Posts Tagged ‘Synonyms’

Talk About Abuse!

August 29, 2017

The word abuse is certainly a simple “run-of-the-mill” word.  However, according to my copy of The Highly Selective Thesaurus for the Extraordinarily Literate, there are a few other synonyms (see below) that could be used when discussing the topic of abuse (depending on your usage, of course).  Enjoy!

abuse

\ verb uhbyooz; noun uhbyoos \,

verb (used with object), abused, abusing.
1.  to use wrongly or improperly; misuse
2.  to treat in a harmful, injurious, or offensive way

3.  to speak insultingly, harshly, and unjustly to or about; revile; malign.
4.  to commit sexual assault upon.
5.  Obsolete. to deceive or mislead.
noun
6.  wrong or improper use; misuse
7.  harshly or coarsely insulting language
8.  bad or improper treatment; maltreatment

9.  a corrupt or improper practice or custom
10.  rape or sexual assault.
11.  Obsolete. deception.
Idioms
12.  abuse oneself, to masturbate.

Source: The Highly Selective Thesaurus for the Extraordinarily Literate by Eugene Ehrlich.  Definitions courtesy of http://www.dictionary.com

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Let’s Get a Translation!

July 18, 2017

During my previous career in law enforcement, I was able to speak a little Spanish and communicate on the simple stuff.   But very now and then, an actual interpreter with more advanced language skills was required.  And while everyone knows and understands what an interpreter is, there is quite the variety of other words that you could use instead (see below).

interpreter

\ in-tur-pri-ter \, noun;

1.  a person who interprets.
2.  a person who provides an oral translation between speakers who speak different languages.
3.  Computers.
a.  hardware or software that transforms one statement at a time of program written in a high-level language into a sequence of machine actions and executes the statement immediately before going on to transform the next statement.
Compare compiler (def 2).
b.  an electromechanical device that reads the patterns of holes in punched cards and prints the same data on the cards, so that they can be read more conveniently by people.

But according to my copy of The Highly Selective Thesaurus for the Extraordinarily Literate, here are some options (some better than others) to help extend your vocabulary (depending on your specific need or usage):

Source: The Highly Selective Thesaurus for the Extraordinarily Literate by Eugene Ehrlich.  Definitions courtesy of http://www.dictionary.com

Just a Bit Wordy!

June 6, 2017

Some people just have the gift of gab.  They can talk incessantly and usually use way too many words to get their point across.  And while “wordy” is a very descriptive and easily understood word, you can certainly use other words to get the point across (see below).

wordy

\ wur-dee \, adjective;

1. characterized by or given to the use of many, or too many, words; verbose
2. pertaining to or consisting of words; verbal.

But according to my copy of The Highly Selective Thesaurus for the Extraordinarily Literate, here are some options (some better than others) to help extend your vocabulary (depending on your specific need or usage):

Source: The Highly Selective Thesaurus for the Extraordinarily Literate by Eugene Ehrlich.  Definitions courtesy of http://www.dictionary.com

Permeate!

April 25, 2017

While I like this word and use it on occasion, I am certainly open to using some of the synonyms below (when appropriate).  Even as these words are considered synonyms, there are always slight variations of meaning depending upon how they are used.  So, by all means, add some of these other words to your vocabulary, but don’t necessarily discard permeate completely.

permeate

\ pur-mee-eyt \, noun;

1.  to pass into or through every part of
2.  to penetrate through the pores, interstices, etc., of

3.  to be diffused through; pervade; saturate


verb
(used without object)
, permeated, permeating.
4.  to become diffused; penetrate

But according to my copy of The Highly Selective Thesaurus for the Extraordinarily Literate, here are some other options to help extend your vocabulary (depending on your specific need or usage):

Source: The Highly Selective Thesaurus for the Extraordinarily Literate by Eugene Ehrlich.  Definitions courtesy of http://www.dictionary.com

Excrement!

March 14, 2017

I’m going to assume that we all know or are familiar with some of the slang words for excrement (shit, crap, turd, dung, etc.).  However, were you aware of these other useful synonyms that you might just find occasion to use?

excrement

\ ek-skruh-muh nt \, noun;

1. waste matter discharged from the body, especially feces.

But according to my copy of The Highly Selective Thesaurus for the Extraordinarily Literate, here are some other options to help extend your vocabulary (depending on your specific need or usage):

Source: The Highly Selective Thesaurus for the Extraordinarily Literate by Eugene Ehrlich.

