What are some alternative words for sheer?

Synonyms for sheer
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Princeton's WordNet

  1. absolute, downright, out-and-out(a), rank(a), right-down, sheer(a)(adj)

    complete and without restriction or qualification; sometimes used informally as intensifiers

    "absolute freedom"; "an absolute dimwit"; "a downright lie"; "out-and-out mayhem"; "an out-and-out lie"; "a rank outsider"; "many right-down vices"; "got the job through sheer persistence"; "sheer stupidity"

    Antonyms:
    impure, uncomplete, thick, gradual, incomplete

  2. plain, sheer, unmingled, unmixed(adj)

    not mixed with extraneous elements

    "plain water"; "sheer wine"; "not an unmixed blessing"

    Synonyms:
    evident, bare, spare, gauzy, downright, unpatterned, uncompounded, cobwebby, unmixed, unornamented, vapourous, right-down, out-and-out(a), manifest, patent, absolute, vaporous, homely, see-through, unmingled, unvarnished, rank(a), gossamer, bluff, sheer(a), diaphanous, apparent, plain, bold, filmy, gauze-like, unembellished, transparent, unmistakable

    Antonyms:
    thick, incomplete, gradual, uncomplete, impure

  3. bluff, bold, sheer(adj)

    very steep; having a prominent and almost vertical front

    "a bluff headland"; "where the bold chalk cliffs of England rise"; "a sheer descent of rock"

    Synonyms:
    rank(a), transparent, sheer(a), absolute, cobwebby, vapourous, plain, diaphanous, right-down, see-through, vaporous, gossamer, filmy, bluff, bold, unmingled, gauze-like, unmixed, downright, gauzy, out-and-out(a)

    Antonyms:
    incomplete, gradual, thick, impure, uncomplete

  4. diaphanous, filmy, gauzy, gauze-like, gossamer, see-through, sheer, transparent, vaporous, vapourous, cobwebby(verb)

    so thin as to transmit light

    "a hat with a diaphanous veil"; "filmy wings of a moth"; "gauzy clouds of dandelion down"; "gossamer cobwebs"; "sheer silk stockings"; "transparent chiffon"; "vaporous silks"

    Synonyms:
    gauzy, vaporific, miasmic, vapourish, crystalline, cobwebby, unmixed, downright, vapourous, right-down, pellucid, out-and-out(a), absolute, vaporous, see-through, unmingled, vaporish, ethereal, rank(a), limpid, bluff, sheer(a), diaphanous, miasmal, gossamer, plain, bold, filmy, crystal clear, lucid, gauze-like, vapourific, guileless, transparent

    Antonyms:
    gradual, uncomplete, incomplete, impure, thick

  5. swerve, sheer, curve, trend, veer, slue, slew, cut(verb)

    turn sharply; change direction abruptly

    "The car cut to the left at the intersection"; "The motorbike veered to the right"

    Synonyms:
    foreshorten, veer, bring down, wind, turn off, edit out, arch, twist, hack, trim down, write out, prune, thin, kink, cut, rationalize, trim back, trim, ignore, swerve, shorten, crook, edit, thin out, cut down, skip, abridge, reduce, rationalise, arc, contract, burn, dilute, curve, switch off, make out, geld, slew, disregard, tailor, cut off, turn out, snub, slue, slide, issue, cut back, abbreviate, trend, curl, slip, skid

    Antonyms:
    gradual, incomplete, uncomplete, impure, thick

  6. sheer(adverb)

    cause to sheer

    "She sheered her car around the obstacle"

    Synonyms:
    slue, swerve, cut, trend, veer, slew, curve

    Antonyms:
    impure, incomplete, thick, uncomplete, gradual

  7. sheer, perpendicularly(adverb)

    straight up or down without a break

    Synonyms:
    perpendicularly

    Antonyms:
    gradual, thick, uncomplete, incomplete, impure

  8. sheer(adverb)

    directly

    "he fell sheer into the water"

    Synonyms:
    perpendicularly

    Antonyms:
    impure, uncomplete, incomplete, gradual, thick

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. sheer

    That is pure which is free from mixture or contact with anything that weakens, impairs, or pollutes. Material substances are called pure in the strict sense when free from foreign admixture of any kind; as, pure oxygen; the word is often used to signify free from any defiling or objectionable admixture (the original sense); we speak of water as pure when it is bright, clear, and refreshing, tho it may contain mineral salts in solution; in the medical and chemical sense, only distilled water (aqua pura) is pure. In moral and religious use pure is a strong word, denoting positive excellence of a high order; one is innocent who knows nothing of evil, and has experienced no touch of temptation; one is pure who, with knowledge of evil and exposure to temptation, keeps heart and soul unstained. Virtuous refers primarily to right action; pure to right feeling and motives; as, "Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God," Matt. v, 8. Compare FINE; INNOCENT.

