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

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Opposite word for “cursive”, as related to writing

I looked up the etymology entry at etymonline.com for cursive, which reads: 1784, from French cursif (18c.), from Medieval Latin cursivus “running,” from Latin cursus “a running,” from past ...
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The opposite of “magnum opus”?

According to the online Oxford English dictionary, a magnum opus is a work of art, music, or literature that is regarded as the most important or best work that an artist, composer, or writer ...
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Antonym of “summon”

I'm looking for an antonym to "summon". Would "unsummon" be grammatically correct, though it is not found in a dictionary? A contextual example: You are a wizard that has the ability to summon ...
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In the context of family, what is the opposite of “immediate”?

In the context of family, the term "immediate" refers to member of the family connected by birth, adoption, marriage, civil partnership, or cohabitation. Is t here a term that refers to the rest of ...
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Does English have half-graded antonyms?

In a recent question about comparatives, a dispute arose in the comments about gradable antonyms like useful/useless where English speakers strongly prefer to use comparative forms only for half of ...
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Looking for a word that means the opposite of 'gilded'

I'm looking for the opposite of gilded when used as: having a pleasing or showy appearance that conceals something of little worth. Most of the antonyms listed from different sources mean ...
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Chuffed - happy or unhappy?

I was looking into the word chuffed this morning, and came across this:- chuffed 1 /tʃʌft/ adjective British Informal. delighted; pleased; satisfied. Origin: 1855–60; see chuff2 , ...
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I am looking for a word that is the same as “aspiration” but it's done [closed]

For example if you wish to do or have something, you can use aspiration. What word is the best to use for things that you have and done already? I was thinking about accomplishment, but it only ...
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Reverse deadline?

Is there a term or word for a "reverse deadline"? Deadline is normally the date or time before which something must occur. I'm seeking a term for the date or time after which something may occur. I ...
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What is the opposite of an electronic document?

I need an all-encompassing term that covers all kinds of written documents, except electronic ones: printed (on a printing press or the result of a computer printout) as well as hand-written ...
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What is the antonym of “outgrow”?

It's easy to say that you outgrew your clothes, but what's the word to indicate the opposite? I lost so much weight that I _ _ _ _ _ my belt!
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What's the antonym of “occurrence”?

I'm looking for the antonym of occurrence. I want to use it in this sentence: Based on the occurrence/[antonym] of signals, decisions will be made. The context is scientific. I would like to ...
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Inverse for the term "refinement”

In computer science there is a term "refinement". Refinement is a hierarchical relationship between two concepts. If B refines A, then the requirements of B are a superset of the requirements of A. ...
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Synonyms, Antonyms, and “Neutralnyms”

Two words A and B are synonyms if they mean the same thing, and antonyms if they mean opposite things. But is there a word to describe the relationship where A means "neither B nor its opposite"? ...
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What's an antonym of 'monolithic' as in 'monolithic architecture'?

I want to describe an architecture/system that is composed of diverse and modular parts. What's a good antonym for monolithic architecture to describe a technical system?
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Antonym of coercive

I'm looking for an antonym of the word coercive, i.e., a leader who gets something done merely by asking instead of forcing someone to do something. Any suggestions?
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Opposite of “verbose”

One definition of verbose states: characterized by the use of many or too many words; wordy: a verbose report. Some (including the above link) suggest that the opposite is concise or laconic, ...
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What are the antonyms of “append” and “prepend”?

I need the antonyms for "append" (that is, I need a word that means "to remove at the end", since "append" means "to add at the end") and "prepend" (that is, I need a word that means "to remove at the ...
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The opposite of “rights” — “obligations” or “responsibilities”?

Lead SA composed a Bill of Responsibilities to complement the South African Bill of Rights and express those rights in a practical way. I think it is an inspirational idea, but I expected the ...
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What is the opposite of a “one-trick pony” or a “one-hit wonder”?

I'm thinking of "a one-shot gun" vs. "an automatic machine gun", or vs. "an all-purpose tool" (although tool lacks oomph). Any ideas?
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Word meaning “narrow minded person” that ends in “an” if such exists [closed]

I'm looking for a word which is opposite or similar to Cosmopolitan and also ends in "an". I'm trying to title something opposite or related to Cosmopolitan the magazine which sounds similar. So the ...
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Which is the opposite of pick pocket

Without you became awarness a pick pocket pull some object from your pocket or your bag. How can we name somebody who do the opposite action pushing something in your bag or your pocket? Edit after ...
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What is the opposite of “idiomatic”, as in idiomatic code?

What is the opposite of "idiomatic", other than not idiomatic? Is there a concise way of expressing this concept or describing such a code?
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Which word can be used for the person who is challenged (in a contest)?

The words "challenge" and "challenger" are well-known, but is there such a term as "challengee" - as I read somewhere? In other words, what would be an appropriate term to describe the person ...
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What is the opposite of being “everything to everyone”?

