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Sunday, August 29, 2021

synonym for resident

denizen

noun [ den-uh-zuhn ]

denizen is another word for resident

A resident is someone who lives in a specified place (a resident of Oklahoma, an apartment that accommodates three residents). Outside of legal and other official contexts, denizen is a strong synonym for resident (a denizen of Jersey City), but its range of reference stretches to non-human inhabitants (denizens of the deep, a denizen of planet Zork) and places that are not ordinarily considered residences (internet denizens, a denizen of the underworld (mythical or criminal)). Another definition of denizen is a person who regularly frequents or hangs out at a place (denizens of the local bar), and it’s not always clear, in phrases like “denizen of the lunatic fringe,” which of these definitions is intended. The common thread is that denizens either live or are very much at home in these “places.”

Commonly found as

internet denizen
We share a street address with our son and daughter, but truth be told they are internet denizens, emerging occasionally for a snack.
denizen of the city
It was impossible to photograph the architecture of New York without also capturing the denizens of the city.

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Saturday, August 28, 2021

synonym for scold

upbraid

verb [ uhp-breyd ]

upbraid is another word for scold

Scold and upbraid both refer to criticizing or reprimanding someone for something they’ve done that you disapprove of. Scold is the more everyday word, in terms of both frequency of use and the typical use cases: Children are scolded by parents and teachers. A grumpy shopper might scold a cashier for giving him the wrong change. Scolding is done in anger or irritation, but it’s not severe and can be done teasingly or good-naturedly. Upbraid is a more formal word and is used for a more severe telling off, appropriate for a more serious offense. It’s often modified by adverbs like sternly and indignantly. It also is more likely to be public and directed toward a group than scold, as with letters to the editor upbraiding city officials. However, being upbraided by one’s own conscience is not uncommon.

Commonly found as

conscience + upbraid
He lay awake in bed, his conscience upbraiding him for abandoning his friend.
sternly upbraid
Our unit was summoned and then sternly upbraided by the chief superintendent himself, who said we had tarnished the reputation of the entire force.

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Friday, August 27, 2021

synonym for varied

motley

adjective [ mot-lee ]

motley is another word for varied

Varied and motley both describe something that exhibits variety or is made up of many different elements. The adjective varied generally has a positive connotation: a rich and varied career, a varied diet, people from varied backgroundsMotley, on the other hand, suggests a rather odd assortment or collection of people or things that exhibit great, possibly incongruous variety: a motley assortment of vehicles in the parade; his followers were a motley bunch. By far the most familiar usage is motley crew. A motley crew might not instill confidence as a team that can work together, but as an action movie trope they usually prove everybody wrong.

Commonly found as

motley collection
When we saw our dog trotting home with a doll in her mouth, we had her lead us to her cache, a motley collection of treasures, including children’s toys, laundry items, and what looked like an expensive leather boot.
motley crew
The volunteers who showed up were a motley crew—a few truckers, the local pediatrician and her father, and some high-school age kids who must have been skipping class.

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