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

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What are words that describe “the people” in the same way that “the machine” describes the ruling class?

The powerful ruling class has been described as "the machine", "the man", "patricians", "the establishment", and "big brother". I am looking for similar words to describe the 99%, aka the plebeians ...
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What's an antonym of demonize (other than deify)?

Propagandists often demonize people they don't like, from Native Americans to Communists. At the same time, truly evil people are often portrayed as patriots, philanthropists or all around good guys. ...
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culturally accepted adjectival antonym of 'non sequitur' [closed]

If one were to coin the adjective 'sequitur' as an antonym of 'non sequitur', would this be generally understood in English? 'Sequitur' is currently an accepted English noun meaning 'conclusion.' ...
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antonym for “partisan”? [closed]

Thesaurus.com lists the following antonyms for 'partisan': adversary antagonist opponent These carry combative connotations. Is there a good antonym for 'partisan' that is possibly ...
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Does the word 'unastute' exist?

I was searching for an antonym to 'astute' and an antonym derived from the word itself seemed perfect in the context. Does such a word exist?
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Opposite of smartwatch

What do you call a watch that isn't a smart watch? A dumb watch? Just "a watch"? Something else? I checked Wiktionary and it didn't have any antonyms.
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Word for the opposite of digital art

I'm looking for a word to distinguish digital artwork from non-digital artwork. I've already looked at various suggestions for the opposite of the word digital, but none seem to fit the concept. ...
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What is the serious version of “dabble”?

At Merriam Webster, the word dabble is defined as follows: to work without any deep involvement, or to take part in an activity in a way that is not serious, as in I just dabble in art. I'm ...
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Antonym for “posthumous”

We do not usually need an antonym for posthumous. When someone mentions Bob’s child or Bob’s novel, we naturally assume the child was born, and the novel published, during Bob’s lifetime. But imagine ...
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Antonym of “Condescending” or “Patronizing” [closed]

Are there any proper antonyms for the words "condescending" or "patronizing"? (assuming equivalent definition) An easy Google search provides "Humble, Friendly" etc. But they don't seem to fit well.
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What is the antonym of the verb “equip”?

I know some words like unclothe and disrobe but these verbs refer to taking clothes off, I'm looking for a more accurate verb antonym of the verb equip, meaning taking weapons off. More Context In a ...
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Has there ever been an antonym for “benefit” that includes the latin affix “neg-”?

I understand bene to roughly mean well, good, or rightly so from Latin, while neg- coming from Latin negare to roughly mean deny, negate, or against. The words benefit, beneficial, and benefactor all ...
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Opposite of a funnel

A funnel is used for pouring something in it such that it can be going out slower/more controlled. From to broad to narrow. I'm looking for the opposite of the thing "funnel". Mostly in the context ...
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Opposite of heat?

What is the opposite of heat? Hot>Cold Hotness>Coldness But Heat>? I think as Heat actually means heat energy, it should not or does not have an opposite. Is this right?
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What is the opposite of a retronym?

A retronym is the name given to an obsolete or older object to differentiate it from its newer replacement. Examples include "straight razor" (once just called "razor" until the modern razor), "analog ...
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Positive variant of “taint”

I want to use taint in a positive context, something along the lines of: I will have the opportunity to taint my life with the culture and experiences of others. What would be a better word for ...
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Is there an antonym for “dim”/ synonym for “lighten?”

I'm looking for a word that refers to when a dark room is slightly lightened- for example, by a candle or a weak lightbulb, but not so much that I could use "brightened" to describe the action. ...
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What is the antonym of DRM-free?

The term DRM-free, with DRM standing for digital rights management, is commonly used online to refer to content which can be downloaded and transferred by the user. Content which is not DRM-free ...
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What's the antonym of miss, as in “I miss something”?

Is there an antonym for miss in the context of "missing" something? If a person were happy that something were gone, is there an appropriate single word? I've arrived at "they are glad it's gone", ...
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What is the Antonym for depleted? [closed]

I have searched every online dictionary and can not find a word which means, not depleted."Undepleted" is apparently not a word. I want to say "His funds remain not depleted by unnecessary ...
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positive version of tattle

Is there a word that represents the positive connotation equivalent of the term tattle or tattletale ? What I would be looking for is something like the following: Dan tattled on Ken to Ken's ...
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what is a good antonym for the word “abstract”? [closed]

I am writing a text in which I am discussing that teaching "facts" is not sufficient since they are abstract and the idea behind them is more important. I need an antonym for the word "abstract" to ...
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What is the opposite of “simultaneously”? [closed]

What is the opposite of “simultaneously”? Either a single word or a short phrase would do. Add A, B, and C to the mix simultaneously or ????. Also, if there are useful opposites, having both ...
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Word for the opposite of “overlap”?

I'm looking for a nice, elegant word to describe the part where/extent to which things don't overlap. "Discongruity"/"discongruence"/"incongruity"/"incongruence"/"complementation"/"complementarity" ...
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A specific expression that means “a child is the exact opposite of his parent(s)”

I am looking for a specific expression or phrase that means "a child is the exact opposite of his parent(s)" Is there an opposite idiom, phrase or expression of the saying: Like father, like ...
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Opposite of “Dry Run”?

