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Sunday, April 18, 2021


tantamount is a synonym of equivalent

adjective [ tan-tuh-mount ]

tantamount is another word for equivalent

The adjectives equivalent and tantamount imply a correspondence between two or more things. Equivalent is the more general term, and it has a wider application. You might encounter it used in the context of quantities or measurements; in a recipe, for instance, if you substitute one ingredient for another, you might use an equivalent amount of the substitute. Tantamount is a far less common word, and it is used to talk about immaterial things that are equivalent in value, force, effect, or signification. The correspondence implied by tantamount is a little looser and open to interpretation—and this descriptor is almost always used with the preposition to, as in, His angry speech was tantamount to a declaration of war.

Commonly found as

tantamount to torture
Hoping to make clear just how unhappy he was with the dietary restrictions his doctor recommended, the patient complained that eliminating sugar was tantamount to torture.
consider + tantamount
The teenager's parents considered her refusal to answer their questions tantamount to an admission of guilt.

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Saturday, April 17, 2021


scrawl is a synonym of write

verb [ skrawl ]

scrawl is another word for write

There are many ways to write. You can do so meticulously with elegant, precise penmanship, or you can scrawl—which is pretty much the opposite. The verb scrawl is defined as “to write awkwardly, carelessly, or illegibly.” If you hastily scrawl your name across a blackboard, you are writing it in a sprawling, awkward manner. The origin of this word is uncertain, but it may have been influenced by an earlier use of scrawl to mean “to scramble or crawl.” The hurried disorderliness inherent in scramble, which shares the first three letters with scrawl, is indeed what sets scrawl apart from other more measured synonyms for write, such as draft, compose, and pen.

Commonly found as

scrawl note(s)
Her father had scrawled notes in the margins of his guidebooks in hopes that she would later read them and visit the places he had enjoyed so much. 
hastily scrawl
The anonymous informant hastily scrawled his message on the back of a napkin, and slipped it into the pocket of the detective.

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Friday, April 16, 2021


moniker is a synonym of nickname

noun [ mon-i-ker ]

moniker is another word for nickname

A nickname is a name added to or substituted for the proper name of a person or place—it may be given out of affection, ridicule, or familiarity: She was such a fast runner, her friends on the playground gave her the nickname Flash. Nicknames can also be familiar (usually shortened) forms of a proper name, as Jim for James or Peg for Margaret. A moniker is a name, especially a nickname or alias. Unlike a nickname, a moniker is sometimes self-selected for a particular purpose: The lounge singer chose to perform under the moniker Lizard Lou; he felt his real name, Steven, didn’t fit the persona. Moniker is sometimes spelled monicker, but the former is far more prevalent and far less likely to raise the eyebrow (or ire) of a proofreader.

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under the moniker
The insomniac musician from Washington released an album under the moniker Sleepless in Seattle.
catchy moniker
Having just purchased beautiful new skates, she was one step closer to roller-derby fame; now all she needed was a catchy moniker like Skate Winslet.

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