( a really REALLY bad situation )

This situation __ FUBAR

Some synonyms I can come up with:


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    The definition of irony: Not knowing the difference between a definition and an example. – Andrew Grimm Sep 19 '11 at 2:51
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    So what is wrong with the "synonyms" you have already? Did you plug them into a thesaurus and fail to find anything useful? A good question of this type should explain what you tried to do, and why it didn't work for you - you've got the first part, but... what's wrong with the results you came up with? – Shog9 Nov 14 '11 at 21:48
  • @delinquentme, Some of the answers at english.stackexchange.com/q/100814/8278 may be applicable. – Pacerier Jul 23 '16 at 3:50

How about "epitome."

"This situation is the epitome of FUBAR."

If you want a verb, there's "epitomizes", but I like the noun better.


Yet another answer: quintessence, sense 1, "A thing that is the most perfect example of its type; the most perfect embodiment of something."

A related term is paradigm, sense 1, "An example serving as a model or pattern; a template."



Means to entirely cover something.

In the same register as 'FUBAR', one would use the phrasing:

This situation is totally FUBAR.


I've always liked "embodies" and "incarnate."

"This situation embodies FUBAR."

"This situation is FUBAR incarnate."


"exemplifies" is a great term for this, as it refers to providing an example.

illustrates and depicts will also work here.


This situation defines FUBAR.

If you want to completely embody the meaning of a term then I would reason that the situation is a definition for the term so therefore it defines it.

Giving an example by illustration or comparison by epitome seem to be one step removed from a complete embodiment or definition.

If you're not keen on the verb then go this way:

This situation is, the definition of, FUBAR.

  • See my comment for this question. – Andrew Grimm Sep 19 '11 at 4:19

When you're talking about someone rather than something or some situation, you can use personifies or one of its other forms....

Charles is the very personification of narrow-mindedness.


As an alternative to all of the above.

Boil it down.

This situation is FUBAR.

I think the word "is" is what what you're after.

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