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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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Examples from the web for synonymously
  • Vanity and pride are different things, though the words are often used synonymously.
  • We synonymously condemn the terror behaviour and there can be no justification for such cruelty whatsoever.
  • Note that throughout the field of education, these terms are often used interchangeably or synonymously.
  • The terms osteogenesis and ossification are often used synonymously to indicate the process of bone formation.
  • In this paper, the term consumption is used fairly synonymously with the term demand.
  • The term water recycling is generally used synonymously with water reclamation and water reuse.
  • Though sometimes used synonymously with weather, climate is actually a distinct term with important ecological ramifications.
  • However, the terms are frequently used synonymously.
  • The term commencement is often used synonymously with graduation.
British Dictionary definitions for synonymously


(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 synonymously



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

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