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

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Apart from the intensity of the feeling, is there any other subtle difference between “surprised” and “astonished”?

In the following passage, from an old English Teaching Journal, "surprised" and "astonished" are said to have a subtle difference in meaning, other than the intensity of the feeling. Is there such ...
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Difference between promptness and promptitude

Seeing this EL&U question: 'saying thanks to someone answering your email ASAP who is important for you', the first word that came to my mind was promptitude which, as the definition states, can ...
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Is there a neutral word for an olfactory impression?

While creating this proposal I was struggling to find the right words for olfactory impressions. Is there a neutral word for an olfactory impression? smell seems to have a negative connotation ...
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Word for someone who is “pretentious”, but without negative connotation?

Pretentious is defined as "attempting to impress by affecting greater importance, talent, culture, etc., than is actually possessed." What if someone does impress others because they actually do have ...
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Synonym - “to go above someone”

What's a synonym, preferably solely in one word? I tried circumvent and its synonyms (eg bypass, sidestep, ...), but still desire a better one. Example: If you decide to go above the teacher, ...
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Word for “person living with in-laws” or “feeling awkward and inadequate”

Is there a word for a Person living with in-law parents, by which I mean, a man or a woman who got married and moved to his or her parents in laws' house, in English ? There is a word for it in my ...
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What is the difference between “pair” and “pairing”? [on hold]

What is the difference between "pair" and "pairing"? Are both correctly used? Note: I mean "pairing" as a noun in this case. Also "match" vs "matching"?
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A more common word for the noun “effectuator”

I want to use the noun "effectuator" to denote an object that delivers the final effect which was produced by a whole chain of mechanisms. For example, a bullet shot out of a gun is an effectuator of ...
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“Explain” versus “Explicate”

Is there a difference in meaning between the words 'explain' and 'explicate', or are they interchangeable? It seems that explicate is just a very formal (pretentious?) version of explain, that is ...
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1 or 2 word synonym of “fill in the blank”

That is, to fill in a gap or blank. For instance, to fill a pothole. Patch comes to mind. Nothing else really.
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What is one word for truncating a string and adding “…” at the end of it?

In software apps sometimes a string's length is greater than its container so the string is truncated. Example: "The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog" becomes "The quick brown fox ...
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Is there a single-word synonym for “preserved” as in “Fruits preserved in syrup.”?

To preserve - To prepare (food or any perishable substance) so as to resist decomposition or fermentation. Is there a single-word synonym for "preserved" as in "Fruits preserved in syrup."?
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is there any word that means “current and upcoming”?

I want to find a word that could mean current and upcoming but couldn't. Or is there any other shorter ways to describe it? can anyone help me?
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What is a word for comparing two things but suggesting one is better than the other?

What is a word for comparing two things but suggesting one is better than the other? For example: John verbally compares a and b but hints that a is superior. With what word would I replace compares ...
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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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Synonyms of 'bitter-sweet'

Are there any synonyms for bitter-sweet? I've tried having a look on online thesauri, but haven't had much luck in finding anything suitable. The context I wish to use this in: I have described ...
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Positive Synonym for Indecisive

Is there a word that describes a person who tries to get as much information as possible when making a decision for fear of committing a mistake that might affect both him and others in a negative ...
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Context on using available vs accessible

Consider the following two sentences: 1) Please put the medicine in the living room so that it is available to everyone. 2) Please put the medicine in the living room so that it is accessible for ...
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Concepts figuratively unable to be pulled apart?

I'm trying to describe the connection between two 'concepts' information literacy and information technology. I want to use a word that emphasises the strength of the bond between them. I want a word ...
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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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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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Which word is used more in the UK: 'gaol' or 'jail'?

I know both words share the same meaning and pronunciation, but I wonder about their comparative usage in modern English.
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Is there an adjective for having and spitting lots of saliva, especially in a state of wild, raging abandon?

I'm looking for a word that describes this happy fellow: source: imgur.com I don't think frothing is the right word. It isn't froth or foam, but sticky wads of spit.
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What is the name of the small containers of half & half, etc.?

Does anyone know what the word/name for the small plastic cup things that contain liquids (like half and half for coffee) is? Right now I’m using sachet because a coworker started to do so, but I’ve ...
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What is a word for doing something that you don't want to do?

I am reading Of Mice and Men, and I am trying to come up with a word that describes how George manages to shoot Lennie at the end of the book. I have come up with Self Discipline, and Overcoming ...
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What is the right verb for “measurement”?

