state

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(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
n. condition, shape (inf.), kilter (inf.), category, estate, lot, makeup (inf.); case, mood, disposition, temper; pickle, contretemps, quandary, dilemma, plight; aspect, appearance; constitution, habitude, frame; pomp, dignity, formality, circumstance; mode, modality; form, tone, tenor, turn; fashion, style, character, rank, situation, position, status; nation, country, government; commonwealth. —v. allege, say, assert, declare, avow, aver, express, make a statement.
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(Roget's IV) n.
1. [A sovereign unit]
Syn. republic, land, kingdom; see country 3 , nation 1 .
2. [A condition]
Syn. circumstance, situation, welfare, phase, case, station, nature, estate, time, footing, status, standing, stipulation, proviso, contingency, juncture, occurrence, occasion, eventuality, element, prerequisite, imperative, essential, requirement, limitation, category, standing, reputation, environment, chances, outlook, position, event, accompaniment.
3. [A difficulty]
Syn. plight, pinch, quandary; see difficulty 1 , predicament .
4. [Mood]
Syn. frame of mind, humor, disposition; see mood1 .
in a state,
Syn. disturbed, upset, badly off; see confused , troubled 1 , 2 .
Syn.- state and condition both refer to the set of circumstances surrounding or characterizing a person or thing at a given time [ what is his mental state , or condition?] , but condition more strongly implies some relationship to causes or circumstances that may be temporary [ his condition will not permit him to travel ] ; situation implies a significant set of interrelated circumstances, and a connection between these and the person involved [ to be in a difficult situation] ; status refers to one's position as determined by legal or customary precedent or by such arbitrary factors as age, sex, training, mentality, service, etc. [ his status as a veteran exempts him ] v.
Syn. pronounce, assert, affirm; see declare 1 , say .
III
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus)
I
n.
1. condition status, circumstances, form, shape, situation, mode, position, phase, stage, station, standing, footing, mood, frame of mind.
2. nation, state republic, union, commonwealth, country, people, land, government, kingdom. ''Great engines moving slowly. —Frances Bacon. ''A secular deity. —Georg Hegel. ''Embodied morality. —Georg Hegel. ''That cawing rookery of committees and subcommittees. —V.S. Pritchett.
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state nicknames
Alabama: Cotton State, Heart of Dixie
Alaska: Last Frontier
Arizona: Grand Canyon State
Arkansas: Land of Opportunity
California: Golden State
Colorado: Centennial State
Connecticut: Nutmeg State, Constitution State
Delaware: First State, Diamond State
Florida: Sunshine State
Georgia: Peach State, Empire State of the South
Hawaii: Aloha State
Idaho: Gem State
Illinois: Prairie State
Indiana: Hoosier State
Iowa: Hawkeye State
Kansas: Sunflower State
Kentucky: Bluegrass State
Louisiana: Pelican State, Creole State
Maine: Pine Tree State
Maryland: Old Line State
Massachusetts: Bay State
Michigan: Wolverine State
Minnesota: Gopher State, North Star State
Mississippi: Magnolia State
Missouri: Show Me State
Montana: Treasure State
Nebraska: Cornhusker State
Nevada: Sagebrush State, Silver State
New Hampshire: Granite State
New Jersey: Garden State
New Mexico: Land of Enchantment
New York: Empire State
North Carolina: Tar Heel State, Old North State
North Dakota: Flickertail State, Sioux State
Ohio: Buckeye State
Oklahoma: Sooner State
Oregon: Beaver State
Pennsylvania: Keystone State
Rhode Island: Little Rhody
South Carolina: Palmetto State
South Dakota: Coyote State, Sunshine State
Tennessee: Volunteer State
Texas: Lone Star State
Utah: Beehive State
Vermont: Green Mountain State
Virginia: Old Dominion
Washington: Evergreen State
West Virginia: Mountain State
Wisconsin: Badger State
Wyoming: Equality State
II
v.
say, declare, assert, put forth, utter, voice, express, articulate, deliver, announce, speak, avow.
IV
(Roget's Thesaurus II) I noun 1. Manner of being or form of existence: condition, mode, situation, status. See BE. 2. Informal. A condition of excited distress: fume. Informal: snit, sweat, swivet. Slang: tizzy. See CALM. 3. An organized geopolitical unit: body politic, country, land, nation, polity. See POLITICS, TERRITORY. II verb 1. To put into words: articulate, communicate, convey, declare, express, say, talk, tell, utter1, vent, verbalize, vocalize, voice. Idiom: give tongue (or vent or voice) to. See WORDS. 2. To utter publicly: air, express, put, vent, ventilate. Idiom: come out with. See SHOW, WORDS. 3. To declare by way of a systematic statement: enounce, enunciate. See WORDS. 4. To put into words positively and with conviction: affirm, allege, argue, assert, asseverate, aver, avouch, avow, claim, contend, declare, hold, maintain, say. Idiom: have it. See AFFIRM.

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