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Tuesday, July 28, 2020

synonym for unique

nonpareil

adjective [ non-puh-rel ]

nonpareil is another word for unique

When something is unique, it is one of a kind. When something is one of a kind because it is truly better than the rest, it is nonpareil. The adjective nonpareil means "having no equal; peerless," and it suggests exceptional quality or skill. A nonpareil singer, for instance, is one so proficient, they stand alone in their class. Nonpareil can also be used as a noun to refer to a person or thing having no equal, and, in the plural, to those colorful sprinkles that top various kinds of sweet treats, making them just a little better than the rest.

Commonly found as

nonpareil  + noun
He was a nonpareil talent who made a lasting impact on how the game was played.
noun + nonpareil
She was regarded as a violinist nonpareil, playing at Carnegie Hall, the Sydney Opera House, and many other famous concert venues in her lifetime.

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Monday, July 27, 2020

synonym for influence

leverage

noun [ lev-er-ij, lee-ver- ]

leverage is another word for influence

The noun influence refers to a type of unofficial power to direct the actions or thoughts of others; it typically implies deference to one's character, ability, or station. The noun leverage also refers to a type of power, but power of a less mysterious nature, usually derived from an advantage. A company that has the advantage of being the only commercial enterprise in a town might have considerable leverage, or power, in its union negotiations. Leverage comes from the word lever, a rigid bar used to move an object by applied force at a certain point. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the word leverage commonly appears in discussion of politics and business.

Commonly found as

use as leverage
The committee decided to use the recent show of public support as leverage to get their plan passed.
political leverage
The company's massive user base gave it political leverage.

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Sunday, July 26, 2020

synonym for easy

facile

adjective [ fas-il ]

facile is another word for easy

Something that is easy is by definition not hard or difficult. When an activity or goal can be carried out or achieved with little difficulty or effort, it may be called facile. A facile victory, for instance, is a victory won handily with minimal exertion. Similarly, someone who is facile with words expresses themself with ease. While these senses of facile connote skillfulness, facile sometimes sports an air of superficiality: facile answers are overly simplistic or trite responses to difficult questions; facile assumptions are things taken for granted that really shouldn't be; and facile arguments are shallow lines of reasoning—all things formed or arrived at a little too easily.

Commonly found as

facile win, facile victory
The team sailed to a facile victory.
facile and glib
The answer he provided was facile and glib, and failed to really address the problem.

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Saturday, July 25, 2020

synonym for understand

fathom

verb [ fath-uhm ]

fathom is another word for understand

When we understand something, we perceive the meaning of it. When we fathom something, the perception goes a little deeper. To fathom something is to penetrate to the truth of it, or plumb its depths. The word gets its depth, so to speak, from the noun sense of fathom, a unit of measurement equivalent to six feet used for gauging depth in water. Consequently, one can fathom (measure the depth of) a body of water, or fathom (attempt to get to the bottom of) a difficult or complicated matter. Such depths may seem profound and hard to comprehend, which is perhaps why fathom is so frequently used when full comprehension feels just out of reach.

Commonly found as

hard to fathom, difficult to fathom
For us down here on Earth, it is difficult to fathom the enormity of the universe.
fathom how
She could not fathom how decades of work fell apart so quickly.

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Friday, July 24, 2020

synonym for idea

notion

noun [ noh-shuhn ]

notion is another word for idea

An idea is a thought or conception, a product of mental activity. A notion is an idea in the most general sense, but the term usually suggests thoughts of more fleeting, vague, or imperfect kind. Whereas an idea can be something fairly worked out or elaborate, perhaps even a plan of action (The student has an idea for how to become an engineer), a notion is more like a whim or impulse—a flurry of thought that hasn't been seriously worked out. Perhaps this half-baked quality explains why notions are so often rejected, challenged, or dismissed! When used in the plural, notions can take on a whole new meaning: small items used in sewing, such as buttons, hooks, and ribbon. 

Commonly found as

reject the notion
He flatly rejects the notion that women are not as good with money as men.
popular notion, preconceived notion
The popular notion that polls accurately predict behavior was proving false.

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Thursday, July 23, 2020

synonym for similar

akin

adjective [ uh-kin ]

akin is another word for similar

Items or ideas that are similar have a likeness or resemblance, especially in a general way. The adjective akin suggests a closer affinity or shared nature. The primary meaning of akin is "related by blood," with the root word kin meaning "family relatives collectively" or "a relative." Akin doesn't always imply familial connection, but it does suggest a sameness of character or properties, as what might result from shared ancestry. Akin often shows up sentences that compare one experience, sensation, or feeling to another stronger or more intense feeling, as in "What he felt was akin to love."

Commonly found as

something akin to
Something akin to vertigo was troubling her.
manner akin to
His loquacious letter to his mother was written in a manner akin to a long-winded monologue.

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Wednesday, July 22, 2020

synonym for nice

cordial

adjective [ kawr-juhl ]

cordial is another word for nice

Without a doubt, nice is a well-liked adjective. So much so, that it's used almost to the point of cliché! When you are looking for something with a little more heart, try cordial. Cordial means courteous and gracious. It comes from the Latin noun cor meaning "heart." Cordial is commonly used to describe social interactions, as greetings and meetings. While it has cooled off a bit since its earliest uses in English, which emphasized a deeply heartfelt sincerity, it still conveys warmth and friendliness. When used to describe relations of a professional nature, it skews more toward the head than the heart, connoting politeness and civility.

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cordial relationship, cordial relations
The two maintained a cordial relationship, despite disagreeing about almost everything.
enjoy cordial
The travelers enjoyed a very cordial welcome in the small town, making it the most memorable stop on their journey.

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