Synonyms

Synonyms are different words that have similar meanings for a specific usage. Saying the same thing another way, synonyms can be substituted for all the words in that sentence:

Synonyms: Distinct lexemes with comparable connotations in a given context.

The word synonym is also one of the few words in the English language for which there are NO synonyms! Look it up. Askoxford.com claims that there are four other words with no synonyms: millionaire, fish, fruit, and toothbrush. We can find synonyms or some of the secondary meanings of those words, but for their main meaning, there are none.
Which word has the most synonyms? According to Askoxford.com, that honor goes to the word good, with 380 synonyms. Who says we humans are pessimists? We have invented 380 words that mean good and only 324 that mean bad!

 

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