Synonyms/ Antonyms

Warmth- (n.) Quality or state of being warm; liveliness of feelings, emotions, or sympathies; quality of being intimate or attached; the effect of brightness/ coziness achieved by warm colors

mother natureSynonyms:

  • Affection
  • Compassion
  • Passion
  • Spirit
  • Zeal
  • Amiability
  • Sincerity
  • Ardor

jack frost Antonyms:

  • Apathy
  • Coolness
  • Dislike
  • Hatred
  • Indifference
  • Incompatibility
  • Chill
  • Hate

When I think of warmth I think not only of love and affection, but also the heat given off by a fireplace or a blanket. Affection, compassion, and sincerity are the three synonyms I would say represent warmth in my mind. A warm person, to me, embodies these traits; they are affectionate, compassionate, and sincere. I rarely ever think of warmth and think of warm colors or a cheerful personality. This blog has opened my eyes to the variety of meanings of warmth.

Likewise, this blog has opened my eyes to the possibilities of the opposite of warmth. Prior to starting this blog, if someone were to ask me what opposes warmth, I would reply with coolness or someone with a cold personality. I would never have thought of someone who wasn’t warm as hateful or incompatible, but through these blogs I can now see why someone who is not cold could be considered incompatible or filled with hatred or indifferent.

As mentioned in a previous blog, warmth is a vital leadership characteristic because people who are warm are approachable and understanding, therefore the antonyms above fit perfectly. If you were a leader without a warm personality, others may see you has cold and hateful or even apathetic.

Mother Nature and Jack Frost are perfect examples of a warmth synonym and antonym. Mother Nature embodies compassion, affection, and sincerity. These traits are commonly associated with warmth and a warm personality. In Greek myth, the change in seasons was explained as the periods of sadness Demeter experienced when her daughter was down in the underworld with Hades. Mother nature is also connected with pregnancy, a natural phenomenon. Mothers need to be nurturing and affectionate in order for their children to grow up properly. Mother nature may as well be warmth.

While, Jack Frost on the other hand, embodies chill, coolness, and hatred. As a character, Jack Frost is more than often portrayed as a sinister, mischievous man. He is heartless and cold to those around him. In the movie Fred Claus, Jack Frost tries to sabotage Fred from saving Christmas because he is not compassionate or warm. Jack Frost would be an example of an antonym to warmth because he does not have a warm personality.


Warm Colors

tissue collage

Red. Yellow. Orange.


These colors are known by the general public as “warm colors.”


In a gardening article done by Cornell University, the effects of warm colored flowers are given. Warm colors, such as shades of red, yellow, and orange, catch a person’s attention because they are energetic and lively. Because these colors draw your attention, yellow flowers have the ability to de-emphasize buildings, as show in this picture.

Warm colors have the ability to make a large space seem smaller and more intimate.

Warm colors are suggested by home decorators if you want to have a cozy feel within your house. They give a lively look, like a warm fire or a sunny day.


Warm colors tend to pop and therefore you can use less of a warm color to make an impact.

Artists, like William Turner, use warm colors to create a feeling for their viewers. When you look at the reds and oranges in this picture, you can almost feel a light, warm breeze blowing on you.

Too much of a warm color can suffocate a room or a painting or a garden, so it’s wise to keep in mind that all colors should be used in moderation with one another.


Global Warming

Though many people specially seek out warm locations in order to enjoy their vacation time on a hot beach or an iceless landscape, warmth is not welcome on all ends of the globe. Climate regulates its inhabitants’ ability to survive. When that climate is threatened, we see a dramatic decrease in survival on specific animals. Polar Bears have been threatened by Global Warming due to thinning ice and glaciers. While the temperatures of the massive bodies of water continue increase, ice also continues to melt and threatens the existence of Polar Bears. Melting ice and Polar Bears cannot coexist, one must go. With warmer water temperatures and thinning ice comes with many issues for the Polar Bear. For starters, Polar Bears are not swimmers. They are able to swim for short periods of time while hunting seal and other prey, however, they are not equipped to swim in large bodies of water for long periods of time. With melting ice, Polar Bears will have no platform or solid foundation to rest and live on, Polar Bears are faced with the possibility of drowning due to exhaustion. Also, with a decrease in solid ice surface Polar Bears will experience a shortage of food. Seals become less accessible to the bears because the resting ground for seals is ice. If the ice melts, the seals will have to reside in the water or search for land in other places; leaving Polar Bears with a shortened hunting season as well.

