How to write antonyms

In English language, antonyms are considered the words with opposite meanings. This does not mean that the opposite meaning is in negative.

What are Antonyms?

Antonyms are words opposite in meanings. At times there is more than one antonym of a word. It all depends on the shade of meaning it conveys in the given context. There are different ways of forming the negative of a word:

i) By adding the prefix dis, lm, in, ir, un, il, etc

The antonyms of some words can be made by adding the aforementioned prefixes. Such as,

   dis+belief = disbelief, dis+comfort = discomfort, im+personal= impersonal

   in+justice = injustice, ir+regular = irregular, un+official = unofficial,

   un+authentic = unauthentic, ir+responsible = irresponsible,

The words formed in this way are not always exact opposites (antonyms). They may have a slightly different meanings.

ii) By interchanging the suffix full and less of some words:

Antonyms can also be occurred by using suffixes.

Hopeful…..hopeless, careless…..careful, useful…useless, thoughtful….thoughtless, tasteful…..tasteless, powerful….powerless

iii) By using a new word; as

The antonyms of some words are totally different. Such as,

     Tragedy.…comedy, smile…frown; beautiful…ugly, host…ebb flow

     Attraction…repulsion, rise fall….illuminate,

There are quite a few idiomatic expressions having words opposite in meaning such as … black and white, friends and foes; high and low, rich and poor.

It would help you a lot if you have in your vocabulary, a good stock of words opposite in meanings. Here is the list of words of antonyms.

