One Word Substitutes

One word substitution is a process in which people use one word to replace a wordy phrase, to make the sentence structure more clear. This also makes work more succinct, instead of convoluted. For example, if you have a sentence that states 'He drives me in a vehicle around town.' instead you can use 'He chauffeurs me around town.' The meaning is identical, yet the sentence is shorter. This adds a complexity to writing, while still making sure the writing is concise.

One Word Substitution with Meaning 

1. Audience – a number of people listening to a lecture 
2. Altruist – one, who considers the happiness and well-being of others first 
3. Atheist – a person who does not believe in God 
4. Anthropologist – one, who studies the evolution of mankind 
5. Autocracy – government by one person 
6. Autobiography – the life history of a person written by himself 
7. Amputate – to cut off a part of a person's body which is infected 
8. Arsenal – a place for ammunition and weapons 
9. Archives – a place where government or public records are kept 
10. Amateur – a man who does a thing for pleasure and not as a profession 
11. Aristocracy – government by the nobles 
12. Aquatic – animals/plants ere which live in water 
13. Amphibian – animals which live both on land and sea 
14. Ambidexter – one, who can use either hand with ease 
15. Alimony – allowance paid to wife on legal separation 
16. Anthology – a collection of poems 
17. Abdication – voluntary giving up of throne in favour of someone 
18. Arbitrator – a person, appointed by two parties to solve a dispute 
19. Astronomer – a person, who studies stars, planets and other heavenly bodies 
20. Astrologer – a person who studies the influence of heavenly bodies on human beings 
21. Anthology – a collection of poems 
22. Axiom – a statement which is accepted as true without proof 
23. Agenda – a list of headings of the business to be transacted at a meeting 
24. Anarchist – one, who is out to destroy all governance, law and order 
25. Almanac – an annual calender with positions of stars 
26. Bigamy – the practice of having two wives or husbands at a time 
27. Bibliophile – a lover and collector of books 
28. Bouquet – a collection of flowers 
29. Bureaucracy – government by the officials 
30. Belligerent – a person, nation that is involved in war 
31. Biennial – an event which happens once in two years 
32. Blasphemy – the act of speaking disrespectfully about sacred things 
33. Creche – a nursery where children are cared for while their parents are at work 
34. Cosmopolitan – a person who regards whole world as his country 
35. Chauffeur – one, who is employed to drive a motor car 
36. Curator – a person incharge of a museum 
37. Carnivorous – one, who lives on flesh 
38. Cannibal – one, who feeds on human flesh 
39. Contemporaries – belonging to or living at the same time 
40. Cloak room – a place for luggage at railway station 
41. Cynosure – centre of attraction 
42. Connoisseur – a critical judge of any art and craft 
43. Crusade – a religious war 
44. Choreographer – one, who teaches dancing 
45. Cacographist – a person, who is bad in spellings 
46. Calligraphist – a person, who writes beautiful handwriting 
47. Cynic – one, who sneers at the aims and beliefs of his fellow men 
48. Convalescent – one, who is recovering health 
49. Cavalry – soldiers, who fight on horse back 
50. Cardiologist – a person, who is specialist in heart diseases 
51. Cartographer – one, who draws maps 
52. Dormitory – the sleeping rooms with several beds especially in a college or institution 
53. Drawn – a game that results neither in victory nor in defeat 
54. Elegy – a poem of lamentation 
55. Epitaph – words which are inscribed on the grave or the tomb in the memory of the buried 
56. Ephemeral – lasting one day 
57. Effeminate – a person who is womanish 
58. Emigrant – a person who leaves his own country and goes to live in another 
59. Edible – fit to be eaten 
60. Egotism – practice of talking too much about oneself 
61. Encyclopaedia – a book that contains information on various subjects 
62. Epicure – one, who is devoted to the pleasure of eating and drinking 
63. Florist – one, who deals-in flowers 
64. Fastidious – one, who is very -selective in one's taste 
65. Fanatic or Bigot – one, who is filled with excessive and mistaken enthusiasm in religious matters 
66. Fatal – causing death 
67. Fatalist – one, who believes in fate 
68. Facsimile – an exact copy of handwriting, printing etc 
69. Fauna – the animals of a certain region 
70. Flora – the plants of a particular region 
71. Fratricide – murder of brother 
72. Fugitive – one, who runs away from justice or the law 
73. Fragile – easily broken 
74. Feminist – one, who works for the welfare of the women 
75. Granary – a place for grains 
76. Genocide – murder of race 
77. Gregarious – animals which live in flocks 
78. Hangar – a place for housing aeroplanes 
79. Hive – a place for bees 
80. Horticulture – the art of cultivating and managing gardens 
81. Homicide – murder of man 
82. Hearse – a vehicle which is used to carry a dead body 
83. Hedonist – one, who believes that pleasure is the chief good (sensual) 
84. Horizon – a line at which the earth and the sky seem to meet 
85. Honorary – holding office without any remuneration 
86. Heretic – one, who acts against religion 
87. Herbivorous – one, who lives on herbs 
88. Insolvent/Bankrupt – a person who is unable to pay his debts 
89. Inaudible – a sound that cannot be heard 
90. Inaccessible – that cannot be easily approached 
91. Incorrigible – incapable of being corrected 
92. Irreparable – incapable of being repaired 
93. Illegible – incapable of being read 
94. Inevitable – incapable of being avoided 
