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Sunday, November 29, 2020

synonym for instruction

tutelage

noun [ toot-l-ij, tyoot- ]

tutelage is another word for instruction

To be under the tutelage of another is to receive careful guidance and instruction from that person. A promising young violinist might be lucky enough to come under the tutelage of a world-renowned musician, receiving expert training and support in a manner that sets her up for future success. Tutelage comes from Latin tūtēla “guardianship,” and its earliest uses in English referred to the act of guarding or protecting, or to the office or function of a guardian. While the meaning of the term has broadened, it still suggests a degree of watchful protectiveness or personal interest on the part of the teacher or guide.

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under the tutelage
The young musician's talents were nurtured under the tutelage of the celebrated concert pianist.
expert tutelage
He was grateful to have spent the summer learning under the expert tutelage of his mentor.

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Saturday, November 28, 2020

synonym for slow

sluggish

adjective [ sluhg-ish ]

sluggish is another word for slow

The adjective slow describes things characterized by a lack of speed (slow pace) or moving with less than usual speed (slow train). Sluggish, calling to mind everyone’s favorite shell-less gastropod, captures this as well. But sluggish also suggests a lack of activity, as in laziness or lethargy, or stagnant growth as in an industry or economy. You might feel sluggish after a grand feast, for instance. After your meal, perhaps while lounging about and browsing headlines, you might encounter news of sluggish sales in a retail sector or a sluggish economic recovery.

Commonly found as

feel sluggish
He was feeling sluggish after his long nap so he made himself a strong cup of tea.
sluggish economy
The entrepreneur decided against launching a new startup in such a sluggish economy.

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Friday, November 27, 2020

synonym for device

gadget

noun [ gaj-it ]

gadget is another word for device

The noun device often refers to a smartphone or tablet, but if you're looking for more general term for brilliant doohickey or contraption, gadget is an excellent option. A gadget, properly defined, is a mechanical contrivance or device. It is the slightly more dignified cousin of such catchall terms as thingamajig, whatsit, and gizmo. Typically, the noun gadget implies some ingenuity and possible complexity. One might call something a gadget when one does not quite understand how it works but appreciates its utility.

Commonly found as

electronic gadgets
All the major tech companies come out with new electronic gadgets right around the winter holiday season.
gizmos + gadgets
He spent several hours in the garage playing with all his new gizmos and gadgets.

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Thursday, November 26, 2020

synonym for thanks

gratitude

noun [ grat-i-tood, -tyood ]

gratitude is another word for thanks

To give thanks is to express appreciation for something—in other words, to express gratitude. But the noun gratitude goes a little deeper. Gratitude is defined as the quality or feeling of being grateful or thankful. The key difference is one of feeling versus expressing. Gratitude implies a warm or deep appreciation of personal kindness (a feeling). Grateful and thankful are, of course, both wonderful things to be, and fortunately they are not mutually exclusive. Go ahead, give thanks loudly as an expression of your deep gratitude—there's ample room at the table for both!

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gratitude and appreciation
The boss expressed her gratitude and appreciation for each staff member.
sincere gratitude
The family showed their sincere gratitude for everyone's support by writing them personal letters.

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Wednesday, November 25, 2020

synonym for eat

gormandize

verb [ verb gawr-muhn-dahyz ]

gormandize is another word for eat

The verb eat, though tremendously useful, says very little about the manner in which one partakes in a meal. Slowly? Quickly? With gusto? That’s where big, flavorful verbs like gormandize come in handy: to gormandize is to eat greedily or ravenously. Gormandize comes from the noun of the same spelling, which originally skewed negative to refer to excessive eating, but in the 1800s picked up a degree of refinement, suggesting unrestrained enjoyment of fine foods, wines, and the like. When not gobbling up food, gormandize may be found devouring books, knowledge, or gossip.

Commonly found as

gourmandize (without object)
He did not just eat; he gormandized, leaving not a crumb behind.
gourmandize (with object)
Having waiting 5 years for its much-hyped release, she absolutely gormandized the new book.

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Tuesday, November 24, 2020

synonym for peaceful

serene

adjective [ suh-reen ]

serene is another word for peaceful

The adjective serene means calm, peaceful, or tranquil. It is most commonly used to describe people who display a notably unruffled manner, or natural surroundings that are fair and calm. When applied to people, serene suggests dignity, composure, and graciousness. When applied to nature, it suggests mellowness. Unlike peaceful, serene is not used to describe relations, as between nations, or processes, such as transitions of power. In fact, serene, when not describing an individual's expression or demeanor, is more likely to turn up in descriptions of settings where people are scarce!

Commonly found as

face + serene
Despite the commotion around him, his face was serene and he seemed perfectly relaxed.
quiet and serene
She preferred to kayak in the early morning, when the lake was quiet and serene.

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Monday, November 23, 2020

synonym for fearless

intrepid

adjective [ in-trep-id ]

intrepid is another word for fearless

Someone who is intrepid stays their course regardless of obstacles that arise. This bold adjective is a close synonym for fearless, but intrepid suggests a degree more resolve and daring. Adventurers, explorers, and travelers are all commonly described as intrepid; reporters, too, though not scaling mountains and traversing seas, are often described as intrepid, surmounting obstacles of a different variety. The phrase intrepid soul is used to refer to an individual who dares to do something to the surprise, delight, or admiration of others.

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intrepid reporter
The story had career-making potential for whichever intrepid reporter dared to take it on.
a few intrepid + noun
The rancher watched as a few intrepid cows broke from the herd and ran straight up the hill in search of greener pastures.

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