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Synonyms for idiom
ˈɪd i əmid·iom

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Wiktionary1.0 / 1 vote

  1. idiomnoun

    A programming construct or phraseology generally held to be the most efficient, elegant or effective means to achieve a particular result or behavior.

    expression, phrase, form of words

English Synonyms and Antonyms0.0 / 0 votes

  1. idiom

    Language (French langage < Latin lingua, the tongue) signified originally expression of thought by spoken words, but now in its widest sense it signifies expression of thought by any means; as, the language of the eyes, the language of flowers. As regards the use of words, language in its broadest sense denotes all the uttered sounds and their combinations into words and sentences that human beings employ for the communication of thought, and, in a more limited sense, the words or combinations forming a means of communication among the members of a single nation, people, or race. Speech involves always the power of articulate utterance; we can speak of the language of animals, but not of their speech. A tongue is the speech or language of some one people, country, or race. A dialect is a special mode of speaking a language peculiar to some locality or class, not recognized as in accordance with the best usage; a barbarism is a perversion of a language by ignorant foreigners, or some usage akin to that. Idiom refers to the construction of phrases and sentences, and the way of forming or using words; it is the peculiar mold in which each language casts its thought. The great difficulty of translation is to give the thought expressed in one language in the idiom of another. A dialect may be used by the highest as well as the lowest within its range; a patois is distinctly illiterate, belonging to the lower classes; those who speak a patois understand the cultured form of their own language, but speak only the degraded form, as in the case of the Italian lazzaroni or the former negro slaves in the United States. Vernacular, from the Latin, has the same general sense as the Saxon mother tongue, of one's native language, or that of a people; as, the Scriptures were translated into the vernacular. Compare DICTION.

    barbarism, dialect, diction, expression, language, mother tongue, patois, speech, tongue, vernacular, vocabulary

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms1.0 / 1 vote

  1. idiom

    specialty, peculiarity, characteristic, phrase, turn

    solecism, barbarism

Princeton's WordNet1.7 / 6 votes

  1. parlance, idiomnoun

    a manner of speaking that is natural to native speakers of a language

    phrase, artistic style, dialect, set phrase, accent, parlance, phrasal idiom, idiomatic expression

  2. dialect, idiom, accentnoun

    the usage or vocabulary that is characteristic of a specific group of people

    "the immigrants spoke an odd dialect of English"; "he has a strong German accent"; "it has been said that a language is a dialect with an army and navy"

    phrase, artistic style, speech pattern, dialect, stress, set phrase, accent mark, accent, parlance, emphasis, phrasal idiom, idiomatic expression

  3. artistic style, idiomnoun

    the style of a particular artist or school or movement

    "an imaginative orchestral idiom"

    phrase, artistic style, dialect, set phrase, accent, parlance, phrasal idiom, idiomatic expression

  4. idiom, idiomatic expression, phrasal idiom, set phrase, phrasenoun

    an expression whose meanings cannot be inferred from the meanings of the words that make it up

    phrase, artistic style, dialect, musical phrase, set phrase, accent, parlance, phrasal idiom, idiomatic expression

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Dictionary of English Synonymes0.0 / 0 votes

  1. idiomnoun

    peculiar mode or turn of expression (sanctioned by use in any language)

  2. idiomnoun

    genius (of a language), characteristic quality

  3. idiomnoun


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  1. Hao Hong:

    China needs commodities and Russia may have to sell it cheap, one ancient Chinese idiom is that when two clams fight, the fisherman stands to benefit.

  2. Howard Thurman:

    You are the only you that has ever lived ; your idiom is the only idiom of its kind in all of existence, and if you can not hear the sound of the genuine in you, you will all of your life spend your days on the ends of strings that somebody else pulls.

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