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past tense of confirm

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How is the word confirmed distinct from other similar adjectives?

The words chronic and inveterate are common synonyms of confirmed. While all three words mean "firmly established," confirmed implies a growing stronger and firmer with time so as to resist change or reform.

a confirmed bachelor

Where would chronic be a reasonable alternative to confirmed?

In some situations, the words chronic and confirmed are roughly equivalent. However, chronic suggests something that is persistent or endlessly recurrent and troublesome.

a chronic complainer

When is it sensible to use inveterate instead of confirmed?

While the synonyms inveterate and confirmed are close in meaning, inveterate applies to a habit, attitude, or feeling of such long existence as to be practically ineradicable or unalterable.

an inveterate smoker

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“Confirmed.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2024.

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