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

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How would you say “written for a Latin population”?

I want to say that the author wrote for the Latin people (common folk of 1200 in Italy) as his main audience. That is, for the wide audience of general populace and not just for the scholars. My ...
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Which thesaurus best describes the differences between several similar words? [closed]

Which thesaurus (online or paper) best describes the differences between several similar words? As a non-native English speaker, it is often difficult for me to distinguish the slightly different ...
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What is a good word for a person who doesn't masturbate?

Is there a word for a person who doesn't masturbate? If so, what would he/she/it be known as?
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What's the difference between orthography and spelling?

The terms "spelling" and "orthography" seem to be largely synonymous. What is the difference really? Is it that "orthography" is a more formal or technical term and hence more well-defined? Or is it ...
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Is there a sequence following “ace” (as in “ace pilot”)?

If an expert pilot or covert operative or other specialized profession can be referred to as an "ace", is there a word that describes someone who is less experienced or lacks some of the expertise? Is ...
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Is 'honest' a suitable synonym for 'sincere'?

Is 'honest' a suitable synonym for 'sincere'?
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What is a good synonym for “badass” that would be usable in a high school setting?

I'm looking for a better way to say "orchestral brass musicians are badass" that doesn't use any words that could be considered profanity. (If you're not sure what I mean by orchestral brass ...
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Is “unredactable” a word?

I googled it and even though it's been used on the Web, I can't find any entries for it on online dictionaries. If it's not a real word, then is there a good equivalent? The context is a record ...
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Are 'should' and 'be supposed to' interchangeable? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why do we say “supposed to” for “should have”? I guess I really can't tell if 'should' and 'be supposed to' are interchangeable from the ...
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When should cooking, cuisine, and cookery be used?

I have never really understood when the words cooking, cuisine and cookery should be used, and to what level they are synonymous. For example, in each example below, which could you use and why (or ...
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Monsters! another question about what-was-it-then

Etymonline has the original meaning of monster as c.1300, "malformed animal, creature afflicted with a birth defect" but I am curious to know the term used at that time -- and even earlier -- for ...
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Is there a word to describe a person who likes chaos?

I am wondering if there is a word to describe a person who likes chaos. By this I mean a few specific things: The person is pleased to hear when chaos is created, or confusion emerges The person ...
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What are some synonyms for 'euphemism'?

A euphemism is a word used to replace another worse sounding word. For example, 'pass away' for 'die', 'battle fatigue' for 'shell shock', 'PTSD' for 'battle fatigue', often a word created to replace ...
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What are synonyms of the word “metadata”?

Metadata is "data about data". Are there other words with similar meaning?
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“Droll” is to “amusing” as “sardonic” is to what?

Could someone solve this analogy? droll : amusing :: sardonic : ________ P.S. the answer does not have to be a specific length.
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What are the degrees of synonymity?

In several questions and answers on this site I've read phrases that suggest there can be a scale of synonymity between words—something I haven't thought much about before. Some examples I've seen are ...
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When should you use “despite” over “inspite”, and vice versa?

Most dictionaries suggest that inspite and despite are synonymous, but are there any specific instances when their usage is not interchangeable?
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What is a good synonym for “attribute”?

I am looking for a good synonym for the word attribute that can be used in these sentences: The item's attributes are... Colour is a type of attribute. Weight is a type of attribute. The item's ...
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What's the difference between the universe and the cosmos?

Is there a difference between the universe and the cosmos? I used to think that the cosmos was a sort of container for the universe, one that could contain potentially infinite universes.
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Are “like” and “such as” completely synonymous?

"Like" and "such as" seem to fit the exact same sentences: I want a cookie like that I want a cookie such as that There are plenty of variations where they differ: I like cookies ...
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What's the difference between 'addictive' and 'addicting'?

Some people use 'addicting game' and others use 'addictive drugs' - What's the proper usage?
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What's the difference between “lingo” and “jargon”?

To what extent, if any, do lingo and jargon differ?
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What is the difference between an apocalypse and a cataclysm?

What is the difference between an apocalypse and a cataclysm? I've been told that an apocalypse is an act of God, but we seem to use it as a generic term for any grand disaster. What is the ...
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Difference between terminology and nomenclature?

What is the difference between terminology and nomenclature? If I want to say that I use the same words with the exact same meaning as author X, what would you say? "We use the same terminology as ...
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Difference between 'sentimental' and 'emotional'?

