Questions tagged [synonyms]

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

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Disingenuity and intellectual dishonesty

In the midst of the current American political drama, unfolding around the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump, the phrase "intellectual dishonesty" has been thrown around by pundits on ...
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Synonym for unneccessary

I want to write that we have opted to buy a tablet for $500, because the latest models are not necessary. They are too powerful for our use or needed by other people who have heavier requirements. I ...
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What are other names for planetoids that aren't orbiting a solar system, but hurtling through space? [migrated]

I'm trying to think of a good word for an asteroid/planetoid that has no stable orbit but has been ejected from a system and is passing close to a sun. Any help?
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What is another way to express something that is idempotent?

I understand the word "idempotent" to describe an action where the second time that action is applied, it has no additional effect. In other words, redundant operations have no effect. The first ...
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What are some ways to switch conversation topics?

Currently, when I'm in the middle of a topic and I have something else that I'd like to bring up I'll say unrelated, but... or sometimes apropos of nothing Are there any other good ways to bring in ...
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Book or App to learn subtle differences between synomyms

I've been working on my English vocabulary for about 16 months now. I feel like I'm at a point at which I sometimes know different ways to express something I have in mind, but I struggle to choose ...
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Medieval synonym for outgun

outgun: to surpass in firepower Is there a similar word that could be applied in a story that avoids association with postmedieval weapons? A phrase would be acceptable but a single word would be ...
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Test subject but the subject is an inanimate object

I'm looking for a synonym(?) for ‘test subject’ that is applicable when the subject is an inanimate object. I've tried using the thesaurus looking for synonyms of 'test subject' but it's only ...
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Looking for a word meaning “two things maximally mirror each other in symbolism”

I am looking for a word to describe the situation where two things are highly analogous, or parallel in symbolism, meaning, interpretation or purpose. In the field of biology, we say that two ...
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Is there any other alternative for the sentence ' oriented me towards studies'

I am writing a personal statement and want to mention how a series of events has oriented me towards research. Any alternatives for this?
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What is a more formal synonym of Catch-22?

I need a word to describe a situation where someone is given two or more conflicting rules or requirements, which contradict each other making it impossible to comply with all of the rules at once. ...
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Unisex word (or short phrase) for “little black book”

Although it seems like this phrase is already unisex, something about it gives it a feminine tone. I'm looking for a phrase that means "a list a lovers" but can be used by both men and women in ...
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Must-have (noun) alternatives

The noun 'must-have' is defined in the Cambridge Dictionary as: Something that many people want to own. Do you know any alternatives for expressing the same meaning? I would like to use it to make ...
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What is correct name to use when referring to a person who is hosting an online call?

I am thinking about few alternatives: host, facilitator and chairperson. What would be the correct name? Maybe there are some better alternatives?
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How to describe with one word?

I am looking for a word that helps me to describe a variable with only one word or two: K- is a number of slices, that will be grouping together in a block. Can I say: grouping coefficient?
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Jasper as a synonym for wasp

I recently heard a friend refer to a wasp as a “jasper” I’ve never heard of this before, and haven’t been able to find anyone else who uses this term. Is this usage of the word “jasper” meaning wasp ...
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Show or Appear - which one to use? [closed]

Which one is correct? Apple to show at bottom of dropdown Apple to appear at bottom of dropdown Context: It's an announcement title trying to convey that the entry Apple will now be available ...
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What is a word for “uncomfortable situation”? [closed]

Pretty straight forward. Looking for a word that means uncomfortable situation but in a positive connotation, not like danger.
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Is there a word for not being sympathetic to a position, but also not being ardent towards it? [closed]

Is there a word for something like, "moderate opposition?" Context: A friend and I are trying to find or create a phrase for someone who isn't an anti-theistic militant atheist, but also isn't an ...
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A word for “modern” that doesn't imply “best”

I am thinking about textbooks in technical fields, whose titles are things like "modern computer technology". These books may have been written many decades ago, so their contents very much do not ...
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What is another way to say “get out of my safety net”?

I am trying to write an essay and I NEED to have the word safety in there. I want to use "safety net," I just hate how "getting out of my safety net" sounds. I want to be something like "getting out ...
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Do all “epicene” pronouns mean the same thing as one another?

There have been many pro­posed epicene or gen­der-neu­tral pronouns that have been pro­posed over the years and have re­ceived some level of use. My ques­tion is: do all of them mean the same thing? ...
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Seeing eye to eye: synonyms

Am searching for additional ways to describe when people are said to be "on different wavelengths" or "on different planets"
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A word to describe “manually” doing something — not technologically or screen-based

Example, I want to say something like "manual highlighting," to differentiate between highlighting something on the screen. A word to describe the process of using an actual yellow highlighter (a ...
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Subscription for a single month

I am building a paid online tool where you can subscribe for one month without auto-renewal. If you want to use a tool again, you pay one more time. Is such payment still called subscription, or is ...
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Synonym for “who they say they are?”

Trying to think of a word that means "who they say they are." For instance, The general is actually who he says he is. The closest alternative I can come up with is legitimate. Any other thoughts?
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Is “to reprove” a synonym for “to vindicate”?

