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

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The act of baiting someone into (incorrectly) calling bullshit

Is there a single word, or commonly-used term, to describe the act of baiting another person into calling bullshit, when in fact you're not bullshitting? Conceptually, this either a sub-type, or the ...
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What are “real stores” called in English, as opposed to “online stores”?

In a piece of software, what would I call a store that sells items to the public in real life as opposed to an online store (ie. a health-food store). It will look like this: ____ Store ...
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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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correct antonym for individualistic

I'm looking for an antonym for individualistic that ideologically corresponds to valuing the common good above the individual. For example when Spock says "the needs of the many outweighs the needs ...
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What is the most appropriate opposite of “Select All”?

Is it more appropriate to use "Deselect All" or "Select None" or some other phrase to indicate the opposite of "Select All"? Context: A toggle button in a piece of software that will select all items ...
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What is the opposite of “avoidance”

I am stuck looking for one word that captures the personal attribute of never avoiding issues; a concise way of saying that one deals with things "head-on" and in a timely manner. I'd also like to ...
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What is the opposite of organic (food)?

The word inorganic is patently inappropriate for describing food, even if that food wasn't produced in a manner consistent with organic farming. Wikipedia points this out, but doesn't really offer an ...
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Sieve vs filter? Are they opposites?

If I have a set of numbers, and I say I will filter the primes, that means to me that I will remove the primes, and return the remainder. If I have a set of numbers, and I say I will sieve the ...
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What's the opposite of “no-show”?

It's called "no-show" if a guest doesn't appear. Is it right to call the opposite "show"?
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What is the opposite of “Destination” [duplicate]

What is the antonym of the word destination. Here is some context: Every train has a destination and a ____? I was thinking it might be origin but I've never encountered that word used in this ...
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The opposite of “one size fits all”

Is there a neat word or phrase that summarizes the opposite of "one size fits all"? "One size does not fit all" is not an option. What am looking for is something that means "different sizes for ...
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What is the antonym of 'virtual machine'?

What is the antonym of 'virtual machine'? A virtual machine (VM) is a piece of software pretending to be a piece of hardware. There can be virtual servers, virtual desktops... I googled around a ...
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What is the antonym of “result” or “consequence”?

A "result" or "consequence" is the what happens as a result of the concept of the word. For example: War -- death, suffering, winner, looser, etc. Is there a word that can describe the opposite ...
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Noun form of verb “decline”

Is there a noun form of the verb "to decline"? That is, is there a word that follows this pattern: to accept -> acceptance to decline -> ? I am aware of the word declination which is the ...
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Single word for “less mass per unit volume” (the complement of “dense”)

I've been looking for the antonym of dense. I'm looking for an exact opposite: a single word the means, precisely, "having less mass per unit volume than another object". That is, I'm seeking a ...
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High, low, deep,?

If a low pitch is the same as a deep tone then what is the equivilant of a high pitch ? Shallow? I have heard people say high for both but is this correct ?
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Is there a single word that is the opposite of “want” (i.e. “do not want”)?

Is there a single verb that means "do not want"? E.g. "I want that object" or "I want to do this" vs. "I _____ (do not want) that object" or "I _____ (do not want) to do this"? Also in the case of ...
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Antonym for the verb “subordinate”

I'm looking for some sort of antonym for the word subordinate, to be used in a sentence such as She [verb] these principles above all others. It's being used in an academic paper, so it ...
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Antonym of “deepen”

Since there is no word "shallowen", is there a good antonym of "deepen"? The meaning of "deepen" that I am referring to here is "to cause to become deeper." It doesn't necessarily refer to digging a ...
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Antonym of “low-ball” as price

What is an antonym or popularly used phrase meaning the opposite of low-ball used to refer to a price?
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If subscription is a contract to receive something, what is a contract to send something called?

I'm using the word subscription with the following meaning: subscription: an arrangement to receive something, typically a publication, regularly by paying in advance. (Definition taken from ...
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Opposite of “to my credit”?

In writing a question for Programmers StackExchange, I wanted to write a sentence similar to "To my credit, I did foo, bar, and baz," except foo bar and baz are bad things so they are actually the ...
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What's the opposite of “dogmatic”?

