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List of Antonyms Words in English: 500+ Antonyms for Competitive Exams

List of Antonyms Words in English: Antonyms are words that mean the opposites of another word. Antonyms are called opposites. So, it is a word that is opposite in meaning to a particular word in the same language. The "antonym" word is rooted in the Greek language. Anti is a Greek word which means opposite and onym means name i.e. opposite name.


Here we have given a list of Antonyms Words in English which may help in preparing English for various Competitive Exams.


Above - below
absent - present
abundant - scarce
accept - decline, refuse
accident - intent
accomplishment - failure
accurate - inaccurate
achieve - fail
acquit - convict
adamant - yielding
add - subtract
adjacent - distant
admire - detest
admit - deny, reject
adore - hate
advance - retreat
advantage - disadvantage
affirm - deny
afraid - confident
after - before
aid - hinder
against - for
agree - disagree
alert - asleep
alive - dead
all - none, nothing
allow - forbid
alone - together
amateur - professional
ally - enemy
always - never
ameliorate - worsen
amuse - bore
ancient - modern
answer - question
antonym - synonym
apart - together
apparent - obscure
appear - disappear, vanish
appease - agitate
approve - disapprove
argue - agree
arrive - depart
arrogant - humble
artificial - natural
ascend - descend
astute - absurd
atrophy - flourish
attack - defend
attractive - repulsive
attract - repel
awake - asleep
awkward - graceful


Back - front
backward - forward
bad - good
backward - forward
beautiful - ugly
before - after
begin - end
below - above
bent - straight
best - worst
better - worse, worst
big - little, small
birth - death
bitter - sweet
black - white
blame - praise
bless - curse
blunt - sharp
bold - timid, meek
borrow - lend
bottom - top
bound - unbound, free
boundless - limited
bravery - cowardice
break - repair
brief - long
bright - dim, dull
brighten - fade
broad - narrow
build - destroy
busy - idle
buy - sell


Calm - windy, troubled
can - cannot, can't
capable - incapable
captive - free
capture - release
careful - careless
cause - effect
cautious - careless
centre - edge
cheap - dear, expensive
cheerful - sad, discouraged, dreary
child - adult
chilly - warm
clean - dirty
clear - vague, cloudy, opaque
clever - stupid
clockwise - anti-clockwise
close - distant, open
cold - hot
combine - separate
come - go
comfort - discomfort
common - rare
complex - simple
compliment - insult
conceal - reveal
constant - variable
continue - interrupt
cool - warm
cope - original
correct - incorrect
courage - cowardice
crazy - sane
crooked - straight
cruel - kind
cry - laugh
cunning - simple


Dainty - clumsy
damage - improve
danger - safety
dark - light
dawn - sunset
day - night
decrease - increase
deep - shallow
definite - indefinite
demand - supply
despair - hope
destroy - create
difficult - easy
dim - bright
disappear - appear
discourage - encourage
disease - health
dismal - cheerful
divide - unite
doubt - trust
down - up
downwards - upwards
dreary - cheerful
dry - moist, wet
dull - bright, shiny
dusk - dawn


Early - late
East - West
easy - hard, difficult
economize - waste
effete - strong
embrace - reject
empty - full
encourage - discourage
end - begin, start
entrance - exit
epilogue - prologue
erroneous - accurate
escalate - subside
ethereal - earthly
evasive - straightforward
even - odd
evil - good
excited - calm
exonerate - accuse
expand - contract, shrink
export - import
exterior - interior
external - internal


Fade - brighten
fail - succeed
false - true
famous - unknown
fancy - plain
far - near
fast - slow
fat - thin
feeble - sturdy, strong, powerful
few - many
fiction - fact
find - lose
finish - start
firm - flabby
first - last
fix - break
float - sink
follow - lead
foolish - wise
fore - aft
forgive - blame
free - bound, captive, restricted
fold - unfold
forget - remember
found - lost
frank - secretive
fresh - stale
frequent - seldom
friend - enemy
for - against
fortunate - unfortunate
full - empty
funny - empty
future - present, past


Gather - distribute
generous - stingy, mean
gentle - rough, violent
get - give
giant - tiny, small, dwarf
give - receive, take
glad - sad, sorry
gloomy - cheerful
go - stop, come
good - bad, evil
grant - refuse
great - tiny, small, unimportant, minute
grow - shrink
guest - host
gusto - distaste
guilty – innocent


Handsome - ugly
happy - sad, miserable
hard - easy
hard - soft
harmful - harmless
harsh - mild
hasten - dawdle
hate - love
healthy - diseased, ill, sick, unhealthy
heat - cold
heaven - hell
heavy - light
help - hinder
here - there
hero - coward
high - low
hill - valley
hinder - help
honest - dishonest
hopeful - hopeless
horizontal - vertical
hot - cold
humble - proud
huge - tiny


