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.



During my Digital Media, Multimedia and some AIT or VET courses I got my students to work on The S.T.E.A.M.E.R book of knowledge, especially advanced students that complete tasks ahead of time, this was my fall back lessons for those clever or advanced students, they were asked to pick one of the areas of study and create a cover page, find some interesting facts and put their findings into a chapter of the book The book was 138 pages long at my retirement from teaching.


STEAMER Stands for

Science, Technology, English, Arts, Mathematics, Enivironment and Religion


For those students that presented work on English we gathered a lot of useful reference information that became a STUDENT's COMPENDIUM here are some samples of student work

Explanation for Compendium
File Includes
ANU - Australian National University
An acronym is a pronounceable word formed from the first letter (or first few letters) of each word in a phrase or title. Sometimes, the newly combined letters create a new word that becomes a part of everyday language. An example of this is the acronym radar.
Adjectives are words that describe or modify other words * Priest = Sacerdotal
Apes - gibber, Camel live in Australia, Sahara & Arabia names = Bull - is called a heifer
Opposites = Absent - present
SC005_Big_Words for small
Anger - Dudgeon * bold - Audacious
A partner in crime - accomplice
A passage between the pews in a church - Aisle
Council, an administrative or advisory body, do not confuse with counsel, advice or guidance. Homonyms
Aberdeen - The Granite City The Torrid Zone has the hottest climate Zinc - Mexico, U.S.A., Spain
SC013 Death Words pertaining to Occurring after death - posthumous
Cask - casket   
Matthew Flinders -discovered Bass Strait. * Lord Robert Baden-Powell founded the Boy Scouts in 1908
Aloof -To keep to oneself and not mix with others.
Actor - Actress
SC013_Geography The Circumference of the earth is approxinmately 24,800 miles.
SC014_Gods War - Mars
SC015_Government Australian Government
SC016_Grammar Explains various uses of nouns verbs etc.
SC017_Human_Relationships THE ART OF LIVING - Consideration for the feelings of others
SC018_Inventions Clock (pendulum) - Christian Huygens
SC019_Kings_Queens of UK EGBERT 827 - 839
SC020_Literary A book in which the events of each day are recorded - Diary
SC021_Marriage A hater of marriage - misogamist
SC022_Medical A disease confined to a particular district or place - endemic
SC044_Metaphors Metaphor is a figure of speech that makes an implicit, implied, or hidden comparison between two things that are unrelated
SC023_Miscellaneous All Fools' Day - 1st April - Aussie slang - sounds that things make etc.
SC024_Nouns sit - seat (when to use Nouns)
SC025_Names Boys & Girls names explained
SC026_Nature A four-footed animal - quadruped
SC027_Negatives That which cannot be pierced or penetrated - impenetrable
SC028_Numbers A number of fish taken in a net - catch, haul
SC029_Opposites Unable to read - il-literate
SC030_Patron Saints St. George of England, St. Andrew of Scotland
SC031_Places A place where fishes are kept - aquarium
SC032_Possessive_Case Is the case which denotes the owner or possessor
SC045_Phobias Noctiphobia - Fear of the night
SC033_Professions The commander of a fleet - Admiral
SC034_Similes Archates - a good friend * Belt = to hit below the belt
SC035_Proverbs A bad beginning makes a good ending.
SC048_Sayings as a drowned rat. - as ancient as the sun—as the stars.
SC036_Science_and_Arts An instrument for detecting earthquakes - seismograph
SC037_Scientific_Terms The science of land management - agronomics
SC038_Seven_Wonders The Pyramids of Egypt
SC039_Synonyms abandon....... desert, forsake, leave.
SC040_War Nations carrying on warfare - belligerents
SC041_Weddings 7th year—Copper or Brass
SC042_Words_to_Verbs strong - strengthen
SC043_Other Any other items that might be of interest
SC044_Metaphors Metaphor is a figure of speech that makes an implicit, implied, or hidden comparison between two things that are unrelated
SC045_Phobias Noctiphobia - Fear of the night
Occurring after death - posthumous

Thesaurus - abandon = abandoned, abandoning, abandonment, abandons affluent =having an abundant supply of money or possessions of value,words explained and incorrect use of words

SC048_Sayings as afraid as a grasshopper.
SC049_UrbanMyths The floor was dirt.  Only the wealthy had something other than dirt, hence the saying "dirt poor." 

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