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Thursday, October 15, 2020

synonym for wise

judicious

adjective [ joo-dish-uhs ]

judicious is another word for wise

As you might guess from the look of it, judicious is all about sound judgment—but not necessarily in the courtroom. This adjective means “having, exercising, or characterized by good or discriminating judgment.” Someone who is judicious is sensible, levelheaded, and well advised in their decisions and actions. The adjective judicial (so close in spelling and very easy to confuse) is the better choice for describing matters pertaining to judgment in courts of justice.

Commonly found as

judicious use
The teacher argued for judicious use of digital tech in the classroom.
careful and judicious
At the conference about privacy, the panelist urged everyone to be careful and judicious about what they store on their phone.

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Wednesday, October 14, 2020

synonym for strength

fortitude

noun [ fawr-ti-tood, -tyood ]

fortitude is another word for strength

Strength takes many forms: there’s physical strength, as in muscular power, but there’s also mental and emotional strength. That’s where fortitude comes in. Fortitude refers to mental and emotional strength in facing difficulty, adversity, danger, or temptation courageously. Someone who displays great fortitude has tremendous resolve and is able to stay the course for what they think is right, no matter what challenges arise.

Commonly found as

admire + fortitude
She admired his fortitude in always standing up for what he believed was right, even though she disagreed with him on just about every point.
fortitude necessary
The medic somehow mustered the fortitude necessary to endure the long hours of difficult work.

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Tuesday, October 13, 2020

synonym for irritable

petulant

adjective [ pech-uh-luhnt ]

petulant is another word for irritable

Someone who is irritable is easily annoyed, angered, or provoked. Someone who is petulant is impatient, impulsive, and sulky if they don’t get their way. Sound a little childish? That would be a correct assessment of how this word is used! Petulant suggests immaturity and is often used to describe behavior that is unseemly or surprising considering age or stature.

Commonly found as

like a petulant child
The soccer player would stomp his feet like a petulant child whenever the referees' calls would not go his way.
sound petulant
Upon complaining to the manager about the lack of marshmallows in stock, he was told that he sounded petulant and entitled.

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Monday, October 12, 2020

synonym for aware

cognizant

adjective [ kog-nuh-zuhnt, kon-uh- ]

cognizant is another word for aware

The adjective cognizant implies more understanding, attentiveness, and reasoning than simple sensory awareness. One can be aware of a sound in the distance, but such a state does not necessarily suggest any sort of deliberate recognition or engagement with its occurrence. Cognizant is frequently used in the phrase cognizant of the fact to indicate that a person has incorporated knowledge or understanding of something into their decision-making process.

Commonly found as

cognizant of the fact
He made his decision cognizant of the fact that it would have serious repercussions.
fully cognizant
The hikers were fully cognizant of their surroundings, making sure not to take a false step on the rocky trail.

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Sunday, October 11, 2020

synonym for loyal

steadfast

adjective [ sted-fast, -fahst, -fuhst ]

steadfast is another word for loyal

Loyal and steadfast are words you can rely on. The adjective loyal implies allegiance to a person, organization, cause or idea. Steadfast means literally “fixed in place”—such as an immovable structure. But more often steadfast is used figuratively to indicate undeviating constancy or resolution. A steadfast friend, then, is someone who is “fixed in place” by your side, so to speak, and who will maintain that position come what may.

Commonly found as

steadfast commitment
She was proud of her company for its steadfast commitment to local farmers.
remain steadfast
Throughout all their trials and tribulations, he remained steadfast in his love and devotion.

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Saturday, October 10, 2020

synonym for careful

scrupulous

adjective [ skroo-pyuh-luhs ]

scrupulous is another word for careful

To be careful is to be cautious in one’s actions. To be scrupulous is to be especially attentive to and conscientious about every last detail. Scrupulous comes from the word scruple, which is defined as “a moral or ethical consideration or standard that acts as a restraining force or inhibits certain actions,” and indeed, the adjective also suggests being principled or having moral or ethical standards.

Commonly found as

scrupulous attention to detail
The carpenter paid scrupulous attention to detail when installing the wainscoting because he wanted it to look authentic.
less scrupulous
In the hands of a less scrupulous reporter, the story might have been sensationalized and exploited.

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Friday, October 09, 2020

synonym for totally

utterly

adverb [ uht-er-lee ]

utterly is another word for totally

The adverb utterly likes to exaggerate and embellish, especially when it comes to painting a negative picture. You're likely to find utterly modifying low adjectives such as destroyed, ridiculous, and useless. Totally, on the other hand, prefers to spend its time as a verbal cheerleader: I totally agree; we totally understand!

Commonly found as

utterly useless
They found it was a waste of money and utterly useless to try to fix the old barn, so they built a new one out of what they could salvage.
completely and utterly
The scholar's claims about mental health were completely false and utterly shameful.

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