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Antonyms Quiz #3

Guess the antonyms of these words.
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Last updated: August 11, 2013
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Word
Antonym
Ascend
Descend
Dawn
Dusk
Deep
Shallow
Inferior
Superior
Alkaline
Acidic
Starboard
Port
Centripetal
Centrifugal
Longitude
Latitude
Word
Antonym
Paternal
Maternal
Despair
Hope
None
All
Precede
Succeed
Weak
Strong
Expand
Contract
Satiety
Hunger
Latter
Former
Word
Antonym
Young
Old
Anterior
Posterior
Debit (accounting)
Credit
Artificial
Natural
Forte (music)
Piano
Acute (geometry)
Obtuse
Cursive
Print
International (flight)
Domestic
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Level 89
Aug 22, 2013
I was very disappointed that the opposite of alkaline wasn't nickel-cadmium.
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Level 25
Nov 19, 2013
:)
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Level 18
Mar 14, 2016
You dirty sweat.... But very true
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Level 62
Sep 4, 2013
supersede should count as an antonym for precede
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Level 66
May 21, 2019
no, that is taking over the spot, while precede and succeed is respectively the spot before and the spot after. Supersede is as much an antonym of precede as it is of succeed
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Level 76
Aug 31, 2019
the antonym of precede should be follow
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Level 66
Nov 19, 2013
alternate possibilities: "superficial" for deep, "genuine" for artificial, "sunset" for dawn, "follow" for precede, "sturdy" for weak, and "some" for none -- replies welcome (and expected)
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Level 72
Nov 19, 2013
I agree. If a word doesn't have a true antonym - none/all, e.g. - then what you have is a choice. There are many words which mean the opposite of despair, "hope" is a good one but not the only one. In this type of quiz, such words should be avoided.
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Level 84
Nov 23, 2013
There's really no such thing as a perfect antonym.
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Level 53
Jul 3, 2014
I think you need to take the word itself and its structure into account. So, while I agree there are many on here that aren't really antonyms, dusk is the logical antonym for dawn, whereas sunset would be logical antonym for sunrise. As for some being an acceptable antonym of all- it's like a thousand Venn diagrams all screamed out at once, and were suddenly silenced.
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Level 53
Jul 3, 2014
Sorry, some for none was the suggestion, not some for all.
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Level 76
Aug 31, 2019
I thought the antonym of despair was elation
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Level 78
Sep 22, 2021
I can see why the choice for despair was accepted, but I think joy or elation should also be accepted.

On the other hand I can't see a good reason to exclude genuine as an antonym to artificial.

