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Synonyms for sheerʃɪər

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. absolute, downright, out-and-out(a), rank(a), right-down, sheer(a)(adj)

    complete and without restriction or qualification; sometimes used informally as intensifiers

    "absolute freedom"; "an absolute dimwit"; "a downright lie"; "out-and-out mayhem"; "an out-and-out lie"; "a rank outsider"; "many right-down vices"; "got the job through sheer persistence"; "sheer stupidity"

    Antonyms:
    impure, uncomplete, thick, gradual, incomplete

  2. plain, sheer, unmingled, unmixed(adj)

    not mixed with extraneous elements

    "plain water"; "sheer wine"; "not an unmixed blessing"

    Synonyms:
    evident, bare, spare, gauzy, downright, unpatterned, uncompounded, cobwebby, unmixed, unornamented, vapourous, right-down, out-and-out(a), manifest, patent, absolute, vaporous, homely, see-through, unmingled, unvarnished, rank(a), gossamer, bluff, sheer(a), diaphanous, sheer, apparent, plain, bold, filmy, gauze-like, unembellished, transparent, unmistakable

    Antonyms:
    thick, incomplete, gradual, uncomplete, impure

  3. bluff, bold, sheer(adj)

    very steep; having a prominent and almost vertical front

    "a bluff headland"; "where the bold chalk cliffs of England rise"; "a sheer descent of rock"

    Synonyms:
    rank(a), transparent, sheer(a), absolute, cobwebby, vapourous, plain, diaphanous, right-down, sheer, see-through, vaporous, gossamer, filmy, bluff, bold, unmingled, gauze-like, unmixed, downright, gauzy, out-and-out(a)

    Antonyms:
    incomplete, gradual, thick, impure, uncomplete

  4. diaphanous, filmy, gauzy, gauze-like, gossamer, see-through, sheer, transparent, vaporous, vapourous, cobwebby(verb)

    so thin as to transmit light

    "a hat with a diaphanous veil"; "filmy wings of a moth"; "gauzy clouds of dandelion down"; "gossamer cobwebs"; "sheer silk stockings"; "transparent chiffon"; "vaporous silks"

    Synonyms:
    gauzy, vaporific, miasmic, vapourish, crystalline, cobwebby, unmixed, downright, vapourous, right-down, pellucid, out-and-out(a), absolute, vaporous, see-through, unmingled, vaporish, ethereal, rank(a), limpid, bluff, sheer(a), diaphanous, sheer, miasmal, gossamer, plain, bold, filmy, crystal clear, lucid, gauze-like, vapourific, guileless, transparent

    Antonyms:
    gradual, uncomplete, incomplete, impure, thick

  5. swerve, sheer, curve, trend, veer, slue, slew, cut(verb)

    turn sharply; change direction abruptly

    "The car cut to the left at the intersection"; "The motorbike veered to the right"

    Synonyms:
    foreshorten, veer, bring down, wind, turn off, edit out, arch, twist, hack, trim down, write out, prune, thin, kink, cut, rationalize, trim back, trim, ignore, swerve, shorten, crook, edit, thin out, cut down, skip, abridge, reduce, rationalise, arc, contract, burn, dilute, curve, switch off, sheer, make out, geld, slew, disregard, tailor, cut off, turn out, snub, slue, slide, issue, cut back, abbreviate, trend, curl, slip, skid

    Antonyms:
    gradual, incomplete, uncomplete, impure, thick

  6. sheer(adverb)

    cause to sheer

    "She sheered her car around the obstacle"

    Synonyms:
    slue, swerve, cut, trend, veer, slew, curve

    Antonyms:
    impure, incomplete, thick, uncomplete, gradual

  7. sheer, perpendicularly(adverb)

    straight up or down without a break

    Synonyms:
    sheer, perpendicularly

    Antonyms:
    gradual, thick, uncomplete, incomplete, impure

  8. sheer(adverb)

    directly

    "he fell sheer into the water"

    Synonyms:
    perpendicularly

    Antonyms:
    impure, uncomplete, incomplete, gradual, thick

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. sheer

    That is pure which is free from mixture or contact with anything that weakens, impairs, or pollutes. Material substances are called pure in the strict sense when free from foreign admixture of any kind; as, pure oxygen; the word is often used to signify free from any defiling or objectionable admixture (the original sense); we speak of water as pure when it is bright, clear, and refreshing, tho it may contain mineral salts in solution; in the medical and chemical sense, only distilled water (aqua pura) is pure. In moral and religious use pure is a strong word, denoting positive excellence of a high order; one is innocent who knows nothing of evil, and has experienced no touch of temptation; one is pure who, with knowledge of evil and exposure to temptation, keeps heart and soul unstained. Virtuous refers primarily to right action; pure to right feeling and motives; as, "Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God," Matt. v, 8. Compare FINE; INNOCENT.

    Synonyms:
    absolute, chaste, classic, classical, clean, clear, continent, genuine, guileless, guiltless, holy, immaculate, incorrupt, innocent, mere, perfect, pure, real, simple, spotless, stainless, true, unadulterated, unblemished, uncorrupted, undefiled, unmingled, unmixed, unpolluted, unspotted, unstained, unsullied, untainted, untarnished, upright, virtuous

    Antonyms:
    adulterated, defiled, dirty, filthy, foul, gross, immodest, impure, indecent, indelicate, lewd, mixed, obscene, polluted, stained, sullied, tainted, tarnished, unchaste, unclean

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. sheer(a.)

    Synonyms:
    pure, unmixed, simple, mere, bare, naked

  2. sheer(a.)

    Synonyms:
    perpendicular

  3. sheer(a.)

    Synonyms:
    mainstay, chief support, main reliance

PPDB, the paraphrase database

List of paraphrases:

pure, mere, simple, clean, purely


Translations for sheer

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • senkrecht, steil, pur, schier, bloß, rein, vertikal, durchsichtig, hauchdünn, transparentGerman
  • vertical, escarpado, acantilado, puro, transparente, muy delgado, finoSpanish
  • محضPersian
  • pystysuora, silkka, suora, äkkijyrkkä, puhdas, seitinohut, ohut, pelkkä, harsomainenFinnish
  • reinurFaroese
  • pur, transparent, verticalFrench
  • croghManx
  • puszta, teljes, merő, áttetsző, vékony, könnyűHungarian
  • טָהוֹרHebrew
  • 純粋, 透明Japanese
  • moteMāori
  • bratt, rett, ren, vertikal, ublandet, gjennomskinneligNorwegian
  • steil, klinkklaar, puur, recht, klaar, flinterdunDutch
  • ublanda, reinNorwegian Nynorsk
  • urwisty, przezroczysty, czystyPolish
  • direto, puro, fino, puraPortuguese
  • sadeaRomanian
  • настоя́щий, су́щий, чи́стый, вертика́льный, прозра́чный, отве́сный, отвесноRussian
  • proziran, прозиранSerbo-Croatian
  • čistý, číry, priesvitnýSlovak
  • சுத்தTamil
  • saf, inceTurkish

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