Power Prefix #1: anti- – 10 Words


exact opposite

It was the antithesis of good journalism – all innuendo and barbs.New York Times (Aug 31, 2010)

a feeling of intense dislike

With eyes lowered in antipathy, he seemed to avoid her gaze with loathing.Wingfield, Lewis

a substance used to kill microorganisms and cure infections

The victim is expected to stay in hospital for another two weeks, and will be given antibiotics to avoid risk of infection.

a disappointing decline after a previous rise

When finally opened officially on Tuesday night, after the longest and most troubled preview period in Broadway history, the show itself seemed almost an anticlimax.

a remedy that stops or controls the effects of a poison

The mental rigor required by the practice of music effectively acted as an antidote to aging, keeping their nervous systems youthful.Time (Jun 13, 2012)

thoroughly clean and free of disease-causing organisms

Last summer, I learned that antiseptic mouth rinse kills ticks immediately.Seattle Times (May 23, 2010)

shunning contact with others

I’m pretty antisocial before games; I don’t really like talking to people in the dressing room beforehand.

a protagonist who does not act brave or morally good

The five teen protagonists are neither heroes nor antiheroes: They are “troubled youths” hit by lightning while performing community service.

a medicine intended to reduce swelling

Zimmermann had been having trouble loosening up before starts, and team doctors prescribed physical treatment and anti-inflammatory pills.Washington Post (Aug 5, 2012)

mass consisting of antiparticles of normal substances

But then, imagine someone finds a simple way to make black holes or antimatter using common materials and wall current?Salon (Jun 17, 2012)

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