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Wednesday, October 20, 2021

synonym for hidden


adjective [ leyt-nt ]

latent is another word for hidden

Hidden is the past participle of hide, as in, I’ve hidden the presents, but also an adjective often used with abstract nouns to suggest something present but not apparent or not perceivable: hidden talent; hidden meaning. Latent, which derives from a Latin verb meaning “to lie hidden,” can be a strong synonym for hidden. Latent refers to a power, ability, or emotion that is present as a potential, but is not yet apparent, fully developed, or openly expressed. A talent can lie or remain latent, hidden even from the possessor of it, if there has been no opportunity to develop or use it. A perceptive therapist might observe that a client’s frequent use of sarcasm reveals latent anger.

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latent talent
He discovered his latent talent for storytelling in prison, which helped him endure the time and boredom.
remain latent
Without agents trained to glean intelligence from this massive trove of information, the power it could give us over our adversaries will remain latent in the data.

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Tuesday, October 19, 2021

synonym for occasional


adjective [ spuh-rad-ik ]

sporadic is another word for occasional

Both adjectives describe things that happen infrequently and not at regular intervals. Occasional refers to things that occur once in a while: occasional trips home; have the occasional drink. Occasional can have the effect of downplaying—both “casual” and occasional come from a Latin verb meaning “fall” or “befall,” that is, happen by chance. Sporadic’s descent from a Greek word for “seed” or “sowing,” and hence “scattered,” suggests things falling where or when they may. Sporadic emphasizes irregularity and is often paired with negative adjectives like inconsistent, unpredictable, and haphazard. In some contexts it implies that ideally things would be more frequent and consistent: sporadic efforts; sporadic attendance. Sporadic also tends to be used with explosive occurrences: sporadic outbursts; sporadic gunfire; sporadic violence.

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sporadic fighting
Our correspondent reports sporadic fighting continuing overnight, but relative calm in the city today, which is stirring up hopes that the conflict is coming to an end.
sporadic at best
Since she started working full-time to pay for her education, her attendance in class has been sporadic at best.

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Monday, October 18, 2021

synonym for fake


noun [ shahr-luh-tn ]

charlatan is another word for fake

Both words refer to someone who puts on a false or deceptive appearance or persona. Fake is the broader term. It covers all phonies—the insincere, the pretentious, and the outright deceitful. A charlatan is someone who poses as an expert in some area of knowledge and uses their charismatic gifts in order to sell a bogus miracle product—whether it’s the proverbial medicinal snake oil or political promises. Charlatans typically connive, thieve, and peddle. The word frequently appears in the company of words for exposing someone as a charlatan, such as demask and debunk. Publicly calling someone a charlatan is also newsworthy.

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expose as a charlatan
The magazine’s attempt to expose everyone’s favorite TV psychic as a charlatan met with considerable backlash from readers.
charlatan + peddle
She calls herself an economist, but she’s nothing but a charlatan peddling discredited theories to lure investors into a Ponzi scheme.

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