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An antonym is the opposite of a synonym. Antonyms are words that have the opposite meaning of another word.

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Do exigent and exiguous have antonyms that share the same root?

Words exigent and exiguous share the same Latin root agere. Do they have antonyms that share the same root?
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Why is 'spendthrift' not thrifty? Any other words like this?

The composition of 'spendthrift' lures ones to think it means being thrifty about spending money, but it actually means the opposite. Why does this happen? Are there other words like this? By 'this', ...
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Can the opposite of divergent be embedded, good (synonym, antonym) synonymous set for this (synonym, antonym) pair

I was thinking, suppose your are reading text. An image could be divergent (it leads you to go and do something else, putting down the text). Or it could be embedding (it leads you to continue to view ...
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What are antonyms of pluralism and populism?

Is elitism an antonym of populism? I can't find it in https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/populist. What is an antonym of pluralism? Are populism and pluralism nearly synonymous? Is the former ...
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What is some antonym of shortchange?

What is some antonym of shortchange? I can't find any at https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/shortchange. There doesn't seem to be word "longchange".
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Is complicity not a antonym of simplicity? [closed]

etymonline says simplicity (n.) late 14c., "singleness of nature, unity, indivisibility; immutability," from Old French simplicite (12c., Modern French simplicité), from Latin simplicitatem ...
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Opposite of "Educated Guess"?

What's the antonym for educated guess? Is it 'uninformed guess' or just 'guess'? Is there such thing as 'uneducated guess'? I couldn't use it as it only negates part of a phrase and doesn't seem ...
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I won’t be a jiffy

The following sentences seem to mean the same. However, "a jiffy" is a short time, but "long" refers to a long time. Why is that? What's the basis for understanding the sentences ...
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How to express informal strong dislike

As you can say in a positive informal way that you have a "soft spot" for something, or you "have a thing for"... what would you use to say informally you have a dislike or you do ...
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Why does inhabit and inhabitable have opposite meaning?

Consider the following two sentences: These undocumented locations are inhabited by mysterious creatures. Climate change is rendering many places around the world inhabitable. In the first example, ...
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Good source for English grammar exercises

A friend of mine recently experienced a stroke due to complications from COVID. He is dealing with expressive and receptive aphasia, and struggles to conjugate some verb tenses, remember synonyms, and ...
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What's the contrary of "cherry picking"?

Cherry picking in artificial intelligence research (and in some other contexts) is the act of choosing examples of good (accurate, grammatical, etc.) predictions. I wonder which word or phrase ...
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The functional opposite of "dispatcher"

I need a word which is the functional opposite of "dispatcher" (as a technical device, not as a person). The word needs to be used in a technical, engineering document, so the following are ...
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where can I look up the antonyms of a word root?

I was wondering where I could look up the antonyms of a word root? for example, I would like to find that out for endo- and epi-. I didn't find it on etymology.com. thanks.
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What are some words and/or phrases to describe devaluing and overvaluing something?

What words or phrases are used to describe the following? to cause the value of something to go higher than it's actually worth because you paid for it more because you're rich and don't care to ...
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What is the opposite of "for free"?

On Word Hippo all the antonyms mean "expensive". But I need one word as the opposite of "for free" at all regardless of the amount. That is "on paid basis" but something ...
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What is the opposite of "to adopt"?

When you take a child from an orphanage, you adopt him. What do parents do when they give him away? And I mean volunterily, not in "child services confiscation" kind of way. A-and I mean the ...
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Antonym For 'Validation'

I am a software designer by trait, and am working on a user interface, that depicts, amongst other things, the rate, by which a collection of serial numbers matches a group of patterns. It also shows ...
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What is an antonym of 'cynical'?

Choose the correct antonym for 'cynical'. (a) Gullible (b) Equivocal (c) Pessimistic (d) Liberal I chose 'gullible' as the answer, but I was wrong according to the answer sheet. I don't think 'Liberal'...
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Can the word much be an antonym of a bit?

There is a question from a English text book: Mr. X is a bit taller than Mr. Y. The antonym of the word a bit here means: 1. a lot 2. much 3. adequate 4. a little The answer is given by the ...
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Is there a single-word/non-colloquialism antonym to the word "Exceeds" when it's used in its intransitive verb form?

I'm looking for a single-word antonym for the word "exceeds" when it's being used without a subject. For example: "When the interest on a debt exceeds the holder's income, bankruptcy ...
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What's the opposite sentence of "you have so much money"?

What's the opposite sentence of "You have so much money"? Can I use "You have so little money"? Or this: "You have so many hours to work", is using "You have so few ...
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How to use the verb "filter" to mean include?

Suppose I have a group of items. Each item in the group is of type A,B,C, or D. I want to filter them and keep only items of group A. I can say "I want to filter out B, C, and D from the group&...
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What is an antonym of "dreamy eyes"?

