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Monday, July 20, 2020


indignant is a synonym of angry

adjective [ in-dig-nuhnt ]

indignant is another word for angry

To be angry is to experience strong feelings of displeasure. To be indignant is to feel deep anger at something considered unjust or offensive. Indignation is righteous anger, or anger that is morally justified. Someone who is indignant perceives insult or injury to their own or someone else's dignity. The term carries traces of scorn and contempt, and sometimes implies sanctimonious disdain. This range in meaning helps to explain why you might see indignant with a modifier, such as rightly indignant, justly indignant, and genuinely indignant. 

Commonly found as

righteously indignant
She was righteously indignant at the injustices she saw taking place.
become indignant
He became indignant when his idea was dismissed as impractical.

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Sunday, July 19, 2020


bevy is a synonym of group

noun [ bev-ee ]

bevy is another word for group

A group is a collection or assemblage of persons or things. When that number is on the larger side, the group may be called a bevy. Bevy's earliest use in English is as a collective noun for quail (behold, the bevy of quail!), similar to a covey of partridges. When in reference to people, bevy has historically described groups of women. While you will still encounter these specific uses, the word bevy has resisted being pigeonholed. The term is now widely used in a general sense to emphasize abundance in number, and can be found in reference to just about any type of assemblage or collection.

Commonly found as

bevy of stars
The televised fundraiser boasted a bevy of stars.
surrounded by a bevy
At her book signing, the author was surrounded by a bevy of admirers.

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Saturday, July 18, 2020


expound is a synonym of explain

verb [ ik-spound ]

expound is another word for explain

To explain is to make clear something that is not known or understood. A parent might explain to a disbelieving child why they cannot have ice cream for dinner (no nutritional value!). To expound is to give a methodical, detailed, scholarly explanation of something. It is a more elaborate action, with a slightly performative or presentational sense. A professor might expound theories, doctrines, or philosophies with lengthy verbosity. Legal experts might expound a law, and religious scholars might expound Scripture. But we also find  it used humorously on occasion, in a slightly teasing or self-deprecating manner. While the use of expound with a preposition, as in expound on or expound upon, has some critics, pairings such as these have become increasingly common and are sure to be understood just fine.

Commonly found as

expound at length
In her wedding sermon, the officiant expounded at length on the significance of commitment.
expound a theory
My father loves to expound theories about what life will be like in the future.

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