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Improving Vocabulary
Adore is an antonym of detest.

Improving Vocabulary

One way to improve your vocabulary is by learning antonyms and synonyms. An antonym is a word that has a meaning that is the opposite of the word given, for example: 'good-bad'; cold-hot; brave-cowardly.

When writing it's useful to have a choice of words that mean near-enough the same thing, otherwise your writing is dull and repetitive. Like this:

  • I went to the park. It was nice. I had a good time. The weather was nice. For dinner we had pizza. It was good and nice.

I'm sure you can do better than that! In this 11-plus quiz you are going to get some more practice in improving your English vocabulary. If you come across any new words in this quiz, try to remember them.

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1.
Which word is an antonym of the word given?
danger (noun)
risk
safety
peril
jeopardy
The other words are synonyms of 'danger'
2.
Which word is an antonym of the word given?
detest (verb)
loathe
adore
abhor
despise
The other words are synonyms of 'detest'
3.
Which word is an antonym of the word given?
prodigious (adjective)
vast
enormous
immense
small
The other words are synonyms of 'prodigious'
4.
Which word is an antonym of the word given?
misplace (verb)
find
lose
mislay
forget
The other words are synonyms of 'misplace'
5.
Which word is an antonym of the word given?
pessimistic (adjective)
negative
optimistic
doubtful
unenthusiastic
The other words are synonyms of 'pessimist'
6.
Which word is an antonym of the word given?
reliable (adjective)
dependable
trustworthy
undependable
unfailing
The other words are synonyms of 'reliable'
7.
Which word is an antonym of the word given?
revolting (adjective)
disgusting
repulsive
appealing
nauseating
The other words are synonyms of 'revolting'
8.
Which word is an antonym of the word given?
tough (adjective)
robust
sturdy
strong
weak
The other words are synonyms of 'tough'
9.
Which word is an antonym of the word given?
gratefulness (noun)
gratitude
thanks
ingratitude
appreciation
The other words are synonyms of 'gratitude'
10.
Which word is an antonym of the word given?
mean (adjective)
stingy
penny-pinching
tightfisted
generous
The other words are synonyms of 'mean'
Author:  Frank Evans

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