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

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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? ...
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Antonym of all: none, not all, both?

If you ask someone what the opposite of "all" was, most times the answer will be "none", such as the example of "no one" is the opposite of "everyone". There are three antonyms for "all" on ...
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What is the antonym for the verb “support”?

For example: I support Bob's decision to quit his job. What word could you use in place of support to make that sentence have the opposite meaning?
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Inversion of Spiritual Successor

If B is a spiritual successor to A, then what would one call A in relation to B? The obvious answer would be spiritual predecessor, but that seems inaccurate, since spirit seems to refer to intent - ...
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Does the word “exgest” exist?

A colleague of mine found reference to the word "Exgest" in a contract. In context, this appeared to mean the opposite of the word "Ingest" which was used earlier in the contract. These words were ...
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What's the opposite of “extending the deadline”?

Extending or pushing a deadline means giving more time to work on a project. But what if you want to say you are changing it so that the task is due earlier? What are the words or expressions I could ...
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Word for 'end of an era'?

I'm looking for the correct term for the "end of an era", preferably a single word. Essentially I'm looking for the antonym of epoch. Google's dictionary defines epoch as The beginning of 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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Antonym for “resurrect” [closed]

I am looking for an antonym for the word resurrect.
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Antonym for ameliorate

I have been searching online for a particular word; that approximates to an antonym of ameliorate. I am after a specific word. ameliorate verb to make better Synonyms ameliorate, amend, ...
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Antonym: Latent

So, I was trying to think of a word that had the opposite meaning of "latent". Latent means "existing, yet unmanifested". I'm looking for a word that meant "existing and manifested, yet dissipating ...
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What is the opposite of “free,” as in “gluten-free/free of gluten”?

I am looking for a one-word antonym for "free" in the context of "a lack of something." For example: "pain-free/free of pain," "error-free/free of errors," "gluten-free/free of gluten"? To say "full" ...
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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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Opposite of “client”?

Is there an antonym of client for the following context? The [?] performs services for his clients. Usually one would just specify the profession or job title: The contractor does home ...
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Opposite of “satellite”

A satellite is an object which orbits another, what it the word for a object which is being orbited? The moon is a satellite of Earth, the Earth is a __ of the moon?
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Does empty have a gradable antonym in English?

Empty doesn't seem to have a gradable antonym. If something is not empty and not full, then it is not empty, but is there a single word expression for this? Edit: To make it more evident, I'm ...
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What is the true antonym of “successive”? [closed]

What is the true antonym of "successive"? Did the the "true" sound weird? Well everywhere I looked, I only found subjective antonyms like Broken, Discontinuous, Infrequent, Intermittent, ...
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Opposite of change?

What is the opposite of change (change as in "change for currency")? If I say, "Give me change for $10" what is the opposite of 'change' in that sentence?
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Antonym of Postpone [duplicate]

what is the antonym of postpone. I have seen the usage of "prepone" at many places. If that is correct, the is the post used in postpone a prefix ?
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Opposite of “summarize”

I want to indicate that some text has been made longer while emphasizing that no new content has been added. Desired usages: I need to anti-summarize this paper to reach the ten page minimum. ...
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How come nobody likes being wanted or unwanted? [closed]

How come both "being wanted" and "being unwanted" are both bad words. Yet, being "needed" and "unneeded" are antonyms? Nobody wants to feel wanted, yet they all want to feel needed. Compare these ...
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English antonyms to rage, anger, annoyance [closed]

I would like to know if there are antonyms to words rage, anger, annoyance. I care about preserving the intensity of opposing words.
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What’s the male equivalent of “menopause”? [closed]

If women go through men-o-pause, do men go through women-o-pause? Is there an etymological equivalent? What is the antonymic Greek word to meno- (or rather, to μηνο-)? There might be a medical ...
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What is the opposite of the Devil's Advocate?

If I am arguing against a proposal that I may actually agree with, then I am playing Devil's Advocate. However, what if I do not necessarily agree with the proposal but am arguing for it, with the ...
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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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If additive is “something added”, what would be “something subtracted”?

Yes I know I can check the dictionary. But I can't find this part. Additive is both noun and adjective. The antonym for the adjective usage is subtractive, because it's an adjective too. But I ...
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What is the opposite of “commercial” art?

What is the opposite of commercial in the context of writing about art? For example: The artist created both commercial and _________ art.
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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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Is “man” the opposite of “woman”?

I heard someone today say that lad is the opposite of lass. And we picked up a debate on whether woman is actually the opposite of man, which led me to question whether nouns can have opposites at ...
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What is the opposite of free intended as “without”?

"Sugar free, taste __" Which word could I use to tell the opposite of "free" intended as "without"?
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What's the antonym of “buy-in”?

At a casino gambling table, to buy-in means to convert cash into chips, but what about its antonym, what's the word for to convert/exchage playing chips to/for chips that could be exchanged to cash at ...
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What is a proper antonym of “achievement”

What word best describes the opposite of "achievement"? It can have more than one interpretation: met achievement that is not desirable unmet desirable achievement I'm interested in all you ...
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Opposite of Ground Up

Is there any opposite of "Ground up" phrase? Something like "Top-down : Bottom-up"
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What's another word for “perfect analogy” / “non-analogy”?

Is there a word to mean an analogy so perfect that it is no longer considered an analogy? For example, what may be a suitable word in the sentence below? : ...The analogy eventually breaks down, ...
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What is the term used to describe the relationship between two words that are both the opposite of another word, but also the opposite of each other? [duplicate]

To start this off light, I was initially thinking about this with Oreos. There are fresh Oreos, and then there are two different ways they can go stale: dry/hard (in low humidity) and soft/mushy (in ...
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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 ...