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    Smile Antonym of the word acronym

    Hi all


    I have tried very hard to find the antonym of the word <acronym> and failed miserably ..

    Is there someone out there who can help me???

    Thanks,
    Rachna

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    Hi, Rachna, I am smiling to you right now !

    As for you question, is there any logical meaning of the antonym of acronym??? I cannot figure anything!

    Nyggus

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    Default Re: Antonym of the word acronym

    I don't think there is such a word which means the opposite of an acronym -- just the phrase the acronym stands for.

    Why do you need this word?

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    Default Re: Antonym of the word acronym

    Generally, nouns do not have antonyms.

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    Default Re: Antonym of the word acronym

    Quote Originally Posted by mykwyner
    Generally, nouns do not have antonyms.
    Many do. Here are some nouns with their antonyms:

    health - sickness
    wealth - poverty
    wife - husband
    brother - sister
    heat - cool
    light - darkness
    frown - smile
    abbreviation - long form

    We're looking for the word that completes this phrase:

    "Abbreviation" is to "long form" what "acronym" is to _________

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    Default Re: Antonym of the word acronym

    Quote Originally Posted by rewboss
    Many do. Here are some nouns with their antonyms:
    health - sickness
    wealth - poverty
    wife - husband
    brother - sister
    heat - cool
    light - darkness
    frown - smile
    stupidity -- wisdom

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    Default Re: Antonym of the word acronym

    The nearest thing I can think of is a backronym, like banana, where they take a word and then work out the words it stands for (Build Absolutely Nothing Anywhere Near Anybody). It's not an opposite, but it is working in the opposite direction.

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    Smile Re: Antonym of the word acronym

    I would say
    "Full-form" could be an antonym of acronym.

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    Default Re: Antonym of the word acronym

    Quote Originally Posted by rac004 View Post
    Hi all


    I have tried very hard to find the antonym of the word <acronym> and failed miserably ..

    Is there someone out there who can help me???

    Thanks,
    Rachna

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    Hi!

    Some words seem not to have their antonyms. I'm struggling to find an antonym of the noun "attitude".

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    Default Re: Antonym of the word acronym

    The antonym of the word "acronym" is "backronym". Acronym is a previously non-existing word derived from the initial letters of a phrase while backronym expands an existing word or name into a phrase.

    e.g.
    Fear, False Evidence Appearing Real
    Ford, Fix Or Repair Daily

    Despite their polar opposite in word construction, sometimes one has a hard time telling the two apart if he doesn't know the etymology.

    e.g. In conversation, "They are MAD members waiting for you outside, Rob."
    MAD(D), Mothers Against Drunk-drinking

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