Posts Tagged ‘Synonyms’

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.

Just a Little Zest!

October 3, 2016

Happy Monday!  I run across the word “zest” most frequently when I’m cooking.  But I have also encountered it with regard to the concept of liveliness as well as in an old television commercial for the soap product (zest-fully clean).   Some of the standard definitions for “zest” include:

  1. keen relish; hearty enjoyment
  2. an agreeable flavor imparted to something
  3. anything added to impart flavor, enhance one’s appreciation, etc.
  4. interest; charm
  5. liveliness or energy; animating spirit
  6. the peel, especially the thin outer peel, of a citrus fruit used for flavoring

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 “zest.”  Enjoy!

For additional synonyms or related words for “zest,” check out this list.

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

It Truly Was Accidental!

September 12, 2016

Happy Monday!  Accidents do happen, but are they always accidental?  By definition, I would certainly think so.  A couple of the standard definitions for “accidental” include:

  1. happening by chance, unintentionally, or unexpectedly
  2. incidental; subsidiary

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 “accidental.”  Enjoy!

Other, more common, synonyms could include: chance, fluky, coincidental, casual, random,unexpected, unforeseen, unanticipated, unlooked-for, unintentional,unintended, inadvertent, unplanned, unpremeditated, unthinking, unwitting, incidental, unimportant, by the way, by the by, supplementary, subsidiary, subordinate, secondary, accessory, peripheral, tangential, extraneous, extrinsic, irrelevant, nonessential, inessential.

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

And Now, a Little Criticism!

August 22, 2016

Happy Monday!  It would seem that no one likes a critic (or likes to be criticized), yet everyone seems to constantly be quick to criticize.  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 “criticize.”  Enjoy!

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

A Basin By Any Other Name!

August 1, 2016

Happy Monday!  Next time you run across a rather simple or basic word such as “basin,” consider using one of these extraordinary synonyms instead . . .

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