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

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Aeronautical equivalents of the nautical terms “port” and “starboard” [closed]

Are there any aeronautical terms for left and right sides of a plane, essentially equivalent to their nautical counterpart terms of port and starboard for the respective left and right sides of a ...
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Word that means “Something only a philosopher would argue with”

I remember reading (apparently not on the internet) a lighthearted definition of the word I want to use. This noun means a kind of quibble that is so trivial that only a metaphysician or similar ...
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Why are “connection” and “connexion” both used in the same work?

This question, Google Ngrams, Wikipedia, and several dictionaries all say that connexion is an alternate, obsolete spelling of connection. I am reading a several-hundred page treatise (Milton S. ...
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A single word antonym of “absorb”

In textbooks, they say "absorb" heat and "give off" heat. Is there a single word which can perfectly take the place of "give off"?
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Is there a better word than “just” for describing the recency of an event?

So, in the US, we make ample use of the word "just" in a context such as: "I just finished my homework." (I finished my homework very recently -- perhaps immediately preceding this statement) or "He ...
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Synonyms for “palette”

I'm looking for synonyms for "palette," but the usual Google/Thesaurus.com searches fail pretty hard. I'm interested in the sense that means "the range of color characteristic of a particular artist ...
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Are “reckless” and “feckless” synonyms?

Both reckless and feckless imply not taking responsibility. When is it appropriate to use the one over the other?
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Equivalent for “inhumane” in regard to animals

It's probably appropriate to use the word inhumane when referring to the improper treatment of animals, but I was just curious if there was another term in the English language that refers to the ...
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Is there a word better than “exotic” to describe languages that are little known and little studied but have many speakers?

I'm looking for a word to describe languages which are not easy to study or find books about in Western Europe or North America. On example language, which I'm currently immersed in, is Georgian, ...
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Can we use “RSVP” interchangeably with “RRSP”?

I received an email with the "RRSP" abbreviation. "RRSP by 1 Nov 2011 to Willy Milly." Upon checking with Thesaurus.com, it is a synonym of "RSVP". Can one use "RRSP" and "RSVP" interchangeably?...
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Cases where “mistake” and “error” are not interchangeable

Are there cases where error and mistake are not interchangeable?
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Proverb: “have fate without destiny”

I was looking for an English equivalent of the Chinese proverb (有缘无分) which describes couples who meet but who do not for whatever reason stay together. My friend (native speaker, no Chinese ...
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Is there a single word that can describe something that breathes/produces fire?

I'm looking for a word that I can use to describe something that "breathes" (out) fire. If there is no such word, I can create it myself, much like Stephen King created Pyrokinesis. Is there such a ...
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“Doubt” vs. “suspect” [closed]

I have never used doubt or suspect properly before. Now I understand that they seem to bear quite the opposite meanings in a sentence. For example, Everybody believes him, but I suspect he is ...
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Is there a better term for 'low-level?'

In computer programming, low-level means something used as a base upon which to build more complex mechanisms. To the untrained ear, I think the term might imply inferiority, which is simply not the ...
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Is there a synonym for “defenestrate”?

Thesaurus.com lists no synonyms for defenestrate, and I can't think of any (aside from its definition). However, according to etymonline, it has been in use since 1620 (although Wikipedia refers to ...
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What would you call a person being coached? [duplicate]

I am looking for an intuitive one word description for somebody that is being coached, as in enjoying the services of a coach. I am thinking of something analogous to the oft used mentee as somebody ...
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Polite synonyms for “a——hole-ish” behavior

Are there any polite synonyms for asshole-ish behavior? A good synonym would probably have about the same impact and wouldn't send people looking for their dictionaries.
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Is the expression 'more alike' awkward or does it work in an interface?

I want to create a button on an interface that will show me more items (cars) of the same kind (or similar in characteristics). I was thinking of 'more like this' but this is a bit too long and the ...
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How about 'play cute' or 'play adorable'?

I wonder if 'play cute' or 'play adorable' is frequently used to stand for 'act cute/adorable' in spoken language. It seems easier to google out 'act cute/adorable' instead of 'play cute/adorable'.
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Term for law workarounds

Let's imagine there is some law (for example, gambling prohibition law) and malefactors try to find some workarounds to continue their business (for example, pretend like this is not gambling but ...
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What's the difference between “act” and “action”? [closed]

What's the difference between "act" and "action"? More specifically in the way they are generally used (and not more specific theatrical definitions, for instance)?
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Argentine or Argentinian?

I was taught in my school days that Argentine was the correct adjective for something relating to the country Argentina. However, these days, even in common speech (but moreover in formal English on ...
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What is a gentler word than “suspended” or “closed”?

What word can show that an action is redeemable? Is there a synonym for closed/suspended that connotes a chance at redemption?
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Are 'upload' and 'download' interchangeable?