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Level 82
Nov 19, 2013
Would agree. Could have 'some' for 'none', 'rejoice' for 'despair' and 'internal' for 'international'.
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Level 76
Nov 19, 2013
does anyone actually say internal flights?
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Level 35
Nov 19, 2013
I thought 'national'. Since there are national flights and international flights...
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Level 61
May 8, 2016
Yes but "national" flights are called domestic flights by the airlines...
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Level 66
Aug 30, 2019
Internal flight = the movie "Fantastic Voyage"
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Level 76
Aug 31, 2019
Air New Zealand used to use the word 'national' for non-international flights. They have now gone back to calling them 'domestic'.
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Level 68
Nov 19, 2013
I would definitely add JOY to "despair"
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Level 70
Aug 30, 2019
I tried joy first too. Then, I tried "rejoice" since it is the verb. I still think it should count.
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Level 76
Aug 30, 2019
Joy was my first thought. I googled antonym for despair and it came up with both hope and joy, and for the verb it listed cheerful and optimistic. (I hadn't even thought about the word being both a noun and a verb.) I suspect if one googles all the words on the list, most of them would have more than one antonym. Still, it was a fun quiz and made me think so I'm not complaining. (Well, not very much.)
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Level 60
Nov 19, 2013
I tried everything except "contract." I was trying shrink, reduce, deflate...
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Level 76
Nov 19, 2013
yeah. I was thinking expand like a business. I tried reduce as well.
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Level 72
Sep 5, 2019
Also tried shrink. And retract.
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Level 80
Nov 19, 2013
A chemist I am not, but isn't the opposite of acidic, basic?
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Level 89
Nov 19, 2013
For general intents and purposes, basic = alkaline. And the antonym for both would be acidic, regardless.
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Level 45
Mar 22, 2018
basic = alkaloid.. so to answer your question yes, acidic is the opposite of basic. Im not a chemist either but I know the PH, and btw I have alkaloid soil conditions, which as a wannabe botanist is important :)
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Level 75
May 30, 2021
fuanacdc, you are correct. The antonym of acid is base. An alkali is a soluble base. Therefore the correct antonym of alkali would be a soluble acid.
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Level 31
Nov 20, 2013
Authentic/real for artificial? regional for international? joy/happiness for despair? There should be more options...
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Level 44
Jan 26, 2014
Agree. I tried synonyms for the given answers but just didn't hit on the one that was wanted. Good quiz, but a bit confusing.....
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Level 74
May 20, 2019
So then I suppose the opposite of hope is sadness, right? Remember that in order to be true antonyms, the words have to complement each other, i.e. if you take the suggested opposite of a base word, then "re-translate" that opposite back to its antonym and don't come up with the same base word, it's not a genuine antonym. So, for me, the opposite of authentic/real would be fake. And you can have an authentic painting by Van Gogh, which is, at the same time, artificial, because it's art - right? As for regional, I don't know if that even has an antonym, but it is certainly not what I would come up with when thinking of an antonym for international.
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Level 72
Jan 16, 2022
I initially thought the same thing, but anything artificial is still real as well. So i have to disagree with using real as an acceptable answer.
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Level 38
Apr 10, 2022
Regional is not the same as domestic. I agree with your other suggestions though.
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Level 45
Nov 20, 2013
I got them all except precede. To me, follow or conclude makes much more sense than succeed. Music will precede the speech, and a discussion will follow the speech. An introduction will precede the article and a summary will conclude the article. Oh well.
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Level 86
Aug 8, 2014
I was confused by this too, but I understand now. Think in terms of elected leaders: one person precedes the other, while a newly elected person will succeed the incumbent. Still a bit clunky in my opinion, but I see where QM was going with it.
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Level 29
Oct 28, 2017
Thanks for this. I was completely baffled, but now I get it.
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Level 38
Aug 12, 2014
I agree. Succeed is weak.
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Level 36
Mar 7, 2015
Agree. Or genuine.
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Level 41
Dec 23, 2013
Follow should work for precede. Look it up in a thesaurus.
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Level 33
Mar 3, 2014
I tried shrink for expand's opposite and organic for artificial. :(
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Level 84
Mar 6, 2014
Latitude/longitude are not antonyms, as well as paternal/maternal. These are complementary concepts, they do not annihilate each other.
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Level 74
Jan 31, 2016
Agreed.
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Level 74
May 20, 2019
I think those refer to the concept of yin and yang. Many would consider this to be the opposite of each other.
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Level 31
Jun 27, 2014
The word I learned for "print" in school was manuscript, or typewritten if done by computer.
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Level 59
Apr 23, 2018
wouldn't manuscript be another kind of cursive?
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Level 45
Jul 17, 2014
3:27 left!
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Level 52
Jul 28, 2014
It should be illegal to put Alkaline/Acidic in the same quiz as Young/Old.
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Level 76
Feb 19, 2015
I knew the geometric answer, just couldn't come up with the word once I got hypotenuse in my head. I'm so obtuse.
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Level 70
May 28, 2018
Like
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Level 71
Aug 23, 2015
Dawn is sunrise, antonym is sunset
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Level 72
Sep 5, 2019
One (i.e. Merriam-Webster) could argue that dawn is the light that precedes sunrise: "the first appearance of light in the morning followed by sunrise". Thus making sunset the wrong answer.
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Level 74
Jan 31, 2016
Not entirely convinced that latitude and longitude would qualify as opposites.
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Level 56
Mar 11, 2016
why not compress or shrink for expand
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Level 71
May 8, 2016
I agree, should be some latitude (pun) given for words such as 'Shrink'.......... 'Sunset'...........'Greater'....... 'Follow'
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Level 49
May 8, 2016
I missed precede. I tried follow, go, end, go after, obey, follow after, etc. I just didn't try succeed. :(
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Level 42
Nov 2, 2020
If at first you don't succeed...
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Level 20
May 8, 2016
I wish you'd accept some simpler words for the 'expand' clue... I kept on typing shrink thinking I had spelt it incorrectly...
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Level 20
May 8, 2016
Shouldn't shrink be acceptable for expand?
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Level 76
May 10, 2016
Please accept block for cursive
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Level 65
Aug 30, 2019
Agreed, I also tried "handwriting"...
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Level 72
Sep 5, 2019
You can have a cursive handwriting...
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Level 77
May 10, 2016
Paternal and Maternal are not antonyms. Just different grammatical genders.
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Level ∞
May 10, 2016
Don't overthink it!
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Level 73
Jan 17, 2022
Different grammatical genders can be opposites, though, right? I think it's generally accepted that man/woman are opposites. I mean, if maternal and paternal are not opposite, what would would you suggest to be the correct answer? Is filial an accepted answer? If not, I guess there might be a good argument to request that, but I doubt that filial would be many people's first guess. LOL
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Level 34
Mar 3, 2017
I would just like to point out that centrifugal force doesn't actually exist...
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Level 68
Mar 10, 2017
Unlike the first two quizzes, these ones had so many possibilities - I wasted an age on different antonyms for expand. Damn English with it's hundreds of different ways to say one thing.
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Level 71
Mar 14, 2017
The plus for English is that if you can't think of the exact word you can always make yourself understood by using other words that mean the same thing.
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Level 26
Apr 11, 2017
Can you except desend for Descend?
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Level 82
May 20, 2019
It is excepted :P
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Level 47
May 26, 2017
Joy and or Rejoice should be acceptable antonyms to Despair. Additionally, Organic should be an acceptable antonym to Artificial.
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Level 59
Apr 23, 2018
Surely paucity is an antonym of satiety? Too little of vs too much of
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Level 74
Feb 7, 2019
Maybe my understanding of the definition of the word "satiety" is not correct. I think of it as meaning having had enough or being satisfied by something. If that is correct then any need, want, or desire would be correct. Not just "hunger".
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Level 62
May 28, 2018
"Centrifugal" is not a real experience/force. Centripetal is, and the antonym of this force acting towards the centre of curved motion would be the TANGENTIAL force. Please change this answer.
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Level 33
Jul 15, 2018
I the honourable gentleman am very displeased at the fact that one simply did not allow 'internal' or 'national' to be accepted for the direct opposite of 'international' and would therefore wish to make an official complaint.
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Level 67
Nov 9, 2018
Really not a very good quiz, just my opinion. Too many words have way too many varied choices for antonyms, as is evident from the number of comments. More choices should be allowed or the words should be changed to something that is more direct or obvious.
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Level 64
Aug 30, 2019
Whats the antonym for ungrateful git who should have a go at making up some quizzes for once instead of just take take take?
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Level 87
Apr 5, 2019
Antonym for pedantry?
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Level 78
Aug 30, 2019
tolerance? indifference? insouicance?
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Level 56
May 13, 2019
The opposite of despair is way too easy for me. Thanks Danganronpa for ruining my life.
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Level 59
May 20, 2019
I should have gotten succeed I don't know how I couldn't come up with it this time. I guarantee I could have gotten it any other day.
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Level 68
Aug 7, 2019
sour as an antonym of alkaline?
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Level 77
Aug 30, 2019
No
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Level 70
Aug 30, 2019
Is there a reason why "rejoice" is not accepted along with "hope" for the "despair" question? Also, can you accept "starve" or "starvation" along with "hunger?"
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Level 77
Aug 30, 2019
Please accept 'shrink' for contract.
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Level 82
Aug 31, 2019
I also tried deflate, diminish, and condense
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Level 78
Aug 30, 2019
What about block (as in block letters) for cursive?
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Level 47
Aug 30, 2019
Poorly constructed. "Joy" is an antonym for despair and "genuine" is an antonym for artificial. "Follow" is an antonym for precede.
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Level 74
Aug 30, 2019
Why is "maternal" the answer for "paternal", but "filial" is not? Maternal and paternal refer to different grammatical genders, while filial seems to refer to the actual opposite. I think filial should be the only option, but at the very least it should be a type-in.
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Level 77
Jan 17, 2022
Agreed, I also tried "filial" first. It is a better antonym.
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Level 45
Aug 30, 2019
Thought-provoking quiz!

