Synonyms for period
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Some common synonyms of period are age, epoch, and era. While all these words mean "a division of time," period may designate an extent of time of any length.
periods of economic prosperity
The synonyms age and period are sometimes interchangeable, but age is used frequently of a fairly definite period dominated by a prominent figure or feature.
the age of Samuel Johnson
In some situations, the words epoch and period are roughly equivalent. However, epoch applies to a period begun or set off by some significant or striking quality, change, or series of events.
the steam engine marked a new epoch in industry
The words era and period can be used in similar contexts, but era suggests a period of history marked by a new or distinct order of things.
the era of global communications
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“Period.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/period. Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.
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