“The Knowledge Library”

Knowledge for All, without Barriers…

An Initiative by: Kausik Chakraborty.

“The Knowledge Library”

Knowledge for All, without Barriers……….
An Initiative by: Kausik Chakraborty.

The Knowledge Library

Synonyms – An Overview


A synonym is a word containing the same or nearly the same meaning as another word in specific contexts. The adjective form of synonym is synonymous. Synonymy is the connection that exists between words with closely related meanings. The word comes from the Greek definition “same name” in contrast with an antonym.

Synonyms appear in a language in various contexts, such as formal and informal language, as you’d use in conversation vs. a business or academic paper. Also, some synonyms have few distinct connotations when they’re used, even though they might represent the same thing. For example, look at the distinctions between the terms for money: moolah, greenbacks, cash, currency, and revenues, which all appear in various contexts and levels of formality. Synonyms may also be nested inside one another, which is directed to as a kangaroo word.

Synonyms for Everyday Vocabulary

Synonyms are always giving extra worth to our vocabulary. Every day we have used many words to communicate. The synonyms of each word will enhance our vocabulary and good communication. Here is a list of 100 words and their synonyms provided here for daily conversation.

Words  Meanings Meanings/ Synonyms
Abstract Actual instances Theoretical, notional, intellectual, symbolic
Abstruse Hard to understand Incomprehensible, unfathomable, arcane
Arduous Difficult Hard, toilsome, onerous, wearisome, exhausting)
Augean Difficult and Unpleasant Challenging, difficult, effortful)
Baffling To confuse or perplex Puzzle, mistify, bemuse
Confined Restricted in an area or volume Cramped, constricted, limited
Austere Strict and sober in appearance and behavior Strict, harsh, stern, severe
Competence The ability to do something Capability, proficiency, ability, skill
Parochial Having a limited or narrow outlook Conservative, insular, short-sighted
Moribund No longer useful and about to come to an end totally Inactive, stagnant, motionless
Ineptitude Lack of skill or ability Inability, inefficacy, incompetence
Bystander A person who is present at an event or incident but does not part Observer, onlooker, watcher)
Entrench To show something very strongly so that it is hard to change Establish, ensconce, install, settle
All-encompassing Including everything Comprehensive, wide, extensive
Contagion The spread of disease by close contact between individuals Infection, transmission, foulness
Cohort A bunch of people who share a common future or factor of behavior Partner, companion, comrade
Ploy Words or actions that are carefully designed to get a benefit somebody else Tactic, gambit, trick
Idiosyncrasy An unusual feature Mannerism, trait, eccentricity
Quibble A small complaint or criticism Minor, criticism, trivial
Aghast Shocked or scared Horrified, stunned, appalled
Accrue Payments or benefits Collect, gather, amass
Muzzle Control a person or group from speaking their opinions freely Gag, suppress, restrain
Synergy The extra energy Collaboration, cooperation, associations
Officious Assertive of authority in a domineering way Over-bearing, high handed
Dash Destroy or frustrate Shatter, destroy, ruin, spoil


Word Meaning Synonyms List
Outcry An anger reaction or strong protest Furore, uproar, commotion
Progenitor Someone who starts an idea or a development Founder, forerunner, begetter
Sumptuous Very expensive/impressive Lavish, luxurious, palatial
Enthuse To make a person feel very interested and excited Motivate, encourage, inspire, spur)
Underscore To emphasize Stress, accentuate, point up
Sanguine Optimistic or positive Hopeful, assured, positive, buoyant
Fable A short story moral, story, parable, allegory
Protectionist A defensor Shielder, hedger, firewall
Remit Task/activity given to an individual/organization Orbit, ambit, jurisdiction
Slack Distinguished by a lack of work or activity Laggard, sluggish, inactive, stagnant
Polemics The method of engaging in a controversial debate debate, discussion, wrangling
Sully Damage to the purity or integrity Defile, soil, tarnish, stain
Salience The quality of being extremely noticeable or important prominence, eminence, distinction, the primacy
Totter Move in a shabby way/feel unsure Be shaky, be insecure, falter
Reckon To calculate something/be of an opinion Compute, Beleive, Figure, Assume
Cataclysmic Causing sudden and violent upheaval Disastrous, calamitous, devastating
Unflinching Remaining strong and determined Resolute, steadfast, dogged, firm
Goliath A person or thing that is very large or powerful ( Giant, titan, whopper, colossus
Ferment A form of political or social excitement and confusion Tumult, uproar, mayhem, furor
Mangled Eliminate or hardly damaged by tearing or crushing Mutilated, lacerated maimed, marred
Febrile Nervous/excited/ Showing fever Tense, edgy, fidgety, feverish, flushed, jittery
Connote To propose a feeling, an idea, etc Recommend, indicate, signify, denote
Serpentine Curling and twisting like a snake Winding, zigzag, meandering, twisting
Heyday The time of a person’s or thing’s most significant success Prime, zenith, acme, salad days
Fret Anxious/nervous Worry, agonize, bother, distress
Inkling A slight knowledge or suspicion Clue, hunch, glimmering


