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

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Is this “over-negation” a grammatical phenomenon or pure coincidence?

To make things short, let's look at famous -- infamous, glorious -- inglorious The two pairs both illustrate what I temporarily refer to as "over-negation", in the sense that, for example, in ...
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Opposite (antonym) of peak hour / time

I am looking for a conventional antonym for peak hour. As far as I've seen, the term off-peak hours is used. Still, to me this means any hour that is not the peak hour, which is not necessarily the ...
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Opposite of “nesting” a structure

Generally, if some object is nested, it is in a hierarchy level below another object. For example: * Layer 1 - Layer2 "Layer 2 is nested in Layer 1". What do I call it, if I would "de-nest" Layer ...
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Classification for phrases like “slim chance” and “fat chance” that look like opposites but have the same meaning

How is it that "slim chance" and "fat chance" have the same meaning? Is there a linguistic classification for this phenomenon of seemingly opposite phrases that have the same meaning?
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What is an antonym for “technically”? [closed]

In this case technically meaning "according to the prescribed definition or rules." Is there a single word antonym for this?
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What's the opposite of 'soporific'?

I'm looking for an adjective to describe an effect which is the opposite of soporific: The insomniac's bedroom had a [???] effect: every time she went to bed, her tiredness disappeared and all she ...
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What is the single-word opposite of “misogamist”?

A person who does not believe in the institution of marriage is called misogamist. But, what is a person who believes in the institution of marriage called? Upon search, I found the opposites of ...
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Lowering the priority by decreasing a number [closed]

If a smaller number is of higher priority than a greater number, how can I tell what lowering the priority means? When it comes to configuring networking devices, a smaller number sometimes ...
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Word for the opposite of universality

I am looking for a word that implies the unique/non-translatable aspects of a specific place or culture. It's for an academic paper, so feel free to pull suggestions from theory etc. The author ...
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Opposite of Overhear or Evesdrop? [closed]

Overhear is Listening intentionally to a conversation. What is it to Listening unintentionally to a conversation.
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What's the colloquial opposite of “do me a solid”?

"Do me a solid" means doing something helpful for a friend. (I'm going off of Urban Dictionary definition, which I assume is accurate). What would be a good colloquialism to describe the opposite of ...
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Synonyms and antonyms of “specific” [closed]

I am trying to come up with the names for the following two classes 1) Design-specification-specific 2) Design-specification-agnostic Somehow I feel that these can be named better. You can help ...
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Opposite of being settled down?

Settled down, in the context of someone is set in life where they are- happy with their job, their family, they have have a mortgage and a little dog and all that sort of thing. Is there a word/two ...
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What word means the opposite of “supportive”? [closed]

I mean supportive in the sense of "giving help or assistance". Unsupportive denotes a lack of aid, but I'm looking for a word that expresses the opposite of support. This word would be used to ...
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Word for Loss of Calibration?

What verb would mean "to lose calibration" through some (edited to clarify initial intent) intentional action? This would imply an object that previously was calibrated but intentionally changed to a ...
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A good word for the opposite of pretentious?

Q: What is a good opposite of pretentious? The dictionary definition is: "Attempting to impress by affecting greater importance or merit than is actually possessed." To which I can think of: ...
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Word for someone who is too empathetic (possible antonym of narcissism)

I am looking for a word describing someone who has an "unhealthy" amount of empathy to the point where it may be detrimental to their well-being. For example, on the other side of the scale, one may ...
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Opposite of a save

I have phrases like "if I do this I'll save energy" or "this results in an energy saving"... The point being that there is an implied before and after: I use less energy after than before = "I save ...
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An antonym for “sad”? [closed]

It's common to say: "Isn't it so 'sad' that such and such happened." Implying that the event in question induces a feeling of sadness. Is there an antonym for this use of 'sad'? "Isn't it '...
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Direct antonyms of bifurcate / trifurcate?

I am looking for two words that would describe: merge from two branches or forks; merge from three branches or forks. PS: am I "allowed" to continue the respective series by applying different ...
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Antonym of underage or minority

I am looking for one word (formal preferably) that defines the state or period of not being under full legal age, i.e. the opposite of what is asked in this question: Is there a word for "the ...
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What is the opposite of “the moderns”? [closed]

The term "the moderns" refers to people who live in the present. Any words opposite to it?
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What is the opposite of heritage?

According to the definition I'm aware of, heritage means "something that will be inherited by the subject". So if a person A leaves an item X for person B in his will, X is B's heritage. Is there a ...
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Opposite of Quarantine

As I understand it, quarantine is used to describe the isolation of the infected to prevent spread of infection. However, I'm looking for a word for the isolation of the healthy to avoid infection.
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What is the opposite of “borked”?

