Questions tagged [synonyms]

A synonym is a word that means the same, or almost the same thing, as another word. This tag is for asking about pairs of words. If you're requesting a synonym, please use the ‘single-word-request’ tag.

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I am looking for a word to describe a person or entity who is permitted by society to do bad/greedy things because they have been charitable

I would describe this person or entity as "feeling entitled" by that doesn't exactly capture what I am trying to say. For example: A person who donates a lot of money to some charity gets '...
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Things to do with dogs

My character is trying to convince his girlfriend to let him keep his new puppy in their apartment. She opposes fiercely, because she doesn't like dogs and feels her space would be invaded. They have ...
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What is a word for "services not provided" or "Goods paid for not delivered"?

What is a word for "services not provided" or "Goods paid for not delivered"? For example: The "scam" is a word for a dishonest scheme. The word "fraud" is a ...
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Is there a word like 'mischievousness' that doesn't imply childishness? [closed]

I want to describe an adult person who goes against what they're told, but mischievousness implies that the subject is a child. I came up with 'contrarian' but it didn't quite suit what I was looking ...
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Another word for ensure but less absolute

I need a word that essentially means I'm going to try my best, but sounds a bit more optimistic. Here's the sentence for context: I hope to make universal design the standard practice and _____ no ...
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What's the difference between category synonyms (set, class, group, category, type, kind, branch, bracket, division, etc.)? [closed]

George Firican said the ER (entity relationship) is different for classification and categorization. The ERs according to him For classification members : classes 1:n (one to many) A futon can be in ...
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Check/Test/Verfiy if, whether or that [closed]

Which one is correct: This test case verifies, that the algorithm correctly adds two integers. This test case verifies, if the algorithm correctly adds two integers. This test case verifies, whether ...
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Can you think of a way to replace "high time" in the sentence, "It's high time I took a shower"? [closed]

"High time" is too formal for the voice I'm using in this work.
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Somehow a synonym for competition

I'm writing an English essay about our favourite singer or band. I want to write something like They have won many awards at different competitions. but I know competition is not the right word. ...
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Usage of nourish vs nurture [closed]

What is the difference in meaning between the following sentences? Do they both read well? These conversations will nourish your relationship. These conversations will nurture your relationship.
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Usage of spark vs ignite [closed]

Do the following sentences have the same meaning? If so, do they read equally well? Questions to spark meaningful conversations. Questions to ignite meaningful conversations.
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What verb is best used to remedy/fill/... a lack of something?

What verb would you use to describe solving the problem of there being a lack of something? For example, if there is a lack of money, and someone makes a donation, they would have ... the lack of ...
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What's the meaning of the phrase "we are not above" in what follows? What exactly does this phrase mean in this sentence? [duplicate]

But we're not above letting you know that some sections are by far more optional than others.
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heavily timbered park vs. a grove, which is thicker? [closed]

Quote: A heavily timbered park stretched up in a gentle slope, thickening into a grove at the highest point. The text comes from The Adventure of the Speckled Band, a short story that was written in ...
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What is the difference between commercials and ads (advertisement) and advertising?

Is my understanding correct? Advertisement is more formal than ad. Advertising is a mass noun and advertisement is a count noun referring each piece of advertising. Commercials can only used in pl ...
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Differences between “Approach,” "Perspective," and “Paradigm”

My question is related to this one: Differences between “methods”, “methodologies” and “paradigms” In lectures, we learned In statistical practice, there are two main schools of thought or paradigms: ...
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Synonym for accepting turn of events?

Is there a word to describe how, initially, a person boldly accepting the unpleasant turn of events later sadly accepts it as fate and moves on?
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What is the difference between a phone book, a directory, and the yellow pages?

So, upon looking in a dictionary, this is what I found: phone book noun [ C ] informal US /ˈfoʊn ˌbʊk/ UK /ˈfəʊn ˌbʊk/ a telephone directory : Is he in the phone book? (also telephone book, ...
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Short Word or Abbreviation for "In Addition to"

Similar, but not a duplicate of this post: My resume has a table (two columns), with multiple categories of skills within each column. Related Skill Set #1 | Related Skill Set #3 - skill ...
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What is the word for people who have similar interests? [closed]

I remember seeing a word somewhere that I didn't know, and when I searched it up it gave me a definition along the lines of "those who share similar interests" but I can't recall the word. ...
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Is the word "field player" a synonym for "outfield player" in the context of association football? Does it even exist?

I'm currently working on a user interface which has the option to filter a list of football players based on their general position, so to either show all goalkeepers or all players playing on the ...
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What does "Oh snap" mean?

May I ask, what does "oh snap" mean please? I heard it from the DIY Art competition, when the competitors were waiting for the judges to announce who's the winner. Competitor A said: I'm ...
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Looking for a word that means to get over something

Is there a word for when someone has gotten over or is no longer affected by something? Like after a break up, when someone “moves on” it might mean they have effectively forgotten about the other ...
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Word for holding something thats not yours [closed]

My Aunt is holding onto savings bonds my grandparents bought me. There’s a single word I’m looking for that means she’s holding them & won’t give them to me (I’m in my 40’s)
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What noun or adjective describes a message/song/poem that is mournful, but intense?

