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

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Opposite of "open doors" pertaining to opportunities [closed]

The phrase "open doors" can mean create opportunities. Do the words "close doors" then imply the opposite or does it not exist? I searched for it on Google but found no description ...
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Is there a word for fake or incorrect historical reproductions?

I could've sworn there was a specific word for the situation where someone in the present makes up some historical detail to appear authentic, manufactures an antique that is actually anachronistic ...
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A word that means the opposite of "shoehorned", something that fits its purpose well

I'm looking for a word that means the opposite of shoehorned, ie. something that DOES fit its purpose well. shoehorn (v.) (transitive, figuratively) To force (something) into (a tight space); to ...
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What is the difference between antonyms and negations?

Merriam Webster defines antonyms as : a word of opposite meaning. However, I cannot understand what does opposite in the definition mean . Does it mean a negation ? For example, negation of to teach ...
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Approval Process feature best wording for approve and decline

I'm a UX designer but not an English native speaker. I'm working on a web interface where some item types required an approval from a 3rd party. So when the user clicks on a button named 'Approval' he ...
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Antonym of 'Boolean'

A Boolean variable has either 0 or 1 as its value. (correct me if I'm wrong) If 'Boolean' is used as an adjective, it means, either that entity exists or does not exist (but no both). For example: A ...
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Question about synonyms and antonyms

I was just thinking about how buy and purchase were synonyms today, and I went down a whole rabbit hole thinking about synonyms and antonyms. I came up with the following question and couldn't really ...
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Word for people who live outside the city

What word would one use that applies to all those living outside of cities - not just in the suburbs but also more isolated areas in the country? I feel that the word 'citizen' implies living in a ...
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Why does 'luck out' have the completely opposite meaning to 'out of luck'?

How did this arise? Seems paradoxical.
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If someone instigates the end of a relationship, what is the term for the other party?

When discussing a person that has chosen to end a relationship, particularly a romantic or intimate one, I have chosen to use the word instigator. What is the complementary word that describes the ...
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What is a word for "the feeling of wanting something good for others"?

I'm looking for a word that is the inverse of envy, in which a person wants others to have something good that they don't have. The definition of envy from Lexico: A feeling of discontented or ...
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The opposite of 'not lift a finger'

All dictionaries give examples with this expression in the negative: He just watches TV and never lifts a finger to help with the dishes.(Cambridge) He never lifted a finger to get Jimmy released ...
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Is there an antonym for "nonstick"?

I have a pan that is not a nonstick pan. Is there a word to describe it? Something less awkward than "non-nonstick"? Maybe "stick" or "sticky", but I've never heard those ...
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Antonym for Nightmare [duplicate]

Recently I was discussing nightmares vs. "good dreams" and realized there isn't a decent antonym (at least that I'm aware). My question is two-fold: What is a good antonym for Nightmare? Is ...
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What is the most suitable antonym for the word loud? [closed]

In terms of talking, what is the opposite of a loud voice? For example, when someone is talking and I can not hear them properly, how can I say to them that their voice is very "opposite to loud&...
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How did the meaning of "hectic" become precisely the opposite of its meaning 100 years ago?

I found, a while ago, a small pocket dictionary published in 1921. There were several interesting words I found, but the word "hectic" caught my attention. I cannot remember the precise ...
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What is the opposite of deaf (n)?

Could someone help me with the (or "a") correct opposite of the noun deaf (deaf as defined in this National Association of the Deaf article)? Non-deaf does not sound nice.
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Is there a term to describe words with opposites of the same form?

By "words with opposites of the same form", I mean word pairs such as: Input/Output Inhale/Exhale Import/Export and so forth. Is there a term to describe such pairs?
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Antonyms and opposites

Is there an antonym for the verb besiege? asked for an “opposite” for the word besiege, with answers like occupy, barricade, where the person doing the barricading is inside the barrier, defending his ...
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The opposite of reclined?

I'm aware of the difference between Prone vs. Supine vs. Prostrate, but I'm trying to find the opposite of the related word 'reclined'. Every web or dictionary search brings up 'upright' as the ...
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Is there an antonym for the verb 'besiege'?

