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WORD CLASSES > Connecting Words > Spoken and Written Words > Word Groups > Denotative Words > Connotative Words > Generic Words > Specific Words > Antonyms, Homonyms and Synonyms > Localism and Provincialism Words > New Words > Technical Words > Colloquial Words > Foreign Words > Slang Words > Old Words and Obsolete Words > Anglo-Saxon Words > Latin Words > Name Words > Motion Words > Picture Words > Explanatory Words


Antonyms, Homonyms and Synonyms

Antonyms, Homonyms and SynonymsAn Antonym is a word directly opposed to another in meaning, such as borrow, lend; buy, sell; trust, suspect.

A Homonym is a word that sounds like another, and may be spelled like it, but differs in meaning, such as buy, by, bye; ton, tun; fair, fare.

A Synonym is a word that has the same, or almost the same, meaning as some other, such as store, shop; buy, purchase; deal, transact.

The English language is rich in distinctions of meaning among words that are alike in meaning, yet not the same. You should exercise care in making these distinctions. Do not say fix for repair, farther for further, witness for see, dishonest for untruthful, and so forth.

Look up such troublesome pairs of words in your dictionary, fix in your mind the difference between them, and use them with exactness.

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WORD CLASSES > Connecting Words > Spoken and Written Words > Word Groups > Denotative Words > Connotative Words > Generic Words > Specific Words > Antonyms, Homonyms and Synonyms > Localism and Provincialism Words > New Words > Technical Words > Colloquial Words > Foreign Words > Slang Words > Old Words and Obsolete Words > Anglo-Saxon Words > Latin Words > Name Words > Motion Words > Picture Words > Explanatory Words