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Saturday, January 09, 2021

synonym for stylish

dapper

adjective [ dap-er ]

dapper is another word for stylish

The adjective stylish is about as variable and broad as standards of fashion themselves. So long as one is conforming to the latest fashions (which change all the time), he or she may be described as stylish. Dapper is more fixed. A person who is dapper or dressed in a dapper manner looks very neatly put together. This adjective suggests a tidy sophistication, and is typically used of men or men’s fashions. Stylish though it may be, a deliberately unkempt or casual look is not likely to be described as dapper. 

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look + dapper
The nominee for best actor looked very dapper in his tailored suit and matching trilby.  
dapper + debonair
The dapper and debonair host glided around the room, enchanting guests with witticisms and charming anecdotes.

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Friday, January 08, 2021

synonym for sing

croon

verb [ kroon ]

croon is another word for sing

Just about everyone can sing, especially if we limit the meaning to simply vocalizing words or sounds at least somewhat melodically, but few can truly croon. To croon is to sing in an evenly modulated, slightly exaggerated manner, usually in a low, silky smooth voice. This sense of the verb, which is widely associated with such crooners as Bing Crosby, Nat King Cole, and Frank Sinatra, gained popularity in the 1930s with the advent of more sensitive microphones that picked up greater texture in one’s voice and allowed for a more relaxed and intimate-sounding delivery.

Commonly found as

singer + croon
At the concert, the velvet-voiced singer crooned about love and loss.
croon + ballad
She turned up the radio in her car and crooned the classic ballad right along with Nat King Cole, knowing that her performance was indeed unforgettable.

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Thursday, January 07, 2021

synonym for similarity

analogy

noun [ uh-nal-uh-jee ]

analogy is another word for similarity

An analogy is a similarity between like features of two things, on which comparison may be based. For instance, you might see an analogy, or similarity, between the heart and a pump. The word analogy also refers to a comparison based on such similarities—a favored tool of writers and poets since time immemorial. Consider the following passage from the novel The Conspirators by Alexandre Dumas: “her beauty, her grace, her elegance, even her talents were but an accident—an error of nature—something like a rose flowering on a cabbage stock.” The part about being a rose on a cabbage stock is in itself an analogy insofar as it is a comparison. But that sense of analogy is not quite synonymous with similarity (bear with us!). The similarity in this passage is that of being accidental or out of place, referring to the woman and the rose.

Commonly found as

analogy between
The doctor noted that there was an analogy between forecasting the weather and modeling a disease.
see + analogy
She saw an analogy between trees shedding their leaves in autumn and people letting go of old ideas in order to make room for new ones.

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Wednesday, January 06, 2021

synonym for healthy

robust

adjective [ roh-buhst, roh-buhst ]

robust is another word for healthy

The adjective healthy gets a lot of use this time of year as so many of us resolve to eat healthy foods and embrace a healthy lifestyle in the new year. Robust is a synonym for healthy, but it is not used to describe food or behaviors that are conducive to good health. Robust emphasizes strength and vigor and is used to describe people that are in particularly fine fettle. It’s also used to describe markets or economies that are thriving or are especially resilient, and discussions or debates that are especially productive or spirited and engaging. You may even hear of a robust password or a robust method, each being strong and effective in all of most situations.

Commonly found as

robust system
The security firm had established a robust system for testing and verifying people’s identities before they could log on to their accounts.
robust enough
The scientist's findings were not robust enough to withstand scrutiny, so she decided against publishing at that time.

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Tuesday, January 05, 2021

synonym for opposite

antithetical

adjective [ an-tuh-thet-i-kuhl ]

antithetical is another word for opposite

The adjective opposite is used to describe things that are opposed or are radically different from each other. Antithetical describes things that are diametrically opposed. The latter is a more pointed and precise adjective, and it is commonly used to highlight essential incompatibilities between ideas, behaviors, or values. For instance, if words or deeds are or are perceived as antithetical to democratic principles, then they go (or are perceived to go) against those principles starkly and irreconcilably.

Commonly found as

antithetical to
The new mayor’s proposals were antithetical to the values she had espoused on the campaign trail.
seem antithetical
The song, which celebrated conspicuous consumption and excess, seemed antithetical to the spirit of the holiday season.

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Monday, January 04, 2021

synonym for surpass

eclipse

verb [ ih-klips ]

eclipse is another word for surpass

To surpass someone or something is to go beyond it in amount, extent, or degree. A new product can surpass expectations if it does more than previously thought. Surpass can also mean to excel or to be superior to, as in, a student who surpasses his classmates in vocabulary knowledge or in sports trivia. If surpassing others in some way makes them look less outstanding or important by comparison, then the verb eclipse covers it. You may know the verb eclipse more for its use in astronomy to denote the blocking out of the light of the moon or sun, but its figurative meaning is relevant closer to home. For example, a basketball player can eclipse her rivals in free throw accuracy, meaning she has overshadowed them with her superior abilities. 

Commonly found as

eclipse + previous
Recent snowfall amounts have eclipsed previous records set in the early 1800’s. 
only eclipsed by
Learning new words is his passion, only eclipsed by his love of ancient history. 

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Sunday, January 03, 2021

synonym for tasty

savory

adjective [ sey-vuh-ree ]

savory is another word for tasty

There’s nothing like a tasty treat! When that treat is tasty not because it is sweet, but because it has a rich flavor such as that associated with meat or roasted vegetables, it may be called savory. Savory means “pleasant or agreeable in taste or smell,” but has come to represent a particular taste profile in the culinary world. Of the five basic taste sensations, savory best aligns with umami, a word adopted from Japanese in the early 1960’s that describes a meaty or mushroom-like flavor featured in Asian cuisine. Savory can also refer to a pleasing or attractive person or thing, like a savory architecture book full of vivid photographs. Its antonym, unsavory, gives off a malodor, describing someone or something that is not wholesome, as in, “Her job as an undercover investigator involved interacting with some unsavory characters.”

Commonly found as

savory dish
The chef prepared three wonderfully savory dishes, including a mushroom soup that was divine.
savory + sweet
When ordering crêpes, she never could decide if she wanted savory or sweet ones!

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