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synonym Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun two words that can be interchanged in a context are said to be synonymous relative to that context
    equivalent word.
WordNet

Syn"o*nym noun
Etymology
F. synonyme, L. synonyma, pl. of synonymum, Gr. . See Synonymous.
Wordforms
plural Synonyms
Definitions
  1. One of two or more words (commonly words of the same language) which are equivalents of each other; one of two or more words which have very nearly the same signification, and therefore may often be used interchangeably. See under Synonymous. Written also synonyme.
    All languages tend to clear themselves of synonyms as intellectual culture advances, the superfluous words being taken up and appropriated by new shades and combinations of thought evolved in the progress of society. De Quincey.
    His name has thus become, throughout all civilized countries, a synonym for probity and philanthropy. Macaulay.
    In popular literary acceptation, and as employed in special dictionaries of such words, synonyms are words sufficiently alike in general signification to be liable to be confounded, but yet so different in special definition as to require to be distinguished.
    G. P. Marsh.

Webster 1913


"Rowling never met an adverb she didn't like."

-Stephen King on J.K Rowling's excessive use of adverbs.

Fear not the Adverb Hell!

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