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Wednesday, June 16, 2021


convoluted is a synonym of complicated

adjective [ kon-vuh-loo-tid ]

convoluted is another word for complicated

We’ll try to keep this simple: the adjective complicated can be used to describe things that are very intricate and complex (a complicated apparatus for measuring brain functions) or things that are difficult to  understand or explain (a complicated subject). The synonym convoluted is most commonly used to describe stories, plots, or thought processes that are difficult to follow and perhaps even a bit dizzying in all their twists and turns (a convoluted way of describing a simple device). The word’s still-current literal meaning, after all, is “coiled” or “twisted.” There are good reasons a snail’s shell is convoluted, but in the more common, figurative use of convoluted, the word often suggests that something is unnecessarily complex or complicated to a fault.

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convoluted story
The witness presented the jurors with a very convoluted story about split pea soup, parrots, and a grumpy landlord: they couldn't make heads or tails of it.
convoluted process
Even if you keep flawless financial records all year, filling out an income tax return can be a convoluted process.

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Tuesday, June 15, 2021


proceed is a synonym of move

verb [ pruh-seed ]

proceed is another word for move

Let’s get going on this pair of verbs. Both proceed and move cover the idea of going or passing from one place to another. However, by itself, move does not indicate direction (She moved out of his way; Get a move on!), whereas proceed means to move forward or onward (The parade proceeded down Main Street). Another distinguishing characteristic of proceed is that it often implies continuing after a halt: After a pitstop, they proceeded on their way. If you sometimes confuse proceed and precede, differentiating their prefixes can help. Pre- means “before” (in space or time). The directional aspect of proceed comes from its Latin prefix pro-, which means “forward” or “forth.”

Commonly found as

to proceed north/south/east/west
Once we’d taken exit 17, the GPS told us to turn right and proceed east on Bank Street, but Jeff disagreed and, as he was the driver, we ended up hopelessly lost.
to proceed down
The bride took a deep breath and proceeded down the petal-strewn aisle, arm in arm with her stepmom.

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Monday, June 14, 2021


allegiance is a synonym of loyalty

noun [ uh-lee-juhns ]

allegiance is another word for loyalty

Does it make any difference whether we pledge our allegiance or our loyalty to the flag? Loyalty and allegiance both imply a sense of duty or of devoted attachment to something or someone. Loyalty often has a more personal element to it. It connotes sentiment and the feeling of devotion that one holds for one's country, creed, family, or friends (her loyalty was rewarded). The word allegiance, originating in the feudal relationship between a liege and his lord, applies particularly to a citizen's duty to their country, or, by extension, one's obligation to support a party, cause, or leader (multinational corporations owing allegiance to no country). Whether used in the context of countries, multinational corporations, or football teams, allegiance usually implies a more official, contractual relationship than loyalty, with the suggestion of factions whose interests are at odds.

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pledge allegiance
The teacher asked the students what they thought it meant to pledge allegiance to the flag; a lively and amusing conversation ensued.
switch allegiance(s)
The footballer, who was the great hope of the Republic of Ireland’s national team, switched his allegiance to England.

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