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antonym

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n antonym 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'"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: "The verb "cleave" is the only English word with two synonyms which are antonyms of each other: adhere and separate.
    • n Antonym A word of opposite meaning; a counterterm; -- used as a correlative of synonym.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n antonym A counterterm; an opposite; an antithetical word: the opposite of synonym: as, life is the antonym of death.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Antonym ant′ō-nim a word which is the opposite of another.
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Quotations

  • James Dye
    James Dye
    “The antonyms for dreams are actuality, certainty, existence, fact, reality, substance, and truth.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gr. a word used in substitution for another; +,, a word
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. anti, against, onoma, a name.

Usage

In literature:

He laid down the pad and nearly stood on his head trying to reach his Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms without getting out of his chair.
"The Lure of the Dim Trails" by by (AKA B. M. Sinclair) B. M. Bower
FERNALD, ENGLISH SYNONYMS, ANTONYMS, AND PREPOSITIONS With illustrations and expositions of the differences in meaning.
"The Making of Arguments" by J. H. Gardiner
Antonyms: noble, lofty, dignified, exalted.
"Putnam's Word Book" by Louis A. Flemming
It is a word of which the antonym is drifting.
"Painted Windows" by Harold Begbie
We don't say a man knows too many synonyms or antonyms, and I don't see much difference.
"The Master-Knot of Human Fate" by Ellis Meredith
Give some chief antonyms of the above.
"English Synonyms and Antonyms" by James Champlin Fernald
But, oddly enough, the eyes were a total and surprising antonym of this smiling mouth.
"The Red Debt" by Everett MacDonald
Antonyms: Reason, imagination, experience.
"The Roycroft Dictionary" by Elbert Hubbard
Look these words up in your dictionary and determine upon the most suitable antonyms.
"Plain English" by Marian Wharton
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In news:

John Arndt and Wonhee Jeong Arndt named their studio after the made-up word " gorm, " an invented antonym to the real word "gormless" (meaning stupid or dull).
What is the antonym of introspection.
The whole point of the Washington Times was to be the antonym of that damned liberal fishwrap across town, and a thoroughgoing contempt for "Posties" (as we called their staffers) was de rigeur in our newsroom.
John Arndt and Wonhee Jeong Arndt named their studio after the made-up word "gorm," an invented antonym to the real word "gormless" (meaning stupid or dull).
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In science:

Turney, P.D.: Learning Algorithms for Keyphrase Extraction. Information Retrieval, 2 (2000) 303-336. 16. Grefenstette, G.: Finding Semantic Similarity in Raw Text: The Deese Antonyms. In: R.
Mining the Web for Synonyms: PMI-IR versus LSA on TOEFL
More recently, Hu and Liu utilized WordNet – a large lexi cal database of English with synonym and antonym pointers – to gr ow a initial seed list of known orientation adjectives into a larger list that covers all the remaining adjectives in WordNet.
Product Review Summarization based on Facet Identification and Sentence Clustering
In order to achive this, we apply the technique of sentiment analysis to filter the labeled sentences based o n the approach proposed in : we first prepare a seed list of known polarity adjectives using synonym/antonym pointers in WordNet, and cover the other unknown adjectives.
Product Review Summarization based on Facet Identification and Sentence Clustering
Perhaps no less interesting are their antonyms: white holes which nothing can penetrate.
Irrotational, two-dimensional Surface waves in fluids
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