Vocabulary Basics: Antonyms

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Antonyms are words whose meanings are the opposite of each other.


Here is a list of common antonyms:

  • acid, alkali
  • age, youth
  • amateur, connoisseur
  • anterior, posterior
  • brain, brawn
  • capital, labor
  • catalectic, acatalectic
  • centripetal, centrifugal
  • clean, dirty
  • clergy, laity
  • competition, cooperation
  • concentric, eccentric
  • concord, discord
  • constructive, destructive
  • deciduous, perennial
  • domestic, foreign
  • dorsal, ventral
  • east, west
  • egoism, altruism
  • element, compound
  • endogen, exogen
  • esoteric, exoteric
  • evolution, revolution
  • export, import
  • extrinsic, intrinsic
  • fact, fiction
  • finite, infinite
  • friend, enemy
  • general, particular
  • genuine, artificial
  • give, receive
  • hard, soft
  • herbivorous, carnivorous
  • homogeneous, heterogeneous
  • horizontal, perpendicular
  • independent, dependent
  • induction, deduction
  • inflation, deflation
  • ingress, egress
  • land, water
  • large, small
  • laugh, cry
  • light, darkness
  • literal, figurative
  • longitude, latitude
  • major, minor
  • man, woman
  • means, extremes
  • meat, drink
  • merry, sad
  • military, civil
  • monogamy, polygamy
  • myself, others
  • nadir, zenith
  • noisy, quiet
  • old, new
  • optimism, pessimism
  • ordinal, cardinal
  • oriental, occidental
  • orthodox, heterodox
  • pathos, bathos
  • positive, negative
  • practical, theoretical
  • predecessor, successor
  • predestination, freewill
  • pretty, ugly
  • pride, humility
  • private, public
  • prologue, epilogue
  • prose, poetry
  • sacred, profane
  • savage, civilized
  • sick, well
  • soul, body
  • stalagmite, stalactite
  • stoic, epicure
  • straight, crooked
  • sublime, ridiculous
  • superior, inferior
  • sweet, sour
  • synonym, antonym
  • temporal, spiritual
  • top, bottom
  • Unitarian, Trinitarian
  • universal, particular
  • verbal, oral
  • vertebrate, invertebrate
  • walk, ride
  • wealth, poverty
  • wholesale, retail


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