An antonym is word with a meaning opposite to another word.

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What would the antonym of “tempt” be?

To tempt somebody is to entice them to do something bad that they don't necessarily want to do. The understanding of the word carries elements of both persuasion and wickedness. What would be a ...
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Which is/which are the antonym/antonyms of “to narrow down”? [closed]

Example: "In order to narrow down your search, you should ...". How would a native speaker say the exact opposite?
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Antonym of “perfect, flawless” with the meaning that *everything* is faulty

Example: Peter got a perfect/flawless/impeccable score: 0 errors for 100 questions. John got a ? score: 100 errors for 100 questions (Yes, he filled out the questions. And probably smudged with the ...
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Antonym of “advance”

As the word advance is used as a verb in the following context: "Advance to the next page" what would be an appropriate antonym that would make the most sense in an user interface and have neutral ...
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Antonym for “ad hoc”

I am going to find an appropriate antonym for "ad hoc" (done for a particular purpose only) to be used as the adjective of a kind of general-purpose device. The best choice can be "general-purpose", ...
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What is the opposite of “arch” as a verb when talking about movement?

When on all fours (hands and knees): If the verb to bend the back upwards (forming an arch shape) is "arch", what is the verb to bend the back down (forming a valley)? Or is there a short phrase that ...
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Is there a one-word opposite of implausible?

If we use implausible as a stronger version of improbable, meaning "seemingly (but not absolutely) impossible", is there a word equivalently stronger than probable, e.g. "seemingly (but not ...
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What is an antonym for “prior” that is shorter than “subsequent?” [closed]

In a software application, two drop-down lists are presented. The first is labeled "relative period" and is populated with "Prior," "Current," and "Subsequent." The second list is labeled "interval" ...
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Antonym for “recommendation”

The context is a template for a wiki page, specifically in a line of instructions for page authors to complete: Summary of findings, recommendations or anti-recommendations for implementation or ...
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The opposite of “relational”

I have been reading about "relational" theories of science, and could not think of an appropriate word to describe "non-relational" concepts. From my perspective, "relational" refers to ...
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Word choice for people who dont help [closed]

I have been wondering lately about what should we call a person who doesn't help. I.e. what is the word opposite to helpful?
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What should be the opposite of “going out”

I know it seems to be a simple answer but that's why I'm asking what should be, not what is. Going out is composed of two words, obviously. Each of these has its opposite. So if I were to take the ...
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A word that has the same meaning as its negation [duplicate]

Is there a pair of words in English, where one is a grammatical negation of the other, but they are synonyms? For the negation I'm thinking about a negative prefix or suffix, like de-, dis- or -less, ...
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Is there an antonym to 'hypochondria'/'hypochondriac'? [duplicate]

Hypochondria is defined as an excessive preoccupation with and worry about one's health Is there a word to describe the opposite reaction, as in a word to mean 'a nonchalant attitude towards ...
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Terms for evaluating something from the outside vs. from the inside

What would be a proper term for a type of evaluation which is performed "from the outside" of a system (i.e., without inspecting the internals of the system)? I would also like to know the opposite ...
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What is the most precise antonym of “innate”?

I want to say that something is extremely challenging for both intrinsic and extrinsic reasons - for example, doing research on something happening on Neptune (intrinsic - Neptune is harder to ...
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What is the opposite of rest/remainder?

I'm searching for a noun that represents the opposite of rest/remainder. For example, "Highlight the rest of this page." The word "rest" in this case represents everything between the current ...
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Word meaning 'To be pulled'

I am looking for a word that means 'to be pulled' in that same sense of propelled or compelled means to be forced or urged forward. Ideally, it would use the same base pel. Searching Google and ...
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Are there other words which share the prefix “ig” to mean opposite, such as ignoble? [closed]

I'm wondering what other words share this prefix. Ignore (ignorance) comes to mind, though not strictly opposite (as "nore" is not a word. Nor is "norance"). Though the implication of "lacking ...
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At the opposite spectrum of “at best”

The following was a comment of mine on an answer on Stack Overflow: This answer is misleading and incomplete at best. Plain wrong at worst. My intent was to express that an indulgent ...
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Antonym for 'bound' [closed]

What is the opposite of the term London-bound (meaning heading/travelling to London) - i.e. moving away from London?
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If pogonotrophy means to grow a beard, is there a term for shaving a beard?

If pogonotrophy means "to grow a beard", is there a term for shaving a beard? How would you use pogonotrophy in a sentence? And if there is an antonym for this word, how would you use it in a ...
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Antonym of “deficiency” [closed]

The context in which we use word "deficiency" is inspection. Let's say, I look at your gas furnace and file a deficiency report describing some component or part. What would the opposite of ...
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Antonym of “misnomer”

I believe I have heard the word "nomer" used before? It is not in the dictionary, but I was under the assumption that "nomer" was the opposite of "misnomer"? From the thesaurus references I have seen, ...
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Word meaning the opposite of “negligible”?

