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Antonyms 03
What is an antonym of enemy?

Antonyms 03

This KS3 English quiz is our third on antonyms. A word that has an opposite meaning to another is known as an antonym. Learning antonyms (as well as synonyms) can really improve your English, both written and spoken.

A thesaurus is a good place to find synonyms and antonyms for words. You might have a thesaurus at home or school and can also find various versions online. Take some care when using a thesaurus to choose a new word, however. Because words have so many meanings, and are often used metaphorically, they might have antonyms which don't share the same meaning at all. For instance, if you check a thesaurus, you'll see that two of the antonyms given for "rich" are "impoverished" and "bland". These two words are not particularly close in meaning. So an "impoverished" person is not "rich", that is, wealthy, and the opposite of a "rich" food might be "bland". But a "bland" person would be the opposite of an exciting, or interesting person, rather than the opposite of a wealthy person. Think carefully about how words are used when you want to try out a new antonym!

Remember that a rich use of words is more interesting to your readers and listeners. Add more strings to your bow in our third quiz on antonyms.

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1.
Belief
Confidence
Conviction
Disbelief
Impression
Some opposites are formed by adding the prefix, dis-
2.
Changeable
Constant
Fluid
Inconsistent
Inconstant
Opposites of "changeable" include "unchangeable" and "reliable"
3.
Fierce
Ferocious
Frightening
Gentle
Threatening
These are also antonyms of "fierce": "calm", "kind", "mild" and "placid"
4.
Promote
Advance
Demote
Elevate
Upgrade
Some antonyms are formed by adding the prefix, de-
5.
Careful
Careless
Conscientious
Meticulous
Scrupulous
Some antonyms are formed by affixing -less
6.
Beneficial
Advantageous
Detrimental
Helpful
Rewarding
Other antonyms of "beneficial" include "useless" and "harmful"
7.
Attention
Care
Concentration
Disregard
Thought
Adding the prefix in- forms some antonyms, as with "inattention"
8.
Invincible
Beatable
Indestructible
Unbeatable
Unyielding
"Invincible" means "unconquerable"
9.
Amiable
Agreeable
Friendly
Likeable
Unfriendly
Other antonyms of "amiable" include "hostile" and "unkind"
10.
Enemy
Adversary
Ally
Foe
Opponent
Other antonyms of "enemy" include "friend" and "supporter"

 

Author:  Sue Daish

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