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English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. brain

    Mind, in a general sense, includes all the powers of sentient being apart from the physical factors in bodily faculties and activities; in a limited sense, mind is nearly synonymous with intellect, but includes disposition, or the tendency toward action, as appears in the phrase "to have a mind to work." As the seat of mental activity, brain (colloquially brains) is often used as a synonym for mind, intellect, intelligence. Thought, the act, process, or power of thinking, is often used to denote the thinking faculty, and especially the reason. The instinct of animals is now held by many philosophers to be of the same nature as the intellect of man, but inferior and limited; yet the apparent difference is very great.

    An instinct is a propensity prior to experience and independent of instruction.

    Paley Natural Philosophy ch. 18.

    In this sense we speak of human instincts, thus denoting tendencies independent of reasoning or instruction. The soul includes the intellect, sensibilities, and will; beyond what is expressed by the word mind, the soul denotes especially the moral, the immortal nature; we say of a dead body, the soul (not the mind) has fled. Spirit is used especially in contradistinction from matter; it may in many cases be substituted for soul, but soul has commonly a fuller and more determinate meaning; we can conceive of spirits as having no moral nature; the fairies, elves, and brownies of mythology might be termed spirits, but not souls. In the figurative sense, spirit denotes animation, excitability, perhaps impatience; as, a lad of spirit; he sang with spirit; he replied with spirit. Soul denotes energy and depth of feeling, as when we speak of soulful eyes; or it may denote the very life of anything; as, "the hidden soul of harmony," Milton L'Allegro l. 144. Sense may be an antonym of intellect, as when we speak of the sense of hearing; but sense is used also as denoting clear mental action, good judgment, acumen; as, he is a man of sense, or, he showed good sense; sense, even in its material signification, must be reckoned among the activities of mind, tho dependent on bodily functions; the mind, not the eye, really sees; the mind, not the ear, really hears. Consciousness includes all that a sentient being perceives, knows, thinks, or feels, from whatever source arising and of whatever character, kind, or degree, whether with or without distinct thinking, feeling, or willing; we speak of the consciousness of the brute, of the savage, or of the sage. The intellect is that assemblage of faculties which is concerned with knowledge, as distinguished from emotion and volition. Understanding is the Saxon word of the same general import, but is chiefly used of the reasoning powers; the understanding, which Sir Wm. Hamilton has called "the faculty of relations and comparisons," is distinguished by many philosophers from reason in that "reason is the faculty of the higher cognitions or a priori truth."

    Synonyms:
    consciousness, disposition, instinct, intellect, intelligence, mind, reason, reason, sense, soul, spirit, thought, understanding

    Antonyms:
    body, brawn, brute force, material substance, matter

Princeton's WordNet

  1. brain, encephalonnoun

    that part of the central nervous system that includes all the higher nervous centers; enclosed within the skull; continuous with the spinal cord

    Synonyms:
    head, genius, mastermind, learning ability, psyche, mentality, brainpower, mental capacity, wit, mind, encephalon, brainiac, nous

  2. brain, brainpower, learning ability, mental capacity, mentality, witnoun

    mental ability

    "he's got plenty of brains but no common sense"

    Synonyms:
    wag, mindset, card, brainiac, mind-set, encephalon, learning ability, mental capacity, witticism, genius, brainpower, mastermind, outlook, humor, mind, wittiness, mentality, psyche, nous, humour, wit, head

  3. mind, head, brain, psyche, nousnoun

    that which is responsible for one's thoughts and feelings; the seat of the faculty of reason

    "his mind wandered"; "I couldn't get his words out of my head"

    Synonyms:
    learning ability, idea, thinker, heading, promontory, psyche, school principal, wit, mind, head teacher, brainpower, intellect, nous, question, mental capacity, fountainhead, encephalon, point, head, top dog, mentality, creative thinker, headland, mastermind, brainiac, header, genius, headspring, foreland, pass, chief, headway, judgment, read/write head, judgement, drumhead, head word, forefront, capitulum, oral sex, principal, caput, straits, soul

  4. genius, mastermind, brain, brainiac, Einsteinnoun

    someone who has exceptional intellectual ability and originality

    "Mozart was a child genius"; "he's smart but he's no Einstein"

    Synonyms:
    virtuoso, wizard, star, psyche, brainiac, nous, encephalon, champion, superstar, whiz, mavin, flair, wizardry, brainpower, conceiver, learning ability, mastermind, maven, ace, originator, sensation, genius, mind, mental capacity, mentality, hotshot, wiz, wit, adept, brilliance, head, whizz

  5. brainverb

    the brain of certain animals used as meat

    Synonyms:
    head, genius, mastermind, learning ability, psyche, mentality, brainpower, mental capacity, wit, mind, encephalon, brainiac, nous

  6. brainverb

    hit on the head

  7. brainverb

    kill by smashing someone's skull

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  1. cephalo

    Submitted by anonymous on August 20, 2020  

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. brainnoun

    Synonyms:
    cerebrum, cerebellum, encephalon

    Associated words:
    cerebrology, encephalology, cerebrate, cerebric, lecithin, excerebration, cephalopathy, encephalitis, apoplexy, cerebral

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "brain":

    cerebral, e-brain, drain, mastermind, mind, leak, head, flight, leakage, skull, exodus

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How to use brain in a sentence?

  1. John Hutton:

    Kids who have more stimulating experiences that organize the brain are at a huge advantage when they get to school, and it's really harder and harder for kids to catch up if they arrive behind.

  2. Paul Northcott:

    Paul Northcott was the one of the first recipients of the AACR NextGen grant for transformative cancer research, a grant mechanism intended to support creative cancer research that may not be funded through conventional channels. Northcott’s research studies the molecular and genetic level of a type of childhood brain cancer called medulloblastoma, the most common malignant brain tumor in children, with five-year survival rates ranging from 30 to 80 percent. Through Paul Northcott research, Paul Northcott discovered molecular subgroups of medulloblastoma with distinct patient features, outcomes and mutational patterns. These findings changed the way the disease is studied, diagnosed and the way patients are treated, Paul Northcott said. There are no clinical compounds or FDA-approved drugs so I think the biggest challenge over the next several years is to take that information that we've gleaned from the genomics era and actually translate that into better treatment options for patients.

  3. Peter Cook:

    The behavioral deficits accompanying brain damage with domoic acid are severe, and may negatively impact foraging and navigation in sea lions, driving strandings and mortality.

  4. Marc Ganis:

    The connection between playing football and brain issues has been something that has been discussed for years and the NFL has been taking action to reduce the severity and provide funding to those who have been injured, the clearest example is the class action suit. ... Whenever you agree to pay out billions of dollars and you don't have an insurance company that has insured you the money, that's a statement to seriousness about the issue.

  5. Daniel Levitin:

    Knowing better how the brain is organized, how it functions, what chemical messengers are working and how they're working -- that will allow us to formulate treatments for people with brain injury, or to combat diseases or disorders or even psychiatric problems.


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