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Definition of Synonymy

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quality of being similar in meaning; study of synonyms; list of words with similar or related meanings; list of scientific names belonging to a species and its subdivisions (Biology)
Synonymy Definition from Language, Idioms & Slang Dictionaries & Glossaries
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
(n.)
The quality of being synonymous; sameness of meaning.
  
(n.)
A system of synonyms.
  
(n.)
A figure by which synonymous words are used to amplify a discourse.
  
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913), edited by Noah Porter. About
WordNet 2.0

Noun
1. the semantic relation that holds between two words that can (in a given context) express the same meaning
(synonym) synonymity, synonymousness
(hypernym) semantic relation
Synonymy Definition from Encyclopedia Dictionaries & Glossaries
English Wikipedia - The Free Encyclopedia
A synonym is a word or phrase that means exactly or nearly the same as another word or phrase in the same language. Words that are synonyms are said to be synonymous, and the state of being a synonym is called synonymy. The word comes from Ancient Greek syn ("with") and onoma ("name"). An example of synonyms are the words begin, start, and commence. Words can be synonymous when meant in certain senses, even if they are not synonymous in all of their senses. For example, if we talk about a long time or an extended time, long and extended are synonymous within that context. Synonyms with exact interchangeability share a seme or denotational sememe, whereas those with inexactly similar meanings share a broader denotational or connotational sememe and thus overlap within a semantic field. Some academics call the former type cognitive synonyms to distinguish them from the latter type, which they call near-synonyms.

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