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A synonym is a word that means the same, or almost the same thing, as another word.

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Synonym for “under-developed location” used by someone who is well off?

In a fiction I am writing when one of the characters returns home to his wife he finds here sister's there as well. when asked why they've been there for the past month one explains how they are ...
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Synonym for rare occurrence but with negative connotation

What are some synonyms for 'rare' or 'unusual' that have a negative connotation. For instance: Enron's collapse was unusual, as the massive financial trickery ultimately bankrupted millions of ...
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How to label a status from Quiet to Normal to Busy? [on hold]

I need to put labels on a cafe website that represent how busy / how many customers are currently in the store. I can't figure how to describe the three different levels of busy. Currently I have ...
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“Lighter” vs. “brighter”

I'm trying to find information about the grammatical correctness of interchanging lighter and brighter in the sense of: I turned on the lamp and the room became lighter. I turned on the lamp ...
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Innovation Projects vs. Innovative Projects? What's the difference?

It seems to be that innovation projects refer to those projects that are going to innovate current systems or practices with newer things, or generally speaking, bringing something newer to replace ...
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How to say “nonconfluence” in context of God and man?

I'm writing about a union between man and God in Christianity. And this union has a property of not being confluent, meaning that the person of man doesn't dissolve in the person of God but they exist ...
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How to say “beginninglessness” properly? [on hold]

I'm writing about a property of God, describing that He has no beginning, and I couldn't find a word for it. The best I came up with is beginninglessness, but it sounds alien and doesn't seem to be ...
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What is a word for something or someone who doesn't do what they are supposed to or what they were meant to do? [on hold]

I need a word for something or someone who doesn't do what it was supposed to. Like if an object was supposed to be embarrassing but instead people admire it... Idk a word for something like that or ...
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What's a synonym for “not last” [duplicate]

If I want to indicate that the current batch of items isn't the last one, what's one generic word to say "not last"? P.S. Not looking for a specific word e.g. penultimate
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Difference between “contest” and “competition”? [duplicate]

Is there a criterion to determine whether something is "a contest" or "a competition"? Are "a photography contest" and "a photography competition", for instance, totally synonymous? Is the fact that ...
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Expect vs. Foresee

Just read the sentence "This is not what I expect but what I foresee." Does this make sense to anyone here? Granted there are differences in meaning between 'expect' and 'foresee' but to me they are ...
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What are synonyms for “and more”? [closed]

I would like to know synonyms for "and more". Example: apples, bananas, grapes, strawberries, and more.
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Synonyms For Tall? [closed]

Hello there everyone! I have to write this 15,000 word "book" for E.L.A., and I need an unbelievably stupendous word for 'tall'. I can't think of a really good synonym, and I'm getting tired of ...
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Is there a way to say “It Starts With You”? [closed]

I'm looking to try to find a phrase or a much more simpler way to say "It Starts With You". Is there any other way? Even if it's in another language!
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What is the difference between “pallet” and “skid”

I usually call this device a pallet, but I have heard it referred to as a skid: Is there a difference between the two words (such as one is the name of the actual wooden device, the other is the ...
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Contentious Vs. Controversial

Are the words contentious and controversial synonymous AND interchangeable? or is there some difference in some contexts or in emphasis? For example, take this sentence I found in an excerpt from a ...
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Term for “unnecessary diversity”?

I am looking for a word or phrase to capture the notion that too much diversity can backfire. Here's the context. In some technical fields (such as programming), there may be hundreds of possible ways ...
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Secular phrase for “Heaven only knows” or “God only knows”?

As the title states, I am seeking a secular phrase synonymous to "Heaven only knows" or "God only knows." Any ideas or suggestions would be appreciated.
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Marriage between close relatives

What is the English term for marriage between close relatives?
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Relations between base level English words

A lot of dictionaries these days when they explain a word, they usually suppose that we know some base level words e.g, 'a', 'the', 'he', 'that' ,and 'be'. If I look up to their definitions in the ...
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Looking for an alternate word for 'Acquisition'

I am trying to find an alternative word for acquisition in the context of acquiring a license to a piece of software. I would prefer a word that's shorter to put on a report than the "Number of ...
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Best synonyms for “expanding / enlarging the Knowledge / Science / Wisdom” [closed]

I'm trying to invent the inscription to joke "certificates" which I'm going to send to some users of my site. Currently I come to: By this we, brethren of CodeAbbey, solemnly and unanimously ...
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Is there a single word version of “large body of water”?

I am in need of a more concise word than "large body of water", something that can be used to describe a sea, ocean, gulf, etc. - is there such a word? The particular usage I am looking for is to ...
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What is an appropriate antonym for “genesis”?

