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Wednesday, July 21, 2021


stymie is a synonym of impede

verb [ stahy-mee ]

stymie is another word for impede

To impede is to make difficult the movement or progress of something, such as an investigation, by interfering with its proper functioning. To stymie is to hinder, block, or thwart something or someone. The vexing nature of the word comes into greater focus when we look at its origins: Before people and projects were being stymied in boardrooms and halls of government, golfers were being stymied on the putting green. A stymie, used as a noun, is an instance of a ball’s lying on a direct line between the cup and the ball of an opponent about to putt. It didn’t take long before English speakers were using the term as a verb to talk about this irksome scenario, and the figurative extension (how the word is most commonly used today) emerged shortly after.

Commonly found as

stymie + effort(s)
The roommates set out to find their lost cat, but the stormy weather stymied their search efforts.
stymied by a lack
The city planner drafted a comprehensive plan to make the downtown more bike-friendly, but he was stymied by a lack of funding.

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Tuesday, July 20, 2021


chic is a synonym of fashionable

adjective [ sheek ]

chic is another word for fashionable

Someone who is fashionable is observant or conforming to the prevailing custom of dress. This adjective is generally positive, though it may not be a glowing compliment to be called fashionable if the person using the term finds the fashion of the day unappealing. The adjective chic also means “stylish,” but it skews more complimentary, suggesting attractiveness and sophistication. Chic is used of individuals and their dress, but also of places, such as restaurants, hotels, and boutiques, that exude sophistication and style with their décor. The descriptor shabby chic is used of a cottage-inspired interior design style that is marked by a worn-in, vintage look, even if most of the décor is brand new.

Commonly found as

effortlessly chic
The fashion designer always looked effortlessly chic in her oversized sunglasses and relaxed but impeccably paired basics.
chic restaurant
He was surprised to come back to his hometown and find the street where his school used to be lined with chic restaurants and designer boutiques.

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Monday, July 19, 2021


parry is a synonym of dodge

[ par-ee ]

parry is another word for dodge

Parry and dodge refer to moving quickly or cleverly to avoid a physical blow, a verbal attack, or some other aggression or demand. To dodge a blow is to avoid being struck by moving out of the way or behind something. To parry a thrust in fencing is to meet it with a deflecting move and, ideally, open a space for one’s counterattack. These two maneuvers, when transferred to more figurative contexts, have contrasting connotations. Long before the term draft dodger was coined, dodging was often associated with the shifty, evasive side of cleverness. Dodging the question in verbal exchanges, as politicians often do, is effective but not necessarily admirable. To parry a question or parry criticism is not to avoid it, but to skillfully fend it off while turning it to one’s advantage.

Commonly found as

parry a question
As a Supreme Court nominee, she excelled in parrying questions by displaying her command of legal precedent without revealing her opinion on a specific issue.
parry the thrust
At the end of the roast, the actor was able to parry every thrust that had been aimed at him by a series of comedians, except a particularly cruel joke about an ex.

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