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[si-non-uh-muh s] /sɪˈnɒn ə məs/
having the character of synonyms or a synonym; equivalent in meaning; expressing or implying the same idea.
Origin of synonymous
1600-10; < Medieval Latin synōnymus < Greek synṓnymos, equivalent to syn- syn- + -ōnym- -onym + -os adj. suffix; see -ous
Related forms
synonymously, adverb
synonymousness, noun
nonsynonymous, adjective
nonsynonymously, adverb
unsynonymous, adjective
unsynonymously, adverb Unabridged
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  • The bird became synonymous with extinction, a haunting reminder of what a culture may lose when it squanders its natural wealth.
  • The word simply cannot be used as synonymous with bad writing.
  • Sometimes the synonymous words are accepted catch-phrases, sometimes they evince pure pleasure in language.
  • Still others regard language and grammar as virtually synonymous.
  • Academic freedom to conduct scholarship has become all but synonymous with freedom to teach as well or as poorly as one pleases.
  • Being a good student is not synonymous with getting good grades.
  • Since the dawn of managerial capitalism, collaboration and work have almost always been synonymous.
  • And royalty-free isn't synonymous with non-copyrighted.
  • As astronomers are only too keenly aware, interest is more or less synonymous with funding.
  • Now, while working memory is not synonymous with intelligence, working memory correlates with intelligence to a large degree.
British Dictionary definitions for synonymous


(often foll by with) being a synonym (of)
(postpositive) foll by with. closely associated (with) or suggestive (of): his name was synonymous with greed
Derived Forms
synonymously, adverb
synonymousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for synonymous

c.1600, from Medieval Latin synonymus, from Greek synonymos (see synonym). Related: Synonymously.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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