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Monday, August 30, 2021

synonym for stubborn

obstinate

adjective [ ob-stuh-nit ]

obstinate is another word for stubborn

Stubborn and obstinate imply resistance to advice, objection, pleading, or force. Both words are frequently found paired with refusal and resistance (obstinate resistance to change), and stubborn people can be as frustratingly unyielding as obstinate people. At the same time, the word stubborn might convey admirable qualities such as perseverance and determination, whereas obstinate can carry more negative connotations of a harmful rigidity, arrogance, or perversity. The obstinate are more likely to dig in their heels on the wrong side of an issue (obstinate refusal to admit his error). Typical adverbs used to characterize obstinate include incorrigibly and arrogantly.

Commonly found as

obstinate refusal
The top scientist was so sought after that the university put up with her obstinate refusal to sign a contract with a non-compete clause.
remain obstinate
Even after his heart attack, my uncle remained obstinate, continuing to work 16 hours a day and dine on fast food against the advice of his doctor.

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Sunday, August 29, 2021

synonym for resident

denizen

noun [ den-uh-zuhn ]

denizen is another word for resident

A resident is someone who lives in a specified place (a resident of Oklahoma, an apartment that accommodates three residents). Outside of legal and other official contexts, denizen is a strong synonym for resident (a denizen of Jersey City), but its range of reference stretches to non-human inhabitants (denizens of the deep, a denizen of planet Zork) and places that are not ordinarily considered residences (internet denizens, a denizen of the underworld (mythical or criminal)). Another definition of denizen is a person who regularly frequents or hangs out at a place (denizens of the local bar), and it’s not always clear, in phrases like “denizen of the lunatic fringe,” which of these definitions is intended. The common thread is that denizens either live or are very much at home in these “places.”

Commonly found as

internet denizen
We share a street address with our son and daughter, but truth be told they are internet denizens, emerging occasionally for a snack.
denizen of the city
It was impossible to photograph the architecture of New York without also capturing the denizens of the city.

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Saturday, August 28, 2021

synonym for scold

upbraid

verb [ uhp-breyd ]

upbraid is another word for scold

Scold and upbraid both refer to criticizing or reprimanding someone for something they’ve done that you disapprove of. Scold is the more everyday word, in terms of both frequency of use and the typical use cases: Children are scolded by parents and teachers. A grumpy shopper might scold a cashier for giving him the wrong change. Scolding is done in anger or irritation, but it’s not severe and can be done teasingly or good-naturedly. Upbraid is a more formal word and is used for a more severe telling off, appropriate for a more serious offense. It’s often modified by adverbs like sternly and indignantly. It also is more likely to be public and directed toward a group than scold, as with letters to the editor upbraiding city officials. However, being upbraided by one’s own conscience is not uncommon.

Commonly found as

conscience + upbraid
He lay awake in bed, his conscience upbraiding him for abandoning his friend.
sternly upbraid
Our unit was summoned and then sternly upbraided by the chief superintendent himself, who said we had tarnished the reputation of the entire force.

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