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Monday, February 01, 2021

synonym for inspire

hearten

verb [ hahr-tn ]

hearten is another word for inspire

To inspire someone is to fill that person with an animating, quickening, or exalting influence. A leader’s courage might inspire her followers. The verb hearten means “to give courage of confidence to” or “to cheer.” This verb draws on the notion of the heart as the seat of courage, spirit, or enthusiasm, an idea that is reflected in expressions such as take heart, put your heart into it, and be all heart, as in the case of someone who is admirably undaunted and energetic in an endeavor (she's all heart!).

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hearten + supporters
The latest poll numbers heartened supporters who had been worried their candidate was losing ground.
heartened by the fact
The future of the museum was uncertain, but staff members were heartened by the fact that the mayor had set up a task force to revitalize the arts district.

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Sunday, January 31, 2021

synonym for discouraged

crestfallen

adjective [ krest-faw-luhn ]

crestfallen is another word for discouraged

To feel discouraged is to feel deprived of courage, hope, or confidence as a result of something; a disapproving comment by someone who you were hoping to impress might leave you feeling discouraged. The adjective crestfallen describes a similarly low state, though with an old-fashioned and literary ring. Crestfallen means “dejected” or “dispirited.” This term often occurs in descriptions of appearance, as in a crestfallen look or a crestfallen expression, which makes sense since the term is thought to allude to the drooping crests of defeated animals. (A crest here being either a tuft or other natural growth on the top of the head of an animal, as the comb of a rooster, or, perhaps the ridge of the neck of a horse.)

Commonly found as

look crestfallen
The children looked crestfallen when they heard the news that there would be no snow day.
crestfallen + heartbroken
Young Romeo wandered the streets utterly crestfallen and heartbroken upon learning the last name of his new crush.

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Saturday, January 30, 2021

synonym for exaggerate

embellish

verb [ em-bel-ish ]

embellish is another word for exaggerate

To exaggerate something, such as the difficulty of a task, is to overstate it or to magnify it beyond the limits of truth. To embellish something, such as a story, is to enhance it with fictitious additions. While both terms deviate from what is accurate or true, embellish implies ornamentation rather than distortion. This sparkling nuance is a carryover from the other sense of embellish, “to beautify by ornamentation.” One may embellish a gown with beads or jewels to make it more beautiful, or embellish a story with colorful details to make it more interesting or compelling.

Commonly found as

embellish + story
The biographer admitted that she embellished the story a bit for effect, but her readers seemed to expect such narrative flourishes.
expand + embellish
Each generation expanded and embellished the tale slightly more as they handed it down to the next.

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