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A word opposite in meaning to another (e.g. bad and good)
- ‘I need an antonym for it, a way of describing a rather unfortunate concordance of events that leads to a horrible outcome rather than the pleasant coincidence that would normally befall.’
- ‘What exactly are the differences between synonyms, antonyms, and homonyms?’
- ‘To be sure, every linguist, when pursuing a semantic investigation, will collect information about collocations and will elicit judgements about entailments, antonyms, and other meaning relations.’
- ‘She also said I looked flushed and pale, but they're antonyms so I have no idea what she was talking about.’
- ‘For most of my life I've gone so far in the opposite direction that if I knew the antonym for hypochondria I'd employ it now.’
- ‘The range of the word would be the definitions contained in the dictionary, and the field would be all the synonyms and antonyms that might be found in a thesaurus.’
- ‘The antonyms it offered: ‘reactionary’ and ‘intolerant.’’
- ‘It also catches dictionary and thesaurus sites and sends back deliberate misspellings, antonyms instead of synonyms, etc.’
- ‘Rather, ‘poor’ is used in a medieval sense as an antonym to ‘powerful.’’
- ‘The students can practice synonyms and antonyms on small computerized machines that give instant feedback and register a score with happy little dings and clicks.’
- ‘Perfect if you enjoy the oxymoron of a synonym being an antonym.’
- ‘Although this doesn't really translate into English, we nevertheless have a negative association between the liver and bravery, lexicalised in the antonym of bravery: ‘lily-livered’.’
- ‘Connoisseurs of the interesting - whose antonym is the boring - appreciate clash, not harmony.’
- ‘All around the board were letters and at the centre two simple words - antonyms of each other - yes and no.’
- ‘It was years after retirement before I realized that rather than thinking of them as near synonyms that they were antonyms.’
- ‘The words aren't precise antonyms, but they're somewhat close to it.’
- ‘Though the words sound like antonyms, interdependence and independence are not mutually exclusive.’
- ‘A term often used as an antonym to pluralism to describe a state in which politics, society, and economy are all subject to the control of an elite or a party.’
- ‘Pretending these are synonyms when in fact they are antonyms is deceptive.’
- ‘The thesaurus provides synonyms, antonyms and related words, and is accessed by just right-clicking on the word to be looked up, and selecting ‘Thesaurus’ from the right-mouse menu.’
Mid 19th century: from French antonyme, from ant- (from Greek anti- ‘against’) + Greek onuma ‘a name’.
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