January 18, 2017

Synonyms/ antonyms – Term One 2017 High Schools

1. admire adore, appreciate, value,
despise disdain, loathe, abhor,
2. agree admit, allow, grant,
disagree deny, dispute, differ,
3. benefit advantage, favour, gain,
harm disadvantage, detriment, damage,
4. certainty assurance, conviction, confidence,
doubt dubiety, suspicion, uncertainty,
5. conciliatory accommodating, cooperative, compliant,
dictatorial despotic, autocratic, tyrannical,

6. deity godhead, supreme being, divinity,
demon, devil, evil being, beast
7. improve, develop, enhance, exalt
degrade, debase, demean, corrupt,
8. differentiate, distinguish, discern, discriminate
confuse, mix-up, mistake, discombobulate,
9. encourage, aid, boost, support
discourage dishearten, dispirit, deter
10. hill, mountain, peak, ridge
valley, dale, dell, dingle

11. honesty, sincerity, frankness, openness
deceit, deception, duplicity, fraud
12. hope, expectation, belief, faith
despair, desperation, despondency, hopelessness
13. make, form, create, produce
damage, demolish, wreck, ruin
14. persuade coax, cajole, urge
dissuade hinder, discourage, deter
15. rich, wealthy, well-off, affluent
poor, needy, destitute, poverty-stricken

16. same, alike, identical, similar
different, contrasting, distinct, dissimilar
17. travail, work, toil, drudgery
idleness, leisure, dilly-dallying, dawdling
18. virtue integrity, goodness, honour
vice, depravity, debasement, decay
19. wet soggy, deliquescent, damp
dry, desiccated, dehydrated, crisp
20. whizz-kid genius, maven, prodigy
dimwit dunce, dullard, dolt

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