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hesitate is a synonym of pause

verb [ hez-i-teyt ]

hesitate is another word for pause

Pause means to stop before continuing on, and often suggests stopping for a purpose and with the intention of continuing at a later point (He paused for a drink of water).

Hesitate means to make a brief stop, similar to a pause, but often suggests a reluctance to continue, or a need to ready yourself before continuing (They hesitated, not sure of what to say next).

Hesitate suggests the presence of some sort of emotion, thought, or physical need that causes the stop, which is often unplanned, while pause often suggests a planned, more purposeful stop (The lawyer hesitated, and braced himself to deliver bad news; She paused to make sure everyone was paying attention).

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novelty is a synonym of newness

noun [ nov-uhl-tee ]

novelty is another word for newness

Newness and novelty both refer to something being new, and therefore special in some way (The novelty of a new routine cheered me up).

Newness refers to something new in a fresh or original way (The glossy newness of the mug made it difficult to use, because I was afraid of breaking it). It also suggests something that seems new or is new in a fleeting way (The newness of his car stood out against his tired, run-down house).

Novelty refers to something new, unique, or original, and is therefore interesting and exciting (The novelty of the new TV series wore off quickly).

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reverent is a synonym of respectful

adjective [ rev-er-uhnt ]

reverent is another word for respectful

Respectful describes showing politeness and deference to someone or something (She was very respectful when speaking to her boss).

Reverent describes showing particular politeness and deference, along with a sense of awe or veneration (He had a reverent attitude toward the famous writer).

Respectful and reverent can both suggest that you are putting someone or something above yourself in a hierarchy. This sense of hierarchy is much stronger in reverent (He’s unnecessarily reverent towards his teachers; She’s respectful to everyone, but expects respect in return).

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