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The term mutarādif means ‘synonym’; in addition to this technical term, other expressions are found in Arabic medieval works: muwāfiq li- ‘corresponding to’, makāna ‘in the place of’ (Gully 1994:38–39).

The question of synonymy was dealt with by medieval Muslim scholars from both a practical and a theoretical point of view. Of the former type are works such as al-ʾAṣmaʿī's (d. 213/828) Mā xtalafa ʾalfāḍu-hu wa-ttafaqat maʿānī-hi ‘A collection of synonymous words and expressions’, a sort of mirror image of works bearing titles such as Mā ttafaqa lafḍu-hu wa-xtalafa maʿnā-hu ‘A collec…

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Lidia Bettini, “Mutarādif”, in: Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: Lutz Edzard, Rudolf de Jong. Consulted online on 21 November 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1570-6699_eall_EALL_SIM_vol3_0091>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004177024, 20090831

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