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Tuesday, April 06, 2021


tome is a synonym of book

noun [ tohm ]

tome is another word for book

The noun book is a general term for any work of fiction or nonfiction. But when the work in question is something as ponderous and time-consuming as War and Peace or Infinite Jest, the one-size-fits-all term book might feel insufficient. Tome is the synonym you’re looking for. A tome is an especially heavy, large, or learned book. Tome comes by way of Middle French from Latin tomus, meaning “a cut, slide, or bit” or “a piece of length of papyrus.” The Latin term is a borrowing of Greek tómos “a slice.” Tome entered English referring to a volume of a larger work, but nowadays tome is often used in a slightly humorous manner to emphasize the seriousness and importance of a work, especially in contrast to the ease (and possibly enjoyment) offered by more portable page-turners.

Commonly found as

weighty tome
The young man placed a copy of War and Peace in the background on his video call in the hopes that his crush would be impressed by the weighty tome.
tome + history
The professor had gotten great use out of the tome on the history of philosophy, but after retiring she found that it made an effective doorstop.

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Monday, April 05, 2021


lackluster is a synonym of dull

adjective [ lak-luhs-ter ]

lackluster is another word for dull

There’s never a dull moment when it comes to the English language—not even when reviewing the adjective dull. This descriptor is used many different ways; in the example we just gave, dull means boring or uneventful. It can also mean tedious or uninteresting (a dull sermon), listless, not bright (a dull day) not sharp (as in a dull knife). The synonym lackluster has two meanings: lacking brilliance or radiance (lackluster eyes) and lacking liveliness, vitality, spirit, or enthusiasm (a lackluster performance). The earliest instance of lackluster comes courtesy of William Shakespeare in the comedy As You Like It: “And, looking on it with lackluster eye …” In modern usage, lackluster is often used to talk about things that are unimpressive or underwhelming.

Commonly found as

lackluster performance
The theater critic described the lackluster performance as uninspired and not worth the price of admission.
remain lackluster
The company saw a few bright spots early in the year, but overall demand for their products remained lackluster.

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Sunday, April 04, 2021


behold is a synonym of see

verb [ bih-hohld ]

behold is another word for see

The verb see primarily refers to perceiving with the eyes. But it is a very general term with a wide range of uses: for example, when you see who’s at the door, you’re ascertaining or finding out who’s there. When you see the point of an argument, you’re understanding it or perceiving it mentally (not visually). Behold is used to talk about observing something, or giving it your full attention in order to see it completely—often with a degree of awe or appreciation. In this regard, behold is similar to the verb gaze: when you gaze upon something you’re looking at it steadily and intently, as with great curiosity, interest, pleasure, or wonder. Behold has a literary ring to it, and it is commonly used in religious texts. But look! see! Behold often appears as an interjection, especially in lo and behold, meaning “look! see!” a term of surprise frequently used in Biblical expressions.

Commonly found as

a sight to behold
The field of wildflowers in full bloom at the base of the mountain was a sight to behold, especially after such a long winter.
behold the power
After the students' letter-writing campaign proved successful, the teacher exclaimed gleefully, "Behold the power of language!"

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