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

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“Inspiration” versus “muse”

I am writing the dedication section of a dissertation and wanted to write: To Bob and Joe, my inspiration and my muse. Is using inspiration and muse redundant in that sentence? In the sense that ...
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Non-medical or slang synonyms for female reproductive organs

I am basically writing an intercourse scene between two characters in a medieval-like setting, so the tone of the book is slightly medieval as well. Now, while I have found plenty of synonyms for the ...
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Synonym for sorry, except without the apologetic meaning

What is a word that means the same thing as "sorry", except without the meaning of apology. The image above illustrates what I mean. Edit: Although the answers below are fine, I would like it to ...
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Specific difference between Malleable and Pliable?

When would I use one over the other, assuming they're not exact synonyms?
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Synonym for “not the kind of” or “not the type of”

Is there a synonym or more succinct way to say "not the kind of" or "not the type of" as in: "This wrench is not the kind of wrench that can be used to open this machine." or "This vitamin is not ...
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Synonym for “Context” or “Situation”

I am looking for a word that is a synonym for "context" or "situation" but describes someone's present moment in a more holistic way. It would be a single word that refers to the entirety of the ...
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What word was used before 'follow-up' emerged in 1905?

Did a single noun precede the hyphenated compound noun 'follow-up' (whose emergence is in 1905 is asserted by Etymonline)? Did a single verb precede the phrasal verb 'follow up'? If the answer to 1 ...
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more matching word for 'contact' [closed]

I'm looking for some other, more matching word for 'contact' in phrase 'I visited my family in Ireland on summer holiday and it was my first contact with English language'. . Would be very greatful ...
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What is the English equivalent of the Persian word “Saghi” (ساقی)?

About the word: In Persian, Saghi is someone who pours wine and hands it. In Iran, when friends gather to drink wine together, they sit around and one of them (with a rather higher social status ...
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What is an adjective for something that is both offensive and funny?

At work we were discussing a topic that ended up being offensive and funny at the same time. As a result of this discussion, we decided we need to know if there is an adjective that would mean the ...
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“Automation” versus “automatization” [closed]

I would like to characterize the action of making a process go automatically instead of doing it manually. The context is computer programming. A programmer may type in 10 pieces of code with only a ...
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Atheist Inspired by Religion [closed]

What do you call an atheist who is inspired by mythology and religion ? Inspired -- by the "good morals" religions preach like forgiveness ..blah blah
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I'm looking for a single word in English which describes the below qualities [closed]

Firstly he is my friend is more technically oriented person, a techie speaks a lot without a full stop, subject matter expert He is bold & fights with others if he is right in his view.
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Difference between “make a decision” and “take a decision”? [duplicate]

which one is more correct and are they interchangeable?
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single word for extensive computer user, not geek nor nerd

I am looking for a word describing person who uses computer a lot, it might be a programmer, a gamer but also an accountant or any other person who works in the office and spends most of the day in ...
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Compulsory reading, is it right?

Is compulsory reading an appropriate name for books that you have to read at middle and elementary school? I read here ...
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Synonym of keel? [closed]

What would be the synonym of keel from all three given below.I don't find any of these words related to keel..so plz tell which one is it's synonym from ascend, morose and stumble?
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What is an appropriate word for doing something to [ undo ] your deficiency in something?

For example, a person who has an undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering, and wants to apply for a Master's in Computer Science, has not studied some of the pre-required courses for an ...
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Abash vs. Ignominy

From the following two definitions: a•bash (ə-băshˈ) v. To make ashamed or uneasy; disconcert. See Synonyms at embarrass. ig•no•min•y (ĭgˈnə-mĭnˌē, -mə-nē) n. Great personal ...
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Horizontal analog of a meridian?

The lines going from pole to pole of the earth are meridians. I know that the horizontal lines of latitude can be called "parallels." Is there another word for these?
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Artificial data or synthetic data?

I am writing a report on statistics and data analysis. For some experiments I created intentionally some data which is not directly related to real world phenomena. Which term is correct to describe ...
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Another term/phrase for kill two birds with one stone

What is another phrase for kill two birds with one stone? Or another term that implies similar meaning?
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correct word for “proving a prediction false”?

Which word should I use to say that " A is trying to prove B's prediction wrong"? For example, in the recent United Nations water scarcity report, UN predicted that in 10 years from now, two-thirds of ...
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What is the word for “victim” but with a positive connotation?

What is the word for "victim" but with a positive connotation? For example: Bill Gates was not successful just because he was smart and hardworking, he was also a "victim" of good luck. Obviously, ...
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Is there a phrase for 'attending for the longest time'?

I am trying to find a phrase to replace 'longest-serving'. It is in regards to a customer who is the customer who has come to a store for the longest amount of time so they are not really 'serving' ...
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Older ways to say “Dear” when writing a letter

"Dear" has become a polite introductory word from the 15c. I would like to know of older, archaic words that were, perhaps, used in its stead or alongside it. From the old letters I reviewed I found ...
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What are some alternatives to the expression “take a page from”?