95. Impracticable – incapable of being practised 
96. Immigrant – a person who comes to one country from another in order to settle there 
97. Invincible – one, too strong to be overcome 
98. Indelible – that cannot be erased 
99. Incognito – travelling under another name than one's own 
100. Indefatigable – one, who does not tire easily 
101. Infallible – one, who is free from all mistakes and failures 
102. Invigilator – one, who supervises in the examination hall 
103. Itinerant – one, who journeys from place to place 
104. Infirmary – a home or room used for ill or injured people 
105. Infanticide – murder of an infant 
106. Infantry – soldiers, who fight on foot 
107. Inflammable – liable to catch fire easily 
108. Interregnum – a period of interval between two reigns or governments 
109. Kennel – a place for dogs 
110. Lunatic asylum – a home for lunatics 
111. Lexicographer – one, who compiles a dictionary 
112. Loquacious – one, who talks continuously 
113. Linguist – one, who is skilled in foreign languages 
114. Lapidist – one, who cuts precious stones 
115. Misanthrope – a hater of mankind 
116. Misogamist – one, who hates marriage 
117. Mortuary – a place, where dead bodies are kept for post mortem 
118. Mercenery – working only for the sake of money 
119. Matricide – murder of mother 
120. Martyr – one, who dies for a noble cause 
121. Maiden speech – the first speech delivered by a person 
122. Mint – a place where coins are made 
123. Misogynist – a hater of womankind 
124. Morgue – a place, where dead bodies are kept for identification 
125. Mammals – animals which give milk 
126. Monogamy – the practice of marrying one at a time 
127. Missionary – a person, who is sent to propagate religion 
128. Numismatics – the study of coins 
129. Namesake – a person having same name as another 
130. Nostalgia – a strong desire to return home, home sickness 
131. Novice or Tyro – one, new to anything, inexperienced 
132. Narcotic – a medicine for producing sleep 
133. Optimist – a person who looks at the brighter side of things 
134. Orphan – one, who has lost parents 
135. Omnipresent – one, who is present everywhere 
136. Omnipotent – one, who is all powerful 
137. Omniscient – one, who knows everything 
138. Opaque – that which cannot be seen through 
139. Obituary – an account in the newspaper of the funeral of the one deceased 
140. Orphanage – a home for orphans 
141. Obstetrician – one, who is skilled in midwifery 
142. Ostler – one, who looks after horses at an inn 
143. Omnivorous – one, who eats everything 
144. Pessimist – a person who looks at the darker side of things 
145. Potable – fit to drink 
146. Post mortem – an examination of dead body 
147. Philanthropist – a lover of mankind 
148. Patricide – murder of father 
149. Philatelist – one, who collects stamps 
150. Plagiarism – literary theft or passing off an author's original work as one's own 
151. Polygamy – the practice of marrying more than one wife at a time 
152. Polyandry – the practice of marrying more than one husband at a time 
153. Philogynist – a lover of womankind 
154. Plebiscite – (a decision made by) votes of all qualified citizens 
155. Philanderer – one, who amuses himself by love making 
156. Philistine – one who does not care for art and literature 
157. Plutocracy – government by the rich 
158. Pseudonym – an imaginary name assumed by an author for disguise 
159. Posthumous – a child born after the death of his father or the book published after the death of the writer 
160. Panacea – a remedy for all diseases 
161. Paediatrician – a person, who is specialist in child diseases 
162. Platitude – ordinary remarks often repeated 
163. Pedant – one, who makes a vain display of his knowledge 
164. Polyglot – one, who speaks many languages 
165. Paleography – the study of ancient writing 
166. Posse – a number of policemen called to quell a riot 
167. Parole – pledge given by a prisoner for temporary release, not to escape 
168. Pedestrian – one, who goes on foot 
169. Portable – that can be carried easily 
170. Quarantine – an act of separation from other persons to avoid infection 
171. Rhetoric – the art of elegant speech or writing 
172. Regicide – murder of King or Queen 
173. Sacrilege – violating or profaning religious things/places 
174. Sculptor – one, who cuts in stones 
175. Suicide – murder of oneself 
176. Stable – a place for horses 
177. Somnambulist – a person, who walks in sleep 
178. Somniloquist – a person, who talks in sleep 
179. Souvenir – a thing kept as a reminder of a person, place or event 
180. Swan song – the last work (literary) of a writer 
181. Sot, Toper – one, who is a habitual drunkard 
182. Sinecure – a job with high salary but little responsibility 
183. Stoic – a person, who is indifferent to pleasure and pain and has control over his passions 
184. Sanatorium – a place for the sick to recover health 
185. Sororicide – murder of sister 
186. Triennial – an event which happens once in three years 
187. Truant – a person/student who absents himself from class or duty without permission 
188. Teetotaller – one, who does not take any intoxicating drink 
189. Transparent – that which can be seen through 
190. Theocracy – government by religious principles 
191. Uxorious – one extremely fond of one's wife 
192. Utopia – an imaginary perfect social and political system 
193. Uxoricide – murder of wife 
194. Verbatim – repetition of speech or writing word for word 
195. Volunteer – one, who offers one's services 
196. Virgin – a woman who has no sexual experience 
197. Versatile – interested in and clever at many different things 
198. Veteran – one, who has a long experience of any occupation 
199. Venial – a fault that may be forgiven 
200. Wardrobe – a place for clothes 

