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Friday, July 16, 2021


fleeting is a synonym of brief

adjective [ flee-ting ]

fleeting is another word for brief

The adjectives brief and fleeting describe things of short duration. Used of events, brief can simply mean lasting a short time: a brief period, a brief meeting, a brief hello. Applied to speech and writing, brief suggests concise and effective: a brief introduction, a brief summary. Fleeting is used of things that pass quickly, with the suggestion that they escape our grasp or are over too soon: the fleeting pleasures of youth, fleeting fame, a fleeting thought, a fleeting glimpse. Fleeting can imply a poetic poignancy, but also fickleness, as in fleeting loyalties.

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fleeting moment(s)
The photographer captured a fleeting moment of human connection on the teeming streets of the metropolis.
catch a fleeting glimpse
After patiently returning to their observation point every day for weeks, they finally caught a fleeting glimpse of the rare butterfly.

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Thursday, July 15, 2021


vacillate is a synonym of waver

verb [ vas-uh-leyt ]

vacillate is another word for waver

Waver and vacillate refer to an alternation or hesitation between one direction and another. A person who wavers pauses in the face of a choice, out of doubt or indecision: She lived at home for a year, wavering between college or a full-time job. Waver can refer to the weakening of something previously strong—faith, courage, or resolve may waver, but it doesn’t have a negative connotation. Vacillate, on the other hand, can imply ineffectiveness, weakness, or instability. A person who vacillates makes up their mind and changes it again suddenly, and then changes it back again, and so on (We’ll never get started unless you stop vacillating!). Minds, thoughts, and feelings typically vacillate, which can result in vacillating policies or poll numbers. However, if your emotions before a blind date vacillate between excitement and fear, no one will judge you.

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vacillate between
The administration’s rhetoric on the incident has vacillated between retaliation and appeasement.
vacillate wildly
The quality of the cuisine vacillates wildly, depending on the chef’s mood.

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Wednesday, July 14, 2021


fete is a synonym of party

noun [ feyt, fet ]

fete is another word for party

Feast your eyes on these fun synonyms: party and fete. A party is a social gathering, as of invited guests at a private home, for conversation, refreshments, or entertainment: a cocktail party; a costume party. The more lavish synonym fete varies in meaning depending on context: a fete can be a festive celebration or entertainment (The ball was the greatest fete of the season!), a day of celebration of a holiday (The Fourth of July is a great American fete.), or a religious feast or festival (a fete lasting several days in honor of a saint). You may encounter the term spelled with a circumflex, fête, reflecting its French origins. July 14, Bastille Day, is often called la fête nationale in France.

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village fete
She looked forward to the village fete every summer, not only for the delicious cakes and wine, but also for the great opportunity to raise money for charity.
fete + hold
The fete was held at the county fairgrounds in order to have enough space for all the booths, the food tent, and the large stage.

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