The sentence is "For more in depth stress-management techniques...I like to take a page from cognitive behavioral theory."
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An alternate word for a feeling of unbelonging

Do we have a word, phrase or an idiom that means 'torn between worlds' or 'don't know where I belong'? Contextual example : When you're torn between your school friends and college friends but ...
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Why can't synonyms be swapped out of any phrase since their meaning would be the same?

"Eye of the beholder" and "Eye of the viewer" mean the same thing because beholder and viewer are synonyms. Why can't they both be used? What about "slim chance" vs "slim possibility"? They both ...
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Alternative to the term “break-bulk” to refer to individual pieces of break-bulk

In the shipping industry the collective noun "break-bulk" is used to refer to non-containerised cargo. Usually, that means large machinery and non-uniform cargo that won't fit well in a container or ...
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Synonymous phrase for “nothing but”?

I'm wondering if there is a synonymous phrase that I can use instead of "nothing but." Here is the context: ....which is often backed by nothing but one's unsubstantial reasoning or particular ...
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Is there a single word to describe “just another random thought”?

I'm looking for a single word to describe: just another random thought Or a single word to describe : the state of being lost in random thoughts
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Who's synonymous with lack of choice?

I'm trying to find a well-known person who was/is famous for not allowing any choices. Eg, Henry Ford going "you can have any color as long as it's black." Ideas welcome!
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Positive antonym of a “Fall Guy”?

I'm looking for a word or phrase to describe an impostor who is in cahoots with the actual person whose identity they are assuming, and they benefit from it. In this case, I'm talking about ...
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Is there a difference between “entrée” and “entry”?

From a recent op-ed in the Washington Post (emphasis mine): But immigration gives Trump entrée to African Americans with an issue that will resonate with many and at least give him a hearing. I ...
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Synonym or another way to say 'From theory to practice' or 'From policy to implementation' [closed]

I'm trying to come up with a thesis title looking at how policy is implemented. It seems, however, as though 'From Theory to Practice' or 'Turning Policy into Practice' or 'From Policy to ...
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I'm looking for a word similar to an abstract concept

I'm looking for a word to describe when you are aware that something is real, however because you've never experienced said-thing firsthand, the thought of the thing seems like an abstract concept ...
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What is a word that indicates the layout of video feeds/sources on a video wall/screen - planogram?

Much like a planogram indicates where the placements of retail products should be: plan·o·gram ˈplanəˌɡram/ noun a diagram or model that indicates the placement of retail products on ...
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Equivalent for “personify” that's not human-specific

I'm looking for a word that is similar to personify, but that would imply it has life-like qualities, rather than human-like. For example, I am discussing the fact that a self-driving car, if ...
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What's a word for someone who does what they say? [duplicate]

I'm looking for a single word that means something like 'being a man/woman of your word', or 'follow through' as a noun. I tried using 'integrity' at first, but that has other implications, like ...
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Name for a person who is always trying to beat the system?

Someone I know is always finding a way to beat the system, for example: Getting fake records to get his children into college, contacting people in the system to find him a way to bypass waiting for ...
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“abundant” and “copious” are synonyms - undisputed?

Is it completely undisputed that abundant and copious are indeed synonyms? According to WordNet (an English database developed at Princeton university), abundant and copious are not synonyms.
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What's the word for day/night?

So I'm customizing a WordPress (cms) for hotel for a client and he asked me to do add a new functionality that is a options dropdown where the user can select "time" like Time: - Day - ...
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“Enjoin” vs “Adjure”

"Enjoin" means to direct someone with emphasis and authority. "Adjure" means to command in a serious manner. Are the two words used in different contexts?
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Looking for a synonym for Block [closed]

I need to find some synonym for block or some other word to say that some thing is not happening but I need that word to start with U. I want to express that a protein is blocking a cellular process. ...
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Difference between indecisive and volatile

I am confused about when to use indecisive and when to use volatile. For example He was very _________. His friends acknowledged his vacillation. What would be the appropriate answer here?
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A synonym for “soft” with a negative connotation

I'm looking for a synonym for soft, as in the opposite of coarse or crass. The context is a young French woman in Nazi Germany who asks a shopkeeper for something to catch a mouse in her house. The ...
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Offensive single-noun term for “indecisive person”

I'm looking for an offensive single-noun term for "indecisive person," preferably short and cutting. Something along the lines of "nitwit" for "foolish person"; but now instead of "foolish," try ...
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A site where human bones have been discovered

Is there a shorter way of saying "other sites where human bones have been discovered"? I mean a site that is not a burial site, e.g a person has an heart attack, falls down on the ground and dies but ...
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'Put the ball' vs 'throw the ball'

Is the word put a synonym to throw? If a boy exerts his strength to throw a ball, can we also use "put" to describe such? Some online dictionaries define put as "throw a force or weight," which is ...