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

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Antonyms of “meliorism”

What are the near antonyms of meliorism? I think the antonym will oppose the belief that the world can be made better by human effort. It can be a disbelief in efforts or humanity, despondency of ...
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'receptionist' & 'deceptionist' [closed]

If a receptionist is a person who greets and deals with visitors to a office, can deceptionist be an acceptable English word to describe a person who delays and blocks visitors to a office, especially ...
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Does 'pinch' have an opposite?

Recently, I've found myself talking about the use of pinching to zoom out on mobile devices, and I've been struggling with an opposite for the word 'pinch'. In lieu of a better word, I've been saying ...
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Opposite of Dying [closed]

What single word means the opposite of dying, in other words, the "verb of becoming alive/living from the subject". Context: Today while writing code I commented that one part of it was the "Dying" ...
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What could be the opposite of (online) live teaching?

I'm looking for an opposite of "live online teaching". Live online teaching would be for instance a lesson that is taught via Skype. On the opposite side, you could record a video of you teaching ...
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Antonym for Claim

I am looking for an antonym for the word claim. The closest words I could find are reject, deny, and, of course, disclaim. My problem with disclaim is that I have only ever seen it used as ...
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Looking for a term that is the opposite of “location-based crowdsourcing”

When referring to services that provide access to crowdworkers to perform tasks to be done on a computer with an internet connection (e.g., Amazon Mechanical Turk), in contrast with those that allow ...
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Is the opposite of 'within', 'without'? [duplicate]

Typically without is used to mean not having something. E.g. He went to work without his pants on. However, I'm wondering if it can be used for outside the bounds of. We do this with within. ...
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What is the antonym of the verb “to depend”? [closed]

I've found in this community this question and this other question mentioning the antonym of the adjective dependent, which is independent. What I wanted to know is how to use a proper antonym verb ...
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Non-negative opposite of “to prefer”

What is the antonym of "to prefer" that does not sound too negative? Merriam-Webster lists several antonyms for "to prefer", but all of them sound a bit too negative to me. In a situation with many ...
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What is the opposite of a monopoly?

There is an "oligopoly", which is the dominating of the market by a select few businesses. Then there's __, which is when no single business dominates their respective market. What's that called?
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Is there a term for a word that serves as its own antonym? [duplicate]

For example: "transparent" can mean both "obvious" and "hidden" "aught" can mean both "all" and "nothing" Is there a term for a word which has multiple definitions that are antonyms?
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Opposite logical fallacy to “straw man”?

The straw man fallacy is where an attacker sets up a "straw man" that looks superficially similar to their opponent's position, but is more easily attacked. They then attack the straw man and claim ...
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antonym of “spoiled”

I'm looking for an antonym of the word spoiled. The sense of spoiled I have in mind is a positive one: "I've become spoiled by these comfy shoes." I'm looking for a word or short phrase to say: ...
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Opposite of “during” [closed]

Is there an opposite/antonym of during (an event) meaning "NOT during (this event)" or "before or after (this event)"?
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What is an antonym of improved/improvement?

Consider these sentences: "I improved my essay." "I made an improvement to my essay." "How much did you improve your essay?" "What improvements did you make to your essay?" What would I say, if I ...
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Antonym of altruist

I'm trying to find an antonym for altruist but Google searching has been fruitless. The section of sentence is "... a population of altruists will therefore be fitter than a population of ...
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Antonym of simplify and simplification in the technical context

I am describing a technical process where the relation between two instances has two directions. The direction from the finer to the less fine instance is "simplification", but I cannot find its ...
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Antonym of “smalltalk”?

According to wikipedia, smalltalk is an informal type of discourse that does not cover any functional topics of conversation or any transactions that need to be addressed. For example: William: ...
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The opposite of a “nip” in the air?

What's the opposite of a nip in the air? Nip is for cold, what do we say for a slight hotness in the air?
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What is the most precise antonym of “talent”?

