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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 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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If I recall correctly. Can it be said in one word like I [verb]?

Examples: If I remember correctly, I think Sarah brought mangoes -> I [one-word], Sarah brought mangoes. I recall dubiously, Sarah brought mangoes -> I [one-word], Sarah brought mangoes.
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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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Which is the more idiomatic: equivalence/equivalencies or equivalency/equivalences?

Most articles show the plural form of equivalence as equivalences. The wikipedia on logical equivalence uses this form. However, I feel like I have seen equivalencies used in contexts like mathematics ...
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Is there an emotion that encapsulates a mixture of disbelief, anger, and hatred?

For all the words I know, I can't seem to find the right word for this strange emotion. Some words I have tried come up short in one way or another. Confusion lacks the underlying hatred, annoyance ...
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Name from history meaning charismatic?

Much like McGyver meaning "resourceful," Einstein meaning "intelligent," Savant meaning "gifted..." I remember hearing and using a name to refer to someone as a ...
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Word for hair growing from bald head

Broadly, I am looking for a synonym for "stubble". It has to be gender-neutral so it won't look funny when it is used with males or females. Context: The word is used when a bald person, who ...
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Is there a name for this "or" ambiguity?

Consider the following sentence, paying particular attention to how the word "or" functions: These days, kids begin participating in sports at as young as three years old, among the most ...
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Looking for caveman style terms for the cardinal directions [closed]

I started running a tabletop RPG campaign set in the distant future where mankind has degraded to a primitive hunter-gatherer society, and I'm looking for flavorful terms for NPCs to describe ...
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Is there a non-combative term for the word "enemy"?

I am a veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. When talking about the people opposing us, I have always referred to them as the "enemy." Now, as I get a little older, and a little more ...
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A word to describe a person who loves anything related to celebrities/gossips/trends and is easily affected by them

I'd like to know a word to describe a person who loves celebrities, gossips, trends or anything that is popular and is easily affected by them. She said she had moved to Paris because she loved "...
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What's the word for "anxious in a good way" [closed]

Like anxious but not anxious. The good version of anxious. Anxious but not bad. Anxious but I don't feel horrible
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Counterpart meaning of the word "Default" in NON IT World

What is the synonym/counterpart for the word "Default" in NON-IT WORLD? We use the word in computer programs/apps, meaning that there is a pre-specified/pre-defined setting or situation. The ...
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A different way of saying "rest of"

I am writing a research paper where I want to say The rest of the paper is organized as follows. in the introduction of the paper. However, the word "rest" doesn't sound good as it is ...
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What is the adverb you use when something increases drastically?

What is the adverb that is commonly used when describing something rapidly/drastically increasing? It's on the tip of my tongue and I can't get it out. It's not tenfold, rapidly, drastically, ...
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What is the extension of "pair" to more than two? [duplicate]

What comes after "pair"? Maybe "quad" for four? In cards it's "three/four of a kind" but what about contexts beyond cards (like science)? For example, in physics there's ...
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