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

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Synonym for 'first class' as in 'first gathering of a course'

I'm looking for the most colloquial synonym for the term 'first class', in the meaning of 'first gathering of a course'. My reason for looking for an alternative is that 'first class' is too easily ...
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Need synonym for beginning something eagerly

I am trying to find a one-word synonym for the phrase, "They threw themselves into [an activity]", or "they launched ambitiously into..," or "They zealously began to...". The actual phrase that I am ...
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A synonym for 'stay' that starts with 'f'?

What word starts with an 'f' and is a synonym for stay, remain, 'opposite of move'?
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Words that are both Anagrams and Synonyms

So my father and I were talking, and I commented that it is supremely satisfying that the words it's and 'tis are synonyms that have the exact same distribution of characters (they are anagrams). He ...
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Politically correct synonym for “Indian giver”?

The phrase "Indian giver" means someone who gives a person a gift and then wants it back later. It's occasionally a useful concept, but the dictionary says it's offensive and I also think so. Is there ...
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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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Is there a non-compound synonym for 'ever-improving'?

Trying to find out a simpler way to refer to someone who is actively looking to grow and excel at what she is doing.
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Synonym for not taking personal responsibility

I'm trying to think of a word that suggests a person who takes no personal accountability in their actions or always tries to shift blame on to some factor supposedly outside of their control. Is ...
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What is a word for a person who thinks they are going to fail? [closed]

I need a word for someone who thinks that they won't become successful or will fail?
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One word which can mean “synonym” and “translation”

I'm working on a dictionary which can translate words between two languages. It can however also "translate" between the same language, which means that it finds a synonym. In this context the ...
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Variant of the phrase “broad brush strokes”

I'm looking for a phrase that captures the idea that one is dividing material up crudely. The context is a claim that in discussing a certain issue, we only need to make rather crude divisions (or ...
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When do I use fee and when do I use charge? [on hold]

Are there differences between the two words? Thank you very much for your answers.
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Can the word 'fluently' be interchanged with 'fluidly' in this sentence, “I see I can't write fluidly either.” [closed]

I was asking a question concerning the use of the words 'fluently' or 'fluidly' in a particular sentence. I did not mean to post it as an Answer.
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Is there a difference between “on condition that” and “provided that”?

Do the terms "provided that" and "on condition that" mean the same? Or is there any difference in usage? The means will be available provided that the state will allocate its part of financing vs. ...
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What are other words or phrases for “total catch”, “whole package”, or “perfect 10” when referring to an attractive bachelorette?

I've found it difficult to search for synonyms. I'm hoping for some noun that signifies a really impressive woman that any man would want to share life with. "Perfect 10" and "bombshell" are ...
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A single word to define “leave in state of ignorance”

What is a good word that describes the act of purposefully leaving someone else in a state of ignorance with the goal of benefiting from their, well, ignorance?
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Word for “lose something temporarily”

Is there any verb which means that I lost something but actually you're sure that it isn't lost forever? So I don't know where is it now but if I was looking for it, I would find it. Or, I put it ...
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Difference between “latent” and “underlying”

I'm not an English native speaker and I tend to use "latent" and "underlying" as if they were synonyms. Are they actually synonyms, or is there a difference between them ? For example, in a ...
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Word that is like a neutral version of 'cliché'; 'canonical' is likely a synonym

I've been struggling with thesauri, learned friends, and hopeless google searches. The word I'm looking for describes a 'go-to' example or conventionally used style that isn't official. Something ...
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Is “Tenor” okay?

I came across an advertisement which reads as follows: As one may find, the advertisement uses the word "Tenor" to say that the Bond would have a term (or duration) of 8 years. Is "Tenor" okay in ...
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What is the synonym for the word `non-technical`?

I want to say something like Non-technical introduction to Python. What word can replace non-technical? I've fished out un-technical and general so far, but they don't really fit well.
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Is it correct to refer to two different sources using “this” and “this”? If false what synonyms could be used? [on hold]

Is the following decent English: Based on sources like this and this the following code was created: If it is correct English? What kind of synonym could be used in this context?
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Alternative way to say “sold a project”

My apologies if this question seems out of place, but I wasn't sure about where else I should ask it (I also couldn't find anything through Google). I'm in the process of updating my resume, and I'm ...
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hypothetically speaking vs theoretically speaking

"They say the sky is blue"......hypothetically speaking or theoretically speaking (which is the right phrase to use if you thinking of evoking a debate on the matter). If am thinking its any colour ...
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A word for a large underground library

I am looking for a word to describe a large underground library many times the height of an average person. The word "edifice" means a large, imposing, and important building. However, I feel like ...
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Synonyms for 'conference attendees'

I'm trying to think of the best way to casually say 'conference attendees'. Any ideas?
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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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What's a word/phrase for a player/seducer?

