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

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Antonym of “superlative”

A friend of mine was talking about a film he has seen a trailer for and sarcastically heaping superlatives on it. He then wondered what the opposite of superlative (as a noun) is. I suggested ...
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An antonym for “continuum” to describe a limited set of possible options

I came across this sentence while reading Wikipedia and the second occurrence of "continuum" stood out to me as totally wrong since a continuum is specifically a range which can be divided into an ...
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Antonym of “capital”

What is the antonym of "capital" (in the sense of city of governmental seat)? A related question: is there a term for referring to the whole set of cities that are not the capital within a country (or ...
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Antonym for “Virgin” [closed]

What's an antonym for "virgin"? A single word would be preferable.
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What is the antonym of register? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: “Unregister” vs “Deregister” I'm just wondering what the consensus would be on the antonym of register. The intended use of the word is for a ...
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Antithesis of “international”

If "international" is the generic word for anything that is global, what is its generic antithesis? As in: This is an international affair/This is an __ affair. And please, don't give me ...
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Opposite of “arrogant”/“having attitude”

Are self-abased and humble both opposite to arrogant or having attitude? What are their differences? What are words for the opposite to arrogant, respectively in a positive, negative, and neutral way?
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Depression and happiness [closed]

Are "depression" and "happiness" antonyms? Are they mutually exclusive? Does the absence of one imply the presence of the other? (I am trying to ascertain the semantic validity of using depression-...
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“True” is to “false” as “truth” is to… what?

If I were to reverse the sentence, "I care about the truth" I would want to say: I care about the false. Is that correct? It seems awkward at best: He speaks the truth! / He speaks the false!...
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What's the converse of “side effect”?

I'm looking for something like side cause, side influence, dark factor. Googled for those but didn't find relevant hits. Definition: An influence on something that is not explicit, not taken into ...
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What's an antonym for “tyranny”?

Is there a perfect antonym for the word "Tyranny", meaning the two words could be used in the same place in a sentence and always function correctly, but have opposite meanings... i.e. The King ruled ...
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Opposite of “mute” or “silence” as verb

If I said I silenced him during our online conversation or I muted the television what would I use to indicate the reverse event occurred? I've seen unmute used in various contexts, but it'...
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Opposites, when dealing with adjectives and objects together

If we have the sentence, "Bob had blinding love for Susan." would the opposite be: "Bob had blinding hatred for Susan" or: "Bob had clear hatred for Susan"?
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What is the opposite of “to stink” (v)? Is there one at all?

Specifically I'm looking for an antonym of the infinitive rather than the noun. For example, "fragrance" is an antonym of "stink" (the noun), but you can't say "Wow, that fragrants" or "Wow that ...
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What is the antonym of “blank” in “a blank sheet of paper”?

Say, you have a sheet of paper. It is blank. I begin to write on it. It's no longer blank. But then what it is? I have tried the usual sources for antonyms but came up, well, blank.
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Does “intense” have a negative meaning?

I always thought that intense has a positive meaning, meaning something that has no tensions, therefore an intense activity is actually a fun activity. So, what does intense exactly mean? A few days ...
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Do “soon” and “recently” have antonyms?

Are "a long way in the future" and "long ago" the best phrases or are there single words to describe these very common concepts? I am probably missing something obvious.
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General Purpose Antonym for “Ago”

I'm refactoring a function I had to show relative dates like StackExchange does, eg.: relative unit of time (second/minute/hour/day/week/month/year)[s] (ago/from now) However, I started ...
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Opposite of verb “abstract” and noun “abstraction”

The opposite of abstract (adj) is concrete, but what are the opposites of other forms of the word abstract, such as: abstract (v) - E.g.: We can abstract away the implementation details. abstraction ...
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What are “real stores” called in English, as opposed to “online stores”?

In a piece of software, what would I call a store that sells items to the public in real life as opposed to an online store (ie. a health-food store). It will look like this: ____ Store ...
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Antonym of 'sample' ('example')

What is the antonym of the adjective "sample" (example/specimen) besides "whole"? I'd like to replace "non-sample" in the following sentence: I saved my sample code but accidentally deleted my non-...
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“Droll” is to “amusing” as “sardonic” is to what?

Could someone solve this analogy? droll : amusing :: sardonic : ________ P.S. the answer does not have to be a specific length.
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Is there a pejorative alternative to “improvise”?

I'm looking for a word or phrase that implies improvisation in a negative context. "Jury rigging" comes to mind, but I'm in need of a term that can't be mistaken as anything but pejorative. The ...
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What is the opposite of “steep”?

In rock-climbing, we describe an incline as "steep" (which is anything from 90 degrees to overhanging) but we don't have a good word to mean "not steep". At least I've never heard anyone use one; ...
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Can a person be described as being “ill read”?

