Crossword clues for antonym
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Antonym \An"to*nym\, n. [Gr. ? a word used in substitution for
another; ? + ?, ?, a word.]
A word of opposite meaning; a counterterm; -- used as a
correlative of synonym. [R.]
--C. J. Smith.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
1867, coined to serve as opposite of synonym, from Greek anti- "equal to, instead of, opposite" (see anti-) + -onym "name" (see name (n.)). Perhaps introduced to English in the book "Synonyms and Antonyms" (1867) by the Ven. C.J. Smith, M.A.\n\nUNDER the head of Synonyms and Antonyms, Archdeacon Smith arranges words which form an antithesis to one another. The word "antonym" is, we believe, a new formation but useful. ["Journal of Sacred Literature," July 1867] \n\nFrench antonyme (1842), German antonym (by 1859) are older. The un-Greek alternative counterterm has been left to fade.
n. (context semantics English) A word which has the opposite meaning of another, although not necessarily in all its senses.
Usage examples of "antonym".
One of the flower arrangements from lunch sits on the bedside table: white peonies, the metaphorical antonym of my psyche at this moment.
I selected it as the antonym for attractive, attraction and repulsion being opposite forces.
It was the antonym of nymphomaniac, a word with numerous applications but no real definition.
Haight, whose name is pronounced Hate, just took the antonym of his name.
They are also not antonyms, although they are frequently used almost as if they were.
Marriage and Snake were antonyms, but LeAnne and Marcus were synonyms.
Now he knew that Joy had been third, and suspected that there had been at least one pair of antonyms among the others.
He has trouble finding the word, and sometimes he thinks he's got it, but what comes out will be synonyms, or antonyms, or taboo words.
He has trouble finding the word, and sometimes he thinks he’s got it, but what comes out will be synonyms, or antonyms, or taboo words.