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Wednesday, March 31, 2021


milieu is a synonym of surroundings

noun [ mil-yoo, meel- ]

milieu is another word for surroundings

A person’s surroundings are the things, circumstances, or conditions that make up their environment, especially the physical aspects: He awoke in strange surroundings; she tried to blend in with her surroundings. The noun milieu refers to intangible aspects of an environment, especially those of a social or cultural nature: The artist’s work reflected a very specific cultural milieu. Milieu, a loanword from French, is especially useful for highlighting the character or prevailing attitudes or influences of certain historical periods or of social sets. In this way it is different not only from surroundings, but also from ambiance, which emphasizes the mood or tone of an environment, and setting, which suggests a background that sets something off.

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social/cultural milieu
The curator spent months researching the social and cultural milieu at the time of the earthquake, which was the historical event at the center of her upcoming show.
create + milieu
The designer realized that allowing his assistants to take more time off actually created a more favorable milieu for innovation and creativity.

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Tuesday, March 30, 2021


cumbersome is a synonym of unwieldy

adjective [ kuhm-ber-suhm ]

cumbersome is another word for unwieldy

Something that is unwieldy is not readily handled or managed in use or action, as from size, shape, or weight. The verb wield, from which unwieldy and its more manageable counterpart wieldy stem, is used to talk about exercising power, influence, or authority, or about using something, such as a weapon or instrument, effectively. Cumbersome is a strong synonym for unwieldy. It is commonly used to talk about processes, systems, or procedures that are convoluted, tedious, and time-consuming. Cumbersome comes from the verb cumber “to overload; burden” or “to hinder; hamper.”

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cumbersome process
At the job fair, the spokesperson for the government agency warned prospective applicants that the background check was a long and cumbersome process.
cumbersome + expensive
Early prototypes of the gadget were cumbersome and expensive—totally impractical for most consumers.

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Monday, March 29, 2021


reiterate is a synonym of repeat

verb [ ree-it-uh-reyt ]

reiterate is another word for repeat

The verbs repeat and reiterate are so close in meaning that reading their definitions might in itself feel like a repetitive act. To repeat something is to say or utter it again. To reiterate something is to say or do it again, or, to repeat it, often excessively. So how are they different? Reiterate is more commonly used for emphasis—that is, to underscore that something is important and therefore worth saying again, perhaps in a different way than first articulated: At the end of the interview, the candidate reiterated her interest in the role. Repeat, on the other hand, is commonly used to talk about the reproduction of words or sounds without the suggestion of importance: The contestant in the spelling bee asked the judge to repeat the word and definition.

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want to reiterate
After receiving complaints for a segment on his show, the news anchor issued a formal statement echoing comments he had made elsewhere: “I want to reiterate that it was not the show's intent to diminish the achievements of our subject.”
reiterate + commitment
When the topic of returning to the office came up, the CEO reiterated her commitment to the safety and well-being of all employees.

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