Synonyms & Antonyms of style

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1 a distinctive way of putting ideas into words
  • I correctly identified the quotation because I recognized Mark Twain's inimitable style

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2 the means or procedure for doing something
  • unfortunately, the club president's usual style is to make decisions without asking anyone's advice or approval

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3 a practice or interest that is very popular for a short time
  • parents who were very relieved when the style for having one's nose pierced faded

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Synonyms of style (Entry 2 of 2)

to give a name to
  • although nowadays he's often styled a biologist, he's probably better thought of as a classic 19th-century naturalist

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How is the word style distinct from other similar nouns?

Some common synonyms of style are craze, fad, fashion, mode, rage, and vogue. While all these words mean "the usage accepted by those who want to be up-to-date," style often implies a distinctive fashion adopted by people of taste.

a media baron used to traveling in style

When might fad be a better fit than style?

While in some cases nearly identical to style, fad suggests caprice in taking up or in dropping a fashion.

last year's fad is over

When can fashion be used instead of style?

The words fashion and style are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, fashion is the most general term and applies to any way of dressing, behaving, writing, or performing that is favored at any one time or place.

the current fashion

When is mode a more appropriate choice than style?

While the synonyms mode and style are close in meaning, mode suggests the fashion of the moment among those anxious to appear elegant and sophisticated.

slim bodies are the mode at this resort

How do rage and craze relate to one another, in the sense of style?

Both rage and craze stress intense enthusiasm in adopting a fad.

Cajun food was the rage nearly everywhere for a time

crossword puzzles once seemed just a passing craze but have lasted

In what contexts can vogue take the place of style?

The meanings of vogue and style largely overlap; however, vogue stresses the wide acceptance of a fashion.

short skirts are back in vogue

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The first known use of style was in the 14th century

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“Style.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2022.

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