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Dumb it Down Vocabulary #1

Guess the common synonym for these uncommon words.
All the answers are a SINGLE WORD
Not all synonyms are exact
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First submittedJune 7, 2014
Last updatedNovember 27, 2015
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Word
Synonym
Pugilist
Boxer
Bough
Branch
Neonate
Newborn
Contusion
Bruise
Flagellate
Whip
Craven
Coward
Neophyte
Beginner
Word
Synonym
Kvetch
Complain
Venal
Corrupt
Austral
Southern
Raiment
Clothing
Sobriquet
Nickname
Menagerie
Zoo
Shanghai
Kidnap
Word
Synonym
Munificent
Generous
Chesterfield
Couch
Capitulate
Surrender
Byzantine
Complicated
Avarice
Greed
Djinn
Genie
Ruth
Mercy
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level 57
Jun 7, 2014
Clothes ought to work for raiment.
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level 70
Jun 11, 2014
Yep. And 'grief' should work for 'ruth'.
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level 66
Sep 3, 2018
I thought that ruthless is one of those negatives where the equivalent positive is never found. Have you ever heard anyone described as having "ruth"?
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level ∞
Jun 23, 2014
Clothes, yes. Grief, no.
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level 67
Jun 23, 2014
ruth /ruθ/ noun: 1. pity or compassion. 2. sorrow or grief. 3. self-reproach; contrition; remorse.
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level 70
Aug 1, 2014
Preach it, J-Riddy!
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level 61
Jan 24, 2017
Don't be so ruth less.
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level 73
Jun 9, 2014
HA...tried Newbie for Beginner. D'OH
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level 72
Jun 23, 2014
Me too, then rookie and then I gave up...
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level 67
Jun 23, 2014
Me three and rookie too.
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level ∞
Jun 23, 2014
Added Newbie, Noob, and Rookie for that one.
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level 48
Jun 24, 2014
How about "newcomer"? Or is that too broad?
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level 52
Jun 25, 2014
I tried new boy and recruit then gave up
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level 62
Apr 2, 2016
I tried greenhorn before getting it with newbie. Couldn't think of the normal word.
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level 73
Jun 14, 2014
Agree that clothes should work for raiment. And beat should also work for flagellate as well as whip.
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level 61
Sep 14, 2019
you whip with a whip, you beat with your hands, a definite no
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level 77
Jun 23, 2014
I think "noob" should work for Neophyte, if we are really trying to dumb it down.

And "genie" really isn't another word for "djinn," it's just a corruption of "djinni" which is the plural of "djinn," not even that much of a corruption, really, as corrupted words go.
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level 50
Jul 17, 2014
All of you should just cut it out and go read Children of the Lamp, OK?
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level 27
Jun 23, 2014
A djinn isn't actually an genie, it's a type of genie (air/wind genie)
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level 77
Jun 23, 2014
only in Dungeons and Dragons
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level 77
Jun 24, 2014
yes thanks for the link. I knew all of that. what are you trying to prove? I've also got the original AD&D Monster's Compendium so I know where this stuff about djinn and ifrit comes from.

