Vocabulary Basics: Synonyms, Page 1 (A-E)

This section of EnhanceMyVocabulary.com is all building vocabulary through the use of synonyms, words or phrases that mean the same or nearly the same as another

A synonym is a word or phrase that means the same or nearly the same as another. Here is a list of synonyms, arranged alphbetically, that can help you build your vocabulary and add variety to your writing.


  • Abandon, desert, forsake.
  • Abase, debase, degrade, humble, humiliate, disgrace.
  • Abettor, accessory, accomplice, confederate, conspirator.
  • Abolish, repeal, rescind, revoke, abrogate, annul, nullify, cancel.
  • Acknowledge, admit, confess, own, avow.
  • Acquit, exculpate, exonerate, absolve>.
  • Active, agile, nimble, brisk, sprightly, spry, bustling.
  • Advise, counsel, admonish, caution, warn.
  • Affecting, moving, touching, pathetic.
  • Affront, insult, indignity.
  • Afraid, fearful, frightened, alarmed, scared, aghast, terrified, timid,
  • Agitate, abash, mortify, chagrin, humiliate.
  • Agnostic, skeptic, infidel, unbeliever, disbeliever.
  • Allay, alleviate, mitigate, assuage, mollify, relieve.
  • Allow, permit, suffer, tolerate.
  • Amuse, entertain, divert.
  • Announce, proclaim, promulgate, report, advertise, publish, bruit, blazon, trumpet, herald.
  • Answer, reply, response, rejoinder, retort, repartee.
  • Antipathy, aversion, repugnance, disgust, loathing.
  • Artifice, ruse, trick, dodge, maneuver, wile, stratagem, subterfuge, finesse.
  • Ascend, mount, climb, scale.
  • Ascribe, attribute, impute.
  • Ask, inquire, question, interrogate, interpolate, query, quiz, catechize, request, beg, solicit, entreat, beseech, crave, implore.
  • Assault, onslaught, brawl, melee, tournament, battle, conflict, strife.
  • Asseverate, allege, assert, avouch, avow, maintain, claim, depose, augur, prognosticate.
  • Associate, colleague, partner, helper, collaborator, coadjutor, companion, helpmate, mate, teammate, comrade, chum, crony, consort, accomplice, confederate.
  • Attach, affix, annex, append, subjoin.
  • Attack, assail, assault, invade, beset, besiege, bombard, cannonade, storm.
  • Awkward, clumsy, ungainly, gawky, lanky.


  • Begin, commence, inaugurate, initiate, institute, originate, start, found.
  • Belief, faith, persuasion, conviction, tenet, creed.
  • Belittle, decry, depreciate, disparage.
  • Benevolent, charitable, gracious, humane, sympathetic.
  • Bind, secure, fetter, shackle.
  • Bit, jot, mite, particle, grain, atom, speck, mote, whit, iota, tittle, scintilla.
  • Bite, nibble, gnaw, chew, masticate, champ.
  • Blemish, stain, discoloration, speck, mark, smudge, flaw, defect, blot.
  • Bluff, blunt, outspoken, downright, brusque, curt, crusty.
  • Boast, brag, vaunt, vapor, gasconade.
  • Body, corpse, remains, relics, carcass, cadaver, corpus.
  • Bombastic, sophomoric, turgid, tumid, grandiose, grandiloquent, magniloquent.
  • Boorish, churlish, loutish, clownish, rustic, ill-bred.
  • Booty, plunder, loot, spoil.
  • Break, crack, fracture, sever, rend, burst, smash, shatter, shiver.
  • Brittle, frangible, friable, fragile, crisp.
  • Building, edifice, structure, house.
  • Burly, pudgy, chubby.
  • Burn, scorch, singe, sear, parch, char, incinerate, cremate.
  • Busy, industrious, diligent, assiduous, sedulous.


  • Call, clamor, roar, scream, shout, shriek, vociferate, yell, halloo, whoop.
  • Calm, still, motionless, tranquil, serene, placid.
  • Care, concern, solicitude, anxiety.
  • Careful, cautious, wary, circumspect, canny..
  • Celebrate, commemorate, observe.
  • Charm, amulet, talisman.
  • Charm, enchant, fascinate, captivate, enrapture, bewitch, infatuate, enamor.
  • Cheat, defraud, swindle, dupe.
  • Chirrup, trill, pipe, quaver, peep, cheep, twitter.
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  • Choke, strangle, suffocate, stifle, throttle.
  • Choose, pick, select, cull, elect.
  • Clash, collision, contest, skirmish, encounter, brush, bout, set-to.
  • Cleft, chasm, fissure, gap, opening, interstice, burrow, crater, eyelet.
  • Coax, wheedle, cajole, tweedle, persuade, inveigle.
  • Color, hue, shade, tint, tinge, tincture.
  • Combine, unite, consolidate, merge, amalgamate, weld, incorporate, confederate.
  • Comfort, console, solace.
  • Complain, grumble, growl, murmur, repine, whine, croak.
  • Complaint, disorder, distemper, infirmity, malady.
  • Concise, terse, succinct, compendious, compact, sententious, pithy.
  • Condescend, deign, vouchsafe.
  • Confirm, corroborate, substantiate, verify.
  • Confirmed, habitual, inveterate, chronic.
  • Connect, join, link, couple, attach, unite.
  • Consternation, panic, terror, horror, misgiving, anxiety, scare, tremor, coruscate.
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  • Continual, continuous, unceasing, incessant, endless, uninterrupted, unremitting, constant, perpetual, perennial.
  • Contract, agreement, bargain, compact, covenant, stipulation.
  • Copy, duplicate, counterpart, likeness, reproduction, replica, facsimile.
  • Corrupt, depraved, perverted, vitiated.
  • Costly, expensive, dear.
  • Coterie, clique, cabal, circle, set, faction, party.
  • Courage, bravery, resolution, dauntlessness, gallantry, boldness,
  • Critical, judicial, impartial, carping, caviling, captious, censorious.
  • Crooked, awry, askew.
  • Cross, fretful, peevish, petulant, pettish, irritable, irascible, angry.
  • Crowd, throng, horde, host, mass, multitude, press, jam, concourse.
  • Cruel, brutal, ferocious, fierce, savage, barbarous, truculent,
  • Crusty, cynical, misanthropic, saturnine, splenetic.
  • Cry, weep, sob, snivel, whimper, blubber, bawl, squall, howl, wail>.
  • Curious, inquisitive, prying, meddlesome.
  • Cut, cleave, hack, haggle, notch, slash, gash, split, chop, hew, lop.


