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ANTONYM

 Dictionary entry overview: What does antonym mean? 

ANTONYM (noun)
  The noun ANTONYM has 1 sense:

1. a word that expresses a meaning opposed to the meaning of another word, in which case the two words are antonyms of each other

  Familiarity information: ANTONYM used as a noun is very rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


ANTONYM (noun)


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Meaning:

A word that expresses a meaning opposed to the meaning of another word, in which case the two words are antonyms of each other

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

antonym; opposite; opposite word

Context example:

to him the antonym of 'gay' was 'depressed'

Hypernyms ("antonym" is a kind of...):

word (a unit of language that native speakers can identify)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "antonym"):

direct antonym (antonyms that are commonly associated (e.g., 'wet' and 'dry'))

indirect antonym (antonyms whose opposition is mediated (e.g., the antonymy of 'wet' and 'parched' is mediated by the similarity of 'parched' to 'dry'))

Antonym:

synonym (two words that can be interchanged in a context are said to be synonymous relative to that context)


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