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

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Antonym for “discombobulate”

I'm looking for a good antonym to discombobulate. I'm aware that the word is made-up American slang and as such there is no such thing as to be combobulated. If a person is anything but ...
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What's the opposite of “precede”?

In the particular context that I'm in, I was writing about several lines of programming. For simplicity, let's call them: line a line b First, I described line a. Great. Then I wanted to write ...
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Opposite of “trendy” without a negative meaning

I am looking for an opposite to the word trendy without giving a meaning that those who adopted the trend are old-fashioned in hindsight. For example, Service Oriented Architecture is the trend as ...
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What “Extravagant culture” could be used as an antonym to “Spartan”?

"Spartan" is an adjective derived from Sparta, an ancient Greek city-state famous for its austerity. The adjective is used today to mean basic and minimal. I'm looking for an antonym, i.e. a culture ...
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Antonym for 'preaching to the choir'

I'm looking for a phrase which essentially means questioning a belief you share with someone, but that other person has an almost unshakable faith in that belief, so your misgivings fall on deaf ears ...
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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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Is there a word that means the opposite of “gentrification”?

Exactly what it says on the tin: is there a word that means precisely the opposite of "gentrification"? That is, the decline of a neighborhood due to an influx of lower-class families and individuals ...
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Is there an antonym for the verb form of delegate?

This question seeks an antonym for the noun form: Is there an antonym for “delegate”? I seek an antonym for the act of delegating, where instead of passing work or authority to another to keep it for ...
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What's the opposite of “trauma”? [closed]

Words like healing and relief often come up, but I don't think they really capture the intensity of a positive experience to the same degree as "trauma" captures a negative experience. For example: ...
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Is there an antonym for 'nonplussed'?

Nonplussed is an interesting word because it appears to be a negation of 'plussed' (as in 'not plussed'). As far as I know, 'plussed' isn't a real word. He was left nonplussed. How would you ...
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Antonym of hagiography

Is there a one word antonym of "hagiography"? A word which means "a piece of writing that paints a biography in the most negative light possible"?
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A phrase for the opposite of “getting over” something [closed]

I was speaking to a friend today. I jokingly told her: "Yes, I should speak Spanish, but I don't. Get over it." She attempted a witty response: "Get over it? I am. It's like I was never under it." ...
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Pertinent versus relevant- what's the usage difference [duplicate]

According to various dictionaries, relevant means having a bearing on the matter at hand. Pertinent means “relevant to the matter at hand. Similarly, impertinent can be irrelevant. ...
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Is there a word similar to infallible that means “incapable of being right”?

The word infallible can mean "incapable of being wrong". The word fallible can mean "capable of being wrong". Is there a word that means "incapable of being right"?
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Can the protagonist be the antagonist?

The dictionary lists these as antonyms, although the definitions of both don't really oppose each other. I mean a case where the central figure of a story (and possibly simultaneously the narrator) ...
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Is there an inverse of the word “consignment”?

Consignment is when you leave goods at a third party for them to sell as their own, and when it sells they pay you an agreed amount. In this case the third party is called a consignment store Is ...
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Would anyone use “ramp down” as the opposite to “ramp up”

In the context, for example, of factory production I often read the phrase "ramp up production" or "a ramp-up in production". To me "ramp down" sounds a strange phrase to use as the opposite - does ...
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What is the negation of “last”? [duplicate]

If the opposite of "last" is "first", is there a word for the negation, i.e. non-last element in a list?
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What is the antonym for client-server?

For example - there are client-server applications. The application of this type runs on one machine (client) and conntects to another machine (server) in order to work. What can I call an application ...
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What is the opposite of an exhaustive list?

In Japanese, the particle と is used within an exhaustive list of items, to separate each item. E.g. りんごとバナナとメロンがあります。 (Ringo to banana to meron ga arimasu.) I have an apple, a banana, and a ...
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Oil is slippery; rubber is _____?

What's the best word (or words) to describe rubber's 'gripping' property that is the opposite of oil's slipperiness? It's not 'rough', since rubber grips without necessarily being rough.
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Need a word that has the opposite meaning of “nominal”?

I'm looking for a word that has the opposite meaning of the word nominal in the sense of in name only. Here's an example (fill in the blank). Brian was in charge of scheduling in his ...
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Antonym of “Towards” contained in one word?

Antonym of "Towards" contained in one word? The only antonym that I can think of is "Away From", but that is two words.
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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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What is the opposite of “personification”?

I want a word that means the opposite of personification. What is the correct word for describing people with the characteristics of an object/as if they are objects? I found the word chremamorphism ...
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Antonym of prior to?

