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

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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 ...
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Opposite words with the same meaning

Is there a term for the phenomenon when you can replace one word in a sentence with a typically opposing meaning word and maintain the meaning of the sentence? Examples: I'm down for that! I'm ...
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What is the opposite of widow? If A is the widow of B, then B is the ____ of A?

When one of a married couple dies, there's a word (widow or widower) to refer to the survivor, but there seems to be no word to refer to the deceased. My wife was a widow when I met her. How should ...
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Meaning of 'Must not' and how to make the another meaning

I want to ask a question. The opposite of "must" is "must not", everybody knows. But, what does "must not" mean? Does it mean that you "may choose to do or not do" or you "may not choose to do"? Or ...
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Is there an antonym for the word dislocation?

For my PhD research I am writing about the metaphorical displacement of people (as in "they drove me out of their group", "he was snatched away before his time"). Essentially there are a variety of ...
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What is the opposite of “on-the-fly” [duplicate]

The phrase is used a lot in software world and refers to an activity that occurs while some other activity is in progress. Google search for "on-the-fly meaning" gives "while in motion or progress". ...
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Is there an opposite of “upmost”?

I'm writing something that involves the upmost, the righmost, the leftmost and the... damn. It was coming along quite beautifully. What would your choice be?
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can nymous be used as an antonym of anonymous [closed]

What should I use as an antonym of anonymous ? is nymous a correct antonym of anonymous ?
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Antonym for verbal diarrhea

The act of speaking excessively or continuously is referred to as verbal diarrhea. How about speaking very little? Is there a word for it?
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Antonym for cumulative

If odometer provides cumulative data. Then which type of data speedometer provides ? I mean that every measurement of that type of data is a separate value and do not depends on previous or next one ...
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What is the opposite of “authentication”?

An authentication is the action word for "to authenticate". "To disauthenticate" and "to unauthenticate" do not seem to exist (I might be wrong). So what is the most appropriate opposite action of ...
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what can be the antonyms of “motivation”?

What words or phrases can work best as containing the opposite (antonyms) meaning of the word, "motivation(s)"? I am trying to find a word that describes the "reasons that make a person not want to ...
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Proper antonym for “expand” [closed]

I am creating an application that has a small panel that has an "expand" button. When the user expands it, he will be able to shrink it again. What would be the best antonym of "expand" to use here?I ...
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What is a better antonym pair than “upmost” vs. “deepest” for blood vessels?

I’m thinking about the opposite ends of a blood vessel, so perhaps the “upmost” blood vessels and “deepest” blood vessels. My problem is that I like neither word quoted in the previous sentence. ...
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What is the opposite of Peripheral?

I want to know the opposite of the word peripheral. For instance, one can have peripheral branches of the trigeminal nerve and upmost or something. What is the right opposite word of peripheral?
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What is the opposite of “abbreviation”?

What is the opposite of "abbreviation"? For example, if ELL is an abbreviation for English Language Learners, then English Language Learners is a(n) _______ for ELL. I'm looking for a word that will ...
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Antonym for “necessary”?

A thesaurus may suggest ‘optional’ as an antonym for ‘necessary’ but this isn't the word I'm looking for. I need a word which means ‘cannot be included’ as in the phrase, “The country code is ...
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Words develop their opposite

I remember once hearing a theory--first promoted, I believe, by Freud--that words develop to mean their opposite, and that eventually the new, antithetical definition takes primacy. Cleave is a ...
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“Tomboy” but in reverse

The word "tomboy" is used to express the idea of a girl who behaves in a boyish manner. It's not usually considered a negative term, or at least not very negative, and generally just means the girl ...
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What is the opposite of “preaching to the choir”?

I have found "Whistling into the wind" online but I do not think it fits because it seems to mean that your words are not heard, whereas the opposite should mean that you're being informed by someone ...
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Opposite of expanded?

I am looking for the word to use when saying the opposite of expanded/expand/expansion etc... Here is an example of how I want to use the word: In the summer the wood expanded, now it is winter ...
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Opposite of “specialized” in the context of computing units

A graphics card or an algebraic co-processor is a specialized computing unit. A conventional CPU, which understands a lot more instructions, is a flexible computing unit. I'm not happy with using ...
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What's the opposite of “happy to”?

When I need to deliver someone an unfortunate news, what would be the opposite phrase to: I'm happy to inform you... or I'm delighted to give you this news...
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What's the opposite of new comer ? Is veteran ok?

Someone who has just come to a new workplace may be called a new comer. What about someone who has been at a workplace for a while or a long time? I have looked up the dictionary. Does veteran(veteran ...
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Is vilification the process leading to vindication?

Vindication is at the same time both an intoxicating and an unhealthy emotion. It says, "I told you so." "I was right despite your best efforts to dissuade or punish me." An example of usage: ...
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What is the opposite to being “consumed”? [closed]

What is the opposite to being "consumed" in a sense of being soon to be "consumed" but not yet happened to be. Or, to put it in a different way, is there a nicer way (synonym?) to say "unconsumed"? ...
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The opposite of close set (eyes)

What's the opposite of close set eyes? wide set eyes? far set eyes? :D I heard this in the TV show Grimm. I got curious what would be the opposite
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What's the opposite of a “round number”?

A round number is defined, informally, as one with lots of zeroes at the end, or one that ends with a 5 (perhaps because it's easier to give change to). What would you call a number that wasn't ...
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What's the word for a counterparty of a customer?

When I want to refer to the people (and organizations) who supply me with the goods and services I consume---that is, those of whom I am a customer---what word do I use? My candidates: Customee ...
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Antonym of syllogism?

"deduction" is a synonym of "syllogism". "induction" is an antonym of "deduction" I was wondering if there is a antonym of "syllogism" which share the same suffix as "syllogism"?
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antonym of “supple” in “supple skin”?

What is an antonym of "supple" in "supple skin"? From Merriam-Webster online dictionary, I saw the antonyms of "supple" are " inflexible, rigid, stiff, stiffened". I don't think these antonyms are ...
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Words that mean the exact opposite to themselves [duplicate]

As I'm sure everyone is now aware, the OED has now acknowledged that "literally" can be used to mean both "figuratively" AND "actually" -- two words with the opposite definition. It got me wondering: ...
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Antonym for atmosphere? [closed]

To be used for either meaning (air around the planet, or aura/feeling of a location) of the word atmosphere. Earth and vacuum are the closest I can think of for air atmosphere, but all I can come up ...
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Relationship between “ductile” and “malleable”

What is the relationship between the words ductile and malleable? They are definitely not antonyms, but can we call them synonyms?
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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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One word for “opposite of 'sin'” [duplicate]

I have checked many dictionaries but there is no one opposite of 'sin'.
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Whats a word for a non-communicable (non-contagious) disease that has still spread throughout a population?

Normally I would use forms of the words epidemic, pandemic, or infection but these would imply that the disease in contagious. Are there any words that mean a disease has spread but is not contagious? ...