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

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What will be the antonym of “appreciate” in this context?

In Mumbai the value of properties has appreciated, but the quality of life has __________. Can we use "depreciated" here? Edit: The antonym needs to imply that the quality of life is not ...
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What is the best antonym for “influencer”? [duplicate]

Which word is the best antonym for "influencer"? For "influencer", I am referring to its general meaning: :one who exerts influence : a person who inspires or guides the actions ...
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Opposite of preparation / is there a word for winding down after an event? [closed]

Idea I am wondering, if I prepare before an event by getting into my running clothes and we call this "preparation". Is there a word for then getting out of my running clothes after the ...
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What's the equal and opposite proverb of “Variety is the spice of life”?

It is a little-known law that most proverbs have an equal and opposite. For example... Too many cooks spoil the broth: Many hands make light work. Fortune favours the brave: Fools rush in where ...
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Is there an antonym for “paucity” that means not scarce and not necessarily but possibly enough?

I am trying to fill in the blank in this sentence: "There is a(n) ___ of research on this topic." Using the word paucity would imply, to me, that I feel there is definitely not enough ...
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Looking for two synonyms for success/failure which rhyme [closed]

I’m looking for two words with the following conditions: Word A is a synonym of “success” (or is the word “success”). Word B is a synonym of “failure” (or is the word “failure”). Words A and B rhyme. ...
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What is the opposite of the suffix -cide? [duplicate]

All the words ending with the suffix -cide explain what was killed. Is there a suffix for what did the killing? Killed by hammer, killed by fall, etc.? Thanks.
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Is 'Pious' an antonym of itself?

I met a person recently who challenged my use of the word 'pious' for I thought it meant a devout and 'as unpretending as’ humanly possible toward religion, yet the other person thought I was speaking ...
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Antonym of operational in the sense of larger scope, and non-recurrence but not military

I'm looking for a word in that is an antonym of operational in something other than "does it function" and the online dictionary/thesaurus don't have it. Can you help me find the word, and ...
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antonym for 'culture'?

'Culture' is used to indicate something being normalized. For example: "rape culture" Is there a word/phrase or anything to describe the opposite of this? Is there a word/phrase that I can ...
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Single noun meaning completed task

Assuming that a task is a piece of work to be completed, is there a single word or noun that would be the antonym of a task, meaning a piece of work that has been completed? So far my best bet is ...
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Is deep the opposite of shallow?

I came across a text today that suggested that deep is the opposite of shallow but I found this difficult to digest. Furthermore, it feels one could use shallow as the opposite of deep but not vice ...
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Antonym of “response”

Suppose you're on an internet forum. If post Y is a response to post X, then X is a [WHAT] to Y? What's the antonym of "response", here? The word coming to mind is "antecedent", ...
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Is there a positive version of “tempt”? [closed]

The verb "to tempt" refers to enticing or influencing somebody to do something, with strong connotations of that thing being something wrong, something they should not do. But when I think ...
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What is the opposite of 'owe'?

I want to know what is the opposite of 'owe'. For example, I owe you $10 If I want to say the opposite I have to reverse it and say, you owe me $10 But sometimes I feel I should start with 'I' not ...
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Word for exchanging several banknotes of small values, with ONE banknote that is equal to their collective value

When we want to exchange a banknote of a high value (say a $100) with ones lesser in value (say $50 + $20 + $20 + $10), we say: "I want to break this $100". If you needed to do the opposite, ...
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What would the opposite of “suburb” be?

In North American English, a suburban area, or suburb, is a town or community located near a city which is mainly comprised of the homes of people who work in the city. My question is: what would the ...
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What are some antonyms for salvation? [closed]

I'm writing an essay on how immigrants came to the US in the 1900s for salvation, but instead, they got the opposite. However, I'm looking for a more complex word; it'll sound boring if I just say it ...
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Is factoid an Auto-antonym?

I had thought factoid meant "a brief or trivial item of news or information" But now I googled the meaning and it says, In most examples of janus words online the meanings are quite exactly ...
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What's the opposite of “grow up” when used as an interjection?

In casual conversation, one is often told to "Grow up!", ie be more mature and more like an adult. What would be the most accurate phrase to express the opposite sentiment - you need to ...
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What is the opposite of “brute-force”?

In computer science especially, a brute-force algorithm is one that is naive and straightforward. It may succeed but only in a primitive way—trying all the obvious operations one by one. This wastes ...
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Not-quite-opposite of “inherit”, someone from whom you inherit without their mentioning you in a will [closed]

What is the verb for being the non-volitional source of an inheritance? For example: I "inherit" a car from my parent when they die. My parent "_____" a car to me when they die. ...
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Antonym of Objectification [closed]

I am attempting to write a paper where I discuss how characters in one novel are objectified, while others in another novel are rendered sensations or are defined emotionally. Is there a word for the ...
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using the right word - dismantle or disassembling a fitted object

I am confused about using dismantling and disassembling when it comes to furniture like door or chair. Can we say we dismantle a door or disassemble a door or simply broke them apart,pull it out or ...
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A word for someone who wrongly belittles others for using a larger vocabulary?

EDIT: Some people can wrongly accuse others of being pretentious, verbose, or wordy JUST for having larger vocabularies (even slightly). Is there a definition for people like this? Thanks kindly for ...
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Color-based antonym of “blues”?

