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paltry is a synonym of small

adjective [ pawl-tree ]

paltry is another word for small

Small is a fairly neutral word to describe an amount that is not large. To let someone know how you really feel about such an amount, you could qualify small with “ridiculously” or “insultingly”—or you could capture all that information in one word, namely, paltry, which suggests a very small, insignificant, or inadequate amount. By far the most frequent application of paltry is monetary: a paltry sum, amount, or salary, although there might be paltry attendance at a poorly publicized event, or, if you have nothing better to complain about, a paltry serving of caviar. The paltriness of something often emerges comparatively: The other late night show had a comparatively paltry 89,000 viewers for its holiday special.

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paltry compared with
The budget Mother’s Day bouquet I bought seemed paltry compared with the overflowing gift basket from my brother.
paltry sum
The paltry sum workers receive for their yearly bonus doesn’t exactly boost the holiday spirit around here.

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renowned is a synonym of famous

adjective [ ri-nound ]

renowned is another word for famous

Both words describe a person or thing widely known and (usually) admired. Famous can be applied to anything widely known or “heard of” by many: it most frequently describes actors, artists, and writers and other popular figures. Famous can sound a little shallow and incongruous when used to describe people known and admired for serious accomplishments or contributions. This creates an opening for renowned, which suggests being held in high esteem and celebrated by many, and is usually used for what could be considered more serious accomplishments. You’ll find it used of actors, artists, and writers, but also of experts, architects, professors, economists—and other professions whose expertise is not given a great deal of notice in popular or mass culture.

Commonly found as

internationally renowned
She looked through the book of photographs by an internationally renowned fashion photographer, and couldn’t see anything special about them.
renowned expert
I am pleased to welcome to the podium a renowned expert in designing spacecraft and the robotic vehicles that explore other planets.

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thwart is a synonym of prevent

verb [ thwawrt ]

thwart is another word for prevent

Both verbs refer to keeping something from happening. Prevent, the more neutral of the two, suggests keeping something from even starting, or employing measures in advance to do so: prevent forest fires. Thwart, which comes from the Old Norse word meaning “across” or “traverse,” suggests a more dramatic interruption of something in process—especially someone’s efforts or plans—before it can reach its goal: thwarted the plot; thwart an alien invasion.

Commonly found as

thwart + attempt
Our attempt to board the ship unseen was thwarted by an overly conscientious passenger who noticed we weren’t wearing name tags.
thwart + attack
We need to be constantly improving the vulnerability assessment software that helps thwart cyber attacks.

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