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I'm almost 100 percent sure the word you're looking for is uncertainty. As I stated in my original comment above, the opposite of an intensifier is a qualifier, which is used to downplay something to an extent. Both intensifiers and qualifiers are known as modifiers. What you are looking for is most definitely a type of qualifier, but this term is still a ...


I went with inversion: “I inverted the phrase.” This may not be the technical term, but it is very descriptive in context.


You have to use a phrase in this case. "Change something to/into antonym" or "convert something to/into antonym". There is no single verb that can describe it.

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