Antonyms

Common Opposites

 

(Antonyms)

 

 

 

A

 

absent ≠ present

 

abundant ≠ scarce

 

to accept ≠ to decline, to refuse

 

accurate ≠ inaccurate

 

to admit ≠ to deny

 

advantage ≠ disadvantage

 

against ≠ for

 

to agree ≠ to disagree

 

alive ≠ dead

 

all ≠ none, nothing

 

ally ≠ enemy

 

always ≠ never

 

ancient ≠ modern

 

answer ≠ question

 

antonym ≠ synonym

 

apart ≠ together

 

to appear ≠ to disappear, to vanish

 

to approve ≠ to disapprove

 

to arrive ≠ to depart

 

artificial ≠ natural

 

to ascend ≠ to descend

 

attic ≠ cellar

 

attractive ≠ repulsive

 

awake ≠ asleep

 

 

 

B

 

backward ≠ forward

 

bad ≠ good

 

beautiful ≠ ugly

 

before ≠ after

 

to begin ≠ to end

 

below ≠ above

 

bent ≠ straight

 

best ≠ worst

 

better ≠ worse

 

big ≠ little, small

 

black ≠ white

 

to blame ≠ to praise

 

to bless ≠ to curse

 

bitter ≠ sweet

 

bottom ≠ top

 

boy ≠ girl

 

brave ≠ cowardly

 

to build ≠ to destroy

 

bold ≠ meek, timid

 

to borrow ≠ to lend

 

bound ≠ unbound, free

 

boundless ≠ limited

 

bright ≠ dim, dull

 

to brighten ≠ to fade

 

broad ≠ narrow

 

 

 

C

 

calm ≠ windy, troubled

 

can ≠ cannot, can't

 

capable ≠ incapable

 

captive ≠ free

 

careful ≠ careless

 

cheap ≠ expensive

 

cheerful ≠ sad, discouraged, dreary

 

clear ≠ cloudy, opaque

 

clever ≠ stupid

 

clockwise ≠ counter clockwise

 

close ≠ far, distant

 

closed ≠ ajar, open

 

clumsy ≠ graceful

 

cold ≠ hot

 

to combine ≠ to separate

 

to come ≠ to go

 

comfort ≠ discomfort

 

common ≠ rare

 

to conceal ≠ to reveal

 

to contract ≠ to expand

 

cool ≠ warm

 

correct ≠ incorrect, wrong

 

courage ≠ cowardice

 

to create ≠ to destroy

 

crooked ≠ straight

 

cruel ≠ kind

 

compulsory ≠ voluntary

 

courteous ≠ discourteous, rude

 

 

 

D

 

dangerous ≠ safe

 

dark ≠ light

 

day ≠ night

 

daytime ≠ night-time

 

dead ≠ alive

 

to decline ≠ to accept, to increase

 

to decrease ≠ to increase

 

deep ≠ shallow

 

definite ≠ indefinite

 

demand ≠ supply

 

despair ≠ hope

 

dim ≠ bright

 

to disappear ≠ to appear

 

to discourage ≠ to encourage

 

diseased ≠ healthy

 

down ≠ up

 

downwards ≠ upwards

 

dreary ≠ cheerful

 

dry ≠ moist, wet

 

dull ≠ bright, shiny

 

dusk ≠ dawn

 

 

 

E

 

early ≠ late

 

east ≠ west

 

easy ≠ hard, difficult

 

empty ≠ full

 

to encourage ≠ to discourage

 

to end ≠ to begin, to start

 

to enter ≠ to exit

 

even ≠ odd

 

to expand ≠ to contract

 

to export ≠ to import

 

exterior ≠ interior

 

external ≠ internal

 

 

 

