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Princeton's WordNet

  1. irritant, thorn(noun)

    something that causes irritation and annoyance

    "he's a thorn in my flesh"

    sticker, prickle, spine, pricker, spikelet, irritant

  2. spine, thorn, prickle, pricker, sticker, spikelet(noun)

    a small sharp-pointed tip resembling a spike on a stem or leaf

    irritant, sticker, spikelet, stumper, prickle, pricker, bradawl, paster, gummed label, spinal column, spur, back, poser, backbone, acantha, spine, toughie, rachis, dagger, vertebral column

  3. thorn(noun)

    a Germanic character of runic origin

    pricker, sticker, prickle, spine, spikelet, irritant

Editors Contribution

  1. kaate

    a pointed substance

    Submitted by rinat on August 11, 2019  

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. thorn(n.)

    spine, prickle

  2. thorn(n.)

    annoyance, plague, nuisance, infliction, trouble, scourge, torment, bitter pill, curse, gall and wormwood

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. thorn(n)

    spine, prickle, brier, torment, plague, infliction

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "thorn":

    spine, spina, splinter


  1. List of known nicknames for "Thorn":

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How to use thorn in a sentence?

  1. Charles de LEUSSE:

    The petals of their lips don't have the thorn of bodies. (Les pétales de leur lèvres N'ont pas l'épine des corps)

  2. Milan Vaishnav:

    While Delhi is not very significant in electoral terms, a BJP loss there shatters the popular narrative around the BJP’s invincibility, a loss in Delhi certainly signals an end to Modi’s honeymoon. Furthermore, because it is the capital city, an opposition government, especially one led by the confrontational AAP, would be a constant thorn in the Modi government’s side.

  3. Foreign Ministry spokesman Martin Schaefer:

    There are forces within Iran for which the policies of the country's president and foreign minister are a thorn in the eye, they may be trying, one way or another, to undermine or torpedo the nuclear deal and the normalization of relations between us and Iran. We are watching this closely.

  4. Kenneth Hare:

    The Puritan through life’s sweet garden goes to pluck the thorn and cast away the rose.

  5. Chinese Proverb:

    A thorn defends the rose, harming only those who would steal the blossom.

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