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

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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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I was wondering if there are synonyms for “I was wondering”

Often I ask a question (by e-mail), and precede the question with I was wondering if... For example I was wondering if you can give me your office hrs? Why not just simply ask the real question? ...
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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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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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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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Difference between “purpose” and “goal”

What does this sentence from Star Trek: The Alternative Factor mean? Jim, madness has no purpose ... or reason ... but it may have a goal. As far as I know purpose and goal are synonyms. How ...
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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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Differences between “tutorial”, “guide” and “how-to”

The categorization on Android Wiki looks pretty arbitrary and redundant to me contemplating the single articles in the categories. In every one you find a tutorial, guide and how-to on for example How ...
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Terms to apply to something that leaves strong memory

Do the following terms have positive, neutral or negative meaning? memorable impressive remarkable What are other similar terms that are used for positive, neutral and negative intention?
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What is a word for implying someone else is wrong?

For instance, if someone says to you, "I like cake," and you reply, "I like to take care of my body," your response is a passive-aggressive way of implying that they don't like to take care of their ...
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Adjective describing a person who does work to get it done

I have a friend who always goes on that I have a bad work ethic, though I am not lazy. At the same time, he says he has a good work ethic, but is lazy. The definition of having a good work ethic is ...
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Is there an alternate term for “the power behind the throne?”

NOAD describes a figurehead as a nominal leader or head without real power. I'm wondering if there's a complementary one-word term for the person who does wield the power in such a situation. ...
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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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“desert island” versus “deserted island”

What is the difference between "a desert island" and "a deserted island"? Are they synonyms?
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What would you call a person being coached?

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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Usage of “nonetheless” and “nevertheless”

Person A: "Is it just because you think I am sad, that you want to talk with me?" Person B: "No, I want to talk with you _______." In the blank, which word is correct: "nonetheless" or ...
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Why is 'allopathy' not an accepted synonym for 'mainstream medicine'?

According to Wikipedia, Allopathic medicine and allopathy (from the Greek prefix ἄλλος, állos, "other", "different" + the suffix πάϑος, páthos, "suffering") are terms coined in the early 19th ...
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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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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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Difference between “humble” and “modest”

What is the difference between humble and modest? I saw one difference here. Is that true? Any other difference?
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Difference between “empathetic” and “empathic”

Apparently both words empathetic and empathic mean the same thing, yet I see one person refer to the specific type of writing as empathetic writing, while another empathic writing. Who's correct and ...
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Is “ambiguate” a word, or is there a word with a similar meaning?

I want to say something along the lines of "obscure", such as "He obscured the details" but I want it to capture the idea that the obscurity lies in the ambiguous nature of his description.
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What words can I use to indicate how hungry I am?

Besides "I'm hungry" and "I'm starving", where starving is more than hungry, are there other phrases to indicate how hungry you are (including slangs, if any)?
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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 ...
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Word for feeling in the mood to experiment

I am looking for a word for being in a mood to experiment or try something you would not normally do for a situation. A person might say: "I am feeling .... today, and will go another way". I knew ...
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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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How can I say “girl” in archaic English?

I'm looking for an archaic replacement for the word girl ?
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What's a word similar in usage to “diatribe,” but not as harsh?

According to the Oxford English Dictionary, a diatribe is defined as a forceful and bitter verbal attack against someone or something. I had previously understood it to mean something more along the ...
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Is there a non-derogatory synonym for “propaganda”?

Is there a non-derogatory synonym for propaganda? Specifically, I’m talking about a word to describe the sum of all messages a particular political member has broadcast (through various media), but ...
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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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Term for “Free to play” Videogame that Isn't Free

What is a term for a videogame that, while labeled "Free to Play", is impossible (or extremely slow/tedious) to progress in without spending money on in-game content? Edit: Freemium is a decent ...
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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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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 ...
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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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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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More formal synonyms of “snob”

To me, the word snob seems rather informal, although it appears in dictionaries, and I am unable to find anywhere on the internet a more formal word than snob. Are there any sophisticated synonyms ...
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Synonym for “Social Program”

I'm looking for a synonym for "Social Program" which would fit better into the following schedule: Annual Distributors Meeting Schedule: 1. Sales Workshop 2. Distribution and Logistics Meeting ...
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The objects in an analogy

Consider this sentence: This situation is analogous to the classic problem of cracking a hashed and salted password: We see the X as a password and Y as a salt. What are the other ways to ...
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What is the synonym/antonym for “feminist”/“feminism”?

I am looking for a word or phrase that are to men's rights as the words feminist/feminism are to women rights. And will the word or phrase be called a synonym or antonym?
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Synonyms of “that's it”

I often use that's it from me for today to summarise and finish my report on daily standup. Are there any other, similar phrases?
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“Spontaneous”, “voluntary” and “involuntary”

I was looking for a synonym of spontaneous, and voluntary naturally came to my mind. In an attempt to understand the difference between them, I tried to google spontaneous vs voluntary. To my ...
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Is there a semantic difference between relevance and pertinence?

The dictionary defines relevant as being Closely connected or appropriate to the matter at hand whilst pertinent is defined as Relevant or applicable to a particular matter. Both of these ...
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Better term to put on a label of a bottle of milk to describe that it's 'made' in a particular geographic location

While waiting for the kettle to boil this morning, I was idling and reading the label on the bottle of milk and was struck by the declaration: "Permeate free, made in WA". Here's a shot of the label ...
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What's a word for lack of confidence?

I'm trying to find a word that describes a lack of confidence. Something that gives a sense of worthlessness maybe. I've dried looking up in Thesarus.com for similarities to lack of confidence and ...
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Term for locally installed and fully owned software

I am having a bit of trouble coming up with an appropriate term for software that is locally installed, and fully owned by the buyer. This would be the opposite of the term "software as a service", ...
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What is a synonym for a casual hiatus? [closed]

An example for contextual purposes: "Smoking has become part of my routine, a [casual hiatus/break] to my day, if you will, rather than an addiction"
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What is the difference between “subscription” and “membership”?

A friend of mine is trying to coin the correct English word for the people paying for his company's services. My initial choice was "subscriptions", but I'm not so sure about "membership". Do you ...
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Synonyms for “old” with positive connotations (and some conditions)

I want to describe a project for categorizing 'old' things, as well as antedating things that may not be very old*. I'm looking for a word to describe their age. First, I would like a positive or at ...
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How can I describe lips which are wearing lipstick?

How can I briefly communicate that a character's lips have lipstick on them? I can't say something like "lipstick covered lips", because using "lips" twice sounds awkward. I considered "gloss covered ...
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What is the word for “stepping stone” if it is used in a derogatory sense?

I checked the meaning of stepping stone in a dictionary, it was a means of progress What would be the word for stepping stone if I want to use it in a negative sense? For example, He used ...