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Friday, September 03, 2021


gratify is a synonym of satisfy

verb [ grat-uh-fahy ]

gratify is another word for satisfy

Both words refer to fulfilling a person’s needs, wants, demands, or desires. Satisfy, which comes from a Latin word meaning “to do enough,” means to do or provide enough to fulfill a desire or meet a need or requirement (satisfied his wish for amusement, satisfies the math requirements). Someone who has been satisfied is content, no longer feeling a lack. Someone who is gratified experiences pleasure along with satisfaction. Gratify can imply pleasing someone by satisfying their explicit wish or desire, but you can also gratify vanity, pride or other selfish or base desires—perhaps by providing admiration or recognition. Depending on the context, gratify can have a negative connotation of indulgence or a neutral or positive connotation (gratified to hear of her friend’s recovery).

Commonly found as

to be gratified to see/know
I am gratified to see that the negotiations are proceeding splendidly.
deeply + gratify
Her parents were touched and deeply gratified by her friends’ kindness, letting them stay the night at their home to wait out the storm.

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Thursday, September 02, 2021


delude is a synonym of mislead

verb [ dih-lood ]

delude is another word for mislead

Mislead and delude both refer to bringing about errors of thought, judgment, or conduct. Mislead suggests leading someone into thinking untrue things or doing the wrong thing, with or without an intent to deceive (misled by the decades-old profile photo, ads that mislead consumers). It stops short of outright deception or lies, but is still usually negative. Delude always implies deception. It refers to inducing beliefs in what is imaginary or unreal. Its most frequent use is self-reflexive: people deluding themselves, out of ignorance, egotism, or wishful thinking (deluding herself into believing she could sing). Typical external agents of delusion are rhetoric, images, and leaders, whose target is often the public. The deluded are often characterized as pitiable or pathetic victims of their own minds.

Commonly found as

delude into
Advertising deluded the public into believing the herbal concoction would prolong life indefinitely.
delude oneself
She deludes herself that her son is an angel, when everyone else in the family knows he is a troublemaker.

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Wednesday, September 01, 2021


arbitrary is a synonym of random

adjective [ ahr-bi-trer-ee ]

arbitrary is another word for random

Both adjectives refer to things done or occurring without a definite aim, reason, or pattern. Random suggests something occurring by chance or accident (random thoughts, random acts of violence, a random assortment). A random event has as much chance of happening as any other thing like it. There is no more reason for something arbitrary than there is for something random, but arbitrary implies something done by whim or personal preference rather than according to some discernible logic or rationale (listed in an arbitrary order, an arbitrary decision, an arbitrary deadline). For this reason, arbitrary can suggest unreasonableness, irrationality, and even injustice. These connotations, however, come more from the other, earlier definitions of arbitrary, which refer to a decision made by an individual judge or arbiter rather than by following the law.

Commonly found as

arbitrary deadline(s)
The boss is clueless about how long things take or whether anyone will even want the products we work on, so he announces these arbitrary deadlines that no one pays any attention to.
arbitrary arrest(s)
Although it’s against international law, the government used arbitrary arrests and detention to discourage citizens from voicing their discontent.

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