Posts Tagged ‘contranyms’

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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