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The opposite of "lonely"

Fascinatingly, there isn't one—at least, I can't think of one, and I can't find one in several online thesaurii. “Togetherness” is the opposite of “loneliness,” and “together” is the opposite of “alone,” but there is no “togetherly,” or any synonym I can think of. So if one finds an end to loneliness, what is the name for the feeling? Loved, loving, togetherness, …? There is no opposite of angry, nor of fearful, either. Nor of lusty. The English grammar of words for emotions appears to have no structure. How utterly odd. Can anyone reading this think of counter-examples?

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The opposite of "lonely" is "contented".
The opposite of "angry" is "compassionate".
The opposite of "fearful" is "unafraid".
The opposite of "lusty" is "frigid".

You could also say that the opposite of lonely is crowded.
You could also say that the opposite of angry is calm.

Oh, I like those answers. Thank you.

I find it interesting is that "calm" and "contented" could also be said to be the opposite of hungry and thirsty. I'm not sure I believe that the opposite of "angry" is "compassionate"—it seems to me that one can be angry about something for which compassion doesn't help, like a natural disaster.

I've decided it's a great lack that we have so many words to discribe uncomfortable states and so few to describe comfortable ones.

I'm thinking that the opposite of "angry" might actually be "grateful"
you get angry about things that seem undeserved and bad
you are grateful for things that seem undeserved and good.

the opposite of lonely might be "companioned" or "beloved".

Thanks. I like those.

After looking at these responses, plus responses from a similar post I put up on rec.arts.sf.fandom, there seem to be three categories of response:

1. The opposite of lonely is "crowded"--a different sort of discomfort.
2. The opposite of lonely is "contented", or "satisfied". Interestingly, this might also the "opposite" of hungry, or any other unsatisfied emotional need.
3. The opposite of lonely is "companioned" or "beloved"--sorts of comfort of the need for companionship.

I am surprised that this isn't one of those things that everyone knows but me. It seems to be a lack in the (current) English language.

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