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

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positive version of tattle

Is there a word that represents the positive connotation equivalent of the term tattle or tattletale ? What I would be looking for is something like the following: Dan tattled on Ken to Ken's ...
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Word for the opposite of “overlap”?

I'm looking for a nice, elegant word to describe the part where/extent to which things don't overlap. "Discongruity"/"discongruence"/"incongruity"/"incongruence"/"complementation"/"complementarity" ...
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what is a good antonym for the word “abstract”? [closed]

I am writing a text in which I am discussing that teaching "facts" is not sufficient since they are abstract and the idea behind them is more important. I need an antonym for the word "abstract" to ...
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What is the opposite of “simultaneously”? [closed]

What is the opposite of “simultaneously”? Either a single word or a short phrase would do. Add A, B, and C to the mix simultaneously or ????. Also, if there are useful opposites, having both ...
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What's the opposite of “no-show”?

It's called "no-show" if a guest doesn't appear. Is it right to call the opposite "show"?
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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 specific expression that means “a child is the exact opposite of his parent(s)”

I am looking for a specific expression or phrase that means "a child is the exact opposite of his parent(s)" Is there an opposite idiom, phrase or expression of the saying: Like father, like ...
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Opposite of “Dry Run”?

Ethymology of "dry run" is explained here: "Where does the phrase "dry run" come from?". What is its antonym? However I wonder, what is the opposite of "dry run". I guess it might vary a ...
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Word meaning 'To be pulled'

I am looking for a word that means 'to be pulled' in that same sense of propelled or compelled means to be forced or urged forward. Ideally, it would use the same base pel. Searching Google and ...
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Need a word that has the opposite meaning of “nominal”?

I'm looking for a word that has the opposite meaning of the word nominal in the sense of in name only. Here's an example (fill in the blank). Brian was in charge of scheduling in his ...
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Why don't we say things are pervious?

Why is the word "pervious" uncommon to the point of being considered a spelling error, but "impervious" is extremely common? For the record, it is a word, apparently. Dictionary.com defines it as: ...
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Word for “the best example of a contrast to this” (i.e. opposite of epitome)?

Google gives this example for "epitome": "she looked the epitome of elegance and good taste" I'm wondering whether there's an opposite word, to mean "the best example of the opposite/contrast ...
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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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Opposite of “reach a settlement” in a lawsuit?

Is there a common phrase for the opposite of reaching a settlement in a lawsuit? That is, is there a common phrase for going to court and having a judge reach a decision?
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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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The Converse of Philosophy

The etymology of philosophy is "love of wisdom" (simplified)... So what would the word be that defines the converse of "love of wisdom"? Since it is not definitively established what the converse of ...
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What is the antonym of euphemisms? [duplicate]

When a fact perceived inpolite, we choose alternatives e.g. passed instead died, WC instead toilet,but i wonder what is it when we like the fact that being occured? For example while hunting ...
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Can two contradicting ideas be put together in the same sentence?

I have written a paragraph in which I have described that a person's fingers are both smooth as glass and bumpy as a rocky road at the same time. I was criticised for this statement, but I do not ...
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What is an antonym for dense in the context of material properties?

I am looking for an antonym for dense in the context of material properties. Specifically, bulk materials which possess negligible porosity, i.e. sound materials. An example usage sentence might be ...
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Is there a single word that is the opposite of “want” (i.e. “do not want”)?

Is there a single verb that means "do not want"? E.g. "I want that object" or "I want to do this" vs. "I _____ (do not want) that object" or "I _____ (do not want) to do this"? Also in the case of ...
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What is the best antonym for “friendship”? [closed]

I looked at my co-worker, on the opposite side of a half-wall. He looked at me. I said, in jest, "This is not a wall representing our friendship a wall representing our ______." We laughed, ...
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Antonym of expired

Is there an antonym of expired ? In the context of whether e.g. blood products have gone off.
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antonym of “privacy” [closed]

It seems to me that "transparency" can be considered to be an antonym of "privacy". This isn't symmetric. Because few people would think of "privacy" as an antonym of "transparency". So where does ...
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What is the opposite to filter/filtering in search

I have multiple search criteria, for example country and city. To filter (exclude results not matching the criteria), I can do: country=xxx AND city=xxx. But I can also do: country=xxx OR city=xxx. ...
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Can the protagonist be the antagonist?

