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Wednesday, June 23, 2021

synonym for huge

gargantuan

adjective [ gahr-gan-choo-uhn ]

gargantuan is another word for huge

Huge means extraordinarily large in bulk, quantity, or extent (a huge ship, a huge portion of ice cream). It's also used to describe things that are without limit (the huge genius of Mozart) and things that are very important or popular (the show was huge in Britain). When we describe something as gargantuan, we mean it’s of an extraordinary or astonishing size, dwarfing other things of its kind (a gargantuan whale, a gargantuan serving of pie). The adjective comes from Gargantua, a grotesque giant with an enormous appetite in the works of Rabelais. It’s frequently used with size and other similar nouns (consuming a gargantuan amount of energy, grown to gargantuan proportions). Like huge, gargantuan can also be used to talk about the seriousness or extent of non-material things, particularly problems: a gargantuan task or undertaking requires a gargantuan effort, which is no big deal for a giant, but for the rest of us seems almost impossible.

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gargantuan task
Hercules attained his heroic status by completing one gargantuan task after another—not least, the cleaning of the Augean stables, which housed 3000 oxen and had not been cleaned for 30 years.
gargantuan proportions
The farmer’s obsessive care for his pumpkin patch paid off when one pumpkin grew to gargantuan proportions.

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Tuesday, June 22, 2021

synonym for crowd

throng

noun [ thrawng, throng ]

throng is another word for crowd

The nouns crowd and throng both refer to large numbers of people. Crowd suggests people close enough together to jostle each other and be at least slightly uncomfortable: I had to elbow my way through the crowd to get to the restrooms. Crowds gather and disperse, but are generally standing or, in a stadium, sitting. Throng, on the other hand, suggests a crowd that presses together or forward, often with some common aim: The throng pushed forward to see the cause of the excitement. You will convey movement or commotion as well as large numbers If you speak of a throng, rather than a crowd, of shoppers, reporters, fans, or pilgrims.

Commonly found as

throng of reporters
As the celebrity emerged from the courthouse, a throng of reporters surrounded him, competing desperately for a good sound bite.
throng of shoppers
Yes, I was one of the throng of Black Friday shoppers shown on the local news pushing their way into the big box store.

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Monday, June 21, 2021

synonym for hot

sweltering

adjective [ swel-ter-ing ]

sweltering is another word for hot

Summer is upon us, for better or worse, bringing hot days and some sweltering days. By itself, hot is a fairly neutral term and when used of things, like hot coffee, refers to a measurable property belonging to the thing itself. In terms of weather, hot can be used to describe the physical feeling of great heat (I’m hot), or the conditions causing that feeling (a hot July day). Sweltering suggests a greater degree and particular quality of heat. Sweltering heat is oppressively hot and humid. Furthermore, whether it’s used of a thing (a sweltering day, sweltering temperatures) or a person (You must be sweltering in those jeans) it emphasizes the physical effects on us of such heat—the sweatiness, faintness, and suffocating heaviness. The now obsolete verb swelt meant originally “to perish.”

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sweltering heat
We walked only a block in the sweltering heat before escaping into an air-conditioned cafe.
sweltering summer
If you can tolerate the sweltering summers in Florida, it’s a great place to retire.

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