WordsAntonyms
AbilityInability
ActiveInactive
AccurateInaccurate
AdequateInadequate
AppropriateInappropriate
ArticulateInarticulate
AttentiveInattentive
AuspiciousInauspicious
CapableIncapable
CompleteIncomplete
CorrectIncorrect
CredibleIncredible
CurableIncurable
DefiniteIndefinite
DependentIndependent
DirectIndirect
EfficientInefficient
FiniteInfinite
FirmInfirm
FlexibleInflexible
FormalInformal
GratitudeIngratitude
HospitableInhospitable
HumanInhuman
SecureInsecure
SignificanceInsignificance
SecureInsecure
SincerityInsincerity
SignificanceInsignificance
SincerityInsincerity
SufficientInsufficient
TangibleIntangible
SufficientInsufficient
TemperateIntemperate
MobileImmobile
ModestImmodest
AgreeDisagree
ArmDisarm
ObedientDisobedient
PleaseDispleasure
OrderDisorder
HonourDishonor
ArmDisarm
PossibleImpossible
AdvantageDisadvantage
ProportionateDisproportionate
FavourDisfavor
ApproveDisapprove
orderlyDisorderly
ContinueDiscontinue
CreditDiscredit
InheritDisherit
MaskUnmask
MarriedUnmarried
ManlyUnmanly
LawfulUnlawful
KnownUnknown
JustUnjust
InterestingUninteresting
ImaginativeUnimaginative
HealthyUnhealthy
HappyUnhappy
QualifyDisqualify
RespectDisrespect
TasteDistaste
TrustDistrust
AbleUnable
AccustomedUnaccustomed
AffectedUnaffected
AvoidableUnavoidable
CertainUncertain
CommonUncommon
ConventionalUnconventional
CoverUncover
CulturalUncultural
DoUndo
DressUndress
EqualUnequal
EquivocalUnequivocal
ExpectedUnexpected
FamiliarUnfamiliar
NaturalUnnatural
OrthodoxUnorthodox
LiteracyIlliteracy
LiterateIlliterate
LegitimateIllegitimate
LegibleIllegible
LegalIllegal
RevocableIrrevocable
ReverentIrreverent
ResistibleIrresistible
PackUnpack
PlannedUnplanned
PleasantUnpleasant
PopularUnpopular
RealUnreal
ReliableUnreliable
ScrupulousUnscrupulous
SkilledUnskilled
SpokenUnspoken
TieUntie
TutoredUntutored
UsualUnusual
WholesomeUnwholesome
WindUnwind
RefutableIrrefutable
RelevantIrrelevant
ReligiousIrreligious
ReparableIrreparable
ResoluteIrresolute
ResponsibleIrresponsible
LiberalIlliberal
CentralizeDecentralize
IncreaseDecrease
InflateDeinflate
AscentDescent
AggressionNonaggression
AlignedNonaligned
CooperativeNon-cooperative
ViolenceNonviolence
VegetarianNon-vegetarian
TaxableNon-taxable
SmokerNon-smoker
SenseNonsense
ResidentNonresident
PoliticalNonpolitical
PoisonousNonpoisonous
ReligiousNonreligious
PoliticalNonpolitical
PaymentNonpayment
InterferenceNoninterference
FlammableNonflammable
          AboveBelow
AssembleDisperse
AssentDissent
AngerForbearance
AncientModern
AnalysisSynthesis
AmbiguousClear
AmateurProfessional
AlleviateAggravate
AllNone
AliveDead
AlikeDifferent
AgreeDiffer
AfraidUnafraid
AffirmDeny
AffluenceDestitution
AdversityProsperity
AdvanceRetreat
AdornDisfigure
AdoptReject
AddictedAverse
AdamantYielding
ActivePassive
AcquitConvict
AccordDiscord
AcceptReject
AccelerateRetard
AbundanceScarcity
AbsurdRational
AbsoluteRational
AbsencePresence
AbridgeAmplify
AssociateAvoid
AttackDefend
AttractRepel
AttractionRepel
AuthenticSpurious
BeneficialHarmful
ArrestRelease
ArrogantHumble
ArtificialNatural
AscentDescent
BackwardForward
ArrestRelease
BaroquePlain
BawdyDescent
BattySane
BaseNoble
BarrenFertile
AscentDescent
ArrivalDeparture
Arrogant Humble
AppetiteDistaste
AwkwardGraceful
AwakeAsleep
AuthenticUnauthentic
ArrestRelease
AppreciateDepreciate
AppetiteDistaste
AncestorDescendant
AwkwardGraceful
AwakeAsleep
AuspiciousInauspicious
AuthenticSpurious
BenevolentMalevolent
BelieJustify
BoldTimid
BorrowLend
BottomTop
BraveCoward
BrightDull
BroadNarrow
BuildDestroy
BusyIdl
BenignCruel
BestWorst
BindRelease
BirthDeath
BitterSweet
BlamePraise
BleakCheerful
BluntKeen
BoisterousPlacid
CalculatingArtless
CalmStormy
CallousKind
CamouflageReveal
CandidEvasive
CaptivateRepel
CareNeglect
CarnalSpiritual
CasualFormal
CatholicNarrow-mind
CelebratedUnknown
CementDisintegrate
