Questions tagged [synonyms]

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

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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 well-known term for the synonym or near-synonym “telescoping” words?

This has been rattling around in the back of my mind for many years (way before Stack Exchange came into existence), so it's a relief to finally ask the question. There are words that can be "...
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One word for “not deemed” [on hold]

Can anyone find the exact one word or synonym for "not deemed"? Here is a minimal example: It wasn't a good initiative and therefore was not deemed fundamental to support further.
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jersey vs sweater

I checked today the definition of "jersey" in Word Reference dictionary (https://www.wordreference.com/definition/jersey) and found: a close-fitting knitted sweater or shirt I think that the ...
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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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Good word for something physical that's inexplicable

I'm looking for a word to describe something physical, something that you can tangibly and empirically feel, but cannot see, nor sense in any other way than touch, nor explain its imperceptibility. ...
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To prise open the gap between price and prize [migrated]

The words "price" and "prize" and "prise" are easily confused. They mean different things*. It is not a difference of writing between US and British English. Part of the confusion is that "price" ...
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To dress vs to clothe

Is there any difference in meaning between "to dress" and "to clothe"? According to the Cambridge Dictionary “to clothe" is "to provide or cover someone with things to wear". Therefore, I infer that "...
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Alternative Phrasing for “High, Medium, and Low” when referring to price points [closed]

Essentially, I have three options I am showing and they are in a range of high, medium, and low. However, "low" generally has a negative connotation. Does anyone have a better alternative? I do not ...
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Another word for agnostic when used to suggest independence through a lack of concern

As described here, in technical domains agnostic can be used to describe a state of affairs where one thing doesn't care about the specifics of another thing it's related to. For instance, in ...
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Is there a synonym for “flunky” that specifically denotes a failed student at university?

Am searching for a term to denote a person who has failed within a university, ie. someone who could not excel in his or her course of study. Not a dropout, per se, or someone who simply could not ...
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What is the word for 'slow change of direction'?

While combing through an article I was proofreading, I came to a sentence: "I slowly swerved towards Computer Science." The sentiment that the sentence tries to convey is of a slow change towards ...
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Alternative word for jealous (without the negative connotations)

I was wondering whether there is a word similar to jealousy but without the negative connotations? For example, if I really admired someone for their memory and wished mine could be as good - however, ...
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Need a word that will describe 3 different actions

I need to find a word that will describe as close as possible 3 different actions: Swipe card Place card Insert card It's all in a context of credit cards and payments.
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“Pending” vs “Impending”. Are they synonyms?

They appear to me to mean almost if not exactly the same thing, but I am not sure. Are there differences in meaning between them?
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An English or French word that summarizes 'A very attractive or seductive looking woman' [closed]

I'm looking for a word (English or French) which summarizes 'A very attractive or seductive looking woman'. Also looking for a word or term that explains the Women Beauty. Edit: Out of my research, I ...
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Alternative word for My Network

We are in the process of setting up a global network of retired professionals. My network is apt but its already used by other team. some of the alternatives that we thought were My contacts -> ...
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Finding the right word for a process

How would one say that he did the same thing (e.g. making the same dish) but in different ways in a single word? a more elaborated example would be, I used different technologies to achieve the same ...
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Word for calling out to a deity?

Like when Zuko yells at lightning to strike him (but ideally more in the sense of insulting a deity). Imagine standing on top of a cliff during a thunderstorm, clenching your fists and and screaming ...
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Which words to use to characterize a person who likes to understand things deeply? [closed]

I want to use this phrase in my CV: person who always tries to understand the very essence of processes and things. The idea is to show that I like to understand things deeply. My concern is that ...
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Word or idiom defining something barely functional

How can I refer to something that barely works given a certain context and can get broken at any moment? The thing is: I wrote some geometry calculations in an application that will work in our ...
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Is 'faithless' a literary version of 'unfaithful' (in the context of a spouse)?

Microsoft® Encarta® 2009. defines 'faithless' as: faithless, (of a spouse): unfaithful (literary) Is 'faithless' really the literary term for 'unfaithful', unlike unfaithful which would supposedly ...
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Unnamed vs Untitled

What is the difference between Unnamed vs Untitled. Are they interchangeable? Can 'Unnamed' be applied to a book, composition, or other artistic work?
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My worries turned to none/nothing

My worries turned to none. My worries turned to nothing. Are both these sentences stated correctly? I think the first one might be wrong due to the definitions of none, but it doesn't sound too ...
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Secular phrase for “Heaven only knows” or “God only knows”?

As the title states, I am seeking a secular phrase synonymous to "Heaven only knows" or "God only knows." Any ideas or suggestions would be appreciated.
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Is “girl” a valid synonym for “young woman”?

