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

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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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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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Antonym for “challenge” (noun form)

I was writing a market research report the other day and listed the challenges my company faced in the market in question, then I created a new section header for the... uhh... easy bits? That's when ...
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A Computer Virus which doesn't damage your PC

I am a developer from Italy, and because I usually work with English people, I need to know some new words. What do you call a 'Computer Virus' which is only annoying but not dangerous?
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What is the opposite of “multitasking?”

"Multitasking" is a commonly-used word in computer science and has a lay meaning as well. What is the opposite of "multitasking?" I tried "unitasking" in a recently letter to a colleague and was met ...
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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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Is “misogyny” only applicable to men? What is the antonym of misogyny?

I came across the following sentence in New Yorker’s (February 23) article, titled “In Defense of Liz Lemon”: “She behaves as if Jack Donaghy (Alec Baldwin) is her daddy. She doesn’t trust her ...
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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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Is there a difference between “innocent” and “not guilty”?

I have always thought the antonym of "guilty" is "innocent", but apparently it's just "not guilty". Even juries seem to agree. But why? Aren't they antonyms? Or is there a subtlety I'm missing here? ...
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Politically correct substitutes for (fe)male and (wo)man

In the English language, the pairs man/woman and male/female both look as if one gender or sex was considered a special case for it is denoted by putting an arbitrary prefix (wo-, fe-) before the ...
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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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Opposite of “miracle”?

Are there any English words that mean "an unlikely calamity" in that same way that "miracle" can mean "an unlikely beneficial event"? My thesaurus only provides antonyms of "miracle" that mean "a ...
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Chuffed - happy or unhappy?

I was looking into the word chuffed this morning, and came across this:- chuffed 1 /tʃʌft/ adjective British Informal. delighted; pleased; satisfied. Origin: 1855–60; see chuff2 , ...
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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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Is there an antonym for the verb form of delegate?

This question seeks an antonym for the noun form: Is there an antonym for “delegate”? I seek an antonym for the act of delegating, where instead of passing work or authority to another to keep it for ...
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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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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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antonym for beneficiary

Is there an antonym for beneficiary that is not simply "giver" or "payer"? I'm looking for a word that roughly mean someone who loses financially in the case of an event.
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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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What is the opposite of a pickpocket?

Without your awareness, a pickpocket will pull some object from your pocket or your bag. What can we call somebody who does the opposite action, pushing something in your bag or your pocket? Edit ...
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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 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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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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Antonym of verb “holster”

What is a word that means to remove from a holster as opposed to putting something back in a holster? I’ve searched deholster and unholster, each with no results found.
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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 is the antonym of 'virtual machine'?

What is the antonym of 'virtual machine'? A virtual machine (VM) is a piece of software pretending to be a piece of hardware. There can be virtual servers, virtual desktops... I googled around a ...
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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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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 is the opposite of “cooking the books”?

I'm trying to describe being on top of things accounting-wise but can't quite find the words. Is there some kind of idiomatic antonym for "cooking the books"?
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Is there an opposite term for [sic]?

In academics, the note [sic] 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 there an opposite term ...
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Does an antonym of ''freezing'' as a descriptor of weather exist?

On very cold days, someone can say that it's freezing outside. On very hot days of summer, can someone use cooking or any antonym of freezing, if one exists?
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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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Word for “less far” meaning the opposite of “further”?

Is there an equivalent like "further" of "less far"? "I still have energy, so I want to run further." vs "I am out of energy, so I want to run [word meaning less distance]"
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What's the opposite of “extending the deadline”?

Extending or pushing a deadline means giving more time to work on a project. But what if you want to say you are changing it so that the task is due earlier? What are the words or expressions I could ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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What's the opposite of dramatic irony? [closed]

I know that dramatic irony {Collins} is when the audience knows things the characters don't. But what does one call it when the characters in a story know important information (which (1) is to be ...
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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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Reason vs. purpose

Just now I wanted to explain why I was doing something, then I wrote "the purpose of doing something is blablabla". Immediately I wondered why I didn't write "the reason of doing something is ...
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