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Synonyms for phrase

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. phrase(noun)

    an expression consisting of one or more words forming a grammatical constituent of a sentence

    musical phrase, idiom, set phrase, idiomatic expression, phrasal idiom

  2. phrase, musical phrase(noun)

    a short musical passage

    musical phrase, idiom, set phrase, idiomatic expression, phrasal idiom

  3. idiom, idiomatic expression, phrasal idiom, set phrase, phrase(noun)

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

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

  4. phrase(verb)

    dance movements that are linked in a single choreographic sequence

    musical phrase, idiom, set phrase, idiomatic expression, phrasal idiom

  5. give voice, formulate, word, phrase, articulate(verb)

    put into words or an expression

    "He formulated his concerns to the board of trustees"

    sound out, devise, enounce, explicate, say, develop, excogitate, enunciate, articulate, joint, pronounce, vocalise, invent, contrive, vocalize, word, forge, formulate, give voice

  6. phrase(verb)

    divide, combine, or mark into phrases

    "phrase a musical passage"

    give voice, formulate, word, articulate


  1. phrase(noun)

    To perform a passage with the correct phrasing.

    figure of speech, locution

  2. phrase(noun)

    To express (an action, thought or idea) by means of words.

    figure of speech, locution

  3. phrase(verb)

    To divide into melodic phrases.

    locution, figure of speech

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. phrase

    An author's diction is strictly his choice and use of words, with no special reference to thought; expression regards the words simply as the vehicle of the thought. Phrase and phraseology apply to words or combinations of words which are somewhat technical; as, in legal phraseology; in military phrase. Diction is general; wording is limited; we speak of the diction of an author or of a work, the wording of a proposition, of a resolution, etc. Verbiage never bears this sense (see CIRCUMLOCUTION.) The language of a writer or speaker may be the national speech he employs; as, the English or French language; or the word may denote his use of that language; as, the author's language is well (or ill) chosen. Style includes diction, expression, rhetorical figures such as metaphor and simile, the effect of an author's prevailing tone of thought, of his personal traits — in short, all that makes up the clothing of thought in words; thus, we speak of a figurative style, a frigid or an argumentative style, etc., or of the style of Macaulay, Prescott, or others. An author's vocabulary is the range of words which he brings into his use. Compare LANGUAGE.

    diction, expression, language, phraseology, style, verbiage, vocabulary, wording

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. phrase(n.)

    expression (forming part of a sentence)

  2. phrase(n.)

    idiom, peculiar expression, turn of expression

  3. phrase(n.)

    style, diction, phraseology, manner of expression, mode of speech

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. phrase(n)

    idiom, diction, phraseology

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "phrase":

    sentence, expression, words, term, wording, word, formula, phrases, speech, 'expression

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  1. Constantin Stanislavski:

    We have as many planes of speech as does a painting planes of perspective which create perspective in a phrase. The most important word stands out most vividly defined in the very foreground of the sound plane. Less important words create a series of deeper planes.

  2. Ovid, Metamorphoses:

    Nothing in the entire universe ever perishes, believe me, but things vary, and adopt a new form. The phrase "being born" is used for beginning to be something different from what one was before, while "dying" means ceasing to be the same. Though this thing may pass into that, and that into this, yet the sums of things remains unchanged.

  3. John Kilduff:

    Given the volatility around the U.S.-China trade saga, it's hard to be short over the weekend, the turn of a phrase could restore the very hopes that were dashed just last night over a deal being struck.

  4. Richard Bernstein:

    Right now, we view investing in the current environment using the hackneyed phrase of 'catching a falling knife,' we see no need to rush into markets.

  5. Unknown:

    Anyone who uses the phrase 'easy as taking candy from a baby' has never tried taking candy from a baby.

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    An antonym for "ignominious"
    • A. smuggled
    • B. honorable
    • C. inglorious
    • D. opprobrious

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