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Wednesday, January 13, 2021

synonym for break

hiatus

noun [ hahy-ey-tuhs ]

hiatus is another word for break

A hiatus is a break or interruption in the continuity of a work, series, or action. It’s not uncommon for a TV show to go on hiatus, as executives sort out programming priorities and tinker with casting; you might hear of a band taking a hiatus or pressing pause on their recording or touring in order to deal with other matters. This noun entered English referring to a material break or chasm in something (beware the gaping hiatus!). It is sometimes used to refer to a gap in written material or in a line of reasoning, like a missing link. Nowadays, though, you’re most likely to hear hiatus used to refer to a temporary cessation of activity for a specific purpose.

Commonly found as

long hiatus
She was pleased to return to business as usual after such a long hiatus.
take a hiatus
The band decided to take a hiatus from performing internationally until they had finished recording their new album. 

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Tuesday, January 12, 2021

synonym for biased

tendentious

adjective [ ten-den-shuhs ]

tendentious is another word for biased

Something that is biased has or shows bias, defined as a particular tendency, trend, inclination, feeling, or opinion. A bias may be favorable or unfavorable: bias in favor of or against an idea. The synonym tendentious is more blatant, describing things (often writing) that have or show a definite tendency, bias, or purpose: arguments, articles, and interpretations deemed tendentious tend to promote controversial points of view.

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tendentious argument
The writer’s tendentious argument turned on flawed and incomplete information.
tendentious and misleading
The news organization issued a retraction for the tendentious and misleading article.

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Monday, January 11, 2021

synonym for fit

dovetail

verb [ duhv-teyl ]

dovetail is another word for fit

When two things dovetail, they join or fit together compactly or harmoniously. This verb is often used to talk about ideas, plans, or pieces of information that are complementary or that seem to reinforce one another. This sense of the word comes from woodworking, where a dovetail is a type of joint formed of one or more tenons, or projections, fitting tightly within corresponding mortises, or notches. The joint is so named for its resemblance to (you guessed it!) a dove’s tail.

Commonly found as

dovetail nicely
The two pieces of legislation dovetailed nicely; together they formed a comprehensive plan for the town to reach its sustainability goals.
findings dovetail
The scientist's latest findings dovetailed with earlier research on the topic.

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Sunday, January 10, 2021

synonym for laughable

ludicrous

adjective [ loo-di-kruhs ]

ludicrous is another word for laughable

Taken literally, the adjective laughable means exactly what you might expect: causing laughter. But the term is not usually used appreciatively to describe funny movies or clever jokes; instead, laughable is usually used of things that provoke laughter for their preposterousness or improbability. The synonym ludicrous is more pointed still. Something that is ludicrous causes laughter because of its absurdity, or worse, it provokes or deserves derision. Related to the adjective ludic, “playful in an aimless way,” ludicrous entered English emphasizing triviality and playfulness. But nowadays the term is reserved for the illogical and outrageous.

Commonly found as

absolutely ludicrous
While it has many great features, the new smartphone costs an absolutely ludicrous amount of money!
ludicrous to think
It was ludicrous to think that such an ambitious project could be completed in such a short amount of time, but the deadline was set regardless.

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Saturday, January 09, 2021

synonym for stylish

dapper

adjective [ dap-er ]

dapper is another word for stylish

The adjective stylish is about as variable and broad as standards of fashion themselves. So long as one is conforming to the latest fashions (which change all the time), he or she may be described as stylish. Dapper is more fixed. A person who is dapper or dressed in a dapper manner looks very neatly put together. This adjective suggests a tidy sophistication, and is typically used of men or men’s fashions. Stylish though it may be, a deliberately unkempt or casual look is not likely to be described as dapper. 

Commonly found as

look + dapper
The nominee for best actor looked very dapper in his tailored suit and matching trilby.  
dapper + debonair
The dapper and debonair host glided around the room, enchanting guests with witticisms and charming anecdotes.

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Friday, January 08, 2021

synonym for sing

croon

verb [ kroon ]

croon is another word for sing

Just about everyone can sing, especially if we limit the meaning to simply vocalizing words or sounds at least somewhat melodically, but few can truly croon. To croon is to sing in an evenly modulated, slightly exaggerated manner, usually in a low, silky smooth voice. This sense of the verb, which is widely associated with such crooners as Bing Crosby, Nat King Cole, and Frank Sinatra, gained popularity in the 1930s with the advent of more sensitive microphones that picked up greater texture in one’s voice and allowed for a more relaxed and intimate-sounding delivery.

Commonly found as

singer + croon
At the concert, the velvet-voiced singer crooned about love and loss.
croon + ballad
She turned up the radio in her car and crooned the classic ballad right along with Nat King Cole, knowing that her performance was indeed unforgettable.

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Thursday, January 07, 2021

synonym for similarity

analogy

noun [ uh-nal-uh-jee ]

analogy is another word for similarity

An analogy is a similarity between like features of two things, on which comparison may be based. For instance, you might see an analogy, or similarity, between the heart and a pump. The word analogy also refers to a comparison based on such similarities—a favored tool of writers and poets since time immemorial. Consider the following passage from the novel The Conspirators by Alexandre Dumas: “her beauty, her grace, her elegance, even her talents were but an accident—an error of nature—something like a rose flowering on a cabbage stock.” The part about being a rose on a cabbage stock is in itself an analogy insofar as it is a comparison. But that sense of analogy is not quite synonymous with similarity (bear with us!). The similarity in this passage is that of being accidental or out of place, referring to the woman and the rose.

Commonly found as

analogy between
The doctor noted that there was an analogy between forecasting the weather and modeling a disease.
see + analogy
She saw an analogy between trees shedding their leaves in autumn and people letting go of old ideas in order to make room for new ones.

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