Context The definition of "blues" being used here is: feelings of melancholy, sadness, or depression. Question Is there an antonym of this word, but based on a color name? The antonym ...
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What is the opposite of leftovers?

Like some family cooks, I often prepare more than is necessary to feed a hungry family; however, I hate throwing away food, and always try to re-serve creatively the following day. Today, I was ...
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What is the antonym for the phrase “role model”? [duplicate]

"Role Model" is used in a positive light, and thus doesn't fit the sentence below. Bob saw his incriminated elder brother, and made a ____ out of him.
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What is the antonym of “think highly of”?

Consider the sentence "I think highly of you." A quick Google search reveals the opposite to be "I think slightly of you", but I have never heard anyone say that. Is there a more ...
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Confusion over the antonyms of “Dawn” and “Dusk” [closed]

I always learnt "Dusk" to be the opposite of "Dawn" and used it like that until today when I am told it should be "Twilight". The context is from following question which ...
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Antonym of aspect

One of the meanings of aspect, and I believe, one of its more original ones, is the observable or exposed side, or appearance of an object from a specific angle of view. That meaning has tended to ...
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In a case of hyponymy, mention which word is the hyponym; in a case of antonymy, tell what kind of antonymy it is [closed]

Is the relation between "night" and "day" 1/ a hyponymy? 2/ an antonymy? If antonymy, what kind of antonyms are they? I need quick help.
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“Specialize” as a transitive verb and an antonym for “generalize”

In mathematical writing, I would like to find a transitive verb that means to "apply a general theory to a special case in order to get a theory for this special case". In other words, it ...
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Antonym for jinx

"Jinx" has a negative connotation for an action. What's the opposite, an action that had a positive consequence under the superstition? Like "lucky charm", but that doesn't really ...
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What type of antonym pair is borrow and lend? (and more generally, what's the relationship between relational vs. reversive antonyms?)

I've seen different sources (linguistics textbooks, online sources) classify the pair as "reversive" or as "relational/converse" antonyms. More generally, it seems sources vary in ...
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What title can be used in opposition of “Diseases of Attitude”?

I've been recently asked to watch a video titled "Diseases of Attitude". It's essentially a metaphor for people with attitude problems. I'm intrigued to make an opposing title, such as "...
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Are there any pairs of English words that are cognate to each other yet have opposite meanings?

Alright, here's the best way I can explain this: if, hypothetically, the word pairs (love, loathe) and (friend, fiend) were cognates (i.e. they shared an etymological ancestor), they would be ...
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What's a synonym for transcend, but in a downward (metaphorical) direction?

Is there a word that could fill in the blank of this sentence I'm trying to write? Another way to broaden possible adoption and impact is to work on problems or solutions that cross the boundaries of ...
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Positive antonym for trendy in fashion or overall personal appearance? [duplicate]

How do you describe someone's fashion sense in a positive way when it is the opposite of 'trendy'? By opposite of trendy I mean that it may still be considered to 'look good' (even though this is ...
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Why is the “r” doubled in “arrhythmia”? [duplicate]

Why is the "r" doubled in "arrhythmia" relative to "rhythmia"? I'm guessing it's because English resists hyphenation of prefixes and suffixes ("a-rhythmia"), ...
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A synonym for “don't omit” not including a negativiser

I have a technical document with a lot of sentences like "Use X." or "Don't use Y." Instead of "Don't use ..." I sometimes use "Omit ...". Whether to choose the ...
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What is the opposite of 'lockdown'?

The opposite of 'lock' is quite clearly 'unlock'. But what is the single-word opposite of 'lockdown' ? The family were relieved when the time came to _________________. EDIT : The comment is noted ...
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Antonym of Abseil

Abseil, or rappel in AmE, means “to descend using a rope”. Is there a word for “ascend using a rope”?
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What's a word for the exact opposite of regret?

I know you can say you were "super glad you did something," but I'm looking for a word that expresses this in nominal form, i.e. the opposite of "my biggest regret." (my biggest ...
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Antonym of defuse?

Which is the best antonym for defuse? Ideally it would be fuse, but I don't think this is an option. Maybe activate?
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“Scientists and poets” — translation of the Russian phrase

In Russian, we have a phrase, which divides people on two categores - left brain and right brain. This is "physicists and lyricists" (физики и лирики). The first better work with maths ...
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Opposite: “Truer words were never spoken”

What would be the opposite of the phrase "Truer words were never spoken" ? "I am truly grateful", said Alfred. "Untruer words were never spoken", snided Shelly.
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Opposite phrase of “close the distance”

What would be an appropriate opposite phrase for "close the distance". Example: The rabbit was fast. With every leap, the rabbit {{ grew the distance }} between it and the hunter.
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Is there a term for a phrase in which an antonym can be switched-in and yet it still retains the same, or synonymous, meaning as the original?

For example, Based on/Based off, Break up/Break down, Write up/Write down, Up for/Down for, Went on/Went off, Slow up/Slow down These all retain similar meanings when substituting with antonyms. ...
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What's the counterpart term for “vassalage”?

Vassalage is the noun for having mutual obligations with a social superior in a feudal state, more or less. What's the noun for this relationship going the other way? That is, if vassalage describes ...

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