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Examples of faze in a Sentence
You'll never succeed as a writer if you let a little bit of criticism faze you.
the collapse of part of the scenery didn't faze the actors one bit, and they just carried on
Recent Examples of faze from the Web
Alfred Morris and Darren McFadden are NFL veterans who aren’t fazed by much.
However, the former Chelsea striker wasn't fazed at all, sending a powerful effort through the legs of Liverpool's helpless goalkeeper and into the back of the net.
Moreover, the daily distractions are not likely to faze those who are crunching the numbers.
Francis relishes diving into crowds and didn't seem at all fazed by the flower-tossing masses, even giving a few high-fives to some young people who got a little too close.
That is a worry for the ECB: the account of its July monetary policy meeting betrayed concerns about the rising euro while sounding far less fazed by higher bond yields.
The ladies were never fazed by my countless questions in the midst of their magic making.
That the attention came late and the Wildcats already had a loaded recruiting class didn't faze Baker.
Dyson, Mayfield His comments echoed those of James Dyson, the man behind the eponymous vacuum cleaner, who said Thursday that the prospect of a disorderly U.K. departure from the European Union doesn’t faze him.
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Phase and faze
Phase and faze are homophones (words pronounced alike but different in meaning, derivation, or spelling) that may easily be confused. Despite the similarity in pronunciation, these words bear little semantic resemblance to one another.
Although phase can function as a verb – it is found especially in combinations such as phase out, phase in, and phase into, meaning “to end, begin, etc. in phases” – the word is most commonly encountered as a noun, in which it typically carries a meaning related to steps in a process, cycles, or stages of development (as in “phases of the moon”).
Faze is generally used only as a verb, and means “to daunt or disconcert.” It often appears in negative expressions such as “it didn’t faze her a bit” or “nothing fazes him.”
Did You Know?
Faze is a youngster among English words, relatively speaking; it first appeared in English in the early 1800s. That may not seem especially young, but consider that when faze first showed up in print in English, the works of Shakespeare were already over 200 years old, the works of Chaucer over 400 years old, and the Old English epic Beowulf was at least 800 years old. Faze is an alteration of the now-rare verb "feeze," which has the obsolete sense "to drive (someone or something) away" and which, by the 1400s, was also being used with the meaning "to frighten or put into a state of alarm." Feeze (fesen in Middle English and fēsian in Old English) is first known to have appeared in print in the late 800s, making it older than even the oldest extant copy of Beowulf in manuscript.
Origin and Etymology of faze
First Known Use: 1830See Words from the same year
Synonymsabash, confound, confuse, discomfit, disconcert, discountenance, embarrass, fluster, mortify, nonplus, rattle
Related Wordsagitate, bother, chagrin, discomfort, discompose, dismay, disquiet, distress, disturb, perturb, put off, put out, unhinge, unsettle, upset; debase, degrade, demean, humble, humiliate, queer, shame
Near Antonymscalm, comfort, console, relieve, soothe; buoy, cheer, embolden, encourage, hearten; assure, reassure
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