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synonyms for etymology

  • derivation
  • development
  • etymon
  • origin
  • root
  • source
  • phrase history
  • phrase origin
  • word history
  • word origin
See also synonyms for: etymological / etymologist

antonyms for etymology

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  • conclusion
  • consequence
  • effect
  • end
  • outgrowth
  • result
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NEW RETAIL INTEGRATIONS FROM MICROSOFT AND GOOGLE IN TIME FOR THE HOLIDAYS; FRIDAY’S DAILY BRIEFCAROLYN LYDENOCTOBER 22, 2021SEARCH ENGINE LAND
He understands this to mean "sheltered, secure from wind;" and he asks to what etymology this sense can be attributed.
NOTES AND QUERIES, NUMBER 178, MARCH 26, 1853VARIOUS
I would have made the Saracens descend from Sarah; the etymology would then have been neater.
A PHILOSOPHICAL DICTIONARY, VOLUME 1 (OF 10)FRANOIS-MARIE AROUET (AKA VOLTAIRE)
No amount of brainwork has conjured any sense from Iffley, and the etymology has been placed on the shelf as “unknown”.
ARCHAIC ENGLANDHAROLD BAYLEY
In a moment of noteworthy frankness Prof. Skeat has admitted that “Scientific etymology is usually clumsy and frequently wrong”.
ARCHAIC ENGLANDHAROLD BAYLEY
The official etymology of June is “probably from root of Latin juvenis, junior,” but where is the sense in this?
ARCHAIC ENGLANDHAROLD BAYLEY
We have no transmitted etymology of the term, and must rely on the general principles of their vocabulary.
THE INDIAN IN HIS WIGWAMHENRY R. SCHOOLCRAFT
Then they were called obol, a word of obscure etymology, or inia, which signifies sticking up or standing erect.
THE MOUNTAIN CHANT, A NAVAJO CEREMONYWASHINGTON MATTHEWS
Can any of your readers (among whom I trust there are many retired West India planters) give the etymology of this word?
NOTES AND QUERIES, NUMBER 69, FEBRUARY 22, 1851VARIOUS
The one has been led away by a love of etymology—the other would string the fiddle at the expense of poor puss's viscera.
THE MIRROR OF LITERATURE, AMUSEMENT, AND INSTRUCTION, VOL. 13, ISSUE 372, SATURDAY, MAY 30, 1829VARIOUS
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WORDS RELATED TO ETYMOLOGY

  • ancestry
  • basis
  • beginning
  • descent
  • etymology
  • foundation
  • genealogy
  • inception
  • origin
  • provenance
  • provenience
  • spin-off
  • well
  • wellspring
  • whence it came
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