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Monday, September 27, 2021

synonym for puzzled


adjective [ non-pluhst ]

nonplussed is another word for puzzled

Both words describe the state of mental confusion and surprise prompted by an encounter with something we don’t understand or can’t make sense of. The familiar adjective puzzled refers to the effect on us of something we don’t understand: She looked puzzled. Nonplussed refers to a greater degree of confusion, combined with surprise, that may render a person temporarily speechless and slightly disoriented: Her sudden about-face on this issue left her supporters nonplussed. It is common for someone to be left nonplussed or be nonplussed to discover, find, or learn something. Typically, someone can be, seem, or look nonplussed, be left nonplussed by something, or wear a nonplussed expression or stare. However, it’s also common for someone to be in this state only momentarily or for a moment.

Commonly found as

nonplussed to discover/find/learn
She was nonplussed to learn that the thesis of her rival’s paper was strikingly similar to her own.
leave nonplussed
The guests were left nonplussed by the sudden announcement that the party was over and everyone should leave the premises immediately.

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Sunday, September 26, 2021

synonym for high


adjective [ lawf-tee, lof- ]

lofty is another word for high

High and lofty refer to something that has considerable height. High is a general term, and refers to extending upward or being at a considerable height: high towers; a high shelf. Lofty refers to imposing or even inspiring height, often in architecture or the natural landscape: lofty cliffs; a lofty spire; at a lofty height. These words also overlap in their figurative senses, so that you can elevate or exalt high ideals and ambitions by making them lofty ones.

Commonly found as

lofty ceilings
The lofty ceilings of the cathedral have the effect of drawing the eyes and spirit upwards.
lofty height
The developers wanted potential investors to see for themselves how from the lofty heights of this parcel of land there were magnificent views of the city and the bay.

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Saturday, September 25, 2021

synonym for bully


verb [ hek-ter ]

hector is another word for bully

The act of hectoring someone has many of the same elements as bullying. Hector refers to relentless harassment or tormenting of people, but it consists almost exclusively of verbal aggression—criticism, accusation, and insult—and doesn’t approach the level of cruelty or vicious abuse suggested by bully. Hector is likely to be paired with verbs such as harass, lecturepreach, nag, and harangue. People who hector don’t necessarily have the power advantage of a bully, but they may assume authority or superiority of a moralizing kind.

Commonly found as

constantly hectored
The workers were constantly hectored by their supervisor for not keeping the line of customers moving, although the real problem was that all restaurants in the chain were understaffed.
hector + harass
Strangers hectored and harassed the disgraced politician wherever she went.

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