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

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Opposite of a funnel

A funnel is used for pouring something in it such that it can be going out slower/more controlled. From to broad to narrow. I'm looking for the opposite of the thing "funnel". Mostly in the context ...
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Opposite of heat?

What is the opposite of heat? Hot>Cold Hotness>Coldness But Heat>? I think as Heat actually means heat energy, it should not or does not have an opposite. Is this right?
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What is the opposite of a retronym?

A retronym is the name given to an obsolete or older object to differentiate it from its newer replacement. Examples include "straight razor" (once just called "razor" until the modern razor), "analog ...
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Positive variant of “taint”

I want to use taint in a positive context, something along the lines of: I will have the opportunity to taint my life with the culture and experiences of others. What would be a better word for ...
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Is there an antonym for “dim”/ synonym for “lighten?”

I'm looking for a word that refers to when a dark room is slightly lightened- for example, by a candle or a weak lightbulb, but not so much that I could use "brightened" to describe the action. ...
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What is the antonym of DRM-free?

The term DRM-free, with DRM standing for digital rights management, is commonly used online to refer to content which can be downloaded and transferred by the user. Content which is not DRM-free ...
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What's the antonym of miss, as in “I miss something”?

Is there an antonym for miss in the context of "missing" something? If a person were happy that something were gone, is there an appropriate single word? I've arrived at "they are glad it's gone", ...
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What is the Antonym for depleted? [closed]

I have searched every online dictionary and can not find a word which means, not depleted."Undepleted" is apparently not a word. I want to say "His funds remain not depleted by unnecessary ...
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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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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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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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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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What is the word for the opposite of “cheek puff”?

How to name the face expression pictured on the right photo?
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Am I right in thinking that I'm using “opposite” as both a noun and an adjective?

I am using the word opposite in two ways: 1) To refer to something that has an opposite; 'heat' is an opposite because it has an opposite, 'cold', whereas 'three' is not an opposite because there is ...
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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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An antonym for 'sought-after'

Whenever describing something that is seldom looked for or desired I often verbalise it with "ill sought after" without hesitating. (ignore that ill is its own word, the trouble I'm having writing it ...
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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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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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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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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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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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What is it called when comparing two opposite people or things

Can someone please let me know what is the technique called when I compare two people who are very different? In my case, it is Donald Woods when he first meets Steve Biko in the film Cry Freedom. I ...
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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?
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What's the opposite of bonus?

According to this, the antonym would be Malus. But is there a more widely used term? Consider an exam where you've got a "Bonus question", so solving it correctly gives you an extra point. Would it ...
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Antonym of anthropomorphic

Is there an antonym to anthropomorphic meaning "The attribution of characteristics and behavior of inanimate objects to that which is alive"? I found "zoomorphism," but it doesn't have quite the ...
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How to concisely handle words that don't have an antonym

I work in software for a living, and have had a problem recently with the language I use to describe software components. This profession increasingly reveals itself to need the skill to accurately ...
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Is there an opposite of “gifted” as a verb?

Is there an opposite of "gifted" as a verb? For example when it's used such as "you are gifted with high intelligence". How would you say "you are (insert word) with poor reasoning skills".
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What is the antonym to 'elevation'?

How do I say an opposite of "elevation of an object over the plane" which would mean "the level of the displacement of an object under the plane"? That is, I am looking for a word in "??? of an object ...