Synonyms List

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Synonyms List

With more than 6,000 spoken languages, English is certainly a universal language and is still emerging. There are educational institutions, business outlets, IT companies, and other corporate sectors across the globe that are embracing the use of the English language in their daily business dealings and educational processes. Further, It is pertinent to mention that the availability of scores of English speaking books and courses has helped tens of thousands native and non-native speaks to write and speak with utmost perfection. Equally, it is important to know words, understand phrases with meanings, synonyms, antonyms, homonyms, idioms, etc, in order to improve your communication skills along with scoring well in competitive exams like IELTS, TOEFL, PTE, etc. Here is a blog that will take you through the 50 difficult synonyms list including their meaning.

What are Synonyms?

By the term Synonym, we can understand that it is a word or phrase that has the same meaning as another word. Since it is confusing, children also look for the answer to “what are synonyms and antonyms”. As discussed, synonyms are words with similar meanings, antonyms, on the contrary, are the words with opposite meanings. For instance:

Word = Enter

Antonym: Exit

Synonym: Set foot in/Get into

Synonyms List 1

After understanding the basic difference between synonyms and antonyms with examples, let us now go through the synonyms list to understand it better.

Words  Meanings Meanings/ synonyms
Abstract Actual instances  Theoretical, notional, intellectual, symbolic
Abstruse Hard to understand Incomprehensible, unfathomable, arcane
Arduous Difficult Hard, toilsome, onerous, wearisome, exhausting)
Augean Difficult and Unpleasant Challenging, difficult, effortful)  
Baffling To confuse or perplex  Puzzle, mistify, bemuse
Confined  Restricted in an area or volume Cramped, constricted, limited
Austere  Strict and serious in appearance and behavior Strict, harsh, stern, severe
Competence  The ability to do something Capability, proficiency, ability, skill
Parochial  Having a limited or narrow outlook  Conservative, insular, short-sighted
Moribund No longer effective and about to come to an end completely Inactive, stagnant, motionless
Ineptitude  Lack of skill or ability  Inability, inefficacy, incompetence 
Bystander  A person who is present at an event or incident but does not part Observer, onlooker, watcher) 
Entrench  To establish something very strongly so that it is difficult to change Establish, ensconce, install, settle
All-encompassing  Including everything Comprehensive, wide, extensive
Contagion  The spread of disease by close contact between people Infection, transmission, foulness
Cohort  A group of people who share a common future or aspect of behavior Partner, companion, comrade 
Ploy  Words or actions that are carefully planned to get an advantage over somebody else Tactic, gambit, trick
Idiosyncrasy  An unusual feature Mannerism, trait, eccentricity
Quibble  A small complaint or criticism Minor, criticism, trivial
Aghast  Shocked or scared Horrified, stunned, appalled
Accrue  Payments or benefits Collect, gather, amass
Muzzle  Prevent a person or group from expressing their opinions freely Gag, suppress, restrain
Synergy  The extra energy  Collaboration, cooperation, associations
Officious  Assertive of authority in a domineering way  Over-bearing, high handed
Dash  Destroy or frustrate Shatter, destroy, ruin, spoil

Synonyms List 2

Now that through our synonyms list 1 you have become familiar with 25 words, let us now learn 25 more words through the given list!

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Word Meaning Synonyms List
Outcry  A reaction of anger or strong protest Furore, uproar, commotion
Progenitor A person who starts an idea or a development Founder, forerunner, begetter
Sumptuous  Very expensive/impressive Lavish, luxurious, palatial
Enthuse  To make somebody feel very interested and excited  Motivate, encourage, inspire, spur)
Underscore  To emphasize  Stress, accentuate, point up
Sanguine  Optimistic or positive  Hopeful, assured, positive, buoyant
Fable  A short story  moral, story, parable, allegory
Protectionist  A defensor  Shielder, hedger, firewall
Remit  Task/activity assigned to an individual/organisation Orbit, ambit, jurisdiction
Slack  Characterized by a lack of work or activity Laggard, sluggish, inactive, stagnant
Polemics The practice of engaging in a controversial debate  debate, discussion, wrangling
Sully  Damage the purity or integrity  Defile, soil, tarnish, stain
Salience  The quality of being particularly noticeable or important  prominence, eminence, distinction, primacy
Totter  Move in a shabby way/feel insecure Be shaky, be insecure, falter
Reckon  To calculate something/be of an opinion Compute, Beleive, Figure, Assume
Cataclysmic  Causing sudden and violent upheaval  Disastrous, calamitous, devastating
Unflinching  Remaining strong and determined  Resolute, steadfast, dogged, firm
Goliath  A person or thing that is very large or powerful ( Giant, titan, whopper, colossus
Ferment  A state of political or social excitement and confusion  Tumult, uproar, mayhem, furore
Mangled  Destroy or severely damaged by tearing or crushing  Mutilated, lacerated maimed, marred
Febrile  Nervous/excited/ Showing fever  Tense, edgy, fidgety, feverish, flushed, jittery
Connote  To suggest a feeling, an idea, etc  Recommend, indicate, signify, denote
Serpentine  Winding and twisting like a snake Winding, zigzag, meandering, twisting
Heyday  The period of a person’s or thing’s greatest success  Prime, zenith, acme, salad days
Fret  Anxious/nervous  Worry, agonize, bother, distress
Inkling  A slight knowledge or suspicion Clue, hunch, glimmering

Undoubtedly, the comprehensive synonyms list will enrich your knowledge and help you score well in English for competitive exams. In order to enhance and expand your skills in the English language and build a strong foundation, join Leverage Edu’s online IELTS coaching in Delhi/Gurgaon/Bangalore or in other locations. Through comprehensive study materials, flexible timings, online tests, and experienced professionals, you will gain a comprehensive understanding of various topics of the exam in an easy way!

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