leafed through the photo album, reflecting on quality time spent with her family.

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Friday, November 13, 2020

synonym for unclear

ambiguous

adjective [ am-big-yoo-uhs ]

ambiguous is another word for unclear

Something that is unclear is not clear or definite. Another way to describe something unclear is to call it ambiguous; however, true to form, the meaning of ambiguous is not entirely straightforward! Ambiguous sometimes means obscure or indistinct, as in the case of a shape off in the distance, the outline of which is hard to discern. But when describing a statement, act, or attitude—or even a situation or relationship—ambiguous suggests a lack of clarity due to several meanings or possible interpretations.

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morally ambiguous
The movie was driven by morally ambiguous characters who never failed to surprise with the questionable decisions they made.
vague and ambiguous
The headline was vague and ambiguous, suggesting perhaps that something terrible was about to happen, depending how you read it.

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Thursday, November 12, 2020

synonym for overwhelm

inundate

verb [ in-uhn-deyt, -uhn-, in-uhn-deyt ]

inundate is another word for overwhelm

To be overwhelmed by something is to be overcome by it completely in mind or feeling. A person might be overwhelmed with emotion on a momentous day. The verb inundate, while defined as “to overwhelm,” is used slightly differently. The primary meaning of inundate is “to flood” or “to cover or overspread with water.” Even when inundate is used in a context firmly planted on dry ground, the suggestion of a deluge, at least a figurative one as represented by great numbers of something, remains. For instance, if a columnist is inundated with letters from angry readers, he or she is swimming in negative feedback.

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inundate with
After the reporter went on the radio to ask for tips for a story, he was inundated with calls.
constantly inundated
In the weeks leading up to the election, the voter felt like she was constantly inundated with political emails and advertisements.

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Wednesday, November 11, 2020

synonym for respect

esteem

noun [ ih-steem ]

esteem is another word for respect

Respect is a sense of the worth or excellence of a person or of a personal quality. Esteem refers to a favorable opinion or judgment, as of a person. Whereas respect can suggest courtesy out of a sense of duty or propriety, the slightly warmer esteem usually implies deference rooted in admiration or tinged with affection. While you’re likely to hear the noun respect used with the verb have, as in “I have great respect for him,” esteem is more likely to be held: “I hold her in high esteem.”

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hold in high esteem
After a successful negotiation, the diplomats held the new prime minister in high esteem.
gain the esteem
Acutely aware of her newcomer status, she did everything she could to gain the esteem of the locals.

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Tuesday, November 10, 2020

synonym for brief

concise

adjective [ kuhn-sahys ]

concise is another word for brief

Something that is concise, as a summary or even a definition, covers much in few words. This term suggests great efficiency of expression. A brief statement is short, but might lack key information. A concise statement ticks both boxes: it’s short and comprehensive, covering essential information in a focused and effective manner. Of course, accomplishing both is no small task, which explains why we find concise next to such glowing adverbs as admirably, wonderfully, and impressively.

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clear and concise
The editor's comments were always clear and concise, which helped the writers improve their articles significantly.
concise summary
The journalist offered a concise summary of the debacle on Twitter.

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