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Here are the rules in order to manipulate the matchsticks:

  1. You are required to move exactly 3 matchsticks.
  2. You may rotate any whole symbol(circled in blue)or number as many times as required.
  3. Most importantly, this is a riddle, not a puzzle! Solve it by arranging the matchsticks to look like the answer to the riddle. enter image description here

The riddle:

Born in during Zeus’ rule.
I defeat the meaning of the ones after me.
Pseudonymous Bosch understands me. He wrote about me in his journal :P

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  • $\begingroup$ By "any whole symbol" do you mean individual characters or the whole picture? $\endgroup$
    – Varun W.
    Commented Feb 18, 2022 at 2:08
  • $\begingroup$ I edited the picture. Is this more clear? $\endgroup$ Commented Feb 18, 2022 at 2:19

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I believe the word you seek is

Anti

You can obtain it by:

Removing the bottom match of the first symbol (now an A)
Rotating the second symbol by 90 degrees to the right (now an N)
Putting the match removed from the first symbol onto the top of the first vertical match (now a T)
Moving both horizontal matches in the third symbol above and below the last vertical match, both of them perpendicular to the match (now an I)
[I am not currently able to produce a visual representation of this, any edit with one is welcome]

As for the riddle:

Born in during Zeus’ rule.

Anti comes from Ancient Greek (ἀντ)

I defeat the meaning of the ones after me.

Anti defeats whatever comes after it, making it mean the opposite

Pseudonymous Bosch understands me. He wrote about me in his journal :P

Pseudonymous Bosch wrote The Anti-Book in 2021

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    $\begingroup$ Great job! You got it correct. $\endgroup$ Commented Feb 18, 2022 at 15:19

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