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Is "unambient" a word?

Question #63593. Asked by researcher.

xfacilitatorx
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Nope. Not a word.

Mar 16 2006, 4:20 PM
Sabine06
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Sabine06

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It's not a valid Scrabble word.

Mar 16 2006, 4:23 PM
gmackematix
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gmackematix
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OneLook searches 1,001 indexed dictionaries and didn't find it.
On the other hand, OneLook's "quick definition" of "word" is a "unit of meaning that native speakers can recognise".
Although I may have never seen it before, I can recognise "unambient" as meaning not ambient.
A quick look through Google's 200+ examples, "unambient" is almost always used in a musical context.

Mar 16 2006, 5:30 PM
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lanfranco
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lanfranco
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That's scary. The online OED returned no matches, and I couldn't think of a proper antonym for "ambient." It seems that some people think "unambient" suits just fine.

Another example of language evolution?

Mar 16 2006, 5:46 PM
xfacilitatorx
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xfacilitatorx

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Antonyms of adj ambient

1 sense of ambient

Sense 1
ambient

INDIRECT (VIA close) -> Distant

link http://www.synonym.com/antonym/ambient

link http://www.synonym.com/antonym/ambient

Mar 16 2006, 5:53 PM
Ivystung
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Ivystung

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I would think something like "captivating" or "striking" (as an adjective) could be an antonym of ambient. Since ambient generally refers to something which blends into the background and you are only vaguely aware of.


Mar 16 2006, 10:41 PM
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lanfranco
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Afraid not, Ivy. You'll have to explain yourself a bit more specifically. "Ambient" means "surrounding" or "encircling," not something that "blends into the background."

Mar 17 2006, 6:39 PM
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