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

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Alternative term to 'Uncle Tom' for a black or colored person who is subservient to whites?

In Harriet Beecher Stowe's novel, the eponymous character was meant to be a sort of model of resistance against slavery, a man who whose "devotion to his fellow slaves is so unshakable that he ...
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“visceral” vs “emotional”

What's is the difference in nuance between visceral (relating to deep inward feelings rather than to the intellect) and emotional? How do we decide when to use one over the other?
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Alternative for “not popular” [closed]

On a similar website to Ebay we have "popular items" (items that have many views) and "not popular" for items that don't have many views yet. Can you provide some alternative for "not popular" or for ...
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Verb for “to make optional”

Is there a verb for "to make optional"? I've searched questoins on this site, thesaurus.com, and looked in my paper thesaurus and dictionary, but don't see anything. Context for how I plan to use ...
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Terminology - What is the exact word to describe 'being skeptical of something/someone'?

What word do we use to define someone who is accusing someone/something for everything going around him or her. For example, lets say Jack accuses Jill for everything happening to him. He falls off ...
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Remaining particles after making coffee or tea

When we make coffee or tea, there are particles that remain at the bottom of the jar. Is it right to call them 'rudiments' or is there another term for this?
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synonym for “having seen” [closed]

I am writing a small essay as a homework and I found that I used the expression "having seen" or in general "having done". I wonder if there are any synonyms which I could use to better my text. ...
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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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Are derived class and deriving class interchangeable terms? [closed]

Consider the following statement that I quoted from Inheritance and Derived Classes (C# vs Java) You can extend the functionality of an existing class by creating a new class that derives from ...
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what would be a concept in which “marriage” is one of its instances?

I'm trying to refer to a marriage but I've used the word too much already in my paragraph so I need to find another word which I could use in a sentence like: "I had the pleasure to attend to the ...
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A synonym for “moral hypocrite”

I'm looking for a precise word to describe someone who is hypocritical on moral issues, for example: a cult guru who claims to be holy while doing something evil. or a company which partakes in some ...
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What is a term for someone who doesn't know what they haven't experienced?

I'm struggling to find a word or short term for a person or group of people who do not experience jealousy/remorse/etc. due to a lack of something. For example, people from the middle ages could not ...
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Can you explain difference between perform, execute and accomplish'? [closed]

Is there any difference in meaning between perform, execute, accomplish?
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Is there any other word that means “more and more’?

Is there another word for more and more? For example, in this sentence: More and more people use computers Is their a word to replace the More and more at the beginning?
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Is there a word to replace 'Being different from'? [closed]

I want to say: Being different from traditional paper-based reading, computer-based reading, in this case, refers to the act of reading with the aid of computer system, which may or may not be ...
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Meaning of W in SFPW, or a synonym that starts with a W

Big disclaimer: when I was proofreading my question it sounds like I am doing a crossword puzzle. So I added some extra information to avoid confusion. I am making an Excel sheet that assists in Risk ...
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When did the term “flip flop” displace the term “thong” in North America for a type of sandal?

To Australians like me "thong" means a kind of sandal such as recently repopularized by the Havaianas brand but we know it means a kind of G-string in other English-speaking parts of the world. To ...
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Another word for agnostic when used to suggest independence through a lack of concern

As described here, in technical domains agnostic can be used to describe a state of affairs where one thing doesn't care about the specifics of another thing it's related to. For instance, in ...
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Not to Mention ≈ [Let Alone ≈ Much Less ≈ Still Less]

According to http://www.thefreedictionary.com/let+alone, the following are synonyms, which I denote with ≈: not to mention ≈ let alone According to ...
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Non-human specific synonym of demography?

I want to use the word demography but that is human specific (demography: the scientific study of human populations, esp with reference to their size, structure, and distribution). Is there an ...
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Female equivalent for “wet dreams”? [closed]

As I understand, the term wet dreams applies only to masculine gender? Then, unless it's unisex in nature, is there a specific term applicable to feminine gender?
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A word for someone who is unwanted, a pariah, someone left to fend on their own?

I'm writing a book and I need a word to call a character who is punished for becoming part of a group of people who are socially rejected and unwanted. They are left to fend for themselves on the ...
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Can one say “find sanctuary”?

I'd like to use the expression find sanctuary instead of find refuge. Would it be fine?
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Looking for possible words to describe certain meanings [closed]

In order to come up with a good company name in the field of Information Technology, I'm working on compiling two groups of words. First: Words that have similar meaning to: improvement, doing ...
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Chalkboard and Blackboard Difference?

