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1. idiom

noun. ['ˈɪdiːəm'] a manner of speaking that is natural to native speakers of a language.

Synonyms

  • parlance
  • formulation

Antonyms

  • discourtesy
  • terseness
  • verboseness

Etymology

  • idiome (Middle French (ca. 1400-1600))

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Example sentences of the word idiom


1. Noun, singular or mass
You will know you have found an idiom when the actual phrase does not make sense.

2. Adjective
No literal geese were harmed in the use of the idiom “your goose is cooked.”

Quotes containing the word idiom


1. A scrupulous writer, in every sentence that he writes, will ask himself at least four questions, thus: 1. What am I trying to say? 2. What words will express it? 3. What image or idiom will make it clearer? 4. Is this image fresh enough to have an effect?
- George Orwell, Politics and the English Language

2. idiom

noun. ['ˈɪdiːəm'] the style of a particular artist or school or movement.

Synonyms

  • mode
  • baroque
  • treatment
  • artistic style
  • classicalism
  • Romantic Movement
  • manner
  • neoclassicism
  • classical style
  • style
  • baroqueness
  • order
  • rococo
  • classicism
  • fashion
  • High Renaissance
  • way

Antonyms

  • classicism
  • plain
  • informality
  • formality

Etymology

  • idiome (Middle French (ca. 1400-1600))

3. idiom

noun. ['ˈɪdiːəm'] the usage or vocabulary that is characteristic of a specific group of people.

Synonyms

  • accent
  • patois
  • non-standard speech
  • dialect

Antonyms

  • disorder
  • instability
  • war
  • deregulate

Etymology

  • idiome (Middle French (ca. 1400-1600))

4. idiom

noun. ['ˈɪdiːəm'] an expression whose meanings cannot be inferred from the meanings of the words that make it up.

Synonyms

  • phrase
  • expression
  • ruralism
  • saying
  • set phrase
  • rusticism
  • idiomatic expression
  • phrasal idiom

Antonyms

  • upgrade
  • downgrade
  • snarl
  • entangle

Etymology

  • idiome (Middle French (ca. 1400-1600))
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