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Thursday, October 22, 2020

synonym for hopeful

sanguine

adjective [ sang-gwin ]

sanguine is another word for hopeful

Someone who is sanguine about an outcome is cheerfully optimistic or confident that things will work out favorably—even if the odds are stacked against them. This term on its own is positive, but sanguine is often used to describe people who have an exceedingly rosy outlook in situations that would seem to call for the opposite. In those cases, sanguine may suggest a degree of naiveté.

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sanguine about
She was feeling sanguine about the grand opening, even though she’d had some planning setbacks earlier in the week.
sanguine view
In the wake of the stock market crash, he took a remarkably sanguine view of the economy’s future.

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Wednesday, October 21, 2020

synonym for skill

dexterity

noun [ dek-ster-i-tee ]

dexterity is another word for skill

The noun skill is a general term for the ability, rooted in one’s knowledge or practice, to do something well. The noun dexterity is more specific: it refers to one’s skill or adroitness in using the hands or body. A person who displays great dexterity is highly coordinated and able to perform a challenging physical activity with precision and ease. Dexterity is also used to refer to cleverness or agility of the mind.

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manual dexterity
After the procedure, the surgeon's manual dexterity was called into question.
require dexterity
The new video game has so many puzzles, it requires tremendous dexterity (and a significant time commitment) to win.

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Tuesday, October 20, 2020

synonym for shun

eschew

verb [ es-choo ]

eschew is another word for shun

To shun something is to take pains to avoid it. To eschew something is to abstain from it or keep away from it. They are very close in meaning, but eschew is more often used to talk about the avoidance of a course of action that is perceived as unwise or detrimental to a specific outcome. The verb shun is more likely to be used to convey aversion or loathing.

Commonly found as

eschew politics
The book was a striking commentary on modern life that somehow managed to eschew politics.
generally eschew
Newly elected leaders generally eschew the use of force in international matters.

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Monday, October 19, 2020

synonym for preference

druthers

noun [ druhth-erz ]

druthers is another word for preference

The informal noun druthers means “one’s own way, choice, or preference,” and it is overwhelmingly used in the conditional, like this: “If I had my druthers, I’d read Synonym of the Day all day long! But alas, I must get back to work.” Fun fact: druthers is the plural of druther, which is an alteration of the phrase would rather.

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have one's druthers
If she had had her druthers, she would have chosen to defend her dissertation earlier.
given one's druthers
Given their druthers, they would have funded the event through donations, but unfortunately, they had to dip into their savings.

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Sunday, October 18, 2020

synonym for obscure

arcane

adjective [ ahr-keyn ]

arcane is another word for obscure

Obscure is used to describe things not widely known or understood, such as an obscure literary reference (a reference that does not land well because nobody gets it). Arcane is used to describe things that are known by very few, perhaps intentionally, such as secret or guarded knowledge. You might hear arcane used to describe knowledge of the metaphysical or occult, or to describe rules or information that is so highly technical, most people don’t bother to learn it.

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arcane rule
During game night, the longtime players were taken aback when the newcomer cited an arcane rule that sealed his victory.
seem + arcane
Although the science behind the project seemed a bit arcane, the manual explained it in detail.

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Saturday, October 17, 2020

synonym for influence

clout

noun [ klout ]

clout is another word for influence

If you have clout, you have strong influence or sway over something. This noun has a long history of being used to describe political influence—and indeed, clout is still most frequently found in discussion of people or entities that are able to drive outcomes in governmental matters. But clout is also used to discuss economic power. You may even find clout used to refer to the influence of a person on social media with oodles of attentive followers.

Commonly found as

clout in
Over the last decade, the former superpower had lost clout in the region.
political clout
The high turnout rate of voters over 65 in the district gives them considerable political clout.

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Friday, October 16, 2020

synonym for meaning

connotation

noun [ kon-uh-tey-shuhn ]

connotation is another word for meaning

When it comes to meanings of words, there’s denotation, which is a word’s explicit or direct meaning, and there’s connotation, a word’s associated or implicit meaning. For example, the word frugal on its surface means (denotes) efficient money management (nothing wrong with that!). The connotation of this word, however, might be stinginess or even avariciousness. As any synonym seeker knows, the connotation of a word varies greatly depending on context!

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negative connotation
In considering names for their baby, the couple ruled out a few terms that in recent years had picked up negative connotations.
carry + connotation
The reporter deleted the word hysterical from her description of the day's events because it carried gendered connotations.

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