Two words are synonyms if they are different but have the same or similar meanings. Example: lift - elevator. German example: Aufzug - Fahrstuhl

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Einsamkeit und Zweisamkeit

I have just encountered the word "Zweisamkeit". Till this moment I knew only "Einsamkeit" und "Gemeinsamkeit". Do you know any other words like this?
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Obmann and Ombudsmann, are they synonyms?

The title says it all: are the words Obmann and Ombudsmann synonyms in the German language? The contexts in which they are used seem to overlap. Even if not, are they related (e.g. one derived from ...
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Is there a difference between 'Gegenstand', 'Sache', 'Ding', and 'Dinge'?

Is there a difference between 'Gegenstand', 'Sache', 'Ding', and 'Dinge'? Can we use them interchangeably?
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Nicht-Sympathisant

Kurz: Was wäre die richtige Bezeichnung für einen "Nicht-Sympathisanten"? Lang: Man kann der Gegner einer Meinung sein. Man kann aber auch Befürworter einer Meinung sein. Man kann der Meinung jedoch ...
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Gibt es einen Unterschied zwischen “froh” und “fröhlich”?

In der Vorweihnachtszeit sind "froh" und "fröhlich" häufig gesehene Adjektive, die anscheinend austauschbar sind: Frohe Weihnachten - Fröhliche Weihnacht Tatsächlich führen die gängigen ...
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What is the difference between 'irgendwann' and 'manchmal'

I cannot understand the difference in the meaning of these two words: irgendwann and manchmal As I understand, both are a lesser than immer, and more than nie. In between. In my online courses, ...
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What is the difference between “ganz” and “alles”?

Does ganz mean the whole of something and alles mean all the constituent parts? The whole of Germany. => ganz Have we got everything? => alles
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Unterschied zwischen “Klamotten” und “Kleider”?

Mein Lehrer sagte, dass Klamotten ein anderes Wort für Kleider ist - aber gibt es einen Unterschied? Wann kann ich das Wort Klamotten benutzen, aber nicht Kleider? Beispiele für Klamotten und Kleider ...
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“Ansatz” isn't thoroughly defined in German dictionaries!

What's the meaning of "Ansatz" in these sentences? Could someone paraphrase them in German?: Der Ansatz für Multikulti ist gescheitert, absolut gescheitert! Ansätze zu einem besseren ...
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“Personen” or “Menschen”

While reading some recent newspaper stories as well as book jacket introductions, I noticed that when describing the characters of the story the writers were often using "Personen" and "Menschen" ...
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Is there a different usage of “Erpel” vs. “Enterich”?

When referring to a male duck I was told that I should always use the appropriate term "Erpel" when talking about the bird as depicted here: Wikimedia Usage of the alternative term "Enterich" should ...
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“Ellbogen” vs. “Ellenbogen” - is there a difference in usage?

Both, "Ellbogen"", and "Ellenbogen" are German synonyms for elbow. All dictionaries I consulted, including English-German dictionaries, don't say that one or the other is correct but they sometimes ...
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Beschreibung extremer Langsamkeit

Gibt es noch andere Worte/Redewendungen als "im Schneckentempo", um extreme Langsamkeit auszudrücken?
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What's the difference between “Dialekt” and “Mundart”?

Are "Dialekt" and "Mundart" exact synonyms, or is one more official, more colloquiel etc? Or are there regional differences in their use? Or maybe one is a broader term than the other and might cover ...
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“Es hat”: synonym for “es gibt”?

A teacher, I once had (native German), said there are three translations for English "there is/are": es ist (ein Auto auf der Strasse) es gibt (ein Auto auf der Strasse) es hat (ein Auto auf der ...
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Is there a translation for “solitary work” without negative connotation (side meaning)?

I am translating a text about somebody who did "solitary and theoretical work". I assume "solitary" is here used as opposite to "in a team", so "einsam" or "alleine" would not do. How would you ...
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Which one is a better synonym for “Vordenker”: Vorreiter/Freidenker/Pionier?

I asked this question on EL&U and got some good answers, but tend to accept this answer. IMHO Visionary doesn't really match Vordenker ("Wer Visionen hat, sollte zum Arzt gehen" Helmut Schmidt), ...
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Distinction “prüfen” vs. “überprüfen”

I just read a technical spec in which I found the following sentence: Weiterhin kann zum Überprüfen der geparsten Dateien ein XML-Schema verwendet werden. which translates into "An XML ...
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In which situations would you use either “Toilette”, “Klo”, “WC” or “Bad”?

Inspired by this question on the English StackExchange sister site, I'm asking the following question. Which of the following synonyms is suitable for different situations (formal, colloquial, ...)? ...
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Synonyme für “(über)schwappen”

Ich suche nach guten Synonymen für das Verb "schwappen". Es geht um das Verhalten einer Flüssigkeit, die ihr Gefäß, z.B. bei einem Stoß, verlässt.
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Wird das Wort “Werktätige” heutzutage noch verwendet? Was sind alternative Begriffe?

Der Begriff „Werktätige“ bezeichnet wohl Menschen, die ein Einkommen aus nicht selbstständiger Arbeit beziehen. Wie verbreitet ist dieser Begriff und (wo) wird er heute noch benutzt? Wie bezeichnet ...