antonym

[an-tuh-nim]
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Origin of antonym

First recorded in 1865–70; ant- + (syn)onym
Related formsan·ton·y·mous [an-ton-uh-muh s] /ænˈtɒn ə məs/, an·to·nym·ic, adjectivean·ton·y·my, noun
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Related Words for antonyms

reverse, opposite

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British Dictionary definitions for antonyms

antonym

noun
  1. a word that means the opposite of another word``empty'' is an antonym of ``full''
Derived Formsantonymous (ænˈtɒnɪməs), adjective

Word Origin for antonym

C19: from Greek antōnumia, from anti- + onoma name
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Word Origin and History for antonyms

antonym

n.

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.

UNDER 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]

French antonyme (1842), German antonym (by 1859) are older. The un-Greek alternative counterterm has been left to fade.

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antonyms in Culture

antonyms

[(an-tuh-nimz)]

Two words with opposite meanings. Cold and hot are antonyms; so are small and large. (Compare synonyms.)

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