English Language & Usage Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for linguists, etymologists, and serious English language enthusiasts. It's 100% free, no registration required.

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

If we have the sentence, "Bob had blinding love for Susan." would the opposite be: "Bob had blinding hatred for Susan" or: "Bob had clear hatred for Susan"?

share|improve this question

In either case, I think the opposition comes from the emotion: love vs. hate. The adjective serves to denote the depth of the emotion, and to me it makes sense that the depth be similar in both cases. So I'd vote for "blinding love" and "blinding hatred". On a related note, "blinding" in both cases refers to the emotion's effect on Bob; "clear" implies to me that Bob's emotion is obvious to outside observers.

share|improve this answer
1  
+1 for addressing the difference between the "blind" and "clear" distinction. – emragins May 19 '11 at 17:12

Blinding.

Love blinds. Hate also blinds. There isn't anything wrong with it grammatically or meaning-wise to warrant changing it.

"Clear" would imply a lesser hatred than "blinding" and would not be a true opposite.

share|improve this answer

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.