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Thursday, May 13, 2021

synonym for lessen

mitigate

verb [ mit-i-geyt ]

mitigate is another word for lessen

To lessen something is to make it less, or to reduce it. If you hope to lessen the chances of something bad happening, you want to make the number of chances fewer. Mitigate is a strong synonym for lessen, but this verb is used especially to talk about making things more bearable or giving relief, as to someone in pain or sorrow. It’s also used to talk about making things less severe: to mitigate the effects of climate change. Mitigate is sometimes confused with the similar sounding verb militate, which means “to have effect or influence.” This mix-up often occurs in the use of the phrase mitigate against, e.g., This criticism in no way mitigates (read militates) against your going ahead with your research. Although this use of mitigate occasionally occurs in edited writing, it is rare and is widely regarded as an error.

Commonly found as

mitigate the effects of
The group of young engineers worked closely with local government agencies to mitigate the effects of climate change.
prevent + mitigate
After the data breach, new policies were put in place to prevent and mitigate future cyberattacks.

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Wednesday, May 12, 2021

synonym for so-so

mediocre

adjective [ mee-dee-oh-ker ]

mediocre is another word for so-so

Something that’s so-so is neither very good nor very bad. If you go to a concert and report back that it was so-so, it means that you neither loved nor loathed the show. Rather, it was okay. Mediocre is another way to describe things that are middling or average. Though keep in mind, that describing something as average is, generally speaking, not exactly a glowing review! While this adjective appears on paper to be neutral, in most applications, mediocre suggests at best mere adequacy, as in a car that gets mediocre mileage, or at worst inferiority or poor quality: Mediocre construction makes that building dangerous.

Commonly found as

mediocre performance
The theater reviewer said that the cast gave a mediocre performance on opening night.
mediocre at best
Earnings for the first half of the year were mediocre at best; the new CEO would have to make some changes to bolster confidence among investors. 

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Tuesday, May 11, 2021

synonym for chaos

pandemonium

noun [ pan-duh-moh-nee-uhm ]

pandemonium is another word for chaos

The noun chaos is defined as “a state of utter confusion and disorder.” It is applied to a broad range of situations that lack organization. For example, a virtual work meeting wherein everyone talks over each other and there is no agenda laid out might be described as chaos. Or, on a larger and more serious scale, a poorly managed response to a disaster wherein nobody knows how to get the help they need might be described as chaos. The synonym pandemonium suggests unrestrained disorder marked by panic, uproar, and tumult. This noun, from Pandæmonium, the capital of the underworld in Milton’s Paradise Lost, burns a little hotter, so to speak. Pandemonium implies not just disorder, but also noisy, wild, and possibly even violent activity.

Commonly found as

pandemonium + ensue
Pandemonium ensued after the referee's game-ending call; angry fans began howling and making their way toward the field. 
panic and pandemonium
The opening scene of the zombie movie was one of panic and pandemonium as people fled the once-thriving city to escape the undead.

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