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Tuesday, August 03, 2021


implore is a synonym of beg

verb [ im-plawr ]

implore is another word for beg

Beg and implore refer to asking someone for something (aid, mercy, pardon) with urgency or in desperation. The essential element of beg is asking for something one is not owed by the one asked, from a position of powerlessness. We say, “Don’t make me beg,” but not “Don’t make me implore.” With implore, the focus is on the emotion and manner of expression with which someone begs. A person may implore with their eyes. Implore suggests begging with great urgency, in an affecting, piteous way. (The Latin word it derives from means "to plead tearfully.") Beg can convey a wide range of intensity–it can have the mere formality of “I beg your pardon,” the humility and earnestness of someone begging for alms, or the fervent emotion of implore.

Commonly found as

eyes implore
He was too weak to speak, but his eyes implored me to stay at his bedside.
tearfully implore
The senator was approached by two women in the elevator who tearfully implored her to hear their stories before she voted on the bill.

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Monday, August 02, 2021


cachet is a synonym of prestige

noun [ ka-shey, kash-ey ]

cachet is another word for prestige

Prestige is status or influence a person or institution possesses in the eyes of others by virtue of success, wealth, or position (professional prestige, international prestige). The sources and qualities of cachet can be less tangible–hence, perhaps, the common phrase “has a certain cachet,” where “certain” means “definite but not specified.” Cachet is found most often in the context of popular culture, consumer and marketing culture, art, and fashion. Associations, especially with celebrity names, lend things cachet, and the associations often attract and impress a particular demographic or other group (a label carrying cachet among Spanish wine lovers, a director whose use of indy music in his films has earned him cachet).

Commonly found as

carry cachet
How this sugar-packed product came to carry cachet with health-conscious consumers is one of the mysteries of artful branding.
a certain cachet
Having a father who was a professional baseball player gave the new guy a certain cachet in our high school, which he soon lost by proving himself to be a bully of the worst kind.

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Sunday, August 01, 2021


cull is a synonym of select

verb [ kuhl ]

cull is another word for select

Select refers to carefully choosing one or more things or people from a group, according to preference or some criteria of superiority (select one of the candidates, select a necktie to wear to the event). Cull suggests selection or gathering together of a number of things or people, typically by combing through a large quantity. It is often used in the context of research or curation–he culled the footage from video archives. When using cull, however, keep in mind that cull is one of those odd words, like cleave, that has two nearly opposite meanings: culling also means selection of things you want to eliminate (cull out the duplicates in the database, cull the deer population).

Commonly found as

carefully cull
The research for her biography involved carefully culling books, journals, letters, and TV and radio transcripts for the most accurate accounts she could find of key events in her subject’s life.
cull data
The authors of the psychological study culled data from internet message boards where the presence of women is a recurrent topic of conversation.

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