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

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“Tear(drop)” synonyms

I've been looking for the synonyms (especially poetic ones) referring to the nouns "tear" and "tear-drop". Unfortunately, there wasn't much for me to find. I've found two, poetic ones - "brine" and ...
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Better term for “intellectual jokes”

What can you call a joke, pun, or anything funny that likely needs intelligence to get? All I can come up with is intellectual jokes; is there another word for this? A one-word answer would be great. ...
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Noun to describe a “typo-filled” letter

I am changing my e-mail signature on my phone to read: Sent from my Samsung Galaxy S4. Please do not mistake my brevity and/or misspellings for apathy and/or ignorance. I am looking for a ...
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Is this sentence correct: I could not keep calm?

How can I say when I know that I do something badly, but I can't keep calm. E.G. - She asked me don't tell you, but I couldn't ... I hope you understand what I meant. :)
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Syntax of “not only” + “furthermore”

Can I use not only with furthermore instead of also? Not only is he tall, he is also heavy. Can I say or write: Not only is he tall, he is furthermore heavy. or (and please tell me if this ...
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Are “perchance” and “by chance” interchangeable?

Merriam Webster's defines "perchance" as: "maybe but not definitely" Similarly, the fifth definition of chance on Merriam Webster has "by chance" defined as: "in the haphazard course of ...
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Are there any English one-word equivalents for “je ne sais quoi”?

Wiktionary defines je ne sais quoi as An intangible quality that makes something distinctive or attractive. She has a certain je ne sais quoi about her. Is there a single-word equivalent?
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What word means 'to submit a post' / 'bring to public notice online'? [on hold]

I dictionary.com'd the definition of the word 'post' and it has nothing to do which submitting a typed message to the Internet. One of the latter definitions shown on dictionary.com was 'to bring to ...
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Which of “press” or “depress” the enter key is the more correct choice? [duplicate]

I’m reading a manual right now instructing one to “press” the enter key. However, both press and depress appear to be correct, as explained in the question Why is the term "depressed" often ...
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Synonyms for 'Registration close date'

I'm managing an online registration to some conferences. The conference coordinator has to add info about that in an online form, when submitting his conference to the registration website. Is there ...
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Free (of) poetic synonyms [closed]

I am looking for the words determining the state/condition of being free of something/somebody. Poetic ones are always welcome! EXAMPLE : "Her face was INNOCENT OF make up."
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The End of a Watch (Opposite of the verb Watch) [closed]

Consider the sentences, "At 5 o'clock, you must watch the gate." And "At 9 o'clock, you can -----." (meaning to stop the watch) Is there any appropriate word to mean finish a watch, other ...
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“Niveous” poetic synonyms

Are there any more poetic synonyms for "snow-white" and "niveous"? I was searching but I've only found "nival".
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ostentatious vs pretentious [closed]

Looking at the definition of these words it appears they are pretty similar: Pretentious: Having or showing the unpleasant quality of people who want to be regarded as more impressive, successful, or ...
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Other words for the cadaverous blue?

I am looking for the particular word (if it exists in English) for the ghastly blue colour of a dead person...
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Difference between use of “ephemeral” and “transient”?

What are some differences between the ways/contexts in which one would use "ephemeral" versus "transient", and vice versa?
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Word for “Ready/want to go home”

In Mormon missionary culture, they use the word "trunky" to describe the feeling at the end of their two-year mission when they are tired, ready to go home, and are mentally packing their trunks to go ...
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Synomyns for undoable [closed]

I'm gathering for an English/Russian dictionary words that are encompassed under the aegis of the word "undoable". Here are the words I've got down so far: unfulfillable, unworkable, unexecutable, ...
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Corresponding vs. appropriate

Let me give you some context first: Germans. We may have similar words with different meanings and use words just because they have a similar spelling. software company, writing software for ...
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Given a “pledge” to complete each day, what words can represent success and failure in a motivating fashion?

If one decides that they are going to attempt to complete a pledge or task each day, what are two words (one for each) that can be used to represent the number of successes and failures, without being ...
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The difference between medium and intermediate

I wish to know the difference between medium and intermediate. There is an academic use for me trying to describe a physical parameter (a coupling constant of interactions) which is not too strong, ...
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Is a canal a type of river?

A Chinese friend of mine says that in Chinese there are no different words for canal and river, and that they are the treated as the same noun. A canal would be a man-made river if you had to ...
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“unorthodox” vs “heterodox”

What's the difference between "unorthodox" and "heterodox"? The dictionary I use roughly states that "heterodox" means "not orthodox", and "unorthodox" means well, "not orthodox". Are they perfect ...
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What's a good word for 'A short review'?

This would be a topic in a progress report that would outline what the project is about without going into details. I'm looking for something that means like 'Refresher' but sounds more professional.
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Is there one word that means 'to temporarily join'?

