a feeling of doubt or uneasiness about something, A qualm is a feeling of uneasiness, or a sense that something you’re doing is wrong. Continue reading
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a feeling of doubt or uneasiness about something, A qualm is a feeling of uneasiness, or a sense that something you’re doing is wrong. Continue reading →
1. person who travels from home to work regularly, usually between a suburb and a city; 2. an inter-city airplane flying short distances to serve remote communities
– Traffic jams are becoming a growing problem here in Cape Town, there are more commuters every year.
– Jeff could have driven to his destination, but felt he could get his reading done if he took the commuter train.
– Being a commuter on the early morning train isn’t so bad, because it allows me to relax and read the paper.
to change or cause to change from a liquid to a solidified or thickened state
– I love rItalian food and if you have a good olive oil, don’t put it in the fridge, it will coagulate.
– People with haemophilia have blood that does not coagulate properly when they are wounded.
– My wife makes her own yogurt: the yogurt cultures are enzymes that help milk coagulate to form yogurt.
thicken, solidify, congeal, clot, gelatinize,
1. unsure, hesitant, or showing a lack of confidence; 2. not finalized, not fully worked out
– AOL and Time Warner signed a tentative agreement until further details of the merger could be worked out.
– Lisa was tentative about accepting the job offer, since it meant moving from Cape Town to Johannesburg.
– The two friends made tentative plans to have dinner on Friday night,
– I’ve made a tentative choice, but I’m still looking at my options.
doubtful, uncertain, hesitant, provisional
definite, final, permanent
1. to mark or recognize something as different, special, or noteworthy; 2. to detect with one’s senses
– I did a blind wine tasting and I could not even distinguish which was the red and which was the white wine.
– Richard Feynman was a distinguished theoretical physicist who had won numerous accolades for his research.
– John distinguished himself as the best student in his class and eventually became valedictorian.
differentiate, separate, discern
the remains or a trace of something that was there, but no longer exists
– The appendix is a vestige that no longer serves a purpose in the human body.
– My dad suffers from Alzheimer’s disease and is now a vestige of the hardworking and talkative man he once was.
– All that remained after the fire was a vestige of the building.
trace, remains, remnant,
the joining together of two or more companies, people, or interests to form a united whole
– When AOL and Time Warner announced their merger, it was major news across the U.S.
– Some journalists worry that the merger will lead us closer to a monopoly and higher prices.
– We followed the narrow trail and after a while it merged with a wider path.
– My wife loves baking, and I love eating cake and this is where our interests merge.
combination, union, integration,
1. to tolerate (often used in the negative);
2. to last for a long time;
3. to live or reside;
4. to accept something or to follow something such as a rule or order
– Clyde Shelton was the sort of man who never caused any trouble and who always abided by the law.
– I moved out of my parents’ house because I could not abide by their rules.
– The monument of freedom in Riga will abide forever.
– My grandparents’ abiding love was a joy to all who knew them.
accept, endure, prevail, survive, live
a close copy or reproduction of something, especially a work of art, and sometimes a miniature version.
– The NASA Space Center in Houston has a replica of the Curiousity Mars Rover.
– I tried to copy the painting A Starry Night exactly, but I couldn’t replicate the mastery of the original Van Gogh.
– We tried to replicate the atmosphere of last year’s New Year’s party, but we were not able to recreate the same feeling of merriment the second time around.
copy, reproduction, representation
1. describes indirect, unclear speech or behavior; 2. having a circular, indirect course
– The CEO’s circuitous explanation of our solution was totally confusing and did not convince the client.
– Road closure due to flooding forced us to take a circuitous route to our favorite restaurant.
– The journalist had to curb his tendency to use circuitous language in his article about cryptocurrencies.
– He gave us directions that were lengthy and circuitous instead of giving us the most direct route.