Examples of One Word Substitution Regular Words

The following problems will have the wordy phrase with its one word substitution next to it. There are some cases where there could be more than one word that could be used as a substitution, and these are shown as well. There are many other phrases, but these are several that are used frequently.

  1. To fall apart over time - Disintegrate 
  2. A copy of something that is identical - Facsimile 
  3. Old age that results in odd and unique behaviours - Senility 
  4. A smart and educated individual - Intellectual
  5. Someone who is driven by passion to do crazy things - Zealot 
  6. Things to be done throughout the day - Schedule 
  7. To leave somewhere that is treacherous - Escape 
  8. A person who pushes an idea or belief system they do not believe - Hypocrite 
  9. Someone who sees everything negatively - Cynic
  10. Something that is not understandable - Incomprehensible 
  11. A person who is talented in many different facets of life - Versatile 
  12. A movie or play held during the daytime - Matinee 
  13. Timeframe between kids hitting puberty and being an adult - Adolescence 
  14. A person that is unknown - Anonymous 
  15. Someone that you work with - Colleague

Examples of Rarer One Word Substitutions

There are also one word substitutions that are rarer, but also useful in writing in academics.

  1. A government that is only ruled by a few people - Oligarchy 
  2. An animal or person who eats all different foods, vegetables, meats, fruits - Omnivore 
  3. Someone who is new at being involved in an activity or group - Neophyte 
  4. Something that allows light to move through it - Translucent 
  5. A person who refuses to drink alcohol - Teetotaler
  6. Something that is confusing because it has several meanings - Ambiguous 
  7. A document or thing that cannot be read - Illegible
  8. Every weapon that a country or place has as a whole - Arsenal 
  9. Something that babies have from birth, but may not be passed down by the parents - Congenital

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