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chronic

Synonyms of chronic in English:

adjective

  • 1 a chronic illness
    persistent, long-standing, long-term;
    incurable;
    Medicine immedicable
    [Antonyms] acute
  • 2 chronic economic problems
    constant, continuing, ceaseless, unabating, unending, persistent, long-lasting;
    severe, serious, acute, grave, dire
    [Antonyms] temporary
  • 3 a chronic liar
    habitual, inveterate, hardened, dyed-in-the-wool, incorrigible;
    informal pathological
    [Antonyms] occasional
  • Usage

    chronic

    Chronic is often used to mean ‘habitual, inveterate’ (e.g., a chronic liar). Some consider this use incorrect. The precise meaning of chronic is ‘persisting for a long time,’ and it is used chiefly of illnesses or other problems: more than one million people in the US have chronic bronchitis

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