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A word having a meaning opposite to that of another word: The word "wet" is an antonym of the word "dry."

an′to·nym′ic adj.
an·ton′y·mous (ăn-tŏn′ə-məs) adj.
an·ton′y·my n.


(Grammar) having the opposite meaning, relating to antonyms
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In 1988, however, electronic dictionaries were rare and expensive, and it would have been difficult to extract their synonymic and antonymic relations into an easily searchable semantic network.
Because the affirmative demonism of the word and the poet's inherently failing means of representation are given as ever-present antonymic elements, they cannot be separated.
On the one hand, Cohen's performance within the footage being viewed already contributes to the construction of this antonymic image.
yir) for a blind person (dma); "the father of he'll-live" (Abu Yahya) for "the angel of death" (malak al-mawt); (120) "perfumer" ((agar) for "garbage collector" (kanntis); (121) "one-eyed" (a'war) for "raven" (ghurab, a sharp-sighted and inauspicious bird whose harm is feared); "his locks of hair are dragged along" (dhawa'ibuhu tanjarr) for a bald man (aqra') is a popular antonymic euphemism (Ii-l-'amma kinnayat ma'kusa) said -in amusement"; (122) "sharpness of intellect" (*Ida) for "ignorance" is an antonymic (or near-antonymic) euphemism used by religious scholars ('ulama').
The current consensus indicates that research attempting to further explicate the nature of male body image ought to take into account both antonymic facets of male body image; the drive for muscularity and the drive for thinness (Bergeron & Tylka, 2007).
Rhyming "fame" with the antonymic "shame" on her debut's title track, she concedes: "I can't help myself/I'm addicted to a life of material.
Furthermore, whether time-delimited or on-going, local governance underlies two theoretically antonymic, yet empirically hybrid, dynamics.
Indeed, this is part of Wallace's project, to situate these dramatists in a theatrical context of newness and innovation, as opposed to a national culture, particularly in the case of McDonagh where the competing labels of Irish and British 'still bear an antonymic resonance'.
Given the proximity of "rutted" to "it opened" and the landed nature of the asking price, "rutted" yields a noun: "rut," as a synonym for that which opened, prompted by the antonymic presence of "to plough," crosses the female genitalia with a cut in the earth.