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Synonyms of etymologizing

Noun


1. deriving, derivation, etymologizing, explanation, account

usage: (historical linguistics) an explanation of the historical origins of a word or phrase

Verb


1. etymologize, etymologise, derive, educe

usage: give the etymology or derivation or suggest an etymology (for a word); "The linguist probably etymologized the words incorrectly"; "Although he is not trained in this, his hobby is etymologizing"

2. etymologize, etymologise, reconstruct, construct, retrace

usage: construct the history of words

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