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Saturday, November 14, 2020

synonym for thoughtful

pensive

adjective [ pen-siv ]

pensive is another word for thoughtful

The adjective pensive means “dreamily or wistfully thoughtful.” Someone who is in a pensive mood may be given to contemplation or reflection. While thoughtfulness is central to the meaning of pensive, the word itself suggests more feeling than the adjective thoughtful—and it is not used to convey consideration for others in the same way that thoughtful sometimes is. The attention of someone who is pensive is directed inward rather than outward.

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pensive mood
The difficult conversations he’d had earlier in the day put him in a pensive mood.
look pensive
She looked pensive as she leafed through the photo album, reflecting on quality time spent with her family.

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Friday, November 13, 2020

synonym for unclear

ambiguous

adjective [ am-big-yoo-uhs ]

ambiguous is another word for unclear

Something that is unclear is not clear or definite. Another way to describe something unclear is to call it ambiguous; however, true to form, the meaning of ambiguous is not entirely straightforward! Ambiguous sometimes means obscure or indistinct, as in the case of a shape off in the distance, the outline of which is hard to discern. But when describing a statement, act, or attitude—or even a situation or relationship—ambiguous suggests a lack of clarity due to several meanings or possible interpretations.

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morally ambiguous
The movie was driven by morally ambiguous characters who never failed to surprise with the questionable decisions they made.
vague and ambiguous
The headline was vague and ambiguous, suggesting perhaps that something terrible was about to happen, depending how you read it.

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Thursday, November 12, 2020

synonym for overwhelm

inundate

verb [ in-uhn-deyt, -uhn-, in-uhn-deyt ]

inundate is another word for overwhelm

To be overwhelmed by something is to be overcome by it completely in mind or feeling. A person might be overwhelmed with emotion on a momentous day. The verb inundate, while defined as “to overwhelm,” is used slightly differently. The primary meaning of inundate is “to flood” or “to cover or overspread with water.” Even when inundate is used in a context firmly planted on dry ground, the suggestion of a deluge, at least a figurative one as represented by great numbers of something, remains. For instance, if a columnist is inundated with letters from angry readers, he or she is swimming in negative feedback.

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inundate with
After the reporter went on the radio to ask for tips for a story, he was inundated with calls.
constantly inundated
In the weeks leading up to the election, the voter felt like she was constantly inundated with political emails and advertisements.

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Wednesday, November 11, 2020

synonym for respect

esteem

noun [ ih-steem ]

esteem is another word for respect

Respect is a sense of the worth or excellence of a person or of a personal quality. Esteem refers to a favorable opinion or judgment, as of a person. Whereas respect can suggest courtesy out of a sense of duty or propriety, the slightly warmer esteem usually implies deference rooted in admiration or tinged with affection. While you’re likely to hear the noun respect used with the verb have, as in “I have great respect for him,” esteem is more likely to be held: “I hold her in high esteem.”

Commonly found as

hold in high esteem
After a successful negotiation, the diplomats held the new prime minister in high esteem.
gain the esteem
Acutely aware of her newcomer status, she did everything she could to gain the esteem of the locals.

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Tuesday, November 10, 2020

synonym for brief

concise

adjective [ kuhn-sahys ]

concise is another word for brief

Something that is concise, as a summary or even a definition, covers much in few words. This term suggests great efficiency of expression. A brief statement is short, but might lack key information. A concise statement ticks both boxes: it’s short and comprehensive, covering essential information in a focused and effective manner. Of course, accomplishing both is no small task, which explains why we find concise next to such glowing adverbs as admirably, wonderfully, and impressively.

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clear and concise
The editor's comments were always clear and concise, which helped the writers improve their articles significantly.
concise summary
The journalist offered a concise summary of the debacle on Twitter.

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Monday, November 09, 2020

synonym for loud

vociferous

adjective [ voh-sif-er-uhs ]

vociferous is another word for loud

When someone is described as vociferous, it means they are forcefully outspoken or vehemently insistent on something. This adjective is not used to describe sounds in the same way loud is—you probably won't hear vociferous used to describe a blaring quartet of trombones. But you might hear it used to describe a boisterous and noisy crowd, with vociferous in this context suggesting discord or clamor.

Commonly found as

vociferous critic
Much to the author's chagrin, the book reviewer with the largest following was also his most vociferous critic.
increasingly vociferous
The shareholders' calls for new management were becoming increasingly vociferous.

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Sunday, November 08, 2020

synonym for tolerate

abide

verb [ uh-bahyd ]

abide is another word for tolerate

Abide has many meanings; it comes closest to the word tolerate when used to mean “to put up with,” a sense that most often appears in negative constructions. For instance, you might not be able or willing to abide, or put up with, dishonesty. (Wise!) Abide often appears before by, as in “She refused to abide by their rules.” Here, abide takes on a slightly different meaning of “to submit to” or “to agree to.”

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could not abide
She took a public stand against the controversial practices, stating that she could not abide such cruelty.
abide the thought
He simply could not abide the thought of his pets scared and alone during the storm, so he rushed home.

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