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synthetic

syn·thet·ic

synthetic

 
pronunciation:
sihn the tihk
parts of speech:
adjective, noun
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Word Parts
part of speech: adjective
definition 1: of, pertaining to, resulting from, or involving synthesis.
synonyms:
synthesized
similar words:
amalgamated, composite, compound, man-made
definition 2: designating compounds formed in a laboratory or industrial process as opposed to those of natural origin; man-made; artificial.
synonyms:
artificial
antonyms:
natural
similar words:
ersatz, man-made, manufactured, processed
definition 3: of a language, expressing relationships in sentences by inflections rather than by the use of separate words. (Cf. analytic.)
synonyms:
agglutinating, inflecting
definition 4: not real or meaningful; feigned or artificial.
synthetic grief
synonyms:
artificial, fake, false, feigned, inauthentic, plastic, sham
antonyms:
genuine
similar words:
bogus, insincere, phony
 
part of speech: noun
definition: something, esp. a chemical substance, created by a laboratory or industrial process as opposed to being of natural origin.
derivations: synthetical (adj.), synthetically (adv.)
Word Parts
The word synthetic contains the following part:
syn- Greek prefix that means with, together with
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The prefix "syn- " occurs in Greek loanwords and attaches to Greek roots. It has several forms, as the final "n" sound in "syn- " assimilates to the initial sound of the base to which it is attached. See its assimilated forms sym-, syl-, and sys-.
synonyms:
com-