Synonyms and Antonyms – Same Meaning Words and Opposites (English, Study Material, Exam Preparation)

Synonyms and Antonyms

What is a Synonym?

A synonym is a word/phrase, the meaning of which is the same or nearly the same as another word or phrase. Words that are synonyms are described as synonymous.

Synonym Examples

Artful – Crafty
Ballot – Poll
Chorus – Refrain
Deceptive – Misleading
Enormous – Immense

What is an Antonym?

An antonym is a word/phrase that means the opposite of another word or phrase.

Antonym Examples

Admire – Detest
Bravery – Cowardice
Crooked – Straight
Dainty – Clumsy
Economise – Waste

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Synonyms and Antonyms List

Now that you are familiar with the meanings of both synonyms and antonyms, go through the table below comprising 225+ English Synonyms and Antonyms.

Synonyms and Antonyms List
Words Synonyms – Same Meaning Antonyms – Opposites
Abate Moderate, decrease Aggravate
Abash Disconcert, rattle Uphold, Discompose
Abject Despicable, servile Commendable, Praiseworthy
Abjure Forsake, renounce Approve, Sanction
Abolish Abrogate, annul Setup, establish
Abortive Vain, unproductive Productive
Abound Flourish, proliferate Deficient, Destitute
Absolve Pardon, forgive Compel, Accuse
Accord Agreement, harmony Discord
Acrimony Harshness, bitterness Courtesy, Benevolence
Acumen Awareness, brilliance Stupidity, ignorance
Adamant Stubborn, inflexible Flexible, Soft
Adhere Comply, observe Condemn, disjoin
Adherent Follower, disciple Rival, Adversary
Adjunct Joined, Added Separated, Subtracted
Admonish Counsel, reprove Approve, Applaud
Adversity Misfortune, calamity Prosperity, Fortune
Alien Foreigner, outsider Native, Resident
Allay Pacify, soothe Aggravate, Excite
Alleviate Abate, relieve Aggravate, Enhance
Allure Entice, fascinate Repulse, Repel
Amplify Augment, deepen Lessen, Contract
Arraign Incriminate, indict Exculpate, Pardon
Ascend Climb Escalate Descend, Decline
Audacity Boldness, Courage Mildness, Cowardice
Authentic Accurate, credible Fictitious, unreal
Awkward Rude, blundering Adroit, clever
Axiom Adage, truism Absurdity, Blunder
Baffle Astound, Faze Facilitate, Clarify
Barbarous Frustrate, perplex Civilized




Baroque Florid, gilt Plain, unadorned
Barren Desolate, Sterile Damp, Fertile
Barrier Barricade, Obstacle Link, Assistance
Base Vulgar, Coarse Summit, Noble
Batty Insane, silly Sane
Bawdy Erotic, Coarse Decent, Moral
Befogged Becloud, Dim Clear headed, Uncloud
Benevolent Benign, Generous Malevolent, Miserly
Benign Favorable, friendly Malignant, Cruel
Bewitching Alluring, charming Repulsive, Repugnant
Bind Predicament Release
Bleak Grim, Austere Bright, Pleasant
Bleak Austere, Blank Bright, Cheerful
Blunt Dull, Insensitive Keen, Sharp
Boisterous Clamorous, rowdy Placid, Calm
Bold Adventurous Timid
Brittle Breakable, crisp Tough, Enduring
Bustle Commotion, Tumult Slowness, Quiet
Busy Active, Engaged Idle, Lazy
Calculating Canny, Devious Artless, honest
Callous Insensitive, indurated Kind, merciful
Calm Harmonious, unruffled Stormy, turbulent
Camouflage Cloak, disguise Reveal
Candid Blunt, bluff Evasive
Captivate Charm, fascinate Disillusion offend
Captivate Beguile, bewitch Repel
Carnal Earthly, fleshly Spiritual
Catholic Generic, liberal Narrow- minded
Celebrated Acclaimed, lionized Unknown, Inglorious
Cement Plaster, mortar Disintegrate




