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Tuesday, July 14, 2020

synonym for difficult

onerous

[ on-er-uhs, oh-ner- ]

onerous is another word for difficult

When a task or duty is so difficult to perform that doing so feels like a burden, it may be best described as onerous. Onerous comes from the Latin word for "burden," onus, which is used in English with the same meaning. A burden is something that is oppressively heavy, and indeed, when we use the word onerous, we evoke the idea of heaviness: an onerous undertaking is one so riddled or "heavy" with hardships it is difficult to bear. Onerous is also used to describe agreements, contracts, or guidelines that are so bogged down with legal obligations or restrictions, the intended benefits or advantages are outweighed.

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onerous task
Recounting all of the votes by hand was an onerous task.
impose onerous
The commissioners imposed particularly onerous restrictions on new residents of the town seeking to make home improvements.

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Monday, July 13, 2020

synonym for knowledge

erudition

noun [ er-yoo-dish-uh n, er-oo- ]

erudition is another word for knowledge

There are many types of knowledge, and erudition is one of them. Erudition is a thorough, formal, and profound sort of knowledge obtained by extensive research. The term is often used to discuss knowledge in fields other than those of mathematics and the physical sciences—so you're more likely to encounter it in discussion of philosophy or literature than in discussion of biology. Erudition is not a high-frequency word in English, but when it is used, it's likely to be in a context of glowing appreciation, as something that inspires respect or awe.

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wit and erudition
The author was known for her wit and erudition; her writing was comprehensive, insightful, and an overall delight to read.
vast erudition
The inventor was a man of vast erudition and creativity.

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Sunday, July 12, 2020

synonym for significant

consequential

adjective [ kon-si-kwen-shuh l ]

consequential is another word for significant

To call something consequential is to say that it's significant or important, with special attention to the consequences, or effects and outcomes, it brings. The primary meaning of consequential is "following as an effect, result, or outcome." The term ultimately comes from the Latin verb sequī meaning "to follow," which is also the source of the word sequence. A consequential decision is one that will significantly shape what follows. An event that is politically consequential is one that might alter the course of politics in some significant way, and something that proves consequential is revealed over time to have been an important or determining factor in the course of events.

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consequential decision
The most consequential decision of her life was to move to New York, where career opportunities were abundant and she met lifelong friends.
prove consequential
The flight delay would prove highly consequential to his future because he would not arrive to the job interview on time.

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Saturday, July 11, 2020

synonym for ensure

secure

verb [ si-kyoor ]

secure is another word for ensure

To ensure something is to guarantee or make certain that it will happen. For instance, someone heading to a job interview might leave their house an hour early to ensure that they arrive on time. The verb secure is used with a very similar meaning, but often implies bringing something about, or getting ahold of something. A critically acclaimed book might secure an author's reputation, or an impressive play in a championship game might secure a victory. Additionally, secure is often used to talk about safety, both as a verb and an adjective, e.g. "The townspeople used sandbags to secure the town during the flood; as a result they all felt more secure."

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secure a future, secure a place
The shoppers arrived the night before the store's grand opening to secure their place in line.
efforts to secure
The nonprofit had to increase their efforts to secure funding from their donors for the project before they could hire personnel to get it up and running.

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Friday, July 10, 2020

synonym for problem

dilemma

noun [ dih-lem-uh ]

dilemma is another word for problem

A dilemma is a special type of problem that requires a choice between two equally undesirable alternatives. When faced with a dilemma, we struggle to decide the best course of action. Dilemma comes from the Greek noun dílēmma, meaning "double proposition." In addition to being faced with a dilemma, one can be in a dilemma, or, more precariously, on the horns of a dilemma, meaning that even if you are able to avoid one horn (or choice), you may end up impaled by the other. While we don't often hear of people being trapped by dilemma, we do hear of people being trapped between a rock and a hard place (quite the dilemma!), and the theme of captivity turns up in prisoner's dilemma, a term that is used to talk about the tensions and trade-offs of individuals making decisions in their own self-interest versus for the good of a group.

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face a dilemma
The historian faced the dilemma of including the original text in her book, which some readers might not understand, or editing it for modern usage and losing some of the intended nuances.
ethical dilemma, moral dilemma
Whether or not to go through with predictive genetic testing is an ethical dilemma that many parents face.

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Thursday, July 09, 2020

synonym for interesting

compelling

adjective [ kuh m-pel-ing ]

compelling is another word for interesting

Interesting is one of those familiar adjectives that we reach for so often, it verges on filler. Compelling is a more intense form of interesting that can bring your meaning into focus. When something is compelling, in the sense of having a powerful and irresistible effect, it commands our attention. The adjective comes from the verb compel, which means "to force or drive, especially to a course of action." Compelling cases or compelling arguments force us to consider them. Art can be visually compelling, drawing us in and capturing our attention. Similarly, good books are often described as compelling if we cannot put them down.

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compelling story, compelling reason
Her triumph over the adversity of growing up in an underprivileged neighborhood was an incredibly compelling story.
clear and compelling
The prosecutor presented the case in a clear and compelling manner.

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Wednesday, July 08, 2020

synonym for good

favorable

adjective [ fey-ver-uh-buh l, feyv-ruh- ]

favorable is another word for good

Good is a handy catch-all for describing things in a positive light, but it's not very specific. For moments when you want to convey that something bodes well, enjoys approval or support, or, especially, affords an advantage or convenience, try favorable. Weather conditions are often described as favorable when they are conducive to a specific purpose or activity. Attitudes and opinions are often described as favorable when they support a specific position, idea, or person, as in favorable views of environmental initiatives or a favorable opinion of a political candidate.

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favorable conditions
The expert team of scientists and engineers postponed the mission until the weather report offered more favorable conditions for launch.
create favorable, produce favorable
Educators are always talking about creating a more favorable environment for learning by improving the classroom resources and increasing safety measures for students.

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