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Synonyms for but
bʌt; unstressed bət

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. merely, simply, just, only, but(adverb)

    and nothing more

    "I was merely asking"; "it is simply a matter of time"; "just a scratch"; "he was only a child"; "hopes that last but a moment"

    solely, plainly, hardly, alone, barely, exclusively, only if, only, entirely, just, scarce, just now, simply, merely, precisely, only when, exactly, scarcely


  1. but(conjunction)

    Outside of.

    Away but the hoose and tell me whae's there.

    excepting, excluding, bar, unless, with the exception of, without

  2. but(conjunction)

    However, although, nevertheless (implies that the following clause is contrary to prior belief or contrasts with or contradicts the preceding clause or sentence).

    yet, ac, although

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. but

    But ranges from the faintest contrast to absolute negation; as, I am willing to go, but (on the other hand) content to stay; he is not an honest man, but (on the contrary) a villain. The contrast may be with a silent thought; as, but let us go (it being understood that we might stay longer). In restrictive use, except and excepting are slightly more emphatic than but; we say, no injury but a scratch; or, no injury except some painful bruises. Such expressions as "words are but breath" (nothing but) may be referred to the restrictive use by ellipsis. So may the use of but in the sense of unless; as, "it never rains but it pours." To the same head must be referred the conditional use; as, "you may go, but with your father's consent" (i. e., "provided you have," "except that you must have," etc.). "Doubt but" is now less used than the more logical "doubt that." But never becomes a full synonym for and; and adds something like, but adds something different; "brave and tender" implies that tenderness is natural to the brave; "brave but tender" implies that bravery and tenderness are rarely combined. For the concessive use, compare NOTWITHSTANDING.

    and, barely, besides, except, further, however, just, merely, moreover, nevertheless, notwithstanding, notwithstanding, only, provided, save, still, that, tho, unless, yet

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. but

    save, except, barring, yet, beside, excluding, still, excepting, notwithstanding

    with, including, inclusive, nevertheless, however, notwithstanding

Editors Contribution

  1. anyang

    Submitted by anonymous on February 24, 2020  
  2. unkown

    it is an adjective of many different meaning.but the definition is not the same .


    Submitted by anonymous on April 23, 2020  

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. but(conj.)

    on the other hand, on the contrary

  2. but(conj.)

    yet, still, however, nevertheless, moreover, further

  3. but(conj.)

    unless, if it were not that, if it be not that

  4. but(conj.)

    but that, otherwise than that

  5. but(prep.)

    except, excepting

  6. but(ad.)

    only, no more than

  7. but(n.)

    end (especially the larger end), but-end

  8. but(n.)

    bound, boundary, mete

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  1. Rick Shaw:

    Conflict photojournalists are in this situation two to three times a day, but it’s not until something like this happens that we are awakened to these photographers ’ responsibility and danger.

  2. from the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam (Translation by Edward Fitzgerald):

    You know, my Friends, with what a brave CarouseI made a Second Marriage in my house; Divorced old barren Reason from my Bed,And took the Daughter of the Vine to Spouse.For "Is" and "Is-not" though with Rule and LineAnd "Up-and-down" by Logic I define, Of all that one should care to fathom, IWas never deep in anything but - Wine.

  3. Carole Bass:

    Nobody wants to think about marriage like it is a business relationship, but it is, you should start this out as far as possible, and then it's easier to have a clear head.

  4. RJ Intindola:

    If you love freedom, then you’re going to have to pay for it. Not only by paying taxes but by making the commitment to live by the principles that is essential for freedom to survive. That includes respecting the rule of law and if you have set that aside for political reasons, then you are a threat to our democracy and our freedoms.

  5. Emile Zola:

    The artist is nothing without the gift, but the gift is nothing without work.

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