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

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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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Is there a specific word to describe the opposite of egotistical - acting for the specific benefit of someone else?

I am trying to discover a word that means seeing things from another persons perspective or acting for the benefit of a specific person or group of persons, but distinct from altruistic.
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Single-word antonym for “cheapest”?

I've been doing a translation for an article and it occured to me that I don't know a one-word antonym for the word 'cheapest'. I tried googling it, and the best suggestion I got was 'expensive', but ...
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Adverb antonym of “allegedly”

How do you say using an adverb that you know something for sure? For example: There are two people, John and Fred. John is suspected of a certain crime, but there is not enough evidence. He may have ...
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Good rejoinder to “agree to disagree” [closed]

Sometimes people say "Let's just agree to disagree" as a kind of rhetorical weapon to prematurely shut down discussion that is just getting started. Is there a good reposte, or antonym expression, ...
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Is there a term equivalent to 'mute' but at the level of 'lexis' [closed]

Sense 2 of 'lexis' in wikitionary is: The vocabulary used by a writer What words or lean phrases are there for not using a vocabulary? Something like "refraining from speech or temporarily ...
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Move one position forward and one position back

Looking for a pair of words that compactly express the notion of moving one position forward, and one position backward. I had thought to use "advance" for the first, as you might say a clock's ...
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What's the opposite of the idiom 'red flag'?

A red flag often refers to a warning signal, usually used in medical diagnostics or for rating the creditworthiness of customers at a commercial bank. But what would be the (possibly idiomatic) ...
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Terms for traversing time with direction to the past or with direction to the future?

Consider a collection of artworks ordered chronologically. I would like a term which describes moving through the collection from present to past and a term which describes moving through the ...
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Is AstroTurf really the opposite of Grassroots for movements?

This FOX & friends (@foxandfriends) twitter post has a video with the following text (and quote): SPICER: Protesting has become a profession now. This has become a very paid AstroTurf-type ...
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What is a one-word opposite of “submerged” in the physical sense

I'm looking for a one-word opposite of "submerged". The context is a study where I'm looking into species that live below the surface and thus can be conveniently labeled as "Submerged" in my plot. ...
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What is the opposite of a prodigy?

I'm looking for a single word, or a succinct phrase to describe an artist that achieves greatness after a lot of hard work and repeated failures, rather than someone who was naturally talented. The ...
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Extreme antonym for “standoffish”?

Sites like thesaurus.com suggest "friendly", "sociable", and "warm" as antonyms, but those are the middle of the spectrum. I'm looking for a single word that goes beyond that, to describe someone that ...
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Is there a word that means the opposite of what it describes?

For example a water fall with a name of dry falls?
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Is there an antonym for “advertisement” or “commercial”?

Given that it's designed to separate people from their money, a commercial or advertisement almost always focuses on the positive aspects of a product or activity. Is there an antonym for this? In ...
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What is the antonym of “assemble a team”?

in the context of the computer software industry, what would be the opposite of "assemble a team"? a colleague of mine (who is a native english speaker) suggested "dissemble", but looking up the word ...
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Word for 'not to self loathe' [closed]

To hate yourself is called to 'self loathe'. What would be a word for 'not to hate yourself' or an antonym for self-loathe?
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What is the best antonym for “approach”? [closed]

Which single word is the best antonym for "approach", where "approach" might be used in these sentences: The speaker approached the podium. The shopper approached the booth. The word would mean "to ...
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Is “accumulatory” a word? If not, what is? [closed]

Is "accumulatory" a word? I'm intending it to be a word that means the opposite of "fragmentary". I thought maybe "accumulatory" would be the adjective form of "accumulate", but I can't seem to find ...
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What is the antonym of the noun “creatives”?

Web designers, graphic designers, painters, sculptors and whittlers are all largely considered creatives. If web developers, software developers, programmers and engineers are not also considered ...
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What do you call a pair of words with opposite meanings that differ only by a prefix?

In general, words with opposite meanings are called antonyms. Is there a word that describes the subset of antonyms that are different only by a prefix where the prefix negates the meaning of the ...
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Looking for an “exotic” antonym for Bane

As a game developer, I have a few ways of symbolizing the effectiveness of attacks. My engine supports elemental damage mitigation through Resistances, and elemental weakness(a Fire based attack deals ...
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Opposite saying/word for “have patience”?

What would the opposite word or short phrase be for "be patient"/"have patience"? Say some friends and I are getting ready to go out for the evening, and we are all ready but one friend is still ...
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What is the best antonym for the noun “analogue”, as in “a good analogue”?

