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«Tous les grands écrivains sont de grands lecteurs de dictionnaires:
ils nagent à travers les mots. » -- Umberto Eco
glossary is primarily planned as a bilingual
thesaurus, it may also be used as a Bengali
English lexicon of synonyms. I hope this
Bengali and English dictionary of synonyms (words having similar
be of help to
writers and translators who deal simultaneously with the Bengali
and/or the English languages. It will also come to the aid of anyone
in need of looking up a synonym of a Bengali or an English word. On
the same page and for each entry you will have synonymous Bengali
words and their corresponding English synonyms presented
translator I come across words, thousands of them, every day. Ever
so often I have to dig my way through them, searching and probing.
That is how this list has started. Let me call it: My Experiment
neither a dictionary nor a thesaurus in the conventional sense.
Rather, it is a bilingual 'word book'. The list of synonyms
provided here will cover the whole range of usage and style, from
slang and informal to the modern and archaic and I shall try to
provide with as generous a list of words as possible. However, it
should be borne in mind that true synonyms -- those that can
substitute the headword in all contexts -- are rare. So I consider
it wise to warn the readers that the alternatives provided here may
not be genuinely interchangeable in all contexts. For the precise
shade of meaning of any word and its usage, readers should refer to
a good dictionary.
In building this 'word
book' I am indebted to all the published dictionaries and thesauri,
in Bengali as well as in English. At the same time it will be my
endeavour to make it a unique and useful storehouse of words
especially for those who deal with the written language in any form
This is just the beginning
and unfortunately, for many years now, it will be an incomplete word
book. I invite the readers to help me with their suggestions by
sending to me an
"All the synonyma's of sadnesse were little
enough to expresse this great weeping." [Great Exemplar
Sect vi.98; JEREMY TAYLOR (1613-1667)]
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Subhamay Ray. All rights reserved.
Dedicated to the loving memory of my younger brother
who left us aged only 34