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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Is there a difference between “Leiche”, “Leichnam”, “Toter”, or “Verstorbener”

There are different German nouns for a corpse. Most used are die Leiche der Leichnam der/die Tote der/die Verstorbene A Google Ngram shows a trend towards "Tote" being increasingly used over "...
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Beschreibung extremer Langsamkeit

Gibt es noch andere Worte/Redewendungen als "im Schneckentempo", um extreme Langsamkeit auszudrücken?
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Kehren und fegen

I'm currently learning the verb Kehren with the meaning to sweep. But I recently realized that I've already learnt fegen as meaning to sweep. Is this correct, are fegen and kehren totally ...
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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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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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Ist “befüllen” eine sprachliche Neuschöpfung aus dem Umfeld der Datenverarbeitung?

Im Zusammenhang mit Datenbanken hört man oft das Tabellenspalten "befüllt" werden. Irgendwie klingt diese Wortschöpfung, die durch Hinzufügen einer Vorsilbe entstanden ist, schlichtweg überflüssig, ...
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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 ...
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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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International interpretation of “Public viewing” [closed]

The phrase "Public Viewing" was created and established during the world championships in 2006 in Germany. It describes the viewing of an event (like a football match) in a public crowd. As ...