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1000 Opposite Words in English



1000 English Opposite Words You need To know

What is an antonym?
Antonym definition: In English, an opposite (antonym) is one of a pair of words with opposite meanings.

Antonym (opposite) examples:
■about – exactly
■above – below
■absence – presence
■abundance – lack
■accept – refuse
■accidental – intentional
■active – lazy
■add – subtract
■admit – deny
■adult – child
■advanced – elementary
■affirmative – negative
■afraid – brave
■after – before
■against – for
■alike – different
■alive – dead
■all – none
■allow – forbid
■already – not yet
■always – never
■ancient – modern
■ancestor – descendant
■agree – refuse

■amateur – professional
■amuse – bore
■ancestor – descendant
■angel – devil
■animal – human
■annoy – satisfy
■answer – ask
■answer – question
■antonym – synonym
■apart – together
■approximately – exactly
■argue – agree
■arrest – free
■arrival – departure
■arrive – depart
■artificial – natural
■ascent – descent
■ask – answer
■asleep – awake
■attack – defend
■attack – defence
■attic – cellar
■autumn – spring
■awake – asleep
■awful – nice
■back – in front of
■background – foreground
■backward – forward
■bad – good
■bad luck – fortune
■beauty – ugliness
■before – after
■begin – end
■beginning – end
■behind – in front of
■below – above
■best – worst
■better – worse
■beautiful – ugly
■big – small
■birth – death
■bitter – sweet
■black – white
■blunt – sharp
■body – soul
■bore – amuse
■boring – exciting
■borrow – lend
■bottom – top
■boy – girl
■brave – cowardly
■break – fix
■broad – narrow
■brother – sister
■build – destroy
■busy – lazy
■buy – sell
■calm – excited
■careful – careless
■careless – careful
■catch – miss
■ceiling – floor
■cellar – attic
■centre – outskirts
■certainly – probably
■changeable – constant
■cheap – expensive
■child – adult
■children – parents
■clean – dirty
■clear – cloudy
■clever – stupid
■close – open
■closed – open
■cloudy – clear
■cold – hot
■cold – heat

■come – go
■comedy – drama
■complicated – simple
■compliment – insult
■compulsory – voluntary
■connect – separate
■consonant – vowel
■constant – changeable
■construction – destruction
■continue – interrupt
■cool – warm
■correct – wrong
■courage – fear
■courageous – cowardly
■cowardly – brave
■create – destroy
■cruel – human
■cry – whisper
■cry – laugh
■damage – repair
■danger – security
■dangerous – safe
■dark – light
■daughter – son
■dawn – dusk
■day – night
■dead – alive
■death – birth
■deep – shallow
■defeat – victory
■defence – attack
■defend – attack
■delicious – awful
■deny – admit
■depart – arrive
■departure – arrival
■descendant – ancestor
■descent – ascent
desperate – hopeful
destroy – build
destruction – construction
devil – angel
dictatorship – republic
die – live
different – alike
difficult – easy
dirty – clean
disease – health
distant – near
divide – unite
division – unity
divorce – marry
divorce – marriage
divorced – married
domestic – foreign
down – up
downstairs – upstairs
drama – comedy
dry – humid
dull – interesting
dusk – dawn
early – late
east – west
easy – difficult
elementary – advanced
emigrate – immigrate
emigration – immigration
empty – full
end – begin
end – beginning
ending – beginning
enemy – friend
enjoy – hate
enter – leave
entrance – exit
equal – different
even – odd
evening – morning
everybody – nobody
everything – nothing
exactly – approximately
excited – calm
exciting – boring
exclude – include
exit – entrance
expensive – cheap
export – import
exposure – shelter
extreme – moderate
fail – succeed
failure – success
false – true
far – near
fast – slow
fat – slim
fear – courage
female – male
few – many
final – first
find – lose
finish – begin
finish – start
first – final
fix – break
flat – hilly
floor – ceiling
follow – lead
forbid – allow
for – against
foreground – background
foreign – domestic
foreigner – native
forget – remember
form – destroy
fortune – bad luck
forward – backward
free – arrest
freeze – melt
frequently – occasionally
fresh – old/stale
friend – enemy
front – rear
in front of – back
full – empty
funny – serious
future – past
general – particular
generous – mean
gentle – violent
gentleman – lady
giant – tiny
girl – boy
give – take
go – come
good – bad
grown-up – child
guest – host
guilty – innocent
happiness – sadness
happy – sad
handsome – ugly
hard – easy
harvest – plant
hate – enjoy
health – disease
healthy – ill
heat – cold
heaven – hell
heavy – light
hell – heaven
here – there
high – deep
high – low
hilly – flat
hit – miss
hopeful – desperate
hopeless – hopeful
horizontal – vertical
host – guest
hot – cold
huge – tiny
human – animal
humane – cruel
humid – dry
hungry – thirsty
husband – wife
in front of – back
ignore – notice
ill – healty
immigrate – emigrate
immigration – emigration
import – export
in – out
include – exclude
increase – reduce
innocent – guilty
inside – outside
insult – compliment
intelligent – silly
intentional – accidental
be interested in – bore
interesting – boring
interrupt – continue
junior – senior
kind – cruel
lack – abundance
lady – gentleman
land – take off
land – water
large – small
last – first
late – early
laugh – cry
lazy – active
lead – follow
learn – teach
leave – arrive
left – right
lend – borrow
less – more
let – forbid
lie – stand
life – death
light – dark
light – heavy
like – hate
liquid – solid
little – big
little – much
live – die
long – short
lose – win
loser – winner
loud – quiet
love – hate
lovely – terrible
low – high
lower – raise
bad luck – good luck
good luck – bad luck
major – minor
male – female
man – woman
many – few
marriage – divorce
married – divorced
marry – divorce
master – servant
maximum – minimum
mean – generous
melt – freeze
men – women
mend – break
mess – order
midnight – noon
minimum – maximum
minor – major
miss – hit
miss – catch
moderate – extreme
modern – ancient
monarchy – republic
moon – sun
more – less
morning – evening
mountain – valley
much – little
narrow – broad
nasty – nice
native – foreigner
natural – artificial
near – distant
negative – affirmative
nephew – niece
never – always
new – ancient
nice – awful
niece – nephew
night – day
no – yes
nobody – everybody
noisy – quiet
noon – midnight
none of – al lof
normal – strange
north – south
not yet – already
nothing – everything
notice – ignore
now – then
occasionally – frequently
occupied – vacant
odd – even
off – on
often – seldom
old – modern
on – off
open – closed
open – closed
opponent – supporter
order – mess
ordinary – special
other – same
out – in

