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Synonyms for vocal
ˈvoʊ kəlvo·cal

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English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. vocal

    Oral (Latin os, the mouth) signifies uttered through the mouth or (in common phrase) by word of mouth; verbal (Latin verbum, a word) signifies of, pertaining to, or connected with words, especially with words as distinguished from the ideas they convey; vocal (Latin vox, the voice) signifies of or pertaining to the voice, uttered or modulated by the voice, and especially uttered with or sounding with full, resonant voice; literal (Latin litera, a letter) signifies consisting of or expressed by letters, or according to the letter, in the broader sense of the exact meaning or requirement of the words used; what is called "the letter of the law" is its literal meaning without going behind what is expressed by the letters on the page. Thus oral applies to that which is given by spoken words in distinction from that which is written or printed; as, oral tradition; an oral examination. By this rule we should in strictness speak of an oral contract or an oral message, but verbal contract and verbal message, as indicating that which is by spoken rather than by written words, have become so fixed in the language that they can probably never be changed; this usage is also in line with other idioms of the language; as, "I give you my word," "a true man's word is as good as his bond," "by word of mouth," etc. A verbal translation may be oral or written, so that it is word for word; a literal translation follows the construction and idiom of the original as well as the words; a literal translation is more than one that is merely verbal; both verbal and literal are opposed to free. In the same sense, of attending to words only, we speak of verbal criticism, a verbal change. Vocal has primary reference to the human voice; as, vocal sounds, vocal music; vocal may be applied within certain limits to inarticulate sounds given forth by other animals than man; as, the woods were vocal with the songs of birds; oral is never so applied, but is limited to articulate utterance regarded as having a definite meaning; as, an oral statement.

    literal, oral, verbal

Princeton's WordNet

  1. vocal music, vocalnoun

    music intended to be performed by one or more singers, usually with instrumental accompaniment

    vocal music, song

    incommunicative, instrumental, uncommunicative, soft

  2. song, vocaladjective

    a short musical composition with words

    "a successful musical must have at least three good songs"

    birdsong, vocal music, strain, birdcall, song, call

    instrumental, uncommunicative, incommunicative, soft

  3. vocaladjective

    relating to or designed for or using the singing voice

    "vocal technique"; "the vocal repertoire"; "organized a vocal group to sing his compositions"


    instrumental, incommunicative, soft, uncommunicative

  4. vocaladjective

    having or using the power to produce speech or sound

    "vocal organs"; "all vocal beings hymned their praise"


    instrumental, incommunicative, uncommunicative, soft

  5. outspoken, vocaladjective

    given to expressing yourself freely or insistently

    "outspoken in their opposition to segregation"; "a vocal assembly"

    free-spoken, outspoken, forthright, point-blank, candid, blunt, plainspoken, straight-from-the-shoulder, frank

    uncommunicative, incommunicative, soft, instrumental

  6. vocaladjective

    full of the sound of voices

    "a playground vocal with the shouts and laughter of children"


    incommunicative, instrumental, soft, uncommunicative

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  1. List of paraphrases for "vocal":

    vowel, voice, vociferous, noisy

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  1. Doug Lamborn:

    For many Americans, Christmas is a time for remembrance and celebration, we reflect on Jesus' message of sacrificial love and ultimate peace.It is a season filled with gratitude and joy. Yet a vocal minority have made a concerted effort to ban any and all Christmas traditions and references from the public square.

  2. Perrysburg School Superintendent Thomas Hosler:

    No matter what decision we make, there's going to be a loud vocal reaction opposed to it, it's a little bit liberating in a sense, because we're going to go ahead and make the best decision for kids to keep them safe.

  3. Kazuo Shimizu:

    This technology can estimate people's mental condition by capturing the vibration of the vocal cords.

  4. Blair Fensterstock:

    I was intrigued by the fact that he was an early supporter of Trump, we all knew he was supportive, but he was not very vocal.

  5. Mazie Hirono:

    My staff along with other offices I know got reports that there may be another victim, so we passed that information along to the staff of the ranking member, and that was it until I heard from Ronan Farrow on the day the article came out, because Ronan Farrow on the day knows how vocal I have been on this issue.

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