Rewriting an Old Tape of Lies

First off, let me apologize that this post got rather out of hand copying definitions from two different sources…So when you see huge lists of words feel free to scroll quickly by, they are bracketed by golden line dividers.  I’ll try to enhance my own words a bit so they’ll stand out from the pack…& God’s words most of all!  Of note in these lists of words is that there are Many synonyms for the damaging words & so few, if even any, antonyms–basically, at least in this domain, our very language is heavily weighted toward darkness rather than light.  This mental/emotional/spiritual revision will thus take focused effort…

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For many years I’ve carried a list of brutality as a shorthand description of certain traumas in my past.  It is long past time to find a new script to overlay these lies with eternal Truth. Here’s my pervasive list:

  • Rejected
  • Despised
  • Abandoned
  • Betrayed
  • Deceived

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It’s not that each of these words is technically a “lie” from my past.  In fact each word represents multiple painful & deeply scarring experiences such that no matter how many positive events have overshadowed them over the years I’ve never yet been able to uproot them from my deepest psyche.  Well, taking a clue and a cure from scripture,

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it’s time for that re-write…

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1 Corinthians 6: 9-11 New International Version (NIV)

Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men[a] 10 nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.

Footnote:

a.  1 Corinthians 6:9 The words men who have sex with men translate two Greek words that refer to the passive and active participants in homosexual acts.

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1 Corinthians 6: 9-11 King James Version (KJV)

Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,

10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.

11 And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.

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I used to use this particular passage to encourage some friends of mine who struggled with homosexuality.  If scripture could refer to people who Had been caught in some of the “biggie” sins (from our human perspective) & yet say “and such were some of you” meaning that those things were in the past because of being washed, sanctified, & justified in Jesus’ Name & by God’s Spirit, how much more can God’s Truth overlay the lies of a lifetime?  God & Truth have no bounds, no limits, & no restraints!

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So let’s see what kind of healthy antonyms for that trauma list might be found & then hopefully find some relevant scriptures to reinforce those concepts as

His Word is Truth & Light!

Looking up “rejected” in an online thesaurus I find that jilted, spurned, & unloved are listed as synonyms or related words.  Ironically they don’t list antonyms…Here’s more from a more comprehensive site:

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Definition of ‘reject’

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Synonyms of ‘reject

(verb)  in the sense of rebuff  She’s downhearted about having been rejected from the project.
Synonyms
drop  
jilt   
turn down 
ditch  (slang)
break with 
spurn  
say no to 
repulse   
throw over 
unfollow  
unfriend 
Opposites
(verb)  in the sense of deny Paloma has rejected the values of her rich parents.
Synonyms
leave off 
throw off 
cast off 
swear off 
wash your hands of
Opposites
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(verb)  in the sense of discard Seventeen publishers rejected the manuscript.
Synonyms
discard   
decline   
scrap  
bin   
cast aside  
throw away or out
Opposites
accept   
(noun)  in the sense of castoff a hat that looks like a reject from an army patrol
Synonyms
castoff 
clunker (informal)
Opposites
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(noun)  in the sense of failure I’m an outsider, a reject, a social failure.a reject of Real Madrid
Synonyms
has-been 
flop (informal) 
also-ran 
dud 
dropout 
non-starter 
saddo (Britishslang) 
castoff

Additional synonyms

in the sense of abandon
Synonyms
resign from
cede
in the sense of decline
to politely refuse to accept or do (something)
Synonyms
turn down
deny
abstain
send your regrets
say `no’
in the sense of desert
to abandon (a person or place) without intending to return
Synonyms
dump (informal)
ditch (informal)
walk out on (informal)
jilt
run out on (informal)
throw over
leave stranded
leave high and dry
leave (someone) in the lurch
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Synonyms of ‘reject

