English Thesaurus

Synonyms of 'strong'

(adjective) 
Definition
having physical power
I'm not strong enough to carry him.
Synonyms
powerful
He had a deep, powerful voice.
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muscular
tanned muscular legs
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tough
He's small, but he's tough, and I expect him to do well in the match.
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athletic
She was tall, with an athletic build.
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strapping
He was a bricklayer - a big, strapping fellow.
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hardy
They grew up to be farmers, round-faced and hardy.
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sturdy
She was a short, sturdy woman in her early sixties.
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stout
a great stout fellow, big in brawn and bone
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stalwart
I was never in any danger with my stalwart bodyguard around me.
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burly
He was a big, burly man.
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beefy (informal)
The place was packed with beefy ex-footballers.
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virile
a tall, virile man with rugged good looks
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Herculean
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sinewy
a short, sinewy young man
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brawny
Oscar turned out to be a brawny young man.
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swole (slang)
tanned muscular legs
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hench (informal)
tanned muscular legs
Opposites
(adjective) 
Definition
(of an economy, an industry, a currency, etc.) growing, successful, or increasing in value
It took me a long while to feel well and strong again.
Synonyms
fit
It will take a very fit person to beat me.
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sound
His body was still sound.
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healthy
She had a normal pregnancy and delivered a healthy child.
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thriving
He now owns a thriving antique business.
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robust
His robust physique counts for much in the modern game.
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hale (old-fashioned)
looking hale and hearty
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in good shape
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in good condition
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lusty
his lusty singing in the open park
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fighting fit
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in fine fettle
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hale and hearty
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fit as a fiddle
I'm fit as a fiddle with energy to spare.
(adjective) 
Definition
(of a person) self-confident
Eventually I felt strong enough to look at him.
Synonyms
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tough
She is tough and ambitious.
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brave
brave people who dare to challenge the tyrannical regimes
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courageous
She is clearly a very tough and courageous woman.
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resilient
I'm a resilient kind of person.
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feisty (informal)
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tenacious
He is regarded as a persistent and tenacious interviewer.
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plucky
The plucky schoolgirl amazed doctors by hanging on to life.
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hard-nosed (informal)
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unyielding
his unyielding attitude on this subject
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hard as nails
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self-assertive
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stout-hearted
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two-fisted
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firm in spirit
Opposites
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characterless
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lacking drive
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(adjective) 
Definition
not easily broken or injured
Around its summit, a strong wall had been built.
Synonyms
durable
Fine bone china is strong and durable.
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substantial
those fortunate enough to have a fairly substantial property to sell
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sturdy
The camera was mounted on a sturdy tripod.
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reinforced
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well-built
The suspect is well built, of medium height, and with dark hair.
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well-armed
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hard-wearing
hard-wearing cotton shirts
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well-protected
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on a firm foundation
Opposites
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easily broken
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frangible
(adjective) 
Definition
great in degree or intensity
A strong current seemed to be moving the whole boat.
Synonyms
forceful
He was a man of forceful character.
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powerful
in the grip of a powerful emotion
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intense
He was sweating from the intense heat.
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vigorous
The choir and orchestra gave a vigorous performance of Haydn's oratorio.
(adjective) 
Definition
(of arguments) supported by evidence
There will be a strong incentive to enter into negotiations.
Synonyms
convincing
Scientists say there is no convincing evidence for this theory.
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persuasive
a persuasive argument against reform
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powerful
a powerful drama about a corrupt city leader
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effective
You can't make an effective argument if all you do is stridently voice your opinion.
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compelling
He puts forward a compelling argument against the culling of badgers.
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potent
a potent electoral message
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plausible
That explanation seems entirely plausible to me.
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forceful
This is a forceful argument for joining them.
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(adjective) 
Definition
having an extreme or drastic effect
She is known to hold strong views on Cuba.
Synonyms
extreme
The scheme was rejected as being too extreme.
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radical
periods of radical change
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drastic
Drastic measures are needed.
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strict
French privacy laws are very strict.
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harsh
more harsh laws governing the behaviour, status and even clothes of women
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rigid
My father is very rigid in his thinking.
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uncompromising
She is considered a tough and uncompromising negotiator.
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Draconian
