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Thursday, September 16, 2021


ennui is a synonym of boredom

noun [ ahn-wee, ahn-wee ]

ennui is another word for boredom

There’s nothing more ordinary than boredom, the restless or weary state that comes from not being interested in any pursuit available to you (the boredom of a long commute). Ennui, a borrowing from French, is boredom taken more seriously. Ennui can suggest a more profound, philosophical or spiritual condition rather than lack of interest (existential ennui; suburban ennui; adolescent ennui). Although the expression “die of boredom” is one of the most common contexts for the word, ennui tends to be treated more as an actual illness or malaise: people are said to suffer from ennui and to overcome it. Angst, frustration, despair, and loneliness are some common companions of ennui.

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suffer from ennui
Having attained her dream life, she began to suffer from ennui, making her question whether impressive jobs and a nicer car were really what she wanted.
existential ennui
It’s not uncommon for the young people in a small, economically depressed town to experience existential ennui, so it is important that their high-school teachers encourage them to create their own opportunities.

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Wednesday, September 15, 2021


procure is a synonym of obtain

verb [ proh-kyoor, pruh- ]

procure is another word for obtain

Obtain and procure refer to getting something, or gaining possession of it, through some effort or process. Obtain is the general word for acquiring something using effort or by request (obtained a ticket for the show; obtain permission). Procure is an everyday word, in business and governmental contexts, for acquiring necessary supplies and equipment. In more general usage, however, procure suggests making a special effort to get something that may be difficult to obtain (managed to procure concert tickets). Procure is frequently used of necessities that conditions have made difficult to get (procuring organs to save lives, procuring food during wartime) and of illegal or illegally-obtained items, such as drugs and weapons.

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manage to procure
A few lucky holiday shoppers managed to procure the popular toy before they were all sold out.
procure food
It was the practice of hunter-gatherers to eat immediately upon procuring food.

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Tuesday, September 14, 2021


transcend is a synonym of exceed

verb [ tran-send ]

transcend is another word for exceed

Exceed can refer to going over or beyond a quantifiable or acceptable limit (exceed the speed limit; exceed their ability) or, more positively, to doing better than was anticipated (exceed our expectations). The range of this last sense extends to going beyond the outermost limits of something—or what seemed the outermost (a technology that will exceed the limits of brain imaging as we know it), and here it overlaps with the meaning of transcend. To transcend suggests both going beyond and rising entirely above the limits of something. A great speech that transcends the occasion it was written for, will have more than historical interest in the future because its truths have a broader reach. Frequent objects of transcend include boundaries, race, politics, division.

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transcend boundaries
For the negotiations to succeed, we need to emphasize values that transcend the boundaries of nations and religions.
ability to transcend
The acting teacher judges performers on their ability to transcend their real identities and appear to become someone else entirely.

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