Additional synonyms

in the sense of disallow
to reject as untrue or invalid
Synonyms
in the sense of disclaim
to give up (any claim to)
in the sense of disown
to deny any connection with (someone)
Synonyms
deny
cast off
refuse to acknowledge or recognize
in the sense of ditch
to abandon or discard
Synonyms
drop
dump (informal)
axe (informal)
get rid of
bin (informal)
chuck (informal)
finish with
walk out on
jilt
give someone the push
give someone the elbow
give someone the big E (slang)
in the sense of drop
to be no longer friendly with
Synonyms
jilt
throw over
turn your back on
in the sense of dud
an ineffectual person or thing
Synonyms
flop (informal)
washout (informal)
clinker (slangUS)
clunker (informal)
in the sense of eliminate
to remove (a competitor or team) from a contest, esp. following a defeat
Synonyms
knock out
drop
axe (informal)
get rid of
leave out
throw out
omit
put out
in the sense of eschew
to avoid doing or being involved in (something disliked or harmful)
Synonyms
give up
have nothing to do with
shun
refrain from
fight shy of
kick (informal)
swear off
give a wide berth to
keep or steer clear of
in the sense of exclude
to keep out
Synonyms
keep out
bar
ban
veto
shut out
refuse to admit
prevent from entering
in the sense of flop
a complete failure
Synonyms
washout (informal)
cockup (Britishslang)

Synonyms of ‘reject

Additional synonyms

in the sense of forgo
to give up or do without
Synonyms
do without
kick (informal)
say goodbye to
cede
leave alone or out
in the sense of forsake
to give up (something valued or enjoyed)
Synonyms
give up
set aside
kick (informal)
have done with
stop using
stop having
turn your back on
in the sense of forswear
to reject or renounce with determination
Synonyms
in the sense of jettison
to abandon or give up
Synonyms
dump
shed
throw out
throw away
throw on the scrapheap
in the sense of jilt
to leave or reject (a lover) abruptly or callously
Synonyms
drop
ditch (slang)
throw over
coquette
leave (someone) in the lurch
break with
in the sense of loser
a person or thing that seems destined to fail
Synonyms
flop (informal)
also-ran
no-hoper (Australianslang)
dud (informal)
lemon (slang)
clinker (slangUS)
washout (informal)
non-achiever
LZ
luser (slang)
in the sense of refuse
to decline to accept (something offered)
Synonyms
turn down
say no to
in the sense of relinquish
to renounce (a claim or right)
Synonyms
give up
drop
quit
hand over
withdraw from
let go
retire from
say goodbye to
cede
cast off
kiss (something) goodbye
lay aside
in the sense of renounce
to give up (a belief or habit) voluntarily
Synonyms
quit
leave off
throw off
cast off
swear off
wash your hands of
in the sense of repudiate
to disown (a person)
Synonyms
cut off
cast off
turn your back on
wash your hands of

Synonyms of ‘reject

Additional synonyms

in the sense of repulse
to reject with coldness or discourtesy
Synonyms
turn down
snub
give the cold shoulder to
in the sense of retract
to withdraw (a statement, charge, etc.) as invalid or unjustified
Synonyms
take back
deny
go back on
renege on
back out of
eat your words
unsay
in the sense of scrap
to discard as useless
Synonyms
get rid of
drop
shed
break up
ditch (slang)
junk (informal)
chuck (informal)
write off
trash (slang)
dispense with
toss out
throw on the scrapheap
throw away or out
in the sense of spurn
to reject (a person or thing) with contempt
Synonyms
put down
snub
cold-shoulder
kick in the teeth (slang)
turn your nose up at (informal)
contemn (formal)
in the sense of veto
to prohibit or forbid
Synonyms
ban
rule out
kill (informal)
turn down
put a stop to
refuse permission to
give the thumbs down to
put the kibosh on (slang)

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Yikes, that is quite a list for just one of these words.  Here are some of the words that jumped out at me when examining Rejection & some scriptural medicine:
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  • worthless

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  • forsaken

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  • failure

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  • disregarded

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  • scorned

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  • dishonored

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  • disapproved

 

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  • ostracized

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Well, here are the limited opposite meanings to Rejected to help counteract that plethora of negativity (so many of those meanings could apply to my experiences but there will be no wallowing in all that filth now)–let’s look to The Word for Life:
  • Accepted

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  • Adored

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  • Loved

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  • Allowed

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  • Agreed

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  • Approved

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  • Permitted

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  • Received

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  • Selected

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  • Allowed In

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Let’s see what we can find for Despised, first a definition:

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Definition of ‘despise’

Synonyms for despised

adj treated with contempt

Related Words

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Detested

Hated

Scorned

Unloved

Synonyms of ‘despise

(verb)  in the sense of look down on
Definition
to look down on with contempt

How I despised myself for my cowardice.

Synonyms
look down on
have a down on (informal)
Opposites
love
take to
revel in
be fond of
be keen on
dig(slang)

Additional synonyms

in the sense of abhor
Definition
to detest utterly

He was a man who abhorred violence.

