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Monday, October 19, 2020

synonym for preference

druthers

noun [ druhth-erz ]

druthers is another word for preference

The informal noun druthers means “one’s own way, choice, or preference,” and it is overwhelmingly used in the conditional, like this: “If I had my druthers, I’d read Synonym of the Day all day long! But alas, I must get back to work.” Fun fact: druthers is the plural of druther, which is an alteration of the phrase would rather.

Commonly found as

have one's druthers
If she had had her druthers, she would have chosen to defend her dissertation earlier.
given one's druthers
Given their druthers, they would have funded the event through donations, but unfortunately, they had to dip into their savings.

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Sunday, October 18, 2020

synonym for obscure

arcane

adjective [ ahr-keyn ]

arcane is another word for obscure

Obscure is used to describe things not widely known or understood, such as an obscure literary reference (a reference that does not land well because nobody gets it). Arcane is used to describe things that are known by very few, perhaps intentionally, such as secret or guarded knowledge. You might hear arcane used to describe knowledge of the metaphysical or occult, or to describe rules or information that is so highly technical, most people don’t bother to learn it.

Commonly found as

arcane rule
During game night, the longtime players were taken aback when the newcomer cited an arcane rule that sealed his victory.
seem + arcane
Although the science behind the project seemed a bit arcane, the manual explained it in detail.

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Saturday, October 17, 2020

synonym for influence

clout

noun [ klout ]

clout is another word for influence

If you have clout, you have strong influence or sway over something. This noun has a long history of being used to describe political influence—and indeed, clout is still most frequently found in discussion of people or entities that are able to drive outcomes in governmental matters. But clout is also used to discuss economic power. You may even find clout used to refer to the influence of a person on social media with oodles of attentive followers.

Commonly found as

clout in
Over the last decade, the former superpower had lost clout in the region.
political clout
The high turnout rate of voters over 65 in the district gives them considerable political clout.

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