Results 1 to 8 of 8
  1. #1
    ostap77 is offline Key Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • Ukrainian
      • Home Country:
      • Ukraine
      • Current Location:
      • Ukraine
    Join Date
    Sep 2010
    Posts
    3,425
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default synonymic vs synonymous

    What would be the difference between synonymic and synonymous? If there isn't any,is it synonymic to/with?

  2. #2
    bhaisahab's Avatar
    bhaisahab is offline Moderator
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Retired English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • England
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Posts
    22,533
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: synonymic vs synonymous

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    What would be the difference between synonymic and synonymous? If there isn't any,is it synonymic to/with?
    I have never used "synonymic". It appears to mean the same as "synonymous" but to be much less widely used.
    Last edited by bhaisahab; 02-Feb-2012 at 11:35.

  3. #3
    ostap77 is offline Key Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • Ukrainian
      • Home Country:
      • Ukraine
      • Current Location:
      • Ukraine
    Join Date
    Sep 2010
    Posts
    3,425
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: synonymic vs synonymous

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    I have never used "synonymic",it appears to mean the same as "synonymous" but to be much less widely used.
    So it's synonimic with,correct?

  4. #4
    5jj's Avatar
    5jj is offline VIP Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Retired English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • Czech Republic
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Posts
    28,168
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: synonymic vs synonymous

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    So it's synonimic with,correct?
    No examples of sentences containing the word are to be found in the BNC, and only one each (as an attributive adjective) in COCA and Webster's 3. The five citations in the OED contain the word used only as an attributive adjective.

    If you are going to use the word (which the OED suggests is not synonymous with 'synonymous'), people are more likely to think that the word itself is a mistake than to worry about the preposition you use.

  5. #5
    ostap77 is offline Key Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • Ukrainian
      • Home Country:
      • Ukraine
      • Current Location:
      • Ukraine
    Join Date
    Sep 2010
    Posts
    3,425
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: synonymic vs synonymous

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    No examples of sentences containing the word are to be found in the BNC, and only one each (as an attributive adjective) in COCA and Webster's 3. The five citations in the OED contain the word used only as an attributive adjective.

    If you are going to use the word (which the OED suggests is not synonymous with 'synonymous'), people are more likely to think that the word itself is a mistake than to worry about the preposition you use.
    No. I'm not going to use it. That's what I've been hearing from my Ukrainian teacher. So it got me wondering if it's correct.
    Last edited by ostap77; 02-Feb-2012 at 11:41.

  6. #6
    bhaisahab's Avatar
    bhaisahab is offline Moderator
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Retired English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • England
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Posts
    22,533
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: synonymic vs synonymous

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    No. I'm not going to use it. That's what I've been hearing from my Ukrainian teacher. So it got me wondering if it's correct.
    .

  7. #7
    Tdol is offline Editor, UsingEnglish.com
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • Philippines
    Join Date
    Nov 2002
    Posts
    43,054
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: synonymic vs synonymous

    Webster's 1913 dictionary gives synonymic a distinct meaning as a noun:

    Syn`o*nym"ic (?), n. [Cf. G. synonymik. See Synonymous.] (Gram.) The science, or the scientific treatment, of synonymous words.
    Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) - The ARTFL Project

    I have to say that I had never bumped into the word before.

  8. #8
    emsr2d2's Avatar
    emsr2d2 is offline Moderator
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • UK
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Posts
    23,260
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: synonymic vs synonymous

    I had never heard it before either. If I were you, I would keep using "synonymous" in class with the teacher. If the teacher pulls you up on it and asks why you're not using "synonymic" as he/she does, you can always tell him/her about this website and the fact that plenty of native speakers have told you that it's not used in everyday language and was completely new to several of us.

Similar Threads

  1. synonymous with
    By RoseSpring in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 14-Dec-2010, 15:02
  2. help me with Synonymous please
    By new2grammar in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 02-Jan-2010, 06:15
  3. Are they synonymous?
    By sky753 in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 25-Sep-2008, 01:29
  4. Is It Synonymous?
    By the arrow of egypt in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 14-Nov-2006, 14:02
  5. Synonymous
    By jack in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 12
    Last Post: 04-Dec-2004, 13:56

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •