Synonym of the day

Synonym of the day


subterfuge is a synonym of deception

noun [ suhb-ter-fyooj ]

subterfuge is another word for deception

Both words refer to the act of misleading, tricking, or deceiving someone, usually for one’s own advantage or gain. Deception is the broader term, covering all ways of misleading people, from false appearances to lies: deception in advertising. Subterfuge is a category of deception that involves the use of cunning tricks or stratagems in order to get away with something. Subterfuge emphasizes the tricks themselves, particularly tricks that (like a smoke screen) hide or disguise what is actually going on: Going out would require subterfuge, so I set my music player to start one hour after I’d slipped out through my bedroom window. Politics, not espionage, is by far the most frequent context for subterfuge.

Commonly found as

use subterfuge
The Allied Forces used subterfuge on a vast scale, including the creation of fake armies, to hide their plans to invade Normandy from the Germans.
political subterfuge
The senator telling the president that he had the votes was mere political subterfuge.

See all synonyms for deception

Word of the Day
Double up on your daily dose of learning with a new word from our sister site.
See Today's Word
Synonym of the Day Calendar

Synonym of the day


paroxysm is a synonym of fit

noun [ par-uhk-siz-uhm, puh-rok‐ ]

paroxysm is another word for fit

Both words can refer to a sudden spell of heightened emotion or activity, which for both words is an extension of a medical definition for a sudden attack or intensification of a disease. Paroxysm conveys a violent, serious spell of emotion or activity more consistently than fit, but both words are used of strong emotions: a fit of rage; paroxysms of anger, rage, laughter, grief. Fit can also be applied (without facetiousness) to the onset of less acute, intense states: a fit of inactivity; a fit of nostalgia. When eruptions of emotion and activity are attributed to whole populations or geopolitical entities, paroxysm is much more likely to be used: global paroxysms; a paroxysm of nationalism.

Commonly found as

paroxysm of violence
The paroxysms of violence breaking out in towns and cities across the nation would eventually become full-on civil war.
erupt in a paroxysm of
Halfway through a very serious play, my spouse erupted in a paroxysm of laughter and had to leave the theater.

See all synonyms for fit

Synonym of the Day Calendar

Synonym of the day


gaudy is a synonym of flashy

adjective [ gaw-dee ]

gaudy is another word for flashy

Flashy and gaudy describe things that are conspicuously showy and intended to attract attention and impress. Flashy suggests a person’s blatant, glitzy display of wealth (real or apparent): flashy cars; flashy clothes. Gaudy is less about personal lifestyle and consumption and more about taste and aesthetics. Gaudy suggests excessively bright colors and ornamentation, often tasteless or cheap: gaudy Christmas lights; gaudy gold ring; gaudy colors; gaudy costume.

Commonly found as

gaudy gold
Everyone made so much fun of the gaudy gold frame on the huge antique mirror I brought home that I was too embarrassed to admit I loved it, and let them paint over it with a more subdued color.
gaudy + tacky
They’d read about how the bright lights of the big city shone on the beach, but now that they were actually there, it all looked gaudy and tacky to them.

See all synonyms for flashy

Synonym of the Day Calendar
Synonym of the Day Calendar