CensurePraise
CheapDear
DangerSafety
ConfidentDiffident
ConfidenceDiffidence
ConfessDeny
CondemnApprove
ConcordDiscord
ConceitModesty
ConcealReveal
CompressExpand
CompareContrast
CompactDiffuse
CommonRare
ComicTragic
CoarseFine
CleverStupid
ClassicRomantic
ClandestineOpen
CunningNaive
CreditCash
CreateDestroy
CountryTown
ContinueTerminate
EligibleIneligible
ElationDepression
EgocentricAltruist
EgalitarianElitist
EffeteStrong
EffeminateManly
EconomyExtravagance
EclipseShine
EaseDisquiet
DoubtTrust
DomesticForeign
DocileHeadstrong
DiligentLazy
DiabolicKind
DevilGod
DestructiveConstructive
DerogatoryLaudatory
DenseSpare
DeleteInsert
DelayHaste
DeficitSurplus
DefendantPlaintiff
EmancipateEnclave
EmergeDisappear
EmigrantNative
EmployeeEmployer
EmptyFull
EagerApathetic
EarlyLate
EncourageDiscourage
EnrichImpoverish
EnthroneDepose
EntranceExit
EraseEngrave
EternalTransmit
ExcessDearth
ExtravagantFrugal
ForeignNative
FormerLatter
FrankReticent
FranknessReserve
FreeBound
FreedomSlavery
FrequentOccasional
Fresh friendState foe
FriendlyHostile
FrontBack
FruitfulFutile
JoySorrow
JustUnfair
KeepDiscard
KnowledgeIgnorance
LabourRest
LanguidEnergetic
LawAnarchy
LeadFollow
LeaderFollower
LethargicEnergetic
LenientStrict
LetHinder
LibertySlavery
LimitStretch
LiquidSolid
Loosetight
LoveHatred
LoveHate
LovelyHideous
LoudSoft
MakeMar
MaliceGoodwill
MaleFemale
MajorMinor
MajorityMinority
MandatoryOptional
MarkErase
MasculineFeminine
MasterServant
MaterialSpiritual
MaximumMinimum
MeagerPlentiful
MeekArrogant
MeritDemerit
MightlyWeak
MildStern
MiserlyGenerous
MixSeparate
MobileStationary
ModerateExcessive
ModestConcealed
MoistDry
MorbidHealthy
MotionRest
NativeAlien
NeatFilthy
NimbleLazy
NobleIgnoble
NoiseQuiet
NormalAbnormal
NovelCommonplace
NoviceVeteran
NowThen
ObeyDisobey
ObligingObstinate
ObscureProminent
ObserveDisregard
ObstinatePliable
ObstructAssist
ObtainForfeit
OddEven
OffensivePleasing
OfferWithdraw
OminousAuspicious
OmitInclude
OptimistPessimist
OptionalCompulsory
OralWritten
OrdinaryRare
PacifyIrritate
PainfulSoothing
PardonChastise
PartWhole
ParticularGeneral
PartnerCompetitor
PassionateDispassionate
PermanentTemporary
PermissionRefusal
PersuadeDissuade
PerturbedCalm
PleasurePain
PompousHumble
PraiseDefame
PreciousCheap
PrologueEpilogue
ProlongShorten
PropagateSuppress
ProsePoetry
PositiveNegative
ProfitLoss
ProgressRetrogress
ProhibitPermit
PromptSlow
PrudenceIndiscretion
PublicPrivate
PunishForgive
PursueAvoid
PureAdulterated
RaidRetreat
RaiseLower
RapidityInertia
AreCommon
RashSteadly
RealFictitious
RearFront
ReasonFolly
RebelliousSubmissive
RebukePraise
ReciprocalUnilateral
RecoveryReplace
RectifyFalsify
RefundWithhold
RefuteConfirm
ReluctantEager
RememberForget
ReputationNotoriety
RestrainIncite
RightLeft
RoughSmooth
RoundFlat
RudePolite
SavageCivilized
SaveSpend
SaviorDestroyer
SevereMild
ShyImpudent
SimpleComplex
SinVirtue
SinkFloat
SmileFrown
StartledRelaxed
SteadilyWaveringly
SteepFlat
StraightCurved
StrangerAcquaintance
SublimeRidiculous
SuperficialProfound
SuperiorInferior
SweetSour
SwiftSlow
SympathyAntipathy
SacredProfance
SaidCheerful
SafeRisky
SynonymAntonym
SystemChaos
TameWild
TeacherStudent
TerseDiffuse
ThankfulThankless
TheoryPractice
ThickThin
ThriftyExtravagant
TragedyComedy
TranquilAgitated
TransparentOpaque
TreacherousLoyal
TrustDoubt
TruthFalsehood
UniformVariable
UniteSeparate
UnionDiscord
UseAbuse
VacantOccupied
VagueClear
VainModest
VictoryDefeat
ViolentGentle
VirtueVice
VisionBlindness
VividDull
VoluntaryCompulsory
VulgarCultured
WarPeace
WarmthColdness
WasteSave
WaxWane
WeakStrong
WealWoe
WealthPoverty
WedDivorce
WetDry
WhitenDarken
WickedVirtuous
WideNarrow
WinLose
WiseFoolish
WitStupidity
WisdomFolly
WonderfulOrdinary
WorkRest
YieldResist
YoungOld
YouthfulMature
ZenithNadir

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