  • Dainty, delicate, exquisite, choice, rare.
  • Danger, peril, jeopardy, hazard, risk.
  • Darken, obscure, bedim, obfuscate.
  • Dead, lifeless, inanimate, deceased, defunct, extinct.
  • Deadly, mortal, fatal, lethal.
  • Death, decease, demise.
  • Decay, decompose, putrefy, rot, spoil.
  • Deceit, deception, double-dealing, duplicity, chicanery, guile, treachery.
  • Deceptive, deceitful, misleading, fallacious, fraudulent.
  • Decorate, adorn, ornament, embellish, deck, bedeck, garnish, bedizen, beautify.
  • Decorous, demure, sedate, sober, staid, prim, proper.
  • Deface, disfigure, mar, mutilate.
  • Defeat, subdue, conquer, overcome, vanquish, subjugate, suppress.
  • Defect, fault, imperfection, disfigurement, blemish, flaw.
  • Delay, defer, postpone, procrastinate.
  • Demoralize, deprave, debase, corrupt, vitiate.
  • Deny, contravene, controvert, refute, confute.
  • Deportment, demeanor, bearing, port, mien.
  • Deprive, divest, dispossess, strip, despoil.
  • Despise, contemn, scorn, disdain.
  • Despondency, despair, desperation.
  • Destroy, demolish, raze, annihilate, exterminate, eradicate, extirpate.
  • Detach, separate, sunder, sever, disconnect, disjoin, disunite.
  • Determined, persistent, dogged.
  • Devout, religious, pious, godly, saintly.
  • Die, expire, perish, decease, succumb.
  • Difficulty, hindrance, obstacle, impediment, encumbrance, handicap.
  • Difficulty, predicament, perplexity, plight, quandary, dilemma, strait.
  • Dip, douse, duck, plunge, immerge, immerse, submerge, sink, dive.
  • Dirty, filthy, foul, nasty, squalid.
  • Discernment, perception, penetration, insight, acumen.
  • Disease, sickness, illness, indisposition, ailment, affection.
  • Disgraceful, dishonorable, shameful, disreputable, ignominious,
  • Disgusting, sickening, repulsive, revolting, loathsome, repugnant, abhorrent, noisome, fulsome.
  • Dishonor, disgrace, ignominy, infamy, obloquy, opprobrium.
  • Disloyal, false, unfaithful, faithless, traitorous, treasonable.
  • Dispel, disperse, dissipate, scatter.
  • Dissatisfied, discontented, displeased, malcontent, disgruntled.
  • Divide, distribute, apportion, allot, allocate, partition.
  • Do, perform, execute, accomplish, achieve, effect.
  • Doctrine, dogma, tenet, precept.
  • Dream, reverie, vision, fantasy.
  • Dress, clothes, clothing, garments, apparel, raiment, habiliments.
  • Drink, imbibe, sip, sup, swallow, quaff, tipple, tope, guzzle.
  • Drip, dribble, trickle.
  • Drunk, drunken, intoxicated, inebriated.
  • Dry, arid, parched, desiccated.


  • Early, primitive, primeval, primordial, primal, pristine, aboriginal.
  • Eat, bolt, gulp, gorge, devour.
  • Element, component, constituent, ingredient, share, lot, allotment.
  • Elicit, extract, exact, extort.
  • Embarrass, disconcert, discompose, discomfit, confuse, confound.
  • Enclose, surround, encircle, circumscribe, encompass.
  • Encroach, infringe, entrench, trench, intrude, invade, trespass.
  • Encumber, forestall, suppress, repress, prevent.
  • End, conclude, terminate, finish, discontinue, close.
  • Enemy, foe, adversary, opponent, antagonist, rival.
  • Enough, adequate, sufficient.
  • Entice, inveigle, allure, lure, decoy, seduce.
  • Erase, expunge, cancel, efface, obliterate.
  • Error, mistake, blunder, slip.
  • Estimate, value, appreciate.
  • Eternal, everlasting, endless, deathless, imperishable, immortal.
  • Examination, inquiry, inquisition, investigation, inspection, scrutiny, research, review, audit, inquest, autopsy.
  • Example, sample, specimen, instance.
  • Exceed, excel, surpass, transcend, outdo.
  • Excuse, pardon, forgive, condone.
  • Expand, dilate, distend, inflate.
  • Expel, banish, exile, proscribe, ostracize.
  • Experiment, trial, test.
  • Explain, expound, interpret, elucidate.
  • Explicit, exact, precise, definite.

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