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antonym

[ an-tuh-nim ]
/ ˈæn tə nɪm /
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noun
a word opposite in meaning to another. Fast is an antonym of slow.Compare synonym (def. 1).
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Origin of antonym

First recorded in 1865–70; ant- + (syn)onym

OTHER WORDS FROM antonym

an·ton·y·mous [an-ton-uh-muhs], /ænˈtɒn ə məs/, an·to·nym·ic, adjectivean·ton·y·my, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for antonym

antonym
/ (ˈæntənɪm) /

noun
a word that means the opposite of another word``empty'' is an antonym of ``full''

Derived forms of antonym

antonymous (ænˈtɒnɪməs), adjective

Word Origin for antonym

C19: from Greek antōnumia, from anti- + onoma name
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