Why Just Say ‘Evil’. . . ?!

January 24, 2017

. . . when there are so many other words that could be used instead (and for variety).

evil

\ ee-vuh l \, adjective;

According to http://www.dictionary.com, evil is defined as:

1.  morally wrong or bad; immoral; wicked
2.  harmful; injurious 
3.  characterized or accompanied by misfortune or suffering; unfortunate;disastrous

4.  due to actual or imputed bad conduct or character
5.  marked by anger, irritability, irascibility, etc.

noun
6.  that which is evil; evil quality, intention, or conduct
7.  the force in nature that governs and gives rise to wickedness and sin.
8.  the wicked or immoral part of someone or something 
9.  harm; mischief; misfortune  
10.  anything causing injury or harm  
11.  a harmful aspect, effect, or consequence  
12.  a disease, as king’s evil

adverb
13.  in an evil manner; badly; ill  

Idioms
14. the evil one, the devil; Satan
But according to my copy of The Highly Selective Thesaurus for the Extraordinarily Literate, here are some other options to help extend your vocabulary (depending on your specific need or usage):

Source: The Highly Selective Thesaurus for the Extraordinarily Literate by Eugene Ehrlich.

You Say “Vestibule . . . !”

December 12, 2016

But there are so many other words that could be used instead.

vestibule

ves-tuh-byool \, noun;

According to http://www.dictionary.com, a vestibule is defined as:

1. a passage, hall, or antechamber between the outer door and the interior parts of a house or building.
2. Railroads. an enclosed space at the end of a passenger car, serving as a sheltered entrance to the car from another car or from outside the train.
3. Anatomy, Zoology. any of various cavities or hollows regarded as forming an approach or entrance to another cavity or space, as that of the internal ear.
But according to my copy of The Highly Selective Thesaurus for the Extraordinarily Literate, here are some other options to help extend your vocabulary (depending on your specific need or usage):

Source: The Highly Selective Thesaurus for the Extraordinarily Literate by Eugene Ehrlich.

A Jar By Any Other Name!

November 21, 2016

Next time you are thinking about using the word “jar,” here are a host of other words you could use instead.  Of course, each and every one of these will probably have a specific use, so you may just want to stick with “jar.”  Enjoy!

alabastron
albarello
amphora
aryballos
askos
cymaise
dolium
hydria
kalpis
lekythos
loutrophoros
pelike
pithos
potiche
psykter
stamnos

Source: http://www.dictionary.com and The Highly Selective Thesaurus for the Extraordinarily Literate by Eugene Ehrlich.

Happy Halloween!

October 31, 2016

Today would have normally been the day I post “Amazing Adjectives, Number Eight!  However, being Halloween, I found a topic that is more worthy of some interesting synonyms instead of adjectives.  The word I chose to highlight today: zombie; the synonyms I found (including a couple that I had never heard of before: lich and draugr):

The types of the “undead”

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  • ghoul
  • jaingshi
  • lich
  • mummy
  • skeleton
  • revenant
  • vampire
  • wight
  • draugr

The lich, is a type of undead creature from fantasy fiction.
The draugr or draug is an undead creature from Norse mythology.

The forms of “incorporeal spirits”

  • Grim Reaper
  • banshee
  • ghost
  • spectre
  • phantom
  • poltergeist
  • shadow person
  • wraith

Gluteus Maximus!

October 23, 2016

Happy Sunday!  Anatomy and Physiology was one of the most amazing classes I have ever taken.  And while I have not explored a career in medicine or health, I can still remember many of the terms.  The gluteus maximus is the largest muscle of the buttocks.   Some of the standard definitions for “buttocks” include:

Usually, buttocks.

  • (in humans) either of the two fleshy protuberances forming the lower and back part of the trunk. 
  • (in animals) the rump.

Sometimes, buttocks. Nautical. the after most portion of a hull above the water line and in front of the rudder, merging with the run below the water line.

So, as I was perusing my copy of The Highly Selective Thesaurus for the Extraordinarily Literate I ran across all of these other ways to say “buttocks.”  Enjoy!

Additionally, if you wish to describe someone as having excessively large buttocks, use steatopygic; and for having well-shaped buttocks, callipygian.

Source: http://www.dictionary.com and The Highly Selective Thesaurus for the Extraordinarily Literate by Eugene Ehrlich.