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Main Entry: matterPart of Speech: nounDefinition: substanceSynonyms:amount, being, body, constituents, corporeality, corporeity, element, entity, individual, material, materialness, object, phenomenon, physical world, protoplasm, quantity, stuff, substantiality, sum, thingAntonyms:nothing, nothingness, zeroMain Entry: matterPart of Speech: nounDefinition: concern, issueSynonyms:affair, bag, business, circumstance, episode, event, goings-on, incident, job, lookout, nub, occurrence, proceeding, question, shooting match, situation, subject, thing, topic, transaction, undertakingScience Fiction Book ClubGet 5 Books for $1 Ea w/ Membership To The Science Fiction Book Club®.Sponsored Resultshttp://www.sfbc.comMain Entry: matterPart of Speech: nounDefinition: subject, thesisSynonyms:argument, context, focus, head, interest, motif, motive, point, purport, resolution, sense, subject matter, substance, text, theme, topicMain Entry: matterPart of Speech: nounDefinition: significance, meaningSynonyms:amount, body, burden, consequence, content, core, extent, gist*, import, importance, magnitude, meat, moment, neighborhood, note, order, pith, range, sense, substance, text, tune, upshot, vicinity, weightAntonyms:insignificance, meaninglessness* = informal/non-formal usage
Explore matter in the Visual Thesaurus »Main Entry: matterPart of Speech: nounDefinition: difficulty, problemSynonyms:circumstance, complication, distress, grievance, perplexity, predicament, to-do, trouble, upset, worryMain Entry: matterPart of Speech: nounDefinition: secretion of a soreSynonyms:discharge, infection, maturation, purulence, pus, suppuration, ulcerationMain Entry: matterPart of Speech: verbDefinition: be of consequence, importanceSynonyms:affect, be important, be of value, be substantive, carry weight, count, cut ice, express, have influence, imply, import, involve, make a difference, mean, mean something, signify, value, weighMain Entry: amountPart of Speech: nounDefinition: whole effectSynonyms:body, burden, core, full value, import, matter, purport, result, sense, significance, substance, thrust, upshot, valueNotes: use ‘amount’ with things that cannot be counted but ‘number’ with things that can be countednumber is regularly used with count nouns, while amount is mainly used with mass nouns: number of mistakes, amount of moneyMain Entry: articlePart of Speech: nounDefinition: section of documentSynonyms:branch, chapter, clause, detail, division, element, head, heading, item, matter, paragraph, part, passage, piece, point, portion, provisionMain Entry: bodyPart of Speech: nounDefinition: bulk; central portionSynonyms:assembly, basis, bed, box, chassis, core, corpus, crux, essence, frame, fuselage, gist, gravamen, groundwork, hull, main part, majority, mass, material, matter, pith, skeleton, staple, substance, substructure, sum, tenor, total, trunk, wholeAntonyms:nothing, nothingnessRoget’s 21st Century Thesaurus, Third EditionCopyright © 2009 by the Philip Lief Group. Cite This SourceMore ResultsPREVIOUS|1234|NEXTSearch another word or see matter on Dictionary
Maybe “substance”, “body”, “corporeality”, “element”, “material”, “substantiality”, “being”? It is a hard word to replace…
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