Where "talent" here refers to a personal quality of "from birth, being able to do a specific skill well", what is the precise opposite? I.e. what word means on innate inability? Just as an example, ...
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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 learnt them, their meanings ...
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The antonym of political-savvy

People sometimes use "political-savvy" to describe someone who is aware of what to do or what not to do in an organization or company. I wonder which word would be the opposite of that? i.e. someone ...
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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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What's an antonym for the noun “critic”? [closed]

I need an antonym (a noun) for the word "Critic", ie. a noun for someone who praises.
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Opposite of the suffix -less

I'm looking for a suffix that has the opposite meaning of the suffix -less as in stainless. That is, a suffix that means “not free of ...”. In German, for example, there is the adverb “behaftet” and ...
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What would be the opposite phrase for “Drawee Bank”?

Drawee bank is the bank, who will pay the cheque/draft. Then what would we call the bank in which the cheque/draft will be deposited? I did some search over the internet and found this link. Is it ...
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The opposite of “one size fits all”

Is there a neat word or phrase that summarizes the opposite of "one size fits all"? "One size does not fit all" is not an option. What am looking for is something that means "different sizes for ...
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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 analog equivalent of 'digitally'?

In electronics, we can solve a problem digitally or analoguely ? That doesn't sound right, but surely there must be a word I can use? Update: some definitions: digitally: Relating to or being a ...
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What's the opposite/inverse of “rate”?

Might be better for a math or datacomm exchange, but I'll try here first: Given that "rate" means the number of times that an event occurs in a unit of time, what is the opposite/inverse of that ...
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What's the opposite of “bootstrap” (in business)?

When starting a project or business, there are two extreme approaches. One is where you do everything yourself without external help: learn the techniques yourself, develop your own tools, providing ...
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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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How is a person I've affiliated called?

What's the right terms to define: A person who is an affiliate in a company, who brings to the company other affiliates What are the people he affiliated called in relation to him What is he called ...
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What is the opposite of “Boon”?

If I grant someone a Boon, I am granting them a temporary positive effect. If I were to grant someone a temporary negative effect, what would an adequate word to describe that be? I was initially ...
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Antonym for lying?

Is there an antonym for lying? The lyric "You keep lying, when you oughta be truthin'" in "These boots are made for walkin'" made me wonder: does a single word exist which means to speak the truth?
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Antonym of “exodus”

5PM. There's a mass exodus out of the city as people depart for home. What word describes the migration in the other direction -- A mass arrival of people? As far as I know, there isn't a word like ...
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Opposite of disciplined with positive or neutral connotations

Is there a word or phrase that means the opposite of disciplined, but which doesn't have negative connotations?
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Word to describe someone who doesn't appreciate what another person has done for them

What is the single word to describe someone who doesn't appreciate what another person has done for them? For example, let's say someone has sacrificed a lot of things and gone through a very hard ...
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If I “assign” someone a task, what is the correct verb for “unassigning” them? [duplicate]

I am developing some software where users are assigned tasks. They will see a date and time for when they were assigned to the task, but if they were later removed from the task, there will be a date ...
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What is the antonym of revoke?

I'm not satisfied with any of the suggestions for the antonym of revoke as given in http://thesaurus.com/browse/revoke. None of the suggestions capture the meaning of "re-approving something that ...
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What's the counterpart of the adjective 'pending'

The completion of task A cannot be achieved until task B is completed. I can therefore say that task A is in a group of tasks whose completion is suspended 'pending' the completion of task B. I can ...
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what 5-letter word is the antonym of “stink”?

It's really really hard to guess the word. All I know is "fragrance" , ""sweetness", etc. please help me with this stuff :)
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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 word describes text having a different meaning backwards and forwards?

Jonathan Reed's poem 'Lost Generation' is a pessimistic view of the future if read forwards. However, if you read it backwards linewise (not wordwise), it is still semantically meaningful, but the ...
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What is the appropriate opposite or antonym word for sweet?

A part of my brain says, this is a flavor, how can an opposite exist? On the other hand my other part of brain says, if opposites can exist for feelings why not for flavors?
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Opposite of subsequent (non-chronological/logical)

Just wondering, there is a related question regarding the subsequent in the context of logic (which can also be used in the context of chronology), but what if we're talking about an abstract ...
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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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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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Antonym(s) of pleonasm

Specifically words like succinct and concise. While not exactly the antonym of pleonasm, I would especially like to find a word that implies someone who speaks just enough, perhaps due to wisdom. The ...