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Questions tagged [synonyms]

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

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A word for 'the need to prove oneself'

I want to have a shorter word to describe the feeling of 'the need to prove oneself'. Is there any?
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Is there a word for a situation that is specific to an individual based upon prior experiences

I feel there is, or should be a word to describe a person-specific situation, but I haven't been able to think of it
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Is there a single word meaning “the thing that attracts me”?

Is there a single word meaning "the thing that attracts me"? The terms attractor or drawer don't feel right: The attractor for me at this restaurant is their sumptuous ravioli.
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Name for a software used to design crisis scenarios [on hold]

I am currently developing a software used to design crisis scenarios for simulation. My biggest problem at the moment is that the project lacks a name. So has anyone a good idea for a name of such a ...
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What is a synonym for tidbit [closed]

Besides fact and piece of information, what is a good synonym for tidbit?
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What is a synonym for Mormonism? [on hold]

In light of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saint's de-emphasis on using the name "Mormon," what is a synonym for "Mormonism?" The style guide says "The term "Mormonism" is inaccurate and ...
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50% Opaque or 50% Transparent Image - not Transparent nor Opaque [closed]

is translucent the only word to describe something that is partially opaque/transparent. does it apply in all cases?
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Is there one word or phrase that best describes the emotion of happiness when winning?

Or potentially a word that is used in another language to describe this feeling?
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What is the word for “doing a favor for someone that you are not obligated to do” [closed]

I cannot think of the word for "doing a favor for someone that you are not obligated to do." Not "nonobligatory." For the use in the sentence, "We will continue to provide you with this service even ...
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How can I say strenuous/challenging without a negative connotation?

I want to thank someone for a "challenging" semester - in the sense that it made me work really hard and was demanding, but in a good way
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Single or small number of words opposite of “soft focus”, “rose-tinted glasses” etc to convey cynicism/critical thinking/realism but not “pessimistic”

I'm looking for a single word or small number of words to convey something like "Life through a _____ filter/lens" where the opposite is 'soft-focus', 'rose-tinted' etc. Where _____ conveys a sense ...
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More formal way to say “check in with”

At my company we have an internal document that describes the processes we use for accomplishing a certain task. In this document we use the phrase: Periodically check in with ... to assess ...
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Disambiguating the meaning of the word Preparation

I'm currently maintaining a system where the word preparation is used for the word drug. Now I need a noun for the act of preparing a drug. Is there a good synonym for the word preparation which I can ...
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Differences in antonyms of “balance” with negative prefixes

Most words only have one correct negative prefix out of "in-", "im-", and "un-". Why are both "imbalance" and "unbalance" both grammatically correct (but "inbalance" is not")? What are differences in ...
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Synonym of déjà vu that fits the scenario described here [closed]

déjà vu is a French word, & deja vu is its borrowed version. Is there a synonym for it in English that I can use in the conversation given below? (For instance 'per se' is Latin, but it has many ...
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End of a predictable story: “flat” or “plain”?

I am looking for an adjective which could work with the "end of the story", meaning predictability, shallowness. Now I am deciding between "flat" (in Freedictionary 5th,6th, and 12th explanations work ...
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alternative expression for belittlement

I am German and currently writing my thesis in English. Currently trying to categorize my qualitative codes and I am looking for an alternative expression/word for belittlement, that is less ...
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Names for 4 Sizes

I'm breaking weapons into 4 sizes: Small Medium Large Extra Large Can I do better than T-shirt sizes? I'd like to avoid "Extra Large" if possible. Is there any precedent for sizing categories with 4 ...
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Can anyone tell me what exactly sweeping bow means please?

I'd like to know if anyone can elaborate the sentence below (from the Red Headed League by Conan Doyle), specifically the characters movement? He made a sweeping bow to the three of us and walked ...
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Synonyms for “Low”,“Medium”,“High” that sort alphabetically

In database queries, clients often asked to group values into ranges, "Low", "Medium","High" which make sense when read by a human. But if the computer returns strings, they sort alphabetically not ...
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What does the word “Stone” mean in this context [closed]

A book by Salman Rushdie ("Shame"), Hindu–Islamic tensed relations are described. So there are several words starting/containing the word Stone Stonewasher Stone-gang Stone-godly 'The one-godly ...
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Skill Levels - Nomeclature [closed]

I'm trying to build an abstract skill level chart to be applied to diverse subjects. Right now - using only common sense - the list of levels I was able to think is: {MISSING} : Don't know anything ...
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What is a better answer than “that's interesting” when being told a fact about someone?

