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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need an idiom or phrase that means that the same event resulted (or results) in contrasting outcomes for 2 different inividuals

The sentence, as it now stands, is: "The bizarre events and offbeat personalities of an acid-fueled summer push two high school lifeguards in opposite directions." The part in italics is the ...
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Is there a term for "adverb verb"s and/or "redundant adverb verb"s?

This is a meta question of this one: How can I omit adverbs to impart a strong feeling? Like the original question, I'm trying to find some tool/list/book that helps one convert "adverb verb"...
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need an idiom or phrase that means "you're up early"

I am writing a screenplay and one of the characters picks up the phone and says "you're up early" but I need something to replace it. It doesn't have to be a real idiom or commonly used ...
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Is there any difference between "congenial" and "genial"?

As the question implies, I'm interested in only the linguistic distinction between the two words I've listed. I've looked up these two words on some online dictionaries. After some searching, I've ...
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Why do Americans use "claim" all the time instead of "get"/"receive"?

I'm really wondered, why is verb "claim" so popular in meaning of "get" or "receive"? I see it everywhere in mobile apps and games ("claim bonus"), I even heard ...
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A noun for the ability to provide for your family and others around you, in virtue tense

I am trying to come up with a list of virtues to go over with my kids. Virtues tend to be adjectives in noun form. For instance, generous -> generosity, honest -> honesty. Others don't seem to ...
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Is there an English synonym for 'temporary attached' to a different group?

Are there words in English that are synonyms for temporary attached? For instance in the sentence: I will be temporarily attached to the XYZ group for two weeks, to perform task ABC. Note that this ...
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Are "adaptiveness" and "adaptability" interchangeable?

Here are the definitions for the words according to Cambridge dictionary: Adaptiveness - the quality of being able to change to suit different condition Flexibility and adaptiveness are important ...
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Is there an English synonym for 'temporarily-attached'? [duplicate]

Are there words in English that are synonyms for temporarily-attached? For instance in the sentence: I will be temporarily attached to the XYZ group for two weeks. Note that this question is different ...
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How should I understand the nuances between "astringent" and "acerbic"

I keep on getting these two words mixed up in my head. How should I understand the nuances that distinguish "astringent" and "acerbic"? Is there ever a reason to use one over the ...
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What is the exact word for vintage fashion which is returning in present time? [migrated]

My native language is not English. I want to know the word about fashion (past) which is returned in present. Remake is not the right word but I think something like this.
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What are the subtle differences between the four sentences about "leave"? [duplicate]

He leaves for Japan next week. He is leaving for Japan next week. He will leave for Japan next week. He is going to leave for Japan next week. Though I know all the four sentences are correct, and ...
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Closest equivalent of "bless you" for coughing [closed]

There is no English equivalent of "bless you" for coughing. Some friends and I would like to use a phrase for "bless you" for coughing amongst ourselves. What would an appropriate ...
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More formal way of saying "fighting until the end"

I'm currently working on a history essay and said "Saladin choose to declare a truce with the Crusaders in 1192 instead of fighting until the end." It gets the point across but I think it's ...
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Act of intentional deceit [duplicate]

I’m not looking for mislead, beguile, or con. It’s akin somewhat like red herring and it’s the practice of intentionally leading someone to a false conclusion usually for the sake of disproving them. ...
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What's the difference between class and category? [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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Do the Phrases "Entitled to" and "Eligible for" Mean the Same Thing? [closed]

It comes up in the Supreme Court Couse Bacerra vs. Empire Health Foundation. Here is some example context: "Person x is ENTITLED TO medical assistance" and "Person x is ELIGIBLE FOR ...
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A good term for "Dead" God [closed]

I am doing some world building for my game, but it's not really a world building question. I wouldn't have the problem with this term in my native language, it's strictly about the limits of my ...
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I'm looking for a word or phrase to describe a realization that a long held belief is wrong [closed]

I'm looking for a word or phrase to describe the realization that what you've always believed is not real. As an example: Let's say you grew up in a country that you where led to believe was far more ...
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Is there a meaningful difference between "abjure" and "abnegate"?

Can abjure and abnegate be used interchangeably? I see that abjure is defined as "solemnly renounce (a belief, cause, or claim)" and abnegate as "renounce or reject (something desired ...
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Looking for a word about writing lyrics for the purpose of fitting the music

There is a word that I'm desperately trying to remember. I think it is used in the context of songwriting but it could be more general. It describes the act of writing words to fit music, or to rhyme, ...
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What's a word for someone you know very well, but you're not friends? [duplicate]

You've known each other for years. You've talked for hours at a time before. You regularly interact in person and/or online. It's not that you don't like them. You're just neutral to them. You neither ...
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What is the word for extra, unneeded descriptive words describing something in a sentence? [duplicate]

What’s the term for extra, synonymous unneeded adjectives describing a noun or verb in a sentence?
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Is there a single word meaning "give good news about the future"?

Some languages I know have separate verbs for giving good news and giving bad news about the future. In English, we have a word that works fine for giving bad news of the future: warn. You warn about ...
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Word for "Unresearched/Untested and therefore potentially dangerous"?

Is there a word for this? E.g. The [unresearched/untested and therefore potentially dangerous] nature of brain implants may delay their becoming popular as people will be reluctant to use them. It ...
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Word for something that is likely significant?

