Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Synonyms
Good communication starts with choosing the right word--not always an easy task when the choise is between words of closely related meaning. Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Synonyms makes the task easier by providing full discussions of synonymous terms and by describing the subtle distinctions that make one word more appropriate than another in a particular context.
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action active actual agitation animals antonym artist association attack autarky basic beauty carries cation cause character close synonyms color common commonly comparable when meaning condition confusion connotes corre corresponding adjectives corresponding nouns corresponding verbs coruscate critical D. H. Lawrence debase definite deliquesce denote designate desire Dictionary discompose discriminated distinction distinguished divergent effect Eliot emotional epicene especially expression extended faith favor fear feeling force formal frequently give honor human idea intent interchangeable involved lack less light living Macaulay maladroit ment mental mind moral nature ness object offensive one's oneself onyms opposed opposite passion person or thing phrase physical political reference regarded relation result Rose Macaulay sangfroid sense skill sometimes specifically speech spirit sponding adjectives sponding verbs stresses T. S. Eliot term thought tion tive truth usually implies usually suggests words
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