When getting to know people, they often tell me a cool fact about them. Examples include "I'm actually from Turkey", "I am playing a new game called ______ with my friends", "I speak four languages". ...
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A single word to convey “one who has control of his life/destiny”

I am looking for a word that describes/conveys one who is in control of his/her life, and believes in his own ability to create his own destiny. I am looking for a word that has some poetic/literature ...
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Others ways to say “I wish you the best in your decision”

I'm writing a business letter. Wondering if there are other ways to say "I wish you the best in your decision" (already used it in a recent letter to the same person). Found "I wish you well in your ...
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When it is with yourself that you are not satisfied, are you “dissatisfied” or “unsatisfied”? [duplicate]

Is someone who wishes they had done something differently “dissatisfied” or “unsatisfied” with what they did? How about someone who – more generally – wishes they were someone else, wishes they were ...
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What would be the correct term for the recipient who's, “in care of” something for someone else

This is usually seen when a letter is sent to someone but the abbreviation, c/o is used to indicate that it should be, in care of someone else. Just need a more formal term for a project I'm working ...
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Synonyms to ‘semi thick’?

What is the synonym to ‘semi thick’ body? When someone describes their body shape as semi thick, what does he mean? Thank you.
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Synonym of Dream Interpreter

Is there any single word synonym from "Dream Interpreter" or the person who tells the meaning of the dream?
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What does this sentence in a paragraph about the Notre Dame Fire mean?

A 2017 Time article discussing the crumbling, wearing out, and water damage of France's Notre Dame Cathedral prior to the 2019 fire writes (emphasis added to the part I would like clarification on): ...
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The state of being integrated

I am looking for a noun of the adjective "integrated", as in, "combining or coordinating separate elements so as to provide a harmonious, interrelated whole." Integration describes the process that ...
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A word to describe the contour of a sheet of paper [closed]

I'm looking for a word to describe the outline of a paper document. For instance in the sentence : The software will detect the edges of the receipt over the dark background. I have multiple ...
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Is there any difference between to strew and to scatter?

I just read that : https://forum.wordreference.com/threads/strew-scatter.172228/ and it appears those two words are interchangeable, apart that strew is rather literate. What do you think?
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revive vs revivify

I recently stumbled upon the word "revivify". As a verb, it seems to be a synonym for "revive". Is it? Or are there any differences between the 2 words? And is it usual to have synonymous words with ...
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Verb meaning “to make a list of elements unique”

I am looking for a verb that would mean to make a list of elements unique. For example, let's say I have a list of elements and some of them can exist more then once in the list (duplicates). What ...
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Another term for “controlled like a puppet”? [closed]

What's another word or phrase for "being controlled like a puppet". eg., "to be manipulated by a more powerful force" . . . what the puppet is enduring?
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Word for: a synonym with a positive connotation?

For example: "Cautious is just a _________ for being scared." "Opportunistic is just a _________ for being inconsiderate." "Not too bright is just a _________ for being dumb." "Simple is just a ...
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Voyeurism but not really [closed]

I am looking for a word or phrase that portrays the feeling of watching an intimate (but not sexual) moment unfold. Some context; A is keeping a watchful eye on E because he is worried about her ...
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What are analogous words to “occidental” and “oriental” for southern and northern? [duplicate]

Definitions Occidental: "1: relating to the countries of the West" Oriental: "1. of, relating to, or characteristic of the Orient, or East; Eastern." So, occidental is effectively a word that is a ...
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Alternative to “launch customer” or “beta customer”? [closed]

I'm looking for a phrase that refers to the initial customers of a new product or service - the ones who bear the risk and benefit of trying something new. "Launch customer" is used in the aircraft ...
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How to sound more sophisticated without being pedantic? [closed]

I read an article that said you should avoid certain words in writing such as really, you, feel, think, as, a lot, sort of, kind of, like, just, used to. I think the intention is to be more direct ...
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“All else equal”

Looking for a way to articulate "holding all else equal." In my context, I'm writing about economists' (unrealistic) love for holding all else equal
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Is there a word for when something's name completely fits the description or personality?

for example in a story i'm writing, there is a character named Revenge who's main goal is to get revenge. Is there a single word for that?
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Is there a nicer/politer/more positive alternative for “negates”?

I have somewhere the following sentence: our platform negates the need for a middleman ... but I do not want to offend or upset the middlemen whomever it is ... there are many middlemen in the ...
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Car Interior synonym?

Is there a synonym for a car's interior? E.g. 'cockpit', 'cabin', etc. "He sat quietly in the _____ and waited."
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What is the difference between Clients and Clientele? [closed]

Google says Clientele means: "clients collectively." But so does Clients mean
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What is the difference between to pollute and to contaminate? [closed]

I think they might be synonym, but I'm just not sure.
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Is kid-friendly an appropriate synonym of child-oriented?

I am a German native speaker and I am currently working on a project. We called the project KARLI which is the short form of the German first name Karl. The english translation of Karl is Charles. ...
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What's the one word for “Take the Lead” [closed]

what can I use as a synonym for "take the lead" preferably in one word?
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How would one describe the relationship of next-to-adjacent?

In other words, say there are three or more objects, how would you describe the relationship between object one and object three? For context clarity, I am referring to the lateral positioning ...