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synonymy

Syllabification: syn·on·y·my
Pronunciation: /səˈnänəmē
 
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Definition of synonymy in English:

noun

The state of being synonymous.
Example sentences
  • It is our aim in this paper to establish the synonymy of these genera.
  • However, the synonymy of these terms has not been verified.
  • For determinacy of translation implies the possibility of synonymy: if translation is determinate, the possibility of synonymy is implied as a special case of ‘translation’ within a language.

Origin

mid 16th century: via late Latin from Greek sunōnumia, from sunōnumos (see synonym).

Words that rhyme with synonymy

Jeremy • sashimi

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