Vocabulary 22 - Synonyms 2
‘The minister has urged the Central Government to provide a COMPREHENSIVE plan to combat the ebola crisis.’
This was a recent headline in a newspaper. On the same subject another newspaper had this headline:
‘The Central Government was urged by the minister to provide a BROAD plan to combat the ebola crisis.’
Yet another newspaper had this headline:
‘The Central Government was urged by the minister to provide an EXHAUSTIVE plan to combat the ebola crisis.’
Now, is there any difference in the communication sent out by the three newspapers? Apparently, the ebola crisis is troubling the citizens and the minister wants to combat the crisis through help from the Central Government. He has asked the Central Government to provide a plan for combating the crisis. Now in all the three headlines the noun ‘plan’ has been qualified with an adjective, COMPREHENSIVE, BROAD and EXHAUSTIVE.
In each of these headlines it is quite clear to the reader that the plan must be all-inclusive, cover a wide range of issues or be thorough in examining all issues. The three words in capitals that convey similar meanings are known as SYNONYMS.
Synonyms are words that carry similar meanings to one another but with very subtle variations. These variations help us to use the most appropriate word in a given situation. Synonyms are a boon to the writer and speaker as he can delve into his bank of synonyms and come up with a word that helps him to convey his message very clearly. The quiz that follows exposes you to some of the more intriguing words of the English language and their synonyms.