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life

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of life

  1. 1 a history of a person's life <a renowned historian who has written lives of several early presidents> Synonyms bio, biography, memoirRelated Words autobiography; hagiography; psychobiography; pathography, tell-all; chronicle, history, past, story; obituary; character sketch, profile

  2. 2 a member of the human race <an appalling number of lives were lost in the war> Synonyms baby, being, bird, bod [British], body, character, cookie (or cooky), creature, customer, devil, duck, egg, face, fish, guy, head, human being, individual, human, man, mortal, party, person, personage, scout, slob, sort, soul, specimen, stiff, thing, wightRelated Words hominid, homo, humanoid; brother, fellow, fellowman, neighbor; celebrity, personality, self, somebodyNear Antonyms animal, beast, beastie, brute, critter

  3. 3 active strength of body or mind <even though he's 86 years old, he still shows a lot of life> Synonyms beans, bounce, brio, dash, drive, dynamism, energy, esprit, gas, get-up-and-go, ginger, go, gusto, hardihood, juice, vigor, moxie, oomph, pep, punch, sap, snap, starch, verve, vim, vinegar, vitality, zing, zipRelated Words animal spirits, animation, briskness, jauntiness, liveliness, snappiness, spirit, spiritedness, sprightliness, spunk, spunkiness, vibrance, vibrancy, vivaciousness, vivacity; ardor, élan, fervor, fire, passion, zeal; main, metal, mettle, might, muscle, potency, power, puissance, stamina, strength; brawniness, fitness, hardiness, huskiness, sturdiness, virility; health, healthiness, soundness, verdure, wellnessNear Antonyms indolence, laziness; debilitation, debility, delicacy, disablement, enfeeblement, faintness, feebleness, frailness, frailty, impotence, impotency, infirmity, powerlessness, puniness, slightness, softness, tenderness, weakness; enervation, exhaustion, inanition, prostrationAntonyms lethargy, listlessness, sluggishness, torpidity

  4. 4 the period during which something exists, lasts, or is in progress <the Egyptian civilization had an extremely long life> Synonyms continuance, date, duration, life span, lifetime, run, standing, timeRelated Words spell, stretch; span, tenure, term; hitch, tour, turn; half-life; age, longevity

  5. 5 the way people live at a particular time and place <frontier life must have been rugged, exciting, challenging, and more than a little dangerous> Synonyms culture, civilization, lifestyle, societyRelated Words customs, manners, mores, values; folklore, heritage, legacy, tradition; subculture, subsociety




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