I have a word on the tip of my tongue, but I’m not sure what it is. I’ve checked synonyms of words to see if something matched what I was thinking, but I can’t figure it out. I used Google’s generic ...
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Can "resemblance" be used interchangeably with "semblance" in the idiomatic context of a comparison to a former self?

For example, After the war, Dresden retained little [re]semblance of its former self. Although he'd quit drinking, his lifestyle continued in some [re]semblance of its former self. I came across &...
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What word describes a word that is invented ad-hoc based on popular culture?

I sometimes hear people use ad-hoc invented adjectives which are based on a cultural reference; a sort of fabricated synonym. What are these words called? For example: “Cesar-esque” to describe ...
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Can the word "instrumental" be used in a negative way? [closed]

On a project Post-mortem Report that I was asked to write I need to state that a person was key in the disaster of the project. I was thinking of describing it as: ... and John Smith was instrumental ...
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What word would best describe this scenario (giving a true but evasive answer)? [duplicate]

What could be the word to best describe this following scenario: Parent 1: Why did you give the child a high-sugar drink when I specifically asked you not too? Parent 2: It's fine everybody, the ...
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Are there any words/phrases/idioms like "regret," but more specific? [closed]

The other day I struck up a conversation, about economics of all thing, with a stranger whose political beliefs were quite different from my own. It was a little bit of a teaching opportunity as I ...
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What are examples of synonyms for desired destiny?

It doesn't have to be synonyms, it can also be phrases or other ways of describing it as well. To clarify the context and what I mean by desired destiny. I'm writing something related to Macbeth. So ...
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What is a word like "negate" but even worse?

I suspect this is going to be a "oh yeah, duh" moment, but I'm looking for a word that is like "negate," but worse. Here's an example sentence: I could cram for this test all ...
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To the most part vs for the most part [closed]

Currently "for the most part" yields 67.400.000 "to the most part" yields 70.500.000 results on Google. Are these two phrases interchangeable? If not, when would you use which?
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Synonym of personification that contains either the prefix andro- or morph-

There is a specific word which contains either of the aforementioned prefixes. I read it some time ago and recall a definition somewhat similar to "giving human characteristics to something that ...
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The meaning of "account for" in a specific context

A colleague of mine wrote something today that is still boggling my mind. Os delays video when a headset is present to account for the latency Is "account for" the synonym for "take ...
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Is Merriam-Webster wrong about sympathy and empathy?

According to Merriam-Webster: In general, 'sympathy' is when you share the feelings of another; 'empathy' is when you understand the feelings of another but do not necessarily share them. This seems ...
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Formal synonym for "sick of [food]"? [closed]

For example, if someone's boss caters Chipotle every week, is there a word or phrase to substitute for "sick of" that's more polite and formal when confronting the boss?
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Difference between "ironic" and "facetiously"?

What is the difference between those adjectives? I've understood that facetiously is used when you're saying something that you don't mean- you're joking, but what differentiates it from (humorous) ...
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Out of one’s hands / Beyond one’s control: synonyms?

I am writing something about legal defences available to a defendant. I would like to know if these two expressions (title) can in this case be synonyms and if one is more used than the other. Context:...
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Determining the meaning of "Par Excellence"

In a translation test nearly impossible to pass, I am required to accurately translate a paragraph about a code editor, and I got stuck trying to translate the following: [The software] is a ...
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Is there a synonym for "manual entry"?

Consider a comparison of selecting from a list versus directly entering an option. Would you call the latter "manual entry" or something else? For example, are there alternatives in ...
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Word to describe something both qualitative and quantitative?

I'm looking for a word to describe my research process. I analyze large datasets, then interview people to understand what the data is telling me. I'm struggling to come up with a way to describe this,...
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Is there a one-word synonym for "less crowded" in English?

This is really funny! I've been searching about this for a while now. I think it should be a very frequent word that I can instantly recognize upon hearing but no words come to my mind. Let's say ...
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Another term for NEWBIES vs EXPERIENCED/PRO [closed]

What's an interesting tagline or caption for a game (say like a reality game show) composed of newbies vs people who are not necessarily pro but have an experience with the game (or similar to it) ...
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Downright lying or Outright lying? [closed]

I'd like to describe that someone is lying explicitly without any shame.  Someone who lies and knows that they are lying and knows that others know but they don't care.  Should I say downright or ...
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Generalized Terms for Categorizing an Occupation Label

This feels like a longshot, so pardon me if it’s an ill-formed question for this forum… I’m trying to define a two-phrase structure that describes any person’s role or occupation. Here are several ...
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What is the meaning of "actors" and "player" according to political terms? [closed]

I am reading a book where I find some sentences like "... how international actors impact civil wars" "... being a 'player' in regional politics" "... further study of each ...
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Is there a term for "meltable"? [duplicate]

Full disclosure, I'm kind of dumb so bear with me. I've only googled a dozen or so thesauruses but I came up with nothing for things that are "meltable". I mean, is meltable even a word? Has ...
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Is there a name for someone who thinks he's got very good taste but in reality lacks it?

Is there a name for someone who thinks he's got very good taste in general yet everyone else but him can easily see he is not? I don't know if such a word exist so any similar word will do.
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What is the word for the complementary relationship implied by the word dependent?

Dependency is directional. Starting a car is dependent on petrol. But petrol is not dependent on starting a car. What word describes the relationship from petrol to the car?

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