Is there a common expression similar to "dreamy eyes" for a person looking at things with an eye of suspicion or jaded indifference? Edit: I think I misheard a movie scene. It was probably &...
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Can I use 'accommodating' as an opposite of 'dominating'?

I thought that it is possible to use 'accommodating' as opposite of 'dominating'. But my co-worker did not agree with my argument: Suppose we are discussing about a specific topic we are trying to ...
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Dangerously closely antonyms

We have a tag "pseudo-antonym" here ("flammable" vs. "inflammable", "get up" vs. "get down"), but I ask for the exact opposite. A classic is "He ...
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Antonym of the word Coward in the given sentence [closed]

I found this question tricky. What would be the antonym of the word coward in this sentence "I heard that the new student in our class is a coward"
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What is the opposite of "a soft spot"?

If one can have a soft spot for cherished things, one can have a ________ for dreaded ones. I've thought about words like "imperviousness" or "immunity", but they sound more formal ...
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opposite to the number 25

I cannot make sense of this sentence, namely the opposite word in Our house is number 25, and theirs is just opposite. What is opposite to the number 25 ?
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What's the opposite word of "fluent"?

I have searched and found "influent" and "unfluent", but I cannot find both of them in Merriam-Webster Dictionary and Collins. Or maybe there isn't a word adding a prefix to fluent ...
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What is the most common opposite word for "postpone"? [duplicate]

Consider this: The meeting has been postponed. How would the above example be said in AE or BE if the word "postponed" were to be replaced by its antonym?
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What is the antonym of "non-stop flight"?

Indirect flight is the antonym of direct flight. However, direct flights and non-stop flights have a different meaning.
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Opposite of supplier - someone who does not deliver, but takes goods away

I have an application that manages input/delivery/unloading of goods (from truck) on specific warehouse. There is user role of "supplier" for clients that supply and deliver this goods. ...
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Why is "gusting" not the opposite of "disgusting"?

The prefix dis often makes a word negative. It is a negative prefix. For example: courage and discourage, the latter is the opposite of the former. Continue and discontinue, honest and dishonest and ...
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What is the Negative sentence of "All good things come to an end"? [closed]

What is the Negative sentence of "All good things come to an end" ?? Like what would be its antonym and why ??
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Opposite of "encapsulate"

Is there a generally accepted term for the opposite of "encapsulate", as in to enclose something? If I encapsulate something, and then later take it out, is it "decapsulate"? &...
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Antonym of "having a sense of self-entitlement "

My understanding of "having a sense of self-entitlement" is, in layman's terms: "feel like everything I get, I deserve it. And if anything goes wrong in my life, it certainly isn't my ...
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Opposite of "ahead"?

I saw this sentence in the dictionary We are ahead by six points. I am wondering what the opposite meaning of this sentence is?
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What's an antonym for the slang "straight up"?

What's an antonym for the slang "straight up"? He was straight up roasted by the President during the meeting. I mean to say "indirectly" or something along the same line.
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What is the antonym of "limited stock"?

"limited stock" is used when the number of products is limited. How can I describe when the products have enough stock? Can I write "plenty stock"?
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What is the opposite of an orbiter?

One may say an orbiter orbits around a planet. But an orbit doesn't have to be around a planet. What is a more general name for the object which is orbited?
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Opposite of "unwrappable"

So, if we want to say that something is capable of being unwrapped, we could say, that it's unwrappable. How do we say with one word that something is not capable of being unwrapped? Ununwrappable ...
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What is the opposite phrase of "ALL CAPS"?

As far as I know, we say that the words in which every letter is in upper-case as "ALL CAPS". Then how can we say for not "ALL CAPS"? Something like "Not all caps".
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What is the difference between "light" and "slight"? [closed]

What is the difference between "light" and "slight"? How to use these words correctly in different cases?
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The Opposite of Delegation

As opposed to this question What is the antonym of "delegation"?, if one is not delegating to a subordinate, but rather asking a superior to take on a task, what would that be called? (other ...
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Which prefix is the antonym of "co"?

"Co" implies partnership and togetherness in many technical contexts, e.g., co-planar (located in the same plane), co-orbital (moving in the same orbit), etc. Which prefix is the antonym of "co" ...
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are "displayed upfront" and "hidden covertly" the same? I guess not and I need a double check

This post says overlays of a symbol or text that may be hidden covertly or displayed upfront to protect an image from being used without owner’s approval. to illustrate above, the post gives ...
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What is the antonym for "economical with truth"?

He is not "economical with the truth". I need a single word that means its opposite He is ____ with the truth. What word do I put in the blank? Non-Economical?
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What is the antonym of "update"?

For similar words, the antonym is obtained by simply substitute the substring up with down like in the following: upgrade - downgrade upload - download What about update? I searched for something ...
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"Succeeding" as the antonym of "Preceding"

If "succeeding" is the antonyms of "preceding", and they are both adjectives, then can I use "succeeding" as in the following examples: 1- The succeeding word of the adjective is a noun. 2- ...
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