Antonymous Synonyms and Synonymous Antonyms
seemingly antonyms, but more truly synonyms or semi- or demi-synonyms. The criterion is that words syntactically indicate opposite in meaning but actually similar in meaning.
- cry, decry → you can cry, as in crying out loud, but you can also decry, by crying out loud
- linear, rectilinear → linear algebra, rectilinear motion. Rectilinear is the linearness of motion.
- enfranchise, franchise →
- flammable, inflammable → my wound has inflamed like a wild flame.
- famous, infamous → good guys are famous, bad guys are infamous.
- title, entitle → I'm entitled to title a book of my own penmanship. Title is to emphasize identification. To entitle a book is to emphasize titling.
- kindle, enkindle →
- Amend, emend → I amend text by emending.
- overwhelm, whelm → We could say that men are whelmed, women are overwhelmed.
- shamed, ashamed → I'm ashamed to be shamed in public. Ashamed is shaming of shame. (while, sleep/asleep, wake/awake probably do not make this list.)
- commend, recommend → I commend his recommendation. Commend is like a positive recommendation.
- regardless, irregardless → irregardless of the ir prefix, it means the same as without.
- indiscriminate, undiscriminate → both words are indiscriminate or undiscriminate.
- stressed, distressed → I'm distressed to be so stressed or vice versa. Stress brings us pressure and strain, distress brings up anguish and panic.
- fatigable, indefatigable →
- bone, debone →
- nude, denuded →
- guise, disguise →
- haste, posthaste →
- genius, ingenious → ingenious is as if something done by a genius.
- cute, acute →
- cease, decease →
- kin, akin →
In the grand language of English, a- anti- dis- un- im- ir- in- de- all jostle for opposition. Unwittingly, to wit: aperiodic; antihero, antipathy, antithesis; peccable, impeccable; maculate, immaculate; pervious, impervious, impure; irregular, indifferent, detached/attached, insensible, impartial, dispassionate, unbiased, apathetic, impassive, unfeeling, disinterested, uninterested, untouched, irresponsible, disdain.
Note: these may not be antonyms, but just not synonyms. The criterion is that words syntactically similar in meaning but semantically not.
- same, indifferent → indifferent means impartial.
- impart, impartial →
- disinterested, uninterested → the former means impartial, the latter of no interest.
- rest, restive → restive means jumpy.
- ingenuous, disingenuous → ingenuous = artless, naive. disingenuous = crafty, cunning.
- dubitable, redoubtable →
- light, alight →
- scribe, describe →
- recondite, recondition →
- reduce, deduce →
- fair, affair →
If you know any, please comment. Thanks to Joshua Freeman, John Seal for addition.