I'm trying to describe an approach that doesn't just blindly follow established opinion, but seeks validation through experimentation. Any ideas?
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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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What is the antonym of “abjure”?

Affirm Cajole Insist Pronounce Shout What's your opinion?
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Antonym of “apathy”

I'm looking for a word that describes a general feeling of concern for things. Preferably not with a negative connotation (ie. neurotic), but for use as a description of someone who expresses interest ...
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What is the antonym of prospection in the context of seeking reward? [closed]

Currently looking into the effects of neuroscience on decision making. There is the limbic system which is in charge of the seeking of positive reward i.e. prospection. In contrast to this there is ...
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What's the opposite of “speaking clearly”?

When somebody talks in a way where they swallow parts of a word, talk very fast or talk in a way that is difficult for most listeners to comprehend, what do you call the way this person speaks? I'm ...
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Example of use of autoantonym causing unintentional ambiguous sentences in news reports?

What are some examples of use of autoantonyms causing unintentional ambiguous sentences in (recent) news reports? I'm trying to compile some real-world examples of autoantonyms (as opposed to toy ...
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Antonym for gormless?

I was sitting at the card table this evening looking gormless (as I am wont to do) when it occurred to me to wonder, are the other players gormful? Is there such a word? Is there such a thing as gorm, ...
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What’s the opposite of “wider”? [closed]

What is the opposite of wide and wider? For instance, is the corresponding opposite to sentence one below really sentence two? The Ipad2 is wider than the iPad Air. The iPad Air is narrower than ...
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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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Non-negative opposite of “to prefer”

What is the antonym of "to prefer" that does not sound too negative? Merriam-Webster lists several antonyms for "to prefer", but all of them sound a bit too negative to me. In a situation with many ...
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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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Opposite of 'Midas touch'?

I'm wondering what word or phrase could be used for the counter examples of 'Midas touch' effect. The Midas touch, or the gift of profiting from whatever one undertakes, is named for a legendary ...
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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 ...
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What is the opposite of compulsion?

If I am acting based on a compulsion, then I am acting because I am forced to do so. I have given up my power to chose. What is the opposite of this? If I decide to act after careful analysis and ...
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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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The antonym of political-savvy

People sometimes use "political-savvy" to describe someone who is aware of what to do or what not to do in an organization or company. I wonder which word would be the opposite of that? i.e. someone ...
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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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Term for competitor that is not the favourite

In a betting sport such as horse racing or boxing, the competitor for whom the odds are lowest is known as the favourite. Can the other competitors be termed something in contrast?
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Antonym of “phobia”

If a phobia is to have an irrational fear of something, what is the word for having an irrational affinity for something? For example a numerologist may fear the number 13, but be attracted to (or ...
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An antonym for “daylight”

Considering that: The antonym of day is night. The antonym of light can be either darkness or obscurity. Is there any exact antonym for daylight, a word that would mean "the darkness of the ...
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Antonym of heartbreaker? [closed]

In one of my short stories, I have to compare a guy who is a heartbreaker to someone who is exactly the opposite of him. Instead of describing the opposite character of the guy, I am looking for a ...
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opposite of digital, but not analogue

I'm currently writing a security guideline for my company, and I need to make different rules for digital files and documents on paper. I was wondering if there were any good words to mean "on ...
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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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How to write/say the opposite of 100+? [closed]

Example: "I probably sent out, 100+ emails today." 100+ one-hundred-plus (?) How would you say or write the opposite? "Because your paper's rating is -100- you are now required to ...
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Single-word adjective for “which should be repaired”

I'm looking for a term to characterise things which should be repaired. I am also looking for an antonym to go with it. Imagine I have two boxes, one with phones which should be repaired and the ...
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What is the opposite of procrastination in one word?

I thought of precrastination at first but that appears to be the act of planning to procrastinate.
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Antonym for piling up?

I am looking for a verb that would be something like an antonym for piling up, describing the action of raising a pile from the bottom, specially making the base of the pile wider. For example, like ...