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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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A word for something that is, "Bizarre" but, "Beautiful"

Is there a word that describes something that is weird, strange, odd, bizarre, etc. but also beautiful, wonderful, amazing, fantastic, etc.? Example: a word to describe a place that is strangely ...
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Synonym for "to follow from"

I would like to rewrite the following sentence: The scaling arguments do not follow automatically from the equations of motion. Could I say that They are not a direct consequence from the equations ...
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Is there an antonym for 'euphemism', that is to say - the replacing of a sacred word with a commonplace word?

A euphemism is a word that is substituted for another word that is offensive or vulgar. What about in the opposite direction? What do you call a word that is substituted for another word that is too ...
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Is "estop" a good alternative for academic writing instead of "preclude"?

I want to convey a message in the abstract of a scientific paper that I am writing that says: "Due to A (some principle), it estops (precludes) the use of classical ....". Is it too fancy? ...
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Ways to Say "Forcibly Inducted"

As a combatant, your family's safety is threatened by your captors. "Return to your platoon as a spy for us, and your family's lives will be spared." You accept the terms with steadfast ...
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What's a word that would describe "Technical Aptitude" as an "attribute"

I'm trying to define a list of attributes that are scorable, such as "Intelligence", "Charisma", etc. One of these attributes would represent "Technical Aptitude". That ...
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Much-Watch: How is this construction allowed?

I have received an email from Crunchyroll today, titled “Discover Today’s Much-Watch Anime!”. From the title, I immediately assumed that it’s about today’s “must-watch” anime series. The email ...
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What would you call a person who has a soft spot for someone?

What would be the term be for a person who has a soft spot for someone. To explain my question : a person who loves is a lover, but what if you respect and have an admiration for a celebrity you don’t ...
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A good and scientific way of saying "holistic approach" or "holistic philosophy"

I am struggling to write the introduction of a scientific journal paper because it is absurdly novel. I am trying to show the community that we have approaches in different domains that need to be ...
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Are there any differences in meaning between "uprising", "rebellion", and "revolt"?

I teach a history class to secondary students that is for a region of the world that experienced a lot of different take-overs. Each time a new group siezed power, there was usually some kind of ...
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What is the difference between automate and automize?

We are a bunch of non-native English speakers at work who often discuss automating various tasks in the sense of writing software to replace otherwise manual processes. I (with an electrical ...
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How do I describe when someone is in possession of something they haven't been given

I'm specifically referring to a someone which one shouldn't have, from the speaker's perspective. For example: "We shouldn't allow the government to get comfortable with this ?????? power." ...
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To gain ground: Synonym

What is the right synonym to describe that a scientific field gained ground? My ideas: The field progressed/made progress The field evolved rapidly The field experienced an upswing Do these convey ...
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What is the difference between "multi-language" and "multi-lingual"? [closed]

As per my title, what is the difference between the terms "multi-language" and "multi-lingual", if any? Are they synonyms? I found a reference that claims that "multi-language&...
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A word or phrase to refer to restaurant sector?

It's my first time here. In Spanish, we have the word "restauración" to refer to the restoration of paintings, for example, and to places where food is served. For the first meaning, I ...
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Trying to find a specific synonym for "aforementioned"

It's used sort of like: The [aformentioned] Jack Box of Jack in The Box is the mascot of the Jack in The Box fast food restaurant franchise. In my mind, it's used to denote a word that exists within ...
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Word request: Sensory words

I'm trying to gather a list of appropriate words that relate in analogous ways for 5 classical senses. Right now I think I've got: Eye/sight:ocular:optic:visual Ear/hearing:otic:aural:auditory Nose/...
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How do I know when to use: “completely”, “in full”, “totally” or “entirely”?

Does anyone know any rule or pseudo-rule that works to find out when each of the following terms should be used? Using: completely vs in full vs totally vs entirely I assume they are not completely ...
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What is a word for creating artificial desire, such as in a consumer marketplace?

The context is describing how corporate marketers aim to create needs in the minds of consumers which they go on to satisfy with their products. Example: "The global multinational corporation ...
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Is there a difference between "maltreat" & "ill-treat"?

Is there a difference between maltreat and ill-treat or are they interchangeable, since both refer to rougher treatment?
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Is there a word to describe someone who protests or donates to make themselves look good? [duplicate]

Like someone who is disingenuous, someone who posts on social media about how much money they have donated or how they care about xyz when they don’t- they’re just doing it to feign altruism
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What is a good synonym for "prevention" that can be used as a prefix?

I am writing a technical research paper and presenting my study on a phenomenon called "aliasing." So, basically, in the literature, something called "de-aliasing" exists to remove ...
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Minus vs less (in math)

We used to talk about subtractions employing the word minus as a preposition like "10 minus 5 is 5... "what is 5 minus 3?" .... Is it OK to replace the word minus by "less" ...
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Another word for "bible times"?

Looking for a word or phrase along the lines of "the period of time when the bible was being written". Example, sentence: "This behavior was prevalent throughout the ??? period." ...
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What is the technique that produces phrases like "Miss Anne Thrope" called and is there a master list of names?

Misanthrope, as a word, can be converted into the pseudonym "Miss Anne Thrope" (bonus points if the meaning reflects the writer's style). But what is this technique called and is there a ...
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Indolence vs Laziness - Is there any difference in usage?