I have to describe the act of measuring, with measurement used as noun. Which verb(s) fit best? taking a measurement making a measurement doing a measurement carrying out a ...
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Is there an adjective for “cannot be defended against”?

The adjective indefensible is commonly used to describe something that cannot be defended, but it applies to the defender, not to the attack itself. I'm wondering if there's a reasonably neutral word ...
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Word/phrase for free flight rides given to pilots

I remember that pilots are given free flight rides on other flights and that there was a particular term/phrase for this. Any ideas?
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Difference between “socket” and “outlet”

While translating a technical document I began thinking about socket and outlet. It seems like they're mostly interchangeable. Is that correct? Or is there a difference between the two?
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An alternative to the word pray, without a religious connotation

When I write, I try my best to leave religion and words that carry some divine connotation out of it. I recently stumbled upon the phrase in one of my texts "[...] but pray it never happens.". I was ...
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Alternative word for “arguably better”

I am trying to find a word for it different than "arguably better" because I am trying to avoid arguing or pointing out the reasons why it is arguably. May you suggest me an alternative word?
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I need a clean, professional way of saying 'Half-ass' [closed]

as in I don't want to do a __ job of motherhood or my career.
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What is the meaning of 'Oshkosh by Gosh'?

I was recently watching a TV series named suits where a character said "Oshkosh by Gosh". I googled it and all I could find was the meaning of bagash from this site. Urban Dictionary - Bagash What ...
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Extra vs Extraneous [closed]

I always thought "extra" is nothing but an abbreviation for "extraneous". However a friend of mine pointed out that the two are listed differently in the dictionaries, and have slightly different ...
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What word conveys “accounts”, “identities” or “registrations” for signing up to things?

I'm attempting to set up a new email address for signing up for accounts on- and offline. I like the following but each has its own problem: accounts: implies financial, as in accountant ...
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Can you clarify usage of “all but…”? [duplicate]

Example sentence: "As the concert ended, the atmosphere was all but ecstatic." Replace words with synonyms: all = everything but = except The sentence would appear: "...the atmosphere was ...
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“via” vs. “through”

Could you please explain what the difference in usage is between through and via, which sounds like a Latinism? Are they completely interchangeable?
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Is addendum synonymous to supplement?

What's the difference between addendum and supplement? The way I see it they both mean pretty much the same thing. It's something added to something else to complete it. I think supplement can be used ...
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What is a term for a form that has been filled out?

Assuming the definition of 'form' as follows (see definition #6 here): "a printed document with blank spaces for information to be inserted." What could you call a printed document with the blank ...
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What is a synonym for “girlfriend”?

I'm in my mid 40s and dating this lady of a similar vintage. I am trying to find a good word to describe our relationship, but "girlfriend" and "boyfriend" seems inappropriate for us. It reminds me of ...
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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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Momentary vs Temporary

Is there any difference? Which would be better to describe a requirement for 1 or 2 days. Suppose I need to inform my Operations team, that I need a particular requirement to be implemented but I want ...
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Any single word synonym for “fawn over”?

I have been looking for single word that can be used in place of "fawn over"
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Alternatives to “inside view”?

I want to describe in details how something works. It is good to say: "I want to describe it from inside view" ? If not, what are the alternatives?
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Rephrasing “the Lord's our Banner”

How to rephrase "the Lord's our Banner" for kids to understand referring to the story of Moses praying for Joshua to win the battle in Exodus 17:10-15. I am thinking of "God gives us victory" or "He ...
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What's another name for a circular continuum?

A continuum is anything that gradually changes from one thing to another. But I want another word that describes something that changes gradually and whose opposite extremes are actually one and the ...
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Syntax of “not only” + “furthermore”

Can I use not only with furthermore instead of also? Not only is he tall, he is also heavy. Can I say or write: Not only is he tall, he is furthermore heavy. or (and please tell me if this ...
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What are the replacements for “i.e.” and what are their differences?

I can think of "that is to say", "in other words", "put differently". And I'd like to know if there are any subtle differences in the usage of these synonyms. Can they always be used interchangeably ...
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Synonym for I will get back to you or I come back to you?

What is the synonym for saying I will get back to you or I come back to you?
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Difference between elucidate and explicate

I read the definitions of these two terms rendered by various dictionaries and concluded that elucidate denotes 'to make perspicuous or intelligible (especially by explanation)'; whereas, explicate ...