What would be the opposite word when something was borked, but it is not borked anymore? For example in the context when the traffic was borked, but it's not anymore (like unclogged).
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Antonym for “infix” (“outfix”?)

infix: implant or insert firmly in something, as in the particles of mercury will infix themselves in the structure of the other metal How about the opposite? Is there something called outfix? I.e. ...
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Opposite of “error-prone”

I'm looking for the opposite of "error-prone", specifically in the context of programming style. As in, "Jack has not-error-prone coding style". Some words that are inappropriate for this context are ...
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Opposite of “As early as possible”

My manager asked me to finish the project as early as possible Here there is no fixed deadline available but the manager wants me to finish the project soon. Consider the case where there is a ...
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If a floor is raised or elevated, what's its opposite?

In Japan, they raise the floor to indicate shoes must be taken off before stepping on the elevated floor. I need a word for the part of the floor that is not raised. Any suggestions?
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Why does “inspire” mean both “breath out” and “inhale” (among other things)?

The definition of Inspire is as follows: 1 a : to influence, move, or guide by divine or supernatural inspiration b : to exert an animating, enlivening, or exalting influence on ...
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Opposite of itself [closed]

I'm looking for a word that means that something is the opposite of itself. Like wanting to be alone but being afraid of being alone. The word sounds something similar to ignorant I think.
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What is the opposite of generalization?

Via a quick check in the thesaurus, it returned the terms 'specific' and 'specificity'. What I have in mind is 'specificalization', but that word does not exist.
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Opposite/Negation of phrases

How is the opposite of compound phrases of the form "adjective noun" constructed? Is "opposite of [adjective] [noun]" the same as "[opposite of adjective] [opposite of noun]", the same as "[adjective] ...
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What's the opposite of reckless? [closed]

What is an adjective to describe someone who is the opposite of reckless other than 'cautious' or 'careful'?
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Using “beau geste” as an opposite of sin

Beau geste defined here seems to be a noble act and from what I know to be the definition of sin, which has the word "immoral" in it, "beau geste" should be its antonym. Even if it isn't the perfect ...
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Antonym for Trending (in the Twitter sense)

If a topic is gaining in popularity on a website like Twitter, Instagram, etc. it is said to be "Trending". What about the opposite. If a topic is losing popularity, it is called...
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Opposite of Hoarder

Hoarder, who has a condition as described by wikipedia: Compulsive hoarding, also known as hoarding disorder, is a pattern of behavior that is characterized by excessive acquisition and an ...
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Antonym of -proof suffix

-proof, used as the suffix to a noun, basically means that the object you are describing is resistant to the noun. The specific example that led me to look for this was emailing our support team ...
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The opposite of the “Royal we”

The “Royal We” is a term to indicate that, when someone is ostensibly speaking about a group of people, they’re actually referring to themselves as an individual. Someone I know (whom I will not ...
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What word has the same flavor but opposite meaning of hence (in the future)

My brain is claiming there is such a word, but Google seems to disagree: Is there any word with the same "flavor" as hence (somewhat ostentatious, perhaps? Victorian?) in the meaning of "in the ...
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Opposite of “mental picture” [closed]

Is there a good antonym to "mental picture"? For example: "Remembering the Kana" uses mental pictures, but no physical pictures.
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What's the opposite of “in X's favor”? [closed]

If you argued your case well, the judge may rule "in your favor". What's the opposite expression? (I don't mean "dismiss your claim" or "reject your suit" etc. - I'm looking for the exact opposite ...
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A word or short phrase to reduce the influence of something

When talking about depression, I prefer to use positive/active words as opposed to combative or oppressive words. I'm looking for a word that fits in this sentence that is active and positive: I ...
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Phrasal verbs with synonymous opposites

There are some cases in English where one can substitute in a word that normally has an opposite meaning, but instead produces the same meaning. For examples, consider the following meanings and uses:...
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What is the antonym of “single minded”

Example sentence: However much in earnest he might be, he had nothing of the single-mindedness that belongs to a fanatic. (221, Nineteen Eighty-Four) The word "single-minded" seem to suggest a ...
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Antonym for “recent”, as in time series observations

I do time series analysis and forecasting, and many algorithms weight more recent observations more highly than observations from the more distant past in extrapolating. The previous sentence already ...
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What is a non derogatory word for the opposite of a Manager? [duplicate]

If the person above me in an organisation, that I report to, is my manager. What would be a term my manager would refer to me, and my peers under them? Minion, lackey, or lieutenant kinda work; but ...
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What is the opposite of penance?

I think it must be a single word from something like "willful insistence on wrongdoing." What is that word? A lot of websites say "happiness" which seems obviously incorrect.
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What is the 'opposite' of ekphrasis?

Given that ekphrasis means, according to the Poetry Foundation, "an ekphrastic poem is a vivid description of a scene or, more commonly, a work of art", is there a term to describe the 'opposite' ...
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'Antonym' for anesthetized?

Is there a word which refers to a state for an animal or human that is not anesthetized (or influenced by other artificial consciousness altering substances) for an academic or professional context? I ...