The Opposite of Lonely
May 2, 2008 12:24 PM Subscribe
What other words out there lack elegant opposites?
posted by rooftop secrets to Writing & Language (47 answers total) 20 users marked this as a favorite
I had a long discussion with some friends trying to get someone to give me an elegant solution to finding a word that encapsulated the meaning of "the opposite of lonely". Ultimately, we failed to find one that truly captured all elements of what that concept implied. This fascinates me.
What other words lack opposites? I do not mean which words only work in one direction (e.g. "unruly"" "unkempt"" and "uncouth" only work in the negative, but antonyms exist, like unruly/disciplined, unkempt/tidy, etc.). Rather I mean words whose opposite concept cannot be boiled down to one word.