I want to express a comparison between two concepts but emphasize their difference rather than their similarities. Am I wrong in assuming that "analogue" connotes similarity? Sample sentence: "In ...
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Is there an opposite of want? [closed]

In Charles Dickens' book "A Christmas Carol", the children of Want and Ignorance crawl out of the Ghost of Christmas Present's robes. My understanding of this kind of "want" is the want of objects for ...
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What is a good alternative for the reverse of a boycott?

Boycotting is a classic consumer strategy to, in a sense, vote with your feet or with your dollar against some business that is doing something you find troubling, whether integral to the business, ...
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What's the opposite to a chilli pepper's 'heat'? [closed]

You describe chilli peppers as being hot despite them not being physically warm. How would you describe a chilli pepper that is not-hot. The chilli peppers I have grown have all been very [not-hot]...
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What is a good antonym for “commiserate”?

The Cambridge Dictionary defines Commiserate: to feel or express sympathy for someone’s suffering or unhappiness In my experience/opinion, it's more than sympathy and implies a joint suffering and ...
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What is the antonym of likewise?

I want to connect the following sentences with an appropriate word. Violation of rights triggers war. Prevention of violation of rights prevents war. Is the antonym of likewise suitable for this?
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Is there one word that describes the attribute of being either disposable or reusable?

For example: Red and blue are to color as disposable and reusable are to __________
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Antonym of context? [closed]

I am posting on the math exchange something and I gave the context to a math problem, then I went on to explain my problem and my questions. Now I want to go on to tell the explanation for the problem....
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Antonym for Nourish

Trying to find an antonym for the verb "nourish", specifically in the context of depleting nutrients. Something like "denourish". For example: Working all day in the hot sun had quickly ...
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Title text for showing a failed exam

I have an exam system which tells the examinee whether they have passed or failed. This is displayed in the form of a title, and descriptive text below. A failure is not necessarily a big deal, as ...
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Is there an appropriate antonym for having a “social skills deficit”?

My child has Tourette Syndrome and ADHD. He craves attention. He has outstanding social skills, but he also has "leaky brakes" (underdeveloped ability to self-inhibit). Put all of that together and ...
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One word for “does not believe” [closed]

What is a word meaning does not believe? The word will be used in this sentence, where I am looking for just one word to replace the three words does not believe which otherwise fit in this sentence. ...
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Opposite of “set” in “set parameter” [closed]

As a programmer I've run into the issue of what to name the opposite of the "set parameter" function. Unset is the only word I can think of, but it feels very clunky. It would be used in "/word/ ...
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“right” is to “righteous,” as “wrong” is to ________?

"Right" is to "righteous" as "wrong" is to _______? What sparked my question was variation in translations of Psalm 1 where the righteous is contrasted with the wicked, the ungodly, sinners... I ...
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Opposite (sort of) of mutually exclusive?

Paint cannot be red and blue as these are mutually exclusive. It cannot be night and day as these are mutually exclusive. However unlike paint, which can be neither red nor green (for example: blue),...
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One syllable antonym for “care”?

Looking for a one-syllable opposite of "care". For the purpose of the question, let's assume "care" to mean "be interested in or concerned about" and ignore the definition of "to render aid". ...
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The verb opposite to 'come in'

I am looking for an expression how to ask 'leave the classroom for several minutes to call somebody or to blow my nose, etc.' We usually use such an expression 'May I come in' when we would like to ...
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Opposite of a blurred memory

I am looking for an antonym for a "blurred memory" in context of photos. Can't get what it would be: Sharp photo Clear photo Vivid photo Distinct photo Smh else? The context is as follows: "We all ...
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Good antonym for “pet peeve”

I'm looking for a pithy and preferably alliterative antonym for "pet peeve". "Pet pleasure" has the benefit of both simplicity and parallelism to "pet peeve", but I'm concerned it may imply a sexual ...
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Is it more correct to say uncouple or decouple? [closed]

Which is the correct antonym of the verb "couple"?
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What is the woman version of the “straight man”?

There was the following paragraph in the article that came under the headline, “Hillary Clinton: Dead-on comic, Dull politician" in the New Yorker (September 22): “Bud Abbott, the most famous of ...
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What is the opposite of “footnote”? [closed]

This says the antonym of 'footnote' is 'Header'. But I want more specific and relevant word. From the same source, The meaning of footnote is given as "The note at bottom of document". Similarly, ...
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Word to describe a flower fading out from existence

For a flower to "bloom" means that it comes into existence. What would be a word that means it is fading out from existence? blooming flowers I got these antonyms from google search, none seems to ...
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What's an antonym of virtuosity? [closed]

Virtuosity intended as the ability of performing a difficult task and making it appear smooth and easy from the outside. So how would you define the inability of making something hard look very ...
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A word that means the opposite of “menagerie”

I'm trying to find a couple antonyms of the word "menagerie". Some word that means a group of clones, or a collection of virtually identical things. I haven't been able to find one. Can you help me?...

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