F

 

to fade ≠ to brighten

 

to fail ≠ to succeed

 

false ≠ true

 

famous ≠ unknown

 

far ≠ near

 

fast ≠ slow

 

fat ≠ thin

 

feeble ≠ strong, powerful

 

few ≠ many

 

to find ≠ to lose

 

first ≠ last

 

to float ≠ to sink

 

foolish ≠ wise

 

fore ≠ aft

 

free ≠ bound, captive

 

to fold ≠ to unfold

 

to forget ≠ to remember

 

found ≠ lost

 

fresh ≠ stale

 

frequent ≠ seldom

 

friend ≠ enemy

 

for ≠ against

 

fortunate ≠ unfortunate

 

full ≠ empty

 

 

 

G

 

generous ≠ stingy

 

gentle ≠ rough

 

to get ≠ to give

 

giant ≠ tiny, small, dwarf

 

girl ≠ boy

 

to give ≠ to receive, to take

 

glad ≠ sad, sorry

 

gloomy ≠ cheerful

 

to go ≠ to stop

 

good ≠ bad, evil

 

to grant ≠ to refuse

 

great ≠ tiny, small, unimportant

 

to grow ≠ to shrink

 

guest ≠ host

 

guilty ≠ innocent

 

 

 

H

 

happy ≠ sad

 

hard ≠ easy

 

hard ≠ soft

 

harmful ≠ harmless

 

harsh ≠ mild

 

to hate ≠ to love

 

haves ≠ have-nots

 

healthy ≠ diseased, ill, sick

 

heaven ≠ hell

 

heavy ≠ light

 

to help ≠ to hinder

 

here ≠ there

 

hero ≠ coward

 

high ≠ low

 

hill ≠ valley

 

to hinder ≠ to help

 

honest ≠ dishonest

 

horizontal ≠ vertical

 

hot ≠ cold

 

humble ≠ proud

 

 

 

I

 

ill ≠ healthy, well

 

immense ≠ tiny, small

 

important ≠ trivial

 

in ≠ out

 

to include ≠ to exclude

 

to increase ≠ to decrease

 

inferior ≠ superior

 

to inhale ≠ to exhale

 

inner ≠ outer

 

inside ≠ outside

 

intelligent ≠ stupid, unintelligent

 

interesting ≠ boring

 

interior ≠ exterior

 

interesting ≠ dull, uninteresting

 

internal ≠ external

 

intentional ≠ accidental

 

 

 

J

 

to join ≠ to separate

 

junior ≠ senior

 

just ≠ unjust

 

justice ≠ injustice

 

 

 

K

 

knowledge ≠ ignorance

 

known ≠ unknown

 

 

 

L

 

landlord ≠ tenant

 

large ≠ small

 

last ≠ first

 

to laugh ≠ to cry

 

lawful ≠ unlawful, illegal

 

lazy ≠ industrious

 

leader ≠ follower

 

left ≠ right

 

to lend ≠ to borrow

 

to lengthen ≠ to shorten

 

lenient ≠ strict

 

left ≠ right

 

less ≠ more

 

light ≠ dark, heavy

 

to like ≠ to dislike, to hate

 

likely ≠ unlikely

 

limited ≠ boundless

 

little ≠ big

 

long ≠ short

 

loose ≠ tight

 

to lose ≠ to find

 

loss ≠ win

 

loud ≠ quiet

 

to love ≠ to hate

 

low ≠ high

 

loyal ≠ disloyal

 

 

 

M

 

mad ≠ happy, sane

 

major ≠ minor

 

many ≠ few

 

mature ≠ immature

 

maximum ≠ minimum

 

to melt ≠ to freeze

 

merry ≠ sad

 

messy ≠ neat

 

minor ≠ major

 

minority ≠ majority

 

miser ≠ spendthrift

 

to misunderstand ≠ to understand

 

more ≠ less

 

 

 

N

 

nadir ≠ zenith

 

narrow ≠ wide

 

near ≠ far, distant

 

neat ≠ messy, untidy

 

never ≠ always

 

new ≠ old

 

night ≠ day

 

night-time ≠ daytime

 

no ≠ yes

 

noisy ≠ quiet

 

none ≠ some

 

north ≠ south

 

