Synonyms of expression
1 statementDictionary • From Cairo came expressions of regret at the attack.
statement • He now disowns that statement, saying he was depressed when he made it.
declaration • I signed a declaration allowing my doctor to disclose my medical details.
announcement • There has been no formal announcement by either government.
communication • The ambassador has brought with him a communication from the President.
assertion • assertions that the recession is truly over
utterance • the Queen's public utterances
articulation • an actor able to sustain clear articulation over long periods
pronouncement • the President's latest pronouncement about the protection of minorities
2 indicationDictionary • We attended as an expression of solidarity.
indication • He gave no indication that he was ready to compromise.
demonstration • physical demonstrations of affection
exhibition • an exhibition of expressionist art
display • an outward display of affection
showing • a private showing of the hit film
show • the Chelsea flower show
sign • His face and movements rarely betrayed any sign of nerves.
symbol • I frequently use sunflowers as symbols of strength.
token • He sent her a gift as a token of his appreciation.
manifestation • the manifestation of grief
embodiment • A baby is the embodiment of vulnerability.
3 lookDictionary • He sat there with a sad expression on his face.
look • They've opted for a rustic look in the kitchen.
countenance (literary) • He met each inquiry with an impassive countenance.
face • He was walking around with a sad face.
air • The meal gave the occasion an almost festive air.
appearance • He had the appearance of a college student.
aspect • The snowy tree assumed a dumb, lifeless aspect.
mien (literary) • his mild manner and aristocratic mien
4 intonationDictionary • She puts a lot of expression into her playing.
style • The author's style is wonderfully anecdotal.
delivery • His speeches were magnificent but his delivery was hopeless.
execution • his masterly execution of a difficult piece
diction • Clear diction is important in public speaking.
5 phraseDictionary • He uses some remarkably coarse expressions.
phrase • the Latin phrase, `mens sana in corpore sano'
saying • that old saying: 'Charity begins at home'
word • The word `ginseng' comes from the Chinese word `Shen-seng'.
wording • The wording is so vague that no-one knows what it actually means.
term • What's the medical term for a heart attack?
language • a booklet summarising it in plain language
speech • the way common letter clusters are pronounced in speech
maxim • I believe in the maxim 'if it ain't broke, don't fix it'.
idiom • Proverbs and idioms may become worn with over-use.
adage • The old adage 'Every baby brings its own love' usually turns out true.
choice of words
turn of phrase • What a strange turn of phrase that is!
phraseology • The phraseology of his speech was vivid as well as apt.
locution • 'Sister boy' - that's an odd locution if ever there was one.
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adageAn adage is something which people often say and which expresses a general truth about some aspect of life.
• The old adage 'Every baby brings its own love' usually turns out true.
airIf you say that someone or something has a particular air, you mean that they give this general impression.
• The meal gave the occasion an almost festive air.
announcementAn announcement is a statement made to the public or to the media which gives information about something that has happened or that will happen.
• There has been no formal announcement by either government.
Thesaurus for expression from the Collins English Thesaurus
the act or an instance of transforming ideas into words