Some suggestions for antonyms for "Artificial": Organic, Biological

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Level 56
Nov 13, 2019
Based on the comments I can see why there’s never been another one of these quizzes
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Level 73
Mar 11, 2020
I always thought Centripetal and Centrifugal meant the same thing...
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Level 26
Aug 23, 2021
shrink for expand??
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Level 64
Jan 16, 2022
You must love doing quizzes like this QM? Watching all the moaning ninnies go "but what about X and Y.....". Hahahha. Bleating away.....Thanks for the quiz QM!
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Level 74
Jan 16, 2022
Because it's a legitimate criticism of this particular quiz. There are a ton of 100% acceptable answers that QM is not accepting. Lots of these words don't have very clear antonyms. People giving valuable feedback on quizzes aren't "moaning ninnies". This quiz could use improvement.
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Level 66
Jan 16, 2022
I personally enjoyed this quiz. Granted, I'm a native English speaker, and also American, so maybe those things help me. The only one I struggled with was precede, as I kept trying follow. Got succeed in the end, but it took me a hot second. While I can see the arguments a lot if people are making (and I agree with some leniency on some of them), I think we need to flip suggestions first. The opposite of joy is sorrow, not despair. The opposite of shrink is grow, not expand. Even with follow, the opposite would be lead.
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Level 59
Jan 16, 2022
Super quiz as always; learned some things from it.
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Level 70
Jan 16, 2022
There's a lot of needless whining in these comments. Yes, there are specific contexts in which a different word seems like a better fit - and there are a couple linguistic technicalities. But in the end, if you have a firm grasp of the English language (and some common sense), in each case the accepted answer is clearly defensible as the best answer.
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Level 61
Jan 16, 2022
Can you accept 'many' and 'infinite' as antonyms for 'none' and 'block' as an antonym for 'cursive'?
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Level 62
Jan 16, 2022
Compress and shrink should count for expand
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Level 68
Jan 16, 2022
For satiety I thought of thirst
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Level 59
Jan 17, 2022
delight for despair? there are many things that mean the opposite of despair :/
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Level 61
May 17, 2022
the opposite of artificial is genuine.
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Level 45
Oct 29, 2022
Cuneive should definitely be accepted for cursive...when we learn to write we start in a cuneiform style. 'Follow' should be accepted for precede. 'A short presentation will precede the dinner' is understood. 'A short presentation will succeed the dinner'? Artificial > real, genuine...natural is the opposite of supernatural.
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Level 55
Nov 16, 2022
Compress should work for expand