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Synonyms for thorny
ˈθɔr nithorny

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Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. thorny

    Synonyms:
    spiny, prickly, harassing, troublesome

Princeton's WordNet

  1. thornyadjective

    bristling with perplexities

    "the thorny question of states' rights"

    Synonyms:
    bristly, barbellate, bristled, barbed, briery, spiny, setaceous, prickly, briary, burred, setose, burry

    Antonyms:
    unarmed, easy

  2. barbed, barbellate, briary, briery, bristled, bristly, burred, burry, prickly, setose, setaceous, spiny, thornyadjective

    having or covered with protective barbs or quills or spines or thorns or setae etc.

    "a horse with a short bristly mane"; "bristly shrubs"; "burred fruits"; "setaceous whiskers"

    Synonyms:
    briary, nipping, prickly, barbed, setose, waspish, mordacious, pungent, burred, spinous, bristly, barbellate, setaceous, briery, burry, biting, splenetic, spiny, bristled

    Antonyms:
    easy, unarmed

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. thornyadjective

    Synonyms:
    spiny, spinose, spinous, prickly, briery

  2. thornyadjective

    Synonyms:
    pricking, sharp, pointed

  3. thornyadjective

    Synonyms:
    troublesome, vexatious, annoying, harassing, perplexing

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. thornyadjective

    Synonyms:
    spiny, briery, prickly, vexatious, troublesome, annoying

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How to use thorny in a sentence?

  1. John Boehner:

    I want members on both sides of the aisle to sit down, and let’s have a conversation about how to address what, frankly, has become a very thorny issue.

  2. Liang Tieshan:

    Because the mechanisms and related policies for state-owned firms exiting the market are not complete, closing them will raise thorny problems like the settlement of debts.

  3. Phil Lounibos:

    I think the science is fine, they definitely can kill mosquitoes, but the GMO issue still sticks as something of a thorny issue for the general public, it's not even so much about the science — you can't go ahead with something like this if public opinion is negative.

  4. Ehsan Sehgal:

    No matter how beautiful and fragrant the rose stays, it naturally blooms between the thorns, which no one embraces the thorny rose. Similarly, no matter how lovely can be a family head, but its old trend principles and self-restricted thoughts certainly cause a bitter, even poisonous atmosphere.

  5. Wendy Young:

    There are some really thorny legal questions that arise.


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