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Questions tagged [antonyms]

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

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What is the opposite of 'gravitas'?

I'm having difficulty coming up with a valid antonym for gravitas. Online searches return results like superficiality, cheerfulness, frivolity, facetiousness etc. which don't work for me. They seem ...
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What's a word for something that requires focus or a long time?

The opposite of "quick". For a example: Washing the dishes is a quick task But Writing an essay is a _ task I'm looking for an adjective (so no "task that requires focus"), preferably one that ...
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Is there an opposite “-ism” word to nepotism?

Is there an opposite "-ism" word to nepotism? If nepotism refers to the nature of favoring one due to familial or friendly relations, surely there is an antonym to nepotism that conveys the favoring ...
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Is there a term for a word that doesn't use a common opposite?

I was thinking about common word pairs like open and close, on and off, and warm and cold. The pair of opposites is formed by two distinct words. But other common pairings invoke the use of a ...
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Antonym of black and white thinking (or splitting)

Splitting is a type of cognitive distortion where one sees a situation from an all-or-nothing perspective. What could we call the type of thinking that is not based on extremes? Would "balanced ...
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Words to describe a person that values merit and achievemnt

Or, you could say, a proponent of meritocracy (descriptors for opponents of meritocracy also welcome, see details below). Please don't say "meritocrat", I would rather avoid that one. Nouns and ...
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What is the opposite of a hacker?

In common parlance the term hacker can be used to describe a person who illegally gains access to and sometimes tampers with information in a computer system I wold like to know what term should ...
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the opposite word of dominant [closed]

There is an opposite word of dominant in sexuality and otherwise which has the starting letters 'mas..........' but I'm not able to recall the word, can somebody help ? I just remember it being too ...
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Is there a word for “not a ratio”?

Is there a word for "not a ratio," e.g. the stock increased by $100 on a something basis which is 50% on a percentage basis. I used to think the word is nominal but I don't see that definition ...
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Overfill is a word, why isn't “underfill” as widely recognized to be a word?

Is there a different or better word for "underfill". MS Word, Google, don't seem to recognize underfill as a word. On Merriam Webster, they recognize it as a noun(paraphrased): a piece of steel ...
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Opposite of “loosely-based”

We often see a screenplay noted to be “loosely based” on a novel or true story. This usually means significant portions of the story, or major plot turns, have been rewritten. Sometimes even major ...
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“least riskiest” vs “safest” - double superlative or single is better? [duplicate]

Is "least riskiest" stylistically correct? Can it be considered a double superlative? Would "safest" be a better choice?
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A word that means the opposite of digitization?

Digitization refers to taking a physical object and turning it into data that can be processed by a computer. I have been trying to find a word that refers to the opposite process of taking data (a ...
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Antonym for improved [closed]

Im looking for an antonym for the word improved. For this sentence: Last time he improved, but this time he ________ I would prefer one word.
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Is there a word for the opposite of magnify?

Specifically to do with lenses / magnification, but making something appear smaller rather than larger. Example: If her glasses make her eyes look larger: Her glasses magnify her eyes. If her ...
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Opposite of innovation

I received a newsletter from my University that read, "Are you promoting innovation, diversity, and excellence at [university name]?" I was with a friend and we both saw the email on our phones. I ...
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The opposite of enabling a person to do something [closed]

The title kind of says it all. I'm looking for the opposite of "it enables the customer to perform …". First thought was "it disables the customer to perform … " but that just doesn't sound right. ...
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Is “start” or “beginning” a better antonym of “end”? [closed]

In many instances, both "start" and "beginning" can be used as an antonym of "end". But which is better? In particular, which is better for units of time like day, week, or month? I'm thinking of "...
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What is the antonym of Update? [duplicate]

As a developer, I am writing a commit message to rollback an update. In my message I want to describe what I am doing which is the opposite of an update. I am looking for something like the word ...
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Is there an antonym for “nice-to-have”?

Let's suppose that while looking for a new car, I end up with a list of requirements that I would like my new car to satisfy. I proceed to put these requirements into one of the following categories: ...
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Single Word Describing The Concept Of Language Barrier As Applied To Language In A Non-traditional sense

A single word carrying the connotation or literal meaning of either, "real language" or "official language" that is roughly antonymous with the word vernacular. To provide more context: I am seeking ...
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Word leverage. Synonyms, antonyms and asociation

What are at least two synonyms, two antonyms for a verb: to leverage? I'm hopeless, thanks for the answer. By the way, do you have any association with this word? I do homework and I do not know how ...
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What would be the best counterpart to the term “unimprovable”

Something along the lines of "not capable of being brought lower than one's current point." Considering unimprovable having the root improve, I am looking for a term that has the same effect from a ...
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fail to satisfy = frustrate?

Is it correct to say that if a person fails to satisfy one of his or her needs then that person frustrates that need? As I am not a native English speaker, I need to apologize for being unclear. I ...
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Opposite of “in front of”

I would like to modify the following sentence to change the location of the promoter to the opposite side. "TK promoter in front of the ICP27 gene in both vectors" Would it be as following?? "TK ...
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How do you write the opposite of a statement?

