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Saturday, March 06, 2021


ornery is a synonym of cranky

adjective [ awr-nuh-ree ]

ornery is another word for cranky

If someone is cranky, they’re ill-tempered or in a bad mood. You might feel cranky, for instance, if you don’t get enough sleep (we relate!). The synonym ornery is even more unpleasant. This adjective emphasizes irritability that borders on meanness. Someone who is described as ornery is highly disagreeable and maybe more than a little stubborn. While both terms can describe temporary states of grouchiness, ornery is more likely to be used of a person (or animal) that is prickly, uncooperative, and cantankerous no matter how much sleep they got.

Commonly found as

downright ornery
The old wizard wasn’t just impolite—he was downright ornery.
ornery creature
The couple concluded that their new cat was the most ornery creature on the planet.

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Friday, March 05, 2021


peruse is a synonym of examine

verb [ puh-rooz ]

peruse is another word for examine

To examine something is to inspect or scrutinize it carefully. If you examine a piece of fruit before buying it, you’re giving it a thorough inspection. As a synonym for examine, peruse means “to survey or examine in detail” or sometimes “to read through with thoroughness or care.” A legally binding document is something you’d want to peruse, or read thoroughly, before signing. Attorneys in a trial will peruse, or examine in detail, evidence. But there’s a confounding twist: peruse is also used to mean “to scan or browse,” a breezy use that contradicts the careful attention to detail implied by its other meanings. Isn't English grand? All meanings are widely used and understood, but some style guides urge against the use of peruse as "to skim."

Commonly found as

carefully peruse
The defense attorneys carefully perused the new evidence introduced by the prosecution.
opportunity to peruse
The investors had not had an opportunity to peruse the financials of the company, and were not ready to enter into a deal.

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Thursday, March 04, 2021


insinuate is a synonym of suggest

verb [ in-sin-yoo-eyt ]

insinuate is another word for suggest

The verbs under discussion today come in handy when you want to say something without actually saying it—if you catch the drift. First, we’ll look at suggest: to suggest something is to bring it before a person’s mind without plain expression: I didn’t tell him to leave, I only suggested it! The synonym insinuate works on a less perceptible level. To insinuate something is to hint at it slyly or to instill or infuse it subtly or artfully, as into the mind. Insinuate connotes a degree of sneakiness or cunning that suggest does not, and it is especially used of ideas or accusations that one would not dare to say directly.

Commonly found as

dare + insinuate
After hearing her colleagues’ disparaging remarks, she turned to them and snapped, “How dare you insinuate that I’m lying!”
insinuate + doubt
The purpose of the misinformation campaign was to insinuate doubt through propaganda.

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