Synonyms
shrink from,
shudder at,
recoil from,
be repelled by,
have an aversion to,
regard with repugnance or horror
in the sense of contemn
Definition
to regard with contempt
Synonyms
treat with contempt,
hold cheap
in the sense of deride
Definition
to speak of or treat with contempt or ridicule

This theory is widely derided by conventional scientists.

Synonyms
knock (informal),
detract,
gibe,
take the piss out of (tabooslang),

Synonyms of ‘despise

Additional synonyms

in the sense of detest
Definition
to dislike intensely

My mother detested my ex-husband.

Synonyms
be hostile to,
recoil from,
be repelled by,
have an aversion to,
dislike intensely,
feel aversion towards,
feel disgust towards,
feel hostility towards,
feel repugnance towards
in the sense of disdain
Definition
to refuse or reject with disdain

a political leader who disdained the compromises of politics

Synonyms
look down on,
sneer at,
look down your nose at (informal),
misprize
in the sense of loathe
Definition
to feel strong disgust for

The two men loathe each other.

Synonyms
have a strong aversion to,
find disgusting,
feel repugnance towards,
not be able to bear or abide
in the sense of scorn
Definition
to refuse to have or do (something) because it is felt to be undesirable or wrong

people who scorned traditional methods People scorn me as a single parent.

Synonyms
scout (archaic),
be above,
look down on,
scoff at,
make fun of,
sneer at,
hold in contempt,
turn up your nose at (informal),
curl your lip at,
consider beneath you
in the sense of spurn
Definition
to reject (a person or thing) with contempt

a spurned lover

Synonyms
put down,
cold-shoulder,
kick in the teeth (slang),
turn your nose up at (informal),
contemn (formal)

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Here are some synonyms of Despised that leaped out & some scriptural antidotes for the poison:

  • contempt

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  • detest

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  • hate

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Some opposites of Despise, hopefully more of the antidote, with further scriptural underpinning:

  • take to

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  • revel in

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  • be fond of

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  • be keen on

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Now we’ll turn to Abandoned to see what surfaces, first a definition:

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Definition of ‘abandon’

  • Leave
  • Stop
  • Give Up
  • Evacuate
  • Recklessness

Synonyms for abandon

verb leave

verb stop

Synonyms

Antonyms

verb give up

verb evacuate

Synonyms

noun recklessness

phrase abandon yourself to something

Synonyms

  • indulge in
  • give way to
  • yield to
  • wallow in
  • give free rein to
  • lose yourself in
  • give yourself up to
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Synonyms for abandon

verb to give up or leave without intending to return or claim again

verb to give up a possession, claim, or right

verb to let (something) go

verb to cease trying to accomplish or continue

verb to yield (oneself) unrestrainedly, as to a particular impulse

noun a complete surrender of inhibitions

noun a careless, often reckless disregard for consequences

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Synonyms for abandon

noun the trait of lacking restraint or control

Related Words

noun a feeling of extreme emotional intensity

Synonyms

Related Words

verb give up with the intent of never claiming again

Synonyms

verb leave behind empty

Synonyms

Related Words

verb stop maintaining or insisting on

verb leave someone who needs or counts on you

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Synonyms of ‘abandon

(verb)  in the sense of leave
Definition
to desert or leave

She claimed that her friends had abandoned her.

Synonyms
ditch(slang)
leave behind
walk out on, 
jilt
run out on
throw over
turn your back on
dump
leave high and dry
leave in the lurch
let someone stew in their own juice
(verb)  in the sense of stop
Definition
to give up completely

The authorities have abandoned any attempt to distribute food.

Synonyms
stop
drop
give up, 
halt
cut out, 
pack in (Britishinformal)
leave off
desist from
Opposites
(verb)  in the sense of give up
They were persuaded to abandon their lawsuit.
Synonyms
resign from
cede
Opposites
take
keep
hold
(noun)  in the sense of recklessness
He has splashed money around with gay abandon.
Synonyms
recklessness, 
dash
wildness 
wantonness, 
wild impulse
unrestraint
careless freedom
Opposites

phrase

See abandon ship

phrasal verb

See abandon yourself to something

Additional synonyms

in the sense of abdicate
Citizens of the world should not abdicate responsibility for the environment.
in the sense of cease
Definition
to bring or come to an end

A small number of firms have ceased trading.

