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

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Clean alternative to BS [closed]

You're reading a report. It's full of excuses and flat out lies from someone who thinks they can pull one over on you. When you go home and complain about it, you might call it complete bull****. I'm ...
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Is there a word/term for a distant acquaintance?

Let's say I know and have met a person about 2-3 times and we know each other only on first-name basis(a distant acquaintance if it is), and I am trying to contact a mutual friend(a close friend of my ...
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One word for a wandering scholar

So I'm looking for a single word to describe someone or something such as a wandering scholar, or a person who travels to obtain knowledge, or even a mobile repository of information. Preferably ...
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Another way to say “to become a better person”

When I'm asked the generic question, "why do you do community service?" I usually respond by saying "because it makes me a better person," or "because doing community service allows me to develop ...
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What word means both “advantages and disadvantages”?

So I am writing an essay and I can't find the word I want to use. The sentence says: When I travelled to England there were pros and cons. The sentence doesn't sound right and if I change it to: ...
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Is there a male counterpart to being a virgin?

Is there a word for a sexually-inexperienced man/boy - like how virgin is for a woman/girl? I'm from Norway, and here the word svenn is used for males who have yet to sleep with someone. Although ...
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What's another word for street-smart? [duplicate]

What word would be another word that means street-smart?
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Alternate for “drop” in context of “A taxi will drop you to that place”

Is there a decent alternative for the word "drop" in context of helping someone by giving them a lift to a place?
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Which is more wet: ‘moist’ or ‘damp’?

Which contains more liquid, something that is moist or something that is damp? Context of question: This question was asked to a young friend of mine in her high school freshman English class. It was ...
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Difference between “valued” and “valuable”

Please explain the difference between "valued" and "valuable" when talking about goods. Which of them should be used to indicate intangible value and which to indicate price? For example, if a product ...
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Is there any difference between “exquisite” and “excellent”? [closed]

For example I could say The city has an excellent public transport system. Could I also say the following? The city has an exquisite public transport system. To my ears the second one ...
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Alternative for huckster

I couldn't think about a word which would describe a mercenary-minded person, a huckster, who with the right haggled price would sell his mother.
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Word for “speeding up a process” in line with the idiom “to kick-start”

I am not a native English speaker that but I'm looking for a good word that highlights that a process is improved in that it completes more quickly. I thought there was a word that is semantically in ...
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Another way to saying “As part of”?

I am looking for a synonym for 'as part of', I want to say something like this: 'As part of his plan..... he did this...'. Also, just out of curiosity should/can I be starting a sentence with 'as part ...
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What were sideburns called before the Civil War?

According to reputable sources, sideburns is a corruption of burnsides, a reference to the Civil War General Ambrose E. Burnside. What was this style of facial hair called before that? I'm ...
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Suggest another term for “patch”

Which other term/terms (literary preferably) can we use instead of "patch" in this sentence? There were patches of clouds in the sky. I have only found streak so far.
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What's a word for someone you don't like? [closed]

I'm looking for a noun for a person you don't like, but does not reveal any more information about that person besides disliking them/
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What is a formal way to say fine by me?

The heading pretty much explains it. How would you say it's alright with me formally if somebody tells you he would come later?
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I need a word that is suggests both positively and negatively, good and bad. Almost like bittersweet

This is for a medical essay. It's both good that we have this example, as it lets us learn about the condition, but also bad, because it exists at all. It's to begin a sentence. For example, instead ...
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A synonym for teleport? [closed]

I looked at the thesaurus and wasn't satisfied with any of them. [beam, emit, send, transmit] I'm looking for a word that means move to another place instantly - preferably less than 3 syllables. ...
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What is another word for street-wise? [closed]

Apart from 'street-smart' what is another word for street-wise?
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Is being shameless the same as being confident

Could you say that one who is acting "shamelessly" or "brazenly" is acting "confidently"? The Oxford Dictionary doesn't list "confidently" as a synonym for either, but I've found the word to be ...
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Looking for a synonym for the verb break

In the sentence below, are the verbs "to break" and "to enter in" synonyms? Issue #7 breaks new ground that was untouched by the video game. Source.
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What are the differences between 'like' and 'alike'? [closed]

The two boys are alike in looks, but not in personality. He's like his brother. These two sentences have been taken from Practical English Usage by Swan. He said that use of alike in second ...
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Differences and use cases of “net”, “network”, “mesh”, “grid”

What are the differences between net, network, mesh and grid? If I have a look at the OED entries, I have a feeling of rather a circular definition: mesh Material made of a network of wire or ...
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Usage of “pragmatic” vs. “practical”

As adjectives in general usage (not in jargon terminology), are the words pragmatic and practical synonymous? If not, how do their meanings and proper usage differ?
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What do you think when these words come up: “populace”, “population”, “people”, the “mass”, the “public” [closed]