I cannot understand the meaning of the word reproved in the following verse of King James Bible: And unto Sarah he said, Behold, I have given thy brother a thousand pieces of silver: behold, he ...
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Is “ho”/“hoe” basically an equivalent of “whore” which differs only stylistically?

On Russian SE we had a discussion about some Russian intentional misspelling one can encounter in Internet. As an example of such phenomena in English I've pointed to the following example: using "hoe"...
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What's the difference between index and indicator?

My phrase is: "The main (indexes / indicators) of regional development". Which noun should I use? I have searched for any difference in their meanings on the Internet, but didn't find anything ...
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speckled vs. spotted [closed]

What is the difference between speckled and spotted in the following context: I will pass through all thy flock to day, removing from thence all the speckled and spotted cattle, and all the brown ...
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“agenda-driven”: single-word synonyms and a good definition

I first encountered the term "agenda-driven" in description of cat breed's temperaments. While I sense the meaning, being non-native speaker makes it hard to understand term "agenda-driven" in various ...
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What is the difference in nuance of amiable and affable?

Both come from Latin. The noun amicus(friend) from amo(I love) The verb affor(to address) from ad + for(to speak to) I am pretty sure etymologically amiable should be much more warm, pleasant and ...
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What's the different between “precaution” and “prevention” in English?

I always confuse "precaution" with "prevention". They are very similar in meaning, but what's different in usage?
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Specialism or/vs speciality

I had never heard of specialism until I encountered it in some British professional bodies' databases I was researching. I had thought it was a fake word because speciality would be the noun we use ...
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What is the word for students under the same advisor

I'd like to know what is the word to describe students under the same advisor in graduate program, e.g. PhD program. Normally, students in the same department who attend the same classes are called ...
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Is the sentence I want to get as a tattoo correct? Is it even a sentence? Can I shorten it?

In an effort to save my health, I do not smoke most of the time, I refrain from eating animal products almost always and I work out quite regularily. However, in order to not even slip one more time (...
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Synonym for restrictions that are cumulative

I'm looking for the proper word to describe restrictions that "add" up in computer talk. Let's say that someone can set the authorization to get into a system as: password: User must provide correct ...
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Word for asserting/reaffirming your higher rank in social/professional power structure?

My mind keeps coming back to words such as motioning, stepping or puffing but I know these aren't the words. i.e: When someone higher in the power structure asserts their superiority over you
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My brain is constipated, surely that's not correct

I am unable to finish a project I am working, I just don't want to do it because the ideas to make it awesome are not flowing, I am not procrastinating, I want it completed, the only way I can ...
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Gender-neutral equivalent of “to a man”

Is there a Gender-neutral equivalent of "to a man"? I mean the expression "to a man" in the sense of "each and every one". For example: The skydivers, to a man, felt they had taken all ...
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what's the scientific term for “natural” in “natural blonde”

Jim Rogers (a famous investor) is very enamored with the natural blondeness of his current (third) wife. See here: and here: I once came across an interview of his where he described her as a "...
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Phrases that mean “I have no idea”

What phrases can be used interchangably with “I have no idea”? I request two types of answers: Polite forms of saying it. Casual forms of saying it. "I have no idea" seems simple and ...
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Distinction between prefixes 'super-' and 'extra-' in similar contexts

From my understanding, both the prefixes super- and extra- can mean above or beyond, though a possible distinction could be as follows (from the answer to this question): ...using super-something ...
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Is there a word for somebody who's fond of hard alcohol as opposed to beer or wine? [closed]

I'm currently writing a birthday invitation in which I want to state that I'll also provide hard alcohol for those who prefer it over beer. Is there a word to describe people with this preference? ...
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See/View different meaning example [closed]

I am not sure when I should use in the sentence "see" or "view". If I want to say for example: My teachers see/view giving lectures to me as a waste of time. What is more correct please? See feels ...
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One word for a harmful idea/plan [closed]

Is there one word for a harmful idea/plan? (All that comes to my mind is evil/wicked idea, but it's two words, and anyway it's actually a synonym for brilliant/cunning idea.) The whole idea to ...
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What does it mean to `Muse through a document"? [closed]

I remember I learned this word "muse" while listening to a vocabulary builder audiobook. I believe it meant "to go through a document very carefully". I tried to google the meaning of the word but I ...
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What's the difference between “rind”, “peel”, and “skin”? [closed]

I usually see rind, peel, and skin used interchangeably, But is there any meaning behind them? For example: banana peel vs banana skin vs banana rind Which one should we use for each thing? And ...
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Can 'obsolete' and 'defunct' be used interchangeably?

'Obsolete' is defined as No longer produced or used; out of date. and 'defunct' is defined as No longer existing or functioning. The meanings sound close to each other though the latter should ...
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Formal alternative to “that'll do” [closed]

I use "that'll do" in circumstances where I acknowledge that something is sufficient. What is a formal alternative for this phrase, that can take place in a formal letter or a conversation ? ...