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Thursday, May 06, 2021


ordeal is a synonym of trial

noun [ awr-deel, -dee-uhl, awr-deel ]

ordeal is another word for trial

Most commonly, the word trial refers to a legal process wherein a person’s guilt or innocence is determined. But it’s also used more generally to talk about particularly trying or distressing experiences that test one’s patience and resolve—and that’s where the synonym ordeal comes into play. An ordeal is any extremely severe or trying test, experience, or trial—or, more generally an unpleasant experience that one is happy to put behind them! However, the origins of ordeal are closer to the legal sense of trial than you might think. When ordeal entered English, it referred to a primitive form of trial to determine guilt or innocence by subjecting the accused person to fire, poison, or other serious danger, the result being regarded as a divine or preternatural judgment. Though nowadays, ordeal is more likely to be used of a harrowing experience at the DMV.

Commonly found as

whole ordeal
After having spilled a tray of expensive desserts on a VIP customer, the server was dismayed to learn his coworker had caught the whole ordeal on camera.
survive the ordeal
It was astonishing that the hiker, who'd been trapped under an avalanche alone in the Alps, survived the ordeal.

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Wednesday, May 05, 2021


compassionate is a synonym of gentle

adjective [ kuhm-pash-uh-nit ]

compassionate is another word for gentle

Someone who is gentle is kindly or good-natured. When we describe someone as a gentle soul, for instance, we usually mean they display tenderness and temperance in dealings with others. The synonym compassionate is a little more hands-on, or at least it has a powerful urge to be. This adjective describes someone that shows deep sympathy and sorrow for another who is stricken by misfortune, accompanied by a strong desire to alleviate the suffering. The sensitivity and humaneness implied by this adjective put it in sharp contrast with words such as indifferent, apathetic, and uncaring, all of which, when describing people, suggest a coldness or a lack of concern for the well-being of others.

Commonly found as

caring and compassionate
He remembered his grandfather as a caring and compassionate man who would give the shirt off his back in an instant. 
compassionate person
After having gone through some tough times herself, she became a more compassionate person, willing to listen to her friends' worries without judgment.

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Tuesday, May 04, 2021


force is a synonym of power

noun [ fawrs, fohrs ]

force is another word for power

Even outside of the "Star Wars" universe, the difference between the nouns power and force is nuanced. Each term has upward of 15 noun definitions in the dictionary. The most basic distinction is that power is something one possesses (I have the power to open that window), while force is something one exerts (I used force to open that window). But, unencumbering ourselves from the physical realm for a moment, force is especially useful for talking about energy or intensity of an immaterial sort, such as a personality of great force, or about the power to convince, as in the force of a compelling argument. It’s also used to talk about any influence or agency analogous to physical force, such as social forces or political forces. Power, in its immaterial applications, is more suggestive of control and authority.

Commonly found as

great force
The lawyer delivered her closing statement with great force; it undoubtedly had an effect on some of the jurors.
force of nature
When it came to rallying support for a cause he believed in, he was a force of nature—nothing could stop him!

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