Synonyms
give up,
break off,
leave off,
give over (informal),
bring to an end,
belay
in the sense of cede
Definition
to transfer or surrender (territory or legal rights)

The General had promised to cede power by January.

Synonyms
hand over,
make over,

Synonyms of ‘abandon

Additional synonyms

in the sense of desert
Definition
to abandon (a person or place) without intending to return

He deserted our team years ago.

Synonyms
dump (informal),
ditch (informal),
walk out on (informal),
run out on (informal),
throw over,
leave stranded,
leave high and dry,
leave (someone) in the lurch
in the sense of discontinue
Definition
to come or bring to an end

Do not discontinue the treatment without consulting your doctor.

Synonyms
kick (informal),
give up,
axe (informal),
break off,
put an end to,
refrain from,
leave off,
pull the plug on,
belay
in the sense of ditch
Definition
to abandon or discard

I can’t bring myself to ditch him.

Synonyms
dump (informal),
axe (informal),
get rid of,
bin (informal),
chuck (informal),
finish with,
walk out on,
give someone the push,
give someone the elbow,
give someone the big E (slang)
in the sense of drop
Definition
to discontinue

I was told to drop the idea.

Synonyms
give up,
axe (informal),
kick (informal),
turn your back on
in the sense of dump
Definition
to abandon (someone or something) without proper care

She was dumped by her long-term lover.

Synonyms
ditch (slang),
throw over,
leave (someone) in the lurch
in the sense of forgo
Definition
to give up or do without

The men would not forgo the chance of a feast.

Synonyms
do without,
kick (informal),
say goodbye to,
leave alone or out
in the sense of forsake
Definition
to withdraw support or friendship from

I still love him and would never forsake him.

Synonyms
cast off,
throw over,
leave in the lurch
in the sense of halt
Definition
to come to a stop or bring (someone or something) to a stop

They halted at a short distance from the house.

Synonyms
break off,
stand still,
call it a day,
belay
in the sense of jilt
Definition
to leave or reject (a lover) abruptly or callously

She was jilted by her first fiancé.

Synonyms
ditch (slang),
throw over,
coquette,
leave (someone) in the lurch,
break with
in the sense of relinquish
Definition
to renounce (a claim or right)

He does not intend to relinquish power.

Synonyms
give up,
hand over,
withdraw from,
let go,
retire from,
say goodbye to,
cast off,
kiss (something) goodbye,
lay aside

Synonyms of ‘abandon

Additional synonyms

in the sense of renounce
Definition
to give up formally (a claim or right)

He renounced his claim to the throne.

in the sense of surrender
Definition
to give (something) up voluntarily to another

She had to surrender all rights to her property.

Synonyms
part with,
deliver up
in the sense of waive
Definition
to refrain from enforcing or claiming (a rule or right)

He pled guilty to the charges and waived his right to appeal.

Synonyms
set aside,
dispense with,
in the sense of yield
Definition
to give up control of

He may yield control.

Synonyms
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turn over,
part with,
make over,
give over,
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  • desert

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  • renounce

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  • relinquish

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  • break

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  • expose

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  • strand

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  • terminate

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  • discard

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  • shun

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  • disown

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Here are some opposites for abandon, & more scriptural curatives:

  • Continue

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Turning to Betrayed, first a definition:

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Synonyms for betray

verb be disloyal to

Synonyms

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Synonyms for betray

verb to be treacherous to

verb to disclose in a breach of confidence

verb to cause to accept what is false, especially by trickery or misrepresentation

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Synonyms for betray

verb reveal unintentionally

verb deliver to an enemy by treachery

Synonyms

verb disappoint, prove undependable to

Synonyms

Related Words

verb be sexually unfaithful to one’s partner in marriage

verb give away information about somebody

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Synonyms of ‘betray

(verb)  in the sense of be disloyal to
Definition
to hand over or expose (one’s nation, friend, etc.) treacherously to an enemy

He might be seen as having betrayed his mother.

Synonyms
be disloyal to 
break with 
grass on (Britishslang) 
dob in (Australianslang) 
double-cross (informal) 
stab in the back 
be unfaithful to 
sell down the river (informal) 
grass up (slang) 
shop (slangmainly British) 
put the finger on (informal) 
inform on or against 
sell out (informal) 
be treacherous to
(verb)  in the sense of give away
Definition
to disclose (a secret or confidence) treacherously

She studied his face, but it betrayed nothing.