They appear to have practically identical definitions. Is there any reason to use "indolence" over its more common counterpart or is "indolence" obsolete?
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What's an alternative term for "nip off to"?

I am thinking of an alternate way of saying I [nip off] to the local store with my dog every day. The alternative should include a replacement for the verb ‘nip off to’ and give the meaning of going ...
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Can last be a synonym for least?

My thought process is that I can be first among equals but can I also be last among equals and can this be extended to just be a general the best and the worst. That would mean I am the first and you ...
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Is there a term like "antonym" but for words of opposite sentiment?

I like to play a game where I take a descriptive word with an emotional bias (i.e. describing something "good" or "bad") and I try to think of a word with roughly the same meaning ...
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Term to a describe group of words which define a range of intensity for a target word [duplicate]

Suppose the target word is "calm". What might be the term for a group of words that mean or describe the range of "calm"-ness:?. (i.e. "least calm", "less calm",...
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Analogue of "simpler" for "more complex"

The word "simpler" means "more simple", as in "This new product is simpler than the old product". But I cannot think of a similar word for "more complex": ...
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What do you call a person who can "read a room" and adapt socially by doing so?

What word or words could I use to describe being able to read a room and adapt to that social setting by doing so? I have an interview and I'm trying to list strengths. I work in medical offices ...
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What’s a word for an organization you’re soliciting a sponsorship from?

For example: Please enter the name and email of the [word meaning a possible sponsor]. I am building a website that helps users find and connect with companies and other organizations to ask them ...
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Is there a better word for the sound of a mechanical "whirr"?

I am struggling to find an adequate word that represents the buzz or whirr of mechanical movement, I want something that feels more technical. If anyone is familiar with engineering jargon that might ...
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Was there a word for cleavage, decolleté, or decolletage in the 17th century?

I'm particularly interested in finding a word used in the 17th century that was more specific than bosom. I could find no use of cleavage before the 20th century or decolleté before 1778. Interested ...
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What is a word for bringing together fragmented pieces of a whole? [closed]

Is there an English word for the act of or the output of bringing together distinct but connected pieces to make a whole? I am working on a theory of anonymized digital connectivity where a complete ...
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What is a word meaning something you do only as a required action to meet a formal requirement?

What is a word meaning something you do with a minimal effort and with no other intention than to satisfy a formal requirement? For example, if someone named Jurgen had to buy property in Bulgaria in ...
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A synonym for "with the condition that", that makes clear my conditional statement

I would like an alternative way to write the following statement I accept that my brother is a terrorist and condemn his actions with the condition that you accept that your father is a war criminal ...
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Can “spooky” and “sketchy” be considered synonyms?

German kids widely use a mixture of German and English (Denglish). I'm a German boomer, and strongly dislike my daughter's (24) usage of Denglish. Normally she simply uses correctly translated English ...
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Is there a noun for an estranged adult child? [closed]

I'm looking for a noun that means "estranged adult child". I want to be able to say "I'm a [estranged adult child]" Is there a word for "estranged adult child"?
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What is a word that means brilliant and stupid at the same time?

I am looking for a word that describes something whose meaning is instantly recognizable, that is so simple as to be offensively lazy, and yet completely apropos. Such a word might describe Kazimir ...
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Are villainize and vilify exact synonyms?

Villainize and vilify are two extremely similar verbs... vilify: verb (used with object),vil·i·fied, vil·i·fy·ing. to speak ill of; defame; slander. Obsolete. to make vile. villainize: verb (used ...
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Is there a specific name for that singular exhalation laugh that happens when you read something only slightly funny?

I'm betting that most people know exactly what I am talking about. It happens when you're scrolling through some social media and you see something that is only a little funny. It may catch you by ...
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When did “word” become a synonym of “promise” for the first time?

We know that the word word can sometimes be a synonym for promise, as in: You have my word. to mean: You have my promise. And I haven’t seen any other sentence structures that word is used to mean ...
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What is it called when you "buy" something for free?

For example, imagine some food company decides to make their fruits permanently free. Online, you can "order" them (for free), but in person, what do you do? What would be the professional ...
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"Keep it unchanged" vs. "Keep it constant" vs. "Keep it unchanging"

Using Google search, I found that the phrase "keep it unchanged" is very common while "keep it unchanging" is very uncommon and "keep it constant" is not so common. ...
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What is difference between revered and venerated words? [closed]

English is a foreign language for me, so I have to use a Google Translate or similar services. They give same translation to my first language, and I feel some nuances are being lost. Examples: ...
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How to say "gaslighting" in professional writing

I am writing an application in which I complain that every time I point out to the cooks or their supervisor that the meal is not up to the mark,and actually show them how it is, they say that no ...
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Is there a term for words that are stronger than a similar counterpart? (e.g. Dislike vs. Hate)

Title says it all, but some more examples could be: like vs love pleasure vs euphoria carelessness vs apathy etc. ...essentially words that carry more weight than their counterpart despite having ...
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Indispensable, Essential, "Tool of the trade", "Staple item"

I am looking for a term to use as the name of a software project that I am working on. The project is a software tool, and this tool aims to be useful in virtually all software, so I am looking for a ...
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