Synonyms/ antonyms PS – Term One 2018


1. calm mild peaceful placid
troubled agitated nervous upset
2. candidly openly frankly honestly
slyly secretly covertly stealthily
3. carefree breezy, light-hearted happy-go-lucky
troubled depressed miserable despondent
4. cautious careful watchful circumspect
reckless careless heedless rash
5. centre middle, hub, midpoint,
border boundary, edge, fringe,

6. certain undeniable, sure, evident,
uncertain, doubtful, dubious, questionable
7. chatty, talkative, gabby, loquacious
aloof, silent, reserved, taciturn,
8. cheap, inexpensive, low-priced, economical
costly, expensive, pricey, dear,
9. clean, pure, unblemished, spotless
dirty filthy, stained, sloppy
10. clear bright, luminous shining
murky, dim, foggy, fuzzy

11. clever, smart intelligent, quick-witted
stupid, dull, dense slow
12. coarse, rough, crude, unrefined
smooth, polished, soft, refined
13. cold, icy, chilly, freezing
warm, hot, boiling, sizzling
14. colossal big, large, huge
small tiny, minute, little
15. commence, begin, start, emerge
conclude, cease, close, complete

16. common, normal, regular, customary
peculiar, odd, strange queer
17. cordial, warm-hearted, congenial, affectionate
unfriendly, unpleasant, cold, disagreeable
18. crazy insane, loony, mad
sane, sensible, level-headed, fair-minded
19. credible believable, plausible, likely
incredible, unbelievable, implausible, unlikely
20. curious inquisitive, inquiring, questioning
incurious indifferent, disinterested, apathetic

*Three types of antonyms (gradable, complementary and relational) can be distinguished. Word meanings are context-dependent.