Differences in antonyms of “balance” with negative prefixes

Most words only have one correct negative prefix out of “in-“, “im-“, and “un-“. Why are both “imbalance” and “unbalance” both grammatically correct (but “inbalance” is not”)? What are differences in meaning and usage of these two opposites of “balance”? Can they be regarded as synonyms of each other? Are there any other examples of … Read more

What is the antonym of “terminus”?

As for an ad hoc single-direction train, the last station is called the “terminus”, while the first station is called the ______. A. origin B. source C. start D. initus E. …… (other names) Answer The words, on British railways, are “origin” and “destination”. “Terminus” has a specific meaning, which is the end of the … Read more

An adverb for when you’re not exaggerating

I want to say, Your situation is, without exaggerating, more severe than mine. However, I want to replace “without exaggerating” with an adverb. Something like “undoubtedly”. Now I know the word “unexaggeratedly” has not been born yet, and that I can always use the same sentence I mentioned above, but I love using adverbs in … Read more

What is the opposite of “eschatology”?

Eschatology is the study or philosophy of formation of ideas about the end of things, apparently derived from the Greek ἔσχατος meaning "last" and -λογία meaning "study of". What is the word for "the formation of ideas about the beginning of things? Edit: I’ve accepted "cosmogony" as the answer, but I also really liked "protology". … Read more

Is there an opposite “-ism” word to nepotism?

Is there an opposite “-ism” word to nepotism? If nepotism refers to the nature of favoring one due to familial or friendly relations, surely there is an antonym to nepotism that conveys the favoring of one due to merit or productivity. However, “meritism” and “productivism” are not words. Meritorious and productivity work in a pinch … Read more

Words to describe a person that values merit and achievemnt

Or, you could say, a proponent of meritocracy (descriptors for opponents of meritocracy also welcome, see details below). Please don’t say “meritocrat”, I would rather avoid that one. Nouns and adjectives are all welcome, single-word descriptions preferred, but two-word descriptions are fine too. The terms should also not rely on reference to other ideologies or … Read more

Overfill is a word, why isn’t “underfill” as widely recognized to be a word?

Is there a different or better word for “underfill”. MS Word, Google, don’t seem to recognize underfill as a word. On Merriam Webster, they recognize it as a noun(paraphrased): a piece of steel manufactured with insufficient material an incompletely filled container Underfill is also a material used in the PCB manufacturing process. Why isn’t it … Read more

“least riskiest” vs “safest” – double superlative or single is better?

Is “least riskiest” stylistically correct? Can it be considered a double superlative? Would “safest” be a better choice? Answer “Least riskiest” makes no sense. You can, if you wish, apply “least” to an adjective, making the phrase: least risky Although technically the same in meaning as “safest”, it has a different implication. Most people will … Read more