Synonyms of discard

(Entry 1 of 2)

something separated from a group or lot for not being as good as the others
  • toss all of your discards in the garbage

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Synonyms & Antonyms of discard (Entry 2 of 2)

to get rid of as useless or unwanted
  • discard an old, torn sweater

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How is the word discard different from other verbs like it?

Some common synonyms of discard are cast, junk, scrap, shed, and slough. While all these words mean "to get rid of," discard implies the letting go or throwing away of something that has become useless or superfluous though often not intrinsically valueless.

discard old clothes

Where would cast be a reasonable alternative to discard?

The words cast and discard can be used in similar contexts, but cast, especially when used with off, away, or out, implies a forceful rejection or repudiation.

cast off her friends

How are the words scrap and junk related as synonyms of discard?

Both scrap and junk imply throwing away or breaking up as worthless in existent form.

scrap all the old ways

would junk our educational system

How do shed and slough relate to one another, in the sense of discard?

Shed and slough imply a throwing off of something both useless and encumbering and often suggest a consequent renewal of vitality or luster.

shed a bad habit

finally sloughed off the depression

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The first known use of discard was circa 1578

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“Discard.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2021.

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