Thousands of words dot the English language dictionary and each word is explained in a certain manner. Because of this abundance of words there are many which have similar meanings.
The sentence ‘I am baffled by the innumerable SYNONYMS for the word BAFFLE’ throws up two words: SYNONYM and BAFFLE. All the words that mean something similar to another word are its synonyms, and the synonyms of baffle include amaze, astound, bewilder, puzzle, perplex, mystify, bemuse and befuddle, to name but a few.
We can find synonyms in our everyday life whenever you read the daily news paper. If you read more than two newspapers then you will realise how synonyms help people to put their points of view more clearly. Look at this example:
Let us assume you watched a cricket match and your favourite batsman was playing and he scored a century. You thought that it was a FLUENT innings and the batsman gave no chances and scored runs freely. In the next day’s two newspapers that you read one of the reporters called the same innings EFFORTLESS and the other reporter said it was FLOWING. Both reporters concurred with your view that it was a flawless innings.
The three words used to describe a batsman’s innings, fluid, effortless and flowing, carry similar meanings and a fourth person who listens to or reads these descriptions would know that the batsman has played a good innings. Thus, synonyms are words that carry similar meaning to another word and they help you to put forth your point of view in a more telling way.
Simply put, synonyms are embellishments of the English language. You could be an author, politician, teacher, journalist or student, but whoever you are you will need to keep synonyms handy so that you can choose the appropriate word to communicate your point effectively. Play this quiz and explore the vast bank of synonyms.