I think of this in the following context: when someone tries to be everything to everyone, they end up being nothing to nobody. That of course is a double negative, but I believe expresses the intent ...
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What's the opposite of dramatic irony? [closed]

I know that dramatic irony is when the audience knows things the characters don't, but what do you call it when the characters in a story know information that the audience does not?
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Event: “archived” vs. “filed” vs. “shelved”

I'm coding a database that has an Events table with a status field. When an event's date has not yet passed, the status is Published. I would like to use a term to mean that the date of the event has ...
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What is the difference between “count” and “matter” in this quote?

I came across a quote today, it is, As a person it's what's on the inside that counts. It's what's on the outside that matters. Please explain the quote for me. Are count and matter opposites?
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Antonym of “recurrent” [closed]

What is the antonym of recurrent? This is like I have to few activities which I have to perform each month so these are recurrent but there are few activities which I only perform once. So what should ...
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Name for anti-decoy

There is this trick when you give a person two choices: one which you want her to accept; and the other, which is significantly worse than the first one. This way you create the illusion of choice, ...
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What is the converse of “hence”?

Imagine I have two sentences. The second one causes or precedes the first one, like: It is raining. There are a lot of clouds. You can say: There are a lot of clouds. Hence, it is raining. ...
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Antonym of “Cascade”

In our company, at the beginning of year, we have what is known as Goals Cascading. Essentially, the senior most people in the firm set goals for the entire firm and then the people at the next level ...
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What's the opposite of Proof of Concept?

From an Information Technology perspective, what's the opposite of Proof of Concept? I need to ask my client if they want us to build them a Proof-of-concept (app in its basic form) or a full-fledged ...
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What's the opposite of “omniscient”? [closed]

What's the opposite of omniscient, which means having infinite knowledge, or simply ...
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Looking for the opposite of “drill down”

I am a programmer working on a chart component that allows to drill down on selection of a node. Drilling down will show the details of that node (like its children etc.). But I am struggling to find ...
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What is the opposite of “usage”?

I am looking for a word which meaning is the opposite of "usage". The context is the use of devices of any sort. The best I've come up with so far is to look at the situation from the devices ...
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Antonym for “prestigious”

I am looking for a way to describe a business that has sacrificed traditional prestige for effectivity. I understand the most direct antonym is unprestigious, but I'm not sure this word conveys what ...
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What is the opposite action of “enlist”?

What is it called when someone is done with the task that he/she enlisted for? I.e.: They enlist. They do what they signed up for. They __.
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“Loosen up”, “tighten up”

"To loosen up" means "to become not nervous". Could the phrase "to tighten up" be a good opposite and mean "to become nervous"?
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“Not empty” set in one word? [closed]

Is there a single word which means "not empty"? That is, a word which one might use to describe a field with one or more cows in it, as opposed to an "empty" field with none? Full or even ...
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What is the opposite of the ending “-cide” (as in “suicide”, “pesticide”)?

I'm looking for the antonym of -cide (as in suicide, pesticide, etc.). Essentially the ending to words that would mean "to create or embrace".
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Antonyms of “lesser” and “greater”

The opposite of "lesser" is "greater or equal" and vice versa. Does the English language have single word antonyms for "lesser" and "greater"?
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Is there a word for something that gets “acted upon”?

For instance, say I have two individuals and one is active, the other passive. I know I can call the active person the "actor"—he "acts upon" the passive person. But what do I call the "acted upon"? ...
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More specific antonym to “lodger” than “landlord”

You can distinguish between someone who's paying for a room and paying for an apartment or house with lodger versus tenant. Is it possible to distinguish between someone who offers a room for rent ...
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How to say the opposite of “check” (for lists)?

Suppose you enumerate points of some list, adding "check" after each one. How to speak about the reverse of a "check" (i.e. omission or an opposite for the item)? Like if you have: Big scary horns ...
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Antonym for “exceed”

I am trying to find a single word antonym for "exceed". I am using the word as a verb (so "beneath" doesn't work) and it should have a positive connotation (as in a golf score which falls below par). ...
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Opposite of “straight talk”

What is the opposite for the straight talk idiom? How do I best call the activity when someone makes a very long preamble before he says what he wants?
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Is there a word for the total amount of time you weren't working in a day?

I can say that I plan to work 7 hours today, but how do I say I plan to "not work" for 2 hours? "Be on a break/pause for 2 hours" or "Rest for 2 hours" doesn't work because I might take several ...
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What is an inverse phrase for “topping-off”?

I’m looking for a term or phrase that is the inverse equivalent to the action of “topping-off”, like a gas tank, but meaning “to completely empty.” Not a steady state (empty, depleted), but more a ...
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Antonym of “comfort zone”

What is a good antonym of "comfort zone", or an expression replacing "outside my comfort zone"? I'm writing an essay and don't want to repeat myself too much.