Many folks are aware that a vegetarian refers to someone who does not eat meat, poultry, fish, etc., and majorly eats a diet of nuts, dairy, fruits, vegetables, and more. However, this poses the question – what do we refer to someone who is the opposite of a vegetarian as?
The preferred version is a “carnivore”. This is because the term “carnivore” best describes someone who consumes an abundance of meat, or meat as a part of their regular diet. This would essentially make a “carnivore” the exact opposite of someone who is a vegetarian.
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When we use the term “carnivore”, we are referring to an organism, animal, person, etc., that predominately eats meat or the flesh of animals. We should consider a “carnivore” to be an animal whose food and energy derive solely from consuming animal tissues – generally from hunting or scavenging.
As we can see when looking at Cambridge Dictionary, a “carnivore” is defined as an animal that eats meat, like a lion or a tiger.
Here are a few examples of how we can use this term in a sentence:
- Are you aware of what the largest carnivore on Earth is?
- Some big carnivores are known to eat smaller carnivores, as to rid themselves of competition.
- Most carnivores are animals that are willing to hunt and kill their food, as opposed to scavenging.
Another excellent alternate term that we can choose to use is “omnivore”. This is because an “omnivore” is considered to be an animal or person that will consume both plants and animals – which is unlike a vegetarian that will not consume any animals.
When looking at Cambridge Dictionary, we are able to see that an “omnivore” is an animal that is naturally able to eat both plants and animals.
We will now look over the following examples that highlight the appropriate use of this specific term:
- Some excellent examples of omnivores include bears, dogs, foxes, and even humans.
- He is an omnivore and eats both plants and animals, while I am a vegetarian.
- Being an omnivore comes naturally to humans, as we can obtain energy and nutrients from plants and animals.
We can use the term “non-vegetarian” very consistent with our other alternative terms. This is because we can consider anyone who is a “non-vegetarian” to be someone whose diet will include meat or something that isn’t appropriate for a vegetarian to consume. After all, it contains meat or animal byproducts.
As shown in Cambridge Dictionary, the term “non-vegetarian” is defined as used to refer to a meal that contains meat, or a person who eats meat. Therefore, this is a very appropriate and obvious term to use in opposition to vegetarianism.
For additional information on the use of this term, we can look over the following example sentences:
- They prefer to consume non-vegetarian meals but can handle eating a vegetarian meal occasionally.
- I have been a non-vegetarian, happily, for the vast majority of my life.
- That cuisine is known to consist of both vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes.
The term “meatatarian” is considered to be somewhat informal or slang, however, it is incredibly applicable and accurate to use when we are describing someone who eats meat. This is because a “meatatarian” refers to someone who either exclusively or predominately eats meat.
As we can see when looking at Urban Dictionary, a “meatatarian” is defined as a person who eats meat virtually to the exclusion of vegetables. The “meatatarian” often claims to be conserving veggies for those who would actually eat them, keeping the veggies out of the waste stream, helping the environment, or keeping production costs down.
We will now read over the following examples that include the use of this particular term:
- I’m a meatatarian and have the meat of some sort with every single meal.
- A meatatarian is an excellent term for Bob, as he will only eat meat!
- I’m not sure I have ever met a bigger meatatarian than my brother.
We can also choose to use the term “meat-lover” to accurately describe someone who is the exact opposite of a vegetarian. This is because a “meat-lover” is an individual who genuinely loves eating meat, especially top-quality meats, and prefers to do so instead of eating vegetables or dairy.
We will also often see “meat lovers” pizza, which is absolutely covered in a variety of meat products – making it perfect for those who consider themselves a “meat-lover”.
Here are a few examples that accurately showcase how this term can be used in a sentence:
- Todd is a total meat-lover and I can’t get him to eat a single vegetable.
- We can think of a meat-lover as someone who predominately eats meat.
- I want to order a meat lover’s pizza because I am such a meat lover.
A “meat-eater” is another excellent alternative term that we can choose to use to describe someone who is the opposite of a vegetarian. This is because the term “meat-eater” is very similar to a “carnivore”, being that it is an animal that feeds on other animals.
We can also consider a “meat-eater” to be someone whose diet merely includes meat, similar to an “omnivore”. However, a “meat-eater” will generally have a preference to eat meals that include predominately meat, as opposed to fruits, vegetables, grains, etc.
The following examples all highlight the correct way to use this term in a sentence:
- The majority of the men in my family are meat-eaters, making family dinners very predictable.
- My dad is a meat-eater and my mom is always fighting with him to try new foods.
- I am a meat-eater by preference, but I will still eat fruits and vegetables.
We can use the term “hunter” very consistent with the other alternate terms that we have gone over. We can consider a “hunter” to be a person or animal that hunts other animals – often to be their main source of food, energy, and nutrients.
When looking at Cambridge Dictionary, we can see that a “hunter” is defined as a person or an animal that hunts animals for food or for sport.
- My cat was the hunter of the family and always brought me mice, despite my obvious dislike of it.
- The hunters would follow the tracks of the deer until they happened upon the group.
- Some people choose to be a bow hunter, while others feel more comfortable with a gun.
Another superb alternative term that we can choose to use to describe someone who is certainly not a vegetarian, is a “predator”. We should think of a “predator” as an animal that naturally preys on other animals, often to find their next source of food.
As we can see when looking at Cambridge Dictionary, a “predator” is defined as an animal that hunts, kills, and eats other animals.
For additional information in regards to the use of this term, we can look over the following examples:
- The population of rodents has gone up, as there are very few natural predators in the city.
- Wolves are known as a major predator in regards to rabbits.
- The predator will hunt, chase, kill and eat other animals, all on their own.
Beast Of Prey
We can use the phrase “beast of prey” very similar to how we would use “carnivore” or a “predator”. This is because a “beast of prey” is regarded as an animal, especially a mammal, that will kill and consume other animals.
This makes it so a “beast of prey” can accurately be considered to be an opposite of a vegetarian, as they are another form of a carnivorous animal.
We can now read over the following examples that appropriately make use of the term “beast of prey”:
- Farmers often try to hunt the beats of prey that are destructive to their flocks.
- Wolves and lions are both considered to be large beasts of prey.
- Many beats of prey choose to hunt in packs, while others go out on their own.
The final alternative that we will be going over is a “flesh-eater”. When we are referring to someone or an animal as a “flesh-eater”, we are describing someone or something that habitually eats flesh, or is thought of as being very carnivorous.
We will also often see the term “flesh-eater” used in association with zombies, that are known to consume other human beings.
Lastly, we will be going over the following appropriate examples that include the use of this specific term:
- Most zombie movies include the fact that they are generally flesh-eaters.
- Most carnivores are also known as flesh-eaters because they eat the entirety of an animal.
- It would be very odd for a human to refer to themselves as a flesh-eater.