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Synonyms for tension
ˈtɛn ʃənten·sion

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Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. tension

    stretch, strain, intentness, tightness, stiffness, force, tone, effort

    looseness, relaxation, laxity, atony, slackness

Princeton's WordNet

  1. tension, tenseness, stressnoun

    (psychology) a state of mental or emotional strain or suspense

    "he suffered from fatigue and emotional tension"; "stress is a vasoconstrictor"

    accent, strain, latent hostility, focus, tensity, tautness, tenseness, emphasis, stress

  2. tension, tensity, tenseness, tautnessnoun

    the physical condition of being stretched or strained

    "it places great tension on the leg muscles"; "he could feel the tenseness of her body"

    stress, tautness, tenseness, tightness, tensity, latent hostility

  3. tensionnoun

    a balance between and interplay of opposing elements or tendencies (especially in art or literature)

    "there is a tension created between narrative time and movie time"; "there is a tension between these approaches to understanding history"

    stress, tautness, tenseness, tensity, latent hostility

  4. tensionnoun

    (physics) a stress that produces an elongation of an elastic physical body

    "the direction of maximum tension moves asymptotically toward the direction of the shear"

    stress, tautness, tenseness, tensity, latent hostility

  5. latent hostility, tensionnoun

    feelings of hostility that are not manifest

    "he could sense her latent hostility to him"; "the diplomats' first concern was to reduce international tensions"

    stress, tenseness, tautness, tensity, latent hostility

  6. tensionnoun

    the action of stretching something tight

    "tension holds the belt in the pulleys"

    stress, tautness, tenseness, tensity, latent hostility

Editors Contribution

  1. stress

    a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or very demanding circumstances.

    "he's obviously under a lot of stress"

    Submitted by rinat on August 15, 2019  

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. tensionnoun

    stretching, straining

  2. tensionnoun

    strain, rigor, severe effort

  3. tensionnoun

    (Physics.) expansive force, elastic force


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  1. Angi McClure:

    They tend to hold a lot of tension, and [massaging them] can resonate not only in the neck, but also emotionally in the head.

  2. Ben Kwong:

    This is a normal initial reaction, when you have social unrest or tension, given that we've had a few years of relative calm.

  3. Ron Howard:

    Each film has suggested a slightly different style and tone, this one, I think, is much more modern, it's edgier, the crisis that we are dealing with is very real and present and something that people talk about, and it suggests a kind of an urgency and a psychological focus that creates another type of tension. It's a bit more modern cinematically in its approach.

  4. Edoardo Campanella:

    The global health crisis is rapidly morphing into a global recession, as there is a clear tension between preventing infections and ruining the economy.

  5. Nicolas Cadene:

    There is a lot of tension around everything that has to do with religion and secularism, it's linked to the social, political, economic and identity crisis that France is going through, which leads some to withdraw into their shells, to turn to identity politics.

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