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Thursday, October 08, 2020


nuance is a synonym of subtlety

noun [ noo-ahns, nyoo-, noo-ahns, nyoo- ]

nuance is another word for subtlety

When referring to slight differences or distinctions, the words subtlety and nuance are very close synonyms! A subtlety is a fine-grain distinction. The word nuance comes from the French word meaning “shade” or “hue,” and is used to discuss slight shades of difference in expression and meaning as well as in color and tone. There is a degree of elusiveness suggested by this term: just as it might be difficult to pinpoint the exact point at which a color in a rainbow changes from one to the next, so the nuances in a person’s tone might be difficult to demarcate or distinguish.

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complexities and nuances
The movie had so many complexities and nuances that she discovered something new every time she watched it.
capture the nuances
The camerawoman tried to capture the nuances of the painter's intricate brushwork so that the mural came alive for the viewers watching from home.

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Wednesday, October 07, 2020


unflappable is a synonym of composed

adjective [ uhn-flap-uh-buhl ]

unflappable is another word for composed

Someone who is composed is calm and collected—they have their feelings under control in a given moment. Someone who is unflappable is utterly unshakable or imperturbable, especially in a crisis. Someone with an unflappable demeanor, for instance, is remarkable for their even-keeled conduct and deportment, even when it might seem perfectly reasonable to the rest of us to make a flap!

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unflappable demeanor
She made many difficult and momentous decisions, but the world leader was remembered most for her unflappable demeanor.
seemingly unflappable
The volleyball team was nervous in practice because they will face the seemingly unflappable defending champions next week.

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Tuesday, October 06, 2020


augur is a synonym of predict

verb [ aw-ger ]

augur is another word for predict

To predict something is foretell it, often but not always with precision of calculation, knowledge, or shrewd inference from facts or experience. To augur something is to divine or predict it, as from omens. Augur also means to bode, as in the case of a consumer trend that augurs well for a company. Augur is easy enough to find in contemporary writing and speech, but it is rooted in ancient mysteries: the noun augur, which predates the verb in English, refers to one of a group of Roman officials charged with observing and interpreting omens for guidance in public affairs.

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augur well
The wave of closures in the tech sector did not augur well for the economy.
augur + future
Intentional or not, the series had an uncanny knack for auguring the future.

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