Synonyms for point out

MOST RELEVANT

Antonyms for point out

MOST RELEVANT
Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR POINT OUT

She hastened to point out the other side of the matter, the insecurity of it, the disgrace.

A Welsh rabbit, in the speech of the humorless, who point out that it is not a rabbit.

However, I will point out a few peculiarities of the plate of each period.

You are grateful to me sometimes for being attentive to the miseries you point out to me.

But, my good fellow, you have been weak; what I wish to point out to you is, that you have been weak.

But all the same you must point out the different shades to me.

Who will presume to point out the necessity by which these things were thus and not otherwise?

The genius ought to point out the future lawyer, divine, or physician!

I know your enemy, and can point out to you his obscure retreat.

He and any other you wish to point out shall be our attendants.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1200, "minute amount, single item in a whole; sharp end of a sword, etc.," a merger of two words, both ultimately from Latin pungere "prick, pierce, puncture" (see pungent). The Latin neuter past participle punctum was used as a noun, meaning "small hole made by pricking," subsequently extended to anything that looked like one, hence, "dot, particle," etc. This yielded Old French point "dot; smallest amount," which was borrowed in Middle English by c.1300.

Meanwhile the Latin fem. past participle of pungere was puncta, which was used in Medieval Latin to mean "sharp tip," and became Old French pointe "point of a weapon, vanguard of an army," which also passed into English, early 14c.

The senses have merged in English, but remain distinct in French. Extended senses are from the notion of "minute, single, or separate items in an extended whole." Meaning "small mark, dot" in English is mid-14c. Meaning "distinguishing feature" is recorded from late 15c. Meaning "a unit of score in a game" is first recorded 1746. As a typeface unit (in Britain and U.S., one twelfth of a pica), it went into use in U.S. 1883. As a measure of weight for precious stones (one one-hundredth of a carat) it is recorded from 1931.

The point "the matter being discussed" is attested from late 14c.; meaning "sense, purpose, advantage" (usually in the negative, e.g. what's the point?) is first recorded 1903. Point of honor (1610s) translates French point d'honneur. Point of no return (1941) is originally aviators' term for the point in a flight "before which any engine failure requires an immediate turn around and return to the point of departure, and beyond which such return is no longer practical."

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR POINT OUT

Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.