Censure Rebuke, reprimand Praise, Acceptance
Cheap Competitive, Inexpensive Dear, unreasonable
Clandestine Covert, furtive Open, Legal
Classic Simple, Typical Romantic, Unusual
Coarse Bawdy, Boorish Fine, Chaste
Comic Clown, Jester Tragic, tragedian
Compact Bunched, thick Loose, Diffuse
Compress Abbreviate, Shrink Amplify, Expand
Conceit Egotism, Immodesty Modesty
Concord Agreement, accord Discord
Condemn Castigate, Chide Approve, Praise
Confident Bold, Undaunted Diffident, cowardly
Consolidate Centralize, Fortify Weaken
Courtesy Generosity, Reverence Disdain, Rudeness
Creation Formation, foundation Destruction
Cunning Acute, Smart Naive, Coarse
Decay Collapse, decompose Flourish, Progress
Demolish Ruin, devastate Repair, construct
Denounce Blame, boycott Defend
Dense Opaque, piled Sparse, brainy
Derogatory Sarcastic, critical Laudatory, appreciative
Despair Depression, misery Contentment, Hope
Destructive Catastrophic, pernicious Creative, Constructive
Dissuade Remonstrate, Counsel Insite, Persuade
Docile Pliable, pliant Headstrong, obstinate
Dwarf Diminutive, Petite Huge, Giant
Eager Keen, acquisitive Indifferent, apathetic
Eclipse Diminution, Dimming Shine, eclipse
Gather Converge, huddle Disperse, Dissemble
Generosity Altruism, bounty Stinginess, greed




Genuine Absolute, Factual Spurious
Gloomy Bleak, cloudy Gay, Bright
Glory Dignity, renown Shame, Disgrace
Hamstrung Cripple Debilitate Strengthen, Encourage
Harmony Conformity, Amicability Discord, discord
Hasty Abrupt, Impetuous Leisurely, Cautious
Hazard Peril, danger Conviction, security
Honor Adoration, Reverence Denunciation, Shame
Humble Meek, Timid Proud, Assertive
Humility Resignation, Fawning Boldness, Pride
Hypocrisy Deception, Pharisaism Sincerity, frankness
Immaculate Exquisite, Impeccable Defiled, Tarnished
Impenitent Uncontrite, Obdurate Repentant
Impulsive Flaky, Impetuous Cautious, Deliberate
Indifferent Equitable, Haughty Partial, Biased
Indigent Destitute, Impoverished Rich, Affluent
Infernal Damned, Accursed Heavenly,
Insipid Tedious, Prosaic Pleasing, appetizing
Interesting Enchanting, Riveting Dull, Uninteresting
Languid Sluggish, apathetic Energetic, spirited
Malice Vengefulness, grudge Goodwill, Kindness
Mandatory Imperative, requisite Optional
Masculine Gallant, strapping Feminine, meek
Merit Stature, Asset Demerit, dishonor
Morbid Nasty, Macabre Healthy, Cheerful
Notion Conceit, Apprehension Reality, Concrete
Obliging Complaisant, Willing Mulish, Obstinate
Obscure Arcane, Vague Prominent
Obstinate Stubborn, Adamant Pliable, flexible
Obtain Access, Inherit Forfeit
Obvious Evident, apparent Obscure, ambiguous
Odious Malevolent, obnoxious Engaging, fascinating
Offensive Abhorrent, obnoxious Engaging, fascinating
Ominous Menacing, Foreboding Auspicious
Optimist Idealist Pessimist
Ordain Order, impose Revoke abolish




Pacify Appease, Chasten Irritate, worsen
Pamper Flatter, indulge Deny, disparage
Persuade Cajole, Impress Dissuade, halt
Perturbed Flustered, anxious Calm
Progress Pace, Betterment Retrogress, worsening
Prompt Precise, Punctual Slow, Negligent
Propagate Inseminate, fecundate Suppress, deplete
Prudence Vigilance, Discretion Indiscretion
Quack Impostor, deceiver Upright, unfeigned
Quaint Queer, strange Familiar, usual
Raid Incursion, Foray Retreat, release
Rapidity Quickness, Velocity Inertia, lanquidity
Ravage Destroy, ruin Reconstruct, renovate
Reason Acumen, Bounds Folly, Speculation
Rebellious Restless, attacking Submissive, Compliant
Rectify Amend, Remedy Falsify, Worsen
Redeem Recover, liberate Conserve lose
Reluctant Cautious, Averse anxious, Eager
Remnant Residue, piece Entire, whole
Remonstrate Censure, protest Agree, loud
Remorse Regret, penitence Ruthlessness, obduracy
Rescind Annul, abrogate Delegate, permit
Resentment Displeasure, wrath Content, Cheer
Restrain Detain, Confine Incite
Retract Recant, withdraw Confirm, assert
Reverence Respect, esteem Disrespect, affront
Rout Vanquish, overthrow Succumb, withdraw
Rustic Rural, uncivilized Cultured, Refined
Ruthless Remorseless, inhumane Compassionate, lenient
Sacred Cherish, Divine Ungodly, Profane
Sarcastic Ironical, derisive Courteous, gracious
Saucy Impudent, insolent Modest, humble
Savage Wild, untamed Polished, Civilized
Servile Slavish, Docile Aggressive, Dominant
Shrewd Cunning, craftly Simple, imbecile
Spry Nimble, Brisk Lethargic, Sluggish