    Synonyms:
    absolute, chaste, classic, classical, clean, clear, continent, genuine, guileless, guiltless, holy, immaculate, incorrupt, innocent, mere, perfect, pure, real, simple, spotless, stainless, true, unadulterated, unblemished, uncorrupted, undefiled, unmingled, unmixed, unpolluted, unspotted, unstained, unsullied, untainted, untarnished, upright, virtuous

    Antonyms:
    adulterated, defiled, dirty, filthy, foul, gross, immodest, impure, indecent, indelicate, lewd, mixed, obscene, polluted, stained, sullied, tainted, tarnished, unchaste, unclean

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. sheer

    Synonyms:
    pure, mere, unmixed, unqualified, unmitigated, absolute, simple, unadulterated

    Antonyms:
    mixed, qualified, adulterated, modified, partial

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. sheer(a.)

    Synonyms:
    pure, unmixed, simple, mere, bare, naked

  2. sheer(a.)

    Synonyms:
    perpendicular

  3. sheer(a.)

    Synonyms:
    mainstay, chief support, main reliance

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. sheer(a)

    Synonyms:
    thin, unadulterated, pure, unmixed, precipitous, abrupt, perpendicular

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "sheer":

    pure, mere, simple, clean, purely

How to pronounce sheer?

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How to use sheer in a sentence?

  1. The US:

    Because of the sheer volume of tomatoes shipped north from Mexico to the The US, we can expect the inspections to create substantial delays that compromise the quality, affordability and availability of tomatoes to American consumers and will create bottlenecks for other goods crossing the border.

  2. W. E. B. Du Bois:

    It is the growing custom to narrow control, concentrate power, disregard and disfranchise the public; and assuming that certain powers by divine right of money-raising or by sheer assumption, have the power to do as they think best without consulting the wisdom of mankind.

  3. The Hollywood Reporter:

    It took less than five minutes into Fox's 'Grease: Live' for director Thomas Kail to throw down the gauntlet, kick it out the door and slam the door shut on just about any future live musicals when it comes to sheer technical dexterity.

  4. Fiyaz Mughal:

    The sheer volume is unbelievable.

  5. Kevin Smith:

    His like is never going to pass this way ever again and I'm not just talking about the sheer professionalism of his output. Think about the entire universe of characters he created. That's not going to be duplicated ever again.

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Translations for sheer

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • senkrecht, steil, pur, schier, bloß, rein, vertikal, durchsichtig, hauchdünn, transparentGerman
  • vertical, escarpado, acantilado, puro, transparente, muy delgado, finoSpanish
  • محضPersian
  • pystysuora, silkka, suora, äkkijyrkkä, puhdas, seitinohut, ohut, pelkkä, harsomainenFinnish
  • reinurFaroese
  • pur, transparent, verticalFrench
  • croghManx
  • निराHindi
  • puszta, teljes, merő, áttetsző, vékony, könnyűHungarian
  • טָהוֹרHebrew
  • 純粋, 透明Japanese
  • abruptumLatin
  • moteMāori
  • bratt, rett, ren, vertikal, ublandet, gjennomskinneligNorwegian
  • steil, klinkklaar, puur, recht, klaar, flinterdunDutch
  • ublanda, reinNorwegian Nynorsk
  • urwisty, przezroczysty, czystyPolish
  • direto, puro, fino, puraPortuguese
  • sadeaRomanian
  • настоя́щий, су́щий, чи́стый, вертика́льный, прозра́чный, отве́сный, отвесноRussian
  • proziran, прозиранSerbo-Croatian
  • čistý, číry, priesvitnýSlovak
  • சுத்தTamil
  • saf, inceTurkish

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