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

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Word for describing someone whose name is the opposite of what they are?

I was wondering if there is a word to describe someone whose name is diametrically oppossed to who they are. For instance a firefighter whose last name is Arson or a swimmer whose last name is Dry.
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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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Word for two things that are opposite yet the same

Is there a word or short phrase that describes two contrasting ideas the ultimately end up the same? Like two ends of a spectrum that can wrap around? I'm using it to describe two foils for a ...
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Does “heuristic” have an antonym?

As a computer software engineer, I find that "heuristic" seems to be taken de facto, with no acknowledgement of any negative connotations, i.e. aspiring to more explicit, measurable, absolute ...
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What is the opposite of rest/remainder?

I'm searching for a noun that represents the opposite of rest/remainder. For example, "Highlight the rest of this page." The word "rest" in this case represents everything between the current ...
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Are there other words which share the prefix “ig” to mean opposite, such as ignoble? [closed]

I'm wondering what other words share this prefix. Ignore (ignorance) comes to mind, though not strictly opposite (as "nore" is not a word. Nor is "norance"). Though the implication of "lacking ...
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At the opposite spectrum of “at best”

The following was a comment of mine on an answer on Stack Overflow: This answer is misleading and incomplete at best. Plain wrong at worst. My intent was to express that an indulgent ...
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Antonym for 'bound' [closed]

What is the opposite of the term London-bound (meaning heading/travelling to London) - i.e. moving away from London?
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What is the antonym of terminal?

This question arises when I try to describe my itinerary to ticket service in the UK. Take for example, I plan to buy a ticket from A to B. B is the terminal. How to say its counter part A? I cannot ...
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What is the opposite of “personification”?

I want a word that means the opposite of personification. What is the correct word for describing people with the characteristics of an object/as if they are objects? I found the word chremamorphism ...
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If pogonotrophy means to grow a beard, is there a term for shaving a beard?

If pogonotrophy means "to grow a beard", is there a term for shaving a beard? How would you use pogonotrophy in a sentence? And if there is an antonym for this word, how would you use it in a ...
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Opposite of “trendy” without a negative meaning

I am looking for an opposite to the word trendy without giving a meaning that those who adopted the trend are old-fashioned in hindsight. For example, Service Oriented Architecture is the trend as ...
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Antonym of “deficiency” [closed]

The context in which we use word "deficiency" is inspection. Let's say, I look at your gas furnace and file a deficiency report describing some component or part. What would the opposite of ...
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Words with opposite meanings in different regions

I can't recall it, but there is a word in American English which now means the opposite of itself in British English. What words are there that have opposite (not just different) meanings in different ...
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Antonym of “misnomer”

I believe I have heard the word "nomer" used before? It is not in the dictionary, but I was under the assumption that "nomer" was the opposite of "misnomer"? From the thesaurus references I have seen, ...
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Word meaning the opposite of “negligible”?

"Negligible" roughly means "Small enough to essentially be zero." For example, in high school physics problems, air resistance is negligible. Is there a word that means "large enough to be essentially ...
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Opposite word of “addiction”

Though the very obvious opposite of the word addiction is "deaddiction", I couldn't find the latter in any dictionary (I checked in Oxford, Chambers and Cambridge). Why is it so? If "deaddiction" is ...
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Is there a word for “not greedy”?

The antonym of “greedy” is “generous”. Is there a word for “not greedy” (one who is content with what he has)?
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What is the opposite of “avoidance”

I am stuck looking for one word that captures the personal attribute of never avoiding issues; a concise way of saying that one deals with things "head-on" and in a timely manner. I'd also like to ...
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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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The antonym for 'Hacking'

While working in IT, it is common to refer to a quick and dirty solution to a problem as a 'Hack'. For example, if your chair legs are uneven, a hack for this problem would be to place a piece of ...
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An antonym for “daylight”

Considering that: The antonym of day is night. The antonym of light can be either darkness or obscurity. Is there any exact antonym for daylight, a word that would mean "the darkness of the ...
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What's the opposite of eye candy?

What's the opposite of eye candy? I heard someone say, "Eye broccoli," but that's not very accurate to those of us who love broccoli. Any other ideas?
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What is the antonym of “distaff”?