The dictionary lists these as antonyms, although the definitions of both don't really oppose each other. I mean a case where the central figure of a story (and possibly simultaneously the narrator) ...
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Antonym for retrieve

Is there a word similar to retrieve which means the opposite? (like the words send and receive) I do not know if there is such a combination. I have been thinking about words which mean the opposite ...
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Opposite of additive

Additive as in additive manufacturing, i.e. in 3D printing for example. How can traditional processing methods, like a lathe for example, be described? I believe I have seen ablative being used in ...
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What is the opposite of case-sensitive and does “case-insensitively” exist?

I thought it was "case-insensitive" but there are very few sources. If it's correct, what is it's adverb? As a non-native english speaker i would say it's "case-insensitively" but that sounds odd and ...
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Antonym of Elder

After looking up the antonym of "Elder" and only finding "Younger," I'm wondering how to better say the opposite of: Respect your elders as Respect your youngers seems kind of strange to me. ...
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What is an antonym for “refactoring” with regards to programming?

Consider this definition of "refactoring" from Martin Fowler's book, Refactoring: Improving the Design of Existing Code: Refactoring is the process of changing a software system in such a way that ...
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The act of baiting someone into (incorrectly) calling bullshit

Is there a single word, or commonly-used term, to describe the act of baiting another person into calling bullshit, when in fact you're not bullshitting? Conceptually, this either a sub-type, or the ...
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Opposite of “retrofit”

To retrofit is to take a new item and make it work with something old. What is the word to take an old item and make it work with something new? For example, someone could retrofit a new character ...
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Something like antonym for “dependent”

Let's suppose I have two objects – A and B. They are a pair. I mean that we will name them considering them one logic unit. For example: If I call A as "driven", then B will be called "leading" ...
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What is the opposite of “intensifier?”

Adverbs, adverbial phrases, or devices of any sort that are used to add force or emphasis to the meaning are called "intensifiers." I wonder if there is a name for phrases that caste some doubt on the ...
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What is the antonym of “abjure”?

Affirm Cajole Insist Pronounce Shout What's your opinion?
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What term describes workers that are not “knowledge workers”?

Wikipedia describes a knowledge worker as a worker whose "main capital is knowledge". Examples include engineers, doctors, accountants, software writers etc. Is there an "established term" to refer ...
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Is there a counterpart of “sufficient”/“enough” meaning “not more than the needed maximum”?

I understand the meaning of the word sufficient like defined in Merriam-Webster: sufficient = enough to meet the needs of a situation or a proposed end So mathematically said: not less than ...
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Why do the sentences “I have to get a job” and “I need to get a job” mean the same thing if 'have' and 'need' are antonyms?

For example, "I have a job" and "I need a job" are opposite statements, but "I have to get a job" and "I need to get a job" are the same. I understand that they are no longer modifying the same words, ...
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Opposite of “Sugar Daddy”: A young person supporting an older person (financially, materially, sexually)

I have done quite a bit of searching, no result. Is there a term for the young equivalent of a "Sugar Daddy/Momma"? Not a "Sugar Baby", but a young person who does what a "Sugar Daddy" typically would ...
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Is there a word that means the opposite of “gentrification”?

Exactly what it says on the tin: is there a word that means precisely the opposite of "gentrification"? That is, the decline of a neighborhood due to an influx of lower-class families and individuals ...
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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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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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Whats the “height” version of, elongate?

I figured elongate would just mean to "make longer," and would be orientation/dimension dependent. I Googled it just to double check, and a lot of definitions refer to "longer in relation to the ...
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Antonym of “highlight” (as in highlight of the movie)

What's the opposite of highlight? I don't mean the verb to highlight or to emphasize something, so downplay isn't an option. Instead I'm looking for the opposite of "the highlight of the movie, ...
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What would be the opposite of Room 101?

Room 101 is known as the place where all horrible things are placed far away from visibility. What would be the opposite, a place where you display the things you love and enjoy?
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Complement of “dealer” or “trader”

What is the complement to a "dealer" or "trader" called? Is the person who sells something to or buys something from the dealer a "customer"? Even when he sells something?
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What's an antonym to “legacy”?

I am struggling to find out what the best and shortest way is to describe the opposite of a legacy system (especially in software architecture, where legacy means the system used previously). I need ...
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Antonym of “Portable” in the context of a computer programme?

First, some background information... In terminology regarding computer programmes, the term portable typically means being operational without having to install. In more advanced speak, it's where a ...
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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?