Synonyms
give away 
tell
show
blurt out 
lay bare
tell on
let slip
evince (formal)
(verb)  in the sense of abandon
Synonyms
walk out on

Quotation

To betray, you must first belong[Kim Philby]

Additional synonyms

in the sense of desert
Definition
to abandon (a person or place) without intending to return

He deserted our team years ago.

Synonyms
dump (informal),
ditch (informal),
walk out on (informal),
run out on (informal),
throw over,
leave stranded,
leave high and dry,
leave (someone) in the lurch
in the sense of disclose
Definition
to allow to be seen

clapboard façades that revolve to disclose snug interiors

Synonyms
lay bare,
bring to light,
take the wraps off
in the sense of divulge
Definition
to make known

He was charged with divulging state secrets.

Synonyms
make known,
spill (informal),
let slip,
blow wide open (slang),
get off your chest (informal),
cough (slang),
out (informal),
spill your guts about (slang)

Synonyms of ‘betray

Additional synonyms

in the sense of double-cross
Definition
to cheat or betray

They were frightened of being double-crossed.

Synonyms
sting (informal),
two-time (informal),
sell down the river (informal),
in the sense of evince
Definition
to show or display (a quality or feeling) clearly

He had never, hitherto, evinced any particular interest in economic matters.

in the sense of expose
Definition
to reveal the truth about (someone or something), esp. when it is shocking or scandalous

After the scandal was exposed, he moved abroad.

Synonyms
show up,
let out,
lay bare,
make known,
bring to light,
out (informal),
smoke out,
blow wide open (slang)
in the sense of forsake
Definition
to withdraw support or friendship from

I still love him and would never forsake him.

Synonyms
cast off,
throw over,
leave in the lurch
in the sense of jilt
Definition
to leave or reject (a lover) abruptly or callously

She was jilted by her first fiancé.

Synonyms
ditch (slang),
throw over,
coquette,
leave (someone) in the lurch,
break with
in the sense of manifest
Definition
to show by the way one behaves

He’s only convincing when that inner fury manifests itself.

Synonyms
set forth,
make plain,
evince (formal)
in the sense of reveal
Definition
to disclose or divulge (a secret)

She has refused to reveal her daughter’s whereabouts.

Synonyms
make known,
give away,
make public,
give out,
let out,
let slip,
take the wraps off (informal),
blow wide open (slang),
get off your chest (informal)
in the sense of shop
Definition
to inform on (someone), esp. to the police

Fraudsters are often shopped by honest friends and neighbours.

Synonyms
grass on (Britishslang),
inform on or against,
sell out (informal),
double-cross (informal),
stab in the back,
sell down the river (informal),
grass up (slang),
put the finger on (informal),
dob in (Australianslang)
in the sense of show
Definition
to indicate

She had enough time to show her gratitude.

Synonyms
in the sense of tell
The facts tell a very different story.
Synonyms
be evidence of

Synonyms of ‘betray

Additional synonyms

in the sense of uncover
Definition
to reveal or disclose

Auditors said they had uncovered evidence of fraud.

Synonyms
turn up,
come across,
dig up,
chance on,
root out,
lay bare,
make known,
blow the whistle on (informal),
bring to light,
smoke out,
take the wraps off,
blow wide open (slang),
stumble on or across
in the sense of unmask
Definition
to expose or reveal the true nature or character of

Elliott unmasked the master spy and traitor.

Synonyms
show up,
lay bare,
bring to light,
uncloak
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Here are some of the synonyms for Betrayal that jumped out at me, and some scriptural refutations:

  • traitor

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  • reveal

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  • treacherous

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  • unfaithful

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  • uncover

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  • disloyal

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  • cheat

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  • defraud

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  • denounce

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  • unmask

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Unfortunately there were no antonyms given for betray, so these are implied:

  • faithful

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  • loyal

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  • integrity

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  • protect

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  • defend

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  • champion

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  • hero

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Turning to the final sting, Deceived:

First a definition…

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Definition of ‘deceive’

phrase be deceived by something or someone

Synonyms

  • be taken in by
  • fall for
  • swallow
  • take the bait
  • be made a fool of by
  • be the dupe of
  • swallow hook, line, and sinker
Collins Thesaurus of the English Language – Complete and Unabridged 2nd Edition. 2002 © HarperCollins Publishers 1995, 2002

Synonyms for deceive

verb to cause to accept what is false, especially by trickery or misrepresentation

The American Heritage® Roget’s Thesaurus. Copyright © 2013, 2014 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Synonyms for deceive

Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.
The above three expanded definitions were from:

Synonyms of ‘deceive

(verb)  in the sense of take in
Definition
to mislead by lying

He has deceived and disillusioned us all.

