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fad 1

Pronunciation: /fad/


An intense and widely shared enthusiasm for something, especially one that is short-lived and without basis in the object’s qualities; a craze: prairie restoration is the latest gardening fad in the Midwest
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  • What started off as a fad among stamp enthusiasts has now grown into a veritable cult.
  • It is really quite wonderful, and I truly hope it is the beginning of a trend, not a short-lived fad.
  • Unlike more transitory fads and fashions, however, financial manias and panics have real and lasting economic consequences.
craze, vogue, trend, fashion, mode, enthusiasm, passion, obsession, mania, rage, compulsion, fixation, fetish, fancy, whim, fascination
informal thing



Pronunciation: /ˈfadiSH/
Example sentences
  • At the age of 18, after she appeared on the cover of Italian Vogue with a monk-like red crop and no eyebrows, she was dubbed ‘Le Freak’ and hailed as the frontrunner for a faddish new concept in beauty - the ugly model.
  • It was generally the younger trendier folk, the ones who wander around in chocolate coloured trainers on dress-down Fridays, but this new faddish footwear had permeated my workplace without me noticing.
  • This rather faddish enthusiasm for Monet during the 1970s matured into the deep-rooted and near-universal approval that greets any mention of Monet's name today.


Example sentences
  • After a viewing of the film, I was tempted to write the director off as a charlatan, a faddishly cynical artist.
  • Melatonin, a powerful, poorly understood hormone faddishly popular as a sleep aid, may in fact be the last thing you should take if you want a restful night.
  • Although assailed by some for being too canonical and by others for faddishly expanding the reading list, the anthology has prevailed over the years.


Pronunciation: /ˈfadiSHnəs/
Example sentences
  • Suw equates the faddishness of social network offerings with the Rubik's Cube, which came and went once people got bored with twisting the object without getting anywhere.
  • Knowing that she is not a fashionable writer has only made it easier to be loyal to her particular form of truth telling: She scorns faddishness, and deploys, in its place, a relentless moral scrutiny.
  • ‘What can happen very often is that things become trendy, and there is a certain faddishness in the [cordial] category,’ he says.


Pronunciation: /-ˌizəm/
Example sentences
  • As one of the speakers promises, it will help manufacturers fight all those ‘nonessential’ demands from consumers to know what exactly they are eating - demands stemming simply from ‘curiosity, faddism and activists’.
  • Food faddism in California has reached new heights with reported outbreaks of ‘orthorexia’ - an enthusiasm for ‘pure’ eating that ranges from raw vegetable abuse to people who insist on ordering lunch in a particular colour.
  • When the National Commission on Excellence in Education began its deliberations in 1981, the public was already reacting against the pedagogical faddism and extremism of the 1970s.


Pronunciation: /ˈfadəst/
Example sentences
  • But educational faddists are pushing hard to reduce or even eliminate homework from grammar and secondary schools.
  • She liked butter and said that faddists who wanted to cut it completely out of people's diets were ‘stupid.’
  • There are food faddists, and quacks in the medical field, and persons who oppose fluoridation of water.


Mid 19th century (originally dialect): probably the second element of fidfad, contraction of fiddle-faddle.

  • fiddle from Old English:

    In Old English fiddle was the usual word for a stringed instrument like a violin, based on Latin vitulari ‘to celebrate, be joyful’, which may come from Vitula, the name of a Roman goddess of joy and victory. In the sense ‘to swindle’ fiddle was first used in the 1630s. The connection with the instrument probably came from the idea that the ‘fiddler’ or player could make people ‘dance to his tune’. Expressions like fiddle-de-dee and fiddle-faddle, meaning ‘nonsense’, come from the idea of violin-playing being a trivial or pointless exercise, and in turn fiddle-faddle is the origin of fad.

    When we criticize someone for concerning themselves with trivial affairs while ignoring serious matters, we may say that they are fiddling while Rome burns. This looks back to a story about the Roman emperor Nero. According to one historian, when Rome suffered from a disastrous fire Nero reacted by singing a song about the fall of Troy and accompanying himself on some instrument—not a fiddle, which had not been invented then. To play second fiddle is to take a less important role. The idea here is that you are there to support the person taking the leading part.

Words that rhyme with fad

ad, add, Allahabad, bad, Baghdad, bedad, begad, cad, Chad, clad, dad, egad, forbade, gad, glad, grad, had, lad, mad, pad, plaid, rad, Riyadh, sad, scad, shad, Strad, tad, trad

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Flavin adenine dinucleotide, a coenzyme derived from riboflavin and important in various metabolic reactions.

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