D&D djinn

original mythological source of Ifrit

Note it says Ifrit are a subclass of Djinn. Ifrit are Djinn. They are not seperate races of "genie" as in D&D and the many different RPGs and fantasy novels/films that copied them over the years. I live amongst people who still believe in these things.
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level 50
Jul 17, 2014
All of you should just cut it out and go read Children of the Lamp, OK?
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level 27
Jun 23, 2014
PS:TYPES OF GENIE Marid: water genie Djinn: air/wind genie Efreet: fire genie Ghul: earth genie
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level 50
Jul 17, 2014
All of you should just cut it out and go read Children of the Lamp, OK?
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level 62
Apr 2, 2016
You should just cut it out and stop pasting the same comment over and over.
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level 48
Jun 23, 2014
Agree that clothes should work, also attire, and just coward for craven.
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level 83
Jun 23, 2014
Resign should work for capitulate.
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level 64
Jun 23, 2014
I also tried "concede" for capitulate.
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level 69
Jul 1, 2018
resign, cede, give in, lose, agree. None worked. (Not all should have).
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level 71
Aug 31, 2018
Also tried yield, concede, cede, give in.. could not think of surrender
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level 52
Oct 14, 2018
so should yield...
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level 71
Oct 18, 2018
I don't think "yield" quite works, because its most common meaning is more to give way than to give up entirely.
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level 65
Jun 23, 2014
Relent for capitulate?
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level 71
Jun 23, 2014
This was a hard one, but very challenging! I'd never heard of several of those nouns before - chesterfield, kvetch and craven, especially.
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level 59
Jun 24, 2014
Love the idea of Chesterfield for couch. Oddly, I've never seen the word "austral"before. And a word I've seen and heard many times, but never knew the precise meaning — craven. Good quiz!
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level 66
Aug 24, 2017
In the UK, 'settee' and 'sofa' are used to mean 'couch' or Chesterfield.
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level 39
Jun 16, 2018
...couch is more commonly used in america, despite the fact that it is derived from the french: coucher, to lie down, or thereabouts...unless it's used as a verb, of course......a chesterfield is a specific type of sofa...definitely not a couch...
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level 61
Sep 14, 2019
with a chesterfield I think of leather, with those buttons, that make "dimples" all over.

btw we call it a bank in dutch, I guess cognate to bench in english

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level 69
Jul 1, 2018
Australia - southern continent. Aurora Australis - Southern lights.
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level 52
Oct 14, 2018
you have never heard of AUSTRALIA ??? i am so hurt... means the southern land
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level 67
Jun 24, 2014
I am thinking that "limb" should work for bough. As it is the same thing as a branch in this sense.
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level 61
Sep 14, 2019
that is what the bow in elbow means
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level 52
Jun 25, 2014
Could you have grumble or moan for kvetch as well?
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level 47
Jun 26, 2014
Concede should work for capitulate
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level 63
Jun 27, 2014
And "give in".
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level 52
Oct 14, 2018
one word answers asked for....
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level 67
May 9, 2017
Yeah, I thought that tried. I tried a lot of similar words, collapse etc, but missed 'surrender'.
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level 76
Aug 31, 2014
Flog should work for flagellate.
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level 58
Sep 20, 2014
concede for capitulate maybe? good quiz
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level 75
Jan 21, 2015
Thanks for making this quiz. Collection should work for menagerie.
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level 76
Jan 29, 2015
I tried giving for munificent. Good quiz.
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level 76
Aug 27, 2015
Flog should work for flagellate.
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level 68
Dec 20, 2016
Accepting Alias for Sobriquet would be nice.
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level 50
Mar 29, 2018
Fun quiz, but rough because there are so many synonyms - would suggest you accept "yield" for Capitulate.
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level 52
Jun 8, 2018
surely yield should work for capitulate?
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level 69
Sep 4, 2018
Please accept afraid for craven.
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level 52
Oct 14, 2018
also, a shanghai is a catapult/slingshot in Australia
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level 61
Apr 2, 2019
Neophyte could use some more accepted answers. I tried fledgling first then apprentice then student (as in a master student relationship, when you just start out learning a trade) adept, i moved on to the other questions then but would ve continued with novice

but i guess maybe these arent dumb (enough) answers?

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level 61
Apr 2, 2019
Anyone else confused flagelate with flatulate? When fart didnt workn i was thinking hardof a single word synonym..
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level 66
Jun 23, 2019
Inexperienced for neophyte?
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level 54
Jul 5, 2019
greedy for venal?
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level 61
Sep 14, 2019
Isnt arterial or vascular also correct for venal? or atleast a word pertaining to veins (I looked it up and it is according to wiktionary).