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What are some examples of opposite words?

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Some pairs of antonyms, or words with opposite meanings, include "happy" and "sad," "awake" and "asleep," "fat" and "thin," "light" and "heavy," and "light" and "dark." The antonym of "antonym" is "synonym," the term for a word with the same meaning as or a very similar meaning to another.

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Some sets of antonyms that are adjectives include "fast" and "slow," "large" and "small," "harsh" and "gentle," "bad" and "good," and "right" and "wrong." Antonym pairs that are verbs include "open" and "close," "end" and "begin," "rise" and "fall," "win" and "lose," and "lose" and "find." Noun pairs that are antonyms include "hero" and "villain," "winner" and "loser," "friend" and "enemy," "problem" and "solution," and "joy" and "sorrow." Many words have multiple antonyms. For example, the antonyms of "ugly" include "beautiful," "pretty," and "attractive."

Antonyms must be the same part of speech as each other. For example, if one is an adjective, then the other word also needs to be an adjective. "Start" and "finish" are antonyms that can be either both nouns or both verbs. "Lose" is an antonym of the verb "gain," while "loss" is an antonym of the noun "gain."

A thesaurus is a reference work that provides synonyms and antonyms for listed words.

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