I hear it quite often (usually on TV or in movies) that people want to download things from their computer to an external server (or whatever external method of storage). When I hear this I cringe ...
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Difference between a synecdoche and metonym?

From the definitions of these two types of figures of speech (tropes, if you will), I have always understand them to mean the same thing. Essentially, that is the usage of either a specific attribute ...
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One-word synonym for “key activities”?

I'm developing an information architecture for a web site, and one of the main tabs represents an area of the site that presents "Key Activities". The client is not excited about this label, and would ...
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Differences between “propensity”, “predilection” and “proclivity”

Propensity, predilection and proclivity all have the meaning of tendency, so what's the difference? Are they interchangeable?
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“Obvious” vs. “Evident”

Are obvious and evident totally synonymous? I've noticed that both are generally translated to the same French word. However, as a native English speaker I kinda interpret them differently; obvious ...
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Are “egotistical” and “egocentric” synonyms?

Depending on where you look, people state that the words "egotistical" and "egocentric" are and are not synonymous. There is certainly some overlap, but are the two words technically interchangeable?
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Replicit? Or a word that sounds like it?

I've looked up "replicit" and it's not a word, or so I can tell. But I could swear that there's a word that sounds like "rep licit" which means "full of" or "abundant." "Rimplicit"? Nope. Does anyone ...
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Choice of words referring to being attacked/assaulted with a glass/cup

According to the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary the verb, glass, means to encase in glass. Recently, it has also come to mean being attacked or assaulted by a glass vessel/container as in this ...
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Do “You see me?” and “You get me?” mean “Do you understand what I mean?”

Sometimes after finish explaining something, people will say, "You see me?" or "You get me?" I wonder if they are equivalent to "Do you understand what I mean?"
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Are “misty-eyed” and “misty” interchangeable?

Today, I came across a pair of sentences using these terms: And while people may get misty-eyed about the "open web", or the "neutral net", this kind of utopianism was always naive in the extreme. ...
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Noun for “person with intermediate skill”

I'm looking for the noun form of "person with intermediate skill". For example, in the context of a particular activity, "person with no skill" might be designated a novice, and "person with much ...
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“In that case” vs “in this case” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Using “that” and “this” interchangeably Imagine a dialog: Me: Can I have a Guinness, please? Bartender: We run out of Guinness, mate. ...
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A synonym for “go online”

What synonyms are there for telling someone to "go online and search for it"? Is there something like go live or similar?
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Difference between “notable” and “noteworthy”

Which would be more appropriate in this case? I currently do not have any affiliation that would be notable in the context of this election I currently do not have any affiliation that would ...
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What's the difference between “my love” and “my lover”?

What's the difference between "my love" and "my lover" ? Or do they have the same meaning ?
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Synonym of “s--t eating grin” suitable for polite company

Can anyone think of a synonym for "shit eating grin" that would be usable in polite company? This definition from the OED captures the meaning I'm looking for perfectly: A broad grin expressing ...
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A Vocabulary word meaning: “ to completely embody the meaning of a term ” [closed]

Example: ( a really REALLY bad situation ) This situation __ FUBAR Some synonyms I can come up with: embodies exemplifies
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Difference between “socket” and “outlet”

While translating a technical document I began thinking about socket and outlet. It seems like they're mostly interchangeable. Is that correct? Or is there a difference between the two?
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Synonymity of “is that so” and “really”

Do these have the same meaning? Oh is that so? Oh really?
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A positive alternative to “smelling” to describe something with a pleasant odor

When one hears that something smells, one would generally assume that it smells bad. Isn't there a word which wouldn't bring to mind the idea of a bad odor? For example, how would you describe pot-...
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What's the difference between 'envy' and 'jealousy'?

Do you have to be jealous of someone in toto as opposed to a specific thing they have or do? Is the fear of losing that person a key component of jealousy, whereas you can be envious of someone you ...
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Why “homophobia” and not “sexualism” or similar?

A phobia is an irrational fear of something. An intolerance to something is usually an -ism, not a -phobia, as in sexism racism ageism Yet people who object to homosexual practices or discriminate ...
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Is there any adjective synonymous to “to the point”?

Is there any adjective synonymous to "to the point"? For example, "Jack's and Jill's answers are quite to-the-point, but Mary's answer is the most-to-the-point one" EDIT: A better example: ...
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Difference between “voters”, “electorates” and “constituents”

I'm reading an English text about politics, and in one paragraph I found "voters," "electorates" and "constituents." Now I would like to know if they are absolutely the same, or if they have slightly ...
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Synonyms for “taking cover”

What are synonyms for taking cover? Is there a word that means "running to shelter or refuge to save myself from incoming pain or trouble"? I want to use it in these contexts: Taking cover time. ...
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Synonym for “turn to”

What is a good synonym for the phrase turn to used to mean the firm intent to do an action after having completed a previous action such as in these examples? He completed the reports then turned ...