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Monday, December 21, 2020

synonym for cold

nippy

adjective [ nip-ee ]

nippy is another word for cold

Cold describes anything or anyone with a relatively low temperature. People can feel cold on a brisk and breezy day. Beverages can be cold, too, which is usually a good thing! Nippy does not work for people or beverages; this snappy adjective is usually used to describe chilly weather. This term entered English describing things that nip or bite, giving us the association of a sharp or biting cold. Like a nippy dog, a nippy wind may snap at your nose or fingers!

Commonly found as

nippy air
The runners were invigorated by the nippy air on their morning run.
a bit nippy
If you are planning on going outside today, wear a scarf, since it is a bit nippy!

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Sunday, December 20, 2020

synonym for reserved

reticent

adjective [ ret-uh-suhnt ]

reticent is another word for reserved

We’re going to have to pry information out of today’s word because it is reticent. Reticent means “disposed to be silent or not to speak freely.” This tight-lipped adjective is more specific than its synonym reserved, which is widely used of both speech and actions and implies a guardedness born of caution or a sense of formality. Reticent simply describes people who aren’t inclined to chatter. A word to the wise: reticent is used to mean “reluctant” with some regularity, but style guides urge against this broad interpretation in favor of the more precise application.

Commonly found as

shy and reticent
The celebrity was shy and reticent throughout the interview, revealing next to nothing about her personal life.
usually reticent
The new teacher intrigued the usually reticent students, who were suddenly brimming with questions and excitedly talking over one another.

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Saturday, December 19, 2020

synonym for delight

enchant

verb [ en-chant, -chahnt ]

enchant is another word for delight

To be enchanted by something is to be delighted to a high degree, almost as if you’re under a (delightful) spell! This bewitching verb is a close synonym for delight, but enchant’s magical meanings infuse it with a little more charm. In fairy tales, witches might enchant princes and princesses, subjecting them to magical influence. Outside of fairy tales, the magic suggested by enchant might be more metaphorical than supernatural, but the term retains a touch of the mystical in all its uses. An audience that is enchanted by a performance is not simply delighted, but perhaps mesmerized, entranced, or spellbound by what’s before them.

Commonly found as

continue to enchant
The play Hamilton has continued to enchant audiences since it premiered in 2015.
enchanted by
The visitors to the national park were enchanted by the raw beauty of the landscape.

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Friday, December 18, 2020

synonym for decorate

bedeck

verb [ bih-dek ]

bedeck is another word for decorate

To decorate something is to add ornamentation to it or to embellish it in some way. To bedeck something is to go all out with your ornamental efforts, adorning that object (be it a tree, a room, or one’s outfit) to the point of gaudiness. (Why not? We’re all friends here!) Bedeck is not a very common term; the shorter verb deck, as in “We were all decked out for the party,” is more familiar. But when bedeck does make an appearance, it's likely for a special occasion. This glitzy verb might describe a person who is drenched in jewels, an architectural feature festooned with flowers, or a tree absolutely covered with ornaments.

Commonly found as

bedeck oneself
Hoping to outshine the artwork at the museum’s opening, she bedecked herself in diamonds and rubies.
tree bedecked with
The tree in the hotel lobby was bedecked with glittery ornaments and multicolored tinsel—it was impossible to miss!

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Thursday, December 17, 2020

synonym for clean

immaculate

adjective [ ih-mak-yuh-lit ]

immaculate is another word for clean

The adjective immaculate describes things that are spotlessly clean or perfectly neat. It’s the adjective to reach for when clean simply isn’t enough. If you go to a friend’s house and their kitchen (inexplicably) has nary a dishtowel out of place nor speck of dust in view, it might qualify as immaculate. Immaculate is one of a handful of prefixed words in English that is better known than its unadorned counterpart: have you ever heard something described as maculate? The odds are no, but maculate is a perfectly fine and real adjective meaning “spotted; stained.”

Commonly found as

immaculate home
The couple's immaculate home was perfectly appointed down to every last detail and looked like something out of a movie set.
absolutely immaculate
After months of sweatshirts and pajamas, she was dumbstruck when she saw her husband dressed up: his suit was absolutely immaculate.

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Wednesday, December 16, 2020

synonym for avoid

evade

verb [ ih-veyd ]

evade is another word for avoid

To avoid something, like a dangerous or undesirable situation, is to keep clear of it or to prevent it from happening. The verb evade is a bit more cunning. To evade something is to get around it or to get out of it, usually by a degree of trickery or cleverness. This verb is most commonly used to talk about getting out of paying taxes, getting around legal consequences, or getting out of answering a question directly. This term’s earliest uses in English had to do with escaping literal pursuit or attack; while this specific sense has waned, the notion of escaping something undesirable remains a useful differentiator.

Commonly found as

evade taxes
The mayor had hired a crafty accountant to help him evade taxes.
try to evade
The company had been trying to evade responsibility for the oil spill by way of legal loopholes. But it was clear that the disaster was a result of their negligence.

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Tuesday, December 15, 2020

synonym for moving

poignant

adjective [ poin-yuhnt, poi-nuhnt ]

poignant is another word for moving

To call something poignant is to emphasize how deeply affecting or moving it is emotionally. This adjective conveys a sharpness of feeling that the more general adjective moving does not, a distinction that makes sense if you consider the full picture of the word: poignant entered English describing sensations that were painful or distressing and smells that were particularly pungent. Poignant has softened over time. Nowadays when we describe things as poignant we don’t mean they bring distress; we mean they are touching and often bittersweet.

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poignant moment
After the last performance, the cast shared a poignant moment backstage, recalling the antics and struggles from the production's run.
funny and poignant
The movie was both funny and poignant, depicting a realistic love story with all its mishaps and heartaches.

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