Synonyms for "Said"

 

 

GENERAL

SYNONYM

MEANING

added to embellish or enhance an argument
continued to further an earlier point
stated to say, usually confined to quotes or paraphrases from documents, or to official statements
announced to declare publicly or formally
asserted to state positively, with great confidence but no objective proof
commented to make a remark to explain, interpret, or criticize
declared to make known clearly and openly
observed to mention casually
remarked to make a brief, casual statement of opinion
reported to give an account of; to carry message; to give a formal statement

 

The following verbs should be limited to the specific circumstances described by the definitions:

 

ACKNOWLEDGING OR REVEALING

SYNONYM

MEANING

acknowledged implies reluctant disclosure of something that might have been a secret
admitted implies reluctance to disclose, grant, or concede, and usually refers to facts rather than their implication
affirmed implies deep conviction and unlikelihood of contradiction
alleged to assert or declare, especially without proof
avowed implies boldly declaring, often in the face of hostility
conceded similar to acknowledge and admit
confessed may apply to an admission of a weakness, failure, omission, or guilt
disclosed to reveal something previously concealed
divulged to reveal something that should have remained secret or private, which may imply a breach of confidence
revealed to make something known that had been secret or hidden

 

INQUISITIVE

SYNONYM

MEANING

begged to ask in a humble or earnest manner
demanded to ask for boldly or urgently
implored to ask with great fervor, implying desperation or great distress
insisted to demand strongly, to declare firmly
pleaded to answer a legal charge, to offer as an excuse or defense, to implore or beg

 

EXPLANATORY

SYNONYM

MEANING

answered to respond to a question
explained to make an explanation
rejoined to answer an objection
replied to answer a question or comment
responded to reply to a question or comment
retorted to reply to a charge or criticism in a sharp, witty way
returned to reply to a charge or criticism in a sharp, witty way; to answer an objection

 

ARGUMENTATIVE

SYNONYM

MEANING

contended to argue or dispute
countered to dispute
emphasized to stress
exclaimed to speak suddenly or vehemently
maintained to assert, to support by argument, to affirm
proclaimed to announce officially
proposed to set forth a design or plan

 

SUGGESTIVE

SYNONYM

MEANING

hinted implies slight or remote suggestion
implied similar to suggest, but may indicate a more definite or logical relation of the unexpressed idea to the expressed
insinuated refers to conveying a usually unpleasant idea in a sly, underhanded manner
intimated stresses delicacy of suggestion
suggested to propose as a possibility, to convey indirectly by putting an idea into the mind by association

 

TONE

The following words all describe manners of speaking or tones of voice and should be used when necessary and appropriate.

SYNONYM

MEANING

barked to speak or shout sharply
bellowed to roar, to cry out loudly in anger or fear
cackled to laugh cynically or sneer; implies sinister intent
 cried  to call for help, to shout, to sob, to weep
croaked to make a sound like a frog or raven, to talk dismally
declaimed to speak in a pompous way or deliver a tirade
drawled to speak in a way that prolongs the vowels
joked to make a joke
mumbled to utter inarticulate or almost inaudible sounds
murmured to speak in a low, indistinct voice
muttered to speak angry or discontented words in a low, indistinct voice
roared to utter a loud, deep sound
scolded to find fault with angrily
shouted to make a loud cry or call
shrieked to make a loud, piercing cry or sound
wailed to express grief or pain through long, loud cries
whispered to speak softly, especially to avoid being overheard