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as in crowd
a great number of persons or creatures massed together a mob of pigeons soon flocked around us after they spied the bread crumbs

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as in Mafia
a group involved in secret or criminal activities the club owner was accused of having connections with a mob of racketeers

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as in to flock
to move upon or fill (something) in great numbers the snack bar was mobbed as soon as the meeting was over

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How does the noun mob differ from other similar words?

Some common synonyms of mob are crowd, crush, horde, and throng. While all these words mean "an assembled multitude," mob implies a disorderly crowd with the potential for violence.

an angry mob

Where would crowd be a reasonable alternative to mob?

While the synonyms crowd and mob are close in meaning, crowd implies a close gathering and pressing together.

a crowd gathered

In what contexts can crush take the place of mob?

The words crush and mob are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, crush emphasizes the compactness of the group, the difficulty of individual movement, and the attendant discomfort.

a crush of fans

How do throng and horde relate to one another, in the sense of mob?

Both throng and horde suggest movement and pushing.

a throng of reporters
a horde of shoppers

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“Mob.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

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