Spurious Fake, Counterfeit Genuine, Authentic
Startled Frightened, Shocked Waveringly
Steep Course, lofty Flat, gradual
Sterile Barren, Impotent Profitable, Potent
Stranger Immigrant, guest Acquaintance, national
Sublime Magnificent, eminent Ridiculous
Substantial Considerable, solid Tenuous, fragile
Subterfuge Deceit, Stratagem Frankness, Openness
Subvert Demolish, sabotage Generate, organize
Successful Propitious, Felicitous Destitute, Untoward
Succinct Concise, Terse Lengthy, polite
Superficial Partial, shallow Profound, discerning
Sycophant Parasite, flatterer Devoted, loyal
Sympathy Tenderness, harmony Antipathy, Discord
System Scheme, Entity Chaos, Disorder
Taboo Prohibit, ban Permit, consent
Taciturn Reserved, silent Talkative, extrovert
Tame Compliant, Subdued Wild, untamed
Tedious Wearisome. Irksome Exhilarating, lively
Temperate Cool, moderate Boisterous, violent
Tenacious Stubborn, Dodge Docile, non- resinous
Tenement Apartment, Digs Breakeven, dislodge
Terse Incisive, Compact Diffuse, Gentle
Thick Chunky, massive Thin, attenuated
Thrifty Frugal, prudent Extravagant
Throng Assembly, crowd Dispersion, sparsity
Timid Diffident, coward Bold, intrepid
Tranquil Peaceful, composed Violent, furious
Tranquil Amicable, Calm Agitated, Fierce
Transient Temporal, transitory Lasting, enduring
Transparent Diaphanous Opaque
Treacherous Dishonest, duplicitous Forthright, reliable
Tremble Vibrate Steady
Trenchant Assertive, forceful Feeble, ambiguous
Trivial Trifling, insignificant Significant, veteran
Tumultuous Violent, riotous Peaceful, harmonious




Tyro Beginner, riotous Proficient, veteran
Umbrage Chagrin, offense Sympathy, goodwill
Uncouth Awkward, ungraceful Elegant, Compensate
Uncouth Boorish, Clownish Elegant, Compensate
Urchin Foundling, Orphan Creep, Knave
Urge Incite, Implore Abhorrence, Abomination
Utterly Completely, entirely Deficiently, incomplete
Vagrant Wander, roaming Steady, settled
Vain Arrogant, egoistic Modest
Valor Bravery, prowess Fear, cowardice
Vanity Conceit, pretension Modesty, Humility
Venerable Esteemed, honored Unworthy, immature
Venom Poison, malevolence Antidote, Benevolent
Veteran Ingenious, experienced Novice, tyro
Vicious Corrupt, obnoxious Noble, Virtuous
Vigilant Cautious, alert Careless, negligent
Vilify Malign, Slur, Defame Cherish, Commend
Virtue Ethic, morality Vice, dishonesty
Vivacious Spirited, Energetic Dispirited, Unattractive
Vivid Eloquent, lucid Dull, Dim
Vouch Confirm, consent Repudiate, prohibit
Waive Relinquish, remove Impose, Clamp
Wan Pale, faded Bright, healthy
Wane Decline, Dwindle Ameliorate, Rise
Wield Exert, employ Forgo, avoid
Wile Trickery, Artifice Naivety, honor
Winsome Beautiful, Comely Alluring, Rapturous




Practice Questions : For Synonyms and Antonyms

Directions (1-3): From the given options, choose the option that is nearest in meaning to the highlighted words in the paragraphs given below.

Question 1: The coming decades will likely see more intense clustering of jobs, innovation and productivity in a smaller number of bigger cities and city-regions.
A) Concentrated
B) Forceful
C) Passionate 
D) Energetic

Answer: Option A - Concentrated

Question 2: Most of human history has been a part of the Paleolithic period or the old stone age. The exponential change in the development of human civilization came in the recent few centuries.
A) Great
B) Fast
C) Tremendous
D) Increasing

Answer: Option C - Tremendous

Question 3: “I can’t stand this any more,” said Lalit, noticing that Rustam did not relish Zuker’s conversation.
A) Gaiety
B) Savour
C) Vindicate
D) Desire

Answer: Option B - Savour

Directions (4-5): From the given options, choose the option that is the most opposite in the meaning to the highlighted words in the paragraphs given below. 

Question 4: “Neither the Gods nor the Kings have anything to say in a politically enlightened community.”
A) Civilised
B) Uneducated
C) Stupid
D) Uncivilised

Answer: Option B - Uneducated

Question 5: “These bottles are harrowing. How could she spend so much money on something that is so drab?”
A) Distressing
B) Attractive
C) Gruesome
D) Adorable

Answer: Option B - Attractive

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