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

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What word describes things that are similar yet different? [duplicate]

There are two words on either side of the word I'm looking for: synonym and antonym. Of course, a synonym is a word that means the same thing (automobile vs. vehicle), and an antonym is a word that ...
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Antonym of -proof suffix

-proof, used as the suffix to a noun, basically means that the object you are describing is resistant to the noun. The specific example that led me to look for this was emailing our support team ...
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The opposite of the “Royal we”

The “Royal We” is a term to indicate that, when someone is ostensibly speaking about a group of people, they’re actually referring to themselves as an individual. Someone I know (whom I will not ...
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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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What word has the same flavor but opposite meaning of hence (in the future)

My brain is claiming there is such a word, but Google seems to disagree: Is there any word with the same "flavor" as hence (somewhat ostentatious, perhaps? Victorian?) in the meaning of "in the ...
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What is a good antonym for “infest”?

What is a good antonym for "infest"? I thought of "cleanse" but I'm hoping there is a better antonym. The context I'm thinking of is when an exterminator gets rid of an insect infestation.
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Opposite of “mental picture” [closed]

Is there a good antonym to "mental picture"? For example: "Remembering the Kana" uses mental pictures, but no physical pictures.
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What's the opposite of “in X's favor”? [closed]

If you argued your case well, the judge may rule "in your favor". What's the opposite expression? (I don't mean "dismiss your claim" or "reject your suit" etc. - I'm looking for the exact opposite ...
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A word or short phrase to reduce the influence of something

When talking about depression, I prefer to use positive/active words as opposed to combative or oppressive words. I'm looking for a word that fits in this sentence that is active and positive: I ...
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What's the logical opposite to “onboarding”?

When you have a lengthy process after hiring someone, you call that the "onboarding" process. Is the term "offboarding" correct for a lengthy end-of-contract process? Or what would that be called?
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Phrasal verbs with synonymous opposites

There are some cases in English where one can substitute in a word that normally has an opposite meaning, but instead produces the same meaning. For examples, consider the following meanings and uses:...
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What is the antonym of “single minded”

Example sentence: However much in earnest he might be, he had nothing of the single-mindedness that belongs to a fanatic. (221, Nineteen Eighty-Four) The word "single-minded" seem to suggest a ...
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Antonym for “recent”, as in time series observations

I do time series analysis and forecasting, and many algorithms weight more recent observations more highly than observations from the more distant past in extrapolating. The previous sentence already ...
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What is a non derogatory word for the opposite of a Manager? [duplicate]

If the person above me in an organisation, that I report to, is my manager. What would be a term my manager would refer to me, and my peers under them? Minion, lackey, or lieutenant kinda work; but ...
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What is the opposite of penance?

I think it must be a single word from something like "willful insistence on wrongdoing." What is that word? A lot of websites say "happiness" which seems obviously incorrect.
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True antonym to braggart/exhibitionist?

Braggart is a noun meaning someone who boasts about their achievements. Exhibitionist is also a noun meaning a person who acts in an extravagant way. Another example of a word in this synonym-family ...
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'Antonym' for anesthetized?

Is there a word which refers to a state for an animal or human that is not anesthetized (or influenced by other artificial consciousness altering substances) for an academic or professional context? I ...
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How do I say 'I don't want' without phrasing it in terms of wanting?

It seems rather odd that there is a verb for wanting something, but not for the opposite, as it means we always have to phrase things in terms of wanting. For instance there's an opposite of having ...
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Stochastic antonym, medical context

I'm looking for a word that compliments stochastic (randomly determined) in a medical context, specifically in describing when radiation effects occur. 'Acute' seems to be the generally used term for ...
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Spendthrift vs Thrifty - origins

I have always been curious to understand the origin of these two seemingly similar words. Looking at them for the first time, I thought they were synonyms, but ever since I learned of their existence, ...
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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 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 ...