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knack

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of knack

  1. 1 a clever often underhanded means to achieve an end she's tried every knack in Cupid's book to get her guy to marry her Synonyms of knack artifice, device, dodge, fetch, flimflam, gambit, gimmick, jig, juggle, trick, play, ploy, scheme, shenanigan, sleight, stratagem, wileWords Related to knack bluff, end run, feint; cheating, chicanery, cozenage, craft, crookery, cunning, deception, dupery, duplicity, fakery, jugglery, legerdemain, skulduggery (or skullduggery), subterfuge, swindling, trickery; fraud, gaff, hoax, sham, swindle; blind, front, smoke screen

  2. 2 a special and usually inborn ability a jazz musician with an incredible knack for improvisation Synonyms of knack aptitude, bent, endowment, faculty, flair, genius, gift, head, talentWords Related to knack affinity, bias, disposition, habitude, impulse, inclination, leaning, partiality, penchant, predilection, predisposition, proclivity, propensity, tendency, turn; ear, eye, mind, nose; feel, hang, instinct, touch, way; capability, competence, facility, proficiency, skill; capacity, potential, power; forte, specialism, speciality, specialtyNear Antonyms of knack disability, handicap, inability, incapacity; shortcoming, weakness

Synonym Discussion of knack

gift, faculty, aptitude, bent, talent, genius, knack mean a special ability for doing something. gift often implies special favor by God or nature.
    • the gift of singing beautifully
faculty applies to an innate or less often acquired ability for a particular accomplishment or function.
    • a faculty for remembering names
aptitude implies a natural liking for some activity and the likelihood of success in it.
    • a mechanical aptitude
bent is nearly equal to aptitude but it stresses inclination perhaps more than specific ability.
    • a family with an artistic bent
talent suggests a marked natural ability that needs to be developed.
    • has enough talent to succeed
genius suggests impressive inborn creative ability.
    • has no great genius for poetry
knack implies a comparatively minor but special ability making for ease and dexterity in performance.
    • the knack of getting along


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