Is there a one-worded synonym for 'temporarily join'? Examples: I want to temporarily join your team Or a slightly different meaning; I want to temporarily join these two pieces of metal ...
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Meme expression synonyms / explanation

Could someone please disambiguate / deconstruct all the nuanced meanings of the following types of expressions originating in internet meme culture. At some point it becomes obvious there's more than ...
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“On the equivalence of A and B” or “between A and B”

I am writing an academic paper with a choice of titles: On the equivalence of A and B On the equivalence between A and B or On the equivalence of A, B and C On the equivalence ...
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Word for varied with equal spacing

I'm looking for a less clumsy way to say: The phase advance in the measurement plane was varied between the corrector lenses and the measurement screen. Also with the additional constraint that ...
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Open the rivers of Heaven?

I've heard someone saying "Their task in worship is to open the rivers of Heaven", and I understand that it means something like "Their task is to make worship extremely beautiful", but is there a ...
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backquote vs backtick

What is the difference between backquote and backtick . Really, i search on this issue . And it seems that are the same . ` If so , Is it a synonyms ?
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Can I use one word to mean “what is even worse”?

I'm describing the harm that a thing causes. First, it creates more losses. What is even worse is that it creates instability issues. Is there one word that I can use to represent "what is ...
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substitute for peripeteia

I was all set to release an album titled Peripeteia. I thought the word aesthetically sounded beautiful and the meaning, reversal of reality, "the moment the hero realizes all he believes is untrue" ...
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Is there a reference for the differences between synonyms?

Bill Bryson's "Troublesome Words" is an excellent book for, among other things, learning the difference between many synonyms, such as "prone," "prostrate," "recumbent" and "supine." But it can hardly ...
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Are the two sentences synonymous? [closed]

Are Method A is used in preference to Method B. and Method A is used in favor of Method B. synonymous (always)? Which one is actually used in each case?
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A word for “in terms of time”

What is the word that describes the context of time to replace e.g. "in terms of time, ..." Like I can say, It is more tiring mentally than physically; It is longer physically than "in terms of ...
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What can replace “consists of”?

For reasons I cannot explain, I hate the phrase consists of. Does anyone have an alternative? An example is: Testing consists of continual operation, alternating between random writes and random ...
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Adjective form of “integrity” [duplicate]

I have become a more honest person. Is there a way in which I can replace the word honest in the above sentence with an adjective with the same root as integrity?
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Single word for person entitled to receive a sales commission

I need a fairly specific single word for a person who is entitled to receive a sales commission. "Agent" for example isn't specific enough. A short phrase is also usable. Adjectives ditto. The ...
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synonyms for 'professional'

I am looking for a synonym for the adjective "professional" as it is sometimes used to mean "of high quality" or "projecting confidence & skill" when describing the perception of a group of people ...
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Synonyms for exclamations of joy or excitement [closed]

I am looking for words that convey similar meaning to the following: 'whoopee', 'yeah', 'yahoo', when such words are used as exclamations of joy or excitement, as in : 'Whoopee! Hammertime!' ...
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Word for trying to boost your image unnecessarily

A typical request where I have a word on the tip of my tongue that I just can't place. UPDATED: A lot of the suggestions are direct synonyms of bragging so I'll try and clear up the context more. ...
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Is a *by-law* the same thing as an *in-law*?

When I was a student (over fifty years ago) I had a landlady who used to talk about her 'aunt-by-law'. I wish I had been bold enough to ask her the nature of the relationship, but I have always ...
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More friendly word for “enterprise”

This is a toughy, but I'm looking for a word that doesn't have the connotations of "enterprise," "corporate" or "national account." Something that will get the idea of multi-unit businesses across in ...
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Synonym - “to go above someone”

What's a synonym, preferably solely in one word? I tried circumvent and its synonyms (eg bypass, sidestep, ...), but still desire a better one. Example: If you decide to go above the teacher, ...
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Enlightenment, enlightened, Illuminism, illuminist

The Enlightenment was a cultural movement of intellectuals (Europe, XVIII century). It is associated with the Scientific Revolution, the Atlantic Revolutions (American Revolution, French Revolution, ...
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One word for 'Uncondition Learning'

'uncondition learning' refers to forgetting the conditioning, society has given us. Also suggest related words.
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Synonym of malicious, but more “competitive”

The word I am looking for is to describe an intentionally harmful duplicate. Sort of an evil twin, but in a competitive way - one who'd "test your might" in an actual tournament to give you a lesson ...
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is “if any” the same as “if existing”?

Given this sentence: Its original manufacturer’s warranty, if any, still applies, with warranty details included in the item details. Can I change “if any” in the above sentence to “if ...
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Synonym for man-made, but not by man

I'm looking for a synonym for man-made (i.e., not naturally occurring) that doesn't imply it was made by humans. "Fabricated" or "constructed" are the closest I've come, but I'm not very happy with ...
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A single word which can be used in the place of floccinaucinihilipilification whithout losing the nuances of its meaning [closed]

Humans are quick to partake in the floccinaucinihilipilification process, it has happened before and it will happen repeatedly until evolution explicates perfect men. Is there a single word that ...