«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
or an English lexicon of synonyms. I hope this
Bengali and English dictionary of synonyms will
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.
A click on the WORD SEARCH/শব্দানুসন্ধান
link on your left will
take you to the search page.
Here's a screenshot of what you
may expect to find at the end of your search:
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