What is the meaning, origin and usage of word ‘Synthetic’?

Meaning: The word synthetic is used as an adjective as well as a noun. It means artificial, unnatural, or man-made. It is also used to describe a person who is insincere or not genuine. As a noun, it means anything made artificially by chemical synthesis.

Origin: The word is said to have been in use in English since the 17th Century. It is derived from French synthétique or modern Latin syntheticus, which in turn came from the Greek word sunthetikos meaning “skilled in putting together, based on “tithenai” meaning “to place together”.


  • The bag is made of synthetic leather.
  • He exudes synthetic compassion, so he cannot be taken seriously.
  • It is an organic farm that does not permit use of pesticides or synthetic fertilizers.

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