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3 having a surface without bends, breaks, or irregularities
  • a smooth skating rink

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Synonyms & Antonyms of smooth (Entry 2 of 2)

1 to free from obstruction or difficulty
  • a willingness to compromise will smooth the way to an early agreement

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2 to make free from breaks, curves, or bumps
  • the workers smoothed the surface of the concrete before letting it dry

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3 to make smooth or glossy usually by repeatedly applying surface pressure
  • used fine sandpaper to smooth the face of the wood

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How is the word smooth different from other adjectives like it?

Some common synonyms of smooth are bland, diplomatic, politic, suave, and urbane. While all these words mean "pleasantly tactful and well-mannered," smooth suggests often a deliberately assumed suavity.

a smooth salesman

When might bland be a better fit than smooth?

While in some cases nearly identical to smooth, bland emphasizes mildness of manner and absence of irritating qualities.

a bland master of ceremonies

In what contexts can diplomatic take the place of smooth?

The synonyms diplomatic and smooth are sometimes interchangeable, but diplomatic stresses an ability to deal with ticklish situations tactfully.

a diplomatic negotiator

Where would politic be a reasonable alternative to smooth?

In some situations, the words politic and smooth are roughly equivalent. However, politic implies shrewd as well as tactful and suave handling of people.

a cunningly politic manager

When can suave be used instead of smooth?

The words suave and smooth are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, suave suggests a specific ability to deal with others easily and without friction.

a suave public relations coordinator

When would urbane be a good substitute for smooth?

The words urbane and smooth can be used in similar contexts, but urbane implies high cultivation and poise coming from wide social experience.

an urbane traveler

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The first known use of smooth was before the 12th century

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“Smooth.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2021.

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