English Thesaurus

Synonyms of 'idiom'

(noun) 
Definition
a group of words which, when used together, have a different meaning from the one suggested by the individual words, eg it was raining cats and dogs
Proverbs and idioms may become worn with over-use.
Synonyms
phrase
the Latin phrase, `mens sana in corpore sano'
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expression
He uses some remarkably coarse expressions.
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turn of phrase
What a strange turn of phrase that is!
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locution
`Sister boy' - that's an odd locution if ever there was one.
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set phrase
(noun) 
Definition
the characteristic vocabulary or usage of a person or group
I was irritated by his use of archaic idiom.
Synonyms
language
a booklet summarising it in plain language
,
talk
toddlers babbling on in baby talk
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style
The author's style is wonderfully anecdotal.
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usage
Certain words may not even be in modern usage.
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jargon
full of the jargon and slang of self-improvement courses
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vernacular
To use the vernacular of the day, Peter was square.
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parlance
He is, in common parlance, a `sad loser'.
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mode of expression

Additional synonyms

in the sense of expression
Definition
a particular phrase used conventionally to express something
He uses some remarkably coarse expressions.
in the sense of jargon
Definition
specialized language relating to a particular subject, profession, or group
full of the jargon and slang of self-improvement courses
Synonyms
lingo (informal),
leetspeak, l33tspeak or 1337speak,
netspeak
in the sense of locution
Definition
a word, phrase, or expression
`Sister boy' - that's an odd locution if ever there was one.
Synonyms
collocation,
turn of speech

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