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

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Synonym for “to calm”?

There is a verb that sounds like kwel/quel that means "to calm". My best attempts to get a butchered spelling close enough that a digital dictionary can tell me the proper spelling are failures; and ...
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What's a better word for “cowardly”, that doesn't sound like name-calling?

Would an average reader know what "pusillanimous" means? That would be the kind of word I'm looking for if anyone would - it sounds more distant than "cowardly". "Cowardly" sounds like you have a ...
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Better way to say “repeat sequentially”

I'm trying to say "it counts the number of times a given value repeats sequentially" in a list, meaning it finds the maximum number of times a value occurs in a row in a list. I know there's a word ...
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Why is a story not called a “-logue”, though it has a prologue and an epilogue?

The Merriam Webster Dictionary defines -logue as: indicating speech or discourse of a particular kind. I understand that -logue is a combining form noun, but it has always struck me as odd that ...
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Is there any countable noun which is a synonym of 'rating'?

What noun can be used to describe how many times something has been rated? For voting, you can say "one vote" or "two votes". For liking (Facebook), you can say "one like" or "two likes". For ...
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Short word that means “someone who takes notes”

I have stenographer, secretary and recorder already (but they don't seem to be precise enough) and I'm hoping to find a shorter word if possible please. Some context, I'm a software engineer and the ...
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What does “get wound” mean?

In the sixth panel of this web comic the character says, "Get wound, Sturmvoraus*! I do not need your help." So, what does "get wound" mean in this context? I googled it, but only got "getting wound ...
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What is a synonym for “most frequently occurring”

I'm trying to succinctly describe something that occurs most frequently, and the only single-word adjective I can think of is "commonest", but that sounds ridiculous. Are there any other good ...
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Appropriate use of the term “transversely”

In the following paragraph, is it appropriate to use the term "transversely" to describe something that has the opposite effect? Tests have shown that the lower the range, the more likely that a ...
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Shorter alternatives to “staying up-to-date”

Is this kind of bad foreign English or it would be correct to say "to keep yourself up-to-date"/"informed" when subscribing, e.g., a twitter or a RSS feed? Is there a single verb/adjective/shorter ...
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Is “chubby” offensive?

I said to a person that she is "chubby" and, apparently, she took it very seriously. What I meant to say is that she's not skin and bones, she carried more pounds than needed but, precisely because of ...
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Difference between lexicon and dictionary

What is the difference between a lexicon and a dictionary? Is a lexicon just an über-big dictionary?
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When is the correct time to use 'granter' or 'grantor'

We have a site where we have people grant each other favors. Within the site, we have copy that says when you grant someone a favor, "you are a 'x'". Should the person who grants a favor to another ...
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“Injure” vs. “damage”

I have injured my ankle. I have damaged my ankle. Could you tell me the difference? How can I use injured/damaged correctly?
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Recur vs. Reoccur

Is there any difference between the verbs reoccur and recur? Several sources suggest that they are synonymous, but some fine-tuners suggest that there is a nuanced difference, such as Grammarist, ...
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Is there a more eloquent word for a zigzag? [closed]

The title pretty much says it all. Is there a more eloquent word for a zigzag? Edit: Allow me to clarify, I'm referring to the shape of a zigzag, a picture is attached below.
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“flat” vs. “apartment”

Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary, 8th edition Flat: noun. [ countable ] ( BrE ) a set of rooms for living in, including a kitchen, usually on one floor of a building. Apartment: noun. ( ...
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Is “the way” synonym of “how”?

In constructions like the following ones, could the way be replaced with how? Is there any difference between them? I like the way she eats peaches. The way he looked at her... Can anybody ...
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Is there a difference between “continual” and “continuous”?

They are very close in meaning, I know, but I want to know if there are any subtle differences. Let me give you an example of a subtle difference in meaning between synonyms: Deceitful vs. ...
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What other word can we use in place of “helpless”

I am looking for an English word I can use sometimes in place of helpless. I have the word in my language, but I am not able to find it in English. The word which we say sometimes if we feel that we ...
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What is the difference between “citizen” and “denizen”

Citizen: 1. A legally recognized subject ornational of a state or commonwealth, either native or naturalized. 2. An inhabitant of a particular town or city. Denizen: 1. An inhabitant or occupant of a ...
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What is a good substitute for “echoey”?

As in "an echoey room". People do use this word in speech, but it isn't proper in writing. I thought of "echoing", but that implies that something is currently making an echo, whereas what I'm ...
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Synonym for 'description'

Preferably a short one. 'Description' fits my purpose very well, but is longer than I'd like (3 - 5 letters are ideal). It's going to be used as a heading, umbrella-term, button or similar for ...
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Single word to denote date and time

I want one word that means Date and Time. For example in "the date and time of the event will be announced later" I want to use single word instead of "date and time"
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Synonym or short phrase for 'entablature'

I am not sure if this word has multiple meanings, but I am using it in an architectural context. Classical orders have distinctive columns with distinctive capitals. However, when I say each style ...
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Synonyms and antonyms for “lacking” or “missing” when something is mandatory

I am searching for the correct term usage in my Java code, although you don't need to know anything about programming to answer my question. My "something" can be "required" (mandatory) or not ...
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What is a word for “one entity widening conditions for another”?

