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

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“Calling a spade a spade”: synonymous expressions?

I'm looking for expressions that are equivalent to "calling a spade a spade." In some environments and verbal contexts, this phrase needs to be avoided -- please take my word for it. Thank ...
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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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What's a word for someone who does what they say?

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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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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What's the word for day/night?

So I'm customizing a wordrpress(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" - DayWhat's the ...
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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 that means someone who can't adapt to nature?

I heard a word some months ago describing someone who was not the type who could handle being dropped in the middle of nowhere and surviving. I forget if it was an adjective or a noun - I think it was ...
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Looking for a synonym for Block

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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“with” vs “to have”

I have a tendency to say things like: It was nice with cake. Usually it's in the form of: It was adjective with noun. whereas my wife is always correcting me to: It was nice to have ...
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Generic word for peformer, speaker, teacher for events

I run an event website and have always struggled with finding the right word for the performers of an event. These events might be: A concert (performer) A workshop (teacher) A book reading (author) ...
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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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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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Synonym for “dynamically driven”

I'm looking to replace the phrase "dynamically driven". Bit of context from where is from/going: I'm describing a bit of tech that is essentially inert, it's not pre-recorded, but at runtime uses that ...
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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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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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the word “annoying” in official documents [closed]

how do I call something annoying for user experience for example in official document?
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Suggested alternatives for that horrible new noun 'nice-to-have'?

In the example below, I’m looking for a suitable synonym for ‘nice-to-have.’ I’m specifically looking for an appropriate noun replacement; do we actually have such a thing in English? Maintenance ...
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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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“Last added by” alternative word or phrase [closed]

I was trying figure out a word, term, or phrase that means the same as last added by. I prefer something concise. For context, I have a database table which contains a list of things added to our ...
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Is there a non-colloquial equivalent term for “cool”?

As I get older (into my 30s) the less I feel like using youthful slang, and I take extra pride in using professional English. But I can't think of a word that is universally equivalent to the ...
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Noun for “person with intermediate skill”

I'm looking for the noun form of "person with intermediate skill". For example, in the context of a particular activity, "person with no skill" might be designated a novice, and "person with much ...
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Friendlier synonym for “regards” in an e-mail [duplicate]

I was about to send an email to some colleagues, then at end I wanted to say "bye" but saying just "Cheers" was too friendly and "Best regards" was too official. "Yours faithfully" would be even ...
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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 ...
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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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Any better terms or words for an overseas office?

Is there any better term or word for an overseas office? It's like a company opening a new workplace in other countries.
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What do you call something that is not first in a sequence?

Is there a word to describe something that is not the first element in a sequence, but can be in any other position? A synonym of "not first", in fact. This element is __ in this sequence.
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Description word between new and old?

I am trying to create a scale of descriptive words. I have new content being described as "fresh" thinking of describing old content just as "old" unless you have any other suggestions. My issue is ...
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Word that means to “press softly”?

Example: I held the bee and [...] against my arm, to see whether it would sting me. I can't think of any suitable word. And the Thesaurus only has synonyms that mean pressing harder.
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Synonym for “worse” with no negative connotation

Say there are two records in a band's discography and neither of them is bad. What's a better term than "worse" to refer to one record not being as great as the other record? Since both records are ...
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Trustable or trustworthy?

For a long time I have been using trustworthy as the adjective for of trust. However, I recently heard someone say trustable, and it piqued my interest. Apparently it is a word on Merriam-Webster as ...
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Modern words for “contrariwise”

Does contrariwise sound old-fashioned? As in Alice in Wonderland: ‘Contrariwise,’ continued Tweedledee, ‘if it was so, it might be.’ What are the modern words for contrariwise?
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Noun to describe a “typo-filled” letter

I am changing my e-mail signature on my phone to read: Sent from my Samsung Galaxy S4. Please do not mistake my brevity and/or misspellings for apathy and/or ignorance. I am looking for a ...
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Is “square” a synonym for “roundabout” (noun)?

I can't seem to find it in a dictionary, but every once in a while (although rarely) I do seem to come across examples, such as Bartel-Pritchard Square, that seem to indicate the two are synonyms. ...
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Synonym/more sophisticated term for free-flowing

I am looking for an apt, or rather, a more sophisticated description for my cacographic handwriting style. The term free-flowing is strictly accurate. However, I am looking for a adjective or term ...
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What’s the difference between “way” and “road”?

I saw this sentence: I couldn't help but hear. You've been on the road, so to speak. Why didn't he use way? What is the difference between on the way and on the road?
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What is the difference between “pallet” and “skid”

I usually call this device a pallet, but I have heard it referred to as a skid: Is there a difference between the two words (such as one is the name of the actual wooden device, the other is the ...
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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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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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What's a more appropriate word than verbatim or literal in this context?

The XML file is being transcribed verbatim to generate the form on the web page. Perhaps literal fits better than verbatim, as the former denotes a looser correlation (in my opinion) than the ...
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How to describe useless conversation?

Is there a word or concise English expression for the kind of discussion that is heated, perhaps a bit contentious or pretentious, but ultimately off-topic, vague, or too abstract to be useful? A ...
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To observe, over analyze, but never act

They would see something of significance to them, analyze it, think it through, but never do anything. They can study the details forever but never act
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What do you call someone who sends an email? [closed]

I searched for sender synonyms but I'm not satisfied with the results
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Another term for “middle to upper management”?

I'm trying to express a vocational range of experience. Can anyone conceive of an alternative way of articulating the following: Middle to upper management. I conducted a browser search but ...
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Alternative ways of saying “Try your best”? [closed]

I want to encourage my friend through a hardship of his career. What are some alternative ways of saying "Try your best"?
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Similar phrases/words meaning “it is worth mentioning”

What could be the other phrases/words with similar meaning of "it is worth mentioning"? e.g. I would like to start a sentence with exactly same meaning of It is worth mentioning that [......]
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Does “money laundering” also mean raising funds illegally?

When I looked up what money laundering meant, the dictionary said it meant “concealing proceeds raised from illegitimate sources”. Does money laundering also mean “raising funds illegally”? If not, ...
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Finding a better way to say “put to good use”

Better way to say: "put to good use" Trying to figure out in terms of being accountable with resources.
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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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What's a less harsh substitute for crusty/cranky?

I'm writing a tribute to a friend and colleague who passed away unexpectedly last week. I want to use a synonym for "cranky" or "crusty" that doesn't have a lot of negativity about it -- he could ...