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synonymy /sɪˈnɒnɪmɪ/ n ( pl -mies)
  1. the study of synonyms
  2. the character of being synonymous; equivalence
  3. a list or collection of synonyms, esp one in which their meanings are discriminated
  4. a collection of the synonyms of a species or group

synonym /ˈsɪnənɪm/ n
  1. a word that means the same or nearly the same as another word, such as bucket and pail
  2. a word or phrase used as another name for something, such as Hellene for a Greek
Etymology: 16th Century: via Late Latin from Greek sunōnumon, from syn- + onoma name

ˌsynoˈnymic, ˌsynoˈnymical adj ˌsynoˈnymity n

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