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    synonymic vs synonymous

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

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    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.
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    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?

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    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.

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    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.
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    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.
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    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.

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    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.

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