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Monday, November 16, 2020


conundrum is a synonym of problem

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


feign is a synonym of pretend

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.

Commonly found as

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


pensive is a synonym of thoughtful

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.

Commonly found as

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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