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

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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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Opposite of “literal”

I was listening to the radio today, and someone said, "The couple came across a literal 'pot of gold.'" It made me think: how do you say the opposite of that? I'm looking for a statement or phrase ...
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What would the antonym of “tempt” be?

To tempt somebody is to entice them to do something bad that they don't necessarily want to do. The understanding of the word carries elements of both persuasion and wickedness. What would be a ...
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Which is/which are the antonym/antonyms of “to narrow down”? [closed]

Example: "In order to narrow down your search, you should ...". How would a native speaker say the exact opposite?
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What is the origin of “nonchalance?”

While reading a newspaper I saw the word nonchalance, looked up in dictionary, and dictionary says, it is a negative word meaning "indifference; carelessness; coolness." It looks like the opposite of ...
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Antonym of “perfect, flawless” with the meaning that *everything* is faulty

Example: Peter got a perfect/flawless/impeccable score: 0 errors for 100 questions. John got a ? score: 100 errors for 100 questions (Yes, he filled out the questions. And probably smudged with the ...
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Antonym of “advance”

As the word advance is used as a verb in the following context: "Advance to the next page" what would be an appropriate antonym that would make the most sense in an user interface and have neutral ...
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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 for “ad hoc”

I am going to find an appropriate antonym for "ad hoc" (done for a particular purpose only) to be used as the adjective of a kind of general-purpose device. The best choice can be "general-purpose", ...
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Name for words that are counterparts to each other in some context but not antonyms?

What is the name for words that are contrasting counterparts or near opposites to each other in some context, but are not generally strict antonyms? Some examples with word1 word2 (example context): ...
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What is the opposite of “arch” as a verb when talking about movement?

When on all fours (hands and knees): If the verb to bend the back upwards (forming an arch shape) is "arch", what is the verb to bend the back down (forming a valley)? Or is there a short phrase that ...
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Word meaning 'To be pulled'

I am looking for a word that means 'to be pulled' in that same sense of propelled or compelled means to be forced or urged forward. Ideally, it would use the same base pel. Searching Google and ...
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Is there a one-word opposite of implausible?

If we use implausible as a stronger version of improbable, meaning "seemingly (but not absolutely) impossible", is there a word equivalently stronger than probable, e.g. "seemingly (but not ...
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What is an antonym for “prior” that is shorter than “subsequent?” [closed]

In a software application, two drop-down lists are presented. The first is labeled "relative period" and is populated with "Prior," "Current," and "Subsequent." The second list is labeled "interval" ...
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Is “uncollaborative” a word?

I am describing a process as being antithetical to collaboration. To clarify, I'm referring to its quality as being "not naturally collaborative", not "actively anti-collaboration" Is ...
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Word for “person that I supervise”

What is the best word to refer to the person that I (directly) supervise, in the context of a corporate workplace? The closest I can think of is employee, but that doesn't directly convey a direct ...
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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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Antonym for “recommendation”

The context is a template for a wiki page, specifically in a line of instructions for page authors to complete: Summary of findings, recommendations or anti-recommendations for implementation or ...
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The opposite of “relational”

I have been reading about "relational" theories of science, and could not think of an appropriate word to describe "non-relational" concepts. From my perspective, "relational" refers to ...
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What's the opposite/inverse of “rate”?

Might be better for a math or datacomm exchange, but I'll try here first: Given that "rate" means the number of times that an event occurs in a unit of time, what is the opposite/inverse of that ...
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Word choice for people who dont help [closed]

I have been wondering lately about what should we call a person who doesn't help. I.e. what is the word opposite to helpful?
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Opposite of “prediction”

What is the opposite of the word prediction? I thought of retrospect but that refers to events that already happened.
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What should be the opposite of “going out”

I know it seems to be a simple answer but that's why I'm asking what should be, not what is. Going out is composed of two words, obviously. Each of these has its opposite. So if I were to take the ...
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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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A word that has the same meaning as its negation [duplicate]

Is there a pair of words in English, where one is a grammatical negation of the other, but they are synonyms? For the negation I'm thinking about a negative prefix or suffix, like de-, dis- or -less, ...
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Single word antonym of “censorship”

What is a single word antonym of censorship? Freedom of speech is too long. I would like to be able to contrast it like: ignorance vs knowledge submission vs defiance oppression vs ...
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Terms for evaluating something from the outside vs. from the inside

What would be a proper term for a type of evaluation which is performed "from the outside" of a system (i.e., without inspecting the internals of the system)? I would also like to know the opposite ...
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Is there an antonym to 'hypochondria'/'hypochondriac'? [duplicate]

Hypochondria is defined as an excessive preoccupation with and worry about one's health Is there a word to describe the opposite reaction, as in a word to mean 'a nonchalant attitude towards ...
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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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What is the most precise antonym of “innate”?

I want to say that something is extremely challenging for both intrinsic and extrinsic reasons - for example, doing research on something happening on Neptune (intrinsic - Neptune is harder to ...
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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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What is the “explicit”'s equivalent of “imply”?

Note: The original title of this question was "Why is 'exply' not a word? While considering the words implicit, implicate, and imply, it struck me that I can't think of an equivalent to imply for ...
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Word for two things that are opposite yet the same

Is there a word or short phrase that describes two contrasting ideas the ultimately end up the same? Like two ends of a spectrum that can wrap around? I'm using it to describe two foils for 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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What is the opposite of rest/remainder?

I'm searching for a noun that represents the opposite of rest/remainder. For example, "Highlight the rest of this page." The word "rest" in this case represents everything between the current ...
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Are there other words which share the prefix “ig” to mean opposite, such as ignoble? [closed]

I'm wondering what other words share this prefix. Ignore (ignorance) comes to mind, though not strictly opposite (as "nore" is not a word. Nor is "norance"). Though the implication of "lacking ...
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At the opposite spectrum of “at best”

The following was a comment of mine on an answer on Stack Overflow: This answer is misleading and incomplete at best. Plain wrong at worst. My intent was to express that an indulgent ...
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Antonym for 'bound' [closed]

What is the opposite of the term London-bound (meaning heading/travelling to London) - i.e. moving away from London?
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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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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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If pogonotrophy means to grow a beard, is there a term for shaving a beard?

If pogonotrophy means "to grow a beard", is there a term for shaving a beard? How would you use pogonotrophy in a sentence? And if there is an antonym for this word, how would you use it in a ...
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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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Antonym of “deficiency” [closed]

The context in which we use word "deficiency" is inspection. Let's say, I look at your gas furnace and file a deficiency report describing some component or part. What would the opposite of ...
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Words with opposite meanings in different regions

I can't recall it, but there is a word in American English which now means the opposite of itself in British English. What words are there that have opposite (not just different) meanings in different ...
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Antonym of “misnomer”

I believe I have heard the word "nomer" used before? It is not in the dictionary, but I was under the assumption that "nomer" was the opposite of "misnomer"? From the thesaurus references I have seen, ...
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Word meaning the opposite of “negligible”?

"Negligible" roughly means "Small enough to essentially be zero." For example, in high school physics problems, air resistance is negligible. Is there a word that means "large enough to be essentially ...
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Opposite word of “addiction”

Though the very obvious opposite of the word addiction is "deaddiction", I couldn't find the latter in any dictionary (I checked in Oxford, Chambers and Cambridge). Why is it so? If "deaddiction" is ...
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Is there a word for “not greedy”?

The antonym of “greedy” is “generous”. Is there a word for “not greedy” (one who is content with what he has)?
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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's an antonym to “legacy”?

I am struggling to find out what the best and shortest way is to describe the opposite of a legacy system (especially in software architecture, where legacy means the system used previously). I need ...