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Sunday, January 31, 2021

synonym for discouraged


adjective [ krest-faw-luhn ]

crestfallen is another word for discouraged

To feel discouraged is to feel deprived of courage, hope, or confidence as a result of something; a disapproving comment by someone who you were hoping to impress might leave you feeling discouraged. The adjective crestfallen describes a similarly low state, though with an old-fashioned and literary ring. Crestfallen means “dejected” or “dispirited.” This term often occurs in descriptions of appearance, as in a crestfallen look or a crestfallen expression, which makes sense since the term is thought to allude to the drooping crests of defeated animals. (A crest here being either a tuft or other natural growth on the top of the head of an animal, as the comb of a rooster, or, perhaps the ridge of the neck of a horse.)

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look crestfallen
The children looked crestfallen when they heard the news that there would be no snow day.
crestfallen + heartbroken
Young Romeo wandered the streets utterly crestfallen and heartbroken upon learning the last name of his new crush.

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Saturday, January 30, 2021

synonym for exaggerate


verb [ em-bel-ish ]

embellish is another word for exaggerate

To exaggerate something, such as the difficulty of a task, is to overstate it or to magnify it beyond the limits of truth. To embellish something, such as a story, is to enhance it with fictitious additions. While both terms deviate from what is accurate or true, embellish implies ornamentation rather than distortion. This sparkling nuance is a carryover from the other sense of embellish, “to beautify by ornamentation.” One may embellish a gown with beads or jewels to make it more beautiful, or embellish a story with colorful details to make it more interesting or compelling.

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embellish + story
The biographer admitted that she embellished the story a bit for effect, but her readers seemed to expect such narrative flourishes.
expand + embellish
Each generation expanded and embellished the tale slightly more as they handed it down to the next.

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Friday, January 29, 2021

synonym for arrogance


noun [ hyoo-bris, hoo- ]

hubris is another word for arrogance

The noun arrogance is a commonly used term for overbearing pride or an offensive display of superiority or self-importance. The synonym hubris describes a more grandiose and excessive type of pride or presumptuousness that, in literature, propels a protagonist toward tragedy (a character who thinks they know better than the gods and therefore oversteps their place in the cosmic order will eventually fall, or, more precisely, be punished). In general use, the term does not suggest divine retribution, but it does carry a cautionary weight.

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act of hubris
The manager's decision to let go of his top three salespeople because he believed he could singlehandedly do a better job was an astonishing act of hubris.
blinded by hubris
The leader was blinded by hubris and could not see the negative impact of her actions.

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