In my academic discipline (meteorology), I very occasionally see lysis used to refer to dissipation of a system where genesis has been used to describe its initial development. However, lysis seems ...
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Alternative expression for “xyz Nazi”

I'm not a native English speaker, but I do understand and personally appreciate the use of the term "xyz Nazi" to say that someone is a bit dogmatic about their point of view, without necessarily ...
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“A qualified teacher” vs. “A credentialed teacher”

What's the clear-cut difference between "A qualified teacher" and "A credentialed teacher"?
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What's the subtle difference between certificate and credential? [closed]

What's the subtle difference between certificate and credential?
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Something similar to “paranoid”, but with a less negative connotation?

Paranoia is an irrational feeling that people are out to get you (in a bad way). But what's a term or phrase for a situation where it irrationally feels like people are giving you positive attention ...
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'likely' and 'probable'

Although I am not a native English speaker, I do feel that a 'likely event' is at least slightly more 'likely' than a 'probable event'. Merriam-Webster's dictionary seems to agree with me. likely 1) ...
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Most appropiate word for someone addicted to Internet [duplicate]

Apart from computer savvy or geeks,I am looking for the most appropriate English word for someone who is addicted to Internet?
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What is a word or expression I can use in this scenario?

When I am exasperated or frustrated when something is not working properly. Not like sh*t or fcuk, those are just "something bad is happening" or just too broad. I want something thats more like ...
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Besides “flood plain”, is there also something similar called “flood plane”?

Having stumbled upon the term flood plane (meaning the area along a river that is flooded occasionally), I searched for it and the correct spelling seems to be flood plain. Now, some uncertainty ...
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What to call the attitude of pursuing something

What will you call a person with an endless spirit of pursuing something?
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What is a tone word to describe how someone may feel like they do not belong? [closed]

I have world literature homework, and i have to discuss a shift in tone. A character is feeling like she doesn't belong to any cultural group... help?
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“with” vs “to have”

I have a tendency to say things like: It was nice with cake. Usually it's in the form of: It was adjective with noun. whereas my wife is always correcting me to: It was nice to have ...
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Which is the better word: “byproduct” or “waste”?

At the construction and demolition project we get a lot of waste. And some materials are going to be recycled to make new products. Which word is more appropriate for describing these materials, ...
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Synonym for “stop at nothing”

What is a synonym for "stop at nothing"? Example usage: I stop at nothing to deliver ideal and timely design solutions.
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I need to reword “best face forward”?

What is another word/phrase for "best face forward"? Example usage: What first attracts us to a business is its visual appeal— so why not present your business with its best face forward?
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Trendy fashion phrases in press releases

How appropriate is it to use trendy fashion words in a press release? A fresh season truly requires a new wardrobe for the fashion-forward style setter. The surest bets? Stripes, lace, leather, ...
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What's a career-threatening injury if you don't do it for a living?

How would I describe a 'career-threatening/career-ending injury' when I'm talking about someone who didn't do it for a living? In this particular example, a middle-aged man who loved Sunday cricket ...
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Good word for “framer” (not in the constitution sense)

Is there a good word for a person who frames another person (for a crime, etc.)? Looking for something in the vein of "snitch" Thanks!
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Verb synonyms for 'come/spring to mind'

What are some more formal synonyms in the form of a verb, preferably one word? thesarus.com produced 'strike', but it is transitive and sounds too grating. 'Arrive' sounds noncontextual.
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What is another word for an weak or unsatisfying (to the viewer) smile?

I'm writing a poem about someone who smiles in a very vague way that leaves something to be desired. I've thought about words like unreadable, empty and vague, but not really "enigmatic". Their smile ...
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Is “broad variety” in common usage? Better adjective?

A colleague used "broad variety" which sounds odd to me. I would go for "wide range", but is there a commonly used adjective with "variety" that can be substituted?
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What is another word for severe consequences?

I am trying not to overuse the words "severe consequences". I am describing how different entrepreneurs are responding to a crisis differently. For example in this sentence: An entrepreneur was ...
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Is there a word that strictly means “mutual understanding?”

In an essay I've written, I come to realize something. Someone else understands that I've just realized this something. The engendered sense of achievement and understanding . . . In this ...
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A more commonly understood synonym for “inculcation” [duplicate]

What word is similar to inculcation, but would be understood by ordinary people? When I asked about inculcation, people didn't understand the word. Psychologists, however, use it.
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Small but powerful?

I'm looking for a word or idiom that describes something that is small but powerful. For example, a tiny computer that is capable of doing the same work as a larger computer.
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Is it proper to refer to a clothes dryer as a drying machine?

A clothes washing machine is commonly referred to as either a "washer" or a "washing machine" but I have only ever heard of a clothes dryer being referred to as a "dryer". Is it a regional thing? Is ...
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Describing the attribution of a machine's characteristics to humans

Is there a word, an opposite of anthropomorphism, that describes the attribution of a machine's characteristics to humans (e.g., speaking of humans as though they were computers)? Or, when we ...