Can "chalkboard" and "blackboard" be used interchangeably? If I have a green chalkboard, can I still call it a blackboard, or would that be incorrect? Also, I have heard that "blackboard" is used ...
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What's another way to say “problem area”?

Looking for some powerful, formal words with a slight negative connotation for a resume/performance assessment. The general context pertains to computer software development. These aren't my problem ...
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Synonym for “Love handles” (flanks) [closed]

Is there a synonym for this term? I heard it on an US TV show. It refers to the flanks. Thank you!
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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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What is the difference between 'dictionary' and 'thesaurus'? [closed]

Do 'dictionary' and 'thesaurus' exactly have the same meaning or is there some difference between them ?
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Synonym of “button” as a technological term? [closed]

Do you know any appropriate synonyms for the word "button" in the context of User Interface design?
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Softer word for “validated”

I'm looking for a word with less certainty than "validated", as in Has this testimony been validated? I'd like something like "sanity checked" which flows better. Any suggestions?
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Are “rescind”, “repeal”, and “annul” perfect synonyms?

What are the best places to use these three verbs: rescind repeal annul Are these all exactly similar in meaning, or are they supposed to be used for different purposes?
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Song: when to use remix, cover and tribute to

If there is original song and same song performed by another artist, when to use term 'remix', 'cover', 'tribute to'? Is 'remix' more suitable for electronic version of song? What is the ...
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“Make sure to” vs. “Be sure to”: Is the first one correct?

These two versions below are used interchangeably where I live now in the United States: Make sure to do something. Be sure to do something. But I always have found the first version clumsy. I ...
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Synonym for “one flavor”

I would like to know if there is an appropriate word for "one flavor." For example: Monosyllabic: one syllable Monochromatic: one color What is the equivalent word for "one flavor," eg. ...
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How can we refer a single person from a group of person in single word? [closed]

I need to know can we use any single word which refers to the meaning of intended person. For example, in a shop we can have Salesman and Manager. I need to send a mail to anyone of person. I wish to ...
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What is a single-word synonym for “hobbyist writer”? [closed]

I am trying to find a single-word synonym for hobbyist writer. Any answers please.
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Why is it a mosquito *bite*?

I don't understand, why you would call it a bite, when a mosquito "bites" you. I'm fine with saying "bite" to a wound produced by a tick or other insects that actually have a mouth or something ...
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what is the one word for the phrase “noise made by broken glass”? [closed]

Please provide me with a single word for the phrase "noise made by broken glass".
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paste = mashed potatoes? [closed]

Is paste a correct term to refer to mashed potatoes? I heard it today from a non-native speaker from India and I was a bit surprised.
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Take advantage of - positively

The phrase "take advantage of" is usually perceived as negative. Is there a word or a phrase with a similar meaning which would convey a more positive meaning? Akin to "make use of the situation" but ...
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What is the difference between “in times of” and “in time of”

All the two phrases, "in time of" and " in times of" are in use on the Internet. But I can not distinguish between them correctly. Here are some examples I have come across: How did Hawkwood ...
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What is the difference between “meat” and “flesh”? [closed]

When do we use "meat" and when do we use "flesh"? I think the difference is very subtle: maybe meat refers to food, and flesh to human or animal bodies, but as English is not my mother tongue, I want ...
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Résumé as summary vs document describing work experience

Because "résumé" or "resume" as a noun is a false cognate with the French equivalent, I tend to avoid using "résumé" to mean "summary", and only reserve it to mean "that document people bring to ...
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How to rephrase “cream flavoured cream”?

I saw this on my wafers the other day: "Wafers with cream flavoured cream". This sounds horribly recursive to my ear. How can you rephrase it or use a synonym without losing the original meaning?
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What word describes things that are similar yet different? [duplicate]

There are two words on either side of the word I'm looking for: Synonym and Antonym. Of course, a Synonym is a word that means the same thing (automobile vs. vehicle), and an Antonym is a word that ...
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Alternatives to 'respectively'

Is there any other word I can use instead of respectively? This word provides me a way to describe a list of items conveniently in a single sentence and hence save space. I've used this many times ...
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The spiritual usage of the word “revelation” [closed]

I translate some spiritual texts and this word revelation is very tricky to translate to another language that really does not have a similar word. For example: "God has sent a new revelation to the ...
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Looking for a Synonym for Turntable

Is there a more generic word, perhaps a term from math or engineering, that describes a disc that rotates about its centre, like a turntable?
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Mouth as Mountain? [closed]

"The "MS. Found in a Bottle," was originally published in 1831, and it was not until many years afterwards that I became acquainted with the maps of Mercator, in which the ocean is represented as ...