Given the following sentence, in the context of a video about flying a plane: The heading remained unchanged prior to 02:50 Reversing the meaning of this: The heading remained unchanged ...
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antonym for beneficiary

Is there an antonym for beneficiary that is not simply "giver" or "payer"? I'm looking for a word that roughly mean someone who loses financially in the case of an event.
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What do you call somebody who asks a question and somebody who answers a question?

What do you call somebody who asks a question and somebody who answers a question? I have exhausted the thesaurus with no real luck... any ideas? EDIT: It is in reference to this - or any other ...
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What is the opposite of “free” as in “free of charge”?

What is the opposite of free as in "free of charge" (when we speak about prices)? We can add not for negation, but I am looking for a single word.
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What is the antonym for euphemism? [duplicate]

Euphemism would mean putting across something that is possibly very hurtful in a very polite /mild manner. Is there any specific word for its antonym? The closest to this that I can think of is ...
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What's the antonym of “serendipitous”?

What's the antonym of "serendipitous"? I couldn't find any anywhere.
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What term describes workers that are not “knowledge workers”?

Wikipedia describes a knowledge worker as a worker whose "main capital is knowledge". Examples include engineers, doctors, accountants, software writers etc. Is there an "established term" to refer ...
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What's a less obscure word for “sinecure”?

I'm writing a message which will go out to a global community, so I want to keep the vocabulary relatively straightforward. I'm describing a job which previously has been a little vaguely-defined, but ...
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what's the antonym to “windfall”?

For its antonym, m-w windfall page lists affliction, bane, curse, evil, plague, scourge but i think all do not fit so well. "windfall" means some good things came free in surprise, such as a fortune ...
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what is the opposite of cynical? [closed]

How would you describe a person who is the total opposite of cynical? I thought of 'idealistic' or 'straightforward' but they don't seem right.
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What is the inverse of “detect”, meaning “to lose sight of”?

I'm not quite looking for an antonym of "detect" (e.g., overlook) but more of the inverse action that means "lose signal" or "lose sight of".
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Opposite of verb “abstract” and noun “abstraction”

The opposite of abstract (adj) is concrete, but what are the opposites of other forms of the word abstract, such as: abstract (v) - E.g.: We can abstract away the implementation details. abstraction ...
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Can anyone provide me with a list of English words that are their own antonyms?

I am looking for a list of all English words that are their own antonyms. Off the top of my head, I can only think of "either", "fast", "to dust" and "to lease", but there must be dozens more. Can you ...
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What is the antonym of “to get used to”?

I am looking for an antonym of the phrase "to get used to" in the sense of doing beginning (or in this case finishing) to do something oneself. The only one i can think of is "to get out of the habit ...
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What is an appropriate antonym for “genesis”?

In my academic discipline (meteorology), I very occasionally see lysis used to refer to dissipation of a system where genesis has been used to describe its initial development. However, lysis seems ...
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Is “misogyny” only applicable to men? What is the antonym of misogyny?

I came across the following sentence in New Yorker’s (February 23) article, titled “In Defense of Liz Lemon”: “She behaves as if Jack Donaghy (Alec Baldwin) is her daddy. She doesn’t trust her ...
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What is the antonym of iota?

Iota is typically used to refer to a tiny amount of something. Is there a letter antonym? Do you know of a case where iota and its antonym have been used in a quote to create a contrast. (The first ...
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Spendthrift vs Thrifty - origins

I have always been curious to understand the origin of these two seemingly similar words. Looking at them for the first time, I thought they were synonyms, but ever since I learnt them, their meanings ...
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What do you call a company in relation to its host commmunity?

This is a case of an oil company occupying a community for its operations. The community is its host, I believe. What is the company referred to in relationship to the community? Generally, it should ...
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What is the opposite of “Boon”?

If I grant someone a Boon, I am granting them a temporary positive effect. If I were to grant someone a temporary negative effect, what would an adequate word to describe that be? I was initially ...
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Word meaning the reverse of 'Xenophobia'

Xenophobia refers to the irrational fear or hatred of foreigners. But recently I've seen people displaying (in newspaper articles and other places) an irrational fear or hatred of their own ...
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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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What is the analog equivalent of 'digitally'?

In electronics, we can solve a problem digitally or analoguely ? That doesn't sound right, but surely there must be a word I can use? Update: some definitions: digitally: Relating to or being a ...
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Antonym of mandate

To mandate an action is to order it, or to officially require it, usually by means of authority. What word could be used to describe ordering that an action not be taken? For instance, if it is not ...
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What's the opposite of “enlarge”?

In the context of a computer user interface manual, what word would you use to complete this sentence: Drag the handle at the bottom-right corner to enlarge or __ the window. To me, "shrink", ...