This question emerged out of a discussion on Mastodon about Ivanka Trump being called a girl, where it was claimed that “girl' is synonymous with 'young woman' in English”. Is this true? Is it sexism ...
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Word for “almost comprehensive”

I'm looking for a word that means roughly "almost comprehensive" or "nearly comprehensive." The context: I've created an app that does a fairly complete suite of jobs (given its purpose), but clearly ...
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What word describes someone who would never criticize his or her country, city, community or group that he or she belongs to? [duplicate]

There are people who would never have any criticism of country/city/community or group to which they belong to. For example: Most people living in a certain city have to use public transport which ...
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Is there a synonym for voyeuristic without a sexual connotation?

I'm trying to find a word that would fit into a sentence like: The problem with social media is that it's inherently voyeuristic. I'm writing prose where my intention is to show how human ...
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A positive word for someone who is viewed like a sister, but isn’t one

I’m trying to say that someone is a character’s ‘fake sister’ – that is, she was taken in by the character who now considers her to be as close as a sister – but it in a positive light. Fake sister ...
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Cohabit versus Cohabitate? [closed]

What is the difference between cohabit and cohabitate? I know the general definition of these words, but I cannot distinguish between the two (i.e., in my mind the definitions are identical).
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Is there any difference between “result in” and “end up with”?

Seeing some example sentences of each phrase on my dictionary, I felt "end up with" was used for a kind of negative result and "result in" was more general. Is that correct? Here are some of the ...
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What do you call this job in English? [closed]

I'm asking for a bit of advice for my kid's summer homework :-) I'd need to find out "what are their jobs" based on the below objects. I'm missing the last one, but I assume it starts with "T" as ...
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I'm Looking For A Word Like Deepity But To Describe Writing That Misses Its Intent

A few months ago, I read a review of some political writer's book on either the Washington Post, The Atlantic, The New York Times or somewhere like that, that described the author's attempt to seem ...
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Word to describe someone doing something even though told not to

I'm looking ideally for a word to describe someone who does something even when they're told not to. Like, if they're told not to do something like a dare, or just to not go and do such-and-such, they ...
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Words regarding different types of manipulations

I'm looking for words that describe specific types of manipulation. The context is board games, but I'm actually looking for more generic words. Specifically, I'm looking for words that describe ...
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Alternatives to “You're Welcome” [closed]

I've noticed there are a lot of alternatives in English to "Thank you", but I am struggling to come up with any for "You're welcome", though it would be said nearly as often. Can someone please point ...
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What's a word similar in usage to “diatribe,” but not as harsh?

According to the Oxford English Dictionary, a diatribe is defined as a forceful and bitter verbal attack against someone or something. I had previously understood it to mean something more along the ...
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An English Descriptive Word for Two Words

I'm currently after a synonym for "middle-aged". However, I'm needing the word to be appropriate to describe a non-living thing. Middle-aged is more or less associated with animals and humans, not ...
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Why are there are so many words for “zero”?

Null, nil and naught are all synonyms of zero, and to my knowledge, zero is the only number that has this many cognitive synonyms, if not more. Why is this? Does it have to do with English being ...
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How can “nerve” (n) both mean “courage” but also “nervousness”?

I was looking at the definitions of "nerve" given in Lexico nee ODO, and I got two definitions of it that are quite the opposite of each other: nerve noun ... one's ...
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In the context of work, is a report and direct report the same thing?

Essentially what I'm asking is whether or not a report and a direct report are the same thing --- are the words synonyms? Oxford Dictionary defines a report as someone who reports to a fellow ...
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“Not my preference”, “not my favour” or “not in my favour”?

I'm considering the following situation: A asks B whether B would like to take the Job X. But B actually prefers another Job Y. So I think that B can simply answer that "Job X is not my preference....
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What would be a proper synonym to “make habitable”?

I'm looking for a one word synonym to "make habitable". It would describe the transformation of a location where people can't live, such as the bottom of the ocean, or Antartica. Most official ...
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What is the word/phrase that is used for 'that is all you get'?

For example, "Guess vegetables are ____ for me since my mom banned any sort of meat in the house." I was thinking of the phrase 'in stock' but I would like to know if there are any other phrases or ...
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Is “Donald Trump finally dropped the ball” the right expression?

I would like you to suggest a more apt/suitable idioms and expressions in the following senses: Everybody knew it would eventually happen at the end of the day. After waiting for some time like a ...
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Synonym for brute strength

I'm looking for a one-word synonym for brute strength. Example usage would be the opposite of a tennis player that plays with finesse and grace; one that smashes the ball and gets the job done. The ...
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A good word for the mix of Date Of Birth or “Date Of Birth” of a organization (founding date?) [closed]

I guess there is quite some overlap in the concepts. Is there a good word that would work well for both cases? Albert Einstein / DateOfBirth FC Barcelona / DateOfBirth
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A Word To Use To Describe A Person's Non-Physical Presence

What word could I use to describe a person who is dominating not only physically but also in knowledge, experience, and comprehension? Someone who has a vast amount of experience? Example of a ...
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“Cuddle”, “snuggle” or “huggle” [closed]

There is a ton of words with similar, yet slightly different meaning that describe this kind of physical affection where we touch a loved one. What is the difference between cuddle, snuggle and huggle?...