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Synonym of the day

Wednesday, November 10, 2021

synonym for unique

sui generis

adjective [ soo-ahy -jen-er-is, soo-ee ]

sui generis is another word for unique

Both words refer to something that is the only one of its kind. Unique, in this sense (it has several), suggests being the only one in existence or the only example of something: As far as we know, every snowflake is unique. Sui generis is a strong synonym for unique in this example. The translation of this phrase borrowed from Latin is “of its own kind.” Sui generis in a strict sense refers to something that does not fit into any existing category and therefore is its own category (and that category’s sole member). The European Union is said to be a sui generis organization. Sui generis often implies something that, to be dealt with, requires a new rule or approach: a sui generis situation, problem, or species. The term is used in law, biology, and other fields: a sui generis species needs its own genus. In less rigorous contexts, you can say someone has a style that is sui generis without fear of repercussions.

Commonly found as

sui generis + situation
The situation in central Europe is sui generis, so its resolution cannot be used as a precedent by any future geopolitical actors.
describe/seen/treated as sui generis
Her songs are described as sui generis, as no other artist combines genres in the same way.

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Tuesday, November 09, 2021

synonym for rescue

extricate

verb [ ek-stri-keyt ]

extricate is another word for rescue

Both words refer to removing someone from danger or difficulty. Rescue is the more general term. It suggests the saving of a person or thing from harm or death (rescued the cat from the fire), and usually involves physically removing someone from danger and bringing them to safety. Extricate suggests freeing someone who is caught or trapped in a literal or figurative tangle. Not as straightforward as some types of rescue, extrication is often done carefully, with difficulty, or finally (at last). Some of the most frequent objects of extricate are victim, body, and driver, and the context is often a car wreck or a disaster. Extricating a country is also a common challenge—whether from a war or from debt. On the lighter side are the hairy social situations from which we often have to extricate ourselvespolitely, or gracefully.

Commonly found as

extricate + victim
It was a miracle that firefighters managed to extricate the crash victim from the mangled vehicle in time to save his life.
difficult to extricate
Digital technology is so embedded in our lives now, that it would be difficult to extricate ourselves from it, even if we wanted to do so.

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Monday, November 08, 2021

synonym for insult

affront

noun [ uh-fruhnt ]

affront is another word for insult

Both nouns refer to disrespectful or contemptuous words or actions that wound another’s sense of self-worth or pride. Most typically, an insult is a harsh disparaging remark that expresses low regard for someone. Insults are hurled, shouted, or traded like blows. Affront suggests an open show of disrespect towards a person, a group, or a collective value. Your aunt might consider it a personal affront to her that you didn’t let her know you were in the neighborhood, but parked right in front of her house. An affront can offend a specific human attribute (an affront to their dignity or sensibilities), and can be applied to a value (Regulation is an affront to liberty; an affront to democracy or our fundamental rights). Adjectives often paired with affront include serious, blatant, and egregious.

Commonly found as

personal affront
My brother is so egotistical that he considers it a personal affront if my phone beeps while he’s talking.
affront to + sensibilities
Painting the shutters on a colonial house metallic lime green constitutes an affront to the New England town’s more refined sensibilities.

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