I'm looking for synonyms of everyday words, and I realized many of these "complicated words" are used in Chinese literature. Is there a name for this group of words? For example, we sometimes read 蓦然 in books which is actually just 猛然

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    Do 蓦然 and 猛然 really mean exactly the same thing? The character 猛 by itself seems more ferocious that 蓦. – Colin McLarty May 2 '15 at 16:26
  • If you like elegant or interesting words,why not read classic novels。 hard to read,but really plentiful. – wolfrevo May 4 '15 at 4:32

One way is: 书面语 . See http://zh.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E4%B9%A6%E9%9D%A2%E8%AF%AD for more information

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