ignore

flout, flaunt – Flout means "defy, ignore" and flaunt means "show off." More…

ignore, disregard – Ignore is properly used of things that are present in one's surroundings; for things like rules, conventions, stipulations, and contracts, the right word is disregard. More…

stet – Latin for "let it stand," a notation to ignore a correction made to a text. More…

pretermit – To pass over or ignore something. More…

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healing

balsam – First referred to an aromatic resinous substance with healing or soothing properties. More…

healing, curing – Healing is a process in which an organism's health is restored; curing is a method that promotes healing. More…

psychiatry – From Greek psykhe, "mind," and iatreia, "healing." More…

salve – The main semantic element is "healing," but the etymological meaning is "oily substance." More…

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purposes

all intents and purposes – A redundant phrase, created for emphasis. More…

blamestorming – An intense discussion for the purposes of placing blame or assigning responsibility for a misdeed or failure. More…

celebrant, celebrator, reveler – Celebrants take part in religious ceremonies; celebrators or revelers gather for purposes of revelry. More…

teleology – The study of design in nature; the word's basic meaning is "the study of ends or purposes"—attempts to understand the purpose of a natural occurrence by looking at its results. More…

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surrounded

involve – First meant "enfold, surround, wrap." More…

enclave, exclave – An enclave is a group or area different from the surroundings, a secured area within another secured area, from Latin clavis, "key"; an exclave is the same thing, but usually describes a portion of a country separated from the main part and surrounded by politically alien territory. More…

woebegone – Begone in woebegone means "beset" or "surrounded," so the word means "beset by woe." More…

glade – Originally referred to a part of water not frozen over, but surrounded by ice, drawing an analogy to the same word for an opening in the woods. More…

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scent

breath – From an Old English word meaning "scent, smell." More…

flair – Comes from Latin fragrare, "smell sweet," and was first the ability to detect the "essence" or "scent" of something and know how to act accordingly. More…

red herring – Something intended to be misleading or distracting, so named from the practice of using the scent of red herring in training hounds. More…

relish – First meant "odor, scent," then "taste, flavor." More…

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