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Tuesday, May 04, 2021


force is a synonym of power

noun [ fawrs, fohrs ]

force is another word for power

Even outside of the "Star Wars" universe, the difference between the nouns power and force is nuanced. Each term has upward of 15 noun definitions in the dictionary. The most basic distinction is that power is something one possesses (I have the power to open that window), while force is something one exerts (I used force to open that window). But, unencumbering ourselves from the physical realm for a moment, force is especially useful for talking about energy or intensity of an immaterial sort, such as a personality of great force, or about the power to convince, as in the force of a compelling argument. It’s also used to talk about any influence or agency analogous to physical force, such as social forces or political forces. Power, in its immaterial applications, is more suggestive of control and authority.

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great force
The lawyer delivered her closing statement with great force; it undoubtedly had an effect on some of the jurors.
force of nature
When it came to rallying support for a cause he believed in, he was a force of nature—nothing could stop him!

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Monday, May 03, 2021


cajole is a synonym of persuade

verb [ kuh-johl ]

cajole is another word for persuade

The verb persuade is used to talk about convincing a person to do something, as by advising or urging (we could not persuade him to wait), or inducing a person to believe something by appealing to reason or understanding (to persuade the judge of the prisoner’s innocence). This verb, on its own, does not suggest deception or persistent pestering the way that the synonym cajole does. To cajole is to persuade a person by flattery or (most likely false) promises. Cajole is usually applied when the motivation is plain old self-interest—and it frequently occurs with into, as in, He didn't want to make a trip to town, but he was cajoled into it by his extremely persistent daughter. 

Commonly found as

threaten and cajole
The high-powered corporate lawyer threatened and cajoled the small business owners until they agreed to sell to his client.
try to cajole
His friends were always trying to cajole him into joining their weekly game of poker, but he kept coming up with elaborate excuses, buying himself time to learn how to play. 

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Sunday, May 02, 2021


gawk is a synonym of stare

verb [ gawk ]

gawk is another word for stare

To stare at something is to gaze at it fixedly and intently, with eyes wide open as from surprise, wonder, alarm, or impertinence. To gawk at something is to stare at it openly and dumbly, and a little intrusively. Gawking has negative connotations and implies a lack of politeness when noticing or observing another person. You’ll find it used often of tourists gawking at attractions or at celebrities, or of nosy onlookers who, in their oblivious behavior, are perhaps causing a scene themselves. Gawk is similar to the verb gape, “to stare with the mouth open, as in wonder,” though gape is less used of people and more of sights and scenery that stirs amazement or disbelief.

Commonly found as

stop and gawk
A crowd of people stopped and gawked at the celebrity couple walking down the street, and some even got up the nerve to ask them for a selfie.
tourists gawk
A crowd of tourists gawked at the skyscraper, causing quite a bottleneck on the sidewalk.

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