I am trying, and failing, to find an appropriate and succinct way of describing an individual's action in occupying a secure building to the exclusion of all others as a protest. I could say 'he ...
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What word could be used to mean "legacy" of something that did not already exist?

I am an ecologist writing a paper about disturbed forests (i.e. forests that are affected by things like forest fires, insects, and pathogens). It is common in my field to use the term "material ...
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What is the relation to the pre- and post- words of an event?

What would be the connection to words indicating the 'pre-' stage and the 'post-' stage of an event or action. E.g. 'preparation' and 'packing up' are similar in that they're sort of the mirror of ...
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Referent vs Inference vs Profer as options for use in comparison against Reference

“I use an audio trace as a reference to allow me to compare how my mixed track of [ ] background music resembles the reference.” My answer would be product for the blank space, where we compare ...
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Term or phrase that means the reverse of "is located at/within"

Consider a thing that is located within another thing, say a particular store (not one of a chain of stores, but a distinct non-fungible individual store) within a particular mall. We can describe the ...
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Is there a word for sets of words with related meaning in English, like 'yellow' and 'green' or 'January' and 'February'?

I'm learning the Indonesian language, and they took the word 'antonim' from Dutch (antonym in English), but changed and expanded the meaning. In Indonesian, 'green' is an antonym of 'yellow' and '...
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Is there a direct antonym to affirm?

I've seen affirm defined as "To say that something is true in a confident way." I've looked at various antonyms, and antonyms of synonyms of affirm and none seem appropriate. I'm wondering ...
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What is an antonym for 'one-to-one'?

I am writing a perspective for a general medical science audience. The following adapted figure will be included in the publication: The figure title appearing in the legend includes the following ...
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Looking for an opposite to "sacrifice" (n.) in a specific context

I'm looking for a word or phrase with an opposite meaning to "sacrifice", as used below: "They had to make sacrifices in order for us to meet the deadline, since the recent event ...
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Opposite of invariant

I look for the opposite of "invariant" in the context of scientific language. If you look at this example sentence: [...] Although it is translationally and rotationally invariant, it is ...
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What is a word or term with an opposite or complementary meaning to "flaky person"? [closed]

One good candidate would be "reliable", but I am looking for a word with more direct connotations to social behavior like flaky has.
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Aesthetically pleasing antonym for "afar"?

I'm writing an introduction for my PhD thesis. The text has to sound natural and formal, but can also have glimpses of poetry and broadness. I would like to express that a problem will be addressed ...
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Antonym for purist? [closed]

Does a word exist that could accurately be used as an antonym for 'purist', which is a person who insists on absolute adherence to traditional rules or structures, especially in language or style. I ...
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Opposite of wailing to describe how a cello sounds

I'm looking for a word to nicely describe how a cello sounds, and I think that an opposite of wailing might be a good description. The definition for wail describes a high-pitched tone: Wail 1 A ...
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Why do we have different words for countable/uncountable quantity in the decreasing direction but not the increasing direction?

Why do we differentiate between "fewer" for a countable quantity and "less" for an uncountable one but not between countable and uncountable quantities for "more"? Is ...
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Any antonyms of be? [closed]

Is there any word that is the opposite of the verb, "be?" That is, the state of not existing? Several thesauruses give answers related to the termination of existence -- die, cease, desist, ...
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What are the antonyms of well and swell? [closed]

I know that the antonym of good is bad, but I’ve always wondered what the antonyms of well (as in a adjective: “I am well”) and swell (as in a adjective: “a swell morning today”) because these words ...
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What is the word for the complementary relationship implied by the word dependent?

Dependency is directional. Starting a car is dependent on petrol. But petrol is not dependent on starting a car. What word describes the relationship from petrol to the car?
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How might greedy ever be a synonym of parsimonious?

thesaurus.com puts 'avaricious' at the top of its list of synonyms for 'parsimonious', and 'greedy' a little further down. To my mind, an essential sense of parsimony is self-denial. The only way I ...
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Antonym of "target"

I am looking for antonyms (nouns) of "target". Here, I meant target in the sense "something that one hopes or intends to accomplish" (https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/...
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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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