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

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Spendthrift vs Thrifty - origins

I have always been curious to understand the origin of these two seemingly similar words. Looking at them for the first time, I thought they were synonyms, but ever since I learnt their meanings, ...
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The antonym of political-savvy

People sometimes use "political-savvy" to describe someone who is aware of what to do or what not to do in an organization or company. I wonder which word would be the opposite of that? i.e. someone ...
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Antonym of prior to?

Given the following sentence, in the context of a video about flying a plane: The heading remained unchanged prior to 02:50 Reversing the meaning of this: The heading remained unchanged ...
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What's an antonym for the noun “critic”? [on hold]

I need an antonym (a noun) for the word "Critic", ie. a noun for someone who praises.
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Opposite of the suffix -less

I'm looking for a suffix that has the opposite meaning of the suffix -less as in stainless. That is, a suffix that means “not free of ...”. In German, for example, there is the adverb “behaftet” and ...
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What would be the opposite phrase for “Drawee Bank”?

Drawee bank is the bank, who will pay the cheque/draft. Then what would we call the bank in which the cheque/draft will be deposited? I did some search over the internet and found this link. Is it ...
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The opposite of “one size fits all”

Is there a neat word or phrase that summarizes the opposite of "one size fits all"? "One size does not fit all" is not an option. What am looking for is something that means "different sizes for ...
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Is there a single word that is the opposite of “want” (i.e. “do not want”)?

Is there a single verb that means "do not want"? E.g. "I want that object" or "I want to do this" vs. "I _____ (do not want) that object" or "I _____ (do not want) to do this"? Also in the case of ...
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What is the analogue equivalent of 'digitally'?

In electronics, we can solve a problem digitally or analoguely ? That doesn't sound right, but surely there must be a word I can use? Update: some definitions: digitally: Relating to or being a ...
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What's the opposite/inverse of “rate”?

Might be better for a math or datacomm exchange, but I'll try here first: Given that "rate" means the number of times that an event occurs in a unit of time, what is the opposite/inverse of that ...
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What's the opposite of “bootstrap” (in business)?

When starting a project or business, there are two extreme approaches. One is where you do everything yourself without external help: learn the techniques yourself, develop your own tools, providing ...
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What term describes workers that are not “knowledge workers”?

Wikipedia describes a knowledge worker as a worker whose "main capital is knowledge". Examples include engineers, doctors, accountants, software writers etc. Is there an "established term" to refer ...
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How is a person I've affiliated called?

What's the right terms to define: A person who is an affiliate in a company, who brings to the company other affiliates What are the people he affiliated called in relation to him What is he called ...
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What is the opposite of “Boon”?

If I grant someone a Boon, I am granting them a temporary positive effect. If I were to grant someone a temporary negative effect, what would an adequate word to describe that be? I was initially ...
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Antonym for lying?

Is there an antonym for lying? The lyric "You keep lying, when you oughta be truthin'" in "These boots are made for walkin'" made me wonder: does a single word exist which means to speak the truth?
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Antonym of “exodus”

5PM. There's a mass exodus out of the city as people depart for home. What word describes the migration in the other direction -- A mass arrival of people? As far as I know, there isn't a word like ...
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Opposite of disciplined with positive or neutral connotations

Is there a word or phrase that means the opposite of disciplined, but which doesn't have negative connotations?
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Word to describe someone who doesn't appreciate what another person has done for them

What is the single word to describe someone who doesn't appreciate what another person has done for them? For example, let's say someone has sacrificed a lot of things and gone through a very hard ...
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If I “assign” someone a task, what is the correct verb for “unassigning” them? [duplicate]

I am developing some software where users are assigned tasks. They will see a date and time for when they were assigned to the task, but if they were later removed from the task, there will be a date ...
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What is the antonym of revoke?

I'm not satisfied with any of the suggestions for the antonym of revoke as given in http://thesaurus.com/browse/revoke. None of the suggestions capture the meaning of "re-approving something that ...
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What's the counterpart of the adjective 'pending'

The completion of task A cannot be achieved until task B is completed. I can therefore say that task A is in a group of tasks whose completion is suspended 'pending' the completion of task B. I can ...
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what 5-letter word is the antonym of “stink”?

It's really really hard to guess the word. All I know is "fragrance" , ""sweetness", etc. please help me with this stuff :)
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Opposite of “literal”

I was listening to the radio today, and someone said, "The couple came across a literal 'pot of gold.'" It made me think: how do you say the opposite of that? I'm looking for a statement or phrase ...
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What word describes text having a different meaning backwards and forwards?

Jonathan Reed's poem 'Lost Generation' is a pessimistic view of the future if read forwards. However, if you read it backwards linewise (not wordwise), it is still semantically meaningful, but the ...
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What is the appropriate opposite or antonym word for sweet?

