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

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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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What is a good term for “common people” in an academic thesis? [duplicate]

In an academic thesis, what is a good word to use for "common people" that is not condescending? I am using the term in opposition to "pundits" and "experts." I need a formal term appropriate for an ...
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Antonym of “Jobsworth”

Word for someone who isn't jobsworth. Someone who, once he'd been given a job, is looking to get that job done the best way possible for everyone (not just himself). I tried "proactive" but it doesn'...
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What is a single word for using something in a good way?

So, basically what I want is a word for using power in good way. Like opposite for 'abusing power'. Is there a word for that? I wanted a good word for this sentence - 'The abuse or __ of power ...
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Antonym of “overlook”!

What is an appropriate antonym for overlooks in following context: This formula, in some cases, overlooks some significant factors and, in some other cases, ____ some other insignificant factors. ...
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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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Is antonym the antonym of synonym? [closed]

If an antonym is a word opposite in meaning to another, and a synonym is a word exactly or nearly the same in meaning as another word. Does this mean that antonym is the antonym of synonym?
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What is the opposite of a simulacrum?

What is the opposite of a simulacrum, in the sense of an image, effigy or representation? I am looking for a word to describe the original flesh and blood person represented by a statue.
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Suffix that means the same as the prefix de [closed]

I'm trying to create a name for a website I'm building, and I'm looking for a suffix that means the same as the prefix de(remove). For instance, nightfall means the onset of night. The suffix that I'...
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What phrase, word, or idiom means the opposite of “going down the rabbit hole?”

I often catch myself going down the rabbit hole, skimming one Wikipedia article... then suddenly it's two hours later and I have ten tabs open about a crazy assortment of subjects. The Free ...
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What is the opposite of frontal? [duplicate]

What is a term which refers to the areas in the back or rear, with the same scope as the word "frontal"? The satirical/humorous term backal exists, but is not really a word (or appropriate to use in ...
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A fun, catchy way to say the opposite of a 'no-brainer'?

A no-brainer is "something that requires a minimum of thought" (Merriam-Webster). I could use some help with a catchy way of saying the opposite. Sample sentence: "I have to make a decision and it ...
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What is the correct word for an extra cost from a customer perspective? The opposite of discount [closed]

The context: Customer pays for some service 100$. If he chooses an option X, we charge him 20$ more, so 120$ in total. As a programmer I want my variables to have meaningful names. How would you ...
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Extreme homonyms

I am looking for an example of extreme homonyms (same spelling different meaning). By extreme I mean drastically different in meaning. For example "bow" - a weapon to shoot projectiles with "bow" -...
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You pay a payment and you receive a what? [closed]

I am confused as to what word can you to mean the opposite of a payment (some cash flow that you receive). Is it "receipt"?
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Isn't “orthogonal” antonym to “linear”? [closed]

I have a strong feeling that orthogonal is an antonym to linear. Google didn't show any such citation. circular motion is counterpart of linear motion. I hope circular motion can be called as ...
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Is there a widely-accepted opposite of “as the crow flies”?

"As the crow flies" describes the distance between two points if one could go in a straight line without needing to follow the constraints of existing roads and paths. Is there a standard phrase for ...
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What is the opposite of fad?

I was looking up on the web but the best antonym of fad that I could find was 'standard'. It is close but not quite accurate in my opinion. Any other suggestions? For instance, what would be the most ...
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Opposite of “trick film”

What's the term for the opposite of a "trick film" (animated or computer-generated film), i.e. a "real" film shot on a real location with real objects and people?
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What would be the opposite of delighted? [closed]

On a scale/axis that represents emotional response with regard to satisfaction, what would be the opposite of "delighted"? delighted satisfied neutral dissatisfied ??? If it helps, a paper ...
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Is Google's definition of Acronym incorrect? [duplicate]

According to Dictionary.com, acronym and abbreviation are two distinct terms that are commonly confused with each other. Can be confused abbreviation, acronym, initialism. Dictionary.com ...
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Opposite of materialistic? [closed]

I'm looking for a word to describe a person who doesn't care about the fundamental things in their life, a person who cares about the meaningful activities such as charity or similar things.
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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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antonym of constraint

I'm looking for a word that can be used right next to the word "constraint" in different grammatical structures, but means the opposite. It should mean "provide options to". For ...
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Antonym of “additional”? Or alternative to “additional”?

