What is synonym?

  • (noun): Two words that can be interchanged in a context are said to be synonymous relative to that context.
    Synonyms: equivalent word


Synonyms are words with the same or similar meanings. Words that are synonyms are said to be synonymous, and the state of being a synonym is called synonymy. The word comes from Ancient Greek syn (σύν) ("with") and onoma (ὄνομα) ("name"). An example of synonyms are the words begin and commence. Likewise, if we talk about a long time or an extended time, long and extended become synonyms. In the figurative sense, two words are often said to be synonymous if they have the same connotation:

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Some articles on synonym:

... Cuthona zelandica Species brought into synonymy Cuthona bractea Burn, 1962 synonym of Tularia bractea (Burn, 1962) Cuthona hiemalis Roginskaya, 1987 synonym of Cuthonella ... Verrill, 1879 synonym of Flabellina salmonacea (Couthouy, 1838) ...
Synonym - Related Terms
... Hypernyms and hyponyms are words that refer to, respectively, a general category and a specific instance of that category ... For example, vehicle is a hypernym of car, and car is a hyponym of vehicle ...
Limacus - Species
... Species within this subgenus include Limax flavus - synonym Limacus flavus synonym Limax breckworthianus - the type species Limax ecarinatus - synonym Limacus maculatus ...
Cymatium (gastropod) - Species
... Broderip, 1833) Species brought into synonymy Cymatium aegrotum (Reeve, 1844) synonym of Ranularia gallinago (Reeve, 1844) Cymatium aquatile synonym of Monoplex aquatilis (Re ... Smith, 1899) synonym of Monoplex durbanensis (E.A ... Smith, 1899) Cymatium exaratum (Reeve, 1844) synonym of Monoplex exaratus (Reeve, 1844) Cymatium exaratum durbanense (E ...
Solariellidae - Genera
... brought into synonymy Ethaliopsis Schepman, 1908 synonym of Bathymophila Dall, 1881 Machaeroplax Friele, 1877 synonym of Ilanga Hebert, 1987 Zeminolia Finlay, 1926 synonym of Solariella S ...

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    Ben Hecht (1893–1964)