Antonyms

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TeeDee

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Antonyms are words typically opposite to each other - Good and Bad as an example.

There are other antonyms which have a meaning that seems to be lost in the vagaries of time.

As an example of what I mean these three examples should provide an idea.

UNCOUTH ;- lacking good manners, refinement, or grace.

RUTHLESS:- having or showing no pity or compassion for others.

UNKEMPT :- (especially of a person) having an untidy or dishevelled appearance.


But the antonym to these two words are older lost words

COUTH:- cultured, refined, and well mannered.

RUTH:- a feeling of pity, distress, or grief.

KEMPT :- (of a person or a place) maintained in a neat and clean condition; well cared for.


I know the hivemind here is strong and powerful so can anyone suggest some more? So words that either have something infront or behind them that change their meaning.
 

TeeDee

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Just to reiterate , the words I'm looking for are the words that are uncommon and unknown ( common and known... ) such as the initial suggestions of Ruth , Kempt and Couth.
 

Paul_B

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I'm sure I used kempt a few times over recent years. I do find myself using unusual words, but they seem to fit when I use them of course.
 
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Billy-o

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The 'ert' there derives from 'art', it turns out :)

It can be entertaining to find a root .. like 'ject' (to throw) for example and examine the shifting senses of the term from the words built around it - abject, deject, project, retroject, inject, trajectory, project, object, reject, subject, conjecture, introject
 
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