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ˈæn tə nɪmantonym
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antonym, opposite word, oppositenoun
a word that expresses a meaning opposed to the meaning of another word, in which case the two words are antonyms of each other
"to him the antonym of `gay' was `depressed'"
A word which has the opposite meaning of another, although not necessarily in all its senses.
"rich" is an antonym of "poor"; "full" is an antonym of "empty".
Etymology: circa 1870:
In lexical semantics, opposites are words lying in an inherently incompatible binary relationship. For example, something that is long entails that it is not short. It is referred to as a 'binary' relationship because there are two members in a set of opposites. The relationship between opposites is known as opposition. A member of a pair of opposites can generally be determined by the question What is the opposite of X ? The term antonym (and the related antonymy) is commonly taken to be synonymous with opposite, but antonym also has other more restricted meanings. Graded (or gradable) antonyms are word pairs whose meanings are opposite and which lie on a continuous spectrum (hot, cold). Complementary antonyms are word pairs whose meanings are opposite but whose meanings do not lie on a continuous spectrum (push, pull). Relational antonyms are word pairs where opposite makes sense only in the context of the relationship between the two meanings (teacher, pupil). These more restricted meanings may not apply in all scholarly contexts, with Lyons (1968, 1977) defining antonym to mean gradable antonyms, and Crystal (2003) warning that antonymy and antonym should be regarded with care.
a word of opposite meaning; a counterterm; -- used as a correlative of synonym
Etymology: [Gr. a word used in substitution for another; + , , a word.]
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
ant′ō-nim, n. a word which is the opposite of another. [Gr. anti, against, onoma, a name.]
The numerical value of antonym in Chaldean Numerology is: 9
The numerical value of antonym in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3
Examples of antonym in a Sentence
Antonym, n. The opposite of the word you're trying to think of.
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- عكس, نقيضArabic
- antònimCatalan, Valencian
- antonymum, opozitumCzech
- Gegensatzwort, Gegenwort, AntonymGerman
- vastakohta, antonyymiFinnish
- frith-fhacalScottish Gaelic
- विलोम, विपर्याय, विपरीतार्थी शब्दHindi
- antonima, ellentétHungarian
- andrætt orð, andheitiIcelandic
- opposto, inverso, contrario, antonimoItalian
- 反意語, 反対語, 対義語Japanese
- 반대어, 반의어Korean
- tegengestelde, tegendeel, antoniemDutch
- nasuprotnica, антоним, odveznica, antonimSerbo-Croatian
- prótipoménka, antonímSlovene
- వ్యతిరేక పదముTelugu
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