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Synonyms for tension
ˈtɛn ʃənten·sion

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Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. tension

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

    Antonyms:
    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"

    Synonyms:
    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"

    Synonyms:
    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"

    Synonyms:
    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"

    Synonyms:
    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"

    Synonyms:
    stress, tenseness, tautness, tensity, latent hostility

  6. tensionnoun

    the action of stretching something tight

    "tension holds the belt in the pulleys"

    Synonyms:
    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

    Synonyms:
    stretching, straining

  2. tensionnoun

    Synonyms:
    strain, rigor, severe effort

  3. tensionnoun

    Synonyms:
    (Physics.) expansive force, elastic force

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How to use tension in a sentence?

  1. Bill Weir:

    It was written after one of the wettest years ever, so all this water was over-allocated to the lower basin states, as a result, there has been this tension with New Mexico, Wyoming, Utah -- the upper basin states where all that snowpack has been diminishing. That was the water table for the Western United States, and now it's gone.

  2. Bep Voskuijl:

    ‘Once, I spent the night in the secret annexe. To tell the truth, I was terribly scared. When I heard a branch creaking or an automobile riding along the canal I became frightened. I was grateful when the morning arrived and I could return to working. It’s only now that I understand what the Frank family went through, and they tension they must have had to live under.’

  3. Suryanath Mishra:

    The cause of deaths needs to be investigated properly, and urgently, in general, it is due to tension led by exploitation, adverse climate, poor working and living conditions and alcoholic intoxication.

  4. Phil Robertson:

    They set out the potential for discrimination on religious grounds and pose the possibility for serious communal tension, now that these laws are on the books, the concern is how they are implemented and enforced.

  5. George DuPaul:

    You have the usual challenges that are associated with the growing independence of adolescents and the need for independence, but at the same time, a need for structure, you have that tension that you have under typical conditions ... interwoven with symptoms of a mental disorder. It exacerbates both things.


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