1. to give a small amount of a disease to a person or animal as a protection against that disease; 2. to introduce an idea into someone’s mind in hope that the idea or lesson will [figuratively] grow and become part of the person.
– Before traveling to Peru, I had to be inoculated against yellow fever.
– Before entering school, all children must be inoculated against measles.
– The parents tried to inoculate the boy with their beliefs.
– My college professors inoculated me with a wealth of information.
immunize, vaccinate, aid
1. a force that makes somebody do something; 2. a strong urge to do or say something; 3. an irrational motive for doing something against one’s will
– Frank had the compulsion to quit his job after he received a bad review, but instead, he decided to stick with it.
– The CEO felt no compulsion to make a decision, so we waited for weeks before we got an answer.
– When Joanne was pregnant, she had the strongest compulsion to eat ice cream and pickles at the same time.
impulse, obsession, fixation,
choice, election, option, preference
something that causes an action or event to occur. Use catalyst to describe anything that causes action where there was previously inaction.
– The ETF approval was the catalyst for the Bitcoin price surge.
– Our main competitors encroachment on our market share was the catalyst behind our more aggressive marketing approach.
– We hope our increased ad spending will be a catalyst for increased sales.
– The increase in violent crime was a catalyst for the creation of the three strikes law.
stimulus, instrument, impulse,
1. to falsify and make a copy with the intent to deceive;
2. to form or bring into being especially by an expenditure of effort; 3. to move ahead steadily and with determination; 4. to suddenly increase speed or progress
– The stoic character of Marcus Aurelius was forged of long experience.
– The man who claimed to be the inventor of the protocol, became an expert at forging documents
– Ryan Holiday’s company is a success because of the his ability to forge ahead in the face of obstacles.
– At one point, it looked like Alex Honnold was not going to make the attempt, but he forged on and completed the free solo.
copy, reproduce, counterfeit,
hesitate, recede, retreat,
1. to come about or to happen; 2. to become known; 3. to give off water vapor
– Government officials refused to speculate as to what might transpire once the trade war is over.
– It transpired that the radical entrepreneur had never even attended college.
– During the summer, plants transpire at a faster rate, so they need to be watered more often.
– I was not aware of what transpired between Lisa and Marc, but I knew they were upset with each other.
occur, arise, emerge, happen,
conceal, hide, halt
physically quick and skilful. Adroit, deft, and adept are all synonymous with dexterous. These words, however, do not have as strong of a noun form as dexterous with dexterity. Dexterity is a very powerful and sophisticated word for denoting skilfulness.
– Jim’s colleagues envied his dexterous evasion of his boss’s boring sales presentation.
– The older pianist eyesight was diminishing, but his hands were still dexterous enough to play the flight of Bumble Bee
– It was Michelangelo amazing dexterity that enabled him to chisel the masterpiece David in marble.
adroit, facile, handy
(n.) 1. the act of saying something false and damaging to a person’s reputation; 2. a false statement that damages someone’s reputation; (v.) to make a false and purposely malicious statement against someone.
– His negative characterization of me was tantamount to slander.
– The politician’s reputation was slandered by his opponent, who made false accusations and leaked rumors to the press.
– I regard his malicious comments as slander on my reputation.
(n.) defamation, smear, aspersion, (v.) defame,
1. tending to use too many maxims; 2. given to moralizing; 3. concise, but full of meaning
– Lisa’s boss welcomed her sententious comments, which were succinct and to the point.
– The newly elected mayor thought his speech would come off as intellectual and profound, but the press found it to be sententious and pompous.
– Violent Video games remain a soft target for sententious conservatives who want to heavily tax the product.
pompous, showy, pretentious,
to escape or run away in secret
– The CEO of the company was thought to be trustworthy so everyone was shocked when he absconded with all of the company’s profits.
– Jenny was so embarrassed by her blunder, she wished she could abscond from the room, never to return.
– After the bank heist, they all absconded to different countries, in hope that they would never be caught.
flee, escape, elope