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

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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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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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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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'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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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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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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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 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 ...
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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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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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“high-end clientele” is to “low-end clientele” as “carriage trade” is to what?

Is there a phrase in English that works as a direct antonym to the idiomatic carriage trade, that is, the wealthy patrons of a store, restaurant, hotel, etc.; the elite clientele? carriage trade: [...
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What are words that describe “the people” in the same way that “the machine” describes the ruling class?

The powerful ruling class has been described as "the machine", "the man", "patricians", "the establishment", and "big brother". I am looking for similar words to describe the 99%, aka the plebeians (...
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What's an antonym of demonize (other than deify)?

Propagandists often demonize people they don't like, from Native Americans to Communists. At the same time, truly evil people are often portrayed as patriots, philanthropists or all around good guys. ...
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culturally accepted adjectival antonym of 'non sequitur' [closed]

If one were to coin the adjective 'sequitur' as an antonym of 'non sequitur', would this be generally understood in English? 'Sequitur' is currently an accepted English noun meaning 'conclusion.' ...
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antonym for “partisan”? [closed]

Thesaurus.com lists the following antonyms for 'partisan': adversary antagonist opponent These carry combative connotations. Is there a good antonym for 'partisan' that is possibly ...
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Does the word 'unastute' exist?

I was searching for an antonym to 'astute' and an antonym derived from the word itself seemed perfect in the context. Does such a word exist?
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Opposite of smartwatch

What do you call a watch that isn't a smart watch? A dumb watch? Just "a watch"? Something else? I checked Wiktionary and it didn't have any antonyms.
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Word for the opposite of digital art

I'm looking for a word to distinguish digital artwork from non-digital artwork. I've already looked at various suggestions for the opposite of the word digital, but none seem to fit the concept. "...
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What is the serious version of “dabble”?

At Merriam Webster, the word dabble is defined as follows: to work without any deep involvement, or to take part in an activity in a way that is not serious, as in I just dabble in art. I'm ...
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Antonym for “posthumous”

We do not usually need an antonym for posthumous. When someone mentions Bob’s child or Bob’s novel, we naturally assume the child was born, and the novel published, during Bob’s lifetime. But imagine ...
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Antonym of “Condescending” or “Patronizing” [closed]

Are there any proper antonyms for the words "condescending" or "patronizing"? (assuming equivalent definition) An easy Google search provides "Humble, Friendly" etc. But they don't seem to fit well.
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What is the antonym of the verb “equip”?

I know some words like unclothe and disrobe but these verbs refer to taking clothes off, I'm looking for a more accurate verb antonym of the verb equip, meaning taking weapons off. More Context In a ...
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Has there ever been an antonym for “benefit” that includes the latin affix “neg-”?

I understand bene to roughly mean well, good, or rightly so from Latin, while neg- coming from Latin negare to roughly mean deny, negate, or against. The words benefit, beneficial, and benefactor all ...
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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 ...