Is there an English word out there that describes something that is likely (probably) significant or important? Meaning, there's a very good chance it's significant, remarkable, important, etc., but ...
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Single noun/phrase to denote transfer across levels of formality of language

Question: What is the name of the quality denoting the formality/colloquialism of and/or amount of jargon in language? Context: I am writing a review for a paper in which authors developed a model ...
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A word for creepiness without reason? [duplicate]

What would be one word for a deep-rooted, unsettling fear at a creepy place without any particular reason, just an unfounded, instinctive and unnatural feeling that something is not right, something ...
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A word for a feeling of instinctive and unfounded fear to the observer has no foresight into? [duplicate]

What would be one word for a deep-rooted, unsettling fear at a creepy place without any particular reason, just an unfounded, instinctive and unnatural feeling that something is not right, something ...
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A single-word synonym for the phrasal verb "to look in(to)" used literally?

I am seeking a single-word transitive verb that is a synonym of the phrasal verb "to look in" or "to look into", used literally (as in "to look in the mirror") rather ...
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What do we call a specific place we visit with a specific person? [duplicate]

What do we call a place that we often visit with a specific person whenever we meet? For example, when I go out with my old friends, we go to the same place we used to 2-3 years before.
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"An interview at the suggested [insert word here]" – time? moment? occasion? opportunity? juncture?

I am looking for a word that means, a particular date and time. I need it to complete the following phrase: An interview at the suggested ____ . Time is the most obvious, but it lacks the date ...
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What is the difference between register, subscribe, sign up and opt-in?

What the difference between these words ? register subscribe sign up opt-in I'm creating a website registration page and was wondering what name to use in the URL https://my website.com/register
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A catchy way to say that someone "backed off from a deal"

I need to find an expression, idiom, or image to say: "They backed off from the deal before it even started."
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Word for the sensation of reading a word on a page without knowing where it is

I frequently experience the phenomenon of turning a page in a book or flipping a slide in a slideshow, and my eyes catching a single word on the page without me consciously knowing where the word is --...
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What is a word for someone who abuses their workers?

I have been trying to find a word to describe someone who routinely abuses their workers, and perhaps even more than that, scorns them and sees them as inferior. My first guess was despot but I think ...
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What word could be used to mean "legacy" of something that did not already exist?

I am an ecologist writing a paper about disturbed forests (i.e. forests that are affected by things like forest fires, insects, and pathogens). It is common in my field to use the term "material ...
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Formal alternatives to “I’m always down for...”

I want to say that “I’m always down for a diagnostic challenge”. I have tried, “I always welcome a diagnostic challenge.” Any other ideas of a way to make this more formal?
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One word for covered area of a house (except the garden/lawn outside covered area but inside outer boundary) [duplicate]

In the area I live in, the houses are designed such that there is a covered area (with a front and back door) which contains rooms etc. and then there is a garden around it with grass and plants etc., ...
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Synonym for 'little bits'

I have recently been undertaking some document review and updated a sentence to the following which seemed correct to me at the time. The New Starter will be given a Training Record folder, a USB ...
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What is the difference between plan and plan out?

Apologies if I've posted this to the wrong forum, it seemed like an appropriate spot but not sure. My question is quite simply stated in the subject of the post. A coworker and I were editing one of ...
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What's the name of the "drawer" used at banks/forex counters?

I couldn't find any Google images, but you've probably encountered them at some point. It's a sliding "drawer" that allows you to exchange documents/money back and forth with the guy behind ...
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What are some words that can mean either pushing or dragging?

I'm making a game in which the player can either push or drag certain objects, like crates. In my code I usually refer to both of these actions as "moving" whenever I don't want to specify ...
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"For your sake" vs "For the sake of yourself" [closed]

"For your sake" is found enormously often if compared to "For the sake of yourself". Nevertheless, if we take a look at this page we have to come to realize that this second ...
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What do you call a person who has basic knowledge or some basic experience in some programming language? [duplicate]

I am proficient in ReactJs (which is a Javascript framework for creating web applications). I want to mention that I have basic knowledge, and some experience, in other programming languages as well. ...
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When to use optional and and when to use facultative?

I'm normally use to the word "optional" but there is also the word "facultative" ( https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/facultative ) which also seems to mean "optional&...
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Is there a single word that means “helpful and interesting”?

I’ve been reading a lot of applied psychology and find myself frequently describing an exciting idea as “both interesting and helpful”, to connote that the idea is intellectually fascinating and also ...
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What is the difference between annexation and accession?

In a Wikipedia discussion about the Annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation 'User:力' says: For the record, if you ask the Russians, they would say that Accession of Crimea to the Russian ...
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Grass-roots, localized, helping local people to develop?

I am working on a project that helps people to develop green energy at a small scale, grassroots level. Please suggest other words to describe this kind of social/technology change, for the ordinary ...
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Is there any sense in which 'enumerable' is distinct from 'denumerable'?

Oxford English Dictionary has ▪ I. enumerable, a. (ɪˈnjuːmərəb(ə)l) [f. enumerate v. + -able.] That can be enumerated; having a definite number; numerable; spec. in Math. = denumerable a. Hence ...
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