"Negligible" roughly means "Small enough to essentially be zero." For example, in high school physics problems, air resistance is negligible. Is there a word that means "large enough to be essentially ...
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Is there a word for “not greedy”?

The antonym of “greedy” is “generous”. Is there a word for “not greedy” (one who is content with what he has)?
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The antonym for 'Hacking'

While working in IT, it is common to refer to a quick and dirty solution to a problem as a 'Hack'. For example, if your chair legs are uneven, a hack for this problem would be to place a piece of ...
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What's the opposite of eye candy?

What's the opposite of eye candy? I heard someone say, "Eye broccoli," but that's not very accurate to those of us who love broccoli. Any other ideas?
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What's the opposite of hypochondriacal?

A hypochondriacal person is someone who is excessively preoccupied with and worried about his or her health. Is there a term for the other end of the spectrum --somebody extremely carefree, ...
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Treacle is viscous; alcohol is ____?

What's the best adjective to describe the low viscosity of liquids such as water and alcohol? One that came to mind is 'runny', but then some honeys are runny, despite actually being inherently ...
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Antonym for “discombobulate”

I'm looking for a good antonym to discombobulate. I'm aware that the word is made-up American slang and as such there is no such thing as to be combobulated. If a person is anything but ...
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Opposite of “trendy” without a negative meaning

I am looking for an opposite to the word trendy without giving a meaning that those who adopted the trend are old-fashioned in hindsight. For example, Service Oriented Architecture is the trend as ...
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What “Extravagant culture” could be used as an antonym to “Spartan”?

"Spartan" is an adjective derived from Sparta, an ancient Greek city-state famous for its austerity. The adjective is used today to mean basic and minimal. I'm looking for an antonym, i.e. a culture ...
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Is there a word that means the opposite of “gentrification”?

Exactly what it says on the tin: is there a word that means precisely the opposite of "gentrification"? That is, the decline of a neighborhood due to an influx of lower-class families and individuals ...
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Is there an antonym for the verb form of delegate?

This question seeks an antonym for the noun form: Is there an antonym for “delegate”? I seek an antonym for the act of delegating, where instead of passing work or authority to another to keep it for ...
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Antonym for 'preaching to the choir'

I'm looking for a phrase which essentially means questioning a belief you share with someone, but that other person has an almost unshakable faith in that belief, so your misgivings fall on deaf ears ...
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What's the opposite of “trauma”? [closed]

Words like healing and relief often come up, but I don't think they really capture the intensity of a positive experience to the same degree as "trauma" captures a negative experience. For example: ...
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Antonym of hagiography

Is there a one word antonym of "hagiography"? A word which means "a piece of writing that paints a biography in the most negative light possible"?
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A phrase for the opposite of “getting over” something [closed]

I was speaking to a friend today. I jokingly told her: "Yes, I should speak Spanish, but I don't. Get over it." She attempted a witty response: "Get over it? I am. It's like I was never under it." ...
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Pertinent versus relevant- what's the usage difference [duplicate]

According to various dictionaries, relevant means having a bearing on the matter at hand. Pertinent means “relevant to the matter at hand. Similarly, impertinent can be irrelevant. ...
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Is there a word similar to infallible that means “incapable of being right”?

The word infallible can mean "incapable of being wrong". The word fallible can mean "capable of being wrong". Is there a word that means "incapable of being right"?
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Is there an inverse of the word “consignment”?

Consignment is when you leave goods at a third party for them to sell as their own, and when it sells they pay you an agreed amount. In this case the third party is called a consignment store Is ...
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What is the negation of “last”? [duplicate]

If the opposite of "last" is "first", is there a word for the negation, i.e. non-last element in a list?
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What is the antonym for client-server?

For example - there are client-server applications. The application of this type runs on one machine (client) and conntects to another machine (server) in order to work. What can I call an application ...
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Oil is slippery; rubber is _____?

What's the best word (or words) to describe rubber's 'gripping' property that is the opposite of oil's slipperiness? It's not 'rough', since rubber grips without necessarily being rough.
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Antonym of “Towards” contained in one word?

Antonym of "Towards" contained in one word? The only antonym that I can think of is "Away From", but that is two words.
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What is the opposite of an exhaustive list?

In Japanese, the particle と is used within an exhaustive list of items, to separate each item. E.g. りんごとバナナとメロンがあります。 (Ringo to banana to meron ga arimasu.) I have an apple, a banana, and a ...
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antonym for beneficiary

Is there an antonym for beneficiary that is not simply "giver" or "payer"? I'm looking for a word that roughly mean someone who loses financially in the case of an event.
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What is the antonym for euphemism? [duplicate]

Euphemism would mean putting across something that is possibly very hurtful in a very polite /mild manner. Is there any specific word for its antonym? The closest to this that I can think of is ...
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What's a less obscure word for “sinecure”?

I'm writing a message which will go out to a global community, so I want to keep the vocabulary relatively straightforward. I'm describing a job which previously has been a little vaguely-defined, but ...