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Tuesday, October 13, 2020

synonym for irritable

petulant

adjective [ pech-uh-luhnt ]

petulant is another word for irritable

Someone who is irritable is easily annoyed, angered, or provoked. Someone who is petulant is impatient, impulsive, and sulky if they don’t get their way. Sound a little childish? That would be a correct assessment of how this word is used! Petulant suggests immaturity and is often used to describe behavior that is unseemly or surprising considering age or stature.

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like a petulant child
The soccer player would stomp his feet like a petulant child whenever the referees' calls would not go his way.
sound petulant
Upon complaining to the manager about the lack of marshmallows in stock, he was told that he sounded petulant and entitled.

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Monday, October 12, 2020

synonym for aware

cognizant

adjective [ kog-nuh-zuhnt, kon-uh- ]

cognizant is another word for aware

The adjective cognizant implies more understanding, attentiveness, and reasoning than simple sensory awareness. One can be aware of a sound in the distance, but such a state does not necessarily suggest any sort of deliberate recognition or engagement with its occurrence. Cognizant is frequently used in the phrase cognizant of the fact to indicate that a person has incorporated knowledge or understanding of something into their decision-making process.

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cognizant of the fact
He made his decision cognizant of the fact that it would have serious repercussions.
fully cognizant
The hikers were fully cognizant of their surroundings, making sure not to take a false step on the rocky trail.

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Sunday, October 11, 2020

synonym for loyal

steadfast

adjective [ sted-fast, -fahst, -fuhst ]

steadfast is another word for loyal

Loyal and steadfast are words you can rely on. The adjective loyal implies allegiance to a person, organization, cause or idea. Steadfast means literally “fixed in place”—such as an immovable structure. But more often steadfast is used figuratively to indicate undeviating constancy or resolution. A steadfast friend, then, is someone who is “fixed in place” by your side, so to speak, and who will maintain that position come what may.

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steadfast commitment
She was proud of her company for its steadfast commitment to local farmers.
remain steadfast
Throughout all their trials and tribulations, he remained steadfast in his love and devotion.

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Saturday, October 10, 2020

synonym for careful

scrupulous

adjective [ skroo-pyuh-luhs ]

scrupulous is another word for careful

To be careful is to be cautious in one’s actions. To be scrupulous is to be especially attentive to and conscientious about every last detail. Scrupulous comes from the word scruple, which is defined as “a moral or ethical consideration or standard that acts as a restraining force or inhibits certain actions,” and indeed, the adjective also suggests being principled or having moral or ethical standards.

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scrupulous attention to detail
The carpenter paid scrupulous attention to detail when installing the wainscoting because he wanted it to look authentic.
less scrupulous
In the hands of a less scrupulous reporter, the story might have been sensationalized and exploited.

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Friday, October 09, 2020

synonym for totally

utterly

adverb [ uht-er-lee ]

utterly is another word for totally

The adverb utterly likes to exaggerate and embellish, especially when it comes to painting a negative picture. You're likely to find utterly modifying low adjectives such as destroyed, ridiculous, and useless. Totally, on the other hand, prefers to spend its time as a verbal cheerleader: I totally agree; we totally understand!

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utterly useless
They found it was a waste of money and utterly useless to try to fix the old barn, so they built a new one out of what they could salvage.
completely and utterly
The scholar's claims about mental health were completely false and utterly shameful.

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Thursday, October 08, 2020

synonym for subtlety

nuance

noun [ noo-ahns, nyoo-, noo-ahns, nyoo- ]

nuance is another word for subtlety

When referring to slight differences or distinctions, the words subtlety and nuance are very close synonyms! A subtlety is a fine-grain distinction. The word nuance comes from the French word meaning “shade” or “hue,” and is used to discuss slight shades of difference in expression and meaning as well as in color and tone. There is a degree of elusiveness suggested by this term: just as it might be difficult to pinpoint the exact point at which a color in a rainbow changes from one to the next, so the nuances in a person’s tone might be difficult to demarcate or distinguish.

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complexities and nuances
The movie had so many complexities and nuances that she discovered something new every time she watched it.
capture the nuances
The camerawoman tried to capture the nuances of the painter's intricate brushwork so that the mural came alive for the viewers watching from home.

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Wednesday, October 07, 2020

synonym for composed

unflappable

adjective [ uhn-flap-uh-buhl ]

unflappable is another word for composed

Someone who is composed is calm and collected—they have their feelings under control in a given moment. Someone who is unflappable is utterly unshakable or imperturbable, especially in a crisis. Someone with an unflappable demeanor, for instance, is remarkable for their even-keeled conduct and deportment, even when it might seem perfectly reasonable to the rest of us to make a flap!

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unflappable demeanor
She made many difficult and momentous decisions, but the world leader was remembered most for her unflappable demeanor.
seemingly unflappable
The volleyball team was nervous in practice because they will face the seemingly unflappable defending champions next week.

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