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Tuesday, October 20, 2020


eschew is a synonym of shun

verb [ es-choo ]

eschew is another word for shun

To shun something is to take pains to avoid it. To eschew something is to abstain from it or keep away from it. They are very close in meaning, but eschew is more often used to talk about the avoidance of a course of action that is perceived as unwise or detrimental to a specific outcome. The verb shun is more likely to be used to convey aversion or loathing.

Commonly found as

eschew politics
The book was a striking commentary on modern life that somehow managed to eschew politics.
generally eschew
Newly elected leaders generally eschew the use of force in international matters.

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Monday, October 19, 2020


druthers is a synonym of preference

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


arcane is a synonym of obscure

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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