What would the word be here? For now, I'm using "subtracted", but it sounds ...odd. Say I have a computer program that takes a bunch of dollar values, say $1.2345338, $3.293383828, $2.393948, etc. ...
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What is a word for one who is depended on by another? [duplicate]

What word can fill in the blanks in the following pair of analogous sentences? If B is necessary to A, then A depends on B and A is dependent. If B is necessary to A, then B __________ A and B is ...
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Is there a word, phrase or idiom saying the opposite of a fair-weather friend? [closed]

As a noun or adjective. For example as in the sentence: He proved to be a fair-weather (antonym?) friend.
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The opposite of hyperbole [closed]

Is there a word that reflects the opposite of hyperbole (since "hypobole" is sadly not a real word)?
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Why is the opposite of “greater than” “less than”?

I am confused on why these naming conventions are the way they are. The symbols > and < are usually written as "greater than" and "less than". The opposite of "less" is "more", isn't it? Though ...
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What's an eponymous adjective that is an antonym of Machiavellian?

REVISED QUESTION Is there an eponymous adjective with equivalent cultural weight and recognition that could be considered an antonym of Machiavellian? I am after the basic idea of an adjective that ...
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Why is it that “racist towards” and “racist against” have the same meaning? [duplicate]

"He is racist towards black people." "He is racist against black people." "Towards" and "against" are antonyms, so why do they mean the same thing here?
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Equivalent synonym for successor as precursor is for predecessor?

I've been using the words successor and predecessor a lot in the context of computational feature tracking[*], which is to say, in a context not involving people (in case that makes any difference). ...
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Antonym for 'replicable'

After a far greater than anticipated amount of research, I am still unable to find and confirm an exact antonym for the word 'replicable'. I have found multiple sites that have one (or some ...
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Opposite of Over-Allocated

I'm trying to find a short word or 2 to mean the opposite of over-allocated, the shorter the better. "Allocated Correctly" doesn't really mean the same thing and "Not Over-Allocated" seem a bit ...
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What noun means opposite of “slacker” but is less extreme than “overachiever”?

Sample sentence: "John was not a slacker. He was reliable and productive. Not quite an overachiever per se but rather a ____. What needed to be done, he always got done. No more and no less." (...
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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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Opposite of sadism?

Not masochism..! Sadism is the derivation of pleasure from others' suffering. Is there a word for the derivation of pleasure from others' happiness?
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Is there an antonym of “introspection”? [closed]

Merriam-Webster defines introspection as the following: a reflective looking inward : an examination of one's own thoughts and feelings It is hard to find an antonym for looking inside oneself, ...
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What is the term for a pet name used in a sense of derision? [duplicate]

I found out today that the term for pet names used in an affectionate or an endearing way is hypocorism, I searched online but I couldn't find a term for nicknames used in a derisive sense, such as a ...
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Antonym of Anathema

His teachings were a __________ to him. If I use the word anathema here, it would mean something that X abhorred very much. But if I were to contrast this sentence, what should I use, the antonym of ...
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What is the opposite of 'hollowing out' in this context?

I am having trouble finding a suitable word/phrase to describe the following situation: If the middle of something is eroded away, it is hollowed out. What would be a suitable way to describe the ...
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What is a word/term for rendering highlighted text as normal text

We can definitely "Highlight" a section of text. But is there a word or a phrase that defines taking highlighted text and, um, de-highlighting it? "low-light" doesn't seem to capture what I'm talking ...
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Is there a word for someone who speaks before they think

Well as the title says, is there a word for a person who talks before they think? And if it is, whats the word and what's the antonym? I need to know this for to characters in a novel. Thank you in ...
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A word for “without getting your hands dirty”

Consider an entrepreneur who builds a business through personal effort. This might be called sweat equity or getting your hands dirty. What is a concise phrase, preferably a single word, which ...
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Single word antonym of “premature”

A friend of mine recently made a joke which was poorly timed; the visual irony had passed by the time she said it. I remarked that this joke was "postmature", then realized that isn't a word. Is there ...
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What is the opposite of wireframe?

In computer graphics, wireframe means literally just a frame of lines(wires), meant to represent some other 3D shape(such as a cube). What is the opposite of wireframe, as in colored in normally like ...
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Is there a word which is exactly the antonym of “delicious” or “succulent”? [closed]

I searched a lot, but I ended up with a few words like "distasteful" n ol which are provided in the internet as antonyms however they are do not exactly refer to food which taste bad. I am looking for ...
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Is there a one-word antonym of “badly”?

Following on from this question about "badly" is there a word that means the opposite? For example: How did the recent Mardi Gras affect tourism in Sydney? Answer? "Goodly"? Hardly. "...
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Opposite of 'serendipity'? [duplicate]

One would use the word 'serendipity' to characterize something that happened out of the blue, without a prior expectation for it to happen. For example, a person finding a $100 dollar bill on the ...
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Opposite of “easily”

To be specific, I am talking about "easily" as in requiring little effort. "Hardly" obviously has a meaning that's quite different from "with much effort", although quite often things that require ...

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