List of 426 Sets of Synonyms - How they Differ - Total of 2307 Words - 22

SYNONYMS: artificial, synthetic, ersatz, simulated.
These adjectives are compared as they refer to what is made by human beings rather than natural in origin.

Of these terms artificial is broadest in meaning and connotation: an artificial sweetener; artificial flowers.
Synthetic often implies the use of a chemical process to produce a substance that will look or function like the original, often with certain advantages, such as enhanced durability or convenience of use or care: synthetic rubber; a synthetic fabric.
An ersatz product is a transparently inferior imitation: ersatz coffee; ersatz mink.
Simulated refers to what is made to resemble or substitute for another often costlier substance: a purse of simulated alligator hide; simulated mahogany paneling.

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