Ignore - notice
ill - healthy, well
imitation - genuine
immense - minute, tiny, small
immigrate - emigrate
important - trivial
imprison - free
in - out
include - exclude
increase - decrease
inferior - superior
inhale - exhale
inner - outer
innocent - guilty
inside - outside
intelligent - stupid, unintelligent
interesting - boring, dull, uninteresting
interior - exterior
internal - external
intentional - accidental


Jaded - interesting
jeopardize - secure
jittery - bold
join - separate
junior - senior
just - unjust
justice - injustice
juxtaposition - separation


Keen - uninterested
kind - cruel, nasty
knowledge - ignorance
known - unknown


Lack - abundance, plenty
landlord - tenant
large - small
last - first
late -early
laugh - cry
lawful - unlawful, illegal
lazy - industrious
leader - follower
left - right
lend - borrow
lengthen - shorten
lenient - strict
left - right
less - more
light - dark, heavy
life - death
like - dislike, hate
likely - unlikely
limited - boundless
little - big
live - die
lofty - lowly
long - short
loose - tight
lose - find
loser - winner
loss - win
loud - quiet
love - hate
low - high
lower - raise
loyal - disloyal


Mad - happy, sane
major - minor
many - few
mature - immature
maximum - minimum
mean - generous
melt - freeze
mend - break
merry - sad
messy - neat
minor - major
minority - majority
miser - spendthrift
miss - catch
misunderstand - understand
more - less
much - little


Narrow - wide, broad
native - foreigner, stranger
natural - artificial
near - far, distant
neat - messy, untidy
negative - affirmative
never - always
new - old, ancient
nice - awful, nasty
night - day
no - yes
nobody - everybody
noisy - quiet
none - some
nothing - everything
notice - ignore
now - then
North - South


Obedient - disobedient
occasionally - frequently
odd - even
offer - refuse
often - seldom, sometimes
old - young
old - new
on - off
open - closed, shut
opposite- same, similar
optimist - pessimist
order - mess
out - in
outer - inner
outside - inside
outskirts - centre
over - under


Pass - fail
past - present
patient - impatient
peace - war
permanent - temporary
permit - forbid
please - displease
plentiful - scarce
plural - singular
poetry - prose
polite - rude, impolite
poor - rich, wealthy
poverty - wealth
possible - impossible
poverty - wealth, riches
powerful - weak, feeble
presence - absence
pretty - ugly
private - public
prudent - imprudent
pure - impure, contaminated
push - pull


Qualified - unqualified
quaver - steady
quick - slow
question - answer
quiet - loud, noisy


Raise - lower
rapid - slow
rare - common
rear - front
receive - send
reduce - increase
refuse - agree, accept
regular - irregular
real - fake
rest - work
rich - poor
right - left, wrong
right-side-up - upside-down
rough - smooth, soft, gentle
rude - courteous


Sad - happy
safe - unsafe, dangerous
same - opposite, different
satisfy - unsatisfied, dissatisfy
secure - insecure
seldom - often
scatter - collect
senior - junior
separate - join, connect, together
serious - trivial, funny
second-hand - new
security - insecurity
sense - nonsense
shallow - deep
sharp - blunt
shrink - grow
short - long
shut - open
sick - healthy, ill
simple - complex, hard, complicated
singular - plural
sink - float
slim - fat, thick, stout
slow - fast
smooth - rough
sober - drunk
soft - hard
solid - liquid
some - none
sorrow - joy
sour - sweet
sow - reap
straight - crooked
stand - lie
start - finish
stop - go
strict - lenient, indulgent
strong - weak
success - failure
sunny - cloudy
synonym - antonym
sweet - sour


Take - give
tall - short
tame - wild
them - us
there - here
thick - thin
throw - catch
tight - loose, slack
tiny - big, huge
together - apart
top - bottom
tough - easy, tender
transparent - opaque
true - false
truth - lie, untruth


Uncouth - awkward
under - over
unfold - fold
unity - division
unknown - known
unqualified - qualified
unsafe - safe
up - down
upside-down - right-side-up
upstairs - downstairs
us - them
useful - useless


Vacant - occupied
valuable - valueless
vanish - appear
vanity - modesty
vanquish - surrender
vast - tiny
verbose - concise
vex - soothe
victory - defeat
virtue - vice
visible - invisible
voluntary - compulsory
vomit - ingest
vowel - consonant


War - peace
wax - wane
weak - strong, powerful
wet - dry
white - black
wicked - conscientious
wide - narrow
win - lose
wisdom - folly, stupidity
within - outside
wonder - expectation
worse - better
worst - best
wrong - right


Yes - no
young - old
yin - yang


Zip - unzip
zeal - apathy
zenith - nadir

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