Posts Tagged ‘antonyms’

Enjoy English!

Monday, August 13th, 2012

English uses 26 letters: 21 consonants and 5 vowels. We can create jillions of words, such as the word jillion, which is a slang word that means some indefinitely large number. Some words have a single consistent meaning; some have numerous context-specific meanings. For example, the words brain, north, golf, automobile, jury, and woman have pretty consistent meanings wherever they are used. On the other hand, try to figure out the meanings of these words without knowing the context in which they’re used: right, down, space, bridge, state, and branch.

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Antonyms

Monday, November 14th, 2011

Antonym is a synonym for opposite. Antonyms are much more complex and restricted than synonyms. Many words have no antonym. For example, what is the opposite of candle? Antonyms come in many forms including: (more…)

Antonyms and Contranyms

Thursday, August 18th, 2011

Antonym is a synonym for opposite. Antonyms are much more complex and restricted than synonyms. Many words have no antonym. For example, what is the opposite of candle? If you try to get precise about antonyms, you quickly get into descriptions of binary opposites (like positive and negative), gradable opposites (like high and low), directional opposites, complements, and other interesting minutia. The term antonym was created in the 19th Century and has become a well-accepted element of our language.

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