I'm searching for a word that means "A widens conditions for B". I mean that A has a positive influence on B and thanks to existence of A, B can exist in more tough conditions.
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Is there a synonym for laziness or procrastination [closed]

...that starts with the letter 'w', 'h', or 'e'? I'm in desperate need of such a word to fit the essay I'm writing :D
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Should we avoid using words that have alternate offensive meaning [closed]

There are many English words that could be used to refer to something innocent that also has a common slang meaning, such as pussy, ass, bitch, etc. For convenience' sake, should we avoid using ...
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What are alternative responses for when someone sneezes?

Question: What is an appropriate English response to reply when someone nearby sneezes? Background: I am American by birth, and was raised to respond 'God Bless You' when someone sneezes -- though I ...
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What is a synonym for “girlfriend”?

I'm in my mid 40s and dating this lady of a similar vintage. I am trying to find a good word to describe our relationship, but "girlfriend" and "boyfriend" seems inappropriate for us. It reminds me of ...
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'Shelled' vs. 'deshelled'

Are they interchangeable? Do they really mean the same thing in this context? As in the sentences: I really enjoy these already shelled pistachios. I really enjoy these already deshelled ...
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Alternative terms for meaning “wake up”

What other terms or expressions can be used to say "wake up", either slang or not? I have read about "quake up", but as English is not my natural language I am not sure of how used is this ...
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“Pretension” vs. “pretentiousness”

Is there a difference between pretension and pretentiousness? Merriam-Webster gives the latter as one possible definition of the former. Is one more recent than the other? Is there any reason to use ...
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Synonym for “cluster” in a technical context

We're looking for a suitable synonym for cluster as in "a cluster of applications" within our enterprise architecture. We don't want to use "cluster" itself since this can be misunderstood to mean a ...
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Differences between “vulgar” and “coarse”, “crass”, “crude”, “rough”, “rude”, “unrefined” as applied to language

This question specifically covers how these terms are used to describe language, it is a followup to What's the difference between "informal", "colloquial", "slang", ...
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Synonym for force-feed?

I can't find one anywhere and can't think of one either, but this is a clever group and maybe someone has a synonym for force-feed, in the sense not of forcible indoctrination, but physically forcing ...
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What's the difference between grammar and syntax?

I've never understood the difference between these two terms. I understand the difference between semantics and syntax, or between semantics and grammar, but I'm not sure what's the difference between ...
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What is a good synonym for “interesting”?

What's a good synonym for the word "interesting" or "interested"? I find that I use those words a bit too often (e.g. "I'm definitely interested!", "Yeah, that sounds really interesting, I would love ...
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What are some old-world alternatives or precursors to 'WTF' (expressions of frustration or surprise)? [closed]

Such as 'what on Earth' or 'what in the world', etc. I'm trying to come up with a list of witty alternatives. Note: I'm not looking for alternatives to the letters W, T, and F. I'm looking for ...
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Are “shower gel” and “body soap” regional synonyms?

In Australia where I'm from solid soap has practically been replaced by shower gel except for the older generations. I expected that this type of stuff and its name came from Euro-English but now I'm ...
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Word that means “healing” or “spiritually healing”?

I know there is a word that means 'healing' as in. "The therapy session was very __", blank meaning it was healing (possibly of emotional wounds from the past)
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“Corner” vs. “nook”

Are the nouns "corner" and "nook" synonymous? I just saw them employed in an enumeration as if they meant different things: ... has a funny shape, with ledges, corners, nooks,... What are any ...
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Synonym for not taking personal responsibility

I'm trying to think of a word that suggests a person who takes no personal accountability in their actions or always tries to shift blame on to some factor supposedly outside of their control. Is ...
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Is “peculiar” completely interchangeable with “strange”?

Is peculiar completely interchangeable with strange? can both be used in exactly the same contexts?
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Word for “decorated too much”

I'm looking for a word (verb) meaning decorate/embellish too much — in a bad sense — and in particular having the tint of being too much so that something instead of being beautiful becomes fussy and ...
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Enquire and inquire

In British English I think these two words have different shades of meaning, but I couldn't articulate them. In American English I see inquire used where I would use "enquire". Are there shades of ...
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Synonyms for “Almighty”

What is a perfect synonym for Almighty? For whom we could we use Almighty? Can Almighty be used for God?
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What is the purpose of using the word “automagically” when we already have “automatically”?

Is there a difference between the two? I see it used regularly in the tech community to mean automatically. Has the word been adopted into any recognised dictionary? For example: That was the ...
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Grandma and Nan, origins and differences?

What are the origins and differences between these two? Same for Granddad/Grandpa? Why was there the need for the two different names?