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Friday, October 09, 2020

synonym for totally

utterly

adverb [ uht-er-lee ]

utterly is another word for totally

The adverb utterly likes to exaggerate and embellish, especially when it comes to painting a negative picture. You're likely to find utterly modifying low adjectives such as destroyed, ridiculous, and useless. Totally, on the other hand, prefers to spend its time as a verbal cheerleader: I totally agree; we totally understand!

Commonly found as

utterly useless
They found it was a waste of money and utterly useless to try to fix the old barn, so they built a new one out of what they could salvage.
completely and utterly
The scholar's claims about mental health were completely false and utterly shameful.

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Thursday, October 08, 2020

synonym for subtlety

nuance

noun [ noo-ahns, nyoo-, noo-ahns, nyoo- ]

nuance is another word for subtlety

When referring to slight differences or distinctions, the words subtlety and nuance are very close synonyms! A subtlety is a fine-grain distinction. The word nuance comes from the French word meaning “shade” or “hue,” and is used to discuss slight shades of difference in expression and meaning as well as in color and tone. There is a degree of elusiveness suggested by this term: just as it might be difficult to pinpoint the exact point at which a color in a rainbow changes from one to the next, so the nuances in a person’s tone might be difficult to demarcate or distinguish.

Commonly found as

complexities and nuances
The movie had so many complexities and nuances that she discovered something new every time she watched it.
capture the nuances
The camerawoman tried to capture the nuances of the painter's intricate brushwork so that the mural came alive for the viewers watching from home.

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Wednesday, October 07, 2020

synonym for composed

unflappable

adjective [ uhn-flap-uh-buhl ]

unflappable is another word for composed

Someone who is composed is calm and collected—they have their feelings under control in a given moment. Someone who is unflappable is utterly unshakable or imperturbable, especially in a crisis. Someone with an unflappable demeanor, for instance, is remarkable for their even-keeled conduct and deportment, even when it might seem perfectly reasonable to the rest of us to make a flap!

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unflappable demeanor
She made many difficult and momentous decisions, but the world leader was remembered most for her unflappable demeanor.
seemingly unflappable
The volleyball team was nervous in practice because they will face the seemingly unflappable defending champions next week.

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Tuesday, October 06, 2020

synonym for predict

augur

verb [ aw-ger ]

augur is another word for predict

To predict something is foretell it, often but not always with precision of calculation, knowledge, or shrewd inference from facts or experience. To augur something is to divine or predict it, as from omens. Augur also means to bode, as in the case of a consumer trend that augurs well for a company. Augur is easy enough to find in contemporary writing and speech, but it is rooted in ancient mysteries: the noun augur, which predates the verb in English, refers to one of a group of Roman officials charged with observing and interpreting omens for guidance in public affairs.

Commonly found as

augur well
The wave of closures in the tech sector did not augur well for the economy.
augur + future
Intentional or not, the series had an uncanny knack for auguring the future.

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Monday, October 05, 2020

synonym for disappointment

chagrin

noun [ shuh-grin ]

chagrin is another word for disappointment

The word disappointment refers to a feeling of being let down, or to something that produces that feeling by failing to fulfill expectations or wishes. The noun chagrin is more pointed: this word refers to a feeling of vexation or irritation marked by disappointment or humiliation—or both!

Commonly found as

much to my chagrin
The comedian locked eyes with me early in the night and proceeded to heckle me for the remainder of her set, much to my chagrin.
surprise and chagrin
He felt sure he had wowed the hiring committee during his interview. Imagine his surprise and chagrin when he didn't get a call back!

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Sunday, October 04, 2020

synonym for changeable

mercurial

adjective [ mer-kyoor-ee-uhl ]

mercurial is another word for changeable

The word changeable can mean simply capable of being changed or, more often, liable or likely to change. Mercurial is closer to the latter; it emphasizes volatility, fickleness, and unpredictability, and is commonly used to describe person’s temperament. But even the meaning of mercurial shifts from time to time; this hard-to-pin-down adjective can also take a more positive turn to mean animated, lively, or quick-witted.

Commonly found as

mercurial temperament
The supervisor was known for his mercurial temperament; his colleagues never knew what to expect.
impulsive and mercurial
The author was a brilliantly talented prose stylist, but he was impulsive and mercurial and did not work well on deadlines.

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Saturday, October 03, 2020

synonym for conclusion

denouement

noun [ dey-noo-mahn ]

denouement is another word for conclusion

A conclusion is a final part or summing up of something. A denouement is a final resolution or tidying up of the intricacies of a plot, as in a drama or novel, often a tragedy. The literary application of denouement sets it apart from the much more general term conclusion. However, denouement is also used to refer to outcomes or resolutions of a series of occurrences that may read like a novel or drama, but take place—however regrettably—in real life.

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reach + denouement
The film reached its denouement in a spectacular and unexpected manner—everyone in the audience was surprised by the final twist.
tragic denouement
Despite his best efforts, he felt his weekend baking experiment was well on its way to a tragic denouement.

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