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Friday, November 26, 2021


paraphernalia is a synonym of stuff

noun [ par-uh-fer-neyl-yuh, -fuh-neyl- ]

paraphernalia is another word for stuff

Stuff has over a dozen dictionary definitions for the noun form alone. The sense of “personal belongings” (all his stuff) is the focus here. If the stuff in question is composed of things used for a particular purpose (drug paraphernalia; sewing paraphernalia), or of memorabilia and other themed items (Grateful Dead paraphernalia), paraphernalia is a strong synonym. But there is another, much less common sense of paraphernalia that means “personal belongings.” Historically, paraphernalia was women’s stuff: as a legal term it meant things a woman owned that were not included in her dowry and therefore not her husband’s property—usually clothing and personal items. So paraphernalia could be an interesting synonym for stuff (a purse jammed with her paraphernalia) if its predominant association with illegal drug use doesn’t interfere with the intended meaning.

Commonly found as

baby paraphernalia
The baby went everywhere with her, as did the bag of baby paraphernalia.
various paraphernalia
She became so fed up with the mess that she swept the various paraphernalia littering her desk into the trash can without a second thought.

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Thursday, November 25, 2021


ambrosial is a synonym of delicious

adjective [ am-broh-zhuhl ]

ambrosial is another word for delicious

There’s no consensus on what ingredients belong in ambrosia salad, the traditional Thanksgiving treat—or on whether it actually is a treat—but we’re certain that the word ambrosia comes from a Greek word for the food (or drink or anointing oil) of the gods, which was believed to confer immortality. The English adjective, ambrosial, describes something unusually delicious or fragrant—heavenly, you could say. Ambrosial food, wine, nectar, tea, and scent are some of its most frequent uses. With the adjective ambrosial, you can turn a cocktail into an elixir of youth.

Commonly found as

ambrosial food
We will miss the restaurant’s ambrosial food, that little taste of heaven that has been served up every night for the last fifteen years.
ambrosial scent
She breathed in the ambrosial scent of peaches that was drifting in through the window.

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Wednesday, November 24, 2021


uncanny is a synonym of strange

adjective [ uhn-kan-ee ]

uncanny is another word for strange

Both words suggest something distinctly out of the ordinary that excites fear or curiosity. Strange is the more common, broader term with a number of dictionary definitions. It can refer to something unfamiliar (strange faces) or a subjective state (felt strange), but the sense pertinent here refers to something that is unusual, odd, or extraordinary: strange sounds; strange behavior. Strange often implies causing uneasiness or fear, but the effects of uncanny can be downright eerie. Something uncanny is out of the ordinary but also hard to believe or account for, so that it sometimes evokes the supernatural: uncanny intuition; an uncanny ability to know what I’m thinking. Resemblances are one of uncanny’s most frequent uses in addition to uncanny similarities and uncanny impersonations.

Commonly found as

uncanny resemblance
It was hard to ignore the uncanny resemblance between the stranger at our door and the mysterious portrait we kept in the attic.
uncanny ability
He has the uncanny ability to knock on the door right when we’re sitting down to a meal.

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