Word Meaning  Synonyms List 
Dangerous Something possible to cause harm or damage Perilous
Dark The absence of light in a place or very little light Shadowy
Decide To think about two or more options and choose one of them Determine
Definite Having certain or distinct limits for a definite period Certain
Delicious Having an extremely nice taste or smell Savory
Describe To say what somebody/something is like, or what occurred Portray
Destroy To damage something so poorly that it can no longer be used or no longer exists Ruin
Difference The way that people or things are not the exact or the way that somebody/something has altered Disagreement
Do To complete an action, activity, or job Execute
Dull Not interesting or exciting; boring Unimaginative
Eager Strongly desiring to do or have something. Keen
End The furthest or last portion of something; the place or time where something stops Stop
Enjoy To get pleasure from something Appreciate
Explain To make something clear or easy to comprehend Elaborate
Fair Appropriate and acceptable in a certain situation Just
Fall To drop down towards the ground Drop
False Not true; not correct Fake
Fast Capable to move or act at great speed Quick
Fat Weighing too much; wrapped with too much flesh Stout
Fear An unpleasant emotion caused by the threat of danger, pain, painful or frightening might happen Fright
Fly To move through the air Soar
Funny That makes you smile or laugh Humorous


Word Meaning Synonyms List
Laugh Make the spontaneous sounds and movements of the face and body that are the instinctive expressions of lively amusement and sometimes also derision. Chuckle
Lots A large number or quantity; a great deal.
Label A small piece of paper, fabric, plastic, or similar material is connected to an object and provides information about it. Trademark
Labour Productive activity, specifically for the sake of economic gain. Activity
Landfill The dumping of waste material by burying it, especially as a method of filling in and recycling excavated pits. Junkyard
Landlord A person (in legal use also a woman) or organization who rents out the land, a building, apartments, or accommodation to others. Property Owner
Language The main method of human communication consists of words used in a structured and conventional way and shared by speech, writing, or gesture. Dialect
Machine An instrument consisting of corresponding parts with separate functions, used in the performance of some kind of work Gadget
Mail Letters, packages, etc., that are sent or delivered using a postal system Letter
Major Greater in size, extent, or importance Considerable
Malice Desire to impose injury, harm, or suffering on another, either because of a hostile impulse or out of deep-seated meanness Bitterness
Management The person or persons handling and directing the affairs of a business, institution, etc Administration
Manufacture The making of goods or wares by machinery or by manual labor, particularly on a large scale Construct
Nation The territory or country itself Community
Near At or to a small distance away from (a place). Adjacent
Narrow Of small width to length.; not broad or wide; not as wide as usual or expected Cramped
Nearly With close approximation Closely
Name A word or a mixture of words by which a person, place, or thing, a body or class, or any object of thought is established, called, or known Brand
Objective Something that one’s struggles or actions are intended to attain or accomplish Purpose
Observe To see, watch, perceive, or notice Detect

By using synonyms rather than common words, you will greatly increase your vocabulary and knowledge of English. So, write these words down in your vocabulary notebook and create a habit of reading through them every day.

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