What is the antonym of "distaff"? It's not in my dictionary, but it must exist. Right? edit By distaff I mean, "the female equivalent of something typically male", not just "female" generally. I ...
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Treacle is viscous; alcohol is ____?

What's the best adjective to describe the low viscosity of liquids such as water and alcohol? One that came to mind is 'runny', but then some honeys are runny, despite actually being inherently ...
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What's the opposite of hypochondriacal?

A hypochondriacal person is someone who is excessively preoccupied with and worried about his or her health. Is there a term for the other end of the spectrum --somebody extremely carefree, ...
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Antonym for “discombobulate”

I'm looking for a good antonym to discombobulate. I'm aware that the word is made-up American slang and as such there is no such thing as to be combobulated. If a person is anything but ...
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What's the opposite of “precede”?

In the particular context that I'm in, I was writing about several lines of programming. For simplicity, let's call them: line a line b First, I described line a. Great. Then I wanted to write ...
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What “Extravagant culture” could be used as an antonym to “Spartan”?

"Spartan" is an adjective derived from Sparta, an ancient Greek city-state famous for its austerity. The adjective is used today to mean basic and minimal. I'm looking for an antonym, i.e. a culture ...
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Antonym for 'preaching to the choir'

I'm looking for a phrase which essentially means questioning a belief you share with someone, but that other person has an almost unshakable faith in that belief, so your misgivings fall on deaf ears ...
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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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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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What's the opposite of “trauma”? [closed]

Words like healing and relief often come up, but I don't think they really capture the intensity of a positive experience to the same degree as "trauma" captures a negative experience. For example: ...
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Is there an antonym for 'nonplussed'?

Nonplussed is an interesting word because it appears to be a negation of 'plussed' (as in 'not plussed'). As far as I know, 'plussed' isn't a real word. He was left nonplussed. How would you ...
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Antonym of hagiography

Is there a one word antonym of "hagiography"? A word which means "a piece of writing that paints a biography in the most negative light possible"?
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A phrase for the opposite of “getting over” something [closed]

I was speaking to a friend today. I jokingly told her: "Yes, I should speak Spanish, but I don't. Get over it." She attempted a witty response: "Get over it? I am. It's like I was never under it." ...
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Pertinent versus relevant- what's the usage difference [duplicate]

According to various dictionaries, relevant means having a bearing on the matter at hand. Pertinent means “relevant to the matter at hand. Similarly, impertinent can be irrelevant. ...
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Is there a word similar to infallible that means “incapable of being right”?

The word infallible can mean "incapable of being wrong". The word fallible can mean "capable of being wrong". Is there a word that means "incapable of being right"?
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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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Is there an inverse of the word “consignment”?

Consignment is when you leave goods at a third party for them to sell as their own, and when it sells they pay you an agreed amount. In this case the third party is called a consignment store Is ...
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Would anyone use “ramp down” as the opposite to “ramp up”

In the context, for example, of factory production I often read the phrase "ramp up production" or "a ramp-up in production". To me "ramp down" sounds a strange phrase to use as the opposite - does ...
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What is the negation of “last”? [duplicate]

If the opposite of "last" is "first", is there a word for the negation, i.e. non-last element in a list?
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What is the antonym for client-server?

For example - there are client-server applications. The application of this type runs on one machine (client) and conntects to another machine (server) in order to work. What can I call an application ...
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What is the opposite of an exhaustive list?

In Japanese, the particle と is used within an exhaustive list of items, to separate each item. E.g. りんごとバナナとメロンがあります。 (Ringo to banana to meron ga arimasu.) I have an apple, a banana, and a ...
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Oil is slippery; rubber is _____?

What's the best word (or words) to describe rubber's 'gripping' property that is the opposite of oil's slipperiness? It's not 'rough', since rubber grips without necessarily being rough.
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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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Antonym of “Towards” contained in one word?

Antonym of "Towards" contained in one word? The only antonym that I can think of is "Away From", but that is two words.
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What is the opposite action of “enlist”?

What is it called when someone is done with the task that he/she enlisted for? I.e.: They enlist. They do what they signed up for. They __.
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Antonym of prior to?

Given the following sentence, in the context of a video about flying a plane: The heading remained unchanged prior to 02:50 Reversing the meaning of this: The heading remained unchanged ...
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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.