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Friday, March 19, 2021


inculcate is a synonym of instill

verb [ in-kuhl-keyt, in-kuhl-keyt ]

inculcate is another word for instill

To instill something is to infuse it slowly or gradually into the mind or feelings of another. This verb is usually used of desirable qualities such as a sense of humility or self-confidence. To inculcate something, such as a particular value or principle, is to implant it by repeated statement or admonition, or, to teach it persistently and earnestly. Both of these verbs deal with imparting information or ideas to an individual or group of people, but instill takes a slow, gradual, drip-by-drip approach. Inculcate, on the other hand, goes the more direct and forceful route. You see, inculcate comes from the Latin verb inculcāre meaning “to trample, impress, stuff in,” which sheds light on the occasional (though now obsolete) use of this imposing verb to mean “to tread upon” or “to trample.”

Commonly found as

inculcate + values
The teacher inculcated important values in her students that she hoped set them up for success.
designed to inculcate
The company retreat was designed to inculcate a culture of transparency, innovation, and trust.

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Thursday, March 18, 2021


hoodwink is a synonym of deceive

verb [ hood-wingk ]

hoodwink is another word for deceive

To deceive someone is to mislead them by false appearance or statement. Hoodwink is a close synonym, defined succinctly as “to deceive or trick.” But to understand the nuances in how hoodwink is used, it is helpful to be familiar with the term’s history. Hoodwink’s earliest sense in English was “to blindfold,” as in to prevent sight by covering the eyes. It is no longer used that way, but we can think of the deceptive sense as blindfolding mentally or making one blind to the truth by way of persuasion or manipulation. Like bamboozle, hoodwink appears in a variety of contexts ranging from lighthearted and playful (Snoopy hoodwinks his owner, Charlie Brown, by wearing a mustache, for instance) to the more serious (a politician who hoodwinks the public).

Commonly found as

hoodwink + public
The TV personality hoodwinked the public into believing his glossy brand of pseudoscience.
hoodwink + bamboozle
The journalist hoped that her latest story would help residents in the small town see that they'd been hoodwinked and bamboozled by the new mayor.

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Wednesday, March 17, 2021


revel is a synonym of celebrate

verb [ rev-uhl ]

revel is another word for celebrate

To celebrate is to observe a day or commemorate an event with ceremonies or festivities. For example, it is customary to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a parade. This popular verb can also refer, a little more loosely, to having or participating in a party or an uninhibited good time. That’s where today’s synonym revel comes in. To revel is to make merry or to indulge in boisterous festivities. Though, a word to the wise, this carousing sense of revel is not as common as another. Revel is more commonly used these days to talk about taking great pleasure or delight in something: The Joycean scholar reveled in the fact that so many people were taking the day to celebrate Irish culture.

Commonly found as

feast + revel
Neighbors came together to feast and revel one last time at the beloved community theater before it was shuttered and turned into a distribution center.
fans + revel
After their team won the pennant, the fans reveled all night.

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