Ethymology of "dry run" is explained here: "Where does the phrase "dry run" come from?". What is its antonym? However I wonder, what is the opposite of "dry run". I guess it might vary a ...
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What is the word for the opposite of “cheek puff”?

How to name the face expression pictured on the right photo?
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Word for “the best example of a contrast to this” (i.e. opposite of epitome)?

Google gives this example for "epitome": "she looked the epitome of elegance and good taste" I'm wondering whether there's an opposite word, to mean "the best example of the opposite/contrast ...
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Why don't we say things are pervious?

Why is the word "pervious" uncommon to the point of being considered a spelling error, but "impervious" is extremely common? For the record, it is a word, apparently. Dictionary.com defines it as: ...
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Opposite of “reach a settlement” in a lawsuit?

Is there a common phrase for the opposite of reaching a settlement in a lawsuit? That is, is there a common phrase for going to court and having a judge reach a decision?
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The Converse of Philosophy

The etymology of philosophy is "love of wisdom" (simplified)... So what would the word be that defines the converse of "love of wisdom"? Since it is not definitively established what the converse of ...
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What is the antonym of euphemisms? [duplicate]

When a fact perceived inpolite, we choose alternatives e.g. passed instead died, WC instead toilet,but i wonder what is it when we like the fact that being occured? For example while hunting ...
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What is an antonym for dense in the context of material properties?

I am looking for an antonym for dense in the context of material properties. Specifically, bulk materials which possess negligible porosity, i.e. sound materials. An example usage sentence might be ...
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What is the best antonym for “friendship”? [closed]

I looked at my co-worker, on the opposite side of a half-wall. He looked at me. I said, in jest, "This is not a wall representing our friendship a wall representing our ______." We laughed, ...
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Antonym of expired

Is there an antonym of expired ? In the context of whether e.g. blood products have gone off.
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Am I right in thinking that I'm using “opposite” as both a noun and an adjective?

I am using the word opposite in two ways: 1) To refer to something that has an opposite; 'heat' is an opposite because it has an opposite, 'cold', whereas 'three' is not an opposite because there is ...
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antonym of “privacy” [closed]

It seems to me that "transparency" can be considered to be an antonym of "privacy". This isn't symmetric. Because few people would think of "privacy" as an antonym of "transparency". So where does ...
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Can two contradicting ideas be put together in the same sentence?

I have written a paragraph in which I have described that a person's fingers are both smooth as glass and bumpy as a rocky road at the same time. I was criticised for this statement, but I do not ...
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What is the opposite to filter/filtering in search

I have multiple search criteria, for example country and city. To filter (exclude results not matching the criteria), I can do: country=xxx AND city=xxx. But I can also do: country=xxx OR city=xxx. ...
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Antonym for retrieve

Is there a word similar to retrieve which means the opposite? (like the words send and receive) I do not know if there is such a combination. I have been thinking about words which mean the opposite ...
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Opposite of additive

Additive as in additive manufacturing, i.e. in 3D printing for example. How can traditional processing methods, like a lathe for example, be described? I believe I have seen ablative being used in ...
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What is the opposite of case-sensitive and does “case-insensitively” exist?

I thought it was "case-insensitive" but there are very few sources. If it's correct, what is it's adverb? As a non-native english speaker i would say it's "case-insensitively" but that sounds odd and ...
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Antonym of Elder

After looking up the antonym of "Elder" and only finding "Younger," I'm wondering how to better say the opposite of: Respect your elders as Respect your youngers seems kind of strange to me. ...
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What is an antonym for “refactoring” with regards to programming?

Consider this definition of "refactoring" from Martin Fowler's book, Refactoring: Improving the Design of Existing Code: Refactoring is the process of changing a software system in such a way that ...
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Stochastic antonym, medical context

I'm looking for a word that compliments stochastic (randomly determined) in a medical context, specifically in describing when radiation effects occur. 'Acute' seems to be the generally used term for ...
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Why do the sentences “I have to get a job” and “I need to get a job” mean the same thing if 'have' and 'need' are antonyms?

For example, "I have a job" and "I need a job" are opposite statements, but "I have to get a job" and "I need to get a job" are the same. I understand that they are no longer modifying the same words, ...
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What is the opposite of “intensifier?”

Adverbs, adverbial phrases, or devices of any sort that are used to add force or emphasis to the meaning are called "intensifiers." I wonder if there is a name for phrases that caste some doubt on the ...
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Opposite of “Sugar Daddy”: A young person supporting an older person (financially, materially, sexually)

I have done quite a bit of searching, no result. Is there a term for the young equivalent of a "Sugar Daddy/Momma"? Not a "Sugar Baby", but a young person who does what a "Sugar Daddy" typically would ...
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An antonym for 'sought-after'

Whenever describing something that is seldom looked for or desired I often verbalise it with "ill sought after" without hesitating. (ignore that ill is its own word, the trouble I'm having writing it ...
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Is there a counterpart of “sufficient”/“enough” meaning “not more than the needed maximum”?

I understand the meaning of the word sufficient like defined in Merriam-Webster: sufficient = enough to meet the needs of a situation or a proposed end So mathematically said: not less than ...