I can't seem to remember this particular word/phrase. I'm almost certain it's a two-word phrase. It specifically refers to someone who is skilled with the ladies, ie, someone who knows the tricks of ...
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Synonyms for the “not…but…” construction

I am looking for proper alternatives to the "not...but..." construction, which is used to refute an assumption and draw attention to a new point. Example: The park was known not for its amenities, ...
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What is an antonym for “technically”? [closed]

In this case technically meaning "according to the prescribed definition or rules." Is there a single word antonym for this?
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'Preclude' vs 'Exclude' vs 'Prevent'

I'm trying to really understand how the word preclude differs from either exclude or include. Merriam Webster defines preclude as to make impossible by necessary consequence : rule out in advance ...
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Is there a better term than “dummy” to describe a non-functional part of a program?

I'm searching for a different or more neutral term than "dummy" to describe a non-functional or non-interactive part of a program. I've been using this term to refer to code in interactive charts ...
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loud, aloud, loudly? [closed]

Which one of the following should I use ? Speak loud. Speak loudly. Speak aloud. I heard once a teacher say 'speaker louder', so I think 'speak loud' should be no problem. What's more, ...
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How are “autopsy of a corpse” and “post-mortem of a corpse” different?

Autopsy is surgical examination of a corpse to find out the cause of the death. Post-mortem, used in isolation as in "Post-mortem was done", refers to surgical examination of a corpse. Now, the ...
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What is meant by memory hog? [closed]

I found the following statement: Reading in the whole file at one time is called slurping. It can be useful but it may be a memory hog. What is the meaning of hog, and how does it relate to ...
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diminishments meaning [closed]

As far as I know the meaning of diminishments is to decrease in size, range or extent. My question is that could increase in cost be diminishments.
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What do we call a person who is obsessed with cleanliness?

Is there any word for a person who is very , very much concerned about cleanliness and keeping things hygienic and even point out faults in clean things and explaining that they were dirty ?
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Is 'folk' a politically correct substitute for 'people'?

Edit: Comments so far have focused on the speech of politicians. While this discussion is interesting, and desired when relevant, I am more concerned with use in activist communities. I believe the ...
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correct word for “proving a prediction false”?

Which word should I use to say that " A is trying to prove B's prediction wrong"? For example, in the recent United Nations water scarcity report, UN predicted that in 10 years from now, two-thirds of ...
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More inclusive/formal synonym for “grandfathered in”?

The expression "grandfathered in" or similar expressions like "grandfather clause" aren't always immediately clear to people for whom English is a second language. But I'm hard pressed to come up ...
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Synonym for “godchild” without religious connotation

In English is there a synonym for "godchild" (or the gender-specific versions) without a religious connotation but without necessarily having other specific connotations? All the words I'm coming up ...
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Word that means “healing” or “spiritually healing”?

I know there is a word that means 'healing' as in "The therapy session was very ______", blank meaning it was healing (possibly of emotional wounds from the past).
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Is there a single word to describe “just another random thought”? [closed]

I'm looking for a single word to describe: just another random thought Or a single word to describe : the state of being lost in random thoughts
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“endure” vs “perdure” vs “persist”

All definitions via The Free Dictionary perdure means To last permanently; endure endure is To continue in existence; last persist means To be obstinately repetitious, insistent, ...
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“high rate of speed” or “high speed” to mean going fast

Why do reporters (and sometimes police officers) say that somebody was going at a high rate of speed when they actually mean high speed? In physics, speed is already the rate of distance over time, ...
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Positive synonym for 'exploit'

I want to know a single word which denotes the idea of full or maximum utilization, such as the words exploit or milk. But the trouble is, they both have a negative tone to them. Is there a positive ...
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Is there another word for unpreparedness?

"Unpreparedness" seems clunky, and thesaurus.com wasn't of much help. Is there another word that might do, for example, in this sentence? "Having seen everyone pull out their tents, Jack twiddled his ...