 

 

O

 

obedient ≠ disobedient

 

odd ≠ even

 

to offer ≠ to refuse

 

old ≠ young

 

old ≠ new

 

on ≠ off

 

open ≠ closed, shut

 

opposite ≠ same, similar

 

optimist ≠ pessimist

 

out ≠ in

 

outer ≠ inner

 

over ≠ under

 

 

 

P

 

past ≠ present

 

patient ≠ impatient

 

peace ≠ war

 

permanent ≠ temporary

 

to persuade ≠ to dissuade

 

plentiful ≠ scarce

 

plural ≠ singular

 

poetry ≠ prose

 

polite ≠ rude, impolite

 

possible ≠ impossible

 

poverty ≠ wealth, riches

 

powerful ≠ weak

 

pretty ≠ ugly

 

private ≠ public

 

prudent ≠ imprudent

 

pure ≠ impure, contaminated

 

to push ≠ to pull

 

 

 

Q

 

qualified ≠ unqualified

 

question ≠ answer

 

quiet ≠ loud, noisy

 

 

 

R

 

to raise ≠ to lower

 

rapid ≠ slow

 

rare ≠ common

 

regular ≠ irregular

 

real ≠ fake

 

rich ≠ poor

 

right ≠ left, wrong

 

right-side-up ≠ upside-down

 

rough ≠ smooth

 

rude ≠ courteous

 

 

 

S

 

safe ≠ unsafe

 

same ≠ opposite

 

satisfactory ≠ unsatisfactory

 

secure ≠ insecure

 

to scatter ≠ to collect

 

to separate ≠ to join

 

serious ≠ trivial

 

second-hand ≠ new

 

shallow ≠ deep

 

to shrink ≠ to grow

 

sick ≠ healthy, ill

 

simple ≠ complex, hard

 

singular ≠ plural

 

to sink ≠ to float

 

slim ≠ fat, thick

 

slow ≠ fast

 

sober ≠ drunk

 

soft ≠ hard

 

some ≠ none

 

sorrow ≠ joy

 

sour ≠ sweet

 

sow ≠ reap

 

straight ≠ crooked

 

to start ≠ to finish

 

to stop ≠ to go

 

strict ≠ lenient

 

strong ≠ weak

 

success ≠ failure

 

sunny ≠ cloudy

 

synonym ≠ antonym

 

sweet ≠ sour

 

 

 

T

 

to take ≠ to give

 

tall ≠ short

 

tame ≠ wild

 

them ≠ us

 

there ≠ here

 

thick ≠ thin

 

tight ≠ loose, slack

 

tiny ≠ big, huge

 

together ≠ apart

 

top ≠ bottom

 

tough ≠ easy, tender

 

transparent ≠ opaque

 

true ≠ false

 

truth ≠ falsehood, lie, untruth

 

 

 

U

 

under ≠ over

 

to unfold ≠ to fold

 

unknown ≠ known

 

unqualified ≠ qualified

 

unsafe ≠ safe

 

up ≠ down

 

upside-down ≠ right-side-up

 

upstairs ≠ downstairs

 

us ≠ them

 

useful ≠ useless

 

 

 

V

 

vacant ≠ occupied

 

to vanish ≠ to appear

 

vast ≠ tiny

 

victory ≠ defeat

 

virtue ≠ vice

 

visible ≠ invisible

 

voluntary ≠ compulsory

 

 

 

W

 

war ≠ peace

 

wax ≠ wane

 

weak ≠ strong

 

wet ≠ dry

 

white ≠ black

 

wide ≠ narrow

 

to win ≠ to lose

 

wisdom ≠ folly, stupidity

 

within ≠ outside

 

wrong ≠ right

 

 

 

Y

 

yes ≠ no

 

yin ≠ yang

 

young ≠ old

 

 

 

Z

 

to zip ≠ to unzip

 

zenith ≠ nadir