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Saturday, June 26, 2021

plethora

plethora is a synonym of excess

noun [ pleth-er-uh ]

plethora is another word for excess

Today’s featured words are more than enough. If you have an excess of something, you have an extreme amount or a superabundance of that thing: He had an excess of energy, so he went for a 10-mile run. This is a noun use of the word, but excess is also used as an adjective to mean “extra”: to shed excess weight. The noun plethora refers to an overabundance of something: The student was bombarded with a plethora of information from the admissions office after inquiring about the college. The surfeit implied by plethora is not as extreme as excess (note the distinction between a superabundance and an overabundance), which is perhaps why plethora is increasingly used to refer to a very large amount of something in a neutral or even favorable way; however, this usage is frowned on by some stylists.

Commonly found as

a veritable plethora
The season finale featured a veritable plethora of cameos, but there was no storyline tying them all together.
plethora of options
He was overwhelmed by the plethora of options for car insurance, so he decided to go with the company whose name he liked best.

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Friday, June 25, 2021

panache

panache is a synonym of flair

noun [ puh-nash, -nahsh ]

panache is another word for flair

Both flair and panache can be used to refer to a quality of distinctive stylishness that makes something interesting or attractive. It’s common to say that someone does something (dresses or cooks, for example) with flair or with panache, or even with flair and panache. And we’re often told what ingredient or item will add flair or panache (or both) to a room, an outfit, or a dish. These nouns are interchangeable to a point, but their differences should not be ignored, as often happens. Panache is a manner of doing something with flamboyant confidence, vigor, and energy, as well as style or skill. Panache also has a wider range of application than flair—someone can play a sport, direct films, or lead an organization with panache.

Commonly found as

add panache
An extravagant feather boa will add panache to your evening attire.
deliver with panache
The dashing young actor delivered his lines with such panache, the audience barely noticed how uninspired the writing was.

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Thursday, June 24, 2021

antiquated

antiquated is a synonym of old-fashioned

adjective [ an-ti-kwey-tid ]

antiquated is another word for old-fashioned

Old-fashioned and antiquated both refer to something dating from the past. Old-fashioned usually applies to the appearance or manner of something, either disparaging it as being out of date (an old-fashioned hat) or approving it as being superior to the present day (good old-fashioned courtesy) or possessing charm (old-fashioned barber shop). Antiquated can be used to simply mean very old or from another age, as an antiquated building, but it most often connotes something too old to be useful, functional, or relevant, as antiquated systems and antiquated laws. Something antiquated is usually a problem because it doesn’t meet present-day needs. These days our devices are at risk of becoming antiquated technology in just a few years.

Commonly found as

antiquated system(s)
The antiquated system used to control the movement of the city’s subway trains was not designed to handle anywhere near this number of passengers.
antiquated law(s)
Many cities and states have some absurdly antiquated laws that are still on the books but never enforced.

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