Synonyms/ antonyms OS – Term One 2018


1. camouflage disguise, veil, cloak,
show reveal, unveil, disclose,
2. cantankerous crabby, ill-tempered, irascible,
good-natured upbeat, pleasant, happy,
3. capacious large, spacious, expansive,
cramped confined, restricted, squeezed,
4. capricious unpredictable, whimsical, fickle,
steady predictable, consistent, unwavering,
5. captious critical, fault-finding, carping,
encouraging supporting, reassuring, complimentary,

6. carp complain, cavil, nag,
approve, praise, commend, laud
7. catholic, universal, general, inclusive
exclusive, narrow, parochial, limited,
8. celerity, swiftness, speed, rapidity
slowness, delay, sluggishness, rest,
9. chagrin, annoyance, shame, discomfit
comfort pleasure, satisfaction, delight
10. circumspect, cautious, discreet, careful
heedless, venturous, rash, careless

11. coherent, comprehensible, organised, intelligible
incoherent, incomprehensible, disorganised, confused
12. commensurate, equivalent, corresponding, appropriate
incompatible, inadequate, unfitting, inappropriate
13. compatible, agreeable, congenial, consistent
incompatible, disagreeable, unsuitable, antipathetic
14. competent capable, able, proficient
incompetent incapable, unable, inept
15. complacent, self-satisfied, smug, contented
uncertain, uneasy, insecure, discontented

16. complaisant, agreeable, obliging, compliant
dissatisfied, disagreeable, antagonistic hostile
17. conspicuous, obvious, evident, noticeable
inconspicuous, hidden, unobtrusive, indistinct
18. credible believable, plausible, conceivable
incredible, unbelievable, implausible, suspect
19. curtail cut, reduce, diminish
lengthen, extend, protract, increase
20. cynicism suspicion, distrust, scepticism
trust faith, confidence, belief

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