214 Opposite Words To Know | Antonyms


Antonyms are words of the same grammatical class that have opposite meanings.

A list of opposite words or antonyms is given below. For a comprehensive list, consult a good thesaurus.

214 Opposite words to know

  1. above – below, beneath
  2. abstract – concrete
  3. accept – reject
  4. acquit – condemn
  5. advance – retreat
  6. advantage – disadvantage
  7. affirm – deny
  8. affluence – poverty
  9. aggravate – alleviate, lessen
  10. agree – differ
  11. allow – forbid
  12. analysis – synthesis
  13. ancestor – descendant
  14. ancient – modern
  15. aristocrat – commoner
  16. arrive – depart
  17. ascent – descent
  18. assent – dissent
  19. asset – liability
  20. attract – repel
  21. awake – asleep
  22. barren – fertile
  23. base – noble
  24. beautiful – ugly
  25. belief – doubt
  26. benediction – malediction
  27. benevolent – malevolent
  28. bold – timid
  29. boom – slump
  30. bravery – cowardice
  31. bright – dim, dull
  32. beautiful – ugly
  33. benevolent – malevolent
  34. carnal – spiritual
  35. centrifugal – centripetal
  36. cheap – dear, costly
  37. cheerful – gloomy
  38. clean – dirty
  39. clever – stupid
  40. common – rare
  41. compulsory – optional
  42. concord – discord
  43. confident – diffident
  44. create – destroy
  45. dark – light
  46. dawn – dusk
  47. debtor – creditor
  48. deep – shallow
  49. defensive – offensive
  50. deliberate – unintentional, accidental
  51. diligent – crazy
  52. dilute – concentrated
  53. dwarf – giant
  54. elevation – depression
  55. exclude – include
  56. exit – entrance
  57. exotic – indigenous
  58. expand – contract
  59. explicit – implicit
  60. external – internal
  61. extravagant – frugal, thrifty
  62. famous – obscure
  63. fast – loose, slow
  64. fat – lean, thin
  65. fictitious – real
  66. forget – remember
  67. frequent – rare
  68. fresh – stale
  69. friendly – hostile
  70. full – empty
  71. gain – loss
  72. gather – scatter
  73. general – particular, special
  74. generous – mean
  75. gradual – abrupt, sudden
  76. guilty – innocent
  77. harsh – gentle
  78. hasty – leisurely
  79. hate – love
  80. haughty – meek
  81. heavy – light
  82. high – low
  83. hit – miss
  84. hollow – solid
  85. honour – shame
  86. hope – despair
  87. host- guest
  88. hurt – heal
  89. ideal – actual
  90. idle – busy
  91. imagination – reality
  92. increase – decrease
  93. industrious – indolent, lazy
  94. inferior – superior
  95. inhale – exhale
  96. input – output
  97. joy – sorrow
  98. junior – senior
  99. kind – cruel
  100. kindle – extinguish
  101. knowledge – ignorance
  102. lament – rejoice
  103. later – earlier
  104. latter – former
  105. lead – follow
  106. lend – borrow
  107. let – hire
  108. liberate – enslave
  109. literal – figurative
  110. loose – tight
  111. lose – find
  112. major – minor
  113. many – few
  114. masculine – feminine
  115. material – spiritual
  116. maximum – minimum
  117. memory – oblivion
  118. mild – severe, stern
  119. miser – spendthrift
  120. monogamy – polygamy
  121. monotony – variety, diversity
  122. naïve – sophisticated
  123. narrow – broad
  124. native – foreign
  125. natural – artificial
  126. negative – positive
  127. neutral – partial
  128. observe – reverse
  129. odd – even
  130. offer – refuse
  131. often – seldom
  132. omission – commission
  133. optimistic – pessimistic
  134. oral – written
  135. oriental – occidental
  136. original – duplicate, copy
  137. ostensible – actual
  138. partly – wholly
  139. permanent – temporary
  140. permit – prohibit
  141. pleasure – pain
  142. practice – theory
  143. pragmatic – idealistic
  144. praise – blame
  145. precede – succeed
  146. pride – humility
  147. profit – loss
  148. progress – regress
  149. progressive – retrograde
  150. promote – demote
  151. public – private
  152. quiet – noisy
  153. queer – normal
  154. rash – cautious, careful
  155. rapid – slow, leisurely
  156. recede – advance
  157. relative – absolute
  158. reluctant – ready, willing
  159. reserved – sociable
  160. resist – submit
  161. retail – wholesale
  162. reward – punish
  163. rigid – flexible
  164. ripe – raw
  165. rise – fall, set
  166. rough – smooth
  167. rude – polite
  168. sacred – secular, profane
  169. safe – risky, dangerous
  170. saint – sinner
  171. servant – master
  172. sharp – blunt
  173. simple – complex, complicated
  174. sink – swim, float
  175. smile – frown
  176. sober – drunk, rash
  177. solid – liquid
  178. straight – crooked, curved
  179. strait – broad
  180. strange – familiar
  181. subjective – objective
  182. succeed – fail
  183. sure – doubtful
  184. sweet – bitter, sour
  185. sympathy – antipathy
  186. tall – short
  187. tense – relaxed
  188. terrestrial – celestial
  189. thick – thin
  190. tight – loose, slack
  191. top – bottom
  192. tranquil – disturbed, agitated
  193. transparent – opaque
  194. triumph – defeat
  195. trivial – important
  196. true – false
  197. unite – separate
  198. upper – lower
  199. upright – dishonest
  200. urban – rural
  201. urbane – rude, uncultured
  202. vacant – occupied
  203. vague – clear, definite
  204. vertical – horizontal
  205. victory – defeat
  206. virtue – vice
  207. voluntary – compulsory, involuntary
  208. wake – sleep
  209. wax – wane
  210. wealthy – poor
  211. wide – narrow
  212. win – lose
  213. wise – foolish
  214. zenith – nadir