Double Negative

Entertainment / Literature / Double Negative: Two (or more) negatives used for emphasis, e.g., 'I don't want no candy' as opposed to 'I don't want any candy.' Prescriptivist grammarians recommend avoiding double negatives in formal writing, but historians note this rule is of fairly recent manufacture in English history. Double negatives were perfectly acceptable in English up until the Enlightenment. For instance, the medieval author Chaucer routinely uses two to four double negatives in his descriptions--such as the Knight in The Canterbury Tales: He nevere yet no vileynye ne sayde / In al his lyf unto no maner wight (GP 70-71).

Other Words for Double

Double Verb Synonyms: twofold, paired, coupled, duplicate(d), doubled
Double Adjective Synonyms: folded or doubled or bent over, overlapped, two-ply

Other Words for Negative

Negative Adjective Synonyms: contradictory, anti, contrary, dissenting, dissentious, disputing, disputatious, argumentative, adversarial, adversative, antagonistic, antipathetic, adverse, adversary


Entertainment / Photography / Negative: Is the image produced on a photographic emulsion by the product of exposure and development, in which tones are reversed so that highlights appear dark and shadows appear light. MORE

Negative Amortization

Business / Finance / Negative Amortization: A loan repayment schedule in which the outstanding principal balance of the loan increases, rather than amortizing, because the scheduled monthly payments do not cover the full amount required to amor MORE

Mixed Doubles

Entertainment / Bowling / Mixed Doubles: A two person team competition in which one is male and the other female. MORE