I recently read a comment disparaging an individual as being "ill read" as opposed to well-read. Is this an accepted usage?
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“Upper-case” is to “capital” as “lowercase” is to what?

Is there a corresponding word to go with capital to mean lower-case?
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Words that have opposing definitions? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: English words that are their own antonyms What words have opposite meanings in different regions? I was reading a book the other day when the author wrote: The ...
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Antonym of 'stigma'

I am looking for a word that has the opposite, positive connotation from 'stigma': For example, There is a stigma of laziness associated with poor people. What would be the replacement for '...
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What is the “explicit”'s equivalent of “imply”?

Note: The original title of this question was "Why is 'exply' not a word? While considering the words implicit, implicate, and imply, it struck me that I can't think of an equivalent to imply for ...
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The opposite of “contains”

I was just wondering if anyone could think of a single word meaning the opposite of contains. E.g. This bottle of beer contains alcohol whereas this one doesn't. This bottle of beer doesn't ...
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What is the origin of “nonchalance?”

While reading a newspaper I saw the word nonchalance, looked up in dictionary, and dictionary says, it is a negative word meaning "indifference; carelessness; coolness." It looks like the opposite of ...
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What are differences between an “opposite” and “antonym” to a word?

What are the differences between an "opposite" and "antonym"?
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What is antonym of “update”?

The antonym of "upgrade" is "downgrade", quite broadly used. What is the antonym of "update"? Update: Though, I hoped for something like "un-update" because reverting or uninstalling updates are ...
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What is the opposite of postpone? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I say “Our meeting is preponed”? A friend of mine asked me this question a little bit again, and it caught my curiosity. Is there an explicit opposite ...
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Is there an antonym for “capitalize” (as in letter-case)

A word that starts with a lower-case (lowercase?) letter can be capitalized, but what is the converse action? Google has only one page in the top results that addresses this and the closest thing to ...
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What's the opposite of “Rest In Peace”? [closed]

If you want to express hate about someone that passed away, how would you say that?
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What do you call somebody who asks a question and somebody who answers a question?

What do you call somebody who asks a question and somebody who answers a question? I have exhausted the thesaurus with no real luck... any ideas? EDIT: It is in reference to this - or any other ...
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What is the term for an idea that requires/creates its opposite?

An example would be that the concept of 'light' necessitates an opposite: 'dark.' The idea of one entails the other. Is there a term for this?
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Does “within” have an antonym? If so, what?

Does "within" have an antonym? If there is an antonym, which one is it?
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Verbs of inaction

It seems to me that most English verbs always convey some action. That is, no words (to my knowledge) convey that absence of an action. Let me explain. Let's assume that I wanted to say that a certain ...
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Antonym of “deepen”

Since there is no word "shallowen", is there a good antonym of "deepen"? The meaning of "deepen" that I am referring to here is "to cause to become deeper." It doesn't necessarily refer to digging a ...
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What's the opposite word for “sin”?

I would like to know if there is an opposite word for sin in English. I mean, how could I say the opposite of I committed a sin other than using a negation?
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Antonym to “news”

I have very old info. Is there a concise term like "news" that I can use to describe this? Update: I am looking for the antonym for news. Can I say oldies?
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Why does “impregnable” mean *cannot be impregnated*?

Well not exactly, but according to the American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, impregnable means: ADJECTIVE: 1. Impossible to capture or enter by force: an impregnable fortress. ...
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Can one be uninnovative?

Can one be uninnovative, or un-innovative? I'm looking for a direct antonym of the adjective innovative. I see an entry at Dictionary.com, but nothing at Merriam Webster (innovative, *uninnovative).
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Opposite of “turnaround”

The dictionary says that a “turnaround” is “an abrupt or unexpected change, esp. one that results in a more favorable situation”. What would be the word for “an abrupt or unexpected change” which is ...
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What is the term for words that can be used as the opposite of themselves?

What is the term for words that can be used as the opposite of themselves? I know there are a few of them out there, it is possible to 'Dust a cake with Icing' and if the cake were on a shelf for a ...
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Sports: opposite of an upset

What's the opposite of an upset in sports. Maybe "expected outcome"... Terser would be better, but I'd hear anything that came to mind.
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Is there an antonym for “delegate”?

I am trying to find the correct opposite of a delegate in the context of a person being a representative of someone else that have allowed or chosen them to be their delegate. What would you call that ...
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Antonym for gormless?

I was sitting at the card table this evening looking gormless (as I am wont to do) when it occurred to me to wonder, are the other players gormful? Is there such a word? Is there such a thing as gorm, ...