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

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What is it called when comparing two opposite people or things

Can someone please let me know what is the technique called when I compare two people who are very different? In my case, it is Donald Woods when he first meets Steve Biko in the film Cry Freedom. I ...
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Antonym of Hapax legomenon

Aware that such a beast may not exist in the wild, I've painted myself into a corner in a naming scheme which now requires an antonym to hapax legomenon. What is to be done?
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What's the opposite of bonus?

According to this, the antonym would be Malus. But is there a more widely used term? Consider an exam where you've got a "Bonus question", so solving it correctly gives you an extra point. Would it ...
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Antonym of anthropomorphic

Is there an antonym to anthropomorphic meaning "The attribution of characteristics and behavior of inanimate objects to that which is alive"? I found "zoomorphism," but it doesn't have quite the ...
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How to concisely handle words that don't have an antonym

I work in software for a living, and have had a problem recently with the language I use to describe software components. This profession increasingly reveals itself to need the skill to accurately ...
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Is there an opposite of “gifted” as a verb?

Is there an opposite of "gifted" as a verb? For example when it's used such as "you are gifted with high intelligence". How would you say "you are (insert word) with poor reasoning skills".
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What is the antonym to 'elevation'?

How do I say an opposite of "elevation of an object over the plane" which would mean "the level of the displacement of an object under the plane"? That is, I am looking for a word in "??? of an object ...
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Antonym of Overlap?

I'm looking for a word which means "leaving space around", as an antonym of overlap. Specific example case: The server's service stops between 23:00 and 00:00 UTC, therefore to avoid generating ...
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Is there a single-word antonym for “Opportunity”?

We would often say there is "an opportunity" somewhere, but I can't find any evidence of a word to describe a dearth of opportunity. It's derived from opportune, which has inopportune as a negation, ...
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Antonym for “Praise”? [closed]

I'm looking for an antonym for "Praise". I thought of the word "criticism", but it's a rather ugly word. Does anyone have any other suggestions for an antonym?
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Why doesn’t autocorrect software like “unauthorises”?

I was writing some documentation and trying to write a sentence that ran like this: It then unauthorises the transaction. I soon realised this wasn't a word, and it kept correcting this to ...
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What is the antonym of “armiger”?

I wonder to know is there any word which is the antonym of "armiger"? armiger: one entitled to armorial bearings (Webster). A noble who has not a coat of arms is called ??? There is a possible ...
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Antonym for Perception?

What would be the closest thing to an antonym for the word "Perception" (noun), which means "that which is received through the senses"? It seems like there are no definite antonyms for this word.
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What is the antonym of 'prime time' for television?

I am looking for a word that has opposite meaning of 'prime time' in television (like early morning news...).
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What do you call a 'Nickname' that's longer than the actual name?

I'm pretty sure I used to know the term for a nickname that was longer or an expansion of a person's name. EXAMPLE: My name is Sunny but friends sometimes call me Sunshine. Though longer, Sunshine ...
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Antonym for 'serial', as in 'a serial publication'

I'm looking for a word that signifies the opposite of a serial publication, where a serial publication is described like: The first novella in a three-part series. Or: A quarterly ...
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is there any word for simulation with effect in the real world?

I am looking for a word that would describe human to computer interaction with effect in the real world. Like flight simulation describes unreal mirror of a real flight. But in case person sitting ...
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Antonym of “crepuscular”?

What is the antonym of "crepuscular"? Crepuscular animals are most active at twilight (crepusculum = twilight). Thus, the antonym of "crepuscular" would refer to animals most active at midday or ...
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Antonym of “time-critical” or “time-sensitive”

I'm looking for a word or phrase to indicate that something does not need to be rushed/expedited. That isn't to say the subject is unimportant, but merely not sensitive to time. I am using this to ...
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Word or phrase for success in spite of incompetence

We might talk about someone "slipping through the cracks" if they're capable but don't find success in some area, but how does one express the converse of being highly successful in spite of ...
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Is there a verb opposite of “to exist”?

I can say that something exists or that is does not exist. Should there not be some way to express the opposite of the verb "to exist" as a substitution? Or can something the doesn't exist be allowed ...
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are “all-male” and “all-female” opposites of androgynous? [closed]

In the book The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin, the residents of a planet are all androgynous. Then a male human, named "Genly", arrives to this planet. I am looking for a word for his ...
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Is there an antonym for “pejorative”?

Perhaps "compliment", but are there any other ideas?
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Is there an antonym of “ruthless”?

Is there a word that means the opposite of ruthless? I don’t think ruthful is a real word.
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Why is the word 'narrow' an antonym to the word 'emphatic'?

I have been doing some antonym and synonym exercises as part of my preparation for a verbal reasoning test, and I was asked to pick an antonym for the word emphatic. There were four choices given to ...
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What is the opposite of 'identity' in this case?

