January 18, 2017

Synonyms/ antonyms – Term One 2017 Primary Schools

1. add increase, accumulate, sum,
subtract decrease, deduct, take away,
2. admire adore, appreciate, value,
despise disdain, loathe, abhor,
3. agree admit, allow, grant,
disagree deny, dispute, differ,
4. begin start, commence, set about,
end stop, complete, terminate,
5. benefit advantage, favour, gain,
harm disadvantage, detriment, damage,

6. big huge, large, gigantic,
small, tiny, diminutive, miniature
7. bright, luminous, shiny, brilliant
dark, drab, dull, dim,
8. combine, connect, mix, merge
split, divide, separate, discombobulate,
9. clean, pure, spotless, flawless
dirty filthy, foul, sordid
10. encourage, aid, boost, support
discourage, dishearten, dispirit, deter

11. fast, speedy, quick, rapid
slow, unhurried, tardy , sluggish
12. happy, cheerful, content, elated
sad, sorrowful, depressed, dismal
13. hill, mountain, peak, ridge
valley, dale, dell, dingle
14. hope expectation, belief, faith
despair desperation, despondency, hopelessness
15. hot, boiling, scorching, sizzling
cold, chilly, freezing, icy

16. keep, retain, save, maintain
discard, scrap, get rid of, ditch
17. make, form, create, produce
destroy, demolish, wreck, ruin
18. plain simple, basic, unembellished
decorated, adorned, patterned, embellished
19. safety shelter, protection, security
danger, peril, threat, risk
20. same alike, identical, similar
different contrasting, distinct, dissimilar

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