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How is the word blench distinct from other similar verbs?

Some common synonyms of blench are flinch, quail, recoil, shrink, and wince. While all these words mean "to draw back in fear or distaste," blench implies fainthearted flinching.

stood their ground without blenching

When could flinch be used to replace blench?

Although the words flinch and blench have much in common, flinch implies a failure to endure pain or face something dangerous or frightening with resolution.

faced her accusers without flinching

When would quail be a good substitute for blench?

While in some cases nearly identical to blench, quail suggests shrinking and cowering in fear.

quailed before the apparition

Where would recoil be a reasonable alternative to blench?

The words recoil and blench are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, recoil implies a start or movement away through shock, fear, or disgust.

recoiled at the suggestion of stealing

When is shrink a more appropriate choice than blench?

The synonyms shrink and blench are sometimes interchangeable, but shrink suggests an instinctive recoil through sensitiveness, scrupulousness, or cowardice.

shrank from the unpleasant truth

When is it sensible to use wince instead of blench?

The meanings of wince and blench largely overlap; however, wince suggests a slight involuntary physical reaction (such as a start or recoiling).

winced in pain


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“Blench.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

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