draconian censorship laws
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unbending
her unbending opposition to the old regime
(adjective) 
The government will take strong action against any further strikes.
Synonyms
decisive
Firm decisive action will be taken to end the incident.
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firm
The quick handshake was firm and cool.
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decided
a man of very decided opinions
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determined
He is making a determined effort to regain lost ground.
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severe
The fence collapsed during the recent severe weather.
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resolute
a decisive and resolute international leader
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(adjective) 
The evidence that such investment promotes growth is strong.
Synonyms
, , ,
telling
How a man shaves is a telling clue to his age.
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urgent
His mother leaned forward and spoke to him in urgent undertones.
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formidable
She looked every bit as formidable as her mother.
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well-established
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overpowering
his overpowering manner
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redoubtable
He is a redoubtable fighter.
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trenchant
His comment was trenchant and perceptive.
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cogent
He makes a cogent argument for a more egalitarian education system.
10 (adjective) 
Definition
(of a relationship) stable and likely to last
He felt he had a relationship strong enough to talk frankly to Sarah.
Synonyms
secure
demands for secure wages and employment
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solid
Some solid evidence was what was required.
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stable
a stable marriage
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reliable
She was efficient and reliable.
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tried-and-true
11 (adjective) 
Definition
(of a relationship) stable and likely to last
The local economy is strong and the population is growing.
Synonyms
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secure
Shelves are only as secure as their fixings.
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safe
We are assured by our engineers that the building is safe.
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solid
I stared up at the square, solid house.
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solvent
They're going to have to show that the company is now solvent.
12 (adjective) 
Definition
concentrated
strong aftershave
Synonyms
pungent
The more herbs you use, the more pungent the sauce will be.
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undiluted
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industrial-strength mainly humorous)
Opposites
13 (adjective) 
Definition
having a powerful taste or smell
It's a good strong flavour, without being overpowering.
Synonyms
highly-flavoured
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hot
He loved hot curries.
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spicy
Thai food is hot and spicy.
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piquant
a mixed salad with a piquant dressing
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sharp
a colourless, almost odourless liquid with a sharp, sweetish taste
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heady
heady with the smell of flowers and blossom.
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overpowering
There was an overpowering smell of garlic.
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intoxicating
intoxicating liquor
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highly-seasoned
14 (adjective) 
Definition
committed or fervent
He has a strong interest in paintings and owns a fine collection.
Synonyms
keen
Competition is keen for these awards.
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deep
She gave him a long deep look.
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acute
His relaxed exterior hides an extremely acute mind.
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eager
He looked at the crowd of eager faces around him.
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zealous
She was a zealous worker for charitable bodies.
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15 (adjective) 
Definition
committed or fervent
Having strong unrequited feelings for someone is hard.
Synonyms
intense
She is more adult, and more intense than I had imagined.
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deep
rich, deep colours
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passionate
He made a passionate speech about his commitment to peace.
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ardent
an ardent lover
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fierce
He inspires fierce loyalty in his friends.
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profound
The overwhelming feeling is profound shock and anger.
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fervent
a fervent admirer of her work
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vehement
There has been widespread and vehement condemnation of the attack.
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fervid
16 (adjective) 
Definition
committed or fervent
The Deputy Prime Minister is a strong supporter of the plan.
Synonyms
staunch
He's a staunch supporter of controls on government spending.
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earnest
Rupert was an earnest young man.
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keen
a keen amateur photographer
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ardent
an ardent opponent of the war
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loyal
She was always such a loyal friend.
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enthusiastic
The band drew a huge and enthusiastic crowd.
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steadfast
a steadfast friend
17 (adjective) 
Definition
(of an accent) distinct and indicating where the speaker comes from
She spoke English with a strong French accent.
Synonyms
distinct
There was a distinct change in her attitude.
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marked
There has been a marked increase in crimes against property.
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clear
It was a clear case of mistaken identity.
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unmistakable
the unmistakable aroma of freshly ground coffee
Opposites
18 (adjective) 
Definition
(of a colour) very bright and intense
strong colours
Synonyms
bright (informal)
I was convinced that he was brighter than average.
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brilliant
The event was held in brilliant sunshine.
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dazzling
He gave a dazzling performance.
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loud
He liked to shock with his earrings and loud clothes.
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bold
bold, dramatic colours
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glaring
She was clearly uneasy under the glaring camera lights.
Opposites
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washed-out

Additional synonyms

in the sense of acute
Definition
penetrating in perception or insight
His relaxed exterior hides an extremely acute mind.
in the sense of ardent
Definition
passionate
an ardent lover
in the sense of ardent
Definition
intensely enthusiastic
an ardent opponent of the war
Synonyms
keen as mustard

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