What is the difference between the terms 'sentimental' and 'emotional'?
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To 'know' a person — online versus in person

I searched and couldn't find anything — though that surprises me. It feels like there are hard to express differences between knowing a person in real life - people I work with, people I went to ...
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Synonym for “media item”

I am looking for a synonym for "media item" by which I mean a single photo, article, video, document, etc. I need one term as a handle for one of any of these types of items. I am honing my domain ...
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“Farthest” vs. “furthest”

My spellchecker insists on replacing "furthest" with "farthest". I was under the impression that farthest is strictly speaking in terms of distance, whereas furthest is more abstract. A poster on ...
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What is the difference in meaning and usage between the words “topic”, “theme”, “subject”?

I'd like to get a feel for the difference between these words. When are they interchangeable and when is only one of them appropriate or preferable?
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Are there synonyms for “love marriage”?

I was fascinated by an answer to a comment question I asked under Is the term “would-be” just an Indian usage or universal? about a term for a non-arranged marriage in India. Love marriage was the ...
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Formal alternative for “like” and “such as”?

Is there a more formal way of saying: "In most western countries, such as the United States, an increased level of ... has been observed." Or should such a sentence be rephrased completely?
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Positive-sounding substitute for “dull”/“boring”?

I was recently writing a testimonial, and I wanted a positive substitute for those words. The adjective is for describing the guy in question (i.e. He is a _____ guy). Any ideas?
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Answer or solution to an exercise?

In the context of the word exercise, e.g. in a textbook, is it more common to say answer or solution?
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What words sound like opposites but are synonyms?

Somewhat related to this question, I am curious to know what words in English would seem to be opposites at first blush but are in fact synonyms? Immediately I can think of flammable and inflammable. ...
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Synonym for “utilize” that means “to use without waste”

I'm looking for a synonym for utilize that sounds less dry and emphasizes that nothing is being wasted. "The program utilized all the supercomputer's resources." Ideally, this word would make the ...
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Less formal synonyms for “barred”

Nobody but guards on duty were allowed inside the building itself and outsiders were blank from the compound altogether. The only words I can think of for blank are barred or forbidden to enter ...
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Can the terms “jingoism” and “ethnocentrism” be used interchangeably?

Maniacal belief that "your" race, gender, culture, religion, language, country, group, beliefs are better than everyone else's. Which term would be more suitable: "jingoism" or "ethnocentrism"? ...
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“Last Name” and “surname”

Between last name and surname, which one is British and which one is American? If I talk with somebody from Great Britain, which one is preferable?
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Synonyms for “little by little”

What are some other ways I can say something that means the same thing as "little by little"? The only other thing I know is "bit by bit."
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What is the “explicit”'s equivalent of “imply”?

Note: The original title of this question was "Why is 'exply' not a word? While considering the words implicit, implicate, and imply, it struck me that I can't think of an equivalent to imply for ...
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What is a good synonym for “devil”?

If a person is very evil some would say he is a devil. Can anyone give me another word—devil sounds a bit strange to me.
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Is there a better word or phrase for “somewhat ostentatious”?

Certain graduates of a class are donating money to place an ad in a booklet celebrating s school’s centennial. Their names will be placed in the ad. The intent of the ad (and sale of the booklet) is ...
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Storage for abstract things?

Are there any synonyms or alternatives for the words store/storage in context of storing abstract things? For example: storage of user's posts to store functions
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Is 'expanse' an acceptable synonym for 'surface'?

Is 'expanse' an acceptable synonym for 'surface'?
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What are the metaphorical ways to say that someone has died? [closed]

What are the metaphorical ways to say that someone has died? For example "He has gone to the far country where he will be happy for ages". P.S. There is this question, but it focuses on mentioning ...
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Gender-independent replacement for “fiancée” and “fiancé”

I can use child to replace son or daughter, sibling for sister or brother, and parent for mother or father. What is the unisex replacement for fiancée and fiancé? I don’t need it for speech, but for ...
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What's a word for “widespread,” but not so wide?

I want to say that something is trying to attain widespread use. However, when I say widespread use, I really want to say that it is trying to be used by a few people (not necessarily that ...
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Synonym for “It is easy to acknowledge accuracy to be a very important feature”

What is an alternative expression for : "It is easy to acknowledge accuracy to be a very important feature". The word Accuracy should remain in the sentence. In an academic context.
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Any better term than “Postscript”?

There was a Postscript section in my English Course-book, which simply teaches the colloquial English phrases as in "Give me a lift", "Let me have a look", "There is no point", etc. But "postscript" ...
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Alternative to “double entendre”?

Does anyone know another word or way to say double entendre — in the non-bawdy sense of the word — as this phrase was only invented in the latter 1600's and so not around when Shakespeare wrote his ...