I am looking for a word that describes the exact opposite of identity. I have this sentence that says The identity operator returns true if the operands are strictly equal. In other terms is there a ...
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The opposite of 'attend' [closed]

What is a word (a verb) for the opposite of attend (to a class, to a conference...)? Unattend? Disattend? If there is not such a word, then maybe not attending could be OK... EDIT: The context ...
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Is there an opposite term for [sic]?

In academics, the note [sic] (for Source InCorrect) is used to make it clear that material lifted from a secondary source was incorrect as the author found it, as opposed to a mistake in the text. Is ...
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Opposite of “excess” in this context

What would be the appropriate word opposite to "excess" in the following sentence? The excess number of particles in the box is negative. I want to write about a depletion of particles rather ...
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Opposite of “titular”?

This is something that's been bothering me. Titular is an adjective which identifies an object as the source of the subject's name. According to Google: Titular: denoting a person or thing from ...
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Is the phrase “refuse to accept” redundant?

The word "refuse" is an antonym of the word "accept"; does this make the phrase "refuse to accept" redundant and/or linguistically incorrect?
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What is the opposite of decoupled (computer science)

The image of decoupled (two train cars separated) is clear. In computer science, writing "decoupled" code is a Good Thing, it implies breaking code into discrete pieces that can be tested ...
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Seeking single word denoting a word pair in which one cannot exist without the other

Years ago a friend told me about word pairs in which one word cannot exist without the other word. The example he used was inside and outside. That is, inside cannot exist without its necessary other ...
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What does being a team player mean? [closed]

Today I was told I would not be hired because I give the impression that I'm not a team player. I shrugged my shoulders and never denied the accusation. If someone is a team player, what kind of ...
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Correlate is to Correlation as X is to Causation [closed]

When A is correlated with B, it means A shares 1 or more properties with B.¹ On the other hand, if A causes B, it means there's a causation between them.² What I would like to know is the word that ...
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Is there a single word that describes someone who hates themself? (Antonym of narcissist)

Situation: Alice is telling Bob that Charlie doesn't love himself, like Bob thinks. In fact, Charlie hates himself. "You don't know him. He's the antithesis of a narcissist. He's a ______" I'm ...
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Negative word for someone whose voice pitch varies too much? (opposite of monotone)

The closest word I can come up with is "dynamic", but that has positive connotations. I'm looking for a word for someone whose voice is dynamic to the extreme--overly varied intonation. The best I ...
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Is there a term for words that are holdovers from an old technology that aren't apt for a new, superseding technology? [duplicate]

(Old title: Is there a word for: A new word for a new technology is simplified, and the resultant word well describes the old technology, but not the new.) The example I have in mind is "to ...
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Single word for someone who doesn't let anyone walk all over them (antonym of 'pushover')

She was caring, and yet she was _______ What I'm tring to say is that although she cared for others, she was strong enough to not let them dictate her actions. In other words, she did things for ...
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Antonym for “unify” that sounds equally as eloquent?

Is there an antonym for the word unify that sounds just as "eloquent" as the word itself? I feel like separate isn't really that great of a word.
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What does “opposite” mean?

In a mathematical sense, the opposite of "X" is "not X" and this works in all cases. But in language text books, or in common usage, there is a lot of ambiguity in "opposite". Eg. Father ~ Mother Son ...
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Opposite of more often than not

"More often than not" is an expression to say that an event "happens more often that it does not happen" (see http://english.stackexchange.com/a/187722/63461). How does one express the negative of ...
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Politically correct substitutes for (fe)male and (wo)man

I assume feminists criticize the English language for the pairs man/woman and male/female, because both look as if one gender or sex was considered a special case for it is denoted by putting an ...
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Antonym of 'saint' [closed]

I was wondering if anyone could tell me the antonym of 'saint'. The definition of saint I'm looking for is 'someone who is venerated for holiness'. I Googled a little and couldn't find any credible ...
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Antonym of nomad

What do you call someone who isn't a nomad? Someone who has a fixed abode. I tried a google search, but this post and this one had some rather disappointing answers.
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Subtrahendum/Subtrahenda

We are familiar with addendum (and addenda), which we take directly from Latin to mean "something (or things) added" This is used especially in regard to written work such as books. Today I was ...
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What is the opposite of superficial? [closed]

I would like to tell my friend to stop dating men who are so superficial, but state it in a positive way. Please help me complete the sentence: "You should date men who are more __________." So ...
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What is a good antonym for “redundant” (engineering)?

What is a good antonym for redundant? The definition I am looking to find an antonym for is: Source: Dictionary.com Redundant adjective Engineering. ... d. (of a ...
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opposite of free

I'm looking for the antonym of free in the sense of liberal. non free country A country where something is not legal is not free. PS. I read other questions but I could not find any suitable ...
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I'm looking for a word opposite to dying [closed]

When something is dying it is not completely dead. Only half or almost there. I need a word that means gaining life, as in almost completely alive. Like the reverse of dying. When you die the flame of ...