Part of speech:
(Countable nouns, like “bottle,” “piece,” and “decision,” are words for things that can be broken into exact units. You talk about “a bottle,” “three pieces,” and “many decisions.”
Likewise, talk about one caldron or multiple caldrons.)
Of course, a caldron (or "cauldron") is a black pot that witches brew potions in, and really you can just make soup and stuff in there, too.
In the figurative sense, a caldron is any messy, turbulent situation.
caldrons (or "cauldrons")
How to use it:
Talk about a situation being a caldron when it's emotionally heated, messy and mixed-up, and getting worse and more complex as it bubbles on.
Often you say "a caldron of something" as in "The contest was a caldron of vicious ambition and resentment" and "Movies made it seem like high school would be a caldron of jealousy and shifting loyalties."
If you need to really emphasize your point, add a colorful adjective: a seething caldron, a bubbling caldron, an overflowing caldron, an oozing caldron, a boisterous caldron, etc. Or be more specific: a racial caldron, a political caldron, and so on.
You can't really just start reading Reddit for the first time and expect to make sense of it all. It's a caldron of weird inside jokes and oddly specific strife.
Sometimes on Facebook, I have to back away from the posts that my younger acquaintances share... the last thing I want to do is throw anything more into the roiling caldron of drama.
Look away from the screen to explain the definition in your own words. You’ll know you understand what "caldron" means when you can explain it without saying “bubbling pot" or "hot mess."
Think of something that's been chaotic in your life, and fill in the blanks: "_____ was basically a seething caldron of _____."
Example: "Preparing to move the two of us, the baby, the two cats, the two cars, and the household goods and furniture across the Pacific Ocean was basically a seething caldron of anxiety."
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1. The opposite of CALDRON could be
A. a hypothetical situation
B. a volcanic situation
C. a halcyon situation
2. Her comments only stirred the caldron _____.
A. in the past
B. of their rivalry
C. above the controversy
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