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Saturday, November 14, 2020


pensive is a synonym of thoughtful

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


ambiguous is a synonym of unclear

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.

Commonly found as

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


inundate is a synonym of overwhelm

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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