VOCABULARY

Antonym List

Antonym List

Looking over an antonym list should be the first step in building your English vocabulary.

Why?

As stated on the previous page, the number of words we retain increases as we learn antonyms. Also, antonyms are frequently tested items on the Michigan Proficiency exams.

It's also worthy to note that an antonym list is (generally) easier to learn and remember than other non-related words due to the relationship the words have.


Studies (and practice) show that learning words in combination or in relation to other words... improves our retention.

The following antonym list (opposites) are presented alphabetically, as groups. Each group generally goes from easier to more difficult words. So, if you're looking for an antonym list for kids, they're the first words of each letter. If you're looking for more proficient-level antonyms, they're towards the end of each letter group.

Good luck and good retention!

absencepresence
acceptrefuse
accurateinaccurate
advantagedisadvantage
alivedead
alwaysnever
ancientmodern
answerquestion, query
approvaldisapproval
approachedreceded, departed
abundantscarce
admitdeny
advanceretreat, retire
artificialnatural
arrivaldeparture
ascenddescend
attackdefense
attractiverepulsive
attentioninattention
asleepawake
allyenemy
agreedisagree
badgood
backwardforward, onward
bendstraighten
beautifulugly
beginningending
belowabove
bentstraight
bigsmall, little
bluntsharp
betterworse
bestworst
blamepraise
blesscurse
bittersweet
borrowlend
braverycowardice
builddestroy, demolish
boldtimid, meek
brightdull
broadnarrow
clearvague, cloudy
carefulrush, careless
calmtroubled
capableincapable
captivityfreedom, liberty
cellarattic
cheapdear, expensive
closedistant
cleverstupid
coldhot
combineseparate
clockwiseanti-clockwise
correctincorrect
concealreveal
comego
commonrare
comfortdiscomfort
couragecowardice
cruelkind
courteousdiscourteous, rude
cunningsimple
daintyclumsy
dangersafety
darklight
deepshallow
decreaseincrease
definiteindefinite
demandsupply
despairhope
disappearappear
diseasehealth
discourageencourage
dismalcheerful
doctorpatient
drywet
dullclear, bright
duskdawn
earlylate
easydifficult
ebbflow
EastWest
economisewaste
encouragediscourage
entranceexit
employeremployee
emptyfull
excitedcalm
endbeginning
expandcontract
expensiveinexpensive, cheap
exportimport
exteriorinterior
externalinternal
failsucceed
falsetrue
feeblesturdy, strong, powerful
foolishwise
fastslow
fewmany
famousunknown
forelegshind legs
fatthin
findlose
firstlast
freedomcaptivity
foldunfold
frequentseldom
forgetremember
foundlost
freshstale
friendenemy
fortunateunfortunate
franksecretive
fullempty
generousmean
gentlerough
gatherdistribute
gladsorry
gloomycheerful
giantdwarf, pygmy
grantedrefused
greatminute, small, little
guardianward
guesthost
guiltyinnocent
happysad, miserable
hardsoft
harmfulharmless
hastendawdle
hatelove
healthyunhealthy, ill, diseased
herethere
heavylight
heightdepth
herocoward
hillvalley
horizontalvertical
hinderaid, help
honestdishonest
humbleproud
hungerthirst
imitationgenuine
immensetiny, minute
imprisonfree
includeexclude
increasedecrease
inhabiteduninhabited
inferiorsuperior
insideoutside
intelligentunintelligent, stupid
inhaleexhale
interiorexterior, outside
interestinguninteresting, dull
internalexternal
intentionalaccidental
joinseparate
juniorsenior
justiceinjustice
kingsubject
knowledgeignorance
laughcry
lawfulunlawful
lazyindustrious, energetic
landsea
landlordtenant
largelittle, small
lastfirst
lawyerclient
lecturerstudent
lenderborrower
lengthenshorten
leftright
lessmore
lightdark, heavy
likedislike, unlike
likelyunlikely
leaderfollower
littlelarge, much, big
loftylowly
longshort
loudsoft
lossfind, win
lowhigh
loyaldisloyal
madsane
magnetizedemagnetize
masterservant
matureimmature
maximumminimum
meyou
merrymirthless, sad
minoritymajority
miserspendthrift
misunderstandunderstand
narrowwide
nearfar, distant
neatuntidy
newold
nightday
noisyquiet
NorthSouth
obedientdisobedient
oddeven
offerrefuse
openshut
optimistpessimist
outin
parentchild
pastpresent
patientimpatient
peacewar
permanenttemporary
pleasedisplease
plentifulscarce
poetryprose
possibleimpossible
povertywealth
powerfulfeeble, weak
politeimpolite, rude
privatepublic
prudentimprudent
prettyunsightly, ugly
pureimpure
qualifiedunqualified
rapidslow
regularlyirregularly
richpoor
rightwrong, left
rigidpliable, soft
roughsmooth
satisfactoryunsatisfactory
securityinsecurity
scattercollect
serioustrivial
second-handnew
sensenonsense
shopkeepercustomer
singularplural
simplecomplicated
slimthick, stout
solidliquid
soberdrunk
speakerlistener
soursweet
sorrowjoy
sowreap
standlie
straightcrooked
strongweak
successfailure
sunnycloudy
takegive
tallshort
tamewild
teacherpupil
thickthin
tightslack, loose
topbottom
transparentopaque
truthuntruth, lie
updown
vacantoccupied
valuablevalueless
victorydefeat
virtuevice
visibleinvisible
voluntarycompulsory
vowelconsonant
waxwane
wisdomfolly
withinwithout

 

After studying and learning the above words, you can move on to the synonym pages by clicking on antonym list.