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

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Opposite of leaps and bounds

I was looking for a phrase that conveys the opposite meaning of leaps and bounds. For e.g, unlike suiteM, which can be learnt in leaps and bound in just a day, the learning of suiteE occurs in ...
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In Rock paper scissors, rock is scissors' “Kryptonite”, scissors are “what” to rock?

I'm trying to find a word for something that always beats something else. Kryptonite might be used for something that you always lose to. From Superman, of course. e.g. Rock is scissors' kryptonite (...
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What is the 'counterpart' of unprecedented?

I'm not looking for the literal antonym. Unprecedented means 'never seen/happened before then', but what is the word for 'never seen/happened since then'? I have a feeling it might be unrepeated, ...
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Antonym for “evangelist” (in modern/technology industry usage)

The term "evangelist" gets used a lot by tech companies as a job title to describe those who try to push knowledge, use, and acceptance of a product, service, or company in a way which promotes the ...
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Antonyms of “Prefer…Over” [closed]

Is "I prefer coffee over tea" Equivalent to "I defer tea over coffer"?
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Antonym of verb “mint”

I am looking for the antonym of the verb "mint" in the context of creating value assets, like coins; for example: The Royal Mint has the right to mint new coins. What is the opposite, when coins ...
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Persuade antonym - unintentional

Background Imagine you are a presidential candidate. You have a potential winning policy idea. Now is time to finesse the details. Your fundamental goal is persuade as many people as possible about ...
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Is there an antonym for nihilist?

I'm specifically thinking of nihilism as defined here: Nihilism is the philosophical viewpoint that denies or lacks belief in any or all of the reputedly meaningful aspects of life. Not nihilism in ...
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Is there a word for the opposite of a gift

In the way that we can think of a gift as given under obligation, like to signify a relationship at Christmas or to show love for a spouse, is there a word for a thing taken. A word for that thing ...
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Opposite of “to put on the back burner”

To "put on the backburner" is to postpone, potentially indefinitely. The closest I can muster to its opposite is to "put back on the table". Is there a better way to to phrase the idea of assuming a ...
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Opposite of ‘Irredeemable’ in Describing a Trait

I am helping a friend write a recommendation letter. To me, he has one trait - tenacity - that makes him an excellent worker for his industry, as once he latches onto a problem, he persists in ...
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What's the opposite of telemetry? [closed]

The word is derived from Greek the roots tele, "remote", and metron, "measure". So what word is opposite?
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Antonym of “color blind”? [closed]

What is the antonym of "color blind"? We do not assume that our customers are _____. After all, 5% of our potential customers are color blind.
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Is there a word for not being sympathetic to a position, but also not being ardent towards it? [closed]

Is there a word for something like, "moderate opposition?" Context: A friend and I are trying to find or create a phrase for someone who isn't an anti-theistic militant atheist, but also isn't an ...
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Antonym for “boilerplate” or “cookie-cutter”

Context: Your advice was so valuable because it went far beyond the cookie-cutter tips typical of coffee chats or quick phone calls.
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What is the counterpart of a consultant?

Someone who is consulted is a consultant, but what is his counterpart called? In other words, what do you call the person who consults them? Asker sounds informal, consulter doesn't pass my spell ...
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Brief / debrief, flammable / inflammable — is there a term for pairs of words that appear to be antonyms but aren't? [duplicate]

Is there a word for a pair of words that would appear to be antonyms from their construction, but actually have the same or similar meanings? For example, brief / debrief. From The Guardian: A ...
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Antonym for “physical” as in “physical task”?

In my personal issue tracker, I want to sort tasks into one of two categories: The first category is labeled "physical" and contains all tasks involving physical work, e.g. housecleaning or handiwork. ...
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“We should not confuse generalization with […?…]” (looking for the word that says: it's true for everybody or in any situation)

Definition of generalization: A generalization is a statement that seems to be true in most situations or for most people, but that may not be completely true in all cases. What word would you use ...
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Single word for inveigling someone to lower their guard

I’m looking for a verb with the rough meaning of softening someone’s guard, leaving them more open to attack. However, it should be a verb that means to make a target soften their guard. It’s for the ...
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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 “billable” [closed]

I am looking for the opposite of billable; the context would be "billable hours". A complete example sentence could be Sorry boss, the work I did from 9 to 10 is "not billable". While writing a ...
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Opposite of 'taking baby steps' [closed]

I already have giant steps / huge strides in the context of 'Having previously taken tentative, half-hearted baby-steps Sophia began taking -------- towards attaining her life's ambitions'.
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What word can I use as opposite of trapping?

I am trying to describe a region of a random walk on a graph (don't worry if you don't know what it is, visualise it as a physical space, e.g. a park). This graph has a part that if you go there, you ...
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Is there an antonym (a complementary antonym) for “spicy” or “hot” regarding food (I DO NOT mean “seasoned”, but “hot”)?

I’m talking about the burning feeling you get when eating chillis, raw onions, and other food. I’m looking for a way to explain that I do not like that burning feeling, be it onions, chillis, a spicy ...
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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 ...
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Why is the antonym of “within” not “without”

I'd suspect that many people would agree with the statement that the antonym of "in" is "out", except for some peculiar situations perhaps. My natural chain of shower-thoughts led me to the word "...
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What is a true antonym for “stronger”? [closed]

The word "stronger" means simply having more strength than, however when saying A is stronger than B, it does not imply that B is not strong just that A has more strength (B is strong but A is ...
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Hygroscopic substances

The terms 'desiccant' and 'humectant' are opposites of each other. However, both of them have been described as 'hygroscopic' substances. If desiccant and humectant are opposites of each other, how ...
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Antonym to word brother

Quite a few web resources claims that sister is an antonyms to word brother. I can agree with this in some way, but how correctly it is. So let say “relative” is synonymous for word brother. In the ...
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I heard inspecific is not a correct English word, but I find in some circumstances it makes more sense than alternatives

For example, if you were to say that something is particular to only one race, you'd say the trait is "race-specific". So my question is, what is the opposite of this? I would say it's "race-...
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Is there a word for “making oneself certain again”?

If I am uncertain of something and later I made myself certain again, is there a single word to express that? Example: "I was uncertain whether the result was correct. But I re-certained myself by ...
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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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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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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 for 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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