The word “backbone” has 2 syllables: back-bone.

It's pronounced as /ˈbækˌboʊn/.

What is synonym and antonym for backbone?

In the thesaurus, “backbone” has 13 synonyms and 6 antonyms.

Here are synonyms and antonyms for backbone along with examples of usage in sentences.

Synonyms for backbone

  • bravery
  • courage
  • courageousness
  • determination
  • endurance
  • fiber
  • fortitude
  • foundation
  • grit
  • guts
  • spine
  • spunk
  • stamina

Antonyms for backbone

  • cowardice
  • indecisiveness
  • irresolution
  • spinelessness
  • timidity
  • vacillation

Meanings of backbone

  • noun
    1. The series of vertebrae, separated by disks, that encloses and protects the spinal cord, and runs down the middle of the back in vertebrate animals.
    2. Any fundamental support, structure, or infrastructure.
    3. Courage, fortitude, or strength.

Example Sentences

  • A strong moral code serves as the backbone of his character.
  • The infrastructure is the essential backbone supporting the city's growth.
  • Trust is the backbone of any healthy relationship.
  • Education forms the intellectual backbone of a thriving society.
  • The central server acts as the technological backbone for the entire network.

On this page you'll find 19 synonyms, antonyms, or another words to backbone, such as: bravery, courage, courageousness, cowardice, determination, endurance, fiber.

Make sure to choose synonyms and antonyms that are appropriate for the context of the sentence.

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