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

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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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proportionate opposite for “little brother” [on hold]

The opposite of younger brother would be older brother. Now what would be a proportionate opposite for 'little brother'?
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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 ...
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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 ...
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How do I say 'I don't want' without phrasing it in terms of wanting?

It seems rather odd that there is a verb for wanting something, but not for the opposite, as it means we always have to phrase things in terms of wanting. For instance there's an opposite of having ...
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What is the opposite of a health benefit?

I am looking to write an online article about the negative effects of eating/drinking a certain item. There are articles that have a title such as "Top Health Benefits of _____". What could be ...
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New word “patrogony” [closed]

I have searched years, picking some very bright brains. So far, no one I know or can google has a satisfactory name for the sexual reversal of "misogyny*". I nominate either of two: 1. ...
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Can I use “disactivate” instead of “deactivate”? [closed]

I was working with somebody else's source code and find them using the word “disactivate” in the code documentation as follows: disactivate the minor mode. The persistent action is to show help ...
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antonym of pre-requisite [duplicate]

must steps required before a particular tasks are called pre-requisite what do we call must steps which should be followed after a particular task post-requisite is not a valid English word i guess ...
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What's the opposite of “cost” when downgrading and you get some of the money back?

For example, I'm playing a game where it costs $5 to upgrade one of my weapons. Thus I have an "upgrade cost" of $5. When I want to downgrade my weapon and I only get $3 back for it, what would be ...
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'De-exoticize' or 'deexoticize' [duplicate]

As an antonym for exoticize, would you favor de-exoticize or deexoticize? Google currently finds ~2970 results for the hyphenated version and ~440 results for the unhyphenated, but both of those ...
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Dorsal as antonym for lateral?

How acceptable is to use the word "dorsal" as antonym for "lateral"? Are there better antonyms denoting direction along the vertical as opposed to lateral.
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Extol the virtues antonym

When somebody wants to enthusiastically praise something or someone a common phrase used is to "extol the virtues of ..."". There are two antonym senses I am after A passionate critique of the ...
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Antonym of “Well done” [closed]

Is there a generally accepted antonym for Well done! ? I mean something like : "That was lame" Update Context: A feedback app in which a bad performance by a user has to be responded with a ...
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Counterpart to date range [closed]

I am searching for a word that expresses the "opposite" of a date range. My ideas so far are the following: Timestamp Moment But neither of them really satisfies me. I need the word for a ...
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Opposite of honorary member

Defining a honorary member as a person which isn't actually a member of an organization but is recognized as such by the organization because of his/her contributions to the organization or society as ...
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Word for opposite of *prerequisite*? Something that is possible because of another thing?

Prerequisite describes something that must exist before another thing. Is there a word that describes an opposite, that is, something that is made possible because of the existence of another thing? ...
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What does title “Cost Effective Web Design” signify in English? [closed]

When addressing on search engines or even writing an email about a business query for a cheap web designer does the statement pass on the message clearly "Cost Effective Web Design" or Should I use a ...
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What Are 2 Opposite Meaning Words Put Together Called?

For example if you said,'a beautiful tragedy', the words 'beautiful' and 'tragedy', are completely different things. What is the English concept of putting these two words together to describe ...
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What would be a good antonym for the term “reflective equilibrium”?

The term reflective equilibrium refers to, very simply put, when there's a balance between one's intuition and one's theories about the world. Personally, I tend to strive for the opposite, an ...
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What is the antonym of opposite of “times/multiplied” in this case?

One can say that muscle is 3 times as dense as fat. [citation required] What is the term for the opposite? Fat is 3 times less dense than muscle? That doesn't sound quite right. Is there a better ...
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Antonym of facetious

facetious (Oxford Dictionaries): treating serious issues with deliberately inappropriate humour; flippant I'm looking for a word that means the total opposite; to treat humorus or non-serious ...
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“high-end clientele” is to “low-end clientele” as “carriage trade” is to what?

Is there a phrase in English that works as a direct antonym to the idiomatic carriage trade, that is, the wealthy patrons of a store, restaurant, hotel, etc.; the elite clientele? carriage trade: ...
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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 ...