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

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Verbs with interchanged subject and object

For some verbs we can find another (not necessarily unique) verb which has the same meaning except that it corresponds the subject and the object in the opposite direction. For example, if I say “our ...
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Phrasal verbs with synonymous opposites

There are some cases in English where one can substitute in a word that normally has an opposite meaning, but instead produces the same meaning. For examples, consider the following meanings and uses:...
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equivocal vs. unequivocal vs. unambiguous vs. ambiguous

The word "equivocal" sounds like "talking with the same (one) voice". But in the English language it seems to mean explicitly "ambiguous" (= "talking with two voices/tongues/meanings"). How can ...
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Antonym for “infix” (“outfix”?)

infix: implant or insert firmly in something, as in the particles of mercury will infix themselves in the structure of the other metal How about the opposite? Is there something called outfix? I.e. ...
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What is the antonym to 'elevation'?

How do I say an opposite of "elevation of an object over the plane" which would mean "the level of the displacement of an object under the plane"? That is, I am looking for a word in "??? of an object ...
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What's an antonym for the adjective “concrete”?

For instance, profit margins are concrete, observable numbers whereas human needs can't easily be quantified. The sentence I'm trying to write is: Due to the fact that human needs are ______, ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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exhibition v.s. inhibition

In my experience... Inhibition is commonly used in different ways, say to render difficult, or to hide, to restrict or hinder, etc. Exhibition can be something like making and art show, presentations,...
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Is there an opposite of “back to the roots”?

I wondered whether or not there is an opposite of "back to the roots" in terms of development. Example using "back to the roots": For the city to develop a stable infrastructure, they have to go ...
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Opposite of Therewithal

Below is the definition of therewithal according to google and several other sources. Therewithal: together with that; besides. "he was to make a voyage and his fortune therewithal" I was searching ...
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Antonym of “not”

Now do you say that something is not not with a separate word after 'is'? It should sound as if you're correcting someone. E.g. Negative: "He is not an idiot" Neutral: "He is an idiot" Affirmative: "...
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Need to find a simple word the opposite of voice .. not voiceless

I am trying to find a term for someone who participates a lot in meetings, organizations etc. but they never say anything or they don't have a real voice. So their appearance is more for show. The ...
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Stochastic antonym, medical context

I'm looking for a word that compliments stochastic (randomly determined) in a medical context, specifically in describing when radiation effects occur. 'Acute' seems to be the generally used term for ...
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Debt is to deficit as ______ is to surplus?

Each year a country may be in national deficit or surplus. National deficit either increases national debt or eventually leads to debt. National debt of the United States National surplus either ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Opposite of nothingness

What is the antonym of nothingness? I got fullness as a word but that's not exactly the word I'm looking for; I'm looking for a word that kind of means 'something infinite' Does anyone know the answer?...
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What is an antonym for “hagiography”?

A hagiography is a book or long article which praises and exaggerates the characteristics of the subject and lauds his/her accomplishments. Historically it is about a saint. I am looking for an ...