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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 being 'paranoid'? [on hold]

I understand that 'being paranoid' is about unreasonably anticipating something bad to happen. Is there a word for unreasonably anticipating something good to happen? For example, one bought a lottery ...
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What's the opposite of “simple”? [on hold]

i'm a newbie here. What is the opposite of "simple"? Sentence example: "Don't draw the eyes more (...), make it simple" Thanks if answered it!
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Antonym of the word “fault”

Consider the meaning of the word "fault" as used in the following sentence: It is not your fault that the warehouse burned down. What word could we use in the following sentence: It is not your ...
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Antonym to “on” (spatial relation)

In the scope of spatial relations, the word "on" in English typically describes the state where one object is positioned directly above another object, where the lower object supports the upper one. ...
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Looking for a kind word for my friend/ coworker

I have a co worker who’s very charismatic and is great at sales pitches and training others. So we’ve decided I’ll be the coordinator / facilitator of the events and she’s the one who attends the ...
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Is “trough value” the antonym of “peak value”

"Peak value" is widely used. I was told its antonym is "trough value", which is however rarely used on the Internet. Is there a better word group?
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Single or small number of words opposite of “soft focus”, “rose-tinted glasses” etc to convey cynicism/critical thinking/realism but not “pessimistic”

I'm looking for a single word or small number of words to convey something like "Life through a _____ filter/lens" where the opposite is 'soft-focus', 'rose-tinted' etc. Where _____ conveys a sense ...
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Differences in antonyms of “balance” with negative prefixes

Most words only have one correct negative prefix out of "in-", "im-", and "un-". Why are both "imbalance" and "unbalance" both grammatically correct (but "inbalance" is not")? What are differences in ...
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Word for the opposite of electronic music

I'm looking for a word to distinguish electronic music from non-electronic music. I'd like to categorize into these two terms and I am aware that acoustic music or maybe even analog music might be the ...
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What is the antonym of “terminus”? [closed]

As for an ad hoc single-direction train, the last station is called the "terminus", while the first station is called the ______. A. origin B. source C. start D. initus E. ...... (other names)
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Exact antonym of a physical euphoria?

I'm writing a novel and the line I would like the synonym for would be: My heart stopped and for a moment I was in BLANK-on the precipice of vomiting, soiling myself, and passing out all at the ...
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Opposite of expense? [duplicate]

I have a database of invoices. Some of these are to be paid by us. These are called expenses. Some are to be paid us by others. How should I call those? I want a word that is fit to use for invoices ...
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What is the opposite of mistress? [duplicate]

Normally, we say "He was caught with his mistress." Here, we know that the male is a married person. The meaning is clear. If he is not married, then we can say "He was caught with his ...
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What is a one word opposite of “suggests”? [closed]

When using "suggests" to mean "provides evidence for", is there a single word opposite? As in "the clothing style suggests a teenager" vs. "the clothing style Xs an adult". Refutes is too strong in my ...
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An adverb for when you're not exaggerating

I want to say, Your situation is, without exaggerating, more severe than mine. However, I want to replace "without exaggerating" with an adverb. Something like "undoubtedly". Now I know the ...
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What is the opposite of “call someone's bluff”? [closed]

I mean, what verb should/can "call" be replaced with to obtain the opposite?
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What is the opposite of “eschatology”?

Eschatology is the study or philosophy of formation of ideas about the end of things, apparently derived from the Greek ἔσχατος meaning "last" and -λογία meaning "study of". What is the word for "the ...
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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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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 ...