Synonyms
take in
fool (informal)
con (informal)
kid (informal)
stiff (slang)
sting (informal)
lead (someone) on (informal)
hoax
dupe
bamboozle (informal)
double-cross (informal)
take for a ride (informal)
pull a fast one on (slang)
scam (slang)
pull the wool over (someone’s) eyes

Additional synonyms

in the sense of bamboozle
Definition
to cheat

He was bamboozled by conmen.

Synonyms
do (informal),
kid (informal),
skin (slang),
take in (informal),
con (informal),
sting (informal),
rip off (slang),
gull (archaic),
stitch up (slang),
double-cross (informal),
diddle (informal),
take for a ride (informal),
do the dirty on (Britishinformal),
pull a fast one on (informal),
in the sense of beguile
Definition
to charm (someone) into doing something he or she would not normally do

He used his newspapers to beguile his readers.

Synonyms
take in,
con (informal),
impose on,
gull (archaic),
take for a ride (informal),
in the sense of cheat
Definition
to defraud

He cheated an old woman out of her life savings.

Synonyms
skin (slang),
take in (informal),
con (informal),
stiff (slang),
sting (informal),
rip off (slang),
gull (archaic),
do (informal),
stitch up (slang),
bamboozle (informal),
double-cross (informal),
diddle (informal),
take for a ride (informal),
pull a fast one on (informal),
screw (informal),
finagle (informal),
scam (slang)

Synonyms of ‘deceive

Additional synonyms

in the sense of con
Definition
to swindle or defraud

She claimed that a fraudster had conned her out of her life savings.The British motorist has been conned by the government.

Synonyms
rip off (slang),
sting (informal),
kid (informal),
skin (slang),
stiff (slang),
gull (archaic),
rook (slang),
bamboozle (informal),
double-cross (informal),
diddle (informal),
take for a ride (informal),
do the dirty on (Britishinformal),
sell a pup,
pull a fast one on (informal),
scam (slang)
in the sense of cozen
Definition
to cheat or trick
Synonyms
con (informal),
take advantage of,
stiff (slang),
impose on,
gull (archaic),
stitch up (slang),
double-cross (informal),
diddle (informal),
take for a ride (informal),
in the sense of delude
Definition
to make someone believe something that is not true

We delude ourselves that we are in control.

Synonyms
kid (informal),
take in (informal),
con (informal),
impose on,
gull (archaic),
bamboozle (informal),
take for a ride (informal),
lead up the garden path (informal),
misguide,
scam (slang)
in the sense of double-cross
Definition
to cheat or betray

They were frightened of being double-crossed.

Synonyms
sting (informal),
two-time (informal),
sell down the river (informal),
in the sense of dupe
Definition
to deceive or cheat

Some of the offenders duped the psychologists.

Synonyms
con (informal),
kid (informal),
sting (informal),
rip off (slang),
gull (archaic),
bamboozle (informal),
take for a ride (informal),
pull a fast one on (informal),
scam (slang)
in the sense of fool
Definition
to deceive (someone), esp. in order to make them look ridiculous

Art dealers fool a lot of people.

Synonyms
kid (informal),
take in,
con (informal),
stiff (slang),
have (someone) on,
gull (archaic),
make a fool of,
take for a ride (informal),
put one over on (informal),
play a trick on,
pull a fast one on (informal),
scam (slang)
in the sense of hoax
Definition
to deceive or play a joke on (someone)

He recently hoaxed a number of celebrities.

Synonyms
take in (informal),
con (slang),
wind up (Britishslang),
kid (informal),
gull (archaic),
bamboozle (informal),
gammon (Britishinformal),
take (someone) for a ride (informal),
prank,
hornswoggle (slang),
scam (slang)
in the sense of hoodwink
Definition
to trick or deceive

Many people are hoodwinked by the so-called beauty industry.

Synonyms
con (informal),
kid (informal),
gull (archaic),
rook (slang),
bamboozle (informal),
take (someone) for a ride (informal),
lead up the garden path (informal),
sell a pup,
pull a fast one on (informal),
scam (slang)
in the sense of kid
Definition
to tease or deceive (someone) for fun

Are you sure you’re not kidding me?I’m just kidding.

