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Dumb it Down Vocabulary #2

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 updatedJuly 31, 2014
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Word
Synonym
Sleuth
Detective
Diadem
Crown
Hirsute
Hairy
Credulous
Gullible
Gloaming
Twilight
Salubrious
Healthy
Perspire
Sweat
Word
Synonym
Proscribe
Forbid
Egress
Exit
Ameliorate
Improve
Cudgel
Club
Myopic
Nearsighted
Pulchritude
Beauty
Indolent
Lazy
Word
Synonym
Corsair
Pirate
Arid
Dry
Cogitate
Think
Scuttlebutt
Gossip
Apparition
Ghost
Repast
Meal
Dyspepsia
Indigestion
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level 73
Jun 7, 2014
Tried all kinds of things for "meal." Lunch, Dinner, dine. Never got to "meal"
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level 25
Jan 16, 2017
me too
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level 57
Jun 7, 2014
Improve was too "smart" an answer. I kept trying the phrase "make better."
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level 69
Jul 31, 2014
I was doing the same for dyspepsia by trying "stomach ache"
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level 77
Jul 31, 2014
I kept trying make better too. Then I tried betterfy, I was sure that would work.
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level ∞
Jul 31, 2014
"Make better" is two words so not a valid answer. But I will accept "better", since that fits if used as a verb.
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level 73
Feb 19, 2018
How about enhance or upgrade?
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level 73
Jul 17, 2018
ease / sooth?

**edit - just seen ease dealt with below
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level 72
Jun 7, 2014
ameliorate - ease, lessen?
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level 71
Jul 31, 2014
Yes
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level 71
Jun 11, 2014
I reckon 'short-sighted' should work for 'myopic'.
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level 69
Jul 31, 2014
agree
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level 67
Jul 31, 2014
Hear hear.
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level 74
Jul 31, 2014
'Short-sighted' more commonly used in UK.
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level 55
Aug 6, 2015
Interesting. "Short-sighted" has a different meaning over here in the US. It means not planning ahead, basically.
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level 65
Sep 9, 2016
That is surely just a metaphorical use based on the literal meaning.
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level ∞
Jul 31, 2014
That will work now.
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level 77
Jun 13, 2014
Leave for egress?
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level 53
Aug 2, 2014
"Egress" is a noun, so requires a noun as a response.
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level 61
Jan 8, 2017
Egress = long-necked wading bird.
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level 60
Jan 12, 2017
That's an egret.
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level 67
Feb 24, 2018
Plural of Egret
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level 61
Apr 2, 2019
An egret with regret egresses :D

And it is a verb too. I actually have never seen/heard of it as a noun (but looked it up and indeed can be a noun too)

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level 73
Jun 14, 2014
I guessed ease for ameliorate as well. It also means to make more bearable or ease.
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level 71
Jun 23, 2014
P.T. Barnum posted a sign at his Great American Exposition that read "To the Egress," with an arrow pointing to a door. Any number of paying customers walked through the door, thinking that they were going to see some remarkable thing called "the Egress," only to find themselves on the street, where they had to pay another 25 cents to get back in.
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level 67
Jul 20, 2014
Would you accept outlaw for proscribe?
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level 45
Jul 31, 2014
Tiara is closer to diadem than crown is, isn't it?
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level 61
Apr 2, 2019
Exactly my thought
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level 77
Jul 31, 2014
I know what credulous, myopic, and pulchritude mean but I tried several things for each and still couldn't get the answer you were looking for. Corsair I thought was the pirate's ship... not pirate him/herself.
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level 58
Jul 31, 2014
Did you know that "gullible" isn't even in the dictionary?
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level 77
Aug 1, 2014
You seem like a trustworthy sort so I'll take your word for it.
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level 53
Aug 2, 2014
What dictionary are you using? It's in my American Heritage....
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level 67
Feb 24, 2018
Kal .......+1
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level 52
Oct 14, 2018
i agree re corsair.... never realised it meant pirate
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level 61
Apr 2, 2019
Curious what you tried for credulous and pulchritude, cause i thought of it right away and cant think of other things that will fit (maybe because english isnt my language and dont think of many synonyms all at once)
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level 55
Jul 31, 2014
Scuttlebutt is also a military term for water fountain
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level 76
Jul 31, 2014
Thank you for teaching me new words. Enjoyed this quiz.
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level 83
Jul 31, 2014
Went with naive for credulous, guess that wasn't dumbed down enough.
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level 63
Jul 31, 2014
Yeah I tried naive as well. It should be accepted IMO.
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level 52
Oct 14, 2018
agreed..
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level 61
Apr 2, 2019
Disagreed
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level 72
Aug 4, 2014
I tried trusting. Feel like they should both be accepted.
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level 58
Jul 31, 2014
When you hear "her condition will be ameliorated" it's not the health or comfort which will be made better - it's the condition being suffered from (illness or poverty) which will be lessened. I think "eased" is the best synonym.
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level 44
Jul 31, 2014
Ameliorate is intransitive. Thus: "Her condition will ameliorate."
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level 49
Aug 2, 2014
I've always heard it used transitively. I checked a bunch of dictionaries--they all agreed that it could be used transitively, but split 50-50 on whether it could also be used intransitively.
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level 35
Aug 4, 2014
Is this based on a GRE study guide? I had some major flashbacks to not knowing any of these...
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level 58
Sep 20, 2014
ameliorate: relieve ?
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level 57
Oct 24, 2014
Nausea?
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level 45
Dec 18, 2014
I tried all versions of "spirit" but couldn't for the life of me think of "ghost"
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level 54
Apr 11, 2015
A lot of these are just taking words with Latin/Greek roots and finding synonyms with Germanic roots
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level 43
Feb 15, 2017
Welcome to the english language where everything exist twice.
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level 55
Aug 6, 2015
Only 12 percent know what pulchritude means. Everyone, go and watch Akeelah and the Bee. That's how I learned it.
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level 25
Jun 2, 2016
Any else only know diadem because of Harry Potter?
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level 34
Mar 14, 2017
yes
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level 75
Aug 21, 2016
For cudgel, could you also accept cosh or truncheon?
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level 69
Sep 6, 2016
I went through bludgeon, truncheon and baton before trying 'stick' and that being accepted.
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level 25
Jan 16, 2017
I tried bat and could not think of anything else!
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level 61
Apr 2, 2019
I think for me it went bat, morning star, stick. I knew it was a blunt weapon but club just didnt came to mind..
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level 67
Oct 2, 2017
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level 46
Feb 16, 2018
Scuttlebutt Jamboree
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level 38
May 29, 2018
Since when is "credulous" gullible? Isn't the antonym "incredulous", meaning "unbelievable?" Thus shouldn't credulous be translated as "believable?"
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level 67
Jun 29, 2018
"Incredulous" doesn't mean unbelievable, it means skeptical or unbelieving. Like, you wouldn't say "Your story about the UFO is incredulous," you would say "I am incredulous of your story about the UFO." That makes it a perfect antonym for "credulous," meaning gullible.
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