For instance: "I am joyful." Is the opposite "I am miserable," or "I'm not miserable"? The opposite of "I am" is "I'm not" or even "you aren't", and the opposite of "joyful" is "miserable". When ...
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Is “giving a f**k” a valid opposite of “not giving a f**k”?

When "I don't give a f..k" means "I don't care" does "I give a f..k" mean the opposite (which would be "I do care")? Additionally, would the question "If they'd give a f..k" mean "If they'd care?" ...
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Is hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophilia a word?

I'd like to know if hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophilia, my proposed opposite of hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia is a real word or condition. I know -philia is the opposite of -phobia and -...
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Word for opposite of boss that is not pejorative? [duplicate]

I'm developing an app and cannot figure out a good word for the "underlings" of a boss which doesn't sound so pejorative. I've thought of supervisee, but that sounds archaic and I don't like how it's ...
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Antonym for diminutive name

Is there any antonym for "diminutive" when specifically used for names? For example: Joe is a diminutive of Joseph Joseph is a ______ of Joe
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Antonym of cap as in limit from the top

There is a verb 'cap' which means to limit value from the top. Like cap at 100, which means every value above 100 would be changed to 100. Is there a similar short word for the same operation, but ...
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What is a good antonym for “vouch”? [closed]

Example context: "I vouch for this user." What would be a good antonym/opposite sentence? I've seen people use "I devouch this user" on forum boards, but it doesn't sound right.
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Antonym of outcast

I need to know the opposite of verb outcast. This is needed for a software application with groups feature. I can outcast a user from a group. outcasted users will not be able to join the group. I ...
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Antonym of “addressing” somebody (opposite of @ at)

We are working in teams on the same files. We developed a mechanism to add markers for oneself or to address other people with the following syntax (similar to the @ addressing mechanism here at the ...
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Opposite of “mixed reactions”

I am looking for a good opposite for "mixed reactions". For example: The movies with the most mixed reactions from viewers are: ... Now I want to use the opposite: The movies with the most [...
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What is the literary device to describe isocolons with direct opposites?

In the poem 'We Shall Come No More' in Tawny Island by Verra Brittain, there is a strong parallelism between the 1st and 2nd stanza, even going as far as the same letter count. However the words are ...
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Antonym of “assume” or; a synonym of “assume” and its antonym

As the title implies, I am looking for a good, simple, single word antonym of "assume". Alternatively, if no good antonym exists that satisfies the requirements below, I am also open to suggestions ...
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The negative form of “extreme”

What is the negative form of the word "extreme" for this context: Temperature/climate insignificantly influences the production of honey due to the  ______(non-extreme)______  temperature during ...
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What is the antonym of “rarissima” and “rariora”?

Rarissima and rariora are two nouns meaning "extremely rare books, manuscripts, or prints" and "rare books" respectively. Is there a word denoting common or everyday books, or books that have no ...
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'Discouraged' as an antonym of 'recommended'?

We're designing short informative messages to be displayed as feedback on a design application. The usage of a particular type of lens is either recommended or recommended against. The positive ...
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Synonym for “Show the absence”

Is there some one-word replacement for "showed the absence" in a sentence like "Our research showed the absence of a certain effect"? I want to say that the effect was not observed, not that the ...
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The antonym of “rule lawyering”

Wikipedia defines rule lawyers as A rules lawyer is a participant in a rules-based environment who attempts to use the letter of the law without reference to the spirit TV Tropes has an in-depth ...
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Antonym for determinant

I am attempting to create a user interface to allow for exploring the connections between each of the variables used by a large set of equations. While examining any particular variable, I display a ...
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is there an active verb for what a “thing being consumed” does?

if we consider the sentence birds consume spiders, and spiders consume flies the "opposite" of that sentence is something like is flies <> spiders and spiders <> birds but, more active. ...
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Traffic in the same direction as yourself [closed]

Is there a word in English to describe traffic, that goes in the same direction as yourself? The opposite of oncoming traffic?
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What is a fire that is not a wildfire?

Do we have "civil(-ized) fire"? Wildfire is a forest fire, an uncontrolled fire, and metaphorically, anything that is uncontrolled and destructive. Fire also occurs other than in the wild, may ...
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What is the antonym of shadow [i.e. the shadow-casting object]?

I am looking for a more concise expression for a shadow-casting object in contrast to the shadow itself. Is there a generalisable term for something that casts a shadow?
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Negative verb for “it will pay off” [closed]

I am looking for a word like pay off, but with a negative connotation, that would fit in this sentence: If we don't solve this problem now, it will _____ in the future.
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Seeking an appropriate antonym to the word Miracle [duplicate]

Miracles are rare beneficial events that appear to have a supernatural intervention. So might not the antonym in one word be tragedy? Of the dozens of other words suggested, tragedy for me ...
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What do you call someone who receives a commendation

According to wikitionary, a "commender" commends someone. What do you call someone who receives a commendation?