Synonyms
rag (British),
wind up (Britishslang),
gull (archaic),
cozen (literary),
jerk or yank someone’s chain (informal)
in the sense of mislead
Definition
to give false or confusing information to

Ministers knowingly misled the public.

Synonyms
take someone in (informal),
misdirect,
lead astray,
take someone for a ride (informal),
misguide,
give someone a bum steer (informalUS)

Synonyms of ‘deceive

Additional synonyms

in the sense of swindle
Definition
to cheat (someone) out of money

He swindled investors out of millions of pounds.

Synonyms
do (slang),
skin (slang),
stiff (slang),
sting (informal),
rip (someone) off (slang),
rook (slang),
bamboozle (informal),
diddle (old-fashioned),
take (someone) for a ride (informal),
put one over on (someone) (informal),
pull a fast one (on someone) (informal),
bilk (of),
take to the cleaners (informal),
sell a pup (to) (slang),
cozen (rare),
hornswoggle (slang),
scam (slang)
in the sense of trick
Definition
to defraud, deceive, or cheat (someone)

He’ll be upset when he finds out how you tricked him.

Synonyms
take someone in (informal),
con (informal),
kid (informal),
stiff (slang),
sting (informal),
gull (archaic),
impose upon,
bamboozle (informal),
put one over on (informal),
pull a fast one on (informal),
scam (slang)
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These are some of the synonyms of deceived that stood out to me which are thus in most need of scriptural remediation:

  • lie

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  • ensnare

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  • delude

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  • swindle

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  • lead astray

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  • entrap

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  • mislead

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  • trick

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  • trap

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There was only one antonym shared, undeceive, so I added a few implied opposite meanings to round out the scriptural treasure hunt:

  • undeceive

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  • inform

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  • correct

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  • tell the truth to

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  • include

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  • set free

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  • Redeemed

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  • delivered

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Well, that’s the end of the meat of this post, counteracting negative expanded meanings of those “old tapes” with the light & life of scriptural truth!

Before closing with some final scriptural images & encouragements I wanted to share a few stream of consciousness insights that cropped up while creating this post:

  • ” betray implies a breaking of faith while appearing to be loyal”
    • This concept may be partly why these memories can be accompanied by such pain, for the betrayer was often so deceptive in their creative destruction of heart, mind, & soul…& relationship…

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  • “to rebuff; esp., to deny acceptancecarelove, etc. to (someone) rejected child”
    • When many of the painful incidents that still rear their heads occurred I had no understanding of the basis for the lack of acceptance so no clear path to either remedying or avoiding it…

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  • “A reject is a product that has not been accepted for use or sale, because there is something wrong with it.”
    • The “something wrong with it” concept is a mental double-edged sword:
      • Is there in actuality something “wrong” with me that needs fixing?
      • Is this more a case of being rejected by the world because of attempting to live by more Christ-like standards in more secular arenas?

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  • discard–one of the ugly synonyms that leaped out
    • If the world around me finds me as trash can I still be treasured in God’s eyes?

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  • “If you abandon an activity or piece of work, you stop doing it before it is finished.”
    • From the spiritual perspective, as long as we live on the planet we are still the Lord’s unfinished masterpiece; He’ll never abandon His perfecting purposes!

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  • “If a person’s body rejects something such as a new heart that has been transplanted into it, it tries to attack and destroy it.”
    • This is another concept that I am looking at two ways:
      • Outside elements and individuals as well as internal mental processes & dwelling on past darkness & despair can try to attack & destroy me…
      • The “new heart” concept aligns with Christian & biblical teaching so conversely, as I attempt to apply the many scriptural truths (such as gathered throughout this post) it’s likely that those “old tapes” will still rise up trying to attack & destroy the new life sought to reanimate & reinvigorate the old heart that was battered, bruised, & betrayed–This is surely to remain a lifelong personal battle to some degree. 

