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sheer

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of sheer

  1. 1 to change one's course or direction <the cruise ship sheered to the northwest, putting it safely out of the path of the hurricane> Synonyms detour, deviate, diverge, turn, swerve, swing, turn off, veer, wheelRelated Words tack, zigzag; double (back), turn back

  2. 2 to depart abruptly from a straight line or course <the car sheered to avoid hitting the dog> Synonyms break, cut, swerve, veer, yaw, zag, zigRelated Words skew, slew (also slue); arc, arch, bend, bow, crook, curve, hook, round, sweep, wheel; about-face, pivot; circle, coil, curl, loop, spiral; turn, twist, wind; weave, zigzag; deviate, stray, wander, waverAntonyms straighten




sheer

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of sheer

  1. 1 very thin and easy to see through <we had to get window shades because passersby could see right through our sheer curtains> Synonyms cobwebby, diaphanous, filmy, gauzelike, gauzy, gossamer, gossamery, see-through, transparent Related Words peekaboo; clear, crystal, crystalline, limpid, liquid, lucent, pellucid; lucid, translucent; dainty, delicate, flimsy, fragile, frail, insubstantial, unsubstantial; colorless, uncolored Near Antonyms opaque; cloudy, foggy, hazy, misty, murky, nebulous, smoky (also smokey); drab, dull, lackluster, lusterless

  2. 2 having no exceptions or restrictions <survivors of the earthquake told of experiencing sheer terror> Synonyms all-out, arrant, blank, blooming [chiefly British], bodacious [Southern & Midland], categorical (also categoric), clean, complete, consummate, cotton-picking, crashing, damn, damned, dead, deadly, definite, downright, dreadful, fair, flat, flat-out, out-and-out, outright, perfect, plumb, profound, pure, rank, regular, absolute, simple, stark, stone, straight-out, thorough, thoroughgoing, total, unadulterated, unalloyed, unconditional, unmitigated, unqualified, utter, veryRelated Words authentic, classic, genuine, real, veritable; constant, endless, eternal, perpetual, undying, unremitting; extreme, unrestricted; confirmed, habitual, hopeless, inveterate; extraordinary, frightful, horrible, huge, main, superlative, supreme, surpassing, terrible, terrificNear Antonyms doubtful, dubious, equivocal, qualified, questionable, restricted, uncertain

  3. 3 having an incline approaching the perpendicular <the sheer slopes of the ravine> Synonyms abrupt, bold, precipitous, steepRelated Words perpendicular, plumb, straight, vertical; craggy, hillocky, hilly, mountainous, scarped; angled, canted, cocked, heeled, inclined, listed, slanted, sloped, tilted, tippedNear Antonyms gentle, gradual, moderate, soft; even, flat, flush, horizontal, level, plane, smooth, unruffled, unwrinkledAntonyms easy





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