I was going through an answer in a post where they define how rough can people be to new users in some cases. There I read:

I have known many good developers that would not use it because of this particular welcoming behavior.

As you see, in this specific case welcome is not following its etymological form of well + come. Instead, is something like not well come.

So, is there an opposite for "welcome"? Could "unwelcome" or "unwelcoming" serve for this purpose? I don't know if such words even exist, since searching for them redirects me to the welcome entry in Dictionary.com.

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    Yes, "unwelcome" is perfectly acceptable. For example: "The snobby guests at the party made me feel quite unwelcome."
    – gmiley
    Aug 5 '16 at 11:46
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    unwelcome is given in the link that you gave with an example that makes it clear that it exists and has the usage you require!
    – MD-Tech
    Aug 5 '16 at 14:18
  • Even if the opposite of "well" is "ill", it doesn't mean the opposite of "welcome" is "illcome".
    – GEdgar
    Aug 5 '16 at 17:32

Both unwelcome and unwelcoming are valid antonyms of welcome resp. welcoming:


not wanted:
unwelcome news
an unwelcome visitor


not making a guest or visitor feel happy, comfortable, or wanted:
The house was damp and unwelcoming.

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