English Synonyms

English Synonyms

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The English language is peculiarly rich in synonyms, as, with such a history, it could not fail to be. From the time of Julius Cæsar, Britons, Romans, Northmen, Saxons, Danes, and Normans fighting, fortifying, and settling upon the soil of England, with Scotch and Irish contending for mastery or existence across the mountain border and the Channel, and all fenced in together by the sea, could not but influence each other's speech. English merchants, sailors, soldiers, and travelers, trading, warring, and exploring in every clime, of necessity brought back new terms of sea and shore, of shop and camp and battlefield. English scholars have studied Greek and Latin for a thousand years, and the languages of the Continent and of the Orient in more recent times. English churchmen have introduced words from Hebrew, Greek, and Latin, through Bible and prayer-book, sermon and tract. From all this it results that there is scarcely a language ever spoken among men that has not some representative in English speech. The spirit of the Anglo-Saxon race, masterful in language as in war and commerce, has subjugated all these various elements to one idiom, making not a patchwork, but a composite language. Anglo-Saxon thrift, finding often several words that originally expressed the same idea, has detailed them to different parts of the common territory or to different service, so that we have an almost unexampled variety of words, kindred in meaning but distinct in usage, for expressing almost every shade of human thought.

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  • (16 stars)

    by DAN Broe on 08/05/2014

    Although supposedly designed for "phones" , I down loaded the app to a tablet and how any one could hope to use this expediently on a phone is way beyond my comprehension. Pretty good history lesson in the description though. No input provision to let you choose what word you might want to work with. If some one were to be able to learn effectively from this, they would probably have the recall

  • (16 stars)

    by Danish Roz on 29/01/2014

    Danish

  • (16 stars)

    by Appiah Theophilus on 26/01/2014

    Like to see

  • (16 stars)

    by Max Rynno on 05/01/2014

    It should have a random search or an abecedary to find faster

  • (16 stars)

    by Glenn goldfishstein on 19/12/2013

    Really helps with the midterm papers, I must say. Thanks, and I hope to see more modest pieces of information like this one; not all flashy and whatnot, yet still fruitful.

  • (16 stars)

    by Trenton Moore on 23/10/2013

    I felt too bad that I'm the only person to install the app, but it's great!