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Friday, November 05, 2021

synonym for failure


noun [ fee-as-koh ]

fiasco is another word for failure

Failure refers to something that is not successful: The party was a big failure; I was disappointed by the failure of my idea. A failure is hard to take, but there are worse things—like a fiasco, which refers to a usually public failure so complete that it is disgraceful, humiliating, and sometimes bordering on the ridiculous. A wedding reception at which the vegetarian option contains lamb, the air conditioning breaks down, and the newlyweds get into a screaming match and leave in separate cars would be a fiasco. Some of the most typical phrasing found with fiasco is also found with words like “scandal,” “controversy,” and “affair.” For example: this whole wiretapping fiasco could have been avoided; Remember last year’s state fair fiasco involving the goat milk judges?

Commonly found as

ended in a fiasco
The actor’s first attempt at directing a film ended in a box office fiasco.
fiasco surrounding
The fiasco surrounding their last product rollout hasn’t been forgotten, and jokes about exploding batteries still are circulating.

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Thursday, November 04, 2021

synonym for clique


noun [ koh-tuh-ree ]

coterie is another word for clique

Both nouns refer to a small, exclusive group of people. Clique suggests a fairly closed group of people, often forming within a larger group, whose members have similar interests or status. Clique has a negative connotation, and suggests an association based on a sense of superiority to everyone else (a clique of popular kids) or on a desire to hold all the power: the ruling clique. Coterie can have positive or negative connotations. It can suggest a close-knit circle of friends, artists, scholars, or scientists: a literary coterie. Coterie can also suggest an exclusive set of people who associate with a prominent person, whose coterie it is: surrounded by her coterie of advisors; his loyal coterie. Here there’s more potential for elitism. As with ruling cliques, powerful coteries in government are usually undesirable, unelected holders of power.

Commonly found as

coterie of friends
She would not travel anywhere without her coterie of friends.
small coterie
The prime minister’s small coterie of wealthy advisors has a disproportionate influence on policy.

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Wednesday, November 03, 2021

synonym for start


verb [ in-sti-geyt ]

instigate is another word for start

Both words refer to setting something going or putting it in motion. Start has a wider range of usage. We can say someone starts a car, starts a club, or starts an argument. Instigate, which derives from a Latin root meaning “to prick” or “to goad,” refers to prompting a human activity by urging or spurring it on. The object of instigate is usually an act of aggression or hostility (instigated a riot; instigated a war), so the word tends to have a negative connotation. However, instigating change is one common and more positive use, and both instigating a project and instigating a discussion are also fairly common and less negative.

Commonly found as

instigate change
After our campaign to improve the quality of our drinking water, we had learned that we could instigate change ourselves and make a significant difference to the health of our community.
instigate war
No one would have cared who instigated the pillow war if we hadn’t left casualties in the form of broken figurines scattered across the floor.

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