Warmth can be both a positive and negative experience. For Polar Bears, greenhouse gases will cause a rapid decrease in ice. A previous Nasa study found a 2.9% decline in total Arctic sea ice extent over the last decade. The bears will be either forced into extinction, or must migrate otherwise.

Warmth can be a positive survival technique for many other animals though. Many animals depend on warmth in order to live. Many reptiles, that are cold blooded, depend on the sun’s warmth to revive them after a cold swim or not being in the sun for a while. Otherwise, they would die due to lack of warmth.

Human beings are the same way. Most humans enjoy warm weather as opposed to cold weather. Warmth is more comforting to us. From the first moments of life in the womb we experience warmth and comfort. We are warm blooded animals, therefore, we seek out warmth.

Unfortunately for the Polar Bears, who do not seek out warmth, it is being thrust upon them and threatens their very existence.

Emotional Warmth.

Infants need a mother figure to comfort and console them. Once this maternal, gentle figure has been removed from a baby’s life, they become emotionally unstable and underdeveloped.

Food or Security? Warmth vs Necessity.

In this experiment conducted by Harry Harlow, we see an infant monkey’s basic need for physical contact with a mother figure overrides that of the need for nourishment. One surrogate mother is warm, soft, and provides comfort and safety while the other is a wire bound mother figure that is cold, hard, and uncomfortable to cling to as a baby that needs affection and connection. While the basic human needs of nourishment are presented in the monkey, the infant eventually leaves the wire mother to seek comfort with the soft, cloth mother. 22 hours out of 24 hours a day, the infant monkey spent most of their time with the cloth mother as opposed to the wire mother that provided food. This shows an infant’s basic need for physical and emotional warmth.

How else can we say “warmth”?

Heat is another word for physical warmth
1. the state of a body perceived as having or generating a relatively high degree of warmth.
2. the condition or quality of being hot: the heat of an oven.
3. the degree of hotness; temperature: moderate heat.
4. the sensation of warmth or hotness: unpleasant heat.
5. a bodily temperature higher than normal: the heat of a fever; the feeling of heat caused by physical exertion.
Warmth can be experienced through mental and physical heat. Due to intense, pleasant emotions we can experience mental warmth. This warmth can increase happy feelings and create a sense of safety and belonging. Generally, mental and internal warmth can be experienced through the feelings created by another living being.
Physical, or external warmth, can be created and stimulated by such things as; the sun, a fire, light bulbs, blankets, etc. These things can help  us feel safe and comfortable in our environment. Being cold and not warm will create a feeling of anxiety and uncomfortable experiences for the living being the cold is affecting. Since birth, all living beings crave and need warmth. The feeling of physical warmth is a need that all humans must fulfill. Physical warmth (safety/shelter) is one of the levels of the Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs that all humans must accomplish in order to live a happy, successful life. From birth we need the soft, warm touch of another human being to comfort us. This need falls under the category of belongingness and social interaction on Maslow’s chart. A baby’s cerebellum does not develop properly if they are not rocked and cradled but another loving, warm human being. The need for social and physical warmth can be connected back to the mental warmth because both are needed in order to survive and thrive in a social environment.


Warmth can be defined as a physical or mental feeling. Physical warmth is when you can feel warmth on the outside from light, the sun, a blanket, body heat, etc. while mental warmth is the warmth that you feel when someone is kind, generous, and loving to you. Mental warmth can be expressed through verbal and/or physical connection. Loving words from someone you have a mental connection with can be comforting and create and experience of warmth within you.

Definition of mental warmth

Definition of mental warmth

Enthusiasm, affection, or kindness.


“beek” was created in the early 13c. which means “to bask in the warmth” of something.