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Synonyms are words that are similar or nearly the same in meaning. For example, killing is a deliberate act that causes somebody/something to die. It may mean murder, assassination, slaying, suffocation, strangulation, hanging, manslaughter, and bloodshed, butchery, taking life or destruction. However, a closer look at each word shows a form or manner of causing death which is different from the others. This example is to show that no two words means exactly the same thing in English language. Each word has its own peculiar shade of meaning although it can be used in some situations to replace another word.

 

HOW TO RECOGNISE SYNONYMS

  1. Look at the context or environment in which a word is used by relating the word to others in the sentence and in the options given. i.e. try to interconnect the word with the surrounding elements.
  2. Apply your knowledge of word – formation to unravel the meaning of some of the given words.

WORDS                                                                        SYNONYMS

BLUDER                                                                        MISTAKE, ERROR

BEAUTIFUL                                                                 HANDSOME, PRETTY

CHANGE                                                                      ALTER

BATTLE                                                                         WAR, FIGHT

BANISH                                                                        EXILE

CONTENTMENT                                                        SATISFACTION

CONTAGIOUS                                                            INFECTIOUS

DOUBT                                                                         SUSPECT

ASTONOINISHMENT                                               WONDER, SURPRISE

DESIRE                                                                          WAIT, WISH, NEED, YEARN

GRATEFUL                                                                   THANKSFUL

ILLEGAL                                                                        UNLAWFUL

 

EVALUATION: Give the synonyms of these words:-

  1. Redress
  2. Bravery
  3. Anger
  4. Defend
  5. character

 

ASSIGNMENT:- Give the synonyms of these words and use them in sentences.

  1. Contagious
  2. Famous
  3. Oral
  4. Possible
  5. Ancient

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See also

REFLEXIVE AND RELATIVE PRONOUNS

VOWEL /ӕ/ and /ӡ:/

PERSONAL AND POSSESSIVES PRONOUN

NASAL SOUND / m n, ɳ/

INFORMAL LETTER

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