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  • anti-rejection meds–one of my son’s is a Liver Transplant recipient who will likely require life-long medication to supress his body’s immunological response–a paradoxical natural process whereby the new organ, though necessary & lifegiving, is attempted to be destroyed as a foreign invader–a process the Creator designed that under “normal” circumstances could potentially save him could now conceivably diminish or even destroy his life…two opposite thoughts here too:
    • My pulverized psyche has lived the bulk of my life with those “old tapes” shaping certain personal perspectives & perceptions & those “tapes” could act immunosuppressively to thwart the “new heart” scriptural truth overlay.  In this very imperfect metaphor I envision an old heart/new heart continuing transformative process instead of a one-time spiritual “transplant” surgery.  In a sense it’s a matter of choice & the will–do we turn toward & be reborn in The Light or do we stayed bowed, deceived, defeated in The Darkness?
    • Alternatively, those “anti-rejection” meds represent the process of transforming the old heart defeated & in despair into a heart set-free from the bondage & deceptions & brutality of it’s lifelong journey.  There is a choice here, embrace the Light & Truth of the Lord & His Word (regardless of feelings & memories) or hang on to the lies of the “old tapes” permitting them both dominance & definition of one’s very existence…

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  • On a final note, here’s a little family history perspective based on this one synonym discovered–LZ (loser)
    • L.Z. Munger, or Leroy Zolvan Munger was my grandfather’s great-grandfather & in historical documents he often was referred to as L.Z., though the definition above was likely not in common use for it’s highly unlikely he’d overtly call himself  “loser”…
    • My grandfather, E.M. Stoddard, was likely named after his mother’s grandfather for his given names are Elzine Munger, which sounds a lot like L.Z. Munger, though this nomenclature history is speculative on my part.
    • My grandpa pretty much hated his given names (rejecting the LZ=loser labeling) and went by E.M., El, Al, or Lefty.  He didn’t allow others to box him in nor did he accept their (mis)perceptions of him.
    • When in school my grandpa was not a very good student, in fact he kept his best report card, all C’s I believe, in his personal effects to be discovered after he was gone.  One of his teachers often berated him & told him to his face as a man “see I knew you’d never amount to anything” while he sold her gas & cared for her car in his “Stoddard’s Superior Service” gas station–he even extended her credit during WWII era rationing & scrip usage–I don’t know if she ever paid her material debts, though she certainly never paid the immaterial ones!
    • Anyway, grandpa was left-handed, hence “Lefty”, and grew up in the era when this “sinister” tendency was to be beaten out of the child so he was made to use his right hand through punitive actions against his person.  He never finished high-school and may have felt inferior, at least educationally, to my grandma who was one class shy of a bachelor’s degree & worked as a teacher.
    • Well, grandpa was a self-made man, a strong father, a loving husband, a rough-edged yet playful grandfather, a respected friend, & a sage.  He didn’t let lies spoken to him or abuses visited upon him stop him from living a life of integrity, hard work, service, & sacrifice.  He was a true Wounded Warrior!
    • Like my grandpa before me certain people & circumstances have combined to sear my soul in subterranean though pervasive pain.  My (grand) Father also bore the scars of suffering.  He provides an encouraging example of a life well-lived and worthy of the Call of Christ!  I hope that my baby steps in my grandfather’s overcoming footsteps will strengthen me as I purpose my heart to continue this journey on the path my Father illuminates & strengthens me to press on in the tumultuous though ultimately triumphant-in-Christ travels of a yielded, wounded, transformed soldier in service of the Cross!

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Here are some final scriptures & encouraging images to fortify us for the transformative journey we’ve undertaken.  May God Bless YOU Richly as you yield yourself to His molding, becoming pliant in the Master Potter’s Hands.  May we each become vessels fit for service & overflowing with Living Water to soothe other travel-wearied soldiers along that path of peace and purpose ultimately terminating in Paradise!

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If you’ve made it this far, you may appreciate this post I also did elsewhere:

https://pioneerperspectives.wordpress.com/2019/07/14/legalism-lies-liberty/

 

 

 

4 thoughts on “Rewriting an Old Tape of Lies

  1. Took me all day to get through this, even with scrolling through or skimming most of the definitions. But I knew it was worth it, very glad and encouraged you’re talking visible steps on the path to healing, to the only One with true healing to offer. Really encouraging, and what an interesting bit of family history! Lord bless you, Mom!

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    • Thanks Brandon for slogging through with me again! You are a champion in the mold of your father & Our Father! May the Lord also provide His balm to your soul for those broken places that still need reassembly…

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  2. Finding myself in a place of pounding, persistent pain I returned to this post & thankfully found refreshment in The Word! I hope/pray that you too might be blessed here through Christ’s ministry of love, grace, peace, joy, comfort, & hope. Blessings!

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