When would be the best usage of those words? When do we do/don't use it? What is the message conveyed when we use Populace/Population; People/Mass; Mass/Public? 1.Populace vs Population 2.People vs ...
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Difference between “to cost” and “to be worth”

What is the difference between "to cost" and "to be worth"? Are they mutually replaceable and if not why? For example, is it correct to say that something costs its price.
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meaning of the word “Trucking” [closed]

What does the word trucking mean in the sentence "This chapter introduces you to your digestive system and explains exactly how your body digests the many different kinds of foods you eat, all the ...
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The meaning of “earth” in 18th-century chemistry/mineralogy [closed]

Just today I came across an article describing origin of the name for Yttrium (an element in the periodic table of elements) In 1787, Karl Arrhenius came across an unusual black rock in an old ...
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synonym for the word `nontechnical`

I've fished out untechnical and general so far. Want to say something like Non-technical introduction to Python. Thanks in advance.
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Synonym for “literary nod”

I know the word exists, as I've used it before. It's essentially an element added to a book, piece of art, or even software that serves as a nod to information shared between two people. It's an ...
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A person or a group that shows care for some people but not others

Good day, I'm looking for a word to describe a person or group / association that care for some but not for others, without there being a specific reason for doing so. The person or people aren't ...
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Different ways to say alike to something [closed]

I am writing a game analysis and don't want to say the word "fellow". I originally had "This is where guild wars 2 differs from its fellow games ... " How else could I word this? I have included the ...
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Starring vs Featuring?

I'm writing a description for a photograph, and I'd like to place the emphasis on the scarf that the person in the picture is wearing. The description would be something along the lines of "__ the ...
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One word equivalent to “play with someone's hair”

In the sentence: Her head was in his lap, and he was playing with her hair. Given that what the verb really defines is him brushing her hair with his hand or stroking it gently, is there a better way ...
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“my person” as a synonym for myself in specific context

First of all, I am not a native English speaker and my understanding of the terms may be biased by other languages I know.. ( hence the question ) In a very official letter I am trying to refer to ...
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General term for both clients and customers?

Both customers and clients pay for either goods or services, but they still fall in the same "customer/client" category, as in they buy stuff from you. What would be the proper general term for this ...
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Latin equivalent for “case-by-case” phrase

I would appreciate a reminder of the Latin-phrase equivalent, or alternative suggestions, for "case-by-case," specifically for language to be included in a public-private case-study. Thank you.
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Is there a synonym for “numerifying”?

I'm not even sure if "numerifying" is a word (my computer's spell check program doesn't seem to think so). But I'm looking for a word that describes translating experiences into numbers for ...
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lower skill level than proficiency

I am looking for a noun which describes a lower level of skill than proficiency, a synonym for intermediate. A word that would fit in this context: conversational .... in Greek I am trying to say ...
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One word for responsibility to take care of something/someone who relies on

I do have some family financial concerns, responsibility to take care of something/someone who relies on me. So I am in such a situation, that I have a lot of..... ...
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One word request - Synonymous with noun “shreds” and connotative of squishy bits?

I'm writing a bit of a gorey scene, where the character in question is overcome with violent muscle spasms in his arm; his muscles flex and convulse and swell so violently that they basically tear ...
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Technical Term for Incorrect Homonym/Synomym Error

I am looking for the technical term for a specific kind of speech/writing error which is the bad intersection of homonyms, synonyms, and words with meaning which are related in one context but not ...
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I think I believe I feel statements should be introduced properly

In English, a subjective statement or a likewise question is often introduced by either of these phrases: I reckon [that] … – Do you reckon [that] …? (dialectal) I think [that] … – Do you ...
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Shorter way to say “will be there”

For an event, I would like to add next to the name of some participants, that they "will be there". For example, Mr. AAA Mr. BBB (will be there) Ms. CCC Can any one suggest a better, professional ...
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Speed, rate, pace, tempo: what's the difference?

I looked up these three words in Oxford Dictionary and I found that they seem to be interchangeable in some cases. Here's the question: what's the difference between the three words? Rate: ...
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Rhetorical Paper

I am writing a rhetorical response to a film and find myself often using the phrase "the viewer"; are there any ways to make my argument more direct without using "the audience" or "the viewer"?
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Is there a word for “an only child”?

Some languages (Aramaic and Arabic for instance) have a word for someone who's an only child. Does English have a word for it? Perhaps it's obscure or "extinct"? "Sole child" and "sibling-less" are ...
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Are “monolithic” and “homogeneous” really synonyms? [closed]

The thesaurus gives the two adjectives as synonymous. But I wonder if they are context specific? Am I right to doubt their being absolute synonymy?