A part of my brain says, this is a flavor, how can an opposite exist? On the other hand my other part of brain says, if opposites can exist for feelings why not for flavors?
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Opposite of subsequent (non-chronological/logical)

Just wondering, there is a related question regarding the subsequent in the context of logic (which can also be used in the context of chronology), but what if we're talking about an abstract ...
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Word for two things that are opposite yet the same

Is there a word or short phrase that describes two contrasting ideas the ultimately end up the same? Like two ends of a spectrum that can wrap around? I'm using it to describe two foils for a ...
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Opposite of “retrofit”

To retrofit is to take a new item and make it work with something old. What is the word to take an old item and make it work with something new? For example, someone could retrofit a new character ...
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Antonym(s) of pleonasm

Specifically words like succinct and concise. While not exactly the antonym of pleonasm, I would especially like to find a word that implies someone who speaks just enough, perhaps due to wisdom. The ...
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Opposite words with the same meaning

Is there a term for the phenomenon when you can replace one word in a sentence with a typically opposing meaning word and maintain the meaning of the sentence? Examples: I'm down for that! I'm ...
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What is the opposite of widow? If A is the widow of B, then B is the ____ of A?

When one of a married couple dies, there's a word (widow or widower) to refer to the survivor, but there seems to be no word to refer to the deceased. My wife was a widow when I met her. How should ...
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Meaning of 'Must not' and how to make the another meaning

I want to ask a question. The opposite of "must" is "must not", everybody knows. But, what does "must not" mean? Does it mean that you "may choose to do or not do" or you "may not choose to do"? Or ...
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Is there an antonym for the word dislocation?

For my PhD research I am writing about the metaphorical displacement of people (as in "they drove me out of their group", "he was snatched away before his time"). Essentially there are a variety of ...
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What is the opposite of “on-the-fly” [duplicate]

The phrase is used a lot in software world and refers to an activity that occurs while some other activity is in progress. Google search for "on-the-fly meaning" gives "while in motion or progress". ...
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Is there an opposite of “upmost”?

I'm writing something that involves the upmost, the righmost, the leftmost and the... damn. It was coming along quite beautifully. What would your choice be?
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can nymous be used as an antonym of anonymous [closed]

What should I use as an antonym of anonymous ? is nymous a correct antonym of anonymous ?
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Antonym for verbal diarrhea

The act of speaking excessively or continuously is referred to as verbal diarrhea. How about speaking very little? Is there a word for it?
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Antonym for cumulative

If odometer provides cumulative data. Then which type of data speedometer provides ? I mean that every measurement of that type of data is a separate value and do not depends on previous or next one ...
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What is the opposite of “authentication”?

An authentication is the action word for "to authenticate". "To disauthenticate" and "to unauthenticate" do not seem to exist (I might be wrong). So what is the most appropriate opposite action of ...
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what can be the antonyms of “motivation”?

What words or phrases can work best as containing the opposite (antonyms) meaning of the word, "motivation(s)"? I am trying to find a word that describes the "reasons that make a person not want to ...
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Proper antonym for “expand” [closed]

I am creating an application that has a small panel that has an "expand" button. When the user expands it, he will be able to shrink it again. What would be the best antonym of "expand" to use here?I ...
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What is a better antonym pair than “upmost” vs. “deepest” for blood vessels?

I’m thinking about the opposite ends of a blood vessel, so perhaps the “upmost” blood vessels and “deepest” blood vessels. My problem is that I like neither word quoted in the previous sentence. ...
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What is the opposite of Peripheral?

I want to know the opposite of the word peripheral. For instance, one can have peripheral branches of the trigeminal nerve and upmost or something. What is the right opposite word of peripheral?
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What is the opposite of “abbreviation”?

What is the opposite of "abbreviation"? For example, if ELL is an abbreviation for English Language Learners, then English Language Learners is a(n) _______ for ELL. I'm looking for a word that will ...
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Antonym for “necessary”?

A thesaurus may suggest ‘optional’ as an antonym for ‘necessary’ but this isn't the word I'm looking for. I need a word which means ‘cannot be included’ as in the phrase, “The country code is ...
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Words develop their opposite

I remember once hearing a theory--first promoted, I believe, by Freud--that words develop to mean their opposite, and that eventually the new, antithetical definition takes primacy. Cleave is a ...
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“Tomboy” but in reverse

The word "tomboy" is used to express the idea of a girl who behaves in a boyish manner. It's not usually considered a negative term, or at least not very negative, and generally just means the girl ...
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What is the opposite of “preaching to the choir”?

I have found "Whistling into the wind" online but I do not think it fits because it seems to mean that your words are not heard, whereas the opposite should mean that you're being informed by someone ...
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Opposite of expanded?

I am looking for the word to use when saying the opposite of expanded/expand/expansion etc... Here is an example of how I want to use the word: In the summer the wood expanded, now it is winter ...
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Opposite of “specialized” in the context of computing units

A graphics card or an algebraic co-processor is a specialized computing unit. A conventional CPU, which understands a lot more instructions, is a flexible computing unit. I'm not happy with using ...