A word or phrase that has the same or nearly the same meaning as another 


abandon desert, forsake, leave.
abbreviate curtail, abridge, compress.
abundant ample, copious, plentiful.
adore worship, idolize.
alive lively, vivacious.
ally colleague, helper, partner, accomplice.
alms offertory, dole, gratuity.
amend improve, ameliorate.
anxiety misgiving, foreboding, solicitude.
assent consent, acquiesce, agree.
bad evil, wicked, devilish, naughty, worthless.
beautify adorn, decorate.
beg implore, solicit, supplicate, beseech.
behaviour conduct, demeanour, deportment.
big enormous, gigantic, huge, mighty, great, vast, immense, large, majestic, bulky.
blame censure, upbraid, reprove.
blessing benediction, benison.
brave courageous, fearless, daring, intrepid.
bright clear, brilliant, lustrous, transparent, intelligent.
brittle frail, fragile.
burglar bandit, highwayman, thief, brigand.
busy industrious, diligent, active, assiduous, alert, nimble, lively, energetic.
candid frank,sincere,straightforward,outspoken,open,ingcnuous.
care solicitude, anxiety.
catch capture, seize, arrest, apprehend.
cause reason, purpose, motive.
character reputation.
charity benevolence, philanthropy.
choose select, discriminate, differentiate.
clever ingenious, versatile, precocious.
clothes attire, dress, garb, apparel, raiment.
confess admit, apologize, own, acknowledge.
constant incessant, eternal, perpetual, continuous.
cross fretful, ill-tempered, crusty, ill-humoured.
cruelty oppression, tyranny, persecution.
dangerous perilous, risky, hazardous.
dear expensive, costly.
decrease curtail, reduce, diminish, contract, lessen.
difficult hard, involved, intricate, unmanageable, perplexing.
disaster misfortune, catastrophe, calamity, adversity.
discourse lecture, sermon, exhortation, dissertation.
disease malady, sickness, ailment.
disfigure mar, deface, injure.
dishonest unjust,unfair,fraudulent,deceitful,deceptive,unscrupu1ous.
disorder confusion, chaos.
dull dreary, gloomy, cheerless, lonesome, melancholy, backward.
eager keen, enthusiastic.
earn achieve, gain, win, merit, acquire.
ebb wane, decline, recede, sink, decay.
educate train, guide, instruct, teach.
eject expel, dislodge, emit, cast.
elevate raise, lift, improve, heighten
elude baffle, avoid, cheat, fool.
emancipate free, liberate, loose, release.
embrace hug, clasp, include.
emotion feeling, passion, tremor, agitation.
enemy foe, adversary, opponent, antagonist.
enough adequate, sufficient.
entice lure, persuade, allure.
entire whole, total.
eradicate exterminate, eliminate, destroy.
esteem love, value, honour, prize, admire.
eternal perpetual, infinite, ceaseless.
exaggerate magnify, heighten, enlarge, overstate, amplify.
excess surplus, increase.
famous renowned, celebrated, eminent, distinguished.
fashion custom, style, form.
fasten bind, tether, fix, join.
fatal deadly, mortal.
fate lot, destiny, end.
fault error, flaw, defect.
fear terror, dread.
fearful timid, cowardly, frightened, faint-hearted, nervous.
fight battle, contest, combat, struggle, conflict, strife, contention.
firm substantial, durable, lasting, binding.
float glide, drift, slip.
fond affectionate, loving, devoted.
frank candid, outspoken, artless, open, sincere, plain, ingenuous.
friend comrade, companion, associate, colleague.
frugal thrifty, economical, sparing.
fruitful fertile, productive, luxuriant, prolific, fecund.
game pastime, recreation, sport, fun, frolic.
gay cheerful, merry, lively, jolly, blithe, buoyant.
gaze stare, espy, peer, reconnoitre.
general universal, common.
generous liberal, big-hearted, noble.
genuine pure, real.
good righteous, just, true, virtuous, upright.
habit custom, usage, way.
hateful abominable, detestable, execrable.
help assist, aid, succour, support.
high tall, lofty, elaborate.
hinder obstruct, impede, thwart.
home dwelling, residence, abode, habitation.
increase enlarge, augment, amplify, multiply, extend, magnify, expand.
infinite endless, eternal, everlasting, boundless, limitless.
injure hurt, harm, violate, wrong, ill-treat, damage.
inquire seek, search, investigate, pry, explore, trace, inspect, examine.
insolvent bankrupt
invasion raid, attack.
invoke call, summon.
irritate tease, provoke.
kind thoughtful, considerate, tender, good, affectionate.
lazy indolent, slothful, idle, inactive, sluggish, inert.
lure coax, entice, wheedle, persuade, inveigle, seduce, beguile.
malice malevolence, spite, hate, rapacity.
map plan, design, outline, chart, sketch.
merry gay, mirthful, jolly, sportive, joyous, jovial, jocund.
mistake error, blunder, inaccuracy, fault.
motive reason, purpose.
mute dumb, silent.
narrate tell, say, report, recite.
necessary needful, requisite, essential.
necessity want, need.
obedient servile, cringing, submissive, meek, respectful.
obey yield, submit.
oblation gift, offering.
obscene indecent, impure, vile.
odious offensive, hateful.
old ancient, antiquated, obsolete, antique.
omen sign, foreboding, augury.
oral verbal, unwritten.
oratory eloquence, rhetoric.
pale sallow, wan, pallid, whitish.
patron champion, advocate, supporter.
pitiful compassionate, sympathetic, consoling, piteous, merciful.
polite affable, courteous, civil, obliging, polished, well-bred.
poor needy, destitute.
port harbour, haven, shelter.
poverty want, penury.
power ability, capacity, talent.
praise compliment, commend, applaud.
prattle chatter, jabber, gabble, gossip.
predict presage, herald, foretell.
pretty beautiful, lovely, fine, attractive, handsome, neat, elegant, trim, gorgeous
propagate broadcast, advertise, proclaim, multiply, increase.
quiet calm, still, tranquil, serene, placid, peaceful.
rash careless, tactless, indiscreet, reckless.
ready prompt, alert, agile, nimble.
real authentic, genuine, original.
recruit tiro, novice, apprentice, amateur.
refugee outlaw, fugitive, exile, outcast.
regent viceroy, deputy, substitute.
riot insurrection, revolt, mutiny, rising.
rude insolent, impolite, abusive, offensive.
rule govern, manage, supervise.
safe secure, sure, protected, locked, guarded.
scandal slander, calumny.
scorn despise, abhor, condemn, deprecate.
see behold, perceive, discern, view, scan, descry.
silent reticent, taciturn, speechless.
sin transgression, offence, misdemeanour.
sly cunning, artful, crafty, subtle, shrewd, wily.
small tiny, puny, little.
smell scent, odour, perfume, fragrance.
smooth level, plain, flat, uneven.
souvenir memento, memorial, token, relic, remembrance.
speech eloquence, oratory, rhetoric.
spread scatter, disperse, distribute, disseminate, diffuse, broadcast.
stranger foreigner, alien, immigrant.
strong powerful, muscular, robust, able, stalwart, sturdy, lusty.
suitable appropriate, befitting, becoming.
surrender yield, relinquish, abandon, submit, capitulate.
timid cowardly, fearful, fainthearted.
trick hoax.
trust rely, believe.
try attempt, strive, endeavour, essay.
ugly hideous, unsightly, horrid, uncouth, grotesque, squalid, repulsive.
value esteem, worth, appreciate, reverence.
victory success, triumph.
weak feeble, infirm, impotent, frail, flimsy.




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