outside – inside
outskirts – centre
over – under
parents – children
part – whole
partial – total
particular – general
pass – fail
past – future
peace – war
permit – forbid
plant – harvest
plenty – lack
pleasant – awful
polite – rude
poor – rich
poverty – wealth
powerful – weak
presence – absence
present – past
pretty – ugly
private – public
probably – certainly
professional – amateur
protect – attack
protection – attack
public – private
pull – push
pupil – teacher
push – pull
question – answer
quick – slow
quiet – loud
raise – lower
rainy – sunny
rear – front
receive – send
reduce – increase
refuse – agree
regret – satisfaction
remember – forget
repair – damage
reply – ask
reply – question
republic – dictatorship
rest – work
rich – poor
right – left
right – wrong
rise – sink
rough – gentle
rough – smooth
rude – polite
rural – urban
sad – happy
sadness – happiness
safe – dangerous
safety – danger
salt – sugar
same – different
satisfaction – regret
satisfy – annoy
save – spend
scream – whisper
security – danger
seldom – often
sell – buy
send – receive
senior – junior
separate – connect
serious – funny
servant – master
set free – arrest
shallow – deep
sharp – blunt
shelter – exposure
short – long
shout – whisper
shut – open
sick – healthy
silent – noisy
silly – intelligent
simple – complicated
sink – rise
single – married
sister – brother
sit – stand
slim – fat
slow – fast
small – big
smooth – rough
soft – hard
solid – liquid
some – many
sometimes – often
son – daughter
soul – body
sour – sweet
south – north
special – general
spring – autumn
stand – sit
start – stop
start – finish
stop – start
stand – lie
strange – normal
stranger – native
strict – gentle
strong – weak
student – teacher
stupid – clever
suburb – centre
succeed – fail
success – failure
subtract – add
sugar – salt
summer – winter
sun – moon
sunny – cloudy
supporter – opponent
suspect – trust
sweet – bitter
synonym – antonym
take – give
take off – land
tall – small
teach – learn
teacher – pupil
then – now
terrible – lovely
there – here
thick – thin
thin – thick
thirsty – hungry
throw – catch
tight – loose
tiny – giant
together – apart
tomorrow – yesterday
top – bottom
total – partial
town – village
tragedy – comedy
true – false
trust – suspect
ugliness – beauty
ugly – beautiful
under – over
unite – divide
unity – division
up – down
upstairs – downstairs
urban – rural
useful – useless
useless – useful
vacant – occupied
valley – mountain
vertical – horizontal
victory – defeat
village – town
violent – gentle
visitor – host
voluntary – compulsory
vowel – consonant
war – peace
warm – cool
waste – save
water – land
weak – powerful
wealth – poverty
wealthy – poor
wedding – divorce
well- ill
west – east
wet – dry
whisper – scream
white – black
whole – part
wide – narrow
wife – husband
win – lose
winner – loser
winter – summer
